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A Crafty New Collaboration

26 Sep

Following on from what I was saying the other day about the crafting community, I had the pleasure of meeting some of Bristol’s finest this evening.

The lovely Amy of Purple Thread Designs was holding a launch event at a local arts centre cafe this evening so I popped along to meet her and check out her amazing cross stitch kits. I’m really impressed with her designs and may have invested in one to keep me busy on those occasions when I am feeling a bit monstered out but still have an urge to craft.

Amy had set up a bit of a sewing corner and was encouraging passers-by to get stitching. I settled down with a cuppa and got chatting to fellow fabric artist and softie maker Emily Taylor of Eejits Toys. I stumbled across her creations a while ago on facebook and swiftly fell in love with them.

It was great to meet some like-minded folks in a relaxed setting and I’m really glad I went along. The three of us got to chatting and have floated the idea of a monthly craft evening; a regular night of swapping skills and ideas. An exciting prospect which I see as a really valuable tool to keep creativity flowing and to learn new techniques.

In other news, Mr Monster made me well up with this really lovely post on his blog and also, STUFFED MAGAZINE ARRIVED!!

What a great day.

Come on in – Wipe your feet!

24 Sep

What a lovely place the craft community is. I feel that I have been welcomed into its proverbial bosom with a warm perfumey cuddle and a gentle kiss on the forehead.

The wealth of talent and experience out there is incredible and I never cease to be touched by how supportive fellow artists can be, and how willing they are to lend a word of support or a morsel of good advice. Without the guidance of others I would have floundered in the literal ‘web’ of internet promotion and could have easily lost faith in the idea of a small business had I not read the testimonies of others who had been there long before me.

Many of those who have helped and inspired me in the fledgling stages of my monster enterprise, I have never even had the pleasure of meeting in person. However through facebook, twitter, and email, I can feel the vibes of shared endeavour and friendship.

I hope I can do the same for other up and coming creatives and pass on the baton of comradeship like a wise old owl. I have some ideas up my sleeve for doing  just that and have been in cahoots with some of my lovely, albeit largely ‘virtual’ friends to come up with something which I hope to be wonderful.

In the spirit of what I’ve said, check out this website – Handmade for you UK. A site whose mission it is to promote as many small crafting business as it can in one place and help them gain a foothold in what can seem to be a fairly flooded marketplace. They have kindly included me in the fabric and sewing section and I really admire the ethos of what they aim  to achieve. I urge anyone to contact them so we can build a really comprehensive resource for our community.

Ahhhh, I feel all warm inside.

Lucky Me!

21 Sep

I talk about Mr Monster quite a bit on this blog  to say the least, and I knew there had to be a reason why… Today he presented me with a brand new netbook. I am reliably informed that it has a 10.1 inch display, dual core 1.66GHz processor, 2GB RAM, and 250GB hard drive, but who cares… It’s freakin’ pink, and not just any old pink, it’s coral pink.

I feel like Carrie Bradshaw.


The colour is officialy called ‘strawberry yogurt’ and best of all, the model itself is called HAPPY2, it is certainly living up to it’s promise.

I have realised just how important the internet is in building a business, Twitter, Facebook, Etsy and so many other things.  As Mr Monster and I both have our own businesses, my trusty MacBook is constantly passed between us of an evening. The result is that we both spend a lot of our time together in the evening ‘wired in’ to the computer and focusing on our own work. It makes me sad that as we have to take it in turns, one of us has to keep ourselves amused while the other works and then before we know it, it’s time for bed and the whole night has passed without much quality time.

My new little lappy is the perfect solution. It also means I can watch iPlayer in the craft room, write whenever inspiration strikes, and sit in cafe’s looking all sophisticated, tapping away with a steaming americano by my side.

This is my very first post from my beautiful new laptop and I have been smiling all the while. Thankyou Mr Monster xx

Look at his Little Face…

19 Sep

Oswald has been hit hard by the recession – His big banking bonuses have dried up and he can no longer afford his annual trip to the Whitby Goth Festival. He is looking for new employment and is willing to turn his hand to anything from cheese-monger to snake-charmer.

If you think you can help Oswald escape the dole queue then have a look at his CV in my Etsy shop.

Please spare a moment to help a victim of the economic down-turn. Thank you.


Check Me! – Internet Wizard

16 Sep

tumblrThe internet is still somewhat of a mystery to me so I am flabbergasted that I now have a Mistress of Monsters page on Facebook, WordPress, Twitter, Etsy and also my very own website. It’s turning out to be a full-time job to keep them all updated but I figured, in for a penny in for a pound and now am also the proud owner of a tumblr site. I’m still not entirely sure that I’ve grasped it’s use fully as yet, but I plan to use it as an online scrapbook of ideas, inspiration and ‘stuff I like’.

Next stop… YouTube!