ScrapHappy May 2022

I can’t believe that a whole month has gone by without me posting. I’ve been really busy in the shop, of course, but I still don’t understand how I haven’t managed to post even once.

This month’s ScrapHappy is once again about the shop. To maintain the ethos, we decided that, as well as selling scraps and pre-loved crafting supplies, we would fit the shop out, as far as possible, using pre-loved (sometimes un-loved) items. Mr Snail and I have already written about our scrappy counter, but almost everything is not new. We’ve tried to find items that simply aren’t valued anymore and make use of them them.

One example is the lovely bureau that we bought from a local auction. A wonderful, robust piece of furniture that we managed to get for a song. Brown furniture like this simply isn’t valued, despite the craftsmanship and beauty. Anyway, it’s now a card-making station, filled with pre-loved papercrafting supplies and tools, and ready for use by anyone who wants a handmade card, but doesn’t want to end up with lots of left over bits. Basically this is a way to avoid the creation of scraps at home – the scraps stay in the bureau ready to inspire and be used by someone else.

Elsewhere in the shop, the shelves were given to us by friends, who took them out of their basement, the tables came from Craft, a local an independent, not-for profit business whose sole purpose is to reuse domestic items and find them a new home, chairs and the china cabinet came from a little local auction and the library book cart had been left in the shop when we took it over. There are also several chairs (again left in the shop) that Sue is busily recovering for me from scraps (and her monthly ScrapHappy post). All-in-hall it’s a positive scrap-fest, so here’s a little peek into it:

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I’ve been inspired to write this (and future) ScrapHappy posts by Kate,  Tall Tales from Chiconia. On the fifteenth of every month lots of folk often publish a ScrapHappy post, do check them out:

KateGun, EvaSue, Lynda, Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Tracy, Jill, Claire, Jan (me), Moira, Sandra, Chris, Alys, Kerry, Claire, Jean, Jon, HayleyDawn, Gwen, Bekki, Sue L, Sunny, Kjerstin, Vera, Nanette, Ann, Dawn 2 , Bear, Noreen, Preeti, Edith and Jule

If you fancy joining, contact Kate and she’ll add you to the list. It would be lovely to see more non-sewing posts, but any use of scraps is welcome.

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  1. Nice bureau and I love the idea of a card making station. 🙂

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  2. You have some wonderful ideas!

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  3. It looks like my kind of place, I am sorry I live 7,000 miles away 😦

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  4. Going Batty in Wales

     /  May 15, 2022

    I love the idea of being able to pop in and make a card without having to buy and store loads of stuff. And I imagine it is a good way to find out if it is something you enjoy doing before investing in materials.

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    • Absolutely… I do sell single card blanks, so people can buy one to take home and have a play with, but I wanted to make it even easier to have a go without any further commitment (not even glue!)

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  5. What a truly wonderful idea. But please the red dragon, its gorgeous, please more in him.

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  6. love the idea of popping in to make a card, wish I was close enough.No wonder you haven’t been blogging, I’m surprised you have time to eat.

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  7. Love looking into your shop! Wish I could be there in person as well!

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  8. I like the card making idea. Just a shame I live so far away.

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  9. To be honest, half the skill in using scraps is in having the initial idea, and if you have enough of those and the scraps to bring the ideas to life I don’t see how you can fail to inspire. Do you also need books? And would you be interested in a partially used book of copper leaf?

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  10. I’m always surprised more people don’t want a bureau, ideal for laptop life and what. I love the idea of nipping in to make a card.

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