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Alison Stokes
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From pink elephants to gold poinsettias - how one thing led to another
In November I was lucky enough to exhibit with Craft in Focus at the Royal Horticultural Society's garden in Wisley.  It was an amazing fair full of the most stunning work all of which is produced in Britain by the exhibitors.  As well as being a feast for ...

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Independence
Let me start this post by saying that I voted to remain in the EU.  But the deed is done and while the politicians sort out what happens next I just want to air a few positive thoughts, entirely, I might add, related to my business sector of crafts. I did d...

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New Beginnings
January and February are often the months wished away - with Christmas festivities over the dark days of winter are sometimes difficult to get through.  This year has been no exception with a stormy start and many sad events hitting the newstands.  So when ...

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Scraps!
I am one of those people who can't resist the things that other people pass over.  When my friend's cat had kittens I wanted the one nobody else liked, the straggly plants left on the shelf I'll take home and nurture - I'm just drawn to the unloved, the wai...

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Flower of the month - January
For 2016 I've decided to produce a new range of flower of the month greetings cards. Each card will be handmade with handstitched flowers presented on a fabric background. They will be available to buy in my Etsy shop https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/LavenderHe...

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Twenty Sixteen Goals
Here are my goals for 2016! T hread my needle more often Use W isley Gardens as inspiration Gingi E 2016 N ew Venues Work with Bri T ish Crafters Knit with hand d Y ed yarn Make more S carves I ncrease online sales E X hibit again Bus T that stash Do a webs...

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Christmas shopping
As always at this time of the year I'm busy making Christmas gifts and decorations but I think it does the soul good to sometimes take a break and get out and about.  Not only do you recharge the batteries but inspiration often arrives when you take yoursel...

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Christmas tree skirt commission. Appliqued holly leaves embellished with beads then quilted. Completely hand stitched.
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I know from personal experience that this is a very worthwhile investment. Susan understands where crafters are coming from which is so valuable.

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Yarn Shop Day
Earlier this week one of my yarn suppliers alerted me to a press release from the WI announcing that they had developed a new range of knitting yarn which is available exclusively at Hobbycraft. Having looked at what they're promoting - three acrylic yarns,...
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