The Sunday Post (on a Monday)

Monday, 31 August 2015


Happy bank holiday, Yipeee!

This week has been a busy one. I've been getting ready for my first craft fair with my new stitched work. I've been framing pieces and making a gazillion lists so I don't forget anything.

I've also been able to show a house portrait I completed a few weeks a go for a groom to give to his bride. What a lovely idea... 

I've also been stitching more mini pictures (because I think they're dead cute!)

The craft fair was upstairs in Lichfield guildhall, so on Friday I drove back to my parents house and spent the evening setting up how I wanted the stall to look. 

This is how it looked on the day...

I was really chuffed with how my stall looked and got lots of lovely compliments and sold a few things. More excitingly I got enquiries about my house and venue portraits which is just fantastic :) I had these as flyers out on my table...

If you're interested please get in touch you can see more examples of my work over on my facebook page. 

Have a fab bank holiday
see you soon,

The Sunday Post...

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Good morning,

I didn't do my Sunday catch up post last week as I was away for a few days in Northumberland for my birthday. My chap and I traveled up on Saturday via Tynemouth where I used to go on holiday every summer to see my Granny Bannany. It was lovely to go back there and the sun way shining which was even better. I made friends with a seagull, but I think to be fair, he was just after my fish and chips....

We then drove on up the coast to Rothbury where we stayed in a most beautiful B&B with wonderful views to look out on over breakfast.

We ventured into Alnwick where there was the most lovely buildings. 

Not forgetting the wonderful Alnwick castle where I was treated to lunch in the tree house restaurant...

It was a really fab weekend. It's definitely nice to get away and see what the UK has to offer. Northumberland really is a beautiful place.

Now I'm back I have got  a lot to do as it's just one week until my craft fair in Lichfield at the guild hall next Saturday. If you're around please pop in to say hello it's open from 10-4.

See you soon

The Sunday Update...

Sunday, 9 August 2015

Good morning folks,

It's been a little while since I've posted so thought I'd do a little update as a few things have been going on.

Last Sunday I went back to The Makery in Bath and had a little refresher on how to make a cushion cover. I'm so used to using my machine for freehand embroidery I kind of forgot it can make allsorts of other things too.

Excuse the creases! I've super happy with it as the seams are actually quite neat! 

At the end of August I'm doing a craft fair so have been getting stuff ready for that. Firstly I got these beautiful business cards....

I also got this stamp made from The English Stamp Company so I can stamp the back of my handmade cards and paper bags, I love it....

I have also completed a special commission but I can't show that to you yet as it's not been given to the recipient!

So there we are, it's been a lovely week filled with exciting things.

I shall try and post every Sunday with what's been happening! 

Have a great week,
See you soon

Website Conundrums....

Monday, 13 July 2015

Hello there,

Happiest of Mondays to you!

Monday is my day off in the week as I have to work on Saturday's (I swear this should be illegal!). So today I am busy working on behind the scenes stuff for May I Design.

Before I went on holiday I purchased this book and have slowly been working through it.

I'm currently on week 4 and so far it has been very helpful. I thought it would give me a boost to really LAUNCH my little handmade company in a few weeks time.

Today I have been focusing on website design. I have owned for years and the same message has been on my homepage 'under construction visit again soon' well it's been under construction since about 2010 and I'm still no further on with it! I wonder whether just to link my domain name to my blog, or do I need a website as a home for my business?!

Would any other designers and crafters recommend a web developer they have worked with? I think I only need a basic website as I am going to use Etsy as my shop and have outside link to my blog and social media. I just need someone to get my started I think!

So this is what my Monday is consisting of lots of research and trying to get my business a little home!

Hope you're having a good Monday,
See you soon (maybe with a new website!)

Woohoo I'm back...

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Well hello there,

How quickly time flies... I'm back from my two weeks away then gave myself one more week to settled back into the day job, but now I'm raring to go.

My fiance and I went off to Tunisia for two weeks and it was great seeing his family, enjoying the sunshine and taking in the wonderful colours, culture and trying (unsucessfully) to learn the language.

Two days after returning from holiday me and 5 friends 'The Granny Bananettes' took part in The Wolf Run to raise money for The Alzheimer's Society you can read more about why here . And good grief it was HARD! It was a 10k obstacle course through lakes, masses and masses of mud, hay bales, tyres, nets, logs and much more mud! It was crazy but my goodness it was worth it the gals and I raised over £1000 for The Alzheimer's Society. This was double what our target was, how amazing is that? Massive thank you to those that sponsored us!

But now I'm back in Swindon and ready for my next challenge to really get May I Design up and running. I have booked in to a craft fair in August as a goal to get lots of lovely stitched goodies made and out there to sell. I would also like to set up a website, an etsy shop and if possible I'd like a few more hours in the day!! 

I'll be posting quite frequently on my facebook page and Instagram so you can head over there and follow May I designs adventures if you like. 

Have a lovely Sunday,
See you soon

The Makery..

Monday, 25 May 2015


Hope you're having a lovely bank holiday. I've come home to my parents' house for a couple of days.

I'm super excited as I have signed up to another couple of courses at The Makery in Bath. I went back in February to do a freehand machine embroidery workshop that I really enjoyed. You can read about it here. So I have booked up to go on two more (to be honest I wanted to book more but I as mentioned I'm back home with Mum and she has reined me in!)

Anywho, so the first one I've signed up to, is to learn to make a cushion cover.  Although I've done one like this before, I thought I best do another as a bit of a recap on how to sew with my machine as opposed to just machine embroidery.

Image taken from The Makery website

The second course I have signed up to is how to conquer zips and other scary techniques. I want to do this one so I can learn to make some cute purses and make-up bags with my designs on.

Image taken from The Makery website

If you would like to read more details about the workshops available at both their Bath and London shops you can do here.

Have you done any crafty workshops or courses recently, I'd love to know about them?

 See you soon

My very own house portrait...

Sunday, 17 May 2015

This week I stitched my very own house portrait. I found a very cute frame while out shopping and just knew what I wanted to fill it with.

This house is very special to me, it's mine and the now fiance's first home together. When I looked round it for the very first time I just knew we would be happy living here. I definitely do miss being in Lichfield with my friends and family but I do really love our little home. It would be perfect if I could just move it that little bit closer to Staffordshire! 

If you would like a house or venue portrait please contact me here prices start at £30

See you soon