Friday 23 July 2010

A Short Break

I am having to take a short break from making as I am due to have surgery on my hand (thankfully my left hand!) at the beginning of next week.

I shall be closing all of my online shops on Sunday night so if you would like to place an order please do so ASAP. I hope to be opening my shops again after a week or so, I will see how well I recover and keep you posted.

I plan to catch up with my blogging whilst I recover and will be doing some one-handed posting for you (!) and hope to create some lovely inspiring treasuries. This will give me a chance to continue being creative whilst I am waiting to get back to making.

Have a lovely weekend and I shall be back as soon as the grogginess of the anesthetic has passed! Cx

Monday 12 July 2010

A Quick Catch Up and an Exciting New Customer!

I have not been very good at blogging lately, sorry. I have been so busy designing and making but the end is in sight and I look forward to having a bit more time for wedding makes and online shop revamps very soon.

One thing that was keeping me busy was preparing for a big meeting in London. All of the hard work was worth it and I am pleased to say that Jane Churchill have purchased some of my design work for their Nursery Collection. I can't wait to see how they develop my artwork to become part of their range. It is really exciting to be working with such a wonderful brand.

Whilst in London I was finally able to make it to the V&A Museum for the Quilts Exhibition (shortly before it ended) and thought it was great, so inspiring, I really enjoyed myself. My Mum has the accompanying book so I shall have to have a read of that next time I visit. My Mum visited the exhibition before me a kindly bought me these two quilting fabrics from the exhibition shop:

After looking around the exhibition I added to this little selection with these:

I look forward to making use of them all. I shall have to think of something really special to make with them. I have always wanted to make a patchwork quilt with fabrics and embroidered and appliquéd pieces that bring back happy memories. Perhaps having visited this inspiring exhibition is my prompt to make a start.

I have a few customer meetings this week too so am busy working towards those at the moment.

Whilst I am here I also wanted to point you in the direction of the delicious blog 'Cakes I Create'. They recently featured my Cupcake Wedding Card in amongst all of their tasty looking cakes and recipes. 

Thank you for featuring me 'Cakes I Create'!

Claire Hurd Design in 'Kitchens, Bedrooms & Bathrooms' Magazine!

I am really excited to share these pictures with you today. I was approached by 'Kitchens, Bedrooms and Bathrooms' Magazine a short while ago asking for one of my Liberty Print Make-Up Bags. They were putting together a feature on denim entitled 'All in the Jeans' and wanted to include my make-up bag, of course I jumped at the chance!

The feature is in the August edition of the magazine, available to buy now. And here is my make-up bag on page 34!

Tuesday 6 July 2010

Handmade Baby Goodies

My handmade personalised elephant baby bibs have proven to be very popular so I have added a new boys design and made my cupcake bib personalisable too. These bibs can be found in my online shop HERE.

I have also listed two one-off appliquéd and embroidered textile artworks in my NOTHS shop. There is only one of each artwork available making them a truly unique gift to welcome a new baby in to the world. I am offering these artworks to my Blog followers and Facebook fans at a 15% discount (with free P&P). Payment needs to be by paypal. As there is only one of each artwork available they are offered to you on a first-come-first-served basis. If you would like one of these artworks then please email me at

For full details on these artworks click HERE for the baby blue bear and HERE for the baby pink bunny.

Handm@de Winchester Summer Craft Fair

The Handm@de Winchester Summer Craft Fair took place on Sunday and it was my first time having a stand there. The guildhall in Winchester is a lovely venue but rather dark so I apologise for the quality of my photographs. The organisers did a great job of getting people through the door and the fair was significantly more busy than the Cambridge fair I was at last November.

If you are visiting my blog for the first time having picked up my business card at the fair a big welcome to you! I hope you enjoy reading about all of my crafty goings on. Thank you to all of those that showed an interest in commissioning personalised items. Do have a browse around my blog and my online shops to see my full range and contact me on for more details.

As always at the Handm@de fairs it was great to meet the other sellers and share experiences and advice with eachother. A special hello to the lovely Louise of Lolly & Boo who I met for the first time and had a lovely long converstation with about selling on Not on the Highstreet. Also a big hello to Cath of Emerald Framing who is a familiar face at the Handm@de fairs and always full of encouragement and smiles. It was great to see you again Cath!

Thursday 1 July 2010

So Busy, Busy!

I just wanted to pop by to let you know I haven't forgotten you, my lovely blog followers. As always happens in life everything has come at once!

My trusty Bernina and I are working hard towards preparing for the Handm@de Craft Fair in Winchester this Sunday, making hand-crafted personal touches for my Wedding and creating artworks for my portfolio.

I haven't really talked about my portfolio work much here on my blog but I shall share more with you as soon as I can. I had an important meeting on Tuesday and am pleased to say that I sold some work and have gained a very exciting new customer. I also have a few more meetings coming up so will be very busy for a little while longer. As soon as all of my appointments are over I am going to treat myself to a few days dedicated solely to wedding makes before I run out of time!

Thank you for bearing with me, I shall share more exciting designs and makes with you soon. Cx