So as I begin writing this post I know that I won’t finish it today so am just going to plod on with it in between working my way through my mahoosive to do list. I’m on t’ telly on Thursday and have two separate one hour shows. One hour doesn’t sound much but I estimate there are about 100 hours prep in each one hour show! Thats not a typo it really does take that long to do the prep. By the way, all the photos in this post are of the projects I’m taking on the telly tomorrow, so it’s a good chance for you to have a sneaky perusal.
So as I am typing, knowing that I should be doing other things, I’m expecting the phone to ring and the lovely lady on the other end, Katie, will need more information from me about my shows. I know if I’m on the bad list as Sophie will ring instead (love you really Soph) Sophie tells me off sometimes, you know the way your parents still can, when your a grown up and they forgot your not 5 anymore…
I’m quite excited about my shows this week, I’ve got a great blend of popular designs returning, plus brand new things too. It’s just writing the pattern books that is taking up so much time now. I keep thinking I’ll farm that job out but I would have to write the stuff anyway to pass on so its a tough call.
Recently, I’ve been working with a super lady called Debbie from Vantage 360, she is kicking my butt big time at the moment and making me crack on with all the techy stuff that I always put off. We are having our meetings on Zoom. I was a bit nervous about Zoom to begin with, but its actually really easy to use. So if you need a boost with your online stuff, just contact Debs, I promise you will NOT be sorry, she knows stuff…
Anyhow for now, I”m going to save the draft and spend a few minutes doing what I’m actually supposed to be doing, I’ll pick up this thread in a bit, or maybe even tomorrow. xx
Part two, phew all the leg work is done and it’s almost time to slonk back in a chair, do a really big exhale and relax. Alas, there are still the demos to plan and prep and I’ll be honest I am absolutely rubbish at doing it. I have been known to be hammering away with the sewing machine in hotel rooms at midnight!
Talking of hotels. there was a bit of a scare with the hotel today. It’s my first time away from home since the pandemic began, so obvs I’m quite nervous. I rang the hotel this morning to ask a couple of questions about the social distancing issues and all I got was an answer machine saying the hotel was still closed…PANIC STATIONS!!! I rang all numbers and tried all options at the Premier Inn and without exception at 10am this morning, all the answer machines told me, was that I’d rung out of hours. In the end, modern technology won through; I went on Google Earth and had a look at the pub next door, once I had it’s name, I googled the pub, there I spoke to a member of staff who assured me that the hotel was open and even better gave me the direct local phone number. It was a very tense hour I don’t mind admitting but we got there in the end.
So now I have faffed about and wasted yet more time, I really ought to make a list of what I need to take with me and organise my demos as you will all now know when my demos are rubbish that it was because I was sat here sharing my diary with you 🥰
Once again we are rolling this little beauty out, the Christmas is Coming Advent Calendar. I cannot count the number we have sold over the years and I am staggered at just how popular it remains. Hubby is still on Furlough and so this year for the first time he will be giving a hand chopping and lopping all the kits up. Keep it under your hat for now as he doesn’t know yet what the week has in store for him #ignoranceisbliss 😂
Another of our favourites which will make a return this week is our Sugar Mice, which is our take on the Nutcracker story. These little mice are such fun, you can put them singly around a Childs bedroom for interest and hide and seek games. You can also make them double sided, trapping ribbon between the layers, turning them into tree decorations or light pulls. they even look fabulous as bunting. Can you tell they are one of my faves?
These little sweeties are a smaller version of the Presents are coming gift boxes and I think they are set off to perfection hanging on our garden rake 😂 I think I’m going to make 24 and use them as an alternative advent calendar. I could hang them individually, if I can find a wide enough rake, 😬 but my preferred option is to hang them on the tree; that way on Christmas Eve I can fill them back up with treats ready for the grandchildren to find when they visit #howmemoriesaremade
No Christmas offering can be complete without the big man himself. These reindeer and the slay are free standing motifs ready to go directly on the wall, they have gold ribbon between them but it doesn’t show up on the photo.
Finally, these two likely lads will be making a come back too. Like the rest of the universe during lockdown we have been having a bit of a spring clean. I didn’t know that I had squirrelled some kits away after last Christmas. It was a bit of a surprise when hubster found them but a good do’ for you as they are going up for grabs. We know how popular the elf on the shelf has been, well, Elfie Boe makes a cracking elf on the shelf. Starting now he would easily be finished for the 1st of December. Our Jolly St nick has a lovely Christmas red coat nowadays as the original is now discontinued but he looks tremendous in his new threads.
Anyhow its time to get organised and set off to Peterborough now. so I’ll see you all down the lens tomorrow morning. Love you all lots. Anthea x