Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Today is all about Skwonkies ...

... i've got four cut out with their faces attached to their bodies - now they need their eyes.  There's a big pile of felt hands, feet and ears and another pile of ribbon arms and legs that all need sewing together ... it's a fluffy job but someone's got to do it. 


Saturday, 5 November 2011

it's been a wonki kind of week ...

the kids went back to school on tuesday so i could finally get down to some serious sewing ... and make more, and more (and more) wonkies.  I've lost count of how many I've actually cut, sewn, given eyes and stuffed this week but i did suddenly have the horrible realisation that i didn't have enough labels to give them all their bottoms and tails - nightmare.  Cue an urgent etsy order to my labels supplier - now i just have to sit and wait (and sew and stuff in the meantime).  Check out the pics for a visual version of my week - guess which is friday night?

 Skwonkies next week ... watch this space


Friday, 28 October 2011

it's been half term ...

so it's been a bit quiet on the making front this week - a few wonkies have got eyes but apart from that ...

They're back to school on Tuesday though, so normal service will be resumed and I'll start panicking about how much stock I've got to make in just a few weeks.  In fact, just typing that sentence is enough to start me getting worried so I'd better be off and see if I can sneak some sewing time into the weekend

Thursday, 20 October 2011

this week ...

... has mainly been about not sewing. 

I've had a run of 3 events in 3 weeks that were all amazing, and I spent so much time making stock that I felt just a little bit burnt out so ... I've spent the week sorting out my (much neglected) workroom and putting everything back where it actually lives, re-stocking all my supplies (which means I get some lovely packages through the door) and letting my fingers recover from all the sore patches the needles and scissors have left in their wake. 

I showed a friend a new product idea/prototype this morning and she absolutely loved it so I think I'm feeling ready to start sewing now ... here we go again


Wednesday, 12 October 2011

my current obsession ... revealed

this time I'm actually on the right computer to post a pic so here goes - my current obsession

Thursday, 6 October 2011

it's been a while ...

I meant to update this regularly but it's been weeks since I've even thought about it!  I've been pretty busy what with re-stocking Between Dreams with Wonkies and building up my stock again following the market I did in Winchester.

Doing a market was a whole new experience for me but one that I really enjoyed ... it's a good job as I've got another one in a couple of weeks, as well as a craft fair on Saturday and 2 major events in one weekend in mid-November.  If I think about it too much I start to panic so I'm just concentrating on making as many wonkies as I can.  I've got a few cushion orders as well so I've got to squeeze those in somewhere.

I did manage to do something with my new obsession though - vintage crochet doilies.  I've bought some beautiful faux suede and am making cushions with the doilies - I'll post a pic (when I remember!).

That's it for now.

Saturday, 17 September 2011


I feel as though my brain is going to explode today.  I'm trying to keep my stock levels of wonkies up, develop and make new products ... and make a website, remember to blog ... and be a mum as well. 

There are moments when I wonder why I bother, but then when I go to the cupboard  to start getting stock out for a market or craft fair I'm doing (like Winchester Art and Craft Market tomorrow) I look at all my stuff and I'm really proud of it.  I don't make stuff I don't like, and don't sell anything I wouldn't be happy to buy (in terms of quality) so although I'm not where I want to be at the moment, I just have to keep reminding myself that if I keep working at it, I might just get there. 

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

ok, a bit more this time ...

my youngest started school today so i've actually had a little bit of time to sort this page out and make it look more like the rest of detailed design.

so who/what is detailed design ... well, i'm rachel, a stay at home mum to 2 girls who decided about 18months ago to try and get a bit of her life back for herself.  I've always sewn and always liked interiors so decided to try and marry the two together ... and detailed design was born.

at the moment it's all about kids which wasn't what i set out to do, but unsurprisingly is where i'm at.  i've got a range of cushions, skwonkies and wonkies (check them out on www.folksy.com or www.wowthankyou.co.uk) which is all good but things are about to change ...

Sunday, 11 September 2011

...so i've got a blog now ...

... have no idea what i want to say (or even how often i'll remember to do this) but ...

... i'll introduce myself properly next time i'm here x