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Finally!

12th August 2017

At last, the Purple Saurus website is up and running once again!


I'm having a very busy time of it at the moment - I've set myself a slightly insane production goal for the Christmas market, but at least I know that if I aim hard for it I will still have plenty of stock even if I don't reach my target =)

My other half is away at a festival until Monday, so I have lots of sewing time to myself while he's in a field in Derbyshire. There were no bands I wanted to see this year though, so I'm not jealous!


Recently I've bought quite a few new patterns and I am super excited to share the creations with you all when I get them done.


In the meantime I will do my best to keep everything updated. Here's an amusing photo from the recent product photography shoot, courtesy of Rich McD - Saurus is unimpressed!


Don't forget, there are plushies in my Shop waiting for new homes =)


Rach x

Izzy, Whizzy, Let's Get Busy!

23rd August 2017

It's a busy time over at Purple Saurus HQ at the moment - new fabric coming in, pieces to be cut, new patterns to be tested... it's very tempting to get the fun parts done first, but Saurus and the others are keeping me in line!


My other half and I were supposed to be moving in together in October, but due to a problem with the lettings agency it's looking increasingly likely that we won't be moving until April. This is stressing me out slightly, as I was expecting to have my own sewing room well in advance of the Christmas Market, so I'm having to re-organise my time management.


Speaking of the Christmas Market, I will be taking Mini Sauruses, Hamsters, Narwhals and Mini Fat Dinos along with me - as my smallest and cheapest plushies, they'd make great stocking fillers =)


I'll also have some very special "exclusive to Victorian Day" plushies with me which I am VERY excited about, as well as some limited edition plushies made from fabrics which aren't minky or fleece.


Today, I'm aiming to cut out some Griffin pieces and hopefully make a start on hand sewing a Manatee prototype! I've not been too well this week so I've been getting the "not much thinking required" bits done!


Fingers crossed I'll feel better over the weekend so I can power my way through some actual sewing.


Rusty the Fox is keeping me company, and extends his greetings =)


Rach x

Its Christmas Prep Time!

5th September 2017

Afternoon all!


As usual, its a bit hectic around here. The good news is that this week I am feeling quite a bit better, so hopefully I should be pretty productive!


Last week I applied for a stall at one of the Bristol Harbourside Christmas Markets in December, which I am very excited about and keeping everything crossed that I get the space. It means lots and lots of work however as its only two weeks after the Victorian Day market, and what with the latter being my first market I don't really know how much I'll sell, so I have no averages to refer to! Oh calamity! Why do I do these things to myself? I'm not panicking at the thought though, so long as I stick to my production target I'm sure it'll be fine - I am thankfully an optimist by nature =)


The teal Narwhals are looking gorgeous (the colour is amazing), and I have just this minute printed an enlarged version of my reindeer pattern - who wouldn't want an adorable, big cuddly reindeer under the Christmas tree?! In between my product making I am also setting aside a Griffin for a rather special Bristol establishment!


I'm off to have some lunch, stick this pattern together and cut some assorted plushie pieces ready for sewing =)


Rach x

Illness, Folksy & Christmas Production Time!

14th September 2017

Good evening everybody!


If its not one illness, its another - I appear to have picked up some sort of stomach bug this week, bleugh! I'm just feeling a bit "yuck" during the day, luckily, so I can still work, but waking up at 3am feeling sick is not a lot of fun and nobody likes disturbed sleep. This is particularly annoying seeing as I NEVER get stomach bugs, and this one is extremely inconvenient. Its okay though, I'm being looked after by my oldest cuddly, Squidge, in my other half's absence! He's been looking after me during illness since I was about 18 months old, so he knows what he's doing, hehe. I'll introduce you to Squidge soon =)


Moving on, just a quick note to let you know I now have some listings on Folksy. For those of you who don't know, its similar to Etsy except its British! Any ready to ship items I have will only be listed on one or the other, so do make sure you check both the Etsy shop and the Folksy shop =)


Anyway, as you may have spotted on the homepage... I've been accepted for the Harbourside Christmas Market! I honestly wasn't expecting to be, so I feel very honoured indeed. Obviously this means I need to be super focused, organised and productive over the next few weeks (no pressure then!) but I have my product target and I have set my deadline date.


Speaking of deadline dates, the final date for Christmas orders is the 20th November this year, on account of my particularly busy Christmas period. This then gives me plenty of time in between finishing things for the market to get everything done (as well as having a break for my birthday!). I've already announced this on Facebook and in the shop, but I'll add it to the homepage too, just in case.


I'm heading off to cook myself some tasty chicken for a slightly late tea - chicken with rosemary and black pepper, delicious! =D


Rach x

Time for an Update!

20th October 2017

Hello everyone!


I've been super busy the last month or so - hence lack of blog updates - and I'm now at the stage where (give or take a cuddly) I'm starting to stitch everything up! We already have ten almost complete Reindeer, so its Foxes, Fat Bats, Narwhals, Dragons, Tiny Fat Dinos, Penguins, Pygmy Owls and other things to do ready for the markets =) Not only that, but I'm sewing up a few pumpkins and only TWO Witch Kitty plushies specially for Halloween, which will hopefully be up on Etsy over the weekend!


Speaking of the markets, as Hatherell's Yard is on Victorian Day, this means Victorian dress is a must. I've had my skirt, shawl and bonnet for a couple of months now (interestingly the bonnet rather suits me - I know I can wear most types of headgear without looking ridiculous, but this is getting silly!) but I haven't been able to find a suitable blouse for love nor money. But, as is often the case, when I wasn't looking for one, I found it. My other half and I were in an M&S Outlet store, when I stumbled upon a lovely cream blouse with a high neck, a bit of lace and little flared cuffs - perfect!


That's all there is to tell for now, don't forget to keep an eye on the Facebook page for all the random little updates =)


Rach x

Soon Be Market Day!

30th November 2017

Good evening ladies and gents =)


So, I haven't posted to the blog for over a month(!), but I promise I do have a valid excuse - I've been beavering away in preparation for the Christmas Markets, I'm pretty much up together, and the first one is almost upon us! This Saturday I will be dressing up in Victorian garb and poddling my way up the road to my local market at Hatherell's Yard in Chipping Sodbury, ably assisted as always by my wonderful other half (who incidentally will be on toy stuffing duty this evening!).


Hatherell's Yard shares its name with the family-run hardware store which used to be at the entrance to it (now Coffee #1) and to this day it still confuses me that Hatherell's is no longer there, even though its been gone for a long time now. I love what they've done with the yard, and aside from the market stalls every Friday and Saturday, there are a few permanent units down there too, including a haberdashery and a florist. I'm hoping for some good footfall on Saturday, particularly as the yard is on the cut-through from the big car park, and with the high street being closed off to traffic many people will have to come through via the car park, when they would normally park on the high street and not pass through the market.


I have one plush left to sew up in its entirety, and all other unfinished items just need finishing off. The plan is for tomorrow to be mostly spent writing up price tags, with a side order of hand stitching things closed, finalising my stall display and making sure my costume is perfect!


Busy last couple of days but I'm on the home stretch now - frankly I'm looking forward to Saturday so I can have a rest!


Rach x

Markets Over & Time To Chill! For The Moment...

18th December 2017

Morning all =)


Christmas markets are complete, and I am pooped! I had a fantastic time at Victorian Day and the Harbourside Market - made some sales and shifted lots of business cards, what more could I ask for? I also had a couple of commission requests at the Harbourside on Saturday, which pleased me no end =) Santa also popped by and handed out some choccie - I was extremely grateful for the fun-size Milky Way as I hadn't had time for breakfast! Plus y'know, Milky Ways. Yum =D


James and I got lots of compliments on our costumes on Victorian Day. A lovely lady said he looked very handsome, which I had been trying to tell him, but he wasn't having it! It was freezing cold, but we managed the eleven hours outside, particularly with the hot drinks from the nearby coffee shop, and some lovely brownies from The Pudding Wagon (you can find them on Facebook, best brownies I've ever had, and this is from a woman who is obsessed with baked goods so I've had a few brownies in my time!) I will be adding a new page to the website today, a gallery for market and other random pictures, so you can see what we get up to =)


Meanwhile, I've just fired off an email to the lovely Stacey over at SLS Creative (who is now my go-to lady for all my business stationary needs!) detailing the info I'd like on the flyers I've ordered. These will be coming to markets with me throughout 2018 and include a special coupon code, so I highly recommend coming along to these events =P I've also just sent an application over to Hatherell's Yard to see if I can squeeze in a stall in January before James and I head to New York at the beginning of February. Well, I'll need some money to spend on minky while I'm there, priorities!


Before I sign off, I must add a massive thank you to James - I couldn't have done these markets without him, and he's been a real champion! He stuffs the cuddlies, does the display and I'm also convinced that his is the friendly face which helps bring in the sales =D


I look forward to seeing some of you at markets in the new year! For now, I'm off to make Christmas presents (a sewist's work is never done!)


Rach x

A Very Belated "Happy New Year"!

25th January 2018

Afternoon all =)


I've been terrible with the blog over the winter period, I know!


So, what's new? Well, firstly, I now have an adorable, ready-to-ship cuddly Tortoise listed in the Etsy shop!


James and I were at Hatherell's Yard Market again last Saturday - it was just us and one other trader (the lovely Carolyn of CB's Accessories - if you're at a market or fair and you see her stall, I highly recommend checking it out!), it was a miserable day - freezing cold and raining near enough all day - but we still got a couple of sales out of it, which was more than I was expecting given the weather and lack of footfall! It took me hours to warm up after we got home and I was all damp and disgusting (it rained on my back while I was finishing off a couple of things, eww!), but it was worth it =) We'll be there again on the 24th of February, a week and a half after we get back from New York.


In the meantime, I'm doing a couple of made-to-order Penguins (one for a child and one for an 80 year old!), getting a special Baby Dragon made for Valentine's Day, and working on a very special commission for a 60th birthday present =) Don't forget, tomorrow is the LAST DAY for made-to-order cuddlies to guarantee sending before I go away on the 6th. Last posting day will be on the 2nd, so ready-to-ship items can be guaranteed for postage up until the 1st =)


We're also booked in for the Craft and Vintage Fair at the Methodist Rooms, Thornbury on the 24th of March, from 9.30am-2.30pm. Happily its not a long day as we're heading to a gig in town in the evening!


I've also ordered yet MORE stationary from the lovely Stacey, this time in the form of a 2018 planner, a craft fairs and events book (both extremely important!) and some loyalty cards! The loyalty cards idea came about when one of my customers on Saturday was a repeat customer from Victorian Day (credit to James for that idea!), so once I have them ready they will be coming to events with me for you to pick up and get yourself some lovely Purple Saurus-related rewards in return for your custom =D


I'm off to feed my face now, followed by finishing off some Penguin-related accessories =)


Rach x

It's Been A While!

15th August 2018

Good evening one and all!


It's been a very busy year, and as per usual I've been terrible with the blog... Believe it or not I did get three quarters of the way through a post about our New York trip back in February, but then I couldn't remember what we did on one of the days, put it to one side for a bit and never got around to finishing it! I will at some point, I promise. It was an amazing trip. I finally got to see the Balto statue that I'd wanted to see since I was six, and we went to the American Museum of Natural History and saw the huuuuuuuuuge Titanosaur - Saurus was quite disgruntled that we went to visit his cousin without him though! There's a handful of photos from the trip in the gallery, for anyone who's interested =)


So, what's been occurring? Well, since the start of the year we've traded at Hatherell's Yard a few times (naturally), done a couple of craft fairs and an open day at Vale Wildlife Hospital near Tewkesbury to help raise money for all the little creatures. Over the August Bank Holiday weekend we're doing another wildlife rescue open day, this time at Oak & Furrows Wildlife Rescue near Cricklade, AND the Bath Cats and Dogs Home fun day, on Sunday the 26th and Monday 27th respectively - yes I think I have finally gone mad! Ooh, did I mention I now have a lovely, commercial grade purple gazebo? =D


Another event I've recently booked us into is Bark In The Park, which is taking place on the 16th September in Page Park, Bristol. I used to go to Page Park with my mum and gran quite a bit when I was little, so it'll be nice to spend a few hours there for the first time in a long time, particularly when there'll be lots of pups about! Not only that, but we will be at BristolCon on Saturday 27th October. Info on all our upcoming events can be found here.


Oh yes, James and I finally moved in together! This was in April and the house is still fairly upside down, but we're getting there =) We had the bathroom redone and the kitchen is being done in October (we're renting from my parents, and on the advice of my electrician brother-in-law we had the bathroom done and now the kitchen), so it's a bit hectic. The front bedroom is full of "stuff", and until James finishes building my sewing room furniture (he's good like that!) my craft things that are in the front bedroom have nowhere else to go. The reason for the craft things in the front bedroom, is that my parents' neighbour recently passed away, and I've had the privilege of having free rein on her craft room! She used to do card making, and she was also a slightly compulsive spender. As a result, there's a seemingly infinite amount of card making stuff, much of which has never even been opened! I'm slowly plodding my way through it.


I recently treated myself to a super cute Christmas cardmaking kit from Hobbycraft to practice with, and I love it! Needless to say I will also be selling a little selection of greetings cards from now on, too =) Naturally they will match the theme of "cuteness", which of course is what The Purple Saurus is all about. Don't worry, I've cleared it with Saurus, he thinks it's a great idea!


Finally, when we moved in, we found a gang of cuddly toys abandoned in the attic, including six Bulldogs, a Gorilla (now named Cuthbert), a GIANT Monkey (now named Penfold), and a Giraffe (now named Herbie)! I've decided to found "Saurus and Herbie's Rehoming Centre for Rescued Cuddly Toys" as a result, which will involve me cleaning up and adopting out cuddlies that I come across on my travels who are in need of homes =)


There's probably more to update you on, but it's been so long I can't remember everything!


I look forward to seeing some of you at our various upcoming events =)


Rach x