Hannah was one of my earliest blog followers and is towards the top of my list of commenters, post wise. She is a very talented young woman who juggles crafting, including learning new skills, with her studies. When I reached 100 followers I had a giveaway which Hannah entered by every manner possible, and which she won. Did I mention that she is young? Well she had her 21st birthday last month and then wrote a 22 before 22 list. As part of that she has just sold her first ever crafted item and she used one of her wins in it. To see what she made and what she used see her blog post. Pop over and read her blog – I can virtually guarantee you’ll be impressed that this is only the second item she’s made with this skill set!
I’m aiming to only send handmade cards in 2013 (see my other aims here), and as it’s the 3rd birthday of a friend’s daughter this Saturday, I need a card…
Little girls tend to like pink, so I found pink paper in my stash and used this as my background colour. I used coordinating paper to create a band across the paper and added an embellishment to wish the recipient happy birthday:
I always make quite simple cards, don’t I? I quite like this card, but it’s not quite suitable for a 3 year old. I’m sure I will find a use for it.
I was a fan of the background with the white stars, so used it again. I dug around and with the help of a few buttons and a sticker, made this:
That’s much more suitable for a 3 year old!
Everytime I go to Cardiff I discover something / somewhere new. Cardiff is a convenient meeting place for me and two of my closest friends as we can all get there relatively easily and no one travels too far, despite living hundreds of miles apart from each other. We only meet there roughly once every eight months, but it is a time to enjoy when it’s just us girls – no men or kids are allowed!
I last visited Cardiff just after I
started blogging and then recommended to my very small readership that they should visit the arcades. This trip I allowed myself a little shopping time before the others arrived mid morning to explore more. Despite getting up early and leaving earlier than I do on a work day, once I got to Cardiff I was very glad I had this time.
As I was walking up St Mary’s Street towards one arcade I wanted to return to, I saw the entrance to Cardiff market. I decided to explore…
The market has virtually everything you could need: butchers and bakers (but no candlestick makers), pet stalls, cafes and of course a few more stalls that I was interested in. The first one I stumbled across was a haberdashery stall.
The photo shows roughly half of the stall. How a stall can stock so much I don’t know! I treated myself to webbing (for which I have a plan, but don’t know what colour I need!) and something pretty:
Just down from the haberdashery there is a little wool stall. The woman behind it was very friendly despite still opening the stall up (it was roughly 10am). She had really cute teacosies and knitted bears for sale as well as needles and a fair selection of wool.
The final stall I was interested in was a fabric stall. They sold other notions too, but compared to the stalls I’ve seen elsewhere (e.g. Ho Chi Minh) you could fit more in!
I did give in and treat myself to some fabric:
I don’t know if it’s suitable, but I thought the pattern would make a pretty top.
Where I live in Reading, we don’t really have much of a market. Probably about 10 stalls set up on a street for a few days each week, that’s all. I wish we had this (or even better!)
I then had roughly half an hour left. Where to go? I decided to head here:
This is the only button shop I’ve come across, although I do know others exist. It’s been there for over 30 years. You can see buttons everywhere and they are squirreled away everywhere. There are every day buttons and buttons the like of which I’ve never seen before. The owner (or manager – I’m not sure which) actually goes to Thailand and Indonesia and not only sources buttons, but commissions her own too. Therefore you’ll find buttons here that you won’t find anywhere else. So, what did I get? Those on you who follow me on twitter or like me on Facebook already know…
I have no idea what I’ll do with some of these, but I liked them! The scissors and tape measures caught my eye. You can also get thimbles and cotton reels to match, but these were my favourite. There were lots of pretty hand painted ceramic buttons, like the pink background one with blue flowers, in all sorts of different designs, but they were outside my usual price range so I only bought one. The relatively boring blue plain buttons match the fabric bought earlier and how could I not get a Welsh dragon, which was painted especially for this shop? When in Wales after all…
I have wondered how a button shop could survive, but whilst I was there I saw four customers come in and everyone bought something. One man came in with a suit jacket on which he’d broken a button. With a bit of help he choose new buttons for the front and smaller matching ones for the sleeves. As he left the shop assistant commented on him having a busy afternoon ahead sewing buttons, and his reply was that he was going to take it to the tailors! I dread to think how much that would cost!
I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Cardiff with the girls after my little shopping spree. I know they’d not want to spend as long as I did in these places, but I’ll try to squeeze in more crafty shopping next time we’re there. Roll on September?!
I promised a giveaway when I reached 100 followers, and now I’m there! As this is a blog about my makes, I’m giving away things you can use to make something.
You all know I’m a button fan, so how about these:
12 wooden painted flower buttons
20 cute bear head buttons
2 of both heart and star shaped plastic buttons in yellow, pink, purple and blue.
I also like beads.
A string of coloured beads
Wooden painted beads (two different colours and sizes)
Four polymer flower beads
What about ribbon?
You could have 1m of each of the ribbons above.
For those of you who like direction in what you make, how about these?
A Fizzy Moon Christmas card kit (complete with chart of course!).
The Art of Crochet Issue One
Complete with the dvd, crochet hook and some wool.
Apologies for the dark photos – I’m only home when it is dark at the moment!
So how do you win all of this?
This is a giveaway to celebrate my followers, so this is open to followers only (although I won’t say no to new followers). There are four ways you can enter (feel free to do all four!).
1. Comment below with what you would make from the goodies.
2. Write a blogpost about this giveaway and pingback (or reblog).
3. Tweet about it, including @mrsmmakes AND write a comment here to tell me you have done so
4. Like Mrs M Makes on Facebook and write a comment here to tell me you have done so (existing likers feel free to leave a comment saying you already like me!).
You have 10 days to enter this giveaway. It closes at midnight (GMT) on November 16th.
Whenever I explore a town I always visit markets, if they have them. My favourite type of market are permanent covered markets which can be both historic, visually appealing and contain some real gems. Most of you know my favourite charity shop is in Oxford covered market.
In Bath, near the Abbey, you will find the town hall and next to it is the Guildhall Indoor Market. I hadn’t researched it at all before entering. This market is a lot more functional than Oxford covered market, with pet food shops, diy shop etc. We entered from the riverside and explored. I had to have a groan at the name of the sweet shop – Bath Humbugs (although I did have to explain it to Mr M who didn’t read it that way to start with).
At the opposite side to where we entered, on the outer circle of stalls, I spotted the end of Sew and So.
Little did I realise that this haberdashery would keep going for almost 1/4 of the outer way round the market.
It is huge. Even Mr M was amazed at the size of it! He commented on all the ribbon, and he only saw the outer bit. You can just about see some of this on the 2nd photo above this paragraph!
Mr M even called me over to look at the button collection.
He asked if I’d ever seen so many buttons in one place! At this point he offered to get a capuccino and sit in the cafe whilst I explored. He is lovely, isn’t he!
I explored the ribbons and had far too much choice! Mr M had only seen some of them. This is what the inside bit looks like:
See, lots of ribbon! They even had a column of just bias binding:
I was very restrained and only bought a few ribbons, and only 1m of each. As you can tell I got bits which I think I will use over the next three months:
As for buttons, I was also restrained there. I got more red buttons to add to my collection, ready to make my sister something.
I have seen plenty of polka dot buttons, in lots of sizes and colours, and they had lots here. I can’t remember ever seeing strippy buttons before, so treated myself to a few in one of my favourite colours.
Sew and so also have a small line in beads. I didn’t have a look at them as Mr M had returned, and was bored, but I did treat myself to this board:
I’ve been meaning to get a bead board for a while. I’m hoping this will stop my beads rolling around too much when making jewellery on the sofa. It should also save me having a tape measure out so much. At £4, this seemed a similar price to these I’ve see on the web.
In conclusion – I want Sew and So to be near me! I went into another crafty shop where another visitor was commenting on bits on sale in said shop and directed her to Sew and So! As great as he was, I want to go without Mr M so I can spend ages exploring everything. If ever in Bath, go!
This months Mollie Makes comes with a free button assortment. There are flowers, hearts and more in coral and pearl shades. If you don’t already treat yourself to this inspirational magazine, why not? It’s worth it for the buttons alone this month. Go on, treat yourself!
Last week I found I had 50 followers and decided to have my first ever giveaway. I now have a few more followers. I’m going to send a surprise to whoever wins the giveaway as well as the items below:
1m of five different ribbons
15 painted wooden buttons
An assortment of other buttons
Some lampwork beads
An assortment of other beads
A selection of jewellery findings including wire, earring hooks, headpins, ring bases, lobster clasps and more.
To win all of this and the mystery item, write a comment below as to what you might make with the goodies you would get if you win. You can gain an extra entry by either reblogging or mentioning this giveaway on your blog and then writing another comment on here to let me know. The winner must be Mrs M Makes follower.
The giveaway is open until midnight on Wed September 5th. Good luck!