Sunday, 29 November 2009

Holidays are coming...

It is not even December yet but I can feel a festive feeling in the air. The Coca Cola advert is on the telly and friends have expressed their cheer on Facebook and Twitter. Christmas trees are being hauled into shops and the Christmas Gift Fair season has started.

Today BB2 and myself were in Fallowfield. The morning started slowly, probably due to a drizzle and cold wind but we had a lovely afternoon, selling nice jewellery and trinkets.

We will be at Ivy Manchester on 5 December, Northern Lawn Tennis Club, Didsbury 6 December, Manchester Craft Mafia at the Whitworth Art Gallery 12 December, Broadstone Mill, Stockport on 20 December. We will be at several private events in between. Our party information is available on our website

Hope to see you soon!

Monday, 23 November 2009

Yo-yo bag

There is lots to write about but due to lack of time I will have to delay posting about all the nice things I've seen and nice people I've met. There are quite a few fairs coming up and I need to make more stock, especially bags. Today was a good day to do some sewing, the weather was awful and I lost my voice. A bliss for some people and actually it really made me focus today. Anyway here is what I did tonight whilst enjoying the lovely Ant & Dec.

I got some silks and satins together .....

... made some Suffolk puffs....

... made a little drawstring jeans bag (with a big drawstring!) and decorated it with the little shiny yo-yo's.

I'll finish it tomorrow; I need to sift through mountains of paperwork now.
Sleep well for later....

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

In the pink

I am in good spirits, BB2 and myself attended the "In the Pink" event at Virgin Active in Didsbury tonight and apart from the comment : "Did Richard Branson clear out his cupboards, haha" we had fantastic feedback on the new range and were delighted that many lovely customers found Christmas presents.

We had brought with us chunky funky jewellery, beads, bags, bangles and brooches.

You might wonder what the items in the lower right corner (photo above) are. I can tell you that this is bunting, lovely colourful bunting. This can be used in the garden, in the kitchen, party room, bedroom, wherever you fancy really to brighten up a room. There is a reason for this explanation. In the past few weeks I had some interesting requests: little bit of string to hang up our Little Shopping Bags to be used as laces, clothes peg clips to be used as tie clips but tonight I was asked whether these colourful bits of fabric were men's thongs! Well I ask.... needless to say the girl in question was very embarrassed when she found out the triangles were something else. However, if there are any takers, i quite happily sew a few together to make for a funky Christmas surprise, I'd even sew some pompoms on.

For those of you who watch Big Brother, the lad with the little girl in the picture above is Stuart, selling raffle tickets. Doesn't mean anything to me as I do not watch the show but I assume he must be local.
We met some really lovely beautiful people tonight and hope to be in touch with them for some time to come.
I am now going to put my feet up, tomorrow is another busy day. XXX

Monday, 16 November 2009

't is the season to attend fairs

Busy Betsy & BB2 will be attending a number of fairs and events in the next few weeks and some of them have been organised in aid of charity such as the one this coming Wednesday. The event is in aid of Genesis of which I am a huge supporter. On a number of occasions I had to attend clinics myself at Wythenshawe Hospital where the Genesis team is based and thank God that they are there. Of course I'd love you all to come and say hello to me but please do come and support Genesis. Thank you!

Saturday, 7 November 2009

Busy Betsy's Etsy Shop!

I almost forgot to mention but BB2 & myself have finally managed to focus on the Etsy shop : It is still very much in the making, as we are also working on the new site ( but we do have some items in the shop. Please have a look and tell us what you think!
Thank you!

Feeling all "Martha" today!

Years ago in my student house in Leiden we had an exchange student from America for a couple of months at the end of the year. She was a lovely girl with the sweetest mother who sent her parcels from the US all the time, as she really missed her favourite food from home. This way we were introduced to Marshmallow Fluff, Reece's peanutbutter cups and Oreo's. We really missed these too after she left, thankfully it wasn't long before the first American Store was opened in Amsterdam where we could not only buy these but a slice of real New York Pizza too!

However what did make an impact on me for the rest of my life was the celebrations of Halloween and Thanksgiving. We celebrated Halloween long before anyone had heard of it here and were delighted with our little pumpkin baskets full of sweets. Jennifer's mother had sent over boxes of decorations and food, including a turkey. She explained to us what we should eat on Halloween, that we should keep the pumpkin flesh to make puree to freeze for the Thanksgiving pie and told us what to do with the turkey.
We had a very memorable, scrumptious meal and every year before Halloween I will think of that wonderful time we had in this bubbly student house. I know we all complain about the commercial side of Halloween but that celebration we had just with friends, be it with some plastic goodies and tat, I will never forget. Sadly I cannot remember her surname, I would love to tell her that I have never forgotten her stay.

Today we made our own pumpkin food : pumpkin soup with melted cheese, pumpkin and apple crumble and pumpkin puree (probably going to be used in a cheesecake). Girl monkey said that the pumpkin and apple crumble (a Nigella recipe) was the best thing she'd ever eaten.
I feel I have released my inner Martha again, spending all afternoon in the kitchen. It feels like I am the happy housewife, clothing protected by a gingham apron, smiling from the pages of one of her magazines!