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Some new buys…

I have a new camera! I got myself a D90 yesterday to replace my tired old Fuji S5, but I can’t photograph it as I used it to take these pictures!

Last week I saw this outside a junk shop and had to buy it! It’s a Jones Sewing Machine and iron leg table, made in the UK and later bought out by Brother. I think it’s circa 1930s, but if you know more than me please let me know! It even had the old instruction manual and haberdashery bits. I have the wooden cover too and the key to lock it! I’ve started to sand it down as I plan to varnish it as it looks like lovely natural wood underneath the harsh black paint!

I bought this fabric deer head from a guy I saw at a craft fair. He sold the one I wanted before I had the money to pay for it, so I since ordered it custom and picked it up on Wednesday. Isn’t it fab?

Both look great in my new office!


Oh my Gosh.

This site is so simple in what it tries to achieve, but I love it, it’s bonkers at the same time!

Supermarket Sarah is like an online charity shop/car boot sale/vintage market stall, based in Sarah’s home around the corner from Portobello Road. All items in the photograph are available to buy, all you have to do is click them to add to your basket. Love it.

Rawlins Community College Craft Fair

Today I went to a craft fair at Rawlins Community College in Quorn, Leicestershire as a buyer, and I’ve nearly got Christmas all sorted! I went and visited Incy Wincy (http://www.incywincystitches.com) and bought some hair bobbles and a bracelet that I was going to give to my (hip) grandma, but thinking of keeping for myself! I was very nearly tempted by her button bracelets too, I may buy one online in the near future 😉


I also bought this bag charm/keyring for my sister from Ticketyboo (http://ticketybooforyou.etsy.com):


And I bought some pottery by Helen Collington. It’s really beautiful stuff and I almost don’t want to give it away. I loved the little funghi/toadstool designs and bought three pieces:



I am taking part in NaBloPoMo (National Blog Post Month), so I will be blogging every day in November. Today is post 16! http://www.nablopomo.com

My 100th post!

Today is my 100th blog post! Unfortunately it’s going to be a small one since I spent all day cleaning and so don’t have much to talk about. I did however get my free tote bag through the post from Made It Sell It (MISI) http://www.misi.me.uk which I plan on using for craft fairs and the like! It also reminded me to list another item on there today. I’ve neglected it a bit in favour of Folksy and Etsy, but I think if I put something new on every so often it should pay off. Despite being a new handmade site (literally weeks old), several sales have been made already, which is promising, and the admin team are friendly and helpful! The first 40 buyers and 40 sellers registered get a free bag (it’s pretty!), so give it a whirl 😉

This is my shop: http://www.misi.me.uk/store_info.php?user_id=151

And here are some of my favourite things for sale on there so far!



Don’t forget to enter the November giveaway here: https://pennydog.wordpress.com/2008/10/31/november-giveaway/

I am taking part in NaBloPoMo (National Blog Post Month), so I will be blogging every day in November. Today is post 7 (a week has passed woohoo!) http://www.nablopomo.com/

Sneak Attack!

I am the sponsor of tomorrow’s “Sneak Attack” on Etsy at 2pm EST/7pm GMT, where basically we try and get as many sales for an Etsy shop which doesn’t have many so far. The items are in a price range of $3-$36 so there’s something for all budgets. It’s a jewellery shop, bt I can’t tell you any more, otherwise the seller might find out! There will be a post or two on the forums where the seller will be revealed ath that time.  Anyway, there’s no obligation to buy, but we hope you will, the last one got 39 sales in a few hours, which must have been fantastic and overwhelming at the same time. It’s all about community spirit, innit 🙂

The link where you can find more information is at: http://www.handmademovement.com/

Interview with… Eskimimi


Eskimimi’s shop is colourful, weird and wonderful, there is something quirky to suit everyone, from DS pouches, to jewellery, and it is all so professional too, from the general website to the products sold. I decided to ask her a few questions…

Who are you and where do you come from?
I’m Mimi (‘eskimimi’) and I am from all over. I mean, my family lineage is as scattered as you’d care to imagine, and there are big chunks missing from even my immediate ancestry, but I grew up on a small island off of the coast of Kent in the UK, called the Isle of Sheppey. I lived in a tiny little hamlet called ‘Warden’ where you bought your vegetables by leaving a few pennies on someone’s doorstep and helping yourself. Then I moved to London when I was 11, which was a whole different life. I now live in Lancaster, in the North of England, which is a happy medium.

What do you do in your spare time other than craft?
I watch the same few films over and over again (The Princess Bride, A Knight’s Tale, Labyrinth) play video games with my boyfriend and read feverishly. I like escapism, so anything like Gabriel Garcia Marquez always goes down a treat. I think dipping your toe into fairytales and magical realism gives you inspiration to let your creativity go off on a tangent, and I think we are all big kids at heart if we just get ourselves go a little.

Please tell us a little but about what you make…
Difficult question, because I make just about anything that pops into my head. I recently treated myself to a new sewing machine, so I’ve been making lots of purses and things like that recently, just because I’ve been enjoying playing with my new toy, but I also make jewellery, picture frames, notebooks, fridge magnets. Someone has this morning asked me to make a ‘rat hammock’, so really, just about anything.

What do you enjoy making best?
At the moment I am enjoying making little purses, bags, cases for DSs and things like that because they are extremely practical things, as well as decorative, and because I design my own fabrics I know that each design is unique to only me, but ultimately I enjoy making jewellery pieces, simply because of the tactile nature of the materials I use. With fabric you are working with quite a restrictive 2 dimensional medium, whereas when I make jewellery from materials such as polymer clay I can mould it to whatever form my mind tells me to, and I can feel each change and modification through my fingers.

What are your main inspirations for making a piece?
Gosh, anything! But, I was thinking the other day, and a lot of my ideas come about because of word play for some reason (which is probably down to watching too much Stephen Fry), so a business card holder in the shape of a wedge of Emmenthal, and called ‘The Big Cheese’, and a fabric design featuring vampire pigs (hampires), or zombees (undead bees) seem to make regular appearances in my shop.
Most of my ideas strike me when I am in bed. I’ll lay there and in that, the first quiet moment of the day, suddenly my mind is filled with the most random thoughts of new products. Often I have to get back up and sketch them so that I can clear my mind out to sleep.  Because of this I am a terrible insomniac.

What are you currently making?
Today I am finishing off a new batch of DS cases and then going on to make some new jewellery designs that I have been thinking about for the last few days, then I have a new fabric design that I have been considering for a while, so a bit of a hodge-podge of everything, but I enjoy that, it keeps things interesting.

Can you make custom orders?
Yes! I completed one yesterday as it happens, I enjoy custom orders as it is nice to realise someone else’s idea. I am also going to offer personalised items in my store, the first of which should be hitting the virtual shelves this week.

Where can we buy your work? (craft fairs, websites, etc)
You can find me on my shiny new website, http://www.eskimimi.com, it is my new pride and joy!


I make jewellery from resin and silver and sell it on my website, http://www.penny-dog.co.uk This blog will show you all the fresh stuff as it is finished before it appears online!