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Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Researching angel policies

An angel policy is a statement of the "rules" governing use of a craft company's products to make items to sell. There are so many policies and the can vary a lot, some allow just about anything, some restrict you to numbers of items, some don't allow regular selling, and some require that you ask permission.

So I have spent a lot of time looking into the Angel Policies for all the stamps I own, and the equipment too, and papers etc, all have to be taken into account.

I have added a page to my blog to gather all this info on, so I can find it quickly in one place and I thought it might help others too.

I am really happy because Hero Arts have given me permission to use up to 50 of any stamped image (I can't imagine reaching those sorts of numbers), and I am waiting on a couple more.

The page is a work in progress, I am adding names as I think of them or remember I have them and looking for the policies when I have time and adding links.

Here is something you don't see every day, photo taken at the Farmer's market on Sunday in Lamb's Yard Bradford on Avon. The person on the right is Wellie who was promoting the Fringe Festival that starts this weekend. The monk is a real monk.

Sunday, 26 August 2012

Quirky is recycling on the farm

Caro's challenge over at Quirky Crafts is called "Recycling on the Farm.

You have to make a farm themed craft project with at least one recycled element. The sponsors this time are Crafty Ribbons and Digital Delights by Louby Loo, therefore there are prizes for first and second. 
I used Claudia Cow from Digital Delights (I was going to make a card with more characters but my printer has chosen this week to give up printing, if I can get it going again in time I will make another card). I coloured the image with Promarkers, cut it out with Nestabilities and the sentiment stamps are by Penny Black. Moo ribbons by Crafty Ribbons of course, and my recycled elements are: pink holographic card (tissue box), patterned green card (tea bag box), leather flowers (furniture sample I found when clearing out some paperwork yesterday) and finally pink and black ribbons threaded through the large flower, black from a dress and pink was tied round a gift. I added a polka dot brad and Papermania gem to the flowers to finish them.

To see some more great examples and to have a chance at winning some of the fantastic Moo Ribbons or some fun digital images hop over to Quirky Crafts and add your project, runners up will be invited to be Guest Designers (which means you get a digi image to use so everyone wins).

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Bradford on Avon Farmers and Artisans market 26th Aug

Stalls are still available.

Press release follows:

For immediate release                  21/08/12

Wiltshire Farmers' Markets Association


The first Farmers & Artisan Market in Bradford on Avon promises to be a good one
The first Farmers & Artisan Market in Bradford on Avon on Sunday 26th August will run from 10.30 to 2.30pm and is shaping up nicely. The redeveloped Lamb Yard is a striking location that feels like a continental piazza when busy. Most of the retail and café units are now open and the wonderful range of fresh, local food and drink at the market will swell the offering. The talented locals, whose quality arts and crafts are sold through the Made in Bradford on Avon shop, were the inspiration for the combined market with additional artisans taking stalls.

“Putting the market together has been a bit like setting up a shop” says Sue Thomson, Wiltshire Farmers’ Markets Administrator, “an opportunity to search out some additional products to compliment the already extensive ranges offered by our established producers, some of whom haven’t had the chance to come to BoA before. It’s also been an opportunity to invite some old favourites back such Fonthill Glebe Wines, English and fruit wine producer.”

So, what else will we have at the market? The tastiest, freshly picked vegetables including organic; strawberries; local honey; apple juice and zingy ginger beer; delicious deep-fill meat pies; crab, fresh fish, pates and pies – direct from the fisherman, fishing permitting; cheeses; preserves; locally marinated olives; two bread stalls, both baking the traditional way, one only uses flour from Shipton Mill in Tetbury; seasonal plants; cakes, including gluten free, bakes and biscuits; chillies, spicy preserves and mild to hot sauces. A very local producer, Woolley Park, will be bringing their free range poultry, meat, pies, crumbles and seasonal vegetables.

Bridging between food and artisan our local beekeeper offers honey based cosmetics, candles and beeswax to care for your furniture alongside a herbalist offering died herbs and creams. There will be stunning pottery to be found on the market and at Made in Bradford on Avon which also has jewellery, paintings, photography, fascinators, handmade stationery and stained glass. At the market you will also find handmade hand and shoulder bags and shabby chic mirrors from probably the market’s most local producer.  Depending on the number of stalls, the Artisan part of the market will extend through to the riverside with its beautiful outlook across the Avon. Due to holidays some of the artisans aren’t able to be at the market until September, so more to look forward to.

Coffee etc, in Lamb Yard, has tables outside so that customers can linger and soak up the atmosphere, there will be a barbecue for meat eaters and the Cottage Co-operative Café offers delicious vegetarian food with a peaceful garden alongside the market and an upstairs lounge. To add to the destination feeling of the town many of the other shops and cafés will also be open, so plenty to do and see.

Now all we need is good weather - we’ll be there, bar tempest, but it may be a bring-your-own-sunshine day and we’ll make sure we bring ours.  We will be running a Hamper Draw and you will be able to vote for the most attractive stall, if it’s wet we may change that to the cheeriest stallholder.

Lamb Yard Farmers' & Artisan Market, Bradford on Avon - last Sunday monthly from 26th August 2012, 10.30 – 2.30 pm, initially for three months trial.
For more details contact: WFMA, 07541 762497
For information about Made in Bradford on Avon madeinbradfordonavon@gmail.com

Ends ---

Hamper Draw at 2.00pm
Contact Sue Thomson: 07541 762497 admin@wiltshirefarmersmarkets.co.uk

Wiltshire Farmers' Markets is a not-for-profit Association and has been running market throughout the county for over thirteen years.

There is an organising committee of six producers who give their time voluntarily to decision making for the benefit of all the markets and other producers they serve.

Sue Thomson is the part-time administrator and main point of contact

Made in Bradford on Avon offers beautiful artisan products made by people from BoA and surrounding towns. 
For more information contact Wellie Driscoll madeinbradfordonavon@gmail.com

Monday, 13 August 2012

Quirky kids

Di's challenge over at Quirky Crafts today is called Schools Out for Summer and is about kids having fun in the summer holidays.

We are sponsored by Robyn's Fetish, and I used two images from them, the one on the front of the card is called Rain Rain go away, and I made my own sentiments with a font in Page Plus to go with the image.
The window box is decoupaged to make it a little 3d, and the images are cut with Nestabilities. Papers were free with Crafts Beautiful magazine, and grosgrain umbrella ribbon is from the wonderful Crafty Ribbons of course! The rain is accented with Glossy Accents.
The little girl is bored with the rain, you can tell, and we had a lot of it this summer including thunderstorms this morning.

Then the sun came out and the image inside is called Shells for Sale, and now the little girl is happy on the beach. I added Art Institute glitter to the sand, image coloured with Promarkers, and free papers as before. 

So hop on over to Quirky and join in and you could win some of the images used by the DT or any others you wish to choose.

Sunday, 12 August 2012

Anyone for Tennis 2

Another version of Anyone for Tennis, this time the House Mouse image is on straight and I used happy birthday paper by DCWV stitched onto the card blank and turquoise ric rac from Crafty Ribbons. I stamped and heat embossed the word Celebrate to complete the card, and there is a matching tag.

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Crafty Ribbons are going for gold

If you hop over to the Crafty Ribbons Inspiration blog you can win great prizes, one every day for the Olympics and you can still enter all of them.

Guilty Pleasure

Now since Sooty had his bladder stone removed early this year he has been on a special diet of horrible yellow food. However he has his moments like the one in the pub a couple of weeks ago when the 96 year old chap at the next table took pity and gave him a piece of beef, which he gobbled as quick as he could and sat hoping for more! Now does that face look very guilty? I think so, or maybe a little uncomfortable? At this point I was 99% certain who done it! After all Alfie was upstairs on the bed with me, well I thought he was.

Sooty always goes foraging in the hopes of finding crumbs and dropped food, the kitchen floor, Alfie's dinner bowl, and the cupboard under the stairs where the dog food tubs are is good for droppages.

Now in the cupboard was a bag full of Fish 4 Dogs treats, waiting to refill Alfie's treat jar when he emptied it, and I think enough to fill it twice which would have lasted a couple of months or more.
Yes it was this bag, the one with the big holes in it.......

Does Alfie look innocent, and maybe a bit cheesed off?

Well I had to give them breakfast so Sooty got his potassium citrate liquid that he has twice daily, and at lunchtime when thoughts turned to biscuits I knew for certain who did it - Sooty was sick, then ate it again - yuk, so no biscuits for Sooty and I may not give him dinner either, or not a lot! Alfie only has what is left in the jar now, and three that piggy dog didn't manage to stuff in his gob!

Saturday, 4 August 2012

Art Exhibition at Made in Bradford on Avon

Bradford on Avon is a lovely place to visit and wander around any time, and today and tomorrow there is the added bonus of an Art Exhibition going on right outside the Made in Bradford on Avon shop. In the shop you can find lots of wonderful art and craft items to buy including my cards!  Lovely to look at, and why not take a few home for yourselves or presents.