Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Mother's day - UK

With Mother's Day (here in the UK) only a few days away, I have been busily making cards and small gifts for this most very important day.  Merchant Square Craft and Design Fair is where you'll find me with my wares!

A special request, for a special message, from a special little boy


Unfortunately my camera, which is only 2 years old, has developed a grey spot right smack in the centre of the lens, so depending on what I am photographing, the grey shadow appears like a mark on the subject (as you can see on the cards above).   Until I can persuade myself to pay yet more hundreds of pounds for my THIRD! Panasonic Lumix camera in 7 years - I will continue to try to work with the one I have.   Lumix compact cameras are great little cameras but this is the second time I have had bad luck with them.

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Month of Letters - The allure of an old-fashioned pen pal

The Month of Letters Challenge has been picked up by the BBC.  It was nice to see this article on the online news on Friday.

I intended to take part in the Month of Letters Challenge again this year but I didn't quite make my target of writing a letter or note every single day in February (as I did last year) but I did at least make a start on my ever growing list of letter recipients.   Because of the upcoming celebration of  Mother's Day, at the end of this month,  Bella Bheag's card making has taken priority I'm afraid.  I will try to do better in in April! 
In fact, now that I am talking about it.... I feel the urge to write, so I must make time and write at least one letter today!
Make someone's day - write and send a note today (if not today, then soon)!  


Saturday, 22 February 2014

A wee gift for Mother's Day - or just any day!

Today I have spent way too much time trying to come to terms with Facebook, Etsy and now Blogger.  So much so, that the more I have tried to achieve the less success I've had!

Anyway, below are some images of the wee mirrors I managed to add to my Etsy shop. 


Sunday, 16 February 2014

Merchant Square Craft Market - Glasgow

My letter writing isn't going too well so far this month.  Interrupted by my need to create stock of my hand made cards and other things.

Merchant Square is a terrific venue for a weekly craft market - right in the heart of Glasgow's Merchant City - where you can sit and have a drink, or have a meal or just sit on one the benches to  read your Sunday newspapers - either before or after you browse the many stalls selling some beautiful handmade products.

All under cover - and as the catchy Merchant Square logo says - "where is never rains".  So a really nice place to pass a couple of hours (or only 10 mins if you are only happen to be passing through).

This is my table:

Social media, not really being my thing, I have been encouraged to have a presence on Facebook in order to increase card making.  So here is the link to my FB page


Wednesday, 5 February 2014

"Month of letters" Challenge 2014

It's February already and almost a year since I posted anything on my blog - oh dear!

Another new year - and a belated new blog post!  This particular post is about a topic close to my heart -   which is - maintaining the tradition of handwritten correspondence!   In 2012 I wrote a post about the "Month of Letters" challengehere .  Last year I was a bit under the weather so was unable to participate - but here I am - it's 2014 - and I'm raring to go!

So far this month I have had good reason to send around 10 letters and notes of gratitude - which has given me a head start to this challenge!   Some of the notes should have reached their destination by now and others are still winging their way, via by the good old Royal Mail postal service, to their unsuspecting recipients - and I feel good! 

That done, I now have to put together a list of those who will receive some hand written words from me as part of this challenge of daily letter writing.  

How do you feel about this dying art of communication?  Are you done with snail mail since electronic correspondence is so instant/more convenient -  or would you prefer to receive and retain something tangible, more intimate and personal, that you could tuck away to read again and again if so desired? 

When was the last time you wrote or received a handwritten note?  I'd be delighted to drop you a few lines if you'd like!  It wouldn't be a surprise but it would be hand written!