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I’m moving! Please move with me!

I’ve had this blog for 4 years now and whilst I love updating it, I’m finding WordPress is restricting my growth a bit and so I’ve decided to go independent. My blog content is all moving over too, just all future posts will be at my new address and not this one.

So what I’m saying is, please subscribe to http://blog.pennydog.com !

Please update your blog readers, e-mail subscriptions and bookmarks…. there will be a redirection in place very soon (about a week) but I don’t think this will update your RSS feeds and whatnot, so if you still want to read my blog, you know what to do. The design of the site will be changing a bit over the coming weeks too so I can now have it exactly as I want without any rules- very exciting (for me anyway).

On Sunday I’m going to go out and buy a nice fabricy giveaway prize and you will only be able to enter at my new location- just to give you a heads up!

This counts as a Blogtoberfest post, right?


Sweet little giveaway

So, the blog is all fixed up good and true to my word, here is a giveaway!

I have for you…

  • a vintage hook and eye resin pendant made by me
  • Over a fat quarter of Lecien Un Amour de Cuisine fabric
  • a mini retractable tape measure covered with hedgehog fabric of my design and made by me
  • a big pile of fabric scraps with solids, rooftop garden, Liberty, Kaffe Fassett, a bit of Storyboek, Pezzy Print, Meadow Friends, Grand Finale and much more all mixed in. Of course all you stitchy people will know what do do with these, but if you’re a resin jewellery fan following this blog for quite some time, you could embed your favourite snippets and make jewellery from them 🙂

So you want to win the whole lot?

Leave me a comment here before midnight (GMT) on Monday 11th June. Tell me anything you like, maybe how you found my giveaway? Leave me your blog address if you have one if you like so I can have a nosey, or maybe recommend your favourite one if you haven’t got one. Giveaway open internationally.


Bonus prize:

  • 6x 10″ squares of my fabrics- hedgehogs, cats and chickens with the co-ordinating dots to go with them 
  • A tape measure custom made for you to your favourite colours

To win these prizes, tweet about my giveaway with a link to this page making sure you reference me so I can count you in (I’m @pennydog). The winner will be randomly selected from my @mentions section on Twitter so PLEASE DON’T LEAVE AN ADDITIONAL COMMENT ABOUT THIS! 


Feel free to follow my blog. I’d like that but it’s not essential. I will be doing some free block patterns and stuff soon as a BOM if I have enough regulars interested. And tutorials and what-not- I’m planning on having a play with gelatin printing my own fabric very soon and showing you what I did along the way. So yeah, hopefully you might want to stick around….

Good luck!

(Oh and this won’t get you extra entries or anything, but it would be great if you voted for me over here: http://www.crafteroo.co.uk/smf/index.php/topic,9491.0.html)

Lemonade Award

Thanks to Kitschen Sink who nominated me for a Lemonade Award this week here: http://kitschensinkuk.blogspot.com/2009/02/i-have-been-given-lemonade-award.html

Here are the rules:
1. Put the logo on your blog or post.
2. Nominate at least 5 – 10 blogs that show great Gratitude and/or Attitude.
3. Be sure to list and link your nominees within your post.
4. Let them know they have received this award by leaving a comment on their blog.
5. Link to the post where you were nominated

Here are my nominees:
Rosy~Posy: http://rosinahuber.blogspot.com/
Boo Jewels: http://boojewels.blogspot.com/
Hollingdale Designs: http://www.hollingdaledesignsblog.com/
Adventures of a Lady in Training: http://www.blottedcopybook.co.uk/
Meridian Ariel: http://meridianariel.blogspot.com/

Sweet Figments

Just a quick post to say I am participating in this massive giveaway which starts tomorrow at http://sweetfigments.blogspot.com . It’s a great read anyway but make sure you check back between 31st October and 4th December to find out how you could win these great prizes! Can you guess which is mine on the flyer? 😉


My blog has been tagged by Janet from http://littlebead.blogspot.com and now I am obliged to pass it on (I’m not sure if I can be tagged back but I’ll run out of things to say if I am!), here goes.

1. Link to your tagger and list all these rules in your blog.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.
3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by including links to their blogs.
4. Let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blogs.

My facts:
1. I used to play Tenpin Bowling for Hull and Yorkshire’s junior teams.
2. The right hand side of my jaw constantly clicks when I eat and sometimes when I talk (yes it is annoying)
3. I can’t digest omelettes, but I can eat eggs.
4. I once fainted and broke my nose on a computer at a job interview. I didn’t get the job.
5. I recently discovered that I am caffeine intolerant, making it my second allergy (after Penicillin).
6. I can draw, but only animals and flowers. Everything else comes out wrong.
7. I hve four birthmarks, one of which is on my face, during the summer it tans darker and I look like the wrestler “The Ultimate Warrior” according to my other half!

I am going to tag:

Interview with… Plaidfuzz


Plaidfuzz is a crafter who is now focusing her attentions on her blog and helping others promote themselves. She does occasionally still get the urge though! Her blog can be read at http://plaidfuzz.blogspot.com


Who are you?
My name is Melissa, I am going to be 28 on Saturday, I have been a hairstylist for 10 years, and I am a single mom to a 7 year old daughter.

What do you do in your spare time other than craft?
 I spend a lot of time with my nephews who are 9 and 13. I also play a little guitar, and like to go out with friends.

Please tell us a little bit about what you make.
I crochet and make cards. I seem to have a rubber stamp addiction.

What do you enjoy making most?
I like easy crochet projects because they are pretty mindless and relaxing, lol.

What are your main inspirations for making a piece?
For cardmaking, I usually set out with a specific idea in mind. With crocheting I find yarn that I love and go from there.

What are you currently making?
Scarves! Made on for my daughter and now I am making one for my twin sister for her birthday.

Can you make custom orders?
I do still make the occasional custom order.

Where can we buy your work?
Nowhere! I closed my Etsy shop a few months ago and now I am just concentrating on my blog.

Now some silly questions just for fun!
What’s the plural of mongoose?


Where would you like to go if you could go anywhere in the world?
I always thought it would be cool to go to Ireland.

Do you have any pets?

What’s your favourite flavour ice-cream?
Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge

If you won the lottery, what would you do with the money?
I would buy a house, then I would give the rest away. I don’t like what money does to people.

Resin Obsession blog entry :)

I am really happy- I have been featured on the Resin Obsession blog: http://resinobsessionblog.blogspot.com/2008/08/new-resin-technique-turns-earrings-into.html

Cindy has been really supportive and has given me lots of advice about these pieces. She knows a lot about resin, and hasn’t seen anything like my ice pieces before, which is definitely encouraging (and I can continue to say that it is my technique only) and she was genuinely excited by them. I can’t look at that picture of the earrings and the dodgy jump ring now though, it makes me cringe! I will be changing the picture on the Etsy listing today so it can’t hurt me anymore!

Bag Handles continued…

Hmm… Not sure. I mean they will need sanding and varnishing, but it’s a bit sticky due to the moulding problem I had and the colours aren’t as vibrant as when the dye was added. It also doesn’t help that bits of Vinamould got embedded inside! I will sand and varnish this one, probably at the weekend, and then see what it looks like…

On another note, I am the very first person to be featured on new UK craft blog, Partners in Crime which can be found here:  http://www.clairelaraine-partnersincrime.blogspot.com 😀

The Great British Craft Tour

So, I’ve just applied for the Great British Craft Tour to have two strangers squeeze into my tiny crafting room with me to document crafters around the country! Sounds like fun! I’m quite pleased though, as I was approached by one of the two organisers via my website- they found me rather than I found them! Anyway, for all other crafters, you probably want to know what this is, here’s the official line from the website which is at http://www.thegreatbritishcrafttour.co.uk/ if you’re interested in signing up!


The Great British Craft Tour

July 11th 2008, Banbury, Oxfordshire

Craftsman Web design, a UK based Web site design company, has today announced that they are embarking on a tour with a difference – a tour of England, Scotland and Wales’s crafters, artists and makers.

The tour will see Roseanna Wyatt and Tjobbe Andrews, co-owners of Craftsman Web design, set off from their home in Northamptonshire heading through England, Scotland and Wales, whilst stopping along the way at as many craft shops, craft fairs and galleries as they can.

“The aim is to stop off at crafters and makers along the way and take photos of the work we see, and put it onto the travel diary on our Web site and blog as we go along,” said Roseanna.

The tour – aptly named “Great British Craft Tour” is intended to give free publicity to crafters, makers and artists that the pair visits along the way. Nothing like it has been done before, and if it succeeds could see Rosie and Tjobbe embarking on a similar tour on an annual basis.

“We want to visit as many crafters as we can during the tour, we don’t really have a timescale but think it could take anywhere up to a month! We asked around and have got the use of a classic VW Camper Van for the duration, we have our laptop and our plastic cutlery and are ready to go!” said Roseanna.

“We are securing a lot of publicity for this, not only will crafters know about it but the people who attend craft fairs will hear about the tour via their local newspapers, radio stations and other Web sites and media outlets” Tjobbe adds.

All that awaits now is a definite route to take. Tjobbe Andrews says they are open to suggestions, “We will gladly drop by where we are invited by crafters, if someone wants to show us their work then we will certainly consider stopping off, we will come round, take some pictures, have a chat about their work and add it to our Web site.”

The tour promises to be an eye opener for Rosie and Tjobbe and with the coverage they expect to get, the crafters featured on the site can expect some good publicity too.

Craftsman Web design can be contacted via their Web site: http://www.thegreatbritishcrafttour.co.uk and their tour is due to start in late summer 2008. If you would like them to stop by and feature your work, simply go to their Web site and click the links to the tour.