Usually, my world of work at my world at home co-exist nestled in their own snug side by side compartments. But once in a while, they come together. Like last Tuesday, when we lured Ros Badger to come along and talk to a shopful of crafters about Homemade.
I know lots of you have this book already and enjoy it for the same reason I do - the simple message that homemade is special. So it was fitting that we should have a very special evening, with Ros (who is utterly charming) bringing along many of the items that feature in the lovely photographs of the book. And having the time to chat to everyone, swap making stories and help us do a couple of projects from the book (that's my button heart).
For me, it was also a chance to realize that there are so many creative people, and even fellow craft bloggers right under my nose. And it's doubly handy when they do a write up of the event, because there has been a little missing camera cable problem at the shop, and hence, no write up on the shop blog!
And I am so so so sorry that I didn't tell you about it here beforehand and let those of you within reach of Oxfordshire have the chance to come along. But the event sold out so fast, there was no time. I promise to do better next time.So, the spirit of all things homemade seems to have seeped out of my home life compartment and pervaded the bookshop. First, our trophy for our mostly bookbrains literary quiz next month. It had to be an altered book really, didn't it?
I knew all that catalogue folding practice last year would lead to me making something eventually. Though I am rather nervous about taking it in to the shop, as in our publicity materials it has been billed as 'a magnificent trophy' and I'm not sure the Trade Descriptions Act would agree. Homemade charm and magnificence are not quite the same thing.
And then, I get to run my own event for the bookshop - a pre-Christmas evening of craft, where hopefully we capture the same spirit of camaraderie as Ros' event managed to. And make a whole stack of recycled and upcycled decorations for the Christmas window.
I imagine there will be some of this
and a blizzard of paper snowflakes. And any other wonderful ideas I can dream up between now and then.
But before I get round to planning that event, I need to make sure everyone at work is a dab hand at making these:
That's an awful lot of shop stuff, no wonder there is no time left for my own making just now. Sigh.