10 (random) things I love…

One of my favourite blogs is Knitsofacto, and Annie has been sharing 10 (rather wonderful) random things. In addition, with my Bath WI hat on (a virtual hat…although I rather like the idea of us all wearing hats!), I have been researching local artists and crafty people to run workshops for us. It has been, and continues to be,¬† lovely and fascinating seeing what people make and how they market themselves and I love reading their blogs, Facebook pages and Twitter feeds. It gives me a warm squishy feeling that the world is full of such nice people. One of the creative types I have signed up for a Bath WI workshop is Sami of ‘Made by Sami‘ and I have been enjoying her blog posts about 10 things she loves…do have a look at her Little Red Button blog.

These two ladies have inspired me to think about 10 things I love (in a random sort of a way):

1. Mark. He is mischievous and troublesome but he has sparkly blue eyes, a kind heart and an indefatigable sense of humour – and he puts up with me even when I am, as he describes it, grumpilicious.

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(oh and his work colleagues are going to love this photo!)

2. Cats. Our two cats in particular. They are brothers from the same litter, but Max is long-haired and of a generous stature, while his brother Rio is short-haired and of a more athletic build. They are affectionate and loving…and only dribble a little bit.

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3. Sewing. Everything to do with it – fabric, haberdashery, designing, making…even unpicking, as long as it is not too often.

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4. Baking.

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5. Stately homes and gardens

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6. The City of Bath

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7. The seaside.

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8. Friends and family

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9. Bees

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10.  Afternoon tea (and teapots)
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I would love to know what your favourite things are!!

 

 

 

 

searching…

Inspired by techno-angel Tamsin’s oh so professional looking emails for the Bath WI book club, I signed up to Mailchimp and put together my first Deerey Me ‘campaign’ (you can see it here if you are not signed up). I had some really useful feedback and am set to send a regular monthly newsletter. If you would like to be added to the subscriber’s list, please just leave a comment here or email me at sue@deereyme.co.uk. I am sure there is a bit of code I could add to the website, but one thing at a time, sadly I am no techno-angel!

The newsletter got me thinking about clicking links and search terms and the like. When I started selling to people I don’t know, rather than my lovely and supportive friends (who I hope really wanted what they bought and were not just making kind sympathy purchases), I was initially concerned about the way most of them had signed up to Etsy that day. I was worried that they had no buying history and could pretend something hadn’t arrived. None of them did that and it dawned on me that, far from being concerned, I should be really pleased, because if they were not already registered on Etsy, they must have found me by plugging something in to google…so my search engine optimisation can’t be too bad (more luck than judgment I confess). The thought made me really happy – google likes me and buyers must like me enough to register with Etsy! Yay! Go me!

Then I started thinking about what my favourite search terms would be… I chose three: “tea”, “emerald” and “copper”, plugged them in to Etsy and prepared to drool…

1) “TEA”

‘Tea’ is such a wonderful search term – it encompasses so many of my favourite things: teapots, teacups, tea cakes, tea dresses, tea towels, tea light holders, loose leaf tea, tea cosies, tea trays and tea trolleys. Here are just some of my favourite finds:

vintage 1930s tea trolley by FURNICHIC

vintage tea trolley by Furnichic
vintage tea trolley by Furnichic

vintage tea tray by Funky Koval Design on Etsy.com

tea tray
tea tray by Funky Koval Design on Etsy.com

blue ceramic tea pot by tent vintage on Etsy

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blue teapot by Tent Vintage on Etsy.com

tea party decoration by Nerd That Draws on Etsy.com

ta party decoration by Nerd That Draws on Etsy.com
ta party decoration by Nerd That Draws on Etsy.com

art deco teacup by Queens Park Vintage on Etsy.com

art deco teacup by Queens Park Vintage on Etsy.com
art deco teacup by Queens Park Vintage on Etsy.com

Feel free to check out the rest of my Tea Time treasury list on Etsy.

 

2) EMERALD

I love all things green, well most things green, and emeralds are the stone for my star sign, so here are some of my favourites. You can see the rest in my Emerald treasury list.

emerald dress by Dig for Victory on Etsy.com

emerald dress by Dig for Victory on Etsy.com
emerald dress by Dig for Victory on Etsy.com

lalique bottle by Gary Germer on Etsy.com

lalique bottle by Gary Germer on Etsy.com
lalique bottle by Gary Germer on Etsy.com

sea glass necklace by The Strandline on Etsy.com

sea glass necklace by The Strandline on Etsy.com
sea glass necklace by The Strandline on Etsy.com

3) “COPPER”

Apparently my birth metal is copper – as is my hair colour – so this is my third search term. Items from my ‘copper’ treasury list:

vintage copper bowl by Virtually Antique on Etsy.com

vintage copper bowl by Virtually Antique on Etsy.com
vintage copper bowl by Virtually Antique on Etsy.com

copper dress by Dig for Victory on Etsy.com

copper dress by Dig for Victory on Etsy.com
copper dress by Dig for Victory on Etsy.com

copper maple leaf pendant by Shy Faerie on Etsy.com

copper maple leaf pendant by Shy Faerie on Etsy.com
copper maple leaf pendant by Shy Faerie on Etsy.com

So now over to you – I would love to know your favourite search terms!

anyone for tea?

Those who know me know I have a guilty secret…something of an obsession you could say; a ‘Fifty Shades of Tea Pot’. There is just something so comforting about a teapot – not to mention that I rather share the same body shape as a teapot (but without a handle or spout!). My rather lovely other half not only accepts my tea pot tendencies, he actively encourages it. Many of my tea pots were gifts from Mark (including the one shaped like a football that he thought expressed us perfectly as a couple!). So when we were away and I said we should not be frittering away money on more tea pots, he frittered away regardless and bought this elephant tea pot for me.

elephant teapot
elephant teapot

 

Now with tea pots comes not only tea (thank you Bath Tea House Emporium!) but cake. I just had to make some cupcake pincushions from silicone cupcake moulds, fabric, felt, toy stuffing and beads…and of course pins!

cupcake pincushions
cupcake pincushions
cupcake pincushions
cupcake pincushions