Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Daisy's chairs ....

The last few days spent at Crafty Cottage pre-guests I was confidently hammering tacks into fabric, foam and chair seat panels thinking, - is there anything I can't do :-)..!

....It didn't take me very long to realize I am absolutely rubbish at upholstery !  Our 4 beautiful oak dining chairs for the cottage, which were inherited earlier this year from Paul's lovely mum, deserved much better than my feeble attempt, and last week I plucked up the courage to visit Robin to show him what I had tried to do! (thought he might like a laugh !!)  - I passed over some Strawberry Thief for him to do a proper job !

and "Hey Presto ...."

Yesterday afternoon I got the call I was waiting for, and hot footed it over to Blackminster Business Park this morning, to collect the finished item.

We will be taking them over to the cottage later, - (weather permitting as it's pouring with rain at the moment) and looking forward to getting my kitchen chairs back which have been on holiday at Crafty Cottage for the past 3 weeks as a temporary measure!

Absolutely thrilled with the chairs,  - we had them stripped, sealed, and now the seats finish them off to what are perfect additions to Crafty Cottage.

I'm sure Daisy would have loved them

Friday, 18 October 2013

Introducing ....

Today,  - and by my complete surprise my great friend Judith appeared!  -  a few knocks on the door, - and hey presto lots of hugs and  compliments to one another!

Judith,  -( if you have been following the blog?) - is my magical wonderful soap making friend extraordinaire ! and today she called into me at home purely by chance (excuse the pun again) to announce that she would be becoming a weekly feature at the Campden Market every Friday, - based in the Town Hall untill 11am.

A bar of her wonderful soap for every guest at Crafty Cottage complimentary, - and of course if your stay coincides with a Friday Market day - then you can stock up and probably meet the good lady herself !!

I was able to pick up the lovely little bar of soap from her today for the next guests, - but there is a strong possibility it may be used beforehand as it smells so delicious !!

Today marked another occasion too,  -  the Crafty Cottage pencil !  A quick visit to the wonderful world of Sue & Robin locally, and the deed was done!

Such a great place with lots of personalised stuff on offer!  it was so tempting to just "go for it" and order everything available with "crafty cottage" written on it !!!

Things seem very quiet on the Blog now!  -  guest are comfortably settled in the Cottage and dare I say it Paul and I are starting to lead a "normal life" !!!  -  but the soap and pencils are a very import part of the Cottage and its success!

Will be keeping you posted!

Friday, 11 October 2013

Not exactly twiddling my thumbs .....

I suppose things have never been so quiet on my blog !!  -  for over a week now we have had our first guests staying in the cottage and alongside that being wonderful of course - it's weird as both Paul and I miss spending most evenings with either a screwdriver or a broom in our hands!

However,  we're not exactly twiddling our thumbs and a few days ago I was able to take the very first picture of Crafty Cottage from across the road - the finished thing - without a car or a van on the drive - as things were so busy there right up to the last minute it had been an impossible thing to do !

Despite the weather forecast, - the past couple of days have been quite sunny and I took advantage of this to get as many outside photos as possible, - particularly for the website etc...


We're now registered on TripAdvisor and looking at the Blog stats this morning only need another 9 viewings of the blog to reach 3,000 since it all began :-)

With it being October now and things starting to quieten down at home, the B&B is just ticking over nicely - at last i'm able to sit down and get on with all the 'admin' stuff for the cottage.  Finally i've started on the Guest Information Folder - which will probably be ready just as our first guests are about to leave !!!  .....  we have caught up with them a couple of times and feedback is good, - they are enjoying their stay and have already booked to return next year !!!

It may not be quite as often as in the past,  but will be keeping you posted!
(3,000 viewings of blog now passed!)