Saturday, 12 April 2014

Saturday Journaling again

I have been so looking forward to today - and another page of my journal.  I have been so good and not fiddled during the week even though I wanted to.

I treated myself to a new stamp - I have wanted the 'Crowned Bunnies' from Crafty Individuals for age and ages but never got round to it.  I totally adore their stamps - would love to stock them in the shop but I am not sure how they would go down.

This page is called 'Hare today - - gone tomorrow'

Brayered background with Jenni Bowlin inks Seed Packet and Soap Powder - stamped tree line (crafty Individuals stamp as well) in Spice Tin - white acrylic paint fence - clouds sponged through sequin waste with white paint - bits of grass and flowers overstamped in the same colour - rabbits heat embossed with old copper on a dark blue paper that has crowns on it.


Friday, 11 April 2014

Zutter Bind it All

I dusted off my trusty old Bind it All today.

My son has a load of 'Magic' playing cards that are no good for playing - but he wanted to 'something' with.

I made a load of little note books for him for his stall - I would have made loads more - but he has swiped my wire cutters!


Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Natural agates

We now have loads of really pretty agate beads in the shop.

When I thought about stocking jewellery making items I wanted to have something a bit different from the normal 'bog standard' trays of acrylic and plastic beads that you see everywhere.  I have a really good wholesaler for the finding, stringing and fittings bits (Beadtime - also known as Beadfairy - super quality and very reasonable prices - loads of choice and ideas) - but for the beads I have decided to buy mostly directly from the East - China - Singapore - etc. I did train as a jeweller after I left school and worked in  the trade for about 15 years - so I have the basic knowledge to find you something pretty and good value for money.

We have loads of really pretty beads - The chances of me actually getting them listed ion the website are slim - in fact I am seriously considering dropping the princesskitten website and just keeping the shop one - I just can't keep it up to date and the costs are going up so much to keep it running.


Monday, 7 April 2014

day off

Monday is kitten's day off


Sunday, 6 April 2014

100% Cumbrian sheep wool

Izzy is expanding the wool side of the shop.  We met a chap at the Show who uses sheep fleeces that are very local to us - literally across the road - and the mill is only about 20 miles away.  So we are now going to add Bronte Glen knitting wool along with Herdy wool - along with hand knitted cushions - tea cosies - draught excluders - and pouffes like the one below - bargain at £55.00.

You will find Izzy in the market square every Saturday from Easter Saturday all through the summer selling her wares.  She is also in the shop 11.30am - 1.30pm (ish) during the week if you would like to place or collect an order.


Saturday, 5 April 2014

Let's Journal

It is so long since I got any  REAL work done - crafting that is ;-) - I am going to take myself in hand with a firm foot and try to do a bit more hands on stuff.

The Stationary show a couple of doors down have started keeping a journal in the window - and he has inspired me to get mine out again.

My book is a very old accounts ledger that was my mums - so it's a bit different - touch on the small side - but - hey - it will make me work harder.

The challenge is - keep everything  flat.  I can add sheets of paper - ribbons etc - as long as it stays totally flat.  The means no layering - no embellishments - no 3D work - no gems - how am I going to cope!!! - on the allowed list - all my inks - pens - heat embossing - paint effects - distressing - stamping - glitter and glitter glue (phew!)

This has a Fireworks spritz background - gorgeous and sparkly - and a grungy atlas stamp.

I am going to make a real effort to do something every Saturday - so let's just hope.


Friday, 21 March 2014

kitten's very busy

I seem to be chasing my tail around like mad at the moment - there is so much going on - both in the area - the shop - and the other stuff with all the yard restoration.

The big news (for us) is that the sewing shop 2 doors up is moving next week.  This means we can really push our boundaries and expand our stock into all sorts of area that we could not before.  We have know for several weeks now - so when we went to the show It was with fresh eyes that we were hunting for new stock.

We are still staying very true to our core of not doing the 'main stream' brands that everyone else stocks - so we will still carry a unique range of products.  Starting with a new range of cross stitch kits from Fat Cat Designs.  Bit more of a project than the Mouseloft - but not a lifetime commitment ;-).  Big, bold, colourful designs - all full stitches - and no top stitching (unless you want to).  Plus they do 2 super ranges for kiddies and new starters.

We are also going into jewelry making.  With my experience we can stock all sorts of natural gemstones - agates - jaspers etc - plus all the wires, pins, clasps, rings etc that  you need.

Decoupatch should land with us next week too.  That will be fun.

We will also be keeping a few haberdashery bits and bobs - plus pretty little work boxes - pin boxes - tape measures - cute scissors - and nearer to Christmas - knitting bags - storage boxes.

It is going to be an amazing year


Monday, 17 March 2014

Day Off

Monday is kitten's day off


Friday, 14 March 2014

New Shambles - opps

I have got an 'ole! - a hole in my ceiling!

The builder has taken a panel out to see why the ceiling was cracking - and the main joint has moved

And they have found a window that has been covered over and they are going to restore it for me - how wonderful is that!


Thursday, 13 March 2014

shop refit - final dressing

so we have
from the window

then the shelving

I reckon that we have just about doubled the display space - and when we get all the system fully running - we will be able to hold a mountain of stock.

There are one or two little tweaks that I want to make after the summer - and in the autumn (after the landlords have done the restoration of the ally and we are safely waterproof) we are going to empty the stock room and carpet (plus about 3" of under felt ;-) ) it ready for the winter, so we stay snug)

Lovin' my little shop

Now - all I need to do is get back to doing some real crafting!


Wednesday, 12 March 2014

New Shambles restoration

The builders have started work on the restoration project for our ally

The scaffolding is going up - they are trying to avoid putting it in the ally and driving everyone nuts.  There are going to be huge buttresses on each end of the ally and they have to hang the scaffold  between the chimneys as the roof is all so fragile. 

My ridge beam has just broken.  I noticed that the ceiling had cracked and collared the builder as he was passing to have a look.

The whole thing has a huge dip in it.

They are going to put up a mini tower this afternoon and have a better look to see what's going on


Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Shop refit

OK - now we have to chop out the window space!!!!!!

As I said to the ol' Goat - 'trust me - I'm a designer'

I drew a line on the window shelf and said - CUT

Sooooo - we have a bit hole

There you go - see - it all works ;-)


Monday, 10 March 2014

Day off

Monday is kitten's day off


Sunday, 9 March 2014

shop refit

ok - so we have got all the panels up in the back corridor - we could only fit in 3 - which is a shame - but I wanted them spaced out a bit - and 4 would have been too many

you would  be amazed at just how much light and space it has made.

I struggled to find hooks that fitted the slatwall grooves - the panels are vintage from a Marks & spencer refit waaaaaay back and the new slatwall fittings don't fit.

HUGE luck- Bead time (our new jewellery suppliers) make their own little display racks - and their hooks fit my slats - solution.  And they are really cute - they are little hearts rather than the big metal squares!

So I can display loads


Saturday, 8 March 2014

news tipbit

Just the way my mind works I think

DoCrafts has a new CEO - Clive Daley - he has 22 years in retail - including Dixons (well they went bust) - B&Q and Superdrug - - 

- so there will be big sizes in everything - and if you can't cope - paracetamol on the side - should be interesting times coming up!


Wednesday, 26 February 2014

shop re-fit day 2

We have one slat wall panel in place

The others are lined up ready to go up.  We will be able to get 4 panels altogether along this wall so that we can display different themes on each one.


Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Shop refit

Total muddle again!!!! - we have started our mini refit.

First of all we (well the goat really  ;-)  ) are going to open out the back corridor.

That dresser is going to move - and the big mirror has now gone into my bedroom at the flat.  Then the pretty stat wall panels are going to be all down the wall instead.  Without the big dresser in the way the corridor should open up quite nicely - and I have tiny little slatwall hooks which don't take up any space - so we can have a whole wall of goodies.

The goat is going to be doing it after we are closed - so  there won't be any noise and mess disturbance - just piles of stock in boxes moving around to keep out of his way.


Monday, 24 February 2014

day off

Monday is kitten's day off

trust me - I am going to need it!


Saturday, 22 February 2014


This is a bit of a rant to support all of  those who folk out there who are drawing their own digi images - the big stress is that the digi images that they are selling  should be their own design - not copied from other working artists

"Thou Shalt Not Steal"

We all know how easy it is to be an artist, right? You just find something you like, copy it as best you can (maybe change a couple of details) and there you go. Um no.  WAIT!! Stop right there. Copying even parts of an image is copyright theft.

So . . . yet ANOTHER so called artist is ripping off Saturated Canary illustrator/owner Krista Smith, whose original work you can see in her shop.  ANOTHER "wanna-be" who fancies herself an artist has tried to jump into the business of selling art without taking care of two very important prerequisites FIRST:

1. Understanding copyright law

2. Knowing how to draw her own ORIGINAL work

  This time it’s a woman named Francesca Lopez. Stamp Out has been communicating with her and her husband for several days, wanting to get this taken care of quickly and civilly by explaining why it is illegal -- a federal crime in fact -- to copy another artist’s work. We have attempted to educate both Lopez's on the facts, by showing them these side by side samples which should be instant proof for anyone one with eyes that Francesca is COPYING, and by directing them to some of the important info on copyright law and "substantial similarity" you can find by simply searching.

We also encouraged them to talk to some IP lawyers THEMSELVES so they could be informed by a neutral third party, since they refuse to listen to us. Instead the absurdly irrelevant clippings they have posted on Francesca's blog about copyright indicate they don't have even the simplest understanding of how original artwork is protected by the law. (Scroll down past the Bible quotes.)

Here’s another example of a highly questionable drawing that is very like a well known Precious Moments illustration.  It this one, it appears the angel's head has been put on the bed boy's body -- then the bed flipped and small details changed. 

From "The illustrated Story of Copyright" by Edward Samuels, copyright 2000:

"The issue in these cases is whether the second work is “substantially similar” to the first. It doesn’t have to be an exact duplicate to be an infringement, but it does have to take enough of the copyrighted work that it can be said that the second work was not “independently created.” Drawing the line between noninfringement and infringement, between independent creation and substantial similarity, can be frustratingly difficult. The courts have pretty well refused to adopt a simple numerical test to resolve this issue, instead relying upon general statements of policy, and sensitivity to the facts of particular cases. What is clear, however, is that taking even a small portion of a copyrighted work can constitute copyright infringement."

(Search "Striking Similarity" or Substantial Similarity" to find more information about this online)

And another taking legs, feet and theme and pose directly from a Magnolia image.  While it is PERFECTLY FINE to draw using the same theme (ideas are not copyrightable), and poses may be really similar just by coincidence, this particular image is obviously NOT coincidence as the legs, pants and feet are nearly traced they are so exact.

Of course, besides this being illegal, it’s also immoral. Besides theft, it’s cheating and lies -- things that good people try to avoid.  Obviously, communication has failed with this pair. They have closed or disallowed all private talk with them -- so here we go. Wall of Shame.

Please BEWARE of “Cute as a Button/Buttin” owners Francesca and Art Lopez in all their iffy endeavors. (They are particularly marketing toward Christians as you can see.)  

Any questions about about this aspect of copyright, please ask in the comments and I can bring your concerns to the group or please join the facebook group discussion.


For those unaware, the Stamp Out Stamp Theft Facebook group is a closed group. Anyone can request to join and you can do so HERE.   The group is over 600 strong and is "dedicated to crafters and artists that are serious about combating the intellectual property rights violations that are so rampant in our field. (Mo Manning)" The group makes sure any possible infringements discussed are backed up with screenshots, links, or side by side images!  This group confronts those who not only copy the work of other artists and claim it as their own, but also deals with "pinners" on Pinterest and Facebook sites that illegally "share" digital images.
Stamp Out
  The artists are very disgusted and sad. It is a wonder to me that they continue to produce such beautiful images for us!  I don't know that I would want to continue if day after day I saw my hard work pinned and shared and copied all over the internet!  I am sure that is not what they had in mind when they sat down at the drawing table!
   Sadly a Wall of Shame was created as an outgrowth ofStamp Out Stamp Theft to expose those who after being shown side by side evidence of the copyrighted images against their images, and after being respectfully asked to remove the images in violation, continue to sell and/or misrepresent these images as their own original ideas and illustrations. 
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