Taking the plunge

Well, we’ve done it…After months (years?) of talking about how nice it would be,  Kit and I have just taken the plunge and applied to take part in Norfolk’s Open Studios scheme next year.  It’s exciting and scary in equal measures but the lack of studio has always been my excuse in the past and I don’t have that any more, do I?

We slithered our way into Norwich on icy roads a couple of days ago and delivered the application forms by hand, just to make sure they actually got there and  I had a  confirmation email  today so it’s really happening!  And who knows, I might even get to meet some of you when it takes place.  As Miranda’s Mum, Penny says, ‘Such fun!’

We were in just the right part of town to visit Ruth in Glory Days too, and this time I was able to take a couple of photos to share the gorgeousness with you all.

I love all the rosy spottiness, have you noticed the fairy lights and the little tins?  This is really making me excited about my next stitching project which I’ll tell you about next time.

In the meantime I’ve been making Christmas cards.  I should have started this ages ago, I should have actually written them by now, but procrastination has been rampant!  In fact I do realise that I should have been beavering away with an exquisite linocut around August, popped round to Kit and her printing press in September  and by now have a neat stack of cards ready to post with all the envelopes addressed  from a database on the computer.  Fail, Fail, Fail!

However,  Plan B.  I’ve got several pages of  little drawings scanned from my sketchbook, and have played around in Photoshop.  It took ALL of yesterday!  It’s amazing how quickly you forget how to use computer programs when you don’t use them everyday, or is it just me?  The card blanks I bought are too thick to put through the printer but I’ve got round that with those little foam sticky things with which I’ve stuck  cut out images on to the cards which gives them another dimension. 

So, I have a snowman…

A Father Christmas…

A robin…

or two…

…and of course, a little dachshund, who had to get in on the act as always! On that festive note I must tear myself away to carry on sticking.. Tomorrow I’m  off to Knit and Stitch at the Farmer’s Market and then in the afternoon I shall get the sewing machine humming.

See you very soon! x

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I live in Norfolk, England in a cottage on the edge of the Norfolk Broads where it can be peaceful and beautiful, or wet and muddy, or occasionally wild and windswept. With me is husband Tim, Henry the elderly and opinionated tabby cat, and Higgins, the miniature dachshund with a massive personality. You’ll find me chattering on about wool and textiles, knitting and crochet, recipes, books and patterns, exhibitions and shopping and of course, the adventures of a small dog! Planet Penny has a Facebook Page, you can find me on UK Handmade and I am featured on Channel4/4Homes Favourite Craft Blog List.

11 thoughts on “Taking the plunge

  1. Toffeeapple

    Well done Penny! You’ll have a wonderful time when you join with all the other crafters.

    Your cards are so pretty, your recipients will enjoy getting those to display.

  2. Penelope

    Oh Penny such beautiful cards, I adore the daschshund and the two robins. Well done on taking the plunge for an open studio, it’s very exciting and probably a bit scary but good fun I hope.
    As for Glory Days, I NEED to visit ! I think I would come away with inspiration and a few pennies less! Havea wonderful weekend, hope Clovis and Higgins are getting on ! xox

  3. a-m

    Your Christmas cards are lovely though you’ll have to stick a ‘Penny made this’ stamp on the back of them – they won’t look homemade!
    I’ve dusted off my sewing machine too in the last few days – must be something in the air…

    Hope Higgins is thriving!

    a-m x

  4. Crochet with Raymond

    Hello Penny!
    That is so exciting! Yay for being part of an open studio, people will love yours with all of your bright coloured happiness!!!
    I wish I could come all the way over and see….
    Have a lovely week

  5. vanessa

    Isn’t Glory Days a treasure shop! Well done with committing yourself to the open studios, good luck with that Penny. And your cards are lovely, especially the Robins, so fat and round and scrumptious, and of course, I know I’d say this, but I am a fan of the Dachsie! Love Vanessa xxx

  6. Rachel J Fenton

    Merry Christmas!

    Masses of lovelies to feast the eyes on in those pics.

    Well done on getting so much done – you always amaze me! And best of luck with the NOS scheme – really exciting stuff.

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