Thursday, 19 February 2015

Spring Fling!

The March #Habdash Box has (from what I can tell) arrived safely with all our lovely subscribers! 

The theme this month was ‘Spring Fling’ and full of sugary pastels, pretty polkadots, flowers and birds. PERFECT for inspiring your first summery makes and for Easter crafts.

I think the little miniature felt roll may become a #Habdash staple! I’m so much in love with this pint size version of our popular felt bundles that you can expect to see it in every box in different colour combinations. Felt is such a fab basic material for your craft stash, you can’t really go wrong.

If you are familiar with our felt you will know it’s lovely quality and has a 30% wool content which makes it softer than most craft felt you will find on the high street.

The Fat Quarter in the box this month is a lovely 100% cotton pastel polkadot. Colours may vary between boxes but all are gorgeous shades, I’ve even popped some in my own stash for some Easter bunting! I've just ordered some more stock of the Pastel Polkadot Bundles, expect to see them in our shop very soon!

I really love finding unusual trims and ribbons, the Bird, Heart and Flower Trim in this months box is certainly that and the Peachy Vintage Braid is a real find. It’s rare I manage to get hold of full reels of good quality vintage trims so this is extra special and perfect for this box.

The Flower Buttons add a real burst of colour and the Wooden Leaves and Ladybird add a super cute whimsical touch and compliment the trims perfectly.

There will be 10 more new subscriptions up for grabs on 1st March that will begin with the next box 'April Showers Bring May Flowers...' I can't wait to share it with you all!

Sarah x

Pocket and Pin

Friday, 13 February 2015

A little about me....

So blogging is new to me, and to be honest more than a little daunting! Buy hey, it’s another way to get raise the profile of my little business, and actually is fairly therapeutic! It helps clear and sort the clutter in my over active, chaotic, creative mind!

I’ve been putting off starting a blog for a while now and to be honest, I’m not sure why. Maybe it’s the setting myself a schedule side to things that was putting me off. Don’t get me wrong I am a super organised person, or I was before I had kids! But I am very whimsical, I don’t like being told when and where to do things, I like just to simply find my own way…the pressure of writing a blog post on a weekly, fortnightly or even monthly basis seemed all too much and then I realised I was putting this pressure on myself and I just need to start slow and see what happens. So here I am!

So a little about me….

For starters I am in my own opinion the least likely to person to start and build what is turning into a successful business. I am the shy, wallflower type to those who don’t know me and the least business minded person I know. However I know what I like and I love to create and inspire people and have a silent determination to succeed in everything I do.

My family comes absolute first  place in everything I do. My boys are 4 and 5 and the centre of my world. I love to read, it’s the only way I can truly relax. You can’t beat disappearing into a good book and forgetting your day to day worries and stress. I also love to write, I hear you saying “why all this fuss about a blog then?”, and honestly I don’t know but when I say write, I mean to my #penpals. I have fourteen lovely ladies around the world who I dedicate #happymail to! I belong to both #postcircle and #ladywriters. You can’t beat a good letter and these ladies whom I have never met have become good friends.

I love polkadots and Cath Kidston and I live in my converse high tops. I am a perfectionist, sometimes to the point of insanity (I definitely drive Mr H mad but he loves me, flaws and all) but honestly what’s the point in doing something if you can’t 100% say I put everything into that and I’m proud of it?

I’ve always been creative, never academic. I was taught to sew and knit by my Nan and my mum from an early age (crochet has evaded all of us! We just can’t get it!) and I developed a love for anything remotely creative from that point. 

I studied Textiles and Surface Design at University, specialising in Knit. I went on to work as a freelance designer for an agent that sold my designs around the world. It sounds fabulous and I got to go on some rather lovely trips to Paris , Florence and New York BUT I found myself in that odd place where you start to hate what you love because it becomes a necessity.

I like to make and create to my own haphazard timescale and I get the best results this way. I decided that creating for a living was not for me at that time and found myself a job locally, for a now well known, costume jewellery supplier. This little jump over the fence gave me valuable buying and product experience that has served me very well whilst setting up Pocket & Pin.

Marriage and kiddos came along and at this point I began to feel ready to tap into that creative side of me again, but I couldn’t go back to what I did before. I have no time in my life now for careers or deadlines. Life with kids and a husband is challenging enough right!? ….And far too short to stress yourself out!

SO…Pocket & Pin was born and it really is my third baby! I still work part time and I’m in no way a risk taker so I will continue to be a crazy multi tasking mummy/housewife/employee/business owner until such a time as I am ready to take the plunge. 

I am happy for Pocket & Pin to continue to grow at it’s own pace but I truly cannot wait for that day when I’m working solely out of my little (soon to be built!) studio in the back garden and have time to dust off my knitting machines and get making again!

So that's me, in a nutshell!....and that wasn't so hard after all....

"Have I gone mad?" "I am afraid so you're entirely BONKERS. But I'll tell you a secret... All of the best people are." - Alice in Wonderland.

Sarah x
Pocket and Pin

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Happy #Habdash

To say I’m happy to have launched #habdash is a BIG understatement. I’d been sitting on the idea of a craft subscription box for the best part of a year. Not the usual ‘project in a box’ kind that ties you to a specific task but one that is there to simply inspire. Carefully selected craft supplies that will leave you brimming with ideas for possible creations, and of course with a big dose of Pocket and Pin style thrown in! 

I have to credit the sudden rush of #habdash activity to my lovely penpals, #ladywriters, Lexie and Christine. I’d been stuck in a rather large rut with Pocket & Pin and they gave be a well needed kick up the butt! I also have to give Lexie the credit for the name!
It’s been a complete rollercoaster in a whirlwind ride getting it setup and I have to admit I’m doing a lot of post launch back filling on the admin side of things! I’m a typical creative person, steaming ahead with the fun bits and leaving the boring but very important stuff to last! However even the less creative side of this has actually been fun, I’ve learnt loads in a very short time and it’s actually had a positive impact on the rest of my little business empire too. Happy Days!
The first box, which had  a rosey red Valentine theme sold out in an hour on 11th Jan and two weeks later I was shipping them out and well into planning the next box. 

#habdash now has 40 subscribers and now I’ve got used to the workload I’ve decided to increase the amount of subscriptions available by 10 each month. New subscriptions go on sale on 1st of every month at 12 Noon (GMT)
I’m having such fun planning and researching themes and products to make each box special! Its fab to see what everyone makes with their boxes too, Checkout #myhabdash or #habdash on twitter or instagram to keep up!
Here are a few pics of some of my favourite makes from our february #habdash box from our lovely subscribers…

Happy #habdashing!

Sarah x

Pocket and Pin