Tuesday, 30 August 2011

The heat is on .....

Literally! That was not an intro to a song. Can you believe it went horrible so quickly. Don't normally mind getting out the woollies but we haven't been away this year and I don't feel ready for dark nights and grey skies yet.

Just because I have been quiet doesnt mean I have been idle. My friend Janey and I made 90 thank you cards for a charity concert two weekends ago. We got a production line going and with coffee, cake and chat, the job didn't seem half as bad.






The shop has also been really busy. Obviously this is due in part to the new products that have been coming in every week but also it always feels that when the weather turns nasty our thoughts turn to getting going on our crafting again. Although I seriously hope the current weather is only a minor hiccup and that we haven't seen the last of summer!

Before I go any further I want to say a massive thank you for all the birthday cards and gifts I received last week. It was so kind and thoughtful. These are just a few of the cards I received.






And the cake Annette made!



Our Autumn/Christmas workshop programme starts with a fanfare this week with our two coffee mornings where I will highlight some of the many new products we have had coming in and throw some demos in too. The Basic Grey Nordic range is shown below.





Also, for the first time, we are holding a preview afternoon. Debi is working really hard to make as many samples as she can for that day so that you can see what the work shops will involve. There are some limitations in that some christmas ranges don't come in until October but if we don't have samples we will, hopefully, have storyboards to show you what materials and techniques you will use on the classes. Also Debi and I will be there to answer any queries you have on the workshops. All are welcome - it is free - and coffee will be provided.

Better get back to my prep for Thursday. Before I forget, Crab Apple now has a facebook page - if you want to follow you can join from this blog page.

Cheerio for now

Rosemary x





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Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Christmas Is coming etc etc

Well it is done! Our 2011 Autumn/Christmas programme is complete, showing all the classes we are running up until December. Descriptions are also included in the brochure from today. Bookings opened less than a week ago and we already have over 300 bookings. We are confident we have a great programme to look forward to. If you don't like to book 'blind' come along to our free Preview Afternoon on September 3rd and see samples and talk to Debi and myself. Come along anyway for a coffee.

I have been really busy with a show last week but I am now back and raring to go. I have been placing orders left, right and centre to fill the gaps that we created by placing a lot of items in our sale. These orders have just started to arrive, in fact I have a hot water bottle on my back as I type due to the number of boxes I was dragging around the shop yesterday, that contained new stock. Today we will have on the shelves new embossing folders from Kars, the new Graphic 45 Wizard of Oz paper range, new Marianne creatables and much more. One thing I put out yesterday that is already selling well is the new Craftwork Cards monthly collection - 'Christmas Warren'.



I did take some time over the past weekend to make a book for a friends special birthday. She was so thrilled with it.






This weekend I am looking forward to starting work on the Christmas workshops I am running. Also I have promised a friend I will design and help make 90 thank you cards for a special charity concert. Eek - just realized the concert is next weekend!

Don't know whether this Autumnal weather is just a 'blip' or whether it is here to stay but my thoughts always turn to snuggly sweaters, hot chocolate and settling down to crafting. Join me?

Love Rosemary x

PS. I know that some of you like book recommendations (as I do) and so i wanted to mention two books I read the week before last and couldn't put down - Jodi Picoult's Change of Heart and The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold ( the latter I have steered clear of for ages but loved it).





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