I have started taking part in 'showcases' on Facebook recently. For those who aren't familiar with the market for hand-made items on Facebook, a showcase is where a group of craft businesses get together and create an album of products for sale, and offer it to their fans (on a first-come-first-served basis). Showcases usually have a theme, such as 'Black & White', 'Boys only', 'Pretty in Pink', 'Vintage Christmas' - you get the idea. It is a great mechanism for Facebook business pages to expand their fan and customer base, as well as selling products, and networking with other crafts people. But even more importantly, they are great FUN!
Now that you all know how showcases work, I can tell you all about the one I am taking part in next week. It's called 'Daydreaming in Peach' and it's hosted by Peach & Aubrey - the theme is "a celebration of childhood dreams, pastel colour and all things lacey". This is my entry - a 'Peaches & Cream' set consisting of a patchwork cushion and padded bunting.
The centre panel of the cushion is my own drawing - it's hand-embroidered, and the girl's dress and balloons are machine applique. I am going to share the pattern and my method for this little cutie in the next post. The fabrics are my own mix - mainly vintage Lecien and Fig Tree prints.
The showcase is starting on 2nd August, so if you are interested in checking it out, you can get more details from my Facebook page. I will publish a link to the album there nearer the time.
Before I go, a few thoughts on blogging. You may have noticed that I don't blog as often as I used to, sometimes not even every week. The culprit is my Etsy shop which has turned into a bit of a monster. Originally it was meant for the few people asking me if I could make them 'one of those'. To my surprise, the demand for my items has snowballed, and whilst I am not complaining about the shop's success it also leaves me very little spare time for personal sewing projects and blogging about them. So here's my new resolution - not to pay much heed to the blogging-frequency-clock in my head, which starts to ring alarmingly
when it has been 5 days since my last post. After all, as I read in this excellent article about sewing blogging the other day: "For a sewing blogger, not posting consistently or not posting for weeks
is okay. A silence from the web usually means that you are in front your
sewing machine, making your next masterpiece. And sometimes, the longer
the silence, the better." I hope you agree!