<![CDATA[Lemon Thistle - Blog]]>Sun, 31 Jan 2016 13:52:49 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[2016...Where did that come from?]]>Sun, 03 Jan 2016 16:35:08 GMThttp://lemonthistle.weebly.com/blog/2016where-did-that-come-fromWell haven't I been a bit lazy.  I have been updating the site and noticed that I have added to the blog in ever such a LONG time!  Once again, one of my resolutions is to look after this site better and post more regularly on my blog.  I have had a quiet few months, through choice.  Over the past few years I have been very busy over the Christmas period and felt that I missed out on quite a lot.  Strangely, I found I was too quiet this year.  I did take on a few commissions, but did have spare time.  I think it comes down to time management, and will be better organised this year.

The makeover of my sewing room continues, but I am just about there.  A few tweaks, curtains to make and covers for my sewing table to do, but as soon as I am finished I will post pictures.

You may have noticed that I have added a couple of new headings to the site, Cushions & Aprons.  These show examples of work I have done.  Possibly going to add another page showing other items that I have made, still trying to decide on a title.  Watch this space.

This year I definitely intend to get out and about more as part of my "Ladies that..." page.  You can find this on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ladiesthat/  This was intended to be up and running last year, there are only a couple of posts at the moment.  Thiswill be a diary of sorts of days out with the Ladies (friends and family) that get out and about and see something new, and not necessarily just lunch.  First outing with the Ladies is booked for the end of January.  We are heading for Perth to see a wonderful store called Underneath the Arches.  There will be another page added here for the Ladies adventures (rather than start another blog!).

As always, thank for stopping by.

<![CDATA[A room of my very own!]]>Fri, 24 Apr 2015 12:01:12 GMThttp://lemonthistle.weebly.com/blog/a-room-of-my-very-ownWhen this sewing thing started to get serious I needed a space to create, store and in general shut the door and not worry about the mess.  I used to operate our of our loft, Husband floored the loft, installed ladders, built (many, many) shelving units put a TV (& Sky) in.  Fab!  A couple of things it didn't have was a window or sky light, or decent heating.  In the winter it was too cold and in the summer, well it was more like a sauna.  

I then started working out of our dining room, but as this open plan with the living room there is no shutting the door with all the mess (I can get quite messy, but I know where everything is!).  There is also the  issue of not being able to eat at the table without a removal van being hired to move all the stuff!!!

My Son will be going to University after the summer break, and spends most of his time over at his Dad's as this is easier for him to travel to college and his friends are all nearby.  So...there is a room going spare.  My eldest daughter has tried to comandere it, and sleeps in there when her brother is not here.  But, after a bit of bargaining (the promise of new loft style beds and a room makeover) she has agreed to move back in to her old room with her sister.

As business is really picking up I really do need the space.  I have been pinning like mad on Pinterest (https://www.pinterest.com/luciennem1401/lemon-thistle-hq/) for my ideal space.  Budget is a bit issue so for the time being will work with what I have.  Wall paper and paint purchased, so now just the hard part....clearing the room out.  Those of a nervous disposition should stop reading now, and for those that want to venture on, well I can only apologise.

The room looks a little bit worse than normal, due to the fact that Mr LT spent a while hauling things(???) from under the bed.

The bed will be staying but will be turned around so it sits under the window and used when my Son or family come over to stay.  The wardrobe will also stay, but will be painted and used as very useful storage.  It's not going to happen overnight unfortunately, but a lot of work is going to be put in this weekend.

I will post updates soon.

Take care,

<![CDATA[What if I turn left instead of right?]]>Mon, 20 Apr 2015 16:19:51 GMThttp://lemonthistle.weebly.com/blog/what-if-i-turn-left-instead-of-rightSo what would happen if I turned left instead of right?  Have you ever asked yourself that question?

Well, I did just that in 2011 when I took redundancy, giving me the opportunity to start working on my own business and to take time for me!  A lot of healing was needed, I had a rough couple of years and just didn't seem to be making progress mentally.  So I turned left.  

I took the chance and took the time to heal and learn.  One of the lessons I learned was that a business does not happen overnight.  No-one was banging down my door demanding cushions, doorstops, aprons and so on.  But, I have persevered and think I have paid my dues.  I did have to start working again to make sure that we could feed ourselves, that the kids had nice clothes to wear and that we had a roof over our heads.  

I could have taken the decision to work in finance again, but I took another left and was lucky to secure a position working in a Primary school.  Less money (oh so much less!), but shorter hours and school holidays. This has allowed me to continue with my dream.

The last couple of fairs have been somewhat disappointing, don't get me wrong the people I have the opportunity to meet is amazing, but again the sales are not there.   It has been a bit disheartening to say the least, and at times I have wanted to through the towel (cushion) in.  But wait, is there a glimmer of light and something that has been right under my nose?

The orders of Memory Bunny's has been picking up, there could be something in this after all.  I so enjoy doing this and working with you to create something unique and meaningful, and being able to help out a couple of charities is a bonus.

So guess what, I am taking another left.  I will  now be expanding what I can offer in the way of memories for you.  This maybe a bunny/cat/dog/bear, or a patchwork cushion or quilt, what about some personalised bunting?  This is where I will now be concentrating the business.  I will scale down, dramatically, the number of craft fairs I will be at.

To help me get there I need you lovely people to spread the word, I will push as much as I can on social media, but word of mouth is so much stronger.

I am really excited about this, and thankfully have a very supportive husband and children backing me all the way.  

So....think about it left can be a good thing.  Drop by, have some tea and cake and let me know if I can help with your memories.  It doesn't just have to be for a baby!


p.s. - The show bear is called Lola (she is a showgirl!) - Thanks to Pat Harker for the suggestions.
<![CDATA[Inside the Lemon Thistle "Office"]]>Sat, 27 Sep 2014 16:28:57 GMThttp://lemonthistle.weebly.com/blog/inside-the-lemon-thistle-office
Hello, been a wee while.  I am going to have to be a bit more disciplined with myself and update this blog on a more regular basis!
This time I thought I would share some pictures of my "office".  Managed to steal a bit of space in the bedroom to do the paperwork and keep up with Facebook and this blog.
The desk was bought from an "antique" shop, I use the word very loosely but it was a bargain and exactly what I was looking for.  The chair was a freebie from Freecycle.  I love this site, you never knew you actually needed something until someone is giving one away!  The pinboard is a Lemon Thistle creation.  Trawling local charity shops for weeks to find a decent frame (the picture was hideous and promptly found it's way to the bin).  Love the fabric on this.  A bit empty just now, daughter now at the party on the invitation, but hope to fill it up soon.
The apple is another Lemon Thistle creation, more fabric that I love.  The house was a gift from my Hubby, it's from the Kirstie Allsopp collection.  I have been given a house like this for Christmas for the past couple of years. Hope to see another one from Santa this year (hint, hint).  You either love or hate Kirstie.  I am on the love side, she is not quite Martha Stewart but as near as we will have in the UK.  The pig just says it all.  Have had this for years and it still rings true (can you believe I am an Administrator in my day job and am constantly on a computer) but the older I get the more I learn.

My sewing room is normally located in the loft, but at the moment the whole house appears to be my sewing room.  So will not share that with you at the moment, my head is so full of ideas of how I would like it to look.  Given time and money I will get there, and will be able to show you around.

Have a good week and speak soon.


<![CDATA[Overwhelmed is an understatement!]]>Wed, 18 Jun 2014 17:35:49 GMThttp://lemonthistle.weebly.com/blog/overwhelmed-is-an-understatementWhat a couple of day it has been.  My aim was to reach 200 page likes on Facebook by the end of the Scottish school holidays (schools close 27th June, yay!) on 18th August.  Thanks to my fabulous Aunt (Lizzie B of Lizzie B's Cakes and Cupcakes https://www.facebook.com/lizziebscupcakes) I am nearly there.  She has a great following, oh the dream, and posted a few of my pictures and asked her 'likers' to have a look at my page.  The response has been overwhelming, and I can't thank her enough.

For those of you that are new to Lemon Thistle I will tell you a bit about myself.  The business originally began in my dining room by my sister and I.  The usual conversation of how we would like to work for ourselves, and our love for sewing, beautiful material and anything shabby chic and different.  That was back in 2011.

I now work on my own, as Susan has other commitments, and I am lucky that I work within the Education system and have the luxury of school holidays.  This allows me time to be with my girls, my son is all grown up now, and to sew.  Eventually I would like to do this full time, but until then I shall continue to juggle the two.

Apart from a dodgy two years not vaguely interested in sewing in high school, I am self taught.  I read a lot of books, and practice - A LOT.  Sometimes, when trying something for the first time, I can spend a day or two really thinking about how to make it.  Most of the time no patterns are used, hence the time taken to think things over.  I don't claim to be the best sewer in the world, but I am constantly learning and improving.  There is a huge difference between the first curtains I made nearly 20 years ago to what I make now.

During the summer break I aim to update this blog on a weekly basis, add pictures and tell tales of my sometimes crazy life.

Thank you all again for your lovely comments and support, and please feel free to leave comments on any of my blogs.

Lucie.  xx]]>
<![CDATA[First of the month!]]>Sat, 01 Mar 2014 07:14:37 GMThttp://lemonthistle.weebly.com/blog/first-of-the-monthPinch, punch and all that.  For us a LT it's the start of spring and really pushing the LT name.  As promised, on Facebook, each month (at least) we will be having a 'give-a-way'.  This month we are giving a way a cushion that sums up spring....flowers, birds, yellows and greens.  This would be a great gift for Mother's Day, so the winner will be announced in two weeks time and the cushion despatched before Mother's Day. The cushion size is 12"x12", the cover is 100% cotton with a feather insert.

Got to love spring, everything starts growing and hopefully the weather starts to change for the better and even the sun will shine from time to time.  
Strange but true, found these at the side of the house (I don't go there very often, man territory!) Had totally forgotten that I had planted them a few years ago.  Now take pride of place and the front of the house.

Will be making some spring inspired cushions today, and will post on Facebook for sale later this weekend.  The other Gal has started on bags, having seen a completed one I am sure they will be a great success and another great gift for Mother's Day.

Enjoy your weekend, and good luck with the Give-a-Way.

<![CDATA[The joy of Bunnies]]>Tue, 25 Feb 2014 19:16:39 GMThttp://lemonthistle.weebly.com/blog/the-joy-of-bunniesWell the secret is out.  In the last post we mentioned that we would be making something out of babygrows.  Well here are the results.
We should point out that these are NOT toys and are just keepsakes.  If you would like us to make one (two, three..) for you please go to our Facebook page for details.
Well Sunday saw us through at Kirkcaldy for a Craft Sale.  Unfortunately, customers were thin on the ground, could have been the weather or the fact they were selling a mean Sunday Roast in the restaurant!  We really need to make way for this years collection so last years stock is now selling via our Facebook page.  There are some great bargains and at upto 50% off you would be mad not to make a purchase or five.

Then new line is coming along well, we will be showcasing them at Dunblane Craft Market on Sunday 6 April, and obviously here and on Facebook too.

Well we shall sign off now, Great British Sewing Bee is on soon so we need to take our places and marvel at the talented sewers (sigh!).

Speak soon

The Gals  x
<![CDATA[February already???]]>Mon, 17 Feb 2014 14:39:52 GMThttp://lemonthistle.weebly.com/blog/february-alreadyHow on earth are  we at the middle of February already?  The fact that my kids have started commenting on how fast time is passing is not a good sign.  I seem to remember when I was their age the days were endless.

Anyhoo, after what you may think has been a long silence from Lemon Thistle, we are back.  The "Gals" have continued to work during the holiday period.  Either in trying things out or reading a lot of things to gauge the trends for this year.  Happy to report that it is still vintage and lace and looks like it will be that way for some time.  There is still a big move towards recycling, and this will be reflected in some of the things we make.  No we won't be using Granny's old jumper but you may find a bit of antique lace or re-claimed buttons.

This Gal is also trying something new, as recommended by one of her colleagues (I still have to work part-time to keep LT's headquarter roof over our head).  I don't want to give the game away yet, but will post in the next week with the results.  Bit excited about this one!

In the meantime here is an image of some Pears that I made.

Sunday 23rd February sees us back with Ewenique Events at Home Farm View, Chapel Level, Kirkcaldy.  This will be your chance to grab a bargain as it's a Craft Clearance Sale.  All stallholders at this event are selling off old stock and craft supplies (may grab a thing or two ourselves!)  Would love to see you there.
Some great news to start our making year off - we will again be at Dunblane Craft Market but on a more permanent basis.  We will be at all 7 planned events, starting off in April.  I will post details of the event nearer the time.

It's been great to talk to you and to get back into the swing of things.  Big thank you to all our New Likes on Facebook (97 and counting).  Wee giveaway in the next couple of weeks so again watch this space!

Have a grand week in whatever you do.

<![CDATA[Goodbye 2013]]>Mon, 16 Dec 2013 09:26:25 GMThttp://lemonthistle.weebly.com/blog/goodbye-2013Well here we are, a few days until Christmas and nearly the end of the year.  What a year it has been!  We have been to at least one craft fair a month, continue to grow in our experience both in what we make and in business.  It really is a steep learning curve, but we are getting there.

We attended our first craft fair with Ewenique Events Management (http://unique-eventsltd.com/) through in Falkland.  It was the last one of the year and a nice way to end the year.  We met lots of lovely fellow crafters and were made to feel really welcome.  Well organised event, and we plan to work with Ewen and his team throughout 2014.

We tried to sell in Clackmannanshire, but we are obviously not for them (did I mention the steep learning curve?) so we are now going further afield.  We will, mostly, be attending events around Fife and Edinburgh so watch this space.

We are also, finally, working on our line for 2014.  It has more of a vintage feel and I hope to share some images with you soon!
Watch out for our next blog in early January.  The Gals will be heading out for our annual Jan 1st mystery tour.  Not so mysterious this year as we will be heading Pitlochtry way(ish!).  Guaranteed to get lost along the way and guaranteed to take pictures of us with tears running down our faces from laughing so much.

Thank you to everyone, family, friends and customers old a new for your continued support.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!

The Gals! xxx

<![CDATA[Is it Christmas yet?????]]>Mon, 25 Nov 2013 15:40:46 GMThttp://lemonthistle.weebly.com/blog/is-it-christmas-yetWhere on earth has this year gone?  We have 3 more crafts fairs/shopping events to go (so far!)  The Gals have been super busy to ensure we have enough stock, sewing machines will soon be getting a well deserved break.

The thought of having a few weeks off seems like heaven, but on Sunday (at Tilly Market Traders) our conversation solely covered what we were going to do and make next year.  Our heads are so full of ideas - along the vintage line - that if we don't start to write it all down soon there is a chance of overload and we will forget everything.

Our last fair of the year sees us in the beautiful village of Falkland.  We have been here on a number of occasions but only as tourists.  If you have never been you have been missing out.  Beautiful Palace (picture below), fab quirky shops, lovely little pubs and stunning scenery.  It will be lovely to be able to work there, personally I would move there in a moment if the numbers came up.

We hope to be doing a lot of fairs in and around Falkland next year, so watch this space.