Monday, 29 September 2014

A Dragon Romance

Some of you may know that we had a new dragon visit us at the weekend. Well, here is the story that led to us meeting "Oscar".

At night when the household is sleeping
The Dragons are going online
Searching for others all over the world

And helping themselves to some wine!

They have signed up to various websites
Like "Meet a Mystical Mate"
And Lena has taken a fancy to one
Who has asked her out on a date

Lorna says she must be cautious
And not to get carried away
So, Oscar has sent them a photo
And the girls have asked him to stay.

Alfie has done risk assessments
 Of meeting a stranger on line
But Lena says he shouldn't worry
She's sure it will all be just fine

Oscar arrived very promptly
At exactly the time they'd agreed
With flowers and beads to give Lena,
Which made her go very weak-kneed

Our Lena was suddenly blushing
And couldn't quite meet Oscar's eye
Lorna was just sitting staring
For she had gone terribly shy.

So there we are, is this the start of a Dragon romance, and which of the sisters will win his heart?
Well you will just have to wait to find out - come back soon and see what happens,

Lorna & Lena were recruited to Glitterwitch by the lovely Tina from Mists of Azura and Oscar is a OOK (one of a kind) Dragon  from the wonderful  Goblin Dreams . Why not pop over and say Hello to them and thank them for giving us so much fun.

Until next time .......

Monday, 22 September 2014

Searching for New Markets

Yesterday I went to the Craft, Hobby & Stitch Trade Show in London to see what new goodies I could find to tempt you with on the website. A lot of the stands were focused on Christmas items, which I thought a bit strange! They only sell to trade customers and it is nearly October, so most of us have our Festive stock in place and selling. I expected to see Spring or Easter items and was disappointed.

If any of you have been reading this blog from the very beginning you may remember my comments about a previous Trade Show I attended. I shall repeat them again here as the practice seems to continue.

 A couple of the stands I visited had very smart (and good looking) young men on them - always an attraction for ladies of a certain age! Yet on further inspection, they seemed to have very little knowledge of the craft business!  Is this the equivalent of scantily dressed girls at motor shows and is it acceptable?  What do you think?

Now, on a different note, a good friend of mine just happens to be a very entertaining Poet and Author and has very kindly penned this wonderful poem for Lorna (Marketing Dragon) to help her find new customers.

The search for new markets.

I wonder if there is some alien race
That has taken to crafting somewhere out in space.
And I wonder when gazing at night at the stars
If there’s aliens crafting on Venus and Mars.

I wonder if aliens’ fancies and needs
Include knitting needles, and craft wire and beads
And Boshi wool yarn and nice wooden dolls
Or if they’d buy Washi Tape, wholesale, in rolls.

I’m sure if they did, and were willing to pay,
They could get them from Glitterwitch were there a way
Of taking an order and some way to trace
Their payment and post through the vastness of space.

If I concentrate hard I could work out a thesis
For transferring stock via psycho-kinesis,
But I rather suspect banks would refuse to arrange
Any workable theories on rates of exchange.

I’m afraid that the alien market remains
A void to exploit by superior brains
And I’ll have to fall back on my markets in place;
Unless dragons and witches can travel through space.

Many thanks to Mr Ian Ashton for sending us this. If you would like to read more of  his work then click here and it will take you to his website which also tells you about the Burry Port and Gwendraeth Valley Railway which is his great love.    

Monday, 15 September 2014

Lorna the Marketing Dragon

My name is Lorna the Dragon
I help you decide what to buy
My title is Marketing Dragon
Though sometimes I do wonder why!

I spend lots of time taking photos
And trying out things you can make
Then Jan makes me tidy the office
I wish she would give me a break!

I am proud of my Marketing Title
It's something I boast to my friends
But Jan says that I should just do as I'm told

So a title's no good in the end!

Anyway, here is something that I have been trying out for you.

You will need:-
  • wire flower shape
  • beading wire
  • assorted beads
  • ribbon to hang decoration

The first task is to thread the beads onto the wire. This can be a bit tricky and time consuming but worth the effort. If you really can't face it, then use a bead spinner to thread them.

Just fill the spinner with beads then hold the end of the wire in the centre of them as you spin it with the other hand. Amazingly the beads will "jump" onto the wire.

When you have plenty of the wire filled up with the beads all you need to do is wrap it around your shape. Make sure you secure the ends and don't leave any sharp edges.

Then all that is left to do is attach some ribbon to hang your new decoration.

Try using different shapes and colours to make decorations for parties, Christmas, or just because you want to!

On our website we have a range of wire shapes here and if you don't have any spare beads, we have packs of bead mixes containing a reel of beading wire here. There is also a range of craft wires in lots of lovely colours here

Oh, and if you can't bear to thread the beads onto the wire we will be getting some bead spinners in very soon.

It is not too early to make some beaded Christmas trees for the Festive Season

That's all from me for now - I have to get back to work. Please leave a comment if you liked this blog then perhaps Jan will let me write it again.

Monday, 8 September 2014

A Crafty Trip to Belgium

Last month I visited Gent in Belgium and of course has a nose around to see what crafty things I could find.  A visit to the MIAT (Museum, Industrie, Arbied, Textiel) was essential, it having exhibitions about industry, work and textiles. One whole floor was dedicated to the cotton and wool industries which dominated the city as far back as the Middle Ages.  Here are a few of the items on display:-

This Mule Jenny Spinning machine from around 1800 was used to spin cotton yarn with the help of child labour as shown in this picture.

This flax twine mill from 1789 is the oldest remaining in North West Europe. Machines like this provided the technical inspiration for the development of more modern spinning machines in the eighteenth century.

A display of the yarn dyed in the museum using natural substances.

I spent a very interesting afternoon wandering around the exhibition, which of course, had a booklet translating all the text on the displays into English.

My next visit was to a Pipoos shop

They are a sort of high street craft store. They stock everything from beads to yarn including items for papercraft, sewing etc. They seem very popular in Belgium and I wonder if this is the model that Hobbycraft here are looking at, when they announced a desire to have a presence on our high streets. Will be interesting to see how that will work out. 

You will be amazed to hear that I did not buy anything in the Pipoos.

Feeling a little peckish I stopped at a Cuberdon stall with my 2 Euros.  This buys a bag of 5 Cuberdons, locally known as Gent noses as they are a sort of purple cone shaped jelly about 4cm high and tasting of parma violets.

Ok, time to drag ourselves away from Gent and back home. I hope you have enjoyed reading this and that it will inspire you visit such places if you ever find yourself at a loose end in Belgium.

I shall leave you with something that made me smile this week:-

There are no mistakes in crafting - just opportunities to embellish!