A bit of a change from my usual sewing posts. Last month was #indiemonth so I want to share with you all of the beautiful things that I purchased plus this post has the added bonus of providing these retailers with some free publicity and it’s nice to be nice.
#indiemonth happens each year in July and is a month where consumers are urged to change their shopping habits and show their support for local independent retailers. Having moved to rural Derbyshire my shopping habits have naturally changed to more independent retailers rather than big brands as the nearest large shopping centre is over 20 miles away. When living in city centres I was a sucker for popping to places like hobby craft or WHSmiths whenever I needed something where as now the independent retailer is the more convenient option and I’m loving it. Corny as it sounds I felt as though I’d lost myself when living in the mass produced jungles that are today’s city centres and now i’m back to a simple country life I feel a lot better in general and have become a lot more creative. The added bonus of changing my shopping habits is that independent shopping is also turning out to be a lot cheaper. As mentioned in my previous post last weekend I bought 6 (larger than fat quarter) pieces of liberty fabric for £5. I have just started turning the fabric into gadget bags and have already managed to make two bags out of 1 piece of material, bargain!
So here’s a breakdown of what I purchased last month and where these items are from:
1.Beginners patchwork workshop – Quiltessential
2.Vintage chair – antique shop at Awkrights Mill, Cromford (sorry I can’t find the name of the shop)
3.5 week bag making course – The Craft Studio, Nottingham
4.Vintage mirror (bought for me by a friend) – The Vintage House
5.Fabric- unsure of stall name but was from The Vintage Suitcase fair
6.Hairband – Print Delight, Folksy