Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Poppies and Daffodils.

Poppies and Daffodils., originally uploaded by Wychbury.
Poppies and Daffodils.
A gorgeous day and the last performance of Edith's Wartime Scrapbook this morning was a great success (see yesterday's post).  I'm still fairly jubilant about the £180....I'll say that again £180 donated to the Poppy Appeal yesterday so I thought I'd get on with some more.  I will be exhibiting my work for eight weeks in the Saltaire Visitor's Information Centre in the run up to Saltaire Arts Trail 2012 and I would really like to include some poppies in the range.   Since I am obviously on a roll, I will save the info about the exhibition and the other artists included for another post.

Paula x

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Poppies 2011

We don't talk about poppies and the Poppy Appeal in March.  We are nowhere near November, poppies aren't even out at the moment and everyone is all off the crimson and on to pastels when it comes to florals.  However, my son is currently in the choir for his year group's production of WW2 musical 'Edith's Wartime Scrapbook' AND it is nearly the end of the tax year so now seems to be as good a time as any to close the 2011 total for our donations to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.  

As you may know, I make a range of velvet Poppy accessories that we sell through all of our usual outlets but from the sale of each item we make a donation to the RBL which is the equivalent of about 10% of the retail price.  Details of the donation amount are printed on the back of each item's card and we update our total on our facebook page throughout the year.

So without further ado, it gives me great pleasure to announce the total money collected and donated to the 2011 appeal iiiiis......
Thank you so much to all our customers, we hope that you will continue to support the RBL in 2012

Paula x

Thursday, 15 March 2012

Pin It.

A while ago, a customer sent me an enquiry about the possibility of me adapting one of my pincushion ring designs into a brooch. I had no plans to do so at the time and wasn't really sure how to convert the design, I thought the weight would make a brooch version loll forward on the clothing and be useless so I put the idea on the back burner. However, the idea of making a whole range of wearable sewng accessories was something that had now been put in my head so I put the brooch idea to some fellow stitchers to see what they thought. We all concurred that our cardigans, other clothing and furniture were full of pins and needles anyway so why not do it in a way that looked good?
You can always rely on Etsy's supply shop owners to make the best possible use of componants and it wasn't long before a search for '30mm base' yielded a brooch version of the ring from one of my favourite suppliers. So I have gone ahead and made something that I think works, it's a little shallower, the button is set a little more visably towards the front of the piece and you can wear it any way up!

I also have some plans to try a pendant version to wear on a chain and a larger brooch in a more ornate setting using the caps from milk cartons as a base.

In the words of Pinterest where Wychbury now has a page by the way,
Happy Pinning!

Paula x