Sunday, October 23, 2016

Swap Tree

 I've had a swap re-think this year and made a Swap Tree to show off all the handmade loveliness as it gets posted to us :-)
 All the tree-making credit goes to John - I knew I wanted a tree-that-was-like-a-poster-I-can-hang-things-off...and I knew what it should look like, and then John was super smart and worked out how to make it perfectly :-)
 The background fabric is my favourite Cool Yule fabric...the tree is Apple felt, and the lengths of  mini-tree-garland work perfectly as an anchor to hang the decorations off
 The first swap decorations arrived with yesterday's post and look great on the Swap Tree :-)
Full swap details are here
and there's a photo album on our Facebook page which will have more details on the swap's progress and the decorations received

Friday, October 21, 2016


We no longer have our pop-up shop.
 We opened our shop space when the Custom's House opened it's doors (Easter 2015) and we stayed waaaay longer than we initially thought!  Yesterday we cleared everything out  (I say we, but mostly it was John's hard work)
We shall miss our little cave shop (the curved ceiling made us nickname it the cave) but after 18+ months we decided it was time to close the doors and move on - we've loved having a retail space,  but after we moved house last year (we used to live opposite The Customs House) we couldn't get there as often as we wanted to to keep it all clean & tidy and fully stocked up - and you know how we work - if we can't do it properly then we won't do it at all.
We want to say a BIG thank you to all our regular pop-up shop customers .  We only ever met a handful of you whilst we were there tidying/stocking up  - but those we did meet made it even more fun :-)

Saturday, October 15, 2016

NEW fabrics NEW fabric felts (and unicorns!!)

 I LOVED the vintage-y colours of this brand new collection when I ordered fabrics in April...there's just something about Mustard and Charcoal that makes me smile :-)
 The co-ordinating patterns are gorgeous too...little triangles...
 ...and diamonds too
 The florals come in Large and Small scales
 I think the small flowers will be a big hit with our Fabric Felt fans!  These flowers are on a red background but it goes so well with our coral felt - scrummy!
 The second new collection is called Princess Dreams and is SO's bright and cheery and there are unicorns, rainbows & toadstools!!
 It's girly, but not too girly
 The Frog Prince's are CUTE
 it's ALL cute!
As always our fabric ranges are available as fat quarters,  half metres & meters AND as fabric felt too :-)
All these can be found in the what's new section

Thursday, October 13, 2016

chrystal white glitter

 Our original white chunky glitter is called snow white because it has pinky/lilacy tones to it but we kept getting asked for chunky white white.... I got some in!  This white is called Chrystal White and it is white with tones of silver....
...all the better for making snowmen or Santa's beards this Christmas :-)
We're keeping both whites in stock because they are really quite different :-)

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

new jars

All my drawers are FULL (aaahhh) and I was fed up with old cardboard boxes and grip seal bags holding some of my packeted stock SO I got John to measure the gap under my button shelves and I found the perfect size jars to fit in there (even better that the jars match completely)
It looks so much better :-)

Sunday, October 09, 2016


Our 10th Birthday Free Prize Draw winners have been picked!
Each winner wins £100 of paper-and-string website credit to spend as they wish :-)
 Entries were received throughout our 10th birthday month (September) and there were four ways to enter: commenting on our birthday blog post, commenting on our facebook post, making one of our free templates & sending in a photo AND placing an order on the website (the order number was entered every time £15 was spent)
 I slightly underestimated how long it would take to copy and paste, print, cut & fold over 1100 entries!!
 After a BIG shake of the button jar John pulled out FIVE winners....
 Well done Ladies :-)
Please contact me to claim your prizes

Monday, September 26, 2016

A surprise for me!

For all those who don't see our Facebook page here is a copy & paste of the post John wrote this morning:
"Secret post" Hello world of crafters. John here for my first ever post on paper-and-string's page. Sarah doesn't know about this (so I expect a mix of joy and "WHAT have you done?") and will only find out when she reads this post. We are not only celebrating paper-and-string's 10th anniversary but this comming weekend is also Sarah's Birthday. To celebrate I have booked a secret weekend away so that means we will be closed for a long weekend.
The shops will still be open but we won't be posting orders out between Fri 30th Sept and Monday Oct 3rd
So if you want your order posting before we go please order by 9am on Thurday, orders received after that will be sent out on a "first come first served" basis when we get back (I hope that makes sense) Happy crafting. John.

How amazing is that?? amazing & sneaky I say ;-)
So we will be away for 4 days - if you need an order posting before we go please do it asap (last orders 9am Thursday this week) any orders placed after that will be sent when we come always we will send out in the order we receive them :-)