Archive for March, 2013

Happy Easter

Hi, remember me? So I guess I’ve been Bad Mrs Blog lady for quite a while now. I’m very sorry I’ve been a bit of a slacker but I have valid reasons (honest).

I was a busy bee with Mother’s Day orders at the beginning of the month and then basically since then my flat has been one giant germ. Me, hubby an the monsters have all had tonsillitis, colds, “other stuff” or a combination of all three, seriously not pleasant. Now we seem to just be a snot factory (mostly monster no2) but that I can deal with.

Anyway enough of the grim details, I just wanted to say that I am still breathing and working, if you follow me on Instagram you’ll know I’m not lying and if you don’t follow me you can find me @jakandgeegee.

The main project I’m working on right now is a HUGE secret (shhhh don’t tell anyone) and I’m not working on it alone. I’m totally excited about it and can’t wait to show you the whole thing but for now here’s a sneaky peek.

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Well I best be getting on with it so I hope you all have a lovely Easter weekend however you’re celebrating. I’m spending most of mine in my pjs sewing, bliss!

Exciting Time for my LQS

If you regularly ready blog you will know that I get most of my sewing essentials from Hometown in Rochester. Since I really got into sewing, especially quilting, Marion and her team have always gone above and beyond with their brilliant customer service and advise. I can’t even count the number of times I’ve gone in there with my two noisy monsters in to and Marion or another member of staff have kept them occupied while I spend a good 10 minutes deciding which shade of pink matches the current project I’m working on.

I don’t think I would have been so confident to try new things over the past two years if I hadn’t had the support of the Hometown ladies.

This is why today I couldn’t have felt more pleased for Marion. Today was the opening day for Hometowns new, larger store. They haven’t moved far, just a few doors down Rochester High Street but what a difference! The store is much larger, allowing for much more fabric and other goodies to be beautifully displayed, there is plenty more browsing space as well as a shiny new classroom which I am sure will be in regular use.

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I’ve got a poorly Monster no1 off school today but I really needed to pop to Hometown and grab a few bits. I decided to go there before picking up Monster no2 from nursery which meant I needed to be at the shop for when it opened. We arrived at the shop just before they opened the doors so it turned out that Monster no1 was the first customer! Marion greeted him with a big smile and announce she was so pleased such a loyal customer was the first to visit the new shop. She made him feel really special letting pick a free fat eighth for being the first customer, she even asked to take his photo.

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How chuffed does he look!

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And this is the fabric he chose. He’s asked to make a cushion with it so an afternoon soon he is going to attempt his first proper sewing project. I’m so proud he is interested in sewing, who says sewing is for girls?!

If you leave nearby you should definitely go and have a look round Hometown, I managed to spend a small fortune in no time at all, I got a friends birthday present and Mother’s Day presents too! Although sometimes online shopping can be cheaper you can’t beat your LQS, it’s a great place for inspiration and advise along with all your at stitchy supplies.

Meeting New Crafty Friends

When I was younger my parents always taught me “never speak to strangers”. Then when the age of the Internet hit us they always told me “never arrange to meet up with strangers you meet online”.

Well sorry mum and dad, I have totally disobeyed you! I regularly talk to strangers at craft fairs, quilting shows, my local LQS as well as on twitter and Instagram. Last week I was really naughty and arranged to meet up with someone I talk to on Instagram!

A while ago I posted a photo on Instagram of my LQS and it transpired that it was also Rachel of House of Pinheiro’s LQS too! We were both quite excited about this and began chatting about our favourite shop. We agreed we should organise a sewing morning, with a little trip to Hometown (our LQS).

Well last Friday we finally did it. My lovely mum and dad had a play date with the monsters so I could spend the morning chatting and sewing with Rachel. I had such a lovely morning getting to know her, she is a warm, fun person who loves sharing her passion for all things crafty, if you haven’t visited Rachel’s blog you definitely should, she makes beautiful clothes but also likes to write about her other craft projects too.

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Our meeting got me thinking, would I be happy if my monsters (when they were old enough to use the computer of course) wanted to go and meet up with a stranger they had been talking to online? My initial answer was no, but then after thinking a little more about it I’m not so sure what I would do? The Internet and the way we use it has changed massively over the years, it’s made the whole world smaller. Since joining this amazing virtual craft community I have made friends across the globe and if my bank balance would allow it I’d love to travel the globe, meeting them all in person. So I guess if my monsters had the opportunity to be a part of something as fun as this then maybe, just maybe, in the right situation I would let them meet up with a stranger. I mean how else can that stranger become a friend?