Wednesday, 31 July 2013

An opportunity and lots of pretty flowers, what's not to like.

I was sitting down minding my own business playing on Pinterest yesterday evening when I had a phone call from my buddy at My Sew Called Designs. The upshot of which was we were presented with the opportunity of taking a stall at The Ball Colegrave showcase event. So we've packed up our little outfits, crayon wallets etc, etc, and will be hot footing it out there.

This evening between 4 and 8 this is where we will be, check out the video.

Monday, 29 July 2013

Have table will travel.

So, last time we spoke my buddy from Mysewcalleddesigns and I had been given the oppurtunity to present our freshly sewn items at the Ball Colgrove event. 

Despite swearing we would never, ever do another outdoor event cue vivid memories of the disastrous howling gale, torrential rain, too many horses debacle  of a couple of months ago. This event was nigh on perfect, I blame our chum Caroline (Casey) for this although her planning magnificence doesn't quite stretch to credit for the perfect balmy summer evening. 

We arrived at the venue and sauntered over to an official looking chap to receive our instructions. Drive over the grass following the other tracks, round that large bank of earth and  you'll see all the other gazebos. You can park there and unload and then park back down here. 


As instructed I managed to negotiate the afore mentioned obstacles and no flowers were damaged during the execution of this manoeuvre - 


We didn't bother with a gazebo (gazebos are not our friends) but placed ourselves beneath the shade of some beautiful lime trees. Before us a panorama of  flower beds.

Not quite cracked the art of display!
So with tables and rails erected and our goods arranged and then rearranged and rearranged again causing our event neighbour from Bradshaw's Ice Cream considerable mirth. We were ready for the crowds. 

And wow what a crowd! Look at the queue for our stall!

What's that? 

You don't believe me. 

Ok so it was the queue for Mr. Bradshaw's delicious ice-cream but we can dream. 

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Monday, 22 July 2013

Well here I am. Now what?

Well by a somewhat cirqueitus route I appear to have arrived in blogging land. So let's see how this whole blogging thing pans out.

I suppose I should introduce myself and tell you why I'm here. 

My name is Kate, wife, mother and self confessed caffeine and fabric addict. I have eclectic tastes in most things but hate (with a passion) frills, flounces and chintz - they give me hives. I have a weird sense of humour and I can be VERY sarcastic and irreverent ( so don't say I didn't warn you). I live in rural Southern England and sew things whilst drinking a LOT of coffee, which we my husband roasts. 

Which brings us to my other persona as The Literate Stitch, I know intriguing daft  name, it made sense at the time and now I'm regretting having such a long monika as it's hard to fit on labels. 

I've sewn for almost as long as I can remember. I blame my mother, she was an avid dress maker and embroiderer and I learnt to use her hand wheel ancient Frister Rossman almost before I could walk. Ok a slight hyperbole but I was definitely making dolls clothes by the time I was six or seven. I sewed on and off for the next twenty years making clothes for myself as a teenager and then for my daughters until they said ...

"enough already with the home made dresses mum, it simply isn't cool" sad day.

My sewing machine lay dormant in a cupboard for ten years as life took over and there was no time for sewing.

But then...

I found myself with spare time to fill and my love for sewing was reawakened. Not only that but my daughters reached their early twenties and now my dressmaking skills are cool again - yippee.

I discovered, through the delights of the internet and YouTube the skill of free motion embroidery and quilting, I took a class and so a new passion was born.

There now follows a gratuitous sewing porn shot!

My newest baby, my fantastic Bernina  1150 MDA Overlocker

K aka The Literate Stitch

PS. If you've read this far with getting bored thank you.