Saturday, 17 June 2017

I have almost forgotten how to blog...!

I have just realised that it has been over 6 months since I last blogged. 6 months! Wow. So much has happened in that time.

Firstly, let me ask any of you who may still follow this blog if you are OK? I surely hope so!

Secondly, I must tell you why I have been so quiet on here. Well, apart from the fact that I have been more involved with Facebook, Twitter and Instagram than Blogger, we as a family have suffered two close family deaths - both within 2 and a half months of each-other. First my step-dad, David, to the dreaded cancer, then my brother, also called David to an unknown cause at present. My step-dad was expected but my brother was not, so it's been a shocking time of it just lately and I wouldn't wish it on my enemies.

To top it off, I did my back in and was out of action for around 3 weeks and then my poor husband, 3 weeks ago, tore a muscle in the back of his calf.

Not to mention terrorist incidents you will no doubt have seen and the elections and the Grenfell Tower fire...

Yeah, Annus Horribilis so far.

My advice, should you wish to use it is hug your children and loved ones for longer tonight, tell them you love them, show them daily, be nice to all, show respect, let hate dissipate, do what you love and live life to the full, as though it's your last day as one day, it will be.

Anyway...

After all that, I do have some good news, I have been making items using FABULOUS Harris Tweed wool! Oh wow, I have managed to find a source with acceptable prices and so have spent A LOT of money on it and have been busily designing and making. I'm going to show you some photos:

Shoulder Bags with Internal Zip Pockets and Magnetic Snap Closure
I also have red and and blue themes

Covered A5 size Notebooks with Flap Closure and Pen

Various colours of Cosmetics, Make-up or Toiletries Bags



Various colours of Cross-Body Tweed and Eco Leather Bags



The Small Messenger Bag with Two Pockets and Adjustable Strap

Ladies Glasses Case (made as order number three from a regular customer)

Padded Mobile Phone Cases in Harris Tweed and Eco Leather

Coin and Card Purses in Presentation Boxes.

I have a million and one other ideas that are in my head (and written down) and I intend to act upon then, after I have completed and order of 10 Vintage Handkerchief and Linen Bridesmaid Pouches which I am very happy about.!

That's all for now, have a lovely weekend and thanks for reading, perhaps someone would leave me a feedback too :)

Julie.

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(C) Forget-Me-Not Crafts 2017.


Monday, 2 January 2017

Happy New Year and Items!

Happy New Year!

I hope you all had a fabulous Christmas and are already getting into 2017... I had a lovely time relaxing and enjoying time with the family, but I am really ready to get back into work! So much so that I started 4 days ago... #cantresist

This blog is picture heavy and hopefully the photos are self-explanatory...I will apologise for the lighting in the photo as most of these were taken during bad weather...enjoy! Oh, and all of these items can be found on my Etsy store if you wish to make a purchase. Thank you for reading.

Large Doilies Shoulder Bag in Navy with Internal Zip Pocket

Doilies Cross Body Blue Bag with Internal Zip Pocket

Doilies Cushion, Large with Golden Button

Freehand Machine Embroidery Glasses/Mobile/iPod Cases
Three Piece Make up and Toiletries Set, Blue Floral

Floral Lined Scottie Dog Wool Coin Purse
Small Wool Plaid Cushion with Flower Brooch

Small Brown Chevron Wool Cushion with Flower Brooch

Small Wool Plaid, Denim and Brown Wool Chevron Cushion with Button Detail
Small Botanical Garden Cushion
Three Piece Make up and Toiletries Set, Blue and Pink Floral
Denim and Floral Mobile Phone Cases with Earphone Pockets
Three Piece Make up and Toiletries Set, Brown and Burgundy
Large Scottie Dog Wool Plaid, Brown Wool Chevron and Denim Cushion

(C) FMN Crafts 2017

Friday, 30 September 2016

New Items!

Good evening all,

So sorry for the absence, I have still been busy making but I have been a little preoccupied with Craft Fairs and (ssh, don't tell Blogger) Instagram. It's brilliant! If you fancy a look at my stuff on there, click here.

For today I want to show you a few things and I'll do so like before, in photo form. Let me know what you think by leaving a comment or head over to my Instagram or Facebook page. Thanks!

Vintage Doilies and Handkerchiefs Small Lined Cross Body Bag with Internal Pocket
Linen Vintage Handkerchiefs and Doily Small Envelope Back Throw Cushion
Small Framed Freehand Machine Embroidery Tea Cups Wall Art
Vintage Doilies and Handkerchiefs Large Lined Shoulder Bag with Internal Pocket

Lovely Denim and Floral Cotton Mobile 'Phone Cases with Earphone Pockets
Small Tea Cups Linen, Cotton, Chiffon and Lace Envelope Back Freehand Machine Embroidery Cushion

Linen and Vintage Handkerchiefs Wristlet Bridesmaid Pouches, Set of 3
Small Botanical Garden Envelope Back Throw Cushion with Removable Brooch Back Flower

Sunday, 31 July 2016

Latest Makes

Hello all,

Hope you are enjoying your summer so far - this is my favourite time of year, not only as I love the sun but I was born in August too so BIRTHDAY! Woop.

This blog is mostly picture heavy as I expect the items I have been making to be pretty self explanatory, but I'll point out a few things. Enjoy. :)

Some more Tea Cup Pin Cushions

New materials used for the Mobile 'Phone Cases with Earphone Pockets

Christmas Bunting (I know) in Large Size, Double Sided, 8' Long

Christmas Bunting in Small Size, Double Sided, 4' 6" Long

A new style of Freehand Machine Embroidery Denim Purses

Cute Freehand Machine Embroidery Denim Pencil Cases

The next batch of Freehand Machine Embroidery Greetings Cards - always a popular choice

A Throw Cushion made using gorgeous Hemp and Linen Materials (made a while ago, just not photographed)

My Freehand Machine Embroidery Bottle Bags - such a good idea! (If I do say so myself)

My newest line of items - these are Cross Stitch Needle Cases, this one Pink and Red Ladybird theme

And this one is my Blue and Grey Butterfly Theme
These last two items I have to tell you about. There is a little company called Jammy Codgers who are two friends that work together making and retailing many kinds of jams, chutneys and pickles (that are delicious I might add) and who regularly attend the Bakewell Town Hall Craft Fairs I often tell you about. Well, Sue, one of the two, was making a quilt for a grandchild but never got around to finishing it - using an array of Cross Stitch patches. Now, as she doesn't have a use for them any more, she decided to give them to me to see if I can use them! How lovely! There are loads....and a bag full of other items too. So, the first thing I made were these two Needle Cases and I simply love them. PLUS, Iris, another Bakewell visitor, also had a huge bag of ribbons she no longer needed and she gave them to me - on the same day. How lucky am I?!! Needless to say, ribbons were also used to make these two and there will be many more...

I posted these onto Instagram yesterday and today, the pink one sold! Wow. Very pleased. So, I only have one now but I will make more.

That's all for today, I hope you like my items, they will be at my regular craft fairs or if you are interested in anything, please get in contact. This is my Instagram account and here is my Facebook page. I love you to follow me!

Thanks for reading,
Julie.

(C) FMN Crafts 2016.

Friday, 8 July 2016

Gardening and Tea Cups!

Hi all,

Just a short blog today just to tell you I haven't fallen off the face of the earth - it's just been rather busy here. I have been re-stocking and adding things to the shop my items are in, Two Little Magpies in Beeston, Nottingham and I have been making lots of things for my craft fairs too.

And I have been gardening. Oh yes. I know all about weeds now...

Not that I didn't before, well, I knew a bit but my husband is the gardener here. We are fortunate to have a large back garden and the front is quite large too so it's all go to keep them up to standard. And I have been helping :) We actually get quite a lot of lovely comments form the neighbours as they walk past so it makes all the hard work worthwhile (mostly David's). :D

Here's a picture of part of the front garden taken a week or so ago:


And here's a picture of the bottom of back garden from my shed, about 4-5 weeks ago:


Here's a picture of another part of the back garden from my workshop (spare room) window (yes, I am blessed working here and yes, we're soon to replace our little fence!):


And this picture shows the garden from the top patio area, earlier in the season before hanging baskets appeared everywhere and climbers started climbing etc. The canopy is still off the swing chair too, so spring/summer was just beginning:


I'll bring more soon.

But anyway, I haven't got many pictures to show you of new items as I have been re-stocking, as mentioned, but I have done these I'd like you to see:


These are my Tea Cup Pin Cushions. How cute are these?! I just love florals, I love China tea cups and saucers and I love sewing, so these hit the spot (much like the tea would)!






A few of these are for the shop and the others (with more to come) will soon be available at my craft fairs.

So that's all for now, see you soon,
Julie.

(C) FMN Crafts 2016