Monday, 27 October 2008

Thankyou, Thankyou, Thankyou.

I would just like to take this opportunity, to thank each and everyone of you who has supported Lynn over the last couple of weeks with the expansion.

I Really enjoyed the opening weekend and having spoke to Michelle Saxon, Yesterday, (did you know she is a personal friend lovelies, I have friends that are famous LOL!!!) any way I digress. Michelle was saying; what a great time she had and how lucky we all are to have such a brilliant shop. She even compared it to some of the craft shops she has been to in the states; and said the layout, style and feel would not be out of place over there.

Thankyou all once again for all your support this weekend too. Lynn informs me it was just as busy this weekend as last. (Yippee! How many empty hooks for my {I mean Our} Penny black fund are there now.)

Don't forget to check out the website and our new forum too.


Dt Team Update and a call out.

This is the last call. For Dt Team members for Our Challenge Starting Soon.!! (see previous post for details).

I have a few people selected, but have not notified anyone yet. You have until friday, to get in touch.

Now this is a call out for someone I need to get in touch with, as I have no details.

So Joanna, You know who you are! (Lovely Cricut Good luck card In the shop.) I need you, Please get in touch with Lynn, she has my e-mail.


Monday, 20 October 2008

Wow. What a weekend we had! It was great. Michelle was on good form and made some wonderfull books & bits using the Bind-it-all and Graham stamped away on Saturday. Michelle and Tracy then held court on Sunday, Tracy made some gorgeous cards using the Jo Sonja Decor Crackle, mirraboard and a serviette (but don't tell that I said they are good!!) whilst Katie did a great job in the Bead shop all weekend.

It was such hard work getting the shops ready, but we got there - although behind the scenes things are in terrible disarray!! Nicky and Ruth did a wonderful job of organising both shops, Tracy set us up with some good entertainment for the weekend and Anne worked the urn well making masses of teas/coffee. Thank you girls for all of your help.

Anne had to work the urn because the Hubby (our usual tea-boy) decided to go off fishing with Dale (Tracy's hubby) - hence the photos at the top of the page!! He seemed to think that all of his hard work and the fact that it was his birthday meant that he could skive for the weekend. Don't worry I will sort it out with him - he will not be getting away with it!

Also I had some VERY special visitors on Saturday. My Mummy and Daddy turned up for the opening. It was such a wonderful surprise. They live over 120 miles away and because I had a house full of visitors for the weekend they were unable to stay. So it was wonderful that they drove all the way over here just for a few hours and then had that horrible drive around the M25 to get back home. They really are the best and I love them dearly!

Anyway, I have put some photos of the new shop at the top of the page - so you can see what a treat it is. I could not find my camera when all the fun was going on, so there are no 'action' shots - but it was good fun.

I will take some photos of the bead shop and try to get them on here soon.

After all that excitement what did I do today? Back to normal - housework and some painting of my new office!

Thank goodness the rain was today and not over the weekend.

So I think I am going to go off to bed now and get some well earned sleep.

Talk soon. Lynn x

Wednesday, 15 October 2008

Ta Daa!!!!!!!! Design Team Call

Well as We are Going to Be opening the new shop soon. (Saturday, Yipee! I am getting so excited.)

We thought we would start our very own challenge on this here blog.
The Challenge will be set every Wednesday and you have until the following Monday to get your entries in.

What do you have to do :-

1) Make a project, it can be a card, scrapbook page, ATC or other item as long as you follow the theme of the week.
2) Post it on your blog, with a link back to this site.
3)Then leave a comment in the comment section, underneath the challenge on this blog linking back to yours.

Not got a blog, no worries. e-mail your project to Tracy at and she will post them here for you.

It is just for fun, but once a month a lucky person will be chosen from everybody who has taken part that month, to win a Prize. To Be confirmed. (in other words, Tracy Needs to speak to Lynn.)

Here is the thing. (Design Team Call)
We need a couple of Design Team Members, to Get the ball rolling and give everybody inspiration.
To be on the design team, you will not get any freebies but the chance to showcase your work in your style on this prestigious Site.

What do you have to do to get on the design team.

1) Submit three examples of your work, using whatever techniques you like to do ( not limited to just stamping). Send them to Tracy on the above e-mail.
2) Tell us a little bit about your self and what you love about crafting, including what got you started.
3) why do you want to be on Flutterby Crafts Design Team.?
4) Closing date is Next Wednesday the 22nd October, Your first Challenges will be needed for the following week.

Good Luck!!!

Monday, 13 October 2008

I am speechless!!

Yes, it is true. I am speechless!

It is 'The Boss' here. I have wrestled the blog away from Tracy for a few minutes. I need to speak about the most amazing couple days that I have just experienced.

On Saturday evening, when Grant and I left the shops, I could not for one moment imagine how we were ever going to get the shops moved and everything ready for the 'Grand Opening' next Saturday.

Grant and I went into the new shop early yesterday morning (7.30am on a Sunday!!). The carpets were all covered in mess, there were tools all over the place - it was a state.

We set to work! By 10am the tools were cleared and the carpets had been cleaned. It looked clean & tidy, but empty. Then people started arriving. So many of you came! It was brilliant.

I have never experienced anything so uplifting. It was amazing.

Within an hour or so the old papershop was empty and the new shop was a mass of boxes full of bits needing homes. While some of the ladies set to work filling the shelves in the new shop, others set about cleaning the old papershop.

Then the men went to work. Shelves were taken down, slatboard was moved about and suddenly the old papershop became the new Bead shop.

By 4pm the New Papershop had full shelves and walls, the New Bead shop was filling beautifully. Everything ready for tweeking during the rest of this week.

Grant and I were totally overwhelmed. It was wonderful and I cannot even begin to thank everybody enough.

Then today we arrived to start tweeking and we find that even more of our wonderful friends and customers turned up to help.

It has been a fabulous weekend and I cannot thank everybody enough for all the help that has been given to us.

When you all see it next weekend you will see that all the hard work has been worth it. West Berkshire has a most amazing new craft shop! We look forward to seeing you.

Lynn x

What a Diiference!!

Lynn has sent me some photos of the way the expansion is progressing, and all I can say is Oh My Word!!!!

You are all in for such a treat you are going to love it.

The pictures make it look so much smaller than it actually is.

Friday, 10 October 2008

New poll

Hi Everyone,

Just a quick post today, to say we have added a new customer poll to the site. Its on the bottom left hand corner.

Thankyou to everyone that took part in the last poll, it really helps us. As we get to see, what you the customer, would like us to do.

Monday, 6 October 2008

And Another Week Dawns!

Its Monday again, and nearly time for me to bid you all farewell, until the 18th October.
Lynns' Grand opening day, of the new shop.

I have had great fun over the last week. was lovely to see you all again.

Check out below, for all the information for the Big Day!

Grand Opening of
The New, Bigger, Brighter, Better
Papercraft shop.

Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th of October

The Opening weekend is nearly upon us. We have Been Working so hard, to provide you with a better craft shopping experience.

Come along and join in the fun.

Michelle Saxon and Danni will perform the Opening Ceremony at 10am

On the Saturday we have Free Demonstrations by :-
Michelle Saxon of QVC fame
Graham Hansford
Tracy Watkiss
On the Sunday
Michelle and Tracy Will have on going Free Demonstrations.

Also going on throughout both days will be * Make and Takes.
Check out the new Permanent Demonstration area. Browse through the peeloffs and decoupage, in style, at our purpose built, peeloff and decoupage lounge area. Browse the Mass array of papers. Check out the Inspiration Wall.
Beaders you have not been forgotten.
Your domain will now be in the old papercraft shop, so many new things to come.
But best of all! You will have, your very own, Jewellery/ Beading Demonstration Area too.

Come along on the day, help us Celebrate.
You will then be able to come and get your crafting Fix on Sundays too - Yes we will be having Sunday opening from then on. 11am - 3pm are the new opening hours for Sundays.

* a Small charge will be taken for Make and Takes.

Saturday, 4 October 2008

Its Saturday!!!!!

Wow! My week up at flutterby is flying past at a rate of knots.

I have been working hard on the new look website, all to be revealed in about 3-4 weeks, and for all of those that asked, yes we will be having a well equipped on-line shop.

Goodies Galore have been arriving this week. In store now we have the Christmas Edition Making cards.

Sakura have finally got their act together and produced a real Christmas red and green glaze pens. Hooray!!!!

We have got all the new dark and deep metallics - they are absolutely stunning. Stardust and quickie glue pens have all been restocked also.

What else - Oh! I know, new Marking World peel-offs are in stock, with some really beautiful and unusual designs.

For the Beaders amongst you, Lynn has had a delivery of some really scrummy, yummy beads.

Today the men folk are back working in the shop, so we will be cracking the whip. How dare they dissappear like that, I mean honestly, did Dale really need a day off to go Fishing and why are Grants Bosses so nasty as to expect him to go into work, when we need him.

Well better go as Lynn wants to put the ball and chain back around my ankle and the till table again.

Such is life!

Thursday, 2 October 2008

Thursday Morning.

Good Morning, from a damp Newbury. Although It looks like it may clear up.

We have been busy bees this week, with more still to come.

The New shop is coming on at a cracking pace and the Signage went up yesterday. We all stood and admired it for at least 15 Minutes, with beaming grins from ear to ear.

Now I have to thank some people for all their hard work on the refurbishment. (hang on tight, An Oscar award winning speech is about to occur.)

Grant comes first for all the work he has done, Knocking down walls, building new walls and preparing for the plasterers to come in and soooo much more.

To the guys that levelled the floor, plastered the walls, built the ramp and veranda and the adorable rockery.

To the sign man, for the most beautiful sign.

Now I have to thank my own Husband; cause Lynn says I have too, for all of the painting he has done and believe me there is a lot of painting. Oh, How I have enjoyed the piece and quiet.

To each and everyone of you that has popped in to add your oohs and aahs, to support and encourage Lynn.

Lynn her self for not actually cracking up on us just yet, she has pencilled in the nervous break down for two weeks time, when the shop is up and running.

(round of applause and tears may commence now).