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Wednesday, 23 May 2012


Hello all.  We have had a strange thing up in the sky here for a day or two...it's big, yellow and very bright....if anyone has any idea what it is please send answers on a postcard  :-) :-)

Doesn't it make you feel better when it's warmer and not raining?  I'm sorry to say it wasn't like this on Saturday morning while we had our sale....It was very cold and very damp so we put chairs in the front of our garage so folk could enjoy their coffee in there  :-)  It was lovely to see a lot of old friends but alas many were missing due to becoming too old and frail and suffering ill health. Old age rarely comes alone I'm sorry to say.

I've had another busy week with lots of customers and for those wondering I am now up to 1170...I actually had 6 more new customers last week!  The business is really booming even though I put my prices up a little from the beginning of April this year...the first increase in 3 years!  I like to check with other businesses in the area before putting up my prices and for 5 jobs that I do regularly that I had been charging £55 for they were charging £103 in Shrewsbury.....I guess that's why I have lots of customers eh?

So? What is on my desk this week?

The simple answer is....... lots......... but not a lot I can share with you just yet  :-)

.....But I will say my little box of ATCs is filling....Jo and I had a creative Funday Monday making a few more for the 3rd Birthday celebrations next week.  I would love to, not only send one to my pay it forward WOYWWer, but am happy to, do a swap with any of the wonderful friends I have made during the last three years so please email me with your details if you fancy swapping with me. 

 I've finished two of the little dolls for the twins....and they love them  :-)

I'm still only able to knit for short spells before my hands ache but I've managed to finish Lexi's latest cardigan.   :-)
I do love Crofter baby wool.

That's all I can share with you today so please leave me a little 'hello' message before you pop over to Julia's to join in the WOYWW fun and I will do my best to pay you a return visit. Don't forget to email me with your address if you fancy swapping ATCs next week for our birthday celebrations [in addition to the pass it forward one of course].  I feel so very blessed to have made so many wonderful friends in the last 3 years so it would be really fab if some of you would like to swap with me.


Twiglet said...

Wow - that little cardi looks fab and I bet the twins love their little dollies - just the right size for tiny hands. x Jo

sandra de said...

The little cardigan is absolutely gorgeous. I would love to swap an ATC with you and Jo next week. I am trying something with a textile theme just for you two!! I planned to contact you next week but seeing you mentioned it I thought I would jump the queue!
Sandra @57

Lynn Holland said...

You are so busy busy busy, me too.
It's lovely to work in the sunshine with the birds singing. Off to open the studio door now and enjoy the day. I've a bag to send of to Slaidburn and one to the USA.
Don't forget to take a breather will you.
Will go and have a peep at more of your goodies first,
Lynn 48
One I made earlier today
Shop - www.doodlybird.co.uk

Lisa said...

lots of cute things you make and fab they look too:D
Happy WOYWW day
Lisa #16

Lunch Lady Jan said...

I love Crofter wool too, knitted my hubby a jumper in green tones last year - the pink is so sweet!
Given the past weeks, I simply haven't had time to make ATCs to swap, but am there with you in spirit. Am doing a giveaway instead :)
Thanks for your love and support over the recent weeks,
Hugs, LLJ #57 xx

Anonymous said...

I absolutely adore your dolls! They remind me of being a little girl again.


Zoe #76

Ann B said...

Wow, all those ATCs, you have been busy. Haven't made one yet so don't want to commit to swapping but if all goes well and I make more than one I'd love one of yours.
Looks like your business is thriving - onwards and upwards.

Thanks for visiting
Ann B

JoZart said...

Lovely post where all seems to be going amazingly well. Lots of lovely makes too. I hope this lovely golden ball in the sky makes you take five and relax a little with time for yourself for a change.
I would love to swap an ATC with you.... must get cracking and make some myself!
love JoZarty x

Kate said...

Just putting the finishing touches to my ATCs for next week, looking forward to it being a bumper WOYWW week.

** Kate **

jude said...

Gosh youve been busy bee all those ATC's,and the knitted dolls and cardy are cute!Havent been on awhile so doing catch up and have missed the wednesday morning ritual so much!
Have fab wednesday hugs judex32

Mrs A. said...

Thank you for the birthday wishes. Your

Ittlel cardi is such lovely colours. I have Managed to knit one set for the fish & chip babies but my hand like you gets painful after 1/2hr of knitting. Hugs mrs a.

Helen said...

You always do so much more than anyone else I know!! Love the little woolies and I am sure your ATC's will be gorgeous. Not sure how many I can get done so may have to miss out on your exchange! Helen 17

famfa said...

Gorgeous cardi, love the dolls. Congrats on so many customers. Not surprised though.
Famfa 126

Redanne said...

The dolls are gorgeous and love the little cardi! Well done on getting more customers - you probably do a much better job than that other company too, for all that they charge so much. Happy WOYWW, Anne #18

Cardarian said...

Ha, ha we have that strange thing in the sky too - just came out a few hours ago! Love your lovely projects!
So many ATCs made huh! I better catch up!
Have a lovely week week!
Lots of hugs,

April said...

Love the dolls and the cardigan! Looks like you have been busy with the ATC's! Hoping your hands improve soon. maybe this warmer weather will help? x April#97

CraftygasheadZo said...

Some super makes and I see you have been ATC busy! Take care and enjoy this sunny & warm WOYWW. Zo xx 80

Laura said...

Love the cardi. I was gutted when I got 'too big' for my Nan's knitted goodies!
Laura 138

Doone said...

Hi Annie

Ha ha - Jo needs the extra week! I was saying I have done an extra's so I could send one each to you two - I will probably send two in one envelope,

take care of those (loving) hands...


Princess Judy Palmer said...

Such sweet dollies in happy colored clothing. That is a nice looking cardigan too. Lots of ATCs at the ready too. I have to admit I have some more preparation to do before next week!

Fiona@staring at the sea said...

Love the dolls and that little cardi is so pretty.
Fiona xx

Di said...

Oh Annie, what a super post. All at sixes and sevens here - trying to be a swan on the surface and paddling like a crazy duck under the water line. Doubt if I'll manage the ATCs which is a shame :(

Love, Di xx

Neet said...

Lovely work as always on your desk and that blog header - gorgeous! Glad you r little sale went well despite falling numbers.
I'd love to swap but am not tempting fate until I have done some ATC's but watch this space.
Hugs, Neet #25 xx (playing catch up as usual)

kay said...

adorable cardigan,enjoy the sunshine
have a fab woyww
kay #33

505whimsygirl said...

Hi Annie,

Oh, wow -- to aspire to knit like you!

Congrats on your sales! I think it's about time that you raise the prices - three years?!?

Thanks for visiting me earlier today. I'm getting a slow start.

Kay #141

Queen Of Toys said...

Lovely little cardigan, and and interesting box full of stuff. You are a tease..........LOL

Eliza #49

Queenie Jeannie said...

Look how talented you are!!! BRAVO on all the gorgeous creations you've shared! That little sweater is just soooo cute!

Jeannie #75

RosC said...

The cardigan is very sweet, and the dollies are darlings. I reckon you could definitely put your prices up a tad. There's a fine line between being too expensive for the customer, and appearing to be too cheap. I've had that tussle in my own business too. It's a balancing act isn't it, and it sounds as though biz is growing nicely. :-)
Ros #64

SueH said...

I see you’re still been as busy as ever while I’ve been away Annie, nothing changes there!

It’s a shame that the weather wasn’t good for your sale at the weekend because it would have brought more people out but I hope it still went well and you sold lots of things.

I hadn’t realised that the 3rd anniversary was almost upon us so if I’m going to join in I need to get my finger out.

Have a good week and ……
Happy Crafting!

Anne said...

The cardy is gorgeous as are the dolls. Thankyou for visiting me this week. Anne x

Samantha Elliott said...

Wow Annie. Just how many ATCs have you done there? I haven't started mine yet, but I have tonight and tomorrow - albeit 55 mins left of tonight!
I can report desks were messy by wednesday night as my friend came over so we messed them up!