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We’re Online!

Hey people! Guess what? We are, at last, online. Our shop is now officially open!
Boswell Bramley and Co. Etsy Shop!

It’s taken a lot of work, and, no  doubt, an awful lot more hard work is on the horizon, but this a major land mark for us here at Boswell Bramley and Co.
Although stock is limited at the moment, new items will be added at least every couple of days from now on. We’re hoping that by the end of the week, we will have around 20 new designs online. In our range, we will initially have aprons, table napkins, tote bags, wash bags and pencil cases. ‘But how do I know when you unleash new, exciting  Boswell designs into the world?’ I hear you cry! It’s easy, we will be updating on our Twitter and Facebook accounts, just click the hyperlinks and you will be on your way to ‘following’ and ‘liking’ us, (the ‘puter just autocorrected ‘liking’ to ‘licking’, we’d love you to follow us but, really, that’s just too far!).

Working Hard!

As you can see from the photo, our study has turned into a studio and it’s becoming a proper little haven. Sometimes though, with all these things, it can get too much. Yesterday was one of those days.  Good thing we had a night out planned! Thanks to the lovely Rachael of White Horse Arts, we went to a fantastic Oz gig last night. That is the inspiration for our first tune of the week!

Boswell at the gig!

Our first tune of the week has got to be from Holly Taymar. Her devine voice and inspiring songwriting skills kept us all listening intently till late last night, twas magical! She, and Chris Bilton (beautiful accompaniment on the cajon, banjo, guitar…) are regularly found gigging in and around York so check them out!
We love this song, and thusly ’tis our tune of the week!

Went to War by Holly Taymar

Ross and I are still working out what to make our ‘lovely of the week’ which will be something that we’ve seen that we love. There are so many we can’t decide! So, keep tuned for that one!

Thank you again for your support so far, it’s so encouraging. And please, spread the word!

Lots of love,

Tab, Ross, Boswell and Bessie
XxX

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Crisis and Opportunity

So, 100 napkins, 10 more aprons and 12 tote bags later and I can’t wait to do more! I am literally buzzing (if you have ever used a sewing machine, you’ll know what I mean).

I’ve been doing a lot of reflection and looking forward recently, and although I should be utterly freaking out, I’m really excited about what the future holds.

I should explain myself. I’m about to be made officially redundant (the end of this month). I’ve made my way nicely through a three year contract working for a charity and now I’m coming to the end. I can’t find a job and I’m not entirely sure I want to, in fact, I don’t…yeah, I don’t want a job, not the traditional kind at the moment anyway.

Yesterday I heard a great thing on the radio, ‘crisis’ and ‘opportunity’ is the same word in chinese. This pretty much sums up what I’m going through at the moment. I could be very worried about my lack of ability to pay the mortgage and buy the food, and yes, there is a certain element of that weighing on my mind. To be honest though, after a bit of a manic period I’m pretty peaceful with my situation. In the past three years I have just about learnt to not waste my time worrying about my given situation and beating myself up about it, but doing something about it and most importantly, learning from it. I believe that everything that happened to us, good or bad, makes us who we are, and that’s a pretty cool thing.

I must make it very clear that I haven’t come to this conclusion on my own. Recent events and amazing, beautiful, supportive and patient friends and mentors in my life have really helped (sometimes forced) me to see it. One thing I’m not great with is outward displays of emotion or physical contact, but I really hope those people know who they are. Of course, one of those people is Ross and his love and support is truly second to none.

So, the next few months making and selling is not just about paying the bills, but following the path that I, we, want to and seeing where it takes us. Part of that has already meant making connections with Some great people. This week, I have shared a brownie recipe with another artist from California, Polychrome Palace and celebrated the re-opening of an Etsy shop with a fellow sewer, Sew Serious, from Denver, USA. How cool is that? The magic of the net!

So, it all seems a bit big and scary and impossible at the moment but as Walter Elias Disney once said, ‘It’s kind of fun to do the impossible’.

Until next time…

Tab, Ross, Boswell and Bessie.

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On a mission! (and the importance of handmade)

So, in our effort to fill the Boswell Bramley and Co. shaped hole on the Internet, we were setting up our Facebook page and having a look through all the bits that you can fill in as part of your profile page. I came across the ‘mission’ section. Having worked for a charity for three years, I know that this is a bit of a hot topic. A mission, or a mission statement, isn’t just what your doing, but why your doing it. It’s a great tool for telling other people what your about but also for keeping yourself focussed and on track, and I need all the help I can get in that department!

I had a whole day of sewing yesterday which in turn means I had a whole day of thinking yesterday. My thinking seemed to boiled down to the importance of handmade. I love making things, but I also love buying things that are handmade. Nothing beats the feeling of having something that no one else does, and that has had so much time and love go into it. Apparently, I’m not the only one who thinks this, there’s a reason Etsy is doing so well, they had over a billion views last month alone!

When you buy a Boswell Bramley item from us, you’re not just buying the end product but everything that has gone into it too. If you buy an apron, for example, you know that I’ve gone out and bought the fabric and trims, you know I’ve laid it out on the living room floor to work out the best cut, I’ve ironed each seem until it’s just right for sewing. I’ve sat in front of the sewing machine and wondered ‘who’s going to be wearing this?’ whilst it whirs away. Ross has sat down one evening and thought up the perfect Boswell for that apron, I’ve looked at the design, and together we’ve worked out where it should go. We’ve thought about the right paintbrush and paint to use on the fabric and one of us has spent our time focussing on nothing but that apron, painting it and making it the best it can be. The apron has then been ironed to set the dye and make it as smooth and box fresh as possible. It doesn’t stop there though. We then pick and make the best packaging, with the least amount of environmental impact and the most amount of care. Just for you!

We have a chance to make a living from doing what we love, and we do want to cover our living costs. However, we  also believe that everyone should have the chance to fill their lives with handmade (and Boswell, of course!). That’s why we want charge fairly, not expensively. A lot of people assume that handmade means expensive, and that is just not the case. There is a reason all the big chains try to make handmade looking things, still though, they just can’t beat what we and hundreds of thousands of other crafters do, make truly hand made goods, each made with love (yeah! We got one up on Tesco and Wallmart!).

So, our mission? To  make sure that you have a little Boswell in your life, just like we have for the past few years. Also, though, to be part of a bigger picture that makes handmade totally accessible, and useable in your day-to-day. Hand made isn’t just a luxury.

In other news…

Once we start selling, we’re going to be posting a ‘lovely of the day’ where we showcase what we love and what inspires us. We’ll be doing a ‘track of the day’ too – music and the radio is pretty important to most crafters and artists out

Arty pin shot.

 

Beautiful Bessie.

Some more peeking!

 

 As ever, subscribe to this blog, check us out on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, every show of support really helps! Which reminds me, Libby and Rach, your support is invaluable. We passed 100 reads of our blog yesterday, not bad for 4 posts! Next goal, 1000!
 
Right, well, I’m off to do some painting today, and making my ‘creative space’ a bit more creative, I’ll tell you all about how that goes next time…hmm.

Much love,
Tab, Ross, Boswell and Bessie (the newly christened sewing machine)

XxX

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Obsessed!

Well, Ross isn’t feeling so well, so I’m your BB commentator tonight. This is a good thing really, seeing as i’m getting totally obsessed with this blogging malarky! Even if no-one is reading this, I’m really enjoying this process.

I’m coming to the end of my contract at work, at the end of March. I’ve really enjoyed my job for the past few years, but with redundancy pay and a little teeny bit of savings in the bank, I have a chance to live the dream, or at least have a go at it. If it doesn’t work out, at least I can say, we had a go! Having said that, we’re getting some great response to Boswell and although I’m working every evening, lunch and morning I can, I’m really enjoying it. My constant source of major inspiration is ‘quit your day job’, it’s my favourite blog, and my ambition is to be on there one day.

Today, I read a couple of chapters of my current favourite book, The Handmade Marketplace before I even got out of bed! If you haven’t heard of that book, and you want to sell your wares online or at fares, this is the book for you! It is aimed at an American audience, but it’s fantastically useful and inspiring! It’s a bit of a bible for me at the mo.

As soon as lunch came along I had a couple of bites to eat but mainly spent my time ironing fabric ready to cut into napkins and three more aprons.

The task for this evening is to get them all sewn up and start painting them. I’m working all the spare time I’m sent and seeing a lot more of the wee hours these days, but it’s great.

My work load this evening means that’s about it for the blog tonight. As ever, please follow us on Twitter and Facebook , some more subscribers would be great too. When everybody else has gone to sleep and there’s just my living room light on, the iron or the sewing machine whirring away and sometimes even a few late night re-runs of ‘Sex and the City’ on, it can feel a bit lonely. It’s nice to know that all I need to do is have a look at the comments and subscribers on this blog, Etsy or Facebook and I alleviate the loneliness in one fell swoop. Thank you for the support, this is just the beginning.

Love,
Tab, Ross and Boswell
XxX

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