…I’m back!!

Yay! I’m finally back – I forgot my password, so couldn’t log on!!

So, things have been uber-quiet anyway with everyone on their summer holidays (I’m on mine right now! Lol), and now with everyone concentrating on back-to-school I’m going to spend the next week or so doing the dreaded bookkeeping for the accountants…zzzzzzzzzz…..

I have an interview next week for a second job to keep the pennies rolling in, but it’s in a craft shop so I’ll be in my element anyway if I get it 🙂

Then I guess I will be gearing up for Christmas (eeeek!) booking onto Xmas craft fairs and starting to make my handmade Xmas goodies…where has this year gone!!

Speaking of which, I have been in the shop at Clay Cross for a whole year now (wowsers!!) Happy Birthday to me. I am disappointed, although not really surprised, that there are some people I know who still haven’t managed to come and see the shop yet, never mind support my business by buying anything from me – but I’m quickly realising that you just have to look after number one, as no one else really cares one way or the other.

Longer post next week when I’m avoiding doing my paperworkback at work!!




My OH’s favourite new phrase, which for the uninitiated (or those of us who don’t work with 20-something’s straight out of Uni!) it stands for Too Long; Didn’t Read. I have a sneaking suspicion this is only supposed to be used when I am telling a long and arduous account of my day, where he has switched off – but given where it has originated from, I guess it is used wherever the conversation doesn’t involve computer games or drinking(!)



Now, this got me thinking whether or not it just applied to online articles, replies to forum threads, the good old ‘Ts & Cs’ ( let’s face it, who doesn’t just click that ‘Accept & Proceed’ button!?), or whether it applies to blog posts too?
I’m reading more & more of other peoples blogs as I try and learn the craft of blogging, and I understand that the idea is not to waffle on and on and on, but don’t you think that some people’s blogs are just a teeny bit too short?
I am very much reminded of my primary school ‘creative writing’ classes when I’m planning my blog posts (my teachers name escapes me, but it was quite a long time ago now!) and try to ensure, no matter how long or short, they have a beginning, a middle and an end. I also think they should have a bit of content, a pretty picture or two, maybe teach you something, and tell a story.
Short and sweet is good, but “I did this, it was good” or “ohhh, look at these 20 pictures of pretty handbags” just doesn’t cut it for me, and certainly doesn’t engage me enough to carry on following to find out what happens next.

So before this gets ‘TL’ and you ‘DR’ the rest of it, I’ll get on with it!!!

I’ve started a memory quilt this week

Shirts ready for Memory Quilt

I’ve done PLENTY of memory cushions over the last few years, but have had a couple of requests for quilts so I thought I should practice first with my own stash of clothes (of my late husbands) and make any mistakes there if I’m going to make any. The hardest part of this will be deciding how many blocks to use/what size to make – I think this will involve some quilting research! I’m pretty sure the correct way to do it is make a block of 4 squares, then sew these together, which will then dictate the size(s)….any input from more experience quilters is very much appreciated!
I’ll keep you posted as I go along, and share any tips or tricks I find out about.

Paramount on the top of my to do list this week is to find a company that sells Fimo polymer clay wholesale in the UK. After a couple of false starts, I think I’ve found somewhere and have placed an order – always handy to have a back up plan though, so shout up if you know anywhere!

The ‘Pint of Socks’ Father’s Day presents that I blogged about the other week are selling really well! only a few days left to order if you want them posted out, a couple more if you buy from my shop http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=161032907324&ssPageName=STRK:MESE:IT

A week of tears and laughter

So, to quickly gloss over the first part – it should have been my Husbands 37th birthday on Wednesday. Sad that he wasn’t here to celebrate with me and his family and, as all big occasions are, a painful reminder that he’s gone. I won’t try and pretend it doesn’t hurt for anyone’s benefit, but also not ashamed to say that with the help of counselling and my WAY friends ( http://www.widowedandyoung.org.uk ) I have/am processing the bereavement pretty well and trying to live the rest of my life to the full. If this kind of thing teaches you anything, it’s that life is too short and you need to crack on & get on with it!!

Actually, last year this theory was put firmly in to practice – I started dating again, I started going out in to the real world again, I made the leap back into self-employment, and I finally took a deep breath and bought my well longed after VW Camper van!! There was only one thing I could have possibly called him….

VW Camper van

My VW Camper van – Olli

Olli!! – and I even found him his own name badge 🙂

Now, the laughter part of this post relates to the fact that we went to see the absolutely amazingly funny Eddie Izzard on his Force Majeure Tour at Nottingham Arena last night. I’ve been to see a few shows over the last few months by other comedians, and have been sorely disappointed. The only gripe about this one was that we were so far away, right in the back corner of the Arena, with not many other people around us which I think dulled the atmosphere a little. Sketches about a musical called ‘Trouser Mountain’, God v’s Vader in a Martian canteen, and dressage horse burglars had us in stitches!!!! Can’t wait to watch it again on DVD.

Work wise, having realised it’s not long until Father’s Day (Sunday June 16th) I’m concentrating on making ‘Man Stuff’. The ever-popular ‘Pint of Socks’ will make a reappearance, chocolate hampers, Emergency pictures, plus a whole load of other stuff to try that I’ve found on Pintrest!! All will be available though my eBay shop: http://stores.ebay.co.uk/beaubabyboutique and I’ll blog about them as I make them.

Let’s start with the Pint of Socks, as I’ve already done them! A super-easy idea, as it’s essentially pairs of socks in different colours, rolled up in a pint pot – but very effective and very popular!

Pint of Socks

Pint of Socks

Perfect for any man in your family – a funny, yet practical gift!


Off for a well earned lazy Bank Holiday weekend, so Ciao for now!!!






Bake, Sew & Blog On!

Happy Monday!!

So, as I type I’m covered in Polymer Clay (probably not the best plan to have started a blog post in the middle of working, but you have to start before you forget what you were going to say when inspiration strikes!!

I’m making my ever popular biscuit keyrings today – Bourbons and Custard Creams – which is a surprisingly labour intensive process as each stage is done by hand…

Biscuit Keyring

different stages of making a Polymer Clay keyring

From sourcing and buying the Fimo clay (a feat in itself! – always grateful for any feedback of reliable wholesalers that anyone can point me in the general direction of) the first step is measuring, cutting and conditioning the clay, or basically mixing the right quantities together. For the custard Creams, to achieve the right colour I have to mix cream and caramel together, which automatically conditions the clay as it is worked, by using a pasta machine and good old elbow grease. Once the clay is soft, I then press it into the biscuit mold, carefully extracting it and placing on a baking tray to harden in the oven. The ‘cream’ in the middle of the biscuit is made by rolling out a sheet of clay with the pasta machine and cutting out the right size shapes. Once it has baked and cooled it is then hot glued together with a glue gun, sandwiching the cream middle and a keyring chain between 2 biscuit sides.

At present, I make Bourbons, Custard Creams, mini Jammy Dodgers and mini Oreos – all can be bought from my Etsy store: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/BeauBabyUK

Planned for later this week is the beginnings of a memory quilt, and more cushions with printed sayings on them.

And just a quick update about my weekend…Doctor Who finished it’s latest series 😦 counting down the days til the special 50th anniversary episode in November!! We went to a Eurovision party at my friends pub – amazingly good fun 😀 and then had a fundraising event on Sunday for http://www.widowedandyoung.org.uk in the form of the first annual national #WAYBigPicnic. Cracking.

Thanks for reading


Whoop & Yay!!!!!

That’s it then, I’m blogging!

Mainly about my business www.beaubabyboutique.co.uk, but I’ll occasionally drop in some other interesting stuff too, and no doubt share my crazy dog’s antics and our trips to VW shows in our camper vans as well.

Lets start with a little introduction. My name is Sarah, I’m 36 and live near Chesterfield, Derbyshire (UK) with my 2 cats, my dog, and more recently my boyfriend has joined the madhouse too! I was widowed in 2009 after less than 6 months of marriage, so no kids – but a cracking little nephew and 2 gorgeous baby niece-in-laws, who it is always lovely to give back spend time with.
I have always been a creative person, enjoying art and textiles at school, photography at college in Media studies, but unfortunately failing to make the grade for Uni. After a few years in ‘normal’ jobs, I retrained to be a florist in my late 20’s which led to me running my own business at my shop in Chesterfield – which is by no means as easy as everyone thinks it is, therefore I sold it on in 2011 to concentrate back on the arty/crafty, designer/maker, rather less pressured way of life whilst I was still on my healing journey.
I found a fantastic UK charity WAY – Widowed And Young which helped me through my darkest days of bereavement enormously, and I now help them back by being part of the committee, in charge of social media, and a local area contact arranging trips and get togethers with other young widows in our area.

So, I guess until I find out more about how blogging works, that should be it for now! Thanks for reading 🙂

Much love,