2020 May

May 25, 2020

The 10th Week of the Covid-19 lock down has started with a Bank Holiday.And it is a lovely sunny Monday just right for working in the garden and planning the future.

EBS Retail

The shop is being moved from beside the tea room to a larger space at the Emporium. This is in readiness to become a agent for The Quilted Bear company and stocking their items.

Also we are working to stock fabrics of various types including Lewis and Irene fabrics amongst others. A staple fabric is Calico at 60 inches wide as well as a good cotton.

This picture is from Lewis and Irene Humming bird collection. The aim is to purchase one collection at a time to build up stocks and see what customers like. The only problem is I will want to keep it all.

 

Eau Brink Studio

I have spent many hours planning what to do with the opening of the studio after what seems like an endless break. And I feel that we need to have an open day full of cake and tea. Just to chat and meet again before we get back to the real business of making fabulous art and of course making a mess.I am looking forward to seeing friends old and new again as it has been 10 weeks and counting.

Depending on what the Government say on Thursday we could be opening again for July. That will take us up to week 15 which will be a good break for safety precautions. My intention is to open on Monday 6th July all being well.

Keep an eye out for social media confirmation for this date as well as further emails.

Progression

Our fortnightly Zoom meetings are a huge success. We love getting together and chatting as well as showing what we have been up to. This has kept us inspired and working towards our goals.We are hopeful that our last exhibition will still be able to take place at Granchester . With this in mind we are planning what we can do to make sure it is a success. To keep up to date with out news just pop over to our Facebook page and check us out. I

And Finally

And finally the 10th week has found me looking around the website for Eau Brink Studio and discussed with my techy guys what we can do to improve it. So over the coming weeks you should see some changes being made.

Also Amazon Handmade is being up dated too and we will have some fabulous new pictures to use for all our on line presence. Including our shop on the website and social media. Can’t wait to see them when they are ready.

Take care of yourselves

Anita

 

 

 

 


May 12, 2020
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Another Week in quarantine at Eau Brink Studio and the weather is like winter now.

Week 8 started with a freezing cold wind  and grey cloudy sky. The fire was lit in the evenings to keep warm. Just like winter time again. The result of this change in the weather was a damaged garden brolly and the felt being ripped off my shed. So urgent repair needed there.

fleeceThe poor sheep had a hair cut the week before when the sun was shining and far too hot for them. But they do not appear to care as still wondering around munching anything they can get to. And I have 4 lovely fleeces to process.

Then back to spinning practice again.

Small holding update

We have been very busy sorting out the animals. The fencing is now all completed and the sheep have access to two areas. Much to the annoyance of the chickens. Who also share the same areas. But they will all settle down I am sure.

We are getting plenty of eggs each day now and the baking has commenced with earnest. That keeps the family happy.

Unfortunately the geese did not manage to hatch their egg. They are off the nest now and back on the pond with the ducks. Such a shame as I was looking forward to seeing the goslings. That reminds me. Those of you who visit regularly will know Tina the brown duck. She is very old now and coming to the end of her days. But she still manages to get about and is eating well. But she does fall over a lot. So we will see how she goes.

The moorhens have hatched four babies who are running around with the parents quite happily. They even go to the chicken food and pinch it.

The Studio

I have had a major clear out in the studio and this week will be no exception. I am planning to get the rest of the unfinished work completed which will free up space. Projects will be moved to the Long Sutton Emporium out of the way.

We have put up a new soap dispenser in the facilities which has a antibac foam hand cleanser in it. We always had paper towels so did not need to make any changes there. Also we have put up a new dispenser with three sizes of disposable gloves in and disposable aprons too. Although we have always had this equipment available it has not always been visible and easy to get to. So now it is.

It is hoped that we can reopen for workshops in the beginning of July. I am going with the government guidelines on this so if we can we will operate with limited spaces in the workshops and insist on customers being sensible and not attending if feeling unwell in any way.

Workshops

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This is how to do it girls

If we can open in July then Alison Hulme workshop may be able to still go ahead. I will discuss this with Alison when she is ready. As we will need to look at numbers and decide if it is safe to run this very popular workshop. Those who have already booked will be notified first  and any other spaces with be advertised nearer the time.

All other workshops are either still running with safeguards in place or have been rescheduled to another time. Check with the website as they will be on there but you may not be able to book as I have closed some of the booking dates.

We are still not taking any bookings until the week commencing 3rd July at this time. But this may change over the coming weeks.

To have a full programme again we are looking at next year now. Why don’t you let me know what you want us to put on? Just email at [email protected] and say who you want to visit as a tutor and what you want to learn. I will contact the tutors and ask them if they can fit us in. We need to act now on this as many are already booking up next year and beyond.

Whats New?

I have spent this time sorting out new packs for the shop and kits which I hope will be ready soon. To find out more keep an eye out on the website shop and social media.

There are new cushions in the shop at Long Sutton, New needle cases, cards, and zippy bags just to mention a few.

Fabric, fabulous fabric. I am looking at stocking more fabrics. And of course Jelly rolls. I am not looking for the cheapest but good quality such as Irene and Butler, we will see what I can get. Also a greater selection of threads. Possible Gutterman or Madeira.

There will also be more quilting supplies and lights in the shop so keep an eye out. If you want anything specific let me know and I will get it in for you. Deliveries are now arriving more quickly as more companies return to work.

YouTube

Just a quick thank you for looking at my YouTube channel and for following me on there. This has been a challenge for me as I am not comfortable in front of a camera but I think with each one I am improving a little. You never know I may get the hang of it at some point.

 

Take care and stay safe

Anita

 


May 5, 2020
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Do you realise we are at week 7 already. Well those of us who received letters are.

What a long time but it does not appear to be so long. I have kept busy with clearing out the studio, cleaning the house of course and clearing up the garden.

Very similar to everyone else.

YouTube

I have also started to at long last put regular videos onto my YouTube Chanel.  They are improving each week as I get more confident with being in front of the camera.

So far there are 3 on Gelli plate printing and 3 on Soluble film. The next one will be how to put these elements together to create a piece of art.

VE Day

Week 7 is also the week we celebrate VE day. I am currently making bunting for family members to put on there houses ready for their street parties. Of course they are doing this by using their front gardens to join in due to social distancing. A cracking idea I am looking forward to seeing how everyone manages to party with social distancing. I know of a few people who have managed to continue to socialise over garden walls and fencing with the partitions still in place.

Shop

You would think that due to the weeks I have spent at home that I would have a huge stack of items to sell in the shop. No not a all. I have been finishing items that have long languished in boxes or been tucked away as unfinished items. Some I have given away as have no interest in them.

I have got some great ideas for kits and new products. I am about to join a company as an agent which sells many of the quilting items I love to use. In particular the turn table cutting boards. Different sizes and not only square but circular boards too. They will be in the shop once I can reopen.

I will also be selling lights and scissors too.

Progression

Thank goodness for technology. Our members of the Progression Group have in the last 7 weeks been meeting virtually every fortnight. I is great to chat and see what each member has been up to. We are still working on items for our exhibitions once we can restart them.

It is hoped that Granchester will go ahead but we will see what happens.

 

Workshops

As I eagerly away the governments decisions about reopening  businesses I am in contact with artists who have had to move their workshops this year. So far we have moved Rachel and her pen an ink Drawing class to October. Alison Hulme is the same date unless we cannot open and Amanda Hislop also remains the same date.

The regular workshops are on hold until further notice. I am hoping July they may be able to resume with lower numbers attending to keep us all safe.

Eau Brink Smallholding

What do our animals think of this 7 week safety procedure so far? Who knows but they are getting a lot of attention.

The sheep have been sheared and are all healthy but not happy at being penned in now. The chickens are happy and laying massive amounts of eggs. Only 2 of the cockerels are fighting. And that is because one of them coverts the others house. We will see how that plays out. They are at opposite ends of the fields but that is not stopping our Steve wanting what the little one has.

Two chickens are broody.

The geese are sitting on an egg which we hope will hatch this week. The moorhens has hatched 4 eggs so we have little pompoms running around the garden now.

All that’s missing is a dog. I think I will have to remedy that as soon as I can get out and about.

Keep safe everyone

Anita