Today has been so sunny and warm and I get the feeling it’s the last burst of summer before it all goes cold, damp, frosty and wet. We’ve made the most of it and gone blackberry picking.
We have a few farms nearby and along the hedgerows grow wild blackberries. We did well this time and managed to find a mighty haul. Not weighed it yet but I’ll guestimate a good 5lbs of them.
Aha! I hear you say. But what are you going to do with them? Well, that was predecided before we left. This year I’m making as many presents for Christmas as I can manage. With this in mind I’ll be making some rather splended blackberry vodka (or gin for those that partake) It’s very simple to make at home. I use the method that’s a firm favourite with my fellow Mumsnetters. Here it is if you’re not familiar:
1 litre of vodka, 600g blackberries and 300g sugar.
Put in a large jar and shake well. Shake every day for a month and then once a month for next two months.
Strain and bottle.
Eat the boozy blackberries with ice cream.
So, if you’d like to offer someone a lovely boozy present this year then you still have time to get going and have it ready for the big day.
With the surplus blackberries I’ll be making a clafoutis. If you’re asking yourself what on earth it is wellllll, it’s kind of a tart cum souffle cum custard. I think in it’s pure form it’s made with cherries but no one likes cherries in the house (apart from me). Anyway, I can tell you it’s delicious and freezable so you can cook in advance. Here is the recipe I got from Pinterest that works well for me.
And lastly, I’ve got another order of really, REALLY, funky fabric on it’s way from Finland. Disappointment is not an option.
So once again I’m up to my armpits in paint. No, not literally. Nor am I doing my own version of tv’s Splash! sponsored by Dulux. I’m on the move again. I’ve taken one of the slightly larger units on the ground floor which will hopefully grab me more customers who will not be able to escape the pull of my lovely stuff calling to them. The keen amongst you good folk will remember that it was only last November that I first settled into the original unit on the first floor, which was also lovingly decorated with my subtle touch of ‘poke your eye out pink’ ™.
Ok first up on the news front is we have some new suppliers. Yippee! Welcome aboard the good ship FK to Twisted Tee, Tee and Toast and Moomins. Each working day feels more and more like I’m off to the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party which is good, as that forms part of my company mission statement. All shiny precious things will be with us by end of January at the latest and I will be putting them on the website as they land.
Already landed, unpacked, swooned over and kissed, are these marvellous mono print jersey fabrics from Lillestoff. All are GOTS certified which is something we have come to expect from our fabulous supplier. It is now on the website to buy-as-quick-as-you-can and is available from £5.49. Colours available of red, blue and green. Very versatile, hard wearing and easy to care for.
On a final note, the Moomins are coming! In their droves. Also with us by the end of January. There will be a fantastic selection of household goodies with their adorable faces on them.
We’d like to say a happy new year to all of our fabulous customers and a hello, bienvenue, wellkommen and bonjour to our new customers *big wave*
Keeping you in the loop of what has been happening at FKHQ, we’re moving units at Traders Outlet in Sale. We’ve already outgrown the one we have (after only 7 weeks!) so we’re putting castors on everything and settling in to our new place in the new year. There’s also going to be a huge overhaul of the website with more stock being added so that more will be available to buy online as well as offline in the physical store.
We’ll also be asking you, dear reader, to send in any suggestions of things you would like to see in the shop and in particular, what items you would like tos see being made up out of our funky fabrics.
Of course it goes without saying that New Year brings new stock and boy, we have some corkers for you. Lots of Swedish organic fabrics that are either GOTS or OEKOTEX certified. Many of you will be thrilled to learn that the Summer fabric from Znok will be featuring and we will be taking pre-orders on this as there were many disappointed customers when we ran out of it. It will be landing during January and will be availabe in half metres as well as fully metres. £9.95 and £19.89 respectively. You may also love to know that this time it’s organic. Woop! Drop me an email if you would like to reserve this fabric as it sells out FAST!
There have been many highlights this year business wise and we’re looking forward to expanding even further in 2013. Of course we couldn’t do it without you guys out there. On that note, we’d like to wish a very happy new year to you and yours.