Saturday, April 23, 2011

A Give Away & Something New...

Ohhhhh...the magic 'G' word!
This is our 100th post and we thought it would be nice to hold a little give away in celebration.This past month has been a rather trying one and this blog has been an almost constant relief. To be able to come here and see what all of you crafty people are up to is a pleasure...sooo thank you, and 'heres to another 100'

This past month there has also been a flurry in new creatures emerging from the StuffedNonsense studio; there's been
Long Johns,
Frowny Puss'
Sweet Cheeks,
Slim Jims,
Little Aprils,
& Hup Two's.

Theres a few more critters waiting in the shadows too...including this guy
He's almost right, we're just waiting for the right nose. They are supposed to be akin to wombats (but with the nose he's got here he looks more like a bear) Do no fear though...we've found the right ones and are just waiting for them to be delivered. The idea is that they have a little pouch/pocket on their front which will have a piece of paper inside it and written on that piece of paper will be something to make you happy...for example 'the smell of freshly cut grass' etc etc. We think we will call them 'Wombats of Happiness'...what do you think??

Anyway, back to the giveaway.
If you would like to win one of our newer creatures (or in fact one of older ones...take a peek at our folksy shop, our etsy shop or our flickr account) all you have to do is tell us: if you could have a Wombat of Happiness what would you like its happy thought to say??
Sound like a deal?? off to make some dust bunny keyrings (how seasonal...kind of)
Happy Easter.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

We're Not Very Good At This...

Dear followers i'm soo terribly sorry to all of you for being unbelievably rubbish at keeping everything up to date.
The last month has been at times really rather hard and upsetting for us and at other times it has been truly amazing.
Soo...shall we start with the hard stuff (i'll hold your hand if you hold my a year and a half ago myself and Arthur ,my partner, (i know that sounds silly but after over six years together boy friend doesn't really seem to cut it does it?) found out that his dad was terminally ill with a brain tumour. He held on for much longer then we thought but last week he past away peacefully in his sleep. He was terribly ill and to see him suffering as much as he was was heart breaking. Whilst it is terribly sad that he has gone, in some ways it is a relief to know that he can now rest without any pain.

I was in two minds as to if i should write about this here but as its one of the main reasons as to why things have been so quiet around here. The whole family is holding up OK and right now we are just piecing everything back together again...trying to get back to normality.

Its not all been sad this month though.
On the 3rd of April we had a stall at the first ever Norwood Feast.
It went soo well, we had an awful lot of fun (even if we did get lost) and we even sold out of some stuff!
We also put the finishing touches on our first order from The Maisonette (i've literally just finished sellotaping the address onto the box!)
Yesterday we were at the second Crafty Fox Pop Up Market at The Dogstar in Brixton. It was an awful lot of fun and we met lots of lovely people. I had no choice but to be frugal with my purchases ( thanks to my pitiful bank balance) so i left with this really lovely wooden wren brooch
I brought it from Fabric took me ages to make my choice (i had to go and get arthur to come and help me!)
and the lovely El and John brought me this awesome bear print from seventy tree..
i love that the picture is made up of the word 'bear' written over and over again.
In other good news i've spent the last two and a half hours listing items on our folksy shop and also on our etsy shop...have a gander if you like.

Well...i imagine that things will still be a bit quiet around here for a bit longer....we've still got some fixing to do...but rest assured i'll be back on full cylinders soon.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Still Here...

...Just about.
Sorry for the lapse in StuffedNonsense news.
Lots and lots have been happening.
Since our last post we have kissed goodbye to our bricks and mortar shop...which is a bit sad but a bit exciting at the same time; it now means we can concentrate on taking StuffedNonsense onto the next level (sorting out the business plan, sorting out the website, sorting out some savings, sorting out some new stockists...and lots of other grown up things like that)
In the midst of the shop removal we have been trying to frantically prepare for a craft fair in London...which is this Sunday ( and yes we are freaking out about the lack of stock...but we wouldn't be StuffedNonsense if weren't chronically unprepared for anything)
We also found out an extra super special shop called The Maisonette would like to stock are creations! Its crazy good news, as they were one of the first shops we approached since the shop closing; so its given us lots of confidence in our products and also in our approach to possible stockists. The shop looks soo wonderful, im gutted that StuffedNonsense is in Cheltenham and many many miles away from Glasgow. The Maisonette has also just opened an internet shop which is rather dandy too...why not head over and have a gander (im 100% certain you wont be dissapointed)
Right...soo heres a sprinkling of pictures....
This cute little desk used to be in the corner of the shop but now its my work in progress desk (full of: four Hup 2,3's waiting for labels, ten Little Aprils waiting for their cardboard tags and twenty one dustbunnies waiting for eyes...i mentioned it has to be done by Sunday didn't i?)
These guys are new and in the same 'range' as the Long Johns...they are called Slim Jims (we're still ironing out the creases in their background story)
Again, in the same range as the Long Johns...this one is called a Frowny Puss'...
And this one is called a Sweet Cheeks....i LOVE the fabric its body is made out of...i want to make PJ's out of it.

What do you thing to the new guys?? Will they fit in under the StuffedNonsense roof?
These ones are still on paper but will be given a lease of life between this craft fair (on Sunday don'tcha know) and the next one (a two week gap in case your wondering...we must be mad)
Hopefully we will be back soon
(please feel free to send soothing and calming thoughts/comments our way)