Pull up a chair. Not that one! It's still damp from the drink that got tipped all over it. That's it, get comfy and we can get started on our chat. I'll just put the kettle on...

Tuesday, 29 July 2008

A proper school girl now

It doesn't seem possible. My little girl has finished her first year at school. When she goes back in September she will be in Year 1 - proper school, no longer reception class. She still loves school as much as she did the first day and is very excited about getting a new teacher. Me? I am proud of my independent, enthusiastic, smart little 'big' girl and I grab the cuddles when I can :D

Monday, 28 July 2008

Beach bums

That's what we've been for the last five days. The Girl Wonder finished school for the summer last Tuesday and on Wednesday we headed for the beach. How lucky were we with the weather? We spent the whole time on the beach (Wells, Norfolk) and had the best time splashing, digging, running, paddling, giggling, eating sand-sandwiches... the perfect escape.

Saturday, 19 July 2008


... Herbert Buggles and The Girl Wonder, for one day only, in the incredible, the marvellous, the fantastic... SHOW! They practised (upstairs, theoretically in secret, but we could most definitely hear them), they discussed, they practised some more. Then they instructed us that it was time and we obediently sat on the sofa to watch THE SHOW. Herbert stuck mostly with his tambo-drum, but The Girl Wonder went through most of the instruments in the basket. They both played with enormous enthusiasm. A good time was had by all!

Friday, 18 July 2008


My little girl is just finishing up her reception year at school and today the class teddy bear, Weatherby, invited the whole class to a party. The invitation included a cuddly friend each, too. They were instructed to bring party clothes in a bag and The Girl Wonder was up at 5.30 this morning getting ready! She chose her favourite party dress of all time, a dress I made for her to her specification... the rainbow dress. It's made from a pile of fat quarters, some apricot net and chiffon and a string of silk flowers. It's a little short now (made last year), but she so loves it that I think I might have to convert into a tunic to wear over her jeans. By the way, I should tell you that she wore the dress with the blue and green monster socks, exactly as seen in the photo!

Thursday, 17 July 2008

Little jar of home

I took this photograph today for my Day2Day post. This is my little jar of home. I lived in San Francisco for a few years and, although it was a marvellous adventure, there were things I missed. No, I don't mean Marmite and decent teabags, my mum snuck them over in her suitcase several times a year, along with Sudocrem, vast quantities of Cadbury's and Oxo (yes, really, Oxo!). I missed people and I missed places. For my birthday, my niece and nephew (who were about 6 and 8 at the time) walked along my favourite beach in Norfolk, a place I where I have spent a lot of time, collecting pebbles. They put them in the jar and sent them over with my mum. I cried then and the memory of it still makes me cry now.

My little jar of home lives on my kitchen windowsill and I see it often during my day. Now, having lived with it in San Francisco, it also reminds of the beach there. For a small jar, it holds a lot of memories.

Wednesday, 16 July 2008

New fabric

It may be sad, but the arrival of new fabric always has me in raptures! Today I received a package (bought only yesterday!) from The Happy Crafter (http://thehappycrafter.etsy.com/) containing some absolutely gorgeous pieces of fabric and I was so excited that I have already made this neat little business card holder. I am watching her shop in anticipation of her next listing.

I also made this little wedding bag today and, because of the focus on quality of photos that being part of the Day2Day challenge has given me, I worked really hard on the listing pictures and I am just a teeny bit proud of this one. Thank you Abi (http://abibansaldesign.etsy.com/) for giving us Day2Day.

Tuesday, 15 July 2008


I have run out of Marmite.

Anatomy of a mummy

So this morning I was sitting on the edge of the bed getting dressed, as you do. My little boy, aged two and a half, came in for a cuddle. Then he touched my belly button and asked me where my penis was. I told him mummy's don't have penises. Then he placed a little hand on each of my bra-clad breasts, pulled his t-shirt up and asked "Why I not have boobs?" I think I might be raising a boob man!

Sunday, 13 July 2008

A busy day

I spent most of Saturday making party bags (gorgeous girly ones in pretty florals). I made some of my mini gift bags too and then I packed some orders ready for Monday's post. I think that's one of my favourite bits - I like wrapping in tissue paper, adding thank you notes and little doodads. Even if what you buy isn't for you, it's still nice to get prettily presented parcels in the post.

Bee won my gift bag giveaway (see comments under the giveaway post) and I packed her prize up ready to post too. Hope she likes it!

Friday, 11 July 2008

My first week of day2days

I joined the Day2Day - Take 5 Ordinary Beauty group on Flickr this week (find it here http://www.flickr.com/groups/799185@N21/pool/) and it's been an interesting experience. I have found myself working much harder at photos for my listings and I am paying more attention to light, shadow and arrangement. I'm looking forward to next week and I'm hoping that I will improve my photography through this experience.

Wednesday, 9 July 2008

Little things I make

I have just listed these little gift bags on Folksy. They are one of my favourite things to make. I enjoy mixing and matching the fabrics and gift tags and it's fun to imagine what gifts will be given in them. They are the perfect size for soaps, jewellery, posh chocolates....

A little competition for you - leave a comment with a link to the perfect item to give in one of these little bags (from Etsy or Folksy). The person who picks the item I like most wins a set of three bags! Yes, you can suggest your own items. I will pick one on Friday evening (9 July). Have fun, Vicky x

Tuesday, 8 July 2008


New shop, new shop! Folksy is a new site for UK sellers of handmade things and I have signed up, along with lots of other UK sellers. It's in test phase at the moment, but it looks great and the admin behind it seem to be on the ball. Fingers crossed for a great site, great sales and happy customers. Check out my new shop at http://folksy.com/shops/oldbagcrafts.

Monday, 7 July 2008

Day2Day 1/5 Her Hand

The day2day theme may be ordinary beauty but I find my daughter's hand extra-ordinarily beautiful and endlessly fascinating.

It's Monday morning

So good morning, here we are in another week. What are you up to this week? I'm home today with the smalls. The Girl Wonder would usually be at school, but she has a tummy ache and a bit of a rash (probably heat). She had a temperature yesterday so we decided she should stay home today. I have to be Mrs Mummy and play home school because she absolutely loves going to school and is not impressed with a day off! Herbert Buggles is a bit quiet too and, unusually for him, has only eaten half a breakfast instead of his usual three. We had a busy weekend with the carnival, so I think a quiet day at home will do us all good.

Changing the subject entirely, I can't decide if Christmas in July on Etsy is worth the work or not. I managed to get these teenytiny bags made and listed. I'll have to see what else I can do - at least I'll be more prepared for Christmas itself!

Have a good week! oldbag x

Sunday, 6 July 2008


Yesterday was the village carnival and we had the best day! We joined in on the Under Fives float (which won best in junior section and best overall!) with Herbert Buggles as Tigger and The Girl Wonder as a Disney princess. The carnival theme was adverts and our float was the Disneyland Paris advert. For a small village, we have a mighty fine carnival, one of the largest in Cambridgeshire. Lots of fabulous floats from the village groups and associations. The entertainment was good too, with a marching band, majorettes and a group of modern morris dancers (I think that's what they were!) who looked incredible and had me rolling on the floor when they explained that a particular dance was called The Last Hot Dog Stand in Yaxley! Their costumes have me desperate to make something in black and white.

Thursday, 3 July 2008

Don't work in property

Looks like hubby is being made redundant, not a good week in the Old Bag household. He is a chartered surveyor and it is not a good industry to be in right now. So, much counting of blessings (as well as pennies!) and an awful lot of hugging - strange how I want my children as close to me as possible.

I am touting my wares around as many places as I can think of, both online and B&M. Feel free to comment with advice about marketing/outlets etc, I'll take any help offered.

And now I'm going to make a cake with too much cream and an excess of icing to cheer us all up.

Tuesday, 1 July 2008

Busy day

Children, laundry, washing dishes (broken dishwasher!), making grocery bags, school run twice... no time to blog!