I know it is cold when…

…I start getting orders for Winter Sling Things and the mad Christmas rush starts in earnest.

Two orders this week and a little purchase, out of the blue, from Folksy too! I am a bit chuffed about the Folksy sale of a little purse because it must mean that someone was searching for a purse, looked at hundreds of them and chose mine!

Winter Sling Thing sales don’t amaze me so much because people find my ebay listings and Folksy shop by googling for stuff like “fleece cover for sling” and then following the link.

I think it has taken Folksy a while to hit its stride and in the year or so I have been on there it has changed quite a bit and got a lot more coverage here and there too. I have been a very bad Folksy shopper and only ever bought one thing so I’m setting a really bad example to other shoppers! I bought a print from this shop for the girls for Christmas last year. I am ashamed to say that I still haven’t had it framed yet! I must do that this month.

So today I cleared the floor to unroll and cut some super snuggly chocolate brown fleece and for the first time I’ve been able to sew a little tag onto the Things. It can’t be seen when the Thing is being used because I hate that kind of branding all over stuff but it has Orange & Green on one side and the design registration number on the other.

Here’s a mad close-up

I’ve been sewing some tiny weeny cross stitch pictures for the girls which will also need framing at some point… I thought it would be nice to sew something by hand for a change so when I saw these on sale in our favourite shop in February I paid for and pocketed two while they were distracted by the beads and jewels at the other end of the shop. It has been a labour of love to get just one finished . Just the outline of this one took me three hours! Perhaps doing this whilst watching The Killing (with subtitles) wasn’t the smartest decision, but anyhooo

That square of fabric is just 5″ x 5″ and the biggest box is onnly about an inch and a half wide. One pub night with the home ed ladies and one night of tv watching later I have got it all coloured in as per the picture so I have started on number two which is a bell in two shades of yellow. What was I thinking? I am so glad I started stitching at the start of December and didn’t leave it till Christmas Eve to get started. Nothing else for Christmas has been done though so I am thinking about writing a very short list of things I want to do (not need to do or should do) and get on with doing them at a snail’s pace. A few years ago I found that if I kept in mind that it is just one day, with one meal, that took the madness away.

Tomorrow I’ll post about some of the things I’ve been doing, if I get a minute.

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3 Comments to “I know it is cold when…”

  1. He he he! I also find that 9 pm – 11pm Saturday nights are a complete crafting no no! It’s a lovely idea to make cross stitch pics for your daughters, they are so time consuming though – kind of forget!

  2. The year when I made everyone socks for Christmas I started knitting in July…

    This year I admitted to myself pretty early on that hand-made wasn’t going to happen.

    It’s just one day…it’s just one day…it’s just one day…

  3. Yay for getting orders and the folksy sale. I don’t look on folksy much and tend to just go to etsy uk instead. I too think it is a lovely idea to make the cross stitch for your daughters. I have a crossstitched initial framed on my wall that my mum made for me when I was about ten. I have to confess that it was shoved in a drawer till I remounted and framed it last year.

    Thank you for the book recommendation – I did go and get it on amazon! Will let you know how I get on when it arrives. Have a good week.

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