Thursday, 28 August 2014

Here's one we made earlier

Doors will be opening for business very soon now, scheduled date is Wednesday 10th September.

In the mean time, here is another sneak preview, a couple of examples to show what you might be able to make from our card kits.

Kits contain 5 cards and matching envelopes with various embellishments, and come in Everyday packs or Christmas packs. Cards, envelopes and most embellishments are new, most of the Christmas images and wording are recycled from pre-loved cards received by us.

Saturday, 23 August 2014


Some time ago, I'm guessing it must have been at least three years ago, well before we moved house, a friend sent me a load of baby and child sized hats that her mum had knitted, for me to sell, as at the time I was fund-raising for the WAA

I sold a few, and then, when we moved house, I packed them away and, I'm ashamed to admit, I forgot all about them. Recently, while doing a bit of a decluttering exercise of my knitted items and yarn stash, I came across them again, so I am now going to offer them up for sale under Station Harry's umbrella, so to speak.

Each hat will be available for £3.00, this will include postage and all proceeds will be donated to the WAA. If you see one (or more) that you would like please contact me by the comments box below. Thanks.

no 1. baby size red and white stripe.

no 2. small child size, slightly more pink than picture shows, a sort of heathery colour.

no 3. small child size, pink, cerise, cream stripes

no 4. small child size, purple with random stripes

no 5. small child size, turquoise, cable stitch

I have another 24 hats altogether, and will list them six at a time as I go through the box and photograph them. As mentioned above, price is £3.00 each and all proceeds, after postage cost, will be donated to the Wiltshire Air Ambulance.

Monday, 18 August 2014

Our calling card booklet

Our friend Sandie (with whom we met up a couple of weeks ago) gave us this book . .

. . . which we have found very useful and inspirational. It gave us some really great ideas on how to successfully run and promote our business, and to enable others to really "get" what it is we are about.

We decided that a visualization of our multi-talents was what was need, so we cracked on to make one. We started with a 7 page children's card book, which we cut apart to give us individual pages to work on (we used dots and spots tape to bind the cut edges).

We printed off a page of words that describe what we do,

then we set about making up our own individual pages, using paper, scissors and glue to give a colourful depiction of how we go about our work.

We are delighted with the end product, and will be showing it off to our friends whenever they ask us what we are currently up to.

The finished "calling card" book, joined with colourful ribbon - front and back

Thanks so much to Sandie, both for the original book and for the book-making ideas.

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Tag making kits

Now that you have found out a little bit about us, we thought we would show you some of the things we have been working on. Our very first product is a Tag Kit, i.e. a kit for making your own gift tags. Each kit contains 6 holed blank tags, with 6 different pieces of fabric, 6 different pieces of paper, 6 lengths of string/ribbon, embellishments and instructions. What you will need to complete your tags are some scissors, glue and lots of imagination. All our kits are different. If you like the idea, but can't see one that you like, please ask, we can make up personalised kits on request as we have lots and lots of different bits and pieces.

Here are the contents of each of the first 4 of our kits which are now bagged up and ready.

No 1. pastel

No 2. blue

No 3. pink and yellow

No 4. white and yellow (sorry about the disappointing colour, the left hand tags and instructions should be white, not pink).

Just to give you an idea of how you could make your tag look, here's one we made earlier

These kits, and lots more besides, will be available from our "shop" when we open our doors in September. Watch this space, also please find, like and follow us on Facebook

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

A little bit about us.

Good morning from sunny Wiltshire. Station Harry, Fab Rick and the Yarnbirds are my alter egos.

Station Harry is the part of me that loves anything paper or card related. My dad was a jobbing printer way back in olden times before personal printers were even a pipe dream. He had a small printing works in Clerkenwell, just around the corner from Charterhouse Square and Smithfield meat market. As a child I loved to visit and to watch the huge printing machines at work, and I grew up to love the smell of paper and printers ink which seeped into dad's clothing. I am now a stationeryholic.

Fab Rick is the part of me that loves materials of any sort. My mum wasn't a dressmaker as such, but she did make a lot of our clothes as my sister and I were growing up during the post-war austerity years. I loved the look and sound of her old hand-turning Singer sewing machine - and now, at long last, I own a Singer of my own, a slightly more modern all-singing, all-dancing version which I bought in 2011, and I have a huge stash of fabric which I just love the feel and the smell of.

The Yarnbirds are the manifestations of my love of anything created with yarn, knitted, crocheted and even woven. My mum, who was always knitting, taught me to knit when I was 5 years old, I taught myself to crochet, I've yet to learn to weave, but I have a huge stash of both knitted and crocheted items and yarn.

So together, Harry, Rick, the Birds and myself will be offering a range of unique items, some stationery, some fabric, some knitted or crocheted and some a mixture of two or even all three. We'll be starting to offer these items when I return from my next, and final (for this year) mini world tour in September, but I'll be posting up a few photos between now and then, to show some of the things we've been working on.

Please ask if there is anything you think you would like to buy, and please also feel free to make suggestions about anything you think we could do.

Love from Harry, Rick, the Birds and me x x x (oh, and Furbis, our model for today)