Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Kirsty does Cath Kidston Quilt...

 I am feeling nostalgic and reflective today...
I don't feel i have done 'very well' of late.
I seem to have managed to neglect / fail to nurture some very important relationships in my life.
Anyway, awareness of a problem is most of the way toward fixing it hey?
 I was fishing around the PC and found some pretty photos.
they are more to perk myself up but if they inspire you to be / make/ think beautiful too, then all the better.
 I made a few of these Cath Kidston quilts and i still think they are super pretty.
I also love my Artisan bunting below and i have a stack halllllf finished - gulp!
 Planning and sketching out in the garden...
what i really want to show you are the photos of my dog getting grOOmed!! but i can't find the camera lead since i did a massive hewge tidy up of the office... you know that, we all do it.... where is it??
 and what else is new in FishLand?
 - a new tattoo
 - a climbing course
 - a bad back
 - another crazy obstacle course
 - plans for business expansion in 2013...
Someone tell Father Time... i seem to MISSING a few extra hours in my day!?
x x x
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Friday, 17 August 2012

Eye Eye...

Untitled by Mrs Gibson's Atelier
Untitled, a photo by Mrs Gibson's Atelier on Flickr.

Sewn man - with needle n thread....! you need to show MrsGibson some serious reeespect for this x

Thursday, 16 August 2012

wholesale orders for Christmas... and life bits!

Christmas??? Don't panic... too much.
I have just been putting together my first wholesale orders for Christmas 2012, i kid you not.
I have reduced the number of handmade items i sell for wholesale - this year has been somewhat of a relaxed retail year. I have missed the income but realistically i just cut right back on all my non-essentials and it helped.
 What has slowly begun is the ordering of wholesale supplies for you dear stash customers!
If i can get these items ordered in early enough, i can guarantee:
The amounts you need / the colours you need / quick delivery / better prices...
Every year i feeeeel peoples pain as they email me:
"Kirsty, i need 5 of these and i need them tomorrow for an order..."
I cannot work magic my loves, although i do have a SuperHero complex.
 So, my advice (whether you order supplies from my shops or not tis the same advice)
Plan - on paper:
The item you are making
The measurements
Allll the ingredients
The number of those items you want to make
and then put all your stash order together in one lump.
It saves time and hassle and money.
It is what i do for all my Christmas stock to make sure i don't run out of the essential items.
 I already have my work list put together of what still needs making for Xmas 2012
I will begin putting together all the bits n pieces and stock taking my statsh STRAIGHT after i blog this because then i know, when i fancy a bit of sewing, all the bits i need will be ready.
Sickeningly organised, i know.
Efficient and worthy of emulating?? probably xxx

Thursday, 9 August 2012

"I am Ready........"

 GB in this year 2012 has been a huge influence of positivity on millions of us.
There is something so affirmative about the ACHIEVEMENTs that these people, 'our people' have harnassed...
As regular Fishes, many of you already know i am alllll about harnessing the power of positivity.
IF you want something it IS within your reach.

so, i read a thing the other day about starting your day with
"Iam Ready......" and you fill in your blank.
"Iam ready to / for / with...."
Yesterday was BIG for me as i said to myself:
"Iam ready to train, to help my poorly back" (injury!!)
And it was huge. I haven't trained properly for so long due to this injury. And i made that the primary focus for my day. Everything else happend around THAT goal and secondary to / in support of that goal. That was the FOCUS of my day.
SO much of what i read, feel, believe and work towards does come from the focus and concentration that comes from training: sprinting, running, lifting weights.
It is a beautiful feeling to focus intently on one small goal.
Now, i want to teach myself to carry that focus over to areas of my life that i struggle with or that are hard to focus on / find the love for!!
(for me that is my book-keeping or tackling the garden!)

      "I AM Ready......     "
Try it??
You can allllways do something to improve your happiness

Thursday, 2 August 2012

A word on Humility...

Humility - to be humble, respectful, modest...
Well lucky me that i have a rich and comparitively luxurious life.
Lucky me that i have time and money and health and motivation... friends and family...
There BUT for the Grace of God go I

 "Humility does not mean thinking less of yourself than of other people,
nor does it mean having a low opinion of your own gifts.
It means freedom from thinking about yourself at all"
~William Temple
I am thinking that i should practice humility more than i do.
"I want THIS & I want THAT & i want it NOW"
 ~ perhaps you do my dear, but that doesn't mean to say you should get it.
Swallow your pride occasionally, it's non-fattening!

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Couldn't resist some Beach Huts... and Chocolate...

 Limited Edition - the prettiest pink beach hut Ribbon!
oh i luffs it. I am going to wrap my friends birthday present in it AND make some lovely Birthday Cards...
 And also, more of the Bias that people seem to be loving :)
This time in Chocolate because it has a bit more of a vintage feel.
Something different hey?

 And i also put this button mix together some weeks ago (before i disappeared on holiday!)
It is Bejewelled Peacock - Teal, Disco Pink, Lime, Blue, Green and some metallics.
Lovely and bohemiam.
I have been enjoying the Summer despite the poor weather.
My garden does look awful though...
I still have my fingers crossed for some late sunshine come September... whaddya reckon?