Sunday, 12 July 2009

Busy as a Summer Bee!

Hello everyone!
Where has the time gone?
I have been remiss in not writing more but it seems the more I am doing the more I still have to do.
What is that old saying, "Ask a busy person to do something because she is the one who will get it done?" Or something like that. I am reminded, too, about goldfish growing in proportion to the size of theri bowl! The more complete in my tasks, the more there seems to be to still finish.

Sooooo here is the brief:
Katie left to spend the summer in America. It is a well deserved visit with family and friends, as well as to try to get some time in on a placement for an internship she needs to complete for university.
She took with her my hastily finsihed wedding invitations so that her sister woulf have them to mail out before July.
They turned out nicely and Elizabeth was pleased, so that is a job well done!

No sooner were th invitaiotn completed, then I was asked to work on revising and editing a manual for a new company my brother-in-law will be opening. Most of it is finished, but I still have more to do, and have been working on that feverishly so that they will have it in time for an upcoming audit.
I have been adding vintage items to my Etsy shop, EnglishPreserves, and when I can, I have been trying to add things to my handmade shop, SweetScarlett.
Recently, I had a request for a custom order, personalised, Wee Lucky Penny Book, from Julie, for her friends who just had a new baby girl.
I had a lot of fun making the book for her and the results are fab!
Here are some of the images . . .

The cover of the book

The end paper with the Queen Victoria Penny and the title page

The inside pages personalised with baby's name and unique message

The last page and end paper

There have been a few orders for custom printed business or calling cards, too, so that has been keeping me busy, too, and my printer gobbling up ink!
And finally, I have added a new design to my bookplates - it is from an illustration from a French nursery rhyme book from the 1920s - so sweet!

Let's face it, although the handmade shop is more rewarding, the vintage shop is where the sales are these days. So more of my time gets spent listing things in EnglishPreserves.
Which brings us nicely into an adventure my husband and I have had.
We attended our first local auction several weeks ago.
What fun!
We bought two boxes of vintage and antique linens and have been selling them on etsy and on ebay.
It is a lot of work - so much laundering and ironing - but allows me to keep a few for myself and sell the rest to get my money back, and it is so much fun to go to the auction, too!
I have no photos of any of them yet, but here are a few things to be found in EnglishPreserves, soon!

A darling little wooden box with carved lid

A fabulous little miniature teapot

My sister is slowly improving slowly - baby steps for her - and although her situation is quite serious, we are all thankful she is still here with us. And we thank all of YOU for your kind words, thoughts, and prayers for her. Bless you.

Until next time . . .

PS - what books are you all reading? I am afraid to admit that Oliver Twist is still about 20 pages from the end!


Eli said...

Oh what a multi talented lady you are Maggie, I can be sure I will always love all your little works of art. Auction sales are my favourite places, and like you I like buying 'job lots' which means you can keep a few special items whilst selling the rest. Your linen purchases sounds lovely. I'm pleased to hear your sister is coping with her problems, what heavy loads some of us have to bear in life. I often think of you and hope your summer is proving both happy and fruitful. Love Eli.

LiLi M. said...

Great to see you here again. You have been one busy bee! It's good to hear that your sister is doing better, a lot of babysteps may be a major improvement in due course. Take care!

LiLi M. said...

PS. I forgot to tell you that I am only reading dutch books and magazines, it's vacation over here!

Suzy's Vintage Attic said...

Hello Maggie

I am glad that your sister is improving, I will keep her in my prayers. What beautiful thing that you have made!!! I love the book for Lucy. I agree with Eli, you really are multi talented!
I wish you well with all that you are doing.
Take care
Isabelle x

Goody Cake Shop said...

Hello Maggie! You've done a lovely job on the invitations! so beautiful really... Bette is really making a nice recovery so go and read sue's facebook updates... stay in touch, get ready for America... your home town.... xoxoxoxo

mma shirts said...

You done a good job..

and about swine flu post is useful.

sim only said...

You a are lucky to see that where you live. Beautiful!