Spring is in the air…

…and that means a bit of Spring cleaning! Since I started Deerey Me I have been selling through Etsy.com, but most of my orders head off to the USA, so I am going to have a go at selling on Folksy.com to see if I get more UK sales: https://folksy.com/shops/DeereyMe

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I am starting with pieces not previously available for sale and am concentrating on freemotion applique and embroidery.

If you fancy having a go at freemotion embroidery and applique yourself, you can have your chance on 11th April as we still have a few spaces on our Grownups Playgroup workshop! You will have a fun day learning about the equipment and materials that will help you along the way, getting to play by producing a stitched doodle sheet like this…

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…or this…!

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…and then make and take home a piece of your own hoop art, perhaps a couple of owls…

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…or a beach hut or two or three…

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…or whatever your imagination can come up with.

What’s more, there will be homemade cake!

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If you would like to come and play, please email grownupsplaygroup@gmail.com or visit the website: http://grownupsplaygroup.com/

Now shipping worldwide!

On the risk aversion scale I am about as risk averse as you can get, so when I started trading I knew I would have no peace of mind without insurance. When I looked in to insurance to sell worldwide I was quoted almost £1000 – utterly crippling for such a small business – so I decided to limit sales to the EU for about £60. Over the months I have had a number of requests from buyers in USA and Australia and have hated having to turn them away, so determined to track down something more affordable…now I have found it!*

I spent much time yesterday working out my ‘everywhere else’ postal charges – ridiculous timing as Royal Mail prices change on 1 April, but hey ho. So, wherever you are do have a look at my shop!

You will find a few new Easter drawstring bags. Photographing them was a bit of a challenge due to Rio the cat’s love of the camera lens…!

who’s that in the background?
oh yes…it’s Rio!
I'm ready for my close-up...make sure you get my good side!
I’m ready for my close-up…make sure you get my good side!
there now…cat free product photo
or maybe not…

I do love daffodils and when I saw this pretty, simple vase at Barrington Pottery at Barrington Court on Saturday (photos in Deere Diary if you’re interested), it simply radiated daffodils. I am sure I will use it for other flowers throughout the year, but for now the daffodils look lovely in it.

daffodils in my new Barrington Pottery vase
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* http://craftinsurance.co.uk/

n.b. the little mouse pincushion in the top photo was a free kit in Prima Makes magazine, I just swapped the wool tail for cord finished with a little metal cap, added bead eyes, rather than the embroidered eyes suggested and filled him with crushed walnut shells rather than the toy stuffing provided. I think he is rather cute, but I feel so mean sticking needles in him!!

Tis the season to go shopping…!

My first craft fair was really good fun, and I learnt a lot. I hope most craft fairs will have larger tables, but I have learnt not to overload whatever size table I have. I sold quite a bit at the fair and more in the online shop, but had got a bit carried away making stock, so still have some to refill the virtual shelves in my online shop.

Amongst the stock there are lots of Christmas stockings…

black and white Star Wars stockings
black and white Star Wars stockings
Star Trek stocking
Star Trek stocking
red and black Star Wars stockings
red and black Star Wars stockings
Wizard of Oz Christmas stocking
Wizard of Oz Christmas stocking
snowmen stocking
snowmen stocking
snowflake stocking
snowflake stocking
holly stocking
holly stocking
glittery stockings
glittery stockings
welly boot Christmas stockings
welly boot Christmas stockings

and aprons…

and bags…

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and cards…

and Christmas tree decorations…

I generally post first class, but am happy to upgrade to courier service to be sure gifts reach you before Christmas – send me a message and I will let you know the additional postage cost and expected delivery time. Do go and have a look! Deerey Me Etsy shop.