Being ever the optimist, I’m sure that summer isn’t yet over. It can’t be. I need to get burnt and go lobster red at least once. But rainy days can be good days. Good days for sewing at least. I don’t feel as though I’m missing out on too much when I look through the office window and see it pouring down.
I’ve not had a huge amount of time to sew in the past few weeks. The school summer holidays have seriously cramped my style and I’m ticking the days off on the calendar to the 3rd September. In the meantime I haven’t been idle. We’ve had a huge delivery of some rather splendid, dare I say stupendous, fabrics from Sweden and Germany. We can’t get enough of those scandi fabrics here at Funky Kitsch! I’m preparing the autumn and winter clothing for the shop whilst keeping an eye out for some pretty impressive Christmas gifts to add to the stock. Keep a close eye out for new stock landing at the end of August. I wish I could reveal more but I’m sworn to secrecy. **cough** Blafre **cough**
The keen eyed amongst you may have spotted that our ever popular range of scandi knit fabrics have a new lower price. We’ve taken 10% ish off each fabric. This isn’t a fleeting special offer, oh no. We have permanently discounted them. We want to share the fabric love at an affordable price.
My Pinterest boards are groaning with nonsense really useful knitting and craft projects. There’s some lovely free sewing patterns that you might like, especially for going back to school, Halloween and Christmas. Make do and mend is definitely on the agenda for us this year. I’m firmly a believer that Christmas (or birthday) gifts that are handmade really are made with love (sweat, tears, hysterics, crying, gin etc). If you’re not already following me on Pinterest here’s the link to save you sifting through millions of pins. Am I good to you or am I good to you?
If you would like to catch up with me in real life, up close and personal, then you can find me at Levenshulme Market on Saturday 24th September. As usual there’s a plethora of all things bright and beautiful and, we’re having a MAHOOSIVE sale. Nothing to lose and everything to gain for you dear reader. If you can’t make it next Saturday I will be there each fourth Saturday of the month up until December when the final market of the year is being held on the evening of the 20th December. Christmas innit.
This year the scandinavians, and in particular Sweden, are hosting the annual smorgasbord of everything musical; from kitsch to camp to just downright weird. Still, we celebrate ‘vive la difference!’ (not sure what the Swedish translation is).
Fifty seven glorious years and hopefully many more to come. Good luck Bonnie Tyler!
Or to our Scandinavian counterparts Alla Hjärtans Dag! Valentinsdagen! Ystävänpäivä! For those in Denmark it seems you don’t have a Danish word for it (as it’s a relatively new phenomenon in Denmark) but I love this little passage I read online that describes what the Danes do on 14th February:
“In Denmark, people swap poems and candy snowdrops. As well as some people send love notes not serious love notes but, laughable notes which are called gaekkebrev which are also referred to as joking letters. On the gaekkebrev, the sender signs his or her name in dots.
If the receiver guesses the correct name then the sender will get a candy egg at Easter time.”
Tying in Valentine’s Day with Easter and involving chocolate is an ingenious idea. Anything involving chocolate is ingenious in my mind.
If you didn’t get a Valentine’s Day card or red roses today then you’re not on your own; neither did I. But on a positive note, it’ll all be reduced tomorrow so you can go out and treat yourself without feeling too guilty. Marvellous.