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Creating a new work space - my fabulous shed!

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As my fabric business grew, my dining room got rather over run with stock, so I decided it was time to have a rethink. My first thought was to hire an office space. There's a development near me and so I went for a look. It was rather lovely, but the cheapest workspace was £250 a month, and I just felt that was more than I wanted to pay. It was Mr Oakapple who came up with the idea of a shed. You might think that was the obvious answer, but I have a tiny garden!   I was recomended...

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Do's and don'ts of taking your children to a craft fair

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For this blog post I thought I would focus on an issue close to my heart - taking your children to a craft fair. For many of us in the crafting community this is something that crops up time after time and it can be something that can raise the blood pressure of even the most placid crafter! My children have been coming to craft fairs on and off with me for about four years now and it's usually because I have no-one else able to look after them on that day. From time to time my daughter likes to...

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Having a photoshoot for my website

This week I bit the bullet and organised for professional photographer Ceri Oakes to come and do a photoshoot with me. Ceri has worked as a press photographer for a while, and was at one point the photographer for my local newspaper, the Whitby Gazette. She is now working freelance, and as I love her work and she lives near me, she was the perfect choice. I wanted some photographs of both me and the products I stock. I have always hated having my photo taken and felt very self concsious! There was no need to worry - Ceri and...

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My first ever visit to a trade show - Stitches at the NEC

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In February, I decided to visit the CHSI (craft hobby and stitch international) trade fair at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) Birmingham. This was the first time at a trade event for me, although I've attended loads of knitting and stitching shows, spring fairs,gardening show - you name it! I found out about the show from one of the agents from a fabric distributor who regularly visits with new collections. Registration was easy, it's all online of course, finding a hotel was more of a challenge, and finding a reasonably priced train ticket near impossible! I started by thinking about...

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Posting out the orders

I thought today I'd show you my parcel posting (and school!) run. Once your order has been placed I select the fabric and other things ordered and package them up in their respective mailbags. Mostly, orders received before 1pm will be posted out the same day.   Once all the fabric has been cut to required size it's packaged up   Then the packages and I set off for school to pick up the Oakapple apprentices and head to the post office. The two apprentices attend school in the village of Lythe, and it's at Lythe's fabulous village shop that...

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