Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Well Goodness Gracious Me!

You may recall that sometime before Christmas I went down to the village shop to see if the man who owns it would be willing to sell my cards in there. After that it snowed and snowed and I wasn't able to do anything about it until last Saturday when I finally took a selection down. I have been living in fear and trepidation ever since. He said he'd have a look at them and to come down in the week and we'd have a chat.
By this morning I decided I couldn't stand it any longer and set off in the rain and the fog. When I got there he was hoovering up (as one does) so I asked if I'd come at a bad time. He said it was fine, but walked off to get the bag of cards I'd left him. I thought he was going to hand it to me and say 'thanks but no thanks,' but he got the cards out and laid them on the counter. He said, "Yes I don't see why we can't go for selling these," and proceeded to talk brass tacks about 'sale or return' etc. I was so expecting him to say no, I nearly said, "Pardon? Come again?" but kept smiling and listening and making arrangements. His parting words were, "So if you could make 10-15 Valentine's cards, that would be great." Oh my giddy aunt, as my grandmother would say. I set off, high as a kite, towards home, and rang Mr O on my mobile to tell him the good news. Then I set off, huffing and puffing, all the way back up the hill. The effort was nearly enough to wipe the smile off my face (it was more of a friendly grimace by then) but my spirits were soaring, as you can imagine.
I will be able to use phrases like, 'This one's for the shop.' Think of it - little me.
I have been busy on the aforementioned cards, and have a couple to show you:

I used this stamp on our anniversary card last year and it's so sweet. I gave it a sepia colour tone, which I now know how to do with Promarkers. I've cut out the sentiment and put a floral border on it using my Bigshot. Some sweet little flowers just seemed to finish it off nicely.

I obviously like little bears, don't I? Here's another cute little guy. I am so thrilled to be able to make a card like this as I saw something similar in a magazine last year and have wanted to make it ever since. I hope you can see that I've embossed the pearlised pink card before cutting the centre circle out. I did add a little 'Happy Birthday' sentiment later on. Hope you like it.

So that's my hot news for the day. Rejoice with me, my cup runneth over.


  1. That is wonderful, I can understand why you are so pleased. It's lovely when people appreciate good crafting and when they think it's good enough to sell thats even better. Enjoy your time making them and post some more pictures, the two you have shown us already are lovely - I'm loving the bear theme.
    Good luck
    Alison x

  2. How great to be able to make a business of something you obviously love so much! And Valentine's Day is just a perfect beginning! I am going to enjoy seeing how all this goes.

    The cards are adorable.

  3. Before I become a Jonah! ........Beware!

    The truth of business: A Pastime,or Hobby that you love, can make a great business idea! Trouble is, when the hobby/business become a chore!!

    But good luck!

  4. I love your cards, they're so different from the ones you usually see in stores, more heartfelt.

  5. Wow well done Jane, what a fabulous thing to happen for you, Im sure it will be a outstanding success if your cards are anything to go by they are gorgeous. With love and hugs Shirleyxx

  6. Very cool. Your cards are wonderful

    Is he buying them outright or are you consigning them for sale?

  7. "They" say that anything you do for money ceases to be fun. I hope that won't be the case for you.
    Clearly, the anticipation is working well for you. :-)

  8. Wow - tremendous news, congratulations. It's such a thrill when people appreciate your work. Enjoy, and I hope you sell lots. M x


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