[fanfare...burst of fireworks...popping of champagne corks]
It's with a huge amount of excitement that I can announce the launch of my own little company. It's called...yes, you guessed it...Textile Treasure Seeker!For as long as I can remember I've loved textiles and always dreamed of starting my own business. When a contract I was working on came to an end, I decided enough was enough...no more working in an office for me (if I could help it)...it was time to channel my energies into something for myself!
The wonderful people I've met through blogging, the friends I've made and the amazing sense of community and support from all you lovely bloggers out there was hugely inspiring. And so, here I am at the start of a new adventure...and I very much hope you'll all join me for the ride.
So, what will Textile Treasure Seeker have to offer?, I hear you cry! Handmade, vintage-inspired creations, as well as vintage sewing and textile-related bits and bobs - from sewing baskets and embroidered linens, to trimmings, haberdashery and even the odd piece of vintage clothing.
All of my handmade creations are for sale in my shop over at Folksy.
I've had my own labels printed and Textile Treasure Seeker postcards and business cards are on their way!
I've been busily designing and making decorative pieces using vintage images, fabrics and trimmings. No two will ever be exactly the same, so each one is unique.
Yesterday, I spent the afternoon conducting a photoshoot with the fabulous (and talented) Mr Treasure-in-Law!
This is the very first piece I made. It's a small decorative cushion, based on the image of a vintage label. I've picked out some of the detail with hand embroidery and beads. It's called Roses and Cherubs.
This is Art Deco Blossom, a hanging decoration with a 1920s feel.
The back of each piece is made from vintage fabric. It's such a joy to work with so many different fabrics from some of my favourite decades.
As well as selling my handmades over at Folksy, I'll also be at a number of fairs over the coming months. Not only will I have my own creations for sale at the fairs, I'll also be selling all the vintage textile and sewing-related goodies I've been collecting. First off is the Vintage and Handmade Textile Fair in Chipping Sodbury on 3rd July.
Another date for your diary is 28th August when the first ever Cotswold Vintage Fair will be taking place. I'm having a stall at the fair, so do pop along and come and say "hello"!
Please feel free to send me your thoughts about my new adventure, creations, fairs etc. I'd really welcome your feedback!