Weekly Tales from my Wee Shop in the Craft Village
Well that was one busy week in my fabric shop Derry. After a chance conversation at the beginning of the week, I thought I would do a weekly round up in a blog style for those who visit my wee shop and are not on any of the social media networks.
I had a lovely start to the week. I headed off on a day away around the North Coast; and had a perfect opportunity to visit the lovely ‘Hope & Gloria’ vintage shop in the town of Coleraine. It is a social enterprise with the most amazing ethos of helping others. Here is a link to their Facebook page. After I got lost for a couple of hours rummaging through the vintage, vintage scrap bags of fabric and buttons, we sat in their £1 coffee shop for some of the best tasting coffee & lemon drizzle cake.
The girls also do craft workshops and I can say that I left with my wee bags of vintage fabric & buttons totally inspired for my wee business at the Craft Village in Derry. Next time you’re in the location you should pay them a visit, you won’t be disappointed.
The last of the ‘Haberdashery Lucky Bags’ went out the door on Tuesday. These were my way of saying ‘thank you’ with an attitude of gratitude to those lovely customers who purchase fabric from me. I got so many positive comments from those that received the wee bags that I think this wee idea is a keeper! The bags contained all sorts of haberdashery bits and pieces that could be added to the ever growing stash (we all have one!!). The bag contained everything but the wee red fortune teller fish! Remember those!?
I was working late on Thursday night, busy re-organising the shop, putting new fabrics on bolts and getting prepared for my first “Paint Party”. Sometime after leaving and through the night, the “Yarnbombers” must have worked like Ninjas to bedeck the Craft Village in an array of wonderful colours and creations. It was a wonderful sight for the bleary-eyed of a Friday morning. If you’re about town next week, call in and see the wonderful work.
Friday was a busy day as usual. All the Friday regulars as well as some faces calling for their bits and pieces for their weekend creating and crafting. I love the conversations and banter about the next project on hand; the unfinished projects, and the Pinterest obsessions we have :).
Then there was the first ever “Paint Party”. Well, what can I say!? I had an absolute ball. I’m passionate about the Chalk Paint™ by Annie Sloan that I stock, and I love nothing more than to spread the word on the tips, techniques and tricks of the trade to get the best finish for your wee pieces that have become unloved. The night was such a success that it will have to repeated on a regular basis. This is a very open & relaxed evening with loads of opportunities to ask questions and get a feel for working with the paint. We covered how to get the best from the paint, how to wax your finished piece, when to use the lacquer, and to embellish your furniture with decoupage. If this is something that interests you then PM me at the Facebook Page here with your email address; or just send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org ….it’s that simple 🙂
This morning we had the second of our Patchwork Quilting classes for beginners. The girl’s quilts are coming along nicely, with many of them adding their borders now. I love how all the quilts look so different with their choices of fabric, even though they are doing the same pattern! It’s an absolute joy to watch them all progress. It’s the most lovely relaxed morning of sewing…and eating cake!! The Patchwork Classes are facilitated by the lovely Maeve Gallagher, who is the font of Patchwork Knowledge! She even baked the most gorgeous petit cranberry scones. One of the participants, Olivia, baked the most gorgeous carrot cake…in a microwave! Imagine! I was astounded. My microwave sits in the corner of the kitchen like an ornament!
By the time Saturday afternoon comes along, I’m all tuckered out! and today I had a wee welcome surprise visit from Kiera, one of the participants from the “paint party”. Kiera runs her own cake making business, Pretty Elegant Cakes. Well she arrived in with a wee thank you gift for inviting her along to the ‘paint party’. Wasn’t that a really sweet thing to do!? I’m easy pleased, and was truly overwhelmed at her thoughtfulness.
It’s feet up time now with one of Kiera’s lovely cupcakes, a wee cuppa and this month’s Mollie Makes. I’ve been that busy this week that I haven’t even had the time to open it yet…not even a wee thumb through or a sneak peek! So I’m going to really enjoy the next hour or two.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend lovely people!
Take care, Kaela xx