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Sunday, 18 September 2011

Boring? I think so...

You may be sad (or possibly thrilled) to hear that this is going to be a short (and therefore probably a pretty boring) blog post today...

Due to 'unforseen circumstances' this weekend ended up being without me being at a fair so I am in 'mega create' mode.   With orders to finish and some big fairs coming up the extra time is actually quite helpful as I am not only trying to make up lots of my existing designs but also make some new designs ready for Christmas so that customers who come to see me year after year have some new things to choose from.

So whilst I have been really busy, I actually don't have much finished to show for my efforts - infact yesterday was one of those really frustrating days where I was busy all day but didn't seem to get anywhere!

However, after too many missed 'Handmade Mondays' recently, I wanted to make sure that I joined in and after lots of head scratching and thinking about what I could share, I suddenly remembered my post a few weeks ago about the customer who ordered a specific tortoise design in memory of a beloved pet who passed away unexpectedly at an early age.   So, as promised (albeit a little late!) here is the finished design which I am thrilled to say the customer was really happy with...

I love the fact that handmade not only means that an item is created with love but it is also so personal.   The yellow dot on the head was a unique mark on their much-missed pet and only a handmade item could possibly include this small but special feature which was one of the things they said made him stand out and told them that this little chap was to be the new member of their family.

If you want to read some more exciting tales of crafters and their creations - head on over to Handmade Monday - you won't be disappointed!

So with my humblest apologies for such a boring post... I'm off to see if I can break the world record for the most new items created in a week!!

16 comments:

  1. Ahhh! The tortoise is just lovely and the story behind it underlines how important handmade actually is. It's lovely to be able to create something that means so much - and quite a privilege to be so much a part of people's lives.

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  2. That's the great thing about handmade - you can make it so personal to someone.

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  3. Love the tortoise Ali and so pleased you are busy. Hopefully icing on the cake this Christmas. lol.

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  4. I love the attitude that the tortoise displays. Great news that you are so busy, with your designs, you deserve to be!

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  5. it gets very hectic in the summer hols I know I never spent much time on my computer either to get the blog up to date the tortoise is cute definately NOT boring well done xxxxxx

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  6. Not a boring post at all Ali, I love the tortoise story and it's great to make someone happy.

    Jan x

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  7. It's very interesting to see the tortoise, which captures one of the unique advantages of handmade as it could be exactly as the customer wanted.

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  8. The tortoise is amazing and will certainly be well loved. Great that you're so busy too.

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  9. Thats great, I love the tortoise. Not done handmade Monday myself for a while, a gone totally blank on the thought process.

    Glad to hear you are keeping busy too.

    Lynda

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  10. Your blog posts are always grate fun Ali. Love the tortoise.

    Jill

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  11. Lovely to have the story behind the item, he's just beautiful!

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  12. Beautiful - I love the colouring. Glad you've got lots too keep you busy! Looking forward to seeing what you do for xmas :) Anna x

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  13. Oh that is not a boring post, I think it is so sweet. To make something so personal is always a huge task. you did a perfect job, they must have been really pleased.
    xxx Rita

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  14. definately not a boring post, such a lovely thing to share! x

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  15. awwww, just want to stroke that little tortoise, that's how good it looks! Well done.

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