Wednesday, 30 December 2009

Christmas 2009

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas my lovely blogger friends.
I have to say it has been a busy one for me, both Gav & I finished work on Christmas Eve and had the mammoth task of wrapping all the presents!!
Why oh why did Christmas creep up on us so quickly this year.
Christmas day started with some presents, the 1st of which had to be my Secret Santa present from the wonderful "Happy"of Happy Loves Rosie.
Boy what a lovely parcel of goodies it was too.
Some lovely Jingle bells which are now hanging on my tree, a Christmas peg which is now attached to my Christmas bunting in my kitchen, a lovely handmade CK Stanly book mark, a beautiful hand made button necklace which came wrapped in a page from an old annual, will be having a read of that!!
Some fab UJ tea towels already in use in the kitchen, some beautiful old Christmas cards/post cards, a fun keyring, and a Happy Loves Rosie Photo. All beautifully wrapped.
A great first present of the day, I took photos of it whilst opening each gift which Gav thought unusual but waited patiently for me to do so before we opened some more presents from each other.

We popped to the in laws for a coffee and presents then home for dinner.
Boxing day we went to see Gav's sister for more presents & coffee, and on Sunday my parents & sister & boyfriend arrived for 3 lovely family days plus sale shopping, witch is a tradition with my Mum & it's always the best.

I have had some lovely presents, jam making equipment, lovely leather over night bag, a beautiful scarf, champagne, chocolates, an Amazon voucher so my wish list of books are now on order & lots of CK mugs so my collection is nearly full & much much more.
Thank you xxx
I hope you all had wonderful Christmas, and that 2010 brings you everything you wish for.
Lost of Love & Hugs

Thursday, 17 December 2009

Trying to be a good girl!!!

Hello all
I just had to show you what I received in the Secret Santa Swap organised by the lovely Victoria of "Florance & Mary" & the wonderful Kelly of "Kelly's Recipes for Life".

I got a call at work last Friday from Gav, saying that the postman had put a slip through the door saying I had a parcel at the post office. So I hot footed it down there from work with the hope that I would make it there before it closed. Well there was a queue as usual, and I waited in line until it was my turn.
The people behind me all had a good look when a bright pink parcel was handed to me.

Ohh the excitement, I could just mask out on the back that it was from

So here it is, although I am being a really good girl and not opening it until Christmas as "Happy" stated on the vintage gift tag.

Thank You Happy I can't wait to see whats in it.

Have a lovely snowy weekend.


Monday, 14 December 2009

Christmas Stocking Swap

It seems like ages ago that I put my name down for Beki's Christmas Stocking swap.
Last week a huge parcel arrived from Vanessa at Coco Rose Textiles who I was paired up with and I have to say I was naughty and opened it the minute I saw it.
I don't think I even took my coat off first or said hello to Gav!!!
Well this huge box was sat on my sofa and it would have been rude to wait until Christmas day & I don't physically think I could have, sooooooooooo I opened the box only to find lots of lovely blue tissue and an enormous beautiful stocking stuffed full of pressies wrapped in the most beautiful Christmas tissue.

Vanessa really spoilt me & also got me so right!!
I love it all and still keep looking at it all.
Vanessa gave me a CK key ring, CK sticker book, CK UJ pin cushion, CK rose lip balm, beautiful coloured candles, jewelery, champagne truffles, hand made felt strawberry, hand made egg cozies, a note book and lots more. I really was in heaven so much so that I was speechless.

I can't tell you what I sent Vanessa as I know she is saving it for Christmas day like a good girl, I hope she likes it as much as I do mine.
Thank you Vanessa & thank you Beki for organising such a brilliant swap.

Sunday, 13 December 2009

Shop Chez Sophie is Offically Open for Business

Well, the craft fairs were fun but I also wanted another way to sell my handmade items, so I have set up a little blog shop of my own called

My first listings are fabric cup cakes, & my first customer will also receive a surprise gift.

Wish me Luck


Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Craft Fair - Findon West Sussex

Hi All

I'm off to my second Craft Fair this weekend, here are the details if you fancy popping along to see me & my stall.


Tuesday, 8 December 2009

Lyme Regis with Love

Whilst in Dorset on my mini break we visited Lyme Regis, which was about 5 miles from where we were staying. It was a beautiful little seaside town with a lovely prom.
We wandered around the town first, great little shops.

Ginger Beer was beautiful and had the most amazing displays.

Then a couple of local charity shop stuffed to the gunnel's with things to buy.

Also a tiny but gorgeous shop full of CK and with the most amazing staircase.

Unfortunately I was not aloud to take photos!! which is a shame as I'm sure you would have all loved to have seen inside.

Then we went on a lovely long walk along the sea front with Milo (chocolate lab).

The prom had the most beautiful houses along it all with their own unique style.

Neapolitan beach huts with vintage curtains adorned the beach, fishing boats bobbed in the harbour and the wind blew and the rain threatened!!

So we walked and walked and then had a hot chocolate in a beach front pub.

Milo thoroughly enjoyed the walk & swim in the sea and we were all exhausted from the fresh air.

So off we went home for some lunch, & that's all from my visit to Dorset.


Sunday, 6 December 2009

Craft Fair Virgin

Well, here I am back blogging!
Shattered after my first Craft Fair but I just had to tell you all about it and show you my wears.
So where to start, I have been busily beavering away in my sewing room every night after work for what seems like weeks.
I have made all manor of pretties and sourced props for my stall so it would look beautiful.
The craft fair was held at The Body Shop head office site in Littlehampton where I work and was in aid of The Body Shop Foundation & Chestnut Tree House Children's Hospice, both very worthy causes. I also had the obligatory Santa's grotto, hog roast & Carols etc.
The Craft Fair was housed in a marquee, which was full of lovely stalls.
My stall was next to a wonderful Gingerbread house stall and I backed on to my friend Allison's stall she makes "Funky Chutney" Very yummy.
I arrived at 9am to set up and get sorted and although the fair didn't open till 11am I'm glad I did start early as it gave me plenty of time to titivate.
Gav had saved me a fallen branch of one of our pear trees which I put in an old enamel jug and hung my Christmas decorations off. I had lots for sale including, Tissue Wallets, Pin Cushions, Fabric Cupcakes, Fabric Wine Bottle Gift Bags, Scented Sachets, Hand Made cards, Drawstring bags, Stockings, Bunting and more.

The weather wasn't great but the fair was busy, I made some money and met lots of new friends.
I didn't sell out so I am hoping to join a Fair next Saturday with the Mum's market place in Findon.
I might be a bit crazy but I might also take a stall at the Angmering Christmas Market on the 19th Dec too!!!
Hope you like the photos.