Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Here at Violet&Green we are very lucky to count a rather talented artist among our friends.
That artist is Keith Watts. Keith is a master with a pen and piece of paper, so when we had an idea of how we wanted our artwork to look. We knew there was only one person to make that idea a reality.
I wanted the drawing to cover my three loves ... Flowers, Birds and Sewing. Here it is ...
When I got the email last night I was so excited I made my husband stay up half the night making it my blog header and Facebook cover picture. Impatient, me?!
Being totally inept at this kind of thing I am blessed to have a husband who is a bit more clued up, and patient of my demands!
So here we are, the new look Violet&Green, I hope you all like it.

Thursday, 21 February 2013

I know, I know, whats wrong I hear you ask, you only did a post yesterday?!
Well, Im ill.
Im in bed with a tummy bug, I wont gross you out with the details, lets just say its not pleasant.
My rather amazing parents have come over and whisked all 3 small people away so I can lie here feeling sorry for myself in peace.
So here I am, in bed, the dog is snoring on the floor next to me and I am lurching between feeling like I may actually die, and boredom.
So I thought Id pop on and give you an update on the long awaited blog over haul, I know you are all just besides yourselves waiting to hear about it.
In case you haven't already noticed, we now have tabs. (Glance up). See??! How exciting. I can tell you that those tabs almost reduced me to tears. Being the non techy person that I am.
But there they are, in all their glory. The 'Shop' tab is yet to be active, I am in the process of getting my Etsy shop up and running.
Its rather a big step for me, and Im slightly scared of it. But it will happen.
Next on the list is my new header. I have done a rough sketch of how I want it to look, and handed it to a rather talented designer friend of mine.
Im hoping it wont be too long before I can put it up for the world to see.
Apologies for no pretty photos to accompany todays ramble, I am about to lurch out of boredom and back into about die mode.
Georgie X

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Check me out! Another post already!
Things have been quiet on the flower front since Valentines, which actually is fine as Mothers Day is fast approaching. So I know I am going to be flower crazy again soon enough.

In the meantime I have had a few card orders, which I also love doing so happy days. I thought I should probably post a couple of pics of cards I have made for people so you can see what I am up to!
I have been making keep sake cards, they are initial cards and once its time for the cards to come down you remove the initial and can keep it. I hope you like them!
We also have another craft fair in 3 weeks (eeek) so have a couple of new ideas that I am working on in preparation for that. I am going to be more pro-active in keeping you up to date with what we are up to!

Friday, 15 February 2013

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you all had a nice Valentines Day yesterday?
MrViolet&Green and myself don't go mad over Valentines but I did get a rather nice card and some ribbons in the V&G colours, which was rather lovely.
I think we can safely say I have broken my own rule of posting once a week, glancing briefly at my last post it looks like it has been more like once in two weeks. I really must get on top of that!
In my defence it has been a busy couple of weeks. Firstly we had our craft fair and then we had Valentine flowers to make for people.
Those are my excuses and Im sticking to them.
I have a lot spinning around in my head at the moment, I am (still) mentally over hauling this blog. If you could do this by the power of thought, I would be pretty much finished by now. Unfortunately it would appear what I really need to do is dedicate a day to it. So Im not sure when that will happen at the moment.
I also have a lot of craft plans spinning around. I have lots of ideas for things I want to make and try, again, the power of thought is not really cutting it. And time is the deal breaker.
The last thing I have spinning around is my online shop. Now, this is something that I could do with some advice on.
I want to set up an online shop and link it to my Facebook page, and this blog. As I make things I can slowly upload them and hopefully people will like them enough to buy!
My quandry is this, what online service do I use?
My main choices are Etsy or Folksy. My concerns for Etsy, is that I have heard there are soooo many sellers on there now, its really hard to get your goods seen. My concerns for Folksy are that they want a fee for using the site, not just for what you sell. What if I don't sell anything?!
Do any of you use either of these sites and what are your feelings on them? Or do you have a recommendation for a site I haven't considered?
All feedback is gratefully received.
Apologies for a rambly post, this pretty much sums up my state of mind at the moment!
I have had a go at making Owls, here is my very first attempt ...

Friday, 1 February 2013

I am being neglectful of you! I can only apologise.
In my head I had made a small rule about trying to post once a week, I think a couple of posts a week is nice, but not always manageable (for me).
And as its Saturday again tomorrow (the last time I posted was last Saturday) I am sliding in with 2 hours to spare and sticking to my rule. Ha!
The reason for my neglect is the upcoming craft fair, Im pretty sure I have mentioned this a few times already so look away now if you can't bear hearing this again.
Next Saturday is my next craft fair and as always I am hideously un-organised. I am great at planning in my head, not so great at putting it into action.
So every moment I have, I am sewing, sticking, creating.
Nothings finished yet, but I have a week to go and you will be amazed at what can be achieved in a week!
So, in the meantime I am going to do a cheat post. My idea of a cheat post, is a Pinterest post! And here we go ...
One of my Pinterest boards is Shop Inspiration.
I have lots of aspirations, one of them is owning my own shop. I think the reality of that actually happening is pretty much hanging on a lottery win, but, I am a big believer in dreaming BIG!
In a previous life (pre children) I was in fact a window dresser.
So, shop fronts, visuals, layouts are a bit of a passion of mine. (I say passion my husband says OCD).
Here are a few of the shops I have pinned to my board, I hope you like them as much as I do.

If anyone has any tips about how to get photos on here to line up, feel free to let me know!
I've been jigging these four around for an hour with no joy.