Christmas Round Up!

December is marching on!  I’ve not finished doing my Christmas shopping yet have you?

As it’s cold and I’m snowed in today my best bet is some on-line gift shopping, I do enjoy being able to shop from the comfort of my sofa!

Just in case you haven’t finished shopping like me, I have some ideas from my shop that might be just the thing for your loved ones – amigurumi that will deliver that cuteness factor, beautifully crocheted blankets that you know will be treasured for generations and unique bags with loads of personality!

The links at the top of my page will take you directly to my Etsy shop, but you can click on the pictures here too if you like.

Happy shopping!  And of course – a big Happy Christmas from me!!

Vicki x

Amigurumi Lion Pink Amigurumi Unicorn Turquoise Amigurumi Dormouse Upcycled Shopping Bag Upcycled Tote Bag Rainbow Crocheted Blanket Crocheted Wool Alpaca Blanket Upcycled Shopping Bag

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October business busyness!!

It’s been a busy month for me so far, I started October off by moving house.  I didn’t go far, I’m still living on a hill in the middle of Wales but the house I’m in now is an old farmhouse with a lot more room for me, my boys and my business.  You’d think that’d be enough for one month wouldn’t you?

This picture is actually taken from the front door of the house I moved from!  That close!

Then I launched my October blanket, blanket sale.  I really would like to start on some new designs so I have decided to offer a massive 40% off my beautiful heirloom blankets just for the month of October, there are still plenty to choose from in my Etsy shop here.  Get in there for a bargain!

40% off all blankets in my Etsy shop this October

Also in my Etsy shop this month I’ve added some amigurumi lions and some of my bags made from upcycled fabrics.  I use one for my crochet things as a project bag but realised they make great everyday bags too!  Too good a design not to share I thought.

Amigurumi Lion Upcycled lined bag with pockets

I’m very pleased to say that I’ve finally got my amigurumi unicorn design completed!  I’ve been busy making them for the shops that I stock and hope to have some of them in my shop on-line soon too!

Amigurumi Unicorns

A couple of the shops I made these for are new to me!  So exciting!!  I’m now stocking Charlotte of Hay in Hay-on-wye and have a cabinet dedicated just to my amigurumi in Wyeside Arts Centre in Builth Wells.  So now I’m playing catch up a bit as Talgarth Mill Craft Shop have asked me for some too and Quillies in Rhayader will also be getting some.

Goodness, this has got to be the longest blog post I’ve ever written!  So much news to tell you!!

My crochet lessons have been going well I’m nearly at the end of another beginners course in Builth Wells (always sad when these come to an end and I have to say goodbye to people) and have started running day courses in Rhayader which are brilliant fun!

Lastly!  I’ve made a prototype for a range of soft toys that I’ve been itching to make for months! Some of you may have noticed that there haven’t been many sock monkeys about for a while – this is why.  I do like making the sock monkeys but over the past year my heart hasn’t really been in them and I decided to develop a range of fabric soft toys instead.  This is my prototype dog!  He’s about 21cm high.

That now is all my news for this month (perhaps two blog posts would have been better but where would I have found the time!)

Right back to the crocheting for me now!

Vicki x

What’s Next?

The school summer holidays are very nearly done now, it’s been lovely having my two boys around so much but I’m now thinking about what’s next in my business.

I have a pile of fabric, all sorted out into colour combinations, sitting in a pile ready to be made up into bags – it’s been sat there for months!!  (I like to use unwanted, and often unused, fabric and repurpose/recycle/upcyle it.)

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I guess that kind of answers my question of what’s next then!

I am also in the middle of designing a new amigurumi – a unicorn this time!  So I now have two what’s next answers!  Ok that’ll keep me busy for a while.

Once I’ve made that lovely pile of fabric into bags I’ll be adding them to my Etsy shop, I do have a few in there already (here’s some I made earlier!) they will give you an idea of what to expect style wise!

Right I’m off to finish my new amigurumi design then it’s on to my ‘what’s next!’

Vicki x

Amigurumi Lion and a Wolf!

I had a couple of custom orders recently that have led me to expand my range of amigurumi unexpectedly!

I was all set to design a unicorn (which I still plan to do) when I was asked to create a Lion for a first birthday present and a Wolf for a lady who wanted a special present for her boyfriend.  I designed these for my customers and immediately loved them so much!!!  So I shall now get busy making some more of these for other people too 🙂

 

See what I mean!  How can I not make more of these, they’re so cute!

 

The Wolf (so hard to photograph in black!) was sold alongside one of my little cats – such a sweet picture they make!

Keep an eye on my Etsy shop for these, they’re on their way!

Vicki x

New Personalised Cards

Hello!

Those of you that follow me on Facebook will know that I’ve just launched a new concept in my Etsy shop – personalised cards to go with my little amigurumi.  It struck me that a gift means so much more when you have a little something with it that has your name on it and a specific reason for giving it.  The gift becomes more meaningful and the card and gift become a treasured keepsake for the recipient.

To give people an idea of what I mean I filled out some of the cards with different special events; 1st birthday, christening gift, new job, bridesmaid’s gift and so on.

Grey amigurumi dog with personalised card Pink amigurumi cat with personalised card pink amigurumi bunny with personalised card dusky pink amigurumi cat with personalised card purple amigurumi mouse with personalised card yellow amigurumi cat with personalised card

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve added a few to my Etsy shop now, with a view to adding more in the future.

That’s my news for today!

Bye for now!

Vicki x

Amigurumi Dogs!

Not long ago I added some little dogs to my small collection of amigurumi.  It seems that my design process starts off in my head, I then draw a, usually very bad, picture of what I have in mind and then start working out how to crochet it.

Here is an unconstructed dog!

Amigurumi dog construction

I made two versions, one with a fat and another with a more sculpted look head, this last one I was going to use in a dog with all four legs on the ground, as you can see his head is far too heavy!!  A design fail!  I should have know that would happen!

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Eventually, though the design was right and I was ready to make more.  Like my cats and bunnies the dog has a little basket and blanket so he can be tucked up all snug at the end of the day.  I have a few in my Etsy shop right now!

Amigurumi dog

I’ve even done a little video showing you amigurumi dogs in more detail! Something I would never have done a few months ago!  I took part in a video challenge set by Nicola Smith of A Handcrafted Business it gave me the confidence to have a go, it gives me a chance to show myself to you lovely lot!

That’s all from me today, see you soon!

Vicki x

Getting Ready for Wonderwool Wales 2017

I’m lucky enough to be sharing a stand with Powys Creative again this year at Wonderwool Wales. It’s very exciting, especially as I haven’t seen most of the people I’m sharing with since last year!!

The last couple of months I’ve been busying away trying to get enough stock together – with a few panicky moments along the way too, I’ve still got a few weeks thankfully!

Wonderwool Wales is the weekend of 22nd and 23rd of April and we will be in stall B11.

I’ll be taking with me lots of my little amigurumi creations!

Amigurumi mouse Amigurumi dog Amigurumi cat  Amigurumi Bunny

I’m also busy making crochet hook rolls especially for this event.  This picture is of the ones I made last year, as I’m still working on this years lot. I upcycle fabric to make these.

crochet hook rolls

Not only that I’ve set aside next week to make some more knitting and crochet bags, they have all the pockets you could need!  Including a lovely long internal one for knitting needles and crochet hook rolls.

Knitting and crochet project bag

Right, I’ve got a lot of making to do so I’ll be off.

Bye for now!

Vicki x

Events for 2017

It’s February and I’ve sorted out where I’m going to be throughout this year with craft fairs – nice to be organised!

Saturday 15th April – Hay-on-Wye, Buttermarket

Saturday and Sunday 22nd and 23rd April – Wonderwool Wales, Royal Welsh Showground, LLanelwydd.  I’ll be with the Powys Creative Stand

Sunday 14th May  – Hay-on-Wye, Buttermarket

Saturday 27th May  – Hay-on-Wye, Buttermarket

Wednesday 31st May  – Hay-on-Wye, Buttermarket

Sunday 4th June  – Hay-on-Wye, Buttermarket

Saturday 24th June  – Hay-on-Wye, Buttermarket

Sunday 9th July  – Hay-on-Wye, Buttermarket

Saturday 22nd July  – Hay-on-Wye, Buttermarket

Sunday 27th August  – Hay-on-Wye, Buttermarket

Sunday 10th September – Hay-on-Wye, Buttermarket

Saturday 23rd September  – Hay-on-Wye, Buttermarket

Sunday 8th October  – Hay-on-Wye, Buttermarket

Saturday 28th October  – Hay-on-Wye, Buttermarket

Saturday 25th November  – Hay-on-Wye, Buttermarket

Sunday 10th December  – Hay-on-Wye, Buttermarket

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As you can see I’ll mainly be trading in Hay-on-Wye this year!  Though of course I have an on-line shop too, so don’t worry if you can’t make it to any of the events listed above.

I Sent My First Newsletter Out Yesterday!

Yesterday I sent out my very, very first ever newsletter – it may sound silly but I’m so pleased!  I am planning on sending out one monthly, they are my way of keeping in touch with my lovely customers, letting you know what offers I have on, new products to watch out for and what I can offer as an independent handcrafter!

This month I spoke about buying a gift for someone and hoping they don’t already have it!  Has this ever happened to you?  It has to me!
Buying handmade makes the chances of that happening drop drastically, the very nature of handmade items are that they are unique and not widely available – that makes the gift extra special!

If you’d like to receive this newsletter it’s not too late to do so, this link here will take you my sign up form Link To Sign Up Form as a thank you for signing up you also get a 20% discount code to use in my Etsy Shop.

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Other news this month – I’m going to be at Wonderwool Wales on the weekend of 23rd and 24th April, for this weekend I’ll be shutting my Etsy shop and taking everything there (and lots of things that aren’t) to tempt folk!  I’m going to be part of the ‘Powys Creative’ stand, I’m in very talented company too, gorgeous handblown glass items from Fox Glass, felted scarves and hats from Dolyfelin Designs and beautiful willow woven baskets from Mary Zammit.  I’m so looking forward to it – and also have so much to do!!  Best get on with it.

Bye for now

Vicki x

I have a 20% discount offer!

I’ve been a busy little bee this month adding lots of lovely blankets to my Etsy shop!

 

As well as that I’ve started an e-mail list for a newsletter, this is my way of keeping you lovely people informed about new products, what I do that you may not know about, offers and other things that I hope will interest you!

As a thank you for signing up and showing your interest, I’m offering a 20% discount code to use with your first order through my Etsy shop!

If this is something that you’d be interested in please click HERE!

I’m looking forward to hearing from you and creating a little Miss Gregory’s Gorgeous Customer’s family!

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