Gosh I realise I am so very rubbish at blogging regularly!
Anyway first of all if you are reading this I hope you are all well and staying safe.
We have all been in lock down since the close of schools, that’s myself my husband who is a teacher at a secondary school and our four children aged 13, 12, 8 and 6.
Two of our children go to special school so they could have still attended but we decided as a family it was safer if we all stayed at home.
Fortunately all our extended family live on the mainland and not the Isle of Wight where we now live. So we are used to video calling them and haven’t been tempted to see them and risk passing anything on as that isn’t a option. We do miss them alot though I especially miss my mum. But we are looking forward to seeing them when the lockdown is lifted. I imagine it will be very emotional all round.
Anyway, as I haven’t had the endless school runs ( my children all go to different schools) and meetings and appointments to attend I have thrown myself into crafting and started a new line of toys in the form of Wooden Peg Dolls.
There are a fair few peg doll painters on the market and they are so lovely, in particular a business on Etsy called Scuplture Elf. Louise offered me advice over how to have a go at painting pegs and I’m very grateful for that.
It has been a massive learning curve but I’m hoping that in the near future I will have some for sale. And post lockdown I will hopefully be ae to do some craft fairs on the island. The beauty is that I can paint pegs in batches and then create crochet accessories for them. I have lots of ideas floating around my head!
They are all painted with eco paints so are environmentally sound and safe. Due to the size the majority will be 3+
I have also managed to find a very talented wood turner on the Island, Andy Fortune, from The Mulburry Tree Wood Turnery. Andy is going to have a go at turning me some peg dolls to paint. This means they will have a very low carbon foot print as all Island based and that I will have my own personal designs and shapes. Making them pretty unique!
As well as selling them on my new Folksy shop I’ll be stocking them in Pocket Full of Pebbles when the shops are back open, and I might put some in Tapnel Farm.
The other new and exciting thing we have been making the most of during lock down is our beloved rickshaw.
I’ll post pictures very soon as I have a new sticker on it’s way for the back. You may well see us whizzing around Cowes and Gunard for our daily exercise. It has been a complete god send!
I will of course still be selling my crochet toys as this is and always will be my main business. The pegs just mean I can go to craft fairs with a full amount of stock. Due to the time crochet toys take I never have much time to create stock and the ones I make tend to get bought up straight away by my lovely customers and for that I am truley grateful.
Stay safe and I’ll update again very soon x Kate