Introducing Dippy Egg & A Giveaway

July 21, 2014 in Closed Giveaways, Crafts, Gifts, Supporting Small Businesses

It’s no secret that I love sending cards. I love the idea that a wee envelope in the post can make another person smile, remind them how much they mean to me, or that I’ve been thinking of them. So, obviously, I love buying cards too! Well in fact I love to buy stationery in general. Is there a word for a stationery addict? It feels like there should be but I can’t find one.

Anyway…I love to discover new brands and to find stationery that’s a bit different. So when I happened upon Dippy Egg through askherfriends.com I knew I had to place an order.

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My cards arrived really quickly and are just as beautiful, perhaps even more-so in real life! The quality is great, the designs are gorgeous. I love them!

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So who are Dippy Egg? Well Dippy Egg is an illustration and graphic design studio based in Cardiff, run by Lucy Daniels. Lucy designs all of her own products and has a great variety to choose from!

Printed Cards

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35 designs in her printed card range

Handmade Cards

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over 200 handmade and personalised card designs

Boxed Notecards

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a selection of boxed notecards

Girls, Girls, Girls cards

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12 designs in her fashion illustration style cards

 Gift Wrap & Tags

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a range of gift wrap and tags!

Lucy doesn’t restrict her talents to stationery products though; she does branding, book design, illustration commissions…the list goes on. Really she is such an incredibly talented lady! You can see examples of her work over on her website as well as her contact information if you want to get in touch with her.

Lucy has very kindly put together a surprise pack of goodies for one lucky Strupag reader to win. So if you want the chance to win this Dippy Egg Prize Pack simply complete the rafflecopter entry form below.

NOTE – There are no mandatory entries so you can do as many or as few as you like. However please do be honest, we do verify all entries!

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Good luck!

If you’d like to purchase some of Lucy’s cards you can do so on askherfriends.com or alternatively check out her list of stockists, which includes other online stores.

To find out more about Dippy Egg and Lucy’s work visit the Dippy Egg website.

Thank you to Dippy Egg for providing the prize for this giveaway. As always there are no affiliate links or anything like that here. All opinions expressed are entirely our own and completely honest.

Introducing Cath’s Creative Costumes & Giveaway

May 4, 2014 in Closed Giveaways, Crafts, Gifts, Supporting Small Businesses

We love to support small businesses here at Strupag, and to give you the chance to find out about new companies. So today we are very excited to introduce you to Caths Creative Costumes. Cathy Stocker is the lady behind this company and we’ve managed to grab a couple of minutes of her time to ask her a few questions. She’s also giving away a bespoke prize at the end of the interview!

Hi Cathy. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself please? 

I am 53 years old and happily married to a wonderful man. I have four grown up sons, two grandsons and a granddaughter. I am a trained nurse.

Have you always had an interest in sewing? When did you start?

I have held a sewing needle since the age of 4 my mother tells me (and everyone else). Apparently I used to sew buttons on everything! From an early age I made clothes for my dolls and costumes for my younger brothers. When I had my own children I made a lot of clothes for them. I also made my own bridesmaid dresses – partly by machine but mostly hand sewn. I have always enjoyed crafts including sewing, knitting, crochet, tapestry and cross-stitch. I am not very good at drawing so express my creativity through fabric!

How did your business come about?

As my boys got older and joined various drama groups I started helping by making costumes. This then expanded into making costumes for local drama groups. After several years of offering my services for free I decided to try and turn my passion for sewing into a small business. Gradually my customer base has increased in size, as has the types of clothing I make. I love a challenge and will try to do most things people ask for, gaining a lot of skills on the way. I was a member of The Sewing Forum and met a lot of like minded people who were willing to share their knowledge and skills between other crafters.

You’ve created a lot of costumes. Which ones are your favourites?

My favourite costume is the black Tudor dress I made for myself, and my Victorian dress with bloomers crinoline and boned corset for my 50th birthday.

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Do you sell other items as well as costumes? Are you available for bespoke work such as dressmaking?

I will make most things for customers. I like a challenge. I am enjoying making children’s dresses at the moment. I have had customers send a photo of a costume and ask me to make them for them and they have always been pleased with the end result. I love making bespoke and do make a lot of costumes for international buyers, they just send me their measurements and some pictures.

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Do you work from home? What is your workspace like?

I work from home and now have the attic as my sewing studio, although it’s still being fitted out for use. I have several sewing machines and embroidery machines and enjoy making personalised embroidered gifts

Have you any tips for us sewing newbies?

I love to help people who wish to learn to sew or to improve their sewing skills. The advice I usually give to newbies is to take it slow and steady. Sewing is a process so planning is important . There is no right or wrong way, we all find our own way. No mistakes only design features! Never give up, ask for help . Enjoy creating, it shouldn’t be a chore.

Finally, when you’re not busy at your sewing machine what do you like to do?

Sewing is my hobby, my passion and my business but I like to knit and crochet and spend time with my family.

Thank you so much Cathy for taking the time to answer our questions. It’s been great getting to know more about you.

*GIVEAWAY*

Cathy has very kindly offered Strupag readers the chance to win one of her personalised cushions.

The lucky winner will receive one personalised cushion either embroidered on one side with their choice of names (up to 30 letters) or with an appliqué letter of their choice, picking the fabric from Cathy’s stock fabric. To give you an idea of the kind of beautiful cushions Cathy makes here is some of her work…

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Personally I love this one…

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To be in with the chance of winning simply fill in the rafflecopter form below. The only mandatory entry is that you “like” Cathy’s Facebook page. You can do as many, or as few, of the other entries as you wish. As always all entries will be verified.

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Good luck!

For more information or to get in touch with Cathy visit her website or Facebook page.

 Thank you to Cathy for providing the prize for this giveaway. As always we have not received payment for running this giveaway.

Homemade iPhone Case

February 27, 2014 in Competition, Crafts, Homemade Thursday, Thrifty

First things first, until October I hadn’t touched a sewing machine since I was 12. That was in school where we all made cushions. I couldn’t begin to tell you the first thing about a sewing machine or how to use it, but I’ve been (slowly) teaching myself.

Last month I got a new phone (the iPhone 5C which I totally love). I was looking online at pouches and covers but everything was so expensive! So I went through my Pinterest boards and found a tutorial for an iPhone pouch…and made it!

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It’s really not perfect at all, the off centre button does annoy me a bit, but I really love it…and I MADE IT!

If you fancy having a go at this yourself I got the tutorial over on the During Quiet Time blog. There is a pdf copy of the tutorial and the pattern available here. If I can do it, so can you! :-)

While I’m here talking about sewing I thought I’d share a fab comp with you. Hillarys Blinds have a competition running for creative bloggers. Basically you sign up and chose one of their four Country Retreat fabrics. They will then send you out a 100cm x 100cm piece for you to use to create your own craft. You then have to blog about it and send the link over to them. All posts will be judged and the winner will win £1000!!! Definitely worth a shot. As far as I can see you have until Monday 17th March to request your fabric sample, and until 31st March 2014 to get your blog post published. I’d love to know if you give it a go so I can go and peek at your blogging entries. Good luck!

I’m linking up today’s post with Homemade Thursday over on White Lily Green. Why not pop over and see what other homemade treats bloggers have been up to this week.

Homemade Thursday