Sunday, 13 May 2012

Handmade Monday 66 (or is it #1?)

Hello and welcome to Handmade Monday in its new home!  I feel like I've moved house, but without all the cardboard boxes.  If there are any blips I might not be aware of, please feel free to email me: wendy@1stuniquegifts.co.uk - but let's hope it all runs smoothly!

You've probably found us here from over on my other blog - if that's where you've come from then you came to the right place and it's lovely to see you!

This week  has been an odd one, and it looks set to continue this way for a while.  I've been busy with customer orders and new designs, but also busy writing a book (only a small one for the first one! It will be an e-book when it finally is ready for public consumption!) as well as designing sewing patterns.  There are definitely not enough hours in the day and not enough space in either the house or the studio. I'm slowly beginning to learn that everything doesn't have to be done immediately.  It's a big lesson for me!

I recently set up on Craftsy to sell my patterns.  If you also have patterns to sell (or give away!) in any genre, then it's worth a peek - it's completely free to sell them there.  I am currently tweaking the pattern instructions for this caravan doorstop


 which you may notice was inspired quite heavily by one of my painted designs!


The little painted caravan plaques have been a popular gift idea and have started selling again recently with people thinking about summer, I guess.

Let's hope the sun does start shining soon - I'm thinking the uninvited pond which seems to have made itself at home in my garden may well become a permanent feature.  I'd love to get the lawnmower out but I guess underwater mowing isn't really recommended is it?

What have you been up to this week?  I'm looking forward to finding out.  There's more info about Handmade Monday here if you're new and want to join in.

25 comments:

CHRISTMAS PIE CRAFTS said...

That's my kind of move, no packing, just a gentle transfer to the new place. Absolute bliss - well done. I do like your caravan doorstep and plaque - I can see a whole range of similarly decorated items on the way. Our mud bath has subsided and we actually managed to get the lawn(lawn??? grass) cut today. Hope yours dries out soon. Have a good week.

Caroline Nash said...

Found the new home for HM. A pond sounds ideal and something we would love so go for it. Love the door stops and canvas now all we need is the good weather to continue

Made By Ewe said...

That doorstop is supercute and thanks for the tip about Craftsy - will head over there to check it out

mcrafts said...

The doorstop is gorgeous and a great idea. I'm a member of Craftsy too! Have a good week Mich x

Kazies Magical Designs said...

Thanks for the new link to your lovely new page great blog as usual.
I love the new doorstop its very in line with the sign and such a great theme Im expecting the VW camper will be next I love those signs tooo they would also look fab as a doorstops xxxx

Free Spirit Designs said...

that sign is so cute :) what a fun idea to turn it into a doorstop too!

i know exactly what you mean about trying to get everything done at once - its not possible is it!! (unless you're Hermione in Harry Potter who i seem to remember has a clever bit of magic that enables her to be in two places simultaneously!! :) )

Nicki Tustin said...

Loving the caravan doorstop, very cute

Tickled Pink said...

Our house seems to have developed a moat and I am seriously contemplating asking my husband to make a drawbridge so that I can keep my feet dry when I attempt to get to the back door!
I love the caravan doorstop, fabulous! And thank you for a smooth move to our new home.

Picto said...

Lovely doorstop Wendy, a great addition to go with the plaque.

Jan x

Ros Made Me said...

There is a VW camper van parked outside my house right now... I immediately thought about you! I love the door stop, it is just so cheery :)

Chrysalis said...

Hi All - I loved the VW camper I had when my girls were small - happy days! 25 years ago it was safe for them to play out the front, using the van as a playhouse. We all loved going off camping in it.
Have a great week, and thanks for sharing. x

Stephen @ Soy of the North said...

With all the rain some areas have been getting, underwater mowing may be the next big thing :-D

Lovely doorstop. Will have a look around that Craftsy site soon.

Wendy said...

Caroline: haha, a pond isn't part of the grand garden plan - grandkids and ponds not a good mix unfortuntely!
Mich: we shall have to "follow" each other on there, not sure how that works
Free Spirit: Love the idea of being in 2 places at once!
Kazie & Ros: As you may imagine, my campervan imagination is running riot with stitched designs. The doorstop is only one of them.
Everyone: Thanks so much for your comments x

Libby said...

Your VW is very cute! I love all things Campervan! Although I don't fancy staying in one with a very mobile toddler. Lovely makes there Wendy!

Blue Forest Jewellery said...

Great to see Handmade Monday in its new home. That camper van is so cute! Good luck with the writing :-)

Alison x

Susie said...

A book?! How cool is that. You always seem like the busiest person I know. Love the doorstop, how cool is that?
Now, to go put the new Handmade Monday link on my Bog Roll. Everything seems to be going smooth as silk. :)

Polly Polkadot said...

Hi, sorry I haven't been around for a long while, but I see you have picked up lots of new names, I look forward to visiting them.

tillymintboutique said...

Oohhh can't wait to try out the pattern, I love the caravan!

butterflyblossom said...

I love your caravan doorstop and I don't even own a caravan - although I would love to if I had the money and the room!! It's so cute and quirky! X

fatmonica said...

Great doorstop! And Congratulations on the move.

Martha said...

oh my goodness! this caravan doorstop is fantastic! for me its just too nice to be used to prop the doors! it would definitely end up somewhere nice on my shelves! too pretty to be kicked around!

Mrs A. said...

Not managed to participate this week. Rather a lot going on in my life at present. Glad the virtual move went ok. Liking your caravan door stop. Would look good as a toaster cover to. Hugs Mrs A.

Mrs A. said...

Not managed to participate this week. Rather a lot going on in my life at present. Glad the virtual move went ok. Liking your caravan door stop. Would look good as a toaster cover to. Hugs Mrs A.

Sarah Hughes said...

Wow! That's exciting about the book. Your caravan looks great - I've just signed up for Craftsy too.

Helen said...

Love the doorstop its fab!