Thursday, 25 October 2007

'Tis the season to stitch holly!




As another of my fave blog ladies sugarloop said this week the festive season is creeping up on us without us realising. I haven't really been concentrating on anything Christmassy for my sooziebee range I must admit. But after a bit of market research with some good friends (thankyou, you know who you are!!), the general concensus is 'I need something Christmassy and some more colour in my range asap'. (Plus my first show is a CHRISTMAS MARKET!)

So today I have been trying to do just that, but am not feeling too happy with the outcome. I am feeling full of cold and not very inspired, I think I'm just not in the mood today and need to go back to bed!!

Anyway, here are the initial results, or the ones that made it past the bin! Off to take some paracetamol and have a little nap now as it's just not happening today.

Monday, 22 October 2007

Trying something a little different

Having played around with various plain stitched designs for my cards I thought I would try to incorporate another of my fave media (mediums?):- collage.
And at the weekend so this little piece below was born. I raided my paper box (which is full to the brim with lots of lovely papers, collected over the last couple of years, and which I might add is still in disarray, after my many attempts at trying to organise it into some kind or order!). If you stitch paper onto paper and keep the machine running quite quickly it kind of perforates the top decorative paper, making it easy to tear away, leaving just the shape you want inside the stitch.
I think I like this, so maybe this may be the start of my second sooziebee range. The only downside is it takes longer to do, due to the fiddly tearing part, but the end effect is a bit more interesting than stitch on its own.

Wednesday, 17 October 2007

Sooziebee Corporate identity


I now have my own corporate id/brand, whatever you want to call, but this is the new stationery for sooziebee, courtesy of hb-media. I'm loving it, but am not sure which I love the most, the brown or the pink. Thanks H, you are a star!!



It has made this whole sooziebee venture so much more real now I have OFFICIAL business cards, letterheads and compliments slips. Also the fact I now have boxes of blank cards littering the floor of my little studio. I had better get back upstairs and do some more work.

Sunday, 14 October 2007

And introducing......


I haven't anything, workwise, to post this weekend, as I have been having the weekend off! I know, how decadent! But we have had a mega-chill-out which has resulted in about 9 jars of home-made Pear and Ginger chutney which I made yesterday, quite a few miles of walking under our belts and a very tired dog, a couple of empty wine bottles, and some nice food.
So, I leave you with an image of ... my new Husqvarna Sewing Machine. Hopefully I will hear about my grant from the Council soon, fingers crossed on that one.
My new company stationery is, as I type, on it's way down to Notts, so I will post and let you know what it looks like soon.

Thursday, 11 October 2007

Flower power



Well it just shows what you can get done when you put your mind to it! I think my morning walk in the autumn sunshine with my DH and dog inspired me to get some serious work done today! I have spent all afternoon up in my little 'studio' and as a result I have stitched and painted about 2o pieces for framing. I also had a job-lot delivery of blank cards (200!) which now need stitching. But not today!! They are sat in their box and will stay there until next week methinks!
Whilst stitching yesterday I thought I would experiment with a few new ideas, ie more contemporary, and less traditional, and I'm really pleased with the results. Just hope the general public like them. They will make a lovely Christmas present for someone special!

Wednesday, 10 October 2007

Autumn landscape


My latest textile piece for the Xmas Market, inspired by autumnal landscape and colours. I think I will split this one into two portrait pieces for smaller frames as I have tried it out and they look good. I originally wasn't going to add sky but my sister-in-law hinted it may look better and she was right, it definitely finshes it off.
Only 6.5 weeks left for the Xmas Market at Patchings and I have ordered all of my blank cards which, postal strike permitting, will arrive later this week so i can get on with them and that will be one less thing to do. Today, I have a 'to-do' list as long as my arm, so I had better get off and make a start...

Friday, 5 October 2007

Ooh, a good film, and a bit of a chat

Been a bit lax with posting lately but a lot has happened in the last week. Working, birthday, and working, lots of presents and cards and abit more working. No work to post as yet, although general consensus and advice seems to be to cover the back of my cards. I am ordering my stock to create about 300 for my Xmas Market.

But ...tonight a friend is dogsitting as we are off to London to see Billy Elliott at the theatre tomorrow, and we have been to the Broadway Cinema in Nottingham to see 'And when did you last see your father', true story based on the book by Blake Morrison, about his relatonship with his father. Amazing film, with excellent cast, including Jim Broadbent, Colin Firth (ooh er Mr Darcy) and Juliet Stevenson. A real tear jerker, had me trying not to blub out loud, beautiful scenery of Yorkshire and Cumbria. A must see, if you like a good old Channel 4 film.
http://www.channel4.com/film/reviews/film.jsp?id=163040 for more.

And more work soon. as the countdown to Xmas market is on....

Oh yes, more sooziebee stuff to report, the corporate id is done, thanks to the help and expertise of hb-media (http://www.hb-media.co.uk). This will be on my blog as soon as poss, just need the files in correct format and you can see it.

By the way, can someone please tell me how to put a link on my blog without showing the whole web address as novice-me has done above