Monday, 20 August 2012

Adventures in Wales

This weekend I spent a glorious couple of days by the sea. We stayed in Mumbles, where I had visited as a child and where my auntie and her family grew up. We visited beaches (above is Rhossili Bay - a beauty!), got our toes sandy, paddled in the sea... 

...ate delicious food...

...and found wonderful cafes. The cafe pictured below is Ty Junction - the food was great, the decor quirky and rustic, and they even had lovely things to buy too, a must-visit if you are heading to Mumbles (Ty Junction: 2 Woodville Road, Mumbles, Swansea).

On one of the rainy mornings we popped into the Oyster Gallery - one of our stockists! We found them at the top of Newton Road (the main street in Mumbles), met the lovely staff and took a couple of snaps of our products in the shop. The Oyster Gallery is a beautiful shop, bigger than I had expected and a treasure-trove of seaside delights! (Oyster Gallery: 70-72 Newton Road, Mumbles, Swansea). xo

Sunday, 12 August 2012

chickens, cushions & cards

HELLO & happy Sunday! It's been a busy week here with retail and trade orders, from sewing spotty chicken cushions with added bumblebees, to our new woolly sheep stitched pictures...

I spent the majority of yesterday 'stand-planning' for the Country Living Christmas Fair in London in November. Deciding on how to display our new and existing stock is a tricky business, and after several rough stand sketches, I think I'm finally getting there... all will be revealed in November!

(below: our stand at (left) Country Living Christmas 2011 & (right) Country Living Spring 2012)

In front of the Olympics this week we also set to the daunting task of organising our ever-amassing card range. We now have 13 designs (10 all-year and 3 Christmas cards to be launched in September!) and after realising just how many cards we are now stocking, the time had come to group them all into designs and seasons. I love being organised!

Hope you have all had a wonderful week and tune in again next Sunday for the weekly low-down! xo

Monday, 6 August 2012

our weekly round-up...

The intention of my blog when I started it over two years ago, was to post at least once a week, usually on a Sunday, as there would definitely be spare time on Sunday 'the day of rest' to sit down and have a think about what I wanted to write and share about the studio goings-on during the week. However in recent months my posts have become more and more sporadic, as Sunday's no longer seem to be quiet and finding a spare moment has become surprisingly tricky!

However I think it's important to share our news from the studio, so I'm going to make a concerted effort - and Stitch Tales will be coming to you every Sunday (all going to plan!)

There were two exciting bits of news from last week...

Firstly the creation of our NEW linen coasters. At the moment we are making embroidered chicken & printed yacht coasters, and they are available in sets of 4 from our website.

And secondly, our notebooks have been featured in the September issue of Country Living. They are quite tiny in the picture and we haven't been credited for their use, but they are in there nonetheless, which is great! (below: a close up from the magazine, the notebooks are sitting on top of the table)