Archive for October, 2010

About presents

Friday, October 29th, 2010

I am absolutely mad about buying presents, specially for my loved ones. I am not really into buying lots of presents, I rather give one or a couple of good ones, carefully chosen, than give lots of presents just for the sake of it. Another thing that I like about present is choosing the wrapping, ribbons, tags, etc. I have even designed and printed my own when I can’t find what I want.  I have always thought of the wrapping as part of the present.

Yesterday was my husband’s birthday and after buying his gift I went to all of the shops that sold wrapping paper but couldn’t find one that made me 100% happy. So I thought of putting my stamp on it and wrapping with fabric. After all this is what I am, a fabric lady :) So here it is how it looked:

Prince Charming loved it, both the present and the wrapping. I am sure you agree with me that it is such a great feeling to see people that you love with a big smile on their face. But the very best part of the whole thing was that after he went off to play with his new gadget, I still got a bit of fabric to use for my hexis!

And seeing as we are in a celebration mood, I have teamed up with Fiona from The Sewing Directory for a Giveaway.  For the chance to win a £15 voucher from The Fabric Loft just let us know which fabric or fabric designer you would use to wrap a present, or you would love to receive as a present from the ones that we have in stock (of course feel free to add these to your Fabric Loft wish list and send it to your loved ones!).  Send your answer to fiona@thesewingdirectory.com or by filling out this easy form.

You must be quick, the winner will be drawn at 6pm Monday so you have only got this weekend to let us know which one is your favourite!

Who wants a fat quarter?

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

I am sure that anyone that has set up a business, whether large or small would agree with me that it is not an easy task.  For me it has been an incredible learning experience and I’m sure this will carry on as long as I am trading.  Taking decisions is a daily task, sometimes I get it right, sometimes not so right.

When I set up the Fabric Loft I decided to sell by the length and not by fat quarter.  Fat Quarters would only be sold in bundles.  The reason is simple, I never buy a single FQ.  I couldn’t bear not knowing how the whole pattern of a fabric looks, what if I had missed the best part of it by only buying a fraction of the total width of the roll?  And if the pattern is small? Well, I just want the whole width of width of the fabric, even if is just to brighten up my stash.

But we are all not the same, and not everybody thinks like me (and sometimes that is a good thing believe me!).  So I have decided to make a few changes and sell both Fat Quarters and by the length to please you all!

Check the chart below to know what you would need to enter in the box depending on how much fabric you want:

fat quarter 0.25
1.2 metre 0.50
3/4 metre 0.75
1 metre 1
1 ¼ metres 1.25
1 ½ metres 1.5
1 ¾ metres 1.75
2 metres 2

Fat Quarters shown above from top row left to right:

Bali Gate in Periwinkle, AmyButler’s Love Collection

Glamour in Multi, Tanya Whelan’s Dolce Collection

Mod Cirles in Pink by Dena Design’s Leanika Collection

Hedgehog Meadog, Michael Miller Big E

Haul It in Red, Michael Miller

Dino Dude, Michael Miller Boy Prints

Second Row from left to right:

1930′s White Flowers reprint

Thistle Leaf, Denyse Smidth’s Hope Valley Colelction

Mod Kitchen in Navy by Helen Dardik

Apple Dot by Sandi Henderson

Bite Me in Lime, Michael Miller

Swing Toss by Heather Bailey

Lesson learned

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

I have been planning to make a Barcelona Skirt.  In fact I have been planning it for the last three years.  A few weeks ago I chose the fabric, I cut it and I even sewed the zip on.  Then lots of other little projects and distractions came by, and the pieces of the soon-to-be-skirt were left neatly folded… OK let’s just leave it at folded on the side.

So last Saturday was the day that I was going to finally finish it.  That was it, I had made the decision.  So after breakfast, I packed my fabrics, pattern and my best intentions and headed to my sewing club.

Where is the skirt you might ask?  There is no skirt.  I couldn’t finish it.  Why?  It is only a simple A-line skirt!!!  Well everything that could possibly go wrong went wrong.  I was not in the mood, but I pushed it.  And as you would expect things kept going wrong.  All that went through my mind was “I can do this, I have done more complicated things that this and much faster”; I thought other things too but it would not be appropriate to mention them in a blog like this.

Large Floral (Botanica) and Thistle Leaf (Hope Valley) fabrics

To make a long and painful story short, I folded the pieces once again, put them in my bag, gathered all my bits and pieces together (by this I mean my shattered confidence and bad mood) and left.

Needless to say this is not the first time it has ever happened to me.  I should know better; I should stop when things start going wrong, not in a defeated way, but in a wiser “this is not the right time for it” way.  I will finish the skirt this week or maybe the following.  I will proudly show you photos of it, but for now I am just going to go and read a good book and relax.

Have you had days like this?

Same old game but with new rules

Monday, October 11th, 2010

If you have followed my blog you already now that I am in a joyful mood.  October has always been a birthday month for me, and not only because I was born in this month, but because I share my birthday in this month with one of my sisters and with quite a few of my friends and loved ones (yeap my hubby too).

So I wanted to pass on this happy vibes and do something special, the first thing that came to mind was to have a giveaway.  But then I thought that there are giveaways everywhere at the moment, and it is just a matter of patience and perseverance and you will hit one.  But don’t get disillusioned, don’t go back to check the weather forecast again, not just yet.  I still think giveaways are brilliant, so I am sticking with my initial idea, but I am targeting only special people.  Who is special? Well, my clients are special.  They (you) support me, write comments, send me emails, request fabric samples, even request fabrics that I don’t have in stock so I can get them for them.

Every single order makes me immensely happy, it is not a greedy happiness.  I honestly feel honored when someone buys from my shop, I do feel special, and I try to deal with every single order as good as I can, and then I try harder.

So from now on (unless you hate the idea and ask me to stop it) at the beginning of each month, I will draw an order number and give a gift voucher to that person.  This will be a monthly giveaway, so all orders placed in one month will participate in that month’s giveaway and the winner will be announced early the following month.  If you place more than one order in a month, you will increase your chances of winning.

What do you think? Do you want to play?

Cafe Mocha Bundle

Another year older….

Saturday, October 9th, 2010

… and supposedly wiser!

Well, today is my birthday and I love sharing it with others, I love that more than presents (but not more than cake).  And since I cannot share my birthday cake with you all, I want to offer you 20% off everything in the shop during this weekend.

Just remember to enter code BIRTHDAY20 (I wish it was my 20th birthday but I only have very vague memories of that) during checkout and I will do the rest.

I leave you now to browse through all the website and put lots of pretty fabrics in the shopping trolley.. I am off  to choose my birthday cake.