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Saturday, 27 December 2008

SALE

SALE

Just a wee note to say I have put a few one-off handbags on sale on my web site and Etsy - click the links on the right for more details and keep popping back as I sort out more sale stock - time for a clear out!

Tuesday, 23 December 2008

Christmas Advent - Christmas Eve

Pom Poms

This is my last Advent post, I hope you have enjoyed seeing some of my Christmas creations - new and old. I have certainly enjoyed making them. If you look close enough you can see my reflection in the bauble.
So it just remains for me to say thank you for taking the time to read my blog and for leaving all your kind comments, I really appreciate them.

I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
I'll be back in 2009!
Lynne
My Baboo
x

Christmas Advent - Day 23

Old Santas

We're on the move for Christmas so these pictures have been taken at my parents house. These wee Santa's are as old as I can remember, the red glitter is a bit patchy and some of the white fur is gone. I still think they are magical.

Christmas Advent - Day 22

Santa

Sunday, 21 December 2008

Christmas Advent - Day 21

We're walking in the air...
This is who hangs above my parents Christmas tree, the Snowman I knitted for my mum a couple of years ago. Yes, he really can fly.

Had a lovely day today visiting Santa at Glengoyne, our boy said his legs were shaking with excitement. We also had a lovely lunch in Glasgow as we celebrated me being another year older. Now I can start to think about Christmas....


Saturday, 20 December 2008

Christmas Advent - Day 20

Christmas Past
Here are a couple of slightly dodgy characters from my past - some of the first toys I ever knitted, and as tradition dictates they are put under my mum and dads Christmas tree each year. I was thinking of using them in a post and it just so happens my dad sent me an e-mail today with the above picture attached.

I never was happy with the snowman's carrot nose or the fact Santa only has a beard and no moustache. I'm my own harshest critic, but then again they aren't bad for 10 year old.....

Friday, 19 December 2008

Thursday, 18 December 2008

Wednesday, 17 December 2008

Christmas Advent - Day 17

Sweets For My SweetThis wee sweety was supposed to be a Christmas cracker, but I think it looks better like this - a little glass bowl full of them would be nice.


I've also been making this - a bunny to replace a much loved and very thread bear comforter belonging to a friends wee girl. We have been sweating over how to make it as like the original as possible. This is my best shot, not quite the spitting image, but hopefully he will be just as special

(the original)

Sunday, 14 December 2008

Christmas Advent - Day 13 & 14

Bah Humbug
What a miserable couple of days I have had. Apologies for not posting yesterday, I thought I was being big and clever going to the Wee Green Market, but by the time I got home I was floored with the flu.

To top it all our boy has been a poor wee soul with his chicken pox, his throws of 'Help me mummy I'm dying and turning in to a big spotty monster' were an Oscar winning performance for any four year old last night, nothing that a dose of Calpol couldn't sort out, but still very distressing for me, especially as I was feeling so sorry for myself!.

My poor husband finished work on Tuesday (he's an ambulance man) and has been on a bus mans holiday ever since nursing us both back to health - Bah Humbug indeed.

We have just finished watching 'Elf' on the telly so that has lifted my spirits and I'm starting to feel almost human again.

The film premier on Friday night was fab, fair makes you proud that a group of local(young) talented people have the drive to produce such excellent work. As usual the story was pretty morbid, but you could have heard a pin drop in the theatre all the way through the film. Thankfully the 'bloopers' at the end lightened every ones mood again.

The Wee Green Market was a success yesterday, and a nice way to finish off the fair year. Now I really need to get my thinking cap on for next year, and I am excited by the prospect of being able to indulge myself in my business. Who knows what next year will bring but I cant wait to start trying out new ideas.

Above is a picture of one of my knitted Christmas Trees. I still have some for sale, £7 each (+p&p). Email me at info@my-baboo.co.uk if you would like to buy one.

I'm off to have another Lemsip and another early night.
L
x

Friday, 12 December 2008

Christmas Advent - Day 12

My First Decorations


Above are some Christmas decorations I made for my first flat I bought in Edinburgh, made from some garden wire, I still like their simplicity. Bit of a cop out today I know as I have the flu and the boy has Chicken Pox - it never rains but it pours!

Woke up to a smattering of snow this morning though.

Off to the premier of 'When I grow Up' tonight at Balfron High School. It's the new film release of our increasingly talented neighbour/ Baby sitter Michael Ferns (17)

Big News:- I managed to get tickets to see Take That next June in Glasgow, my life is now complete.

Thursday, 11 December 2008

Christmas Advent - Day 11


Christmas Pud


Some of the gift tags I made yesterday from last years Christmas Cards.

Wednesday, 10 December 2008

Christmas Advent - Day 10

Stop Mucking About


I've been playing with my Adobe Photoshop and I quite liked this effect, distorting one of my little knitted Christmas trees.

Having been inspired by Caireen, I unearthed a load of previous years Christmas Cards and I have been chopping them up today to make gift tags, I'll take some pictures tomorrow.

Remember it's the Christmas Wee Green Market this weekend in Killearn, come along for some top quality Christmas fare and a glass of mulled wine.

Tuesday, 9 December 2008

Christmas Advent - Day 9

Oh Christmas Tree..



Ok, so these are not knitted, but I did make them all last year at a ceramics class at Balfron High School. We've just put our Christmas Tree up, the CD has been found and I have a new Christmas jumper on (see below)- I'm feeling very festive indeed.


Am I the only mother who gets stressed out when their helpful child doesn't place the decorations as tastefully as I could? I will adjust a few when Jnr has gone to bed.

I have also added a few more things including bags into my
Etsy shop so please have a look.

Jingle Jingle!





Monday, 8 December 2008

Etsy

I have (finally) started to list some items on my Etsy shop, please go and have a look - click the link on my side bar, The US dollar rates are correct as of today's date.

I'm going to try and get as much on as possible over the next week - please excuse spelling!!

Christmas Advent - Day 8

Reindeer and Bunny
The Christmas Bunnies are available to buy at £11 each (P&P free). Available in red, pink, blue and cream. Please e-mail me at info@my-baboo.co.uk for more details.

Sorry, reindeer sold out.

The Simple Things In Life...

...are the best. Last night my sister and I went to see Simple Minds live at the ABC in Glasgow (the one with the big mirror ball). Only 1200 tickets were sold and all the money went to Cash For Kids (Radio Clyde). The concert was AMAZING. Simple Minds Live in The City of Light was the first album I ever bought from a wee record shop in Perth many moons ago. I have always loved them and to see them live for the first time at such an intimate venue was fantastic. I couldn't have asked for anything better.


It must be said though Jim Kerr does dance like your dad a wee bit.



The concert finished off a good weekend spent at the Green Gallery for their Christmas Fair. The Ladies night on Friday was a big success, and Saturday was busy however Sunday was very quiet. Those who had a stall last year did very well so I went along full of expectations, however I think this year we all struggled a bit. That's the credit crunch for you I suppose.

All money raised and proceeds from our tables is being donated to CHAS, so my Charity hat has been well tipped this weekend so I'm feeling pretty good.

My crisis now is finding my Christmas CD - another day can not pass without it!

Sunday, 7 December 2008

Christmas Advent - Day 7

Kiss Me Quick
A little sprig of Mistletoe
xx

Saturday, 6 December 2008

Friday, 5 December 2008

Christmas Advent - Day 5

Christmas Heart
This little heart is hand knitted first then felted.

I'm just about ready to go and set up at the Green Gallery Christmas Fair in Buchlyvie. There is a ladies evening and tonight from 7-9pm, come along and fill out your 'Wish List' whilst enjoying a glass of bubbly. Entrance is £3 and all money raised over the weekend is donated to CHAS, including 10% of my sales.

The rest of the fair is on from 10-4pm Saturday and Sunday with a Men Only evening on Sunday night - 7-9pm, where you can send your partner along to enjoy some beer and pizza and hopefully buy all those things you put on your wish list.

There will also be raffles, home baking/ tea and coffee and lunch from Berits & Browns each day. There is a superb collection of art and gifts to choose from, so take the opportunity to come and see some unique products from talented makers. Why get stressed going into the city when you can enjoy a relaxed Christmas atmosphere locally?

My friend Val will also be selling my wares at the Killearn PTA Market on Saturday 6th December 10.30-1pm at Killearn Village Hall. Go along and ask her some obscure questions about wool - she wont thank me for it!

Look forward to seeing you!

Thursday, 4 December 2008

Christmas Advent - Day 4

Candy Cane


Getting ready for the Green Gallery Christmas Fair this weekend, I've made some more reindeer and tea cosies. Also need to post out some orders I received from the Country Living Fair.

I've got a couple of quiet hours while the boy is in nursery so I'm off to work, work, work!

Wednesday, 3 December 2008

Tuesday, 2 December 2008

Christmas Advent - Day 2

Little Star
Sorry it's a bit late, ended up spending the day in Glasgow after visiting the Tron with Nursery to see Rudi - listened to 'The Snowman' on the bus into town this morning, looking at all the snow at Strathblane - ahhhh.

Monday, 1 December 2008

Christmas Advent - Day 1

Holly

My first knitted holly leaves and berries - turned out quite well I think! The beauty of felting the leaves means I can shape them how I like and they stay in the same position once dry.

I also knitted myself a new scarf yesterday after a cold neck walking round Loch Lomond Shores.

Knitted from Twilleys of Stamford Freedom Spirit wool, with some Donegal Silk Tweed mix to the ends which gives it a bit of weight. I love the Freedom wool, it looks a bit like Fair Isle once knitted up.

I'm off to start getting organised for the Green Gallery Christmas Fair this weekend.

Come back tomorrow for Day 2 of my Advent!

Sunday, 30 November 2008

Jingle Jingle


It's soooo Christmassy today I have decided to knit an advent calender, come back each day for a new surprise.

Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Bright Lights, River City

Some girls and I from the Wee Green Market had a mini fair at the studios of River City today which proved quite profitable for all of us.

I confess to having watched it on the telly last night for the first time and I was still none the wiser as to who most of the actors were, although I did recognise a lady that used to be in Take The High Road (much more my scene during my student years).

It was lovely meeting new people of a creative persuasion - and lots more positive feed back.

As usual I spent most of my time chatting with Caireen about potential ways to develop business and how to stay true to your dream/ goal. It's a balance I think, and the clever thing is creating new products and ideas that I love and that people want. As the saying goes you can please most of the people all of the time, etc...

I always thought when practicing architecture that selling ideas to clients was an art. I do think that the way to a good design is to understand the client fully, from how they open a door to how they sit and drink their coffee. Little details that make up their whole, and a very intimate exercise.

So how can I use those skills when designing new products and developing my business when I don't really know who my 'client' (customer) is yet?

The feedback I've had over the past month has been amazing - I must be doing something right, however I'm sure there are lots of things I need to improve on. Blogs are a great way of getting feedback, so please keep reading and leaving your comments (all constructive criticism welcome)

Also having the opportunity to spend time with like minded and talented people helps - not many of the builders I worked with were too interested in knitting!

So today was a good day, relatively simple and understated, I've also managed to knit some more tea cosies tonight - look out for my sheep ones on the web site soon, maybe I know my customers better than I think!

Monday, 24 November 2008

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Well, that's it over for this year. I've managed to survive my first big show without too many battle scars so here is how it went.....


(apologies for not very good pictures!)

The Good What can I say, not so much good, more like fantastic. Obviously the icing on the cake was winning the Best Stand Award out of all those amazing exhibitors, but even better were all the lovely comments I got from visitors, exhibitors and customers.


Giving up being an architect to concentrate on My Baboo was a bit of a leap into the unknown for me, this weekend has just confirmed that I have done the right thing. The hard work starts now though as next year will really be make or break. I wont be doing a show like Country Living every month so I really have to start making the pennies to see me through the year, as I cant rely on Christmas trade alone.


I received lots of trade enquiries, although I am still unsure how to develop this. I would love the time to dedicate to building up my own customer base, and being flooded with wholesale orders may not allow me the time to do so. I'm being a bit cautious just now, but watch this space.


The Bad
...
Not much was bad about the show, the only real glitch being the power failure on Saturday morning which meant exhibitors and visitor had to wait in the cold till the doors opened at 11am. We stayed open for an hour longer to compensate. Well done to the organisers who managed to pacify thousands of women, tickets in hand who had been queuing since 9.30am - it's not a job I would have liked!


I also learned very quickly on Thursday that any shoes with the slightest heel were a bad idea, especially as I almost had to crawl out of the car when I got home on Thursday night as my feet were so sore.

The Ugly.... The ugly is simply the people who stole a clutch bag, bunny and reindeer from me. The reindeer was stolen from the press office, and the green bunny and red bow clutch bag are the only ones of their kind out there in the big bad world, so if you have them or receive them as a present then I hope you are shamed into never being able to use them. Thanks, you made my day - not.
(please don't get confused by all of you lovely people who did buy reindeer's from me!)




Ah well, you learn by your mistakes as they say. Next year is flat shoes all the way, and a keen eye for those who prefer not to pay. My mind is nearly functioning again and I'm already thinking of new designs , I'm off to get my PA to organise a press release...OK I'm really off to tidy up the garage and sort out my stock - reality bites.

Last but not least the biggest thanks goes to my mum, dad and big sis for all the help they gave me before/ during and after the show - I couldn't have done it without them!

Saturday, 22 November 2008

A Happy Bunny

Just a quick post to say Country Living is going well and today................

...............I WON BEST STAND AT THE COUNTRY LIVING FAIR!!!!!!!!!!!!!

YIPEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

Thanks to all who took the time to visit me and for all the wonderful comments I have received.

Lynne
x

Tuesday, 18 November 2008

Country Living...

....is go!

Just about organised for the set up tomorrow. Really looking forward to meeting you all, please come by and say hello.

I'm off to fold some tissue paper - all those little jobs mount up!

Lynne x

Friday, 14 November 2008

Quality not Quantity


The hours are ticking away and I'm feeling quietly confident that I'll be sorted for Country Living next Thursday. I have a Christmas Fair at the BBC in Glasgow on Tuesday (sorry not open to the public) so I need to be organised for that, then its set up day at the SECC on Wednesday.

Vans are booked and I have enlisted the help of my mum, dad and sister to help me set up and man the stall. For those of you that stop by my stand I'm sure you will notice the family resemblance. My mum is already stressing over what to wear and how much shopping time she will have. You just cant get the staff these days.

I've made all that I can and have finished most things bar some bunnies and sheep, I've also lots of empty boxes waiting to be transformed into knitting kits.

I spent yesterday dashing about Central Scotland purchasing receipt books and more card for labels, and managed to fit in a quick coffee with my sis at Perth Theatre (always worth a visit).

Last night I took a few of my things along to a wee soiree at Doyles for the Balfron Nursery mums, a lovely evening, a bit of self promotion and I also managed to get a few orders too.

Which brings me to the real topic of this post. Yesterday I read Janes blog as always with interest. She is also exhibiting at Country Living albeit on a much grander scale
, and has raised the issue of imported goods being sold at big 'craft' events. Have a read of her blog and the comments.

Last night I was asked if My Baboo was a franchise. Those of you who know me will know its not, it's all my own doing. I often get asked where I buy my products from and people can be quite shocked to learn I design and make everything myself.

After reading Janes blog I started to wonder why this is. Do people just assume that work of any quality has to be a massed produced product? Or are we as makers not getting the message across that there is a wealth of top quality designers on your door step, where you are guaranteed originality, attention to detail and importantly when you are handing over your hard earned cash, you are buying an item that has been made with a great deal of thought and care, and let's face it- love.

I love making everything I design, and even after having a few intensive months of knitting and sewing I haven't reached my boredom threshold for making lots of the same item. I always get a thrill and surprise when people buy things I have made and are so complimentary about them, it makes it all worth while.

So above is a picture of most of the bags I have made (minus flowers so they don't get squashed). Laying them out doesn't look like much, but I don't physically have the time to make any more, so that is my 'quality over quantity'. If I sell what I have made I will be a happy Baboo bunny.

I'm looking forward to meeting some of you next week, and feel free to ask me if I have made everything myself even if you know the answer.

Lynne
x

Friday, 7 November 2008

So much to do....

...so little time.

sorry I've not been blogging for a while, I'm burning the candle at both ends trying to get organised for Country Living.

Ive been finishing these...


and these...

and these...
and these...
and these...
and lots more!

In between I have been ordering red paper bags, got my postcards (which look great) and running after the boy.

Don't forget there is still time to order tickets for Country Living
at the SECC 20th-23rd November. Call 0844 848 0136 and quote code CC2 for special discounted rate of £7.50 per adult (normally £11.00 on the door)

I will be at the Wee Green Market in Killearn tomorrow from 10am-1pm, hope to see you there!

Tuesday, 28 October 2008

Good things come in small packages...


It's funny how television and the media distort your perception of things, particularly when it comes to size. Why am I mentioning this? Last night my sister and I went to see Bryan Adams at the SECC in Glasgow - and he's only little! I always thought he was about 6'.

What a brilliant concert. He must have sang about fifteen songs, all the oldies (Heaven) and a few new ones. We were right at the front and could almost touch him. Ah how I love to scream like a teenager, my voice has almost recovered.


My sister and I have done well for live music this year. We still have Simple Minds to see in December at the ABC in Glasgow - only 1200 tickets so it should be lovely and intimate. I always like to see my pop idols close up.

Some other exciting news - it snowed last night at my sisters in Perthshire, so we can now officially start the countdown to Christmas without feeling too guilty.

Sunday, 26 October 2008

Nananananananananana -

Batman!
This is what I was up to yesterday in preparation for Halloween. Needless to say the boy has all but slept in it - still I think it will hold out for another few days.

I'm also delighted to say I will be exhibiting at the Green Gallery Christmas fair in December, so the pressure is still on. More wool is being delivered next week so I have plenty for new stock.

I must admit it was nice to do a bit of sewing for a change, only a few sheep and robins left to finish then all my hard work will be felted ready for the next stage.

The Wee Green Market in Killearn now has a web site listing the exhibitors. Have a look to see what great products are on offer (including my own).

I can see night falling already and its only four o'clock - when do children understand the clocks changing? I was woken at 5.30am this morning - oh the joys