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Wednesday, 16 December 2009


Where did that week go? As you can see from my work desk I cleared it at the end of yesterday and there is no sewing on it. Since clearing it though I have had a couple of jobs in so please don't imagine I will be putting my feet up today :-)
You can see my new set of drawers below my work desk. These are now full of my threads of every colour. My old set of drawers were far too small and used to get stuck when the cotton reels got trapped at the back so the new ones save me a lot of time and temper :-)
On the top at the left of my machine you can see my customer cards in the two index boxes. All 901 of them :-)
At least 2/3 of them have become regulars and the rest are mostly Wedding dress customers although many of these have also come back for other sewing jobs.

In the front of the one index box are my Christmas vouchers. I decided when I first set up my business that giving out £1 vouchers to be used in January would encourage folk to come, maybe, at a time when I would be a little less busy and to wish my customers a Happy Christmas. They are received gratefully and although I give out very many only a handful are normally used so they work very much as a good will gift but cost me little.

I now have to tackle taking in the bodice of this little party frock. Its boned so I will have to unpick it all to take out the boning before taking it in and then replace it after so it's rather a tricky job and will take me a while to do. Just another challenge for me to fill my day :-)

This is one of the several stockings I have been asked to make this year. Just thought I would share it with you and brighten up my blog. I'm not sure I will get round to blogging my WOYWW next week cos I am on holidays so here's wishing all my WOYWW buddies a very Happy Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year.
Love to all, A x


Milliesmarvels said...

Very tidy work area. Love the stocking.
Good luck with taking in the dress, I wouldn't have a clue where to start!

Deanne said...

sounds like your going to have a busy day ahead of you :) xx great tidy space though x

Susie Sugar said...

Great stocking hung there waiting for Santa !! he he
your space is so neat ...always
Hugs Susie xx

Twiglet said...

A place for everything and everything in its place!!! Just going to start felting pics for my notebook covers - will pop around a few blog sites for inspiration. I have already melted friendly plastic to my ironing board and dyed its cover with silk paints!!

Julia Dunnit said...

Ah, a lesson in organisation, for sure. Love to think that the cotton reel situation used to drive you to temper, reassuringly human of you! Stocking is lovely...you know what Im goign to say about the dress.....run ! run as fast as you can!!

Liverpool Lou (Anne) said...

Ooh I'd love to rummage through your drawers :O just to see your collection of threads you understand LOL. Love the stocking, but as for the dress aaaarrghhhhhh!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you ;)
Anne x

Kaz said...

Merry Christmas Annie!! Rather you than me with that boned dress. How fab having 901 customers in an age where clothes become disposable.

I need to come and rummage through your scrap drawers I think!
I shall report back on Lucy's reaction to your felt cow after Christmas, but I know it'll be a big hit already xxx

SueH said...

I bet you had fun arranging all your threads.

I have all my embroidery threads colour coordinated in a specially made cabinet and there’s nothing more rewarding than seeing them all lined up the right place.

Good luck with the dress……I wouldn’t have a clue where to start!

Pam said...

That is very tidy! Love the stocking, I've got a boned dress to take in this week (for friday!) I bought it off ebay so was very cheap but is a little bit loose around the bust so need to get craking if I'm going to wear to my xmas party!

Good Luck with the alterations.

Hugs Pam

Sam said...

yep - saving temper is a very good thing!! I have a drawer on my dresser that persists in sliding out - so I stuck some magnets on it - didn't work arggggh!! Screwed in a hinge hook - that seems to work - mostly!! It still drives me crackers every now and then! ;-)

Kathy said...

oh wow! so tidy - I was expecting to see piles of fabric on your desk - lots of those last-minute alterations and finishing touches to the Christmas stuff you've been making.
Please don't tell me you're all finished and ready for the big day

Sara's Texture Crafts said...

Love that tidy desk feeling don't you?! I've gotta do mine tomorrow before Christmas is here... I will try to be as tidy as you... Depends mainly on if I can concerntrate on the job at hand rather than singing Christmas songs!!

Always been great to see your name pop up on my blog this year and I hope catch up with your work this coming year too.

Merry Christmas! And enjoy your fibres!! (Please thank your daughter for me :) )