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  1. Well what a busy couple of month's I have had, not complaining though as this is the way I love it. It does mean the ideas I have had for new designs have had to be put on hold for a while but they will keep.
    My products are now being sold in Australia so 'Made by Debbie Howe' has now made it worldwide. It will be interesting to see how different, if any, the wedding tastes are over there.
     
    My garters are out selling any other product on my site. There used to be a time when it was mainly blue garters I was selling but nowadays I am getting all sorts of colours ordered. Orange and purple are very popular colours at the moment.
    I introduced some new ones using Guipure lace at the beginning of the year and they have gone so well that I am going to start buying in some more different laces. Hopefully should have some different designs delivered next month.
    I've also never used so many Swarovski rhinestones before. My supplier must be very happy with me at the moment!
     
    I've also added some more garter designs that have not been personalised and these are going very well, especially this one-
    Organza & Lace Garter 
    It's been so popular that I am going to start making with different colour ribbons.
    And don't forget that any of the designs can have the little 'sixpence in a bag ' added.
     
    Right that's enough waffling for now, must get some work done.
     
    Happy Sunny Saturday everybody
    Debbie xx
     
  2. This is a special ordered finished for a customer yesterday.
    I was really pleased with the look of the swarovski rhinestones against the purple ribbon, stunning effect.
    May try making a white one with just a touch of blue on the front of the garter. Pictures of a white one will follow soon.
    But for now this is the garter made with purple trims.
     
     
     
  3. Well I've just had a delivery of some new organza ribbons including a roll of black. So in the next week or so I will be listing new black garters. I'll also be using it on my football garters as they are selling well with the black lace on and it will be great to offer a choice of lace or organza.
    I think the black against some of the new swarovski crystals I have ordered will look stunning too, Im looking forward to making them.
    I'll add a picture on here as soon as I've made them.
     
    Debbie x
     
    I'm very pleased with the result!
  4. This is a new design I am now making.
    The garter can be made in white or ivory and the embroidery and ribbon can be in any colour.
    On the front of the garter is the new surname of the bride which is also a little pocket which holds a silver sixpence. In the centre of the double bow is a gorgeous Swarovski AB Crsytal Love Heart, I also have blue crystals if preferred.
     
  5. Wow, what a lovely sunny start to the day it is today, I do hope it continues through the week but sadly after hearing the forcast I don't think it will.
    I'm going to make the most of it today and get out in the garden for a while. Lots of tidying up to do and I will no doubt be helped by Bailey my Labrador. Although to be honest he tends to create more of a mess, if he's not trying to get hold of my gardening gloves he will be digging unwanted holes, love him to bits though, the manky dog.
     
    Then this afternoon I have a huge amout of cutting out to catch up on. My football garters are proving very popular at the moment so I've got a few of them to embroider.
    I'm hoping to purchase a new embroidery machine soon, once I decide which one to get. The new one will be able to embroider over a much wider space so will be able to create a whole new range of products.
    I've just ordered some new designs in the swarovski crystals, hopefully they should be here in the next week or so.
    I've got some pendants coming which I am planning to use on the front of the garters. Just a bit different to what I normally use.
    My new sixpence garters are going well so I am going to be thinking up some more designs for them.
     
    Right off to work I go.
    Enjoy your sunny Sunday everybody.
     
    Debbie x
     
    Bailey Jan
     
    This was Bailey's contribution to 'helping' in the garden.....stealing the dustpan & brush!
     
  6. I'd like to tell you about a great site I have come across via my facebook fan page  http://www.crystalweddingboutique.com
     
    Joy-Louise has some stunning products which are quite different to other designs I have seen. Crystal wedding Boutique
     
    She makes all of  her beautiful things and is a fellow Swarovski fan, so if you see something that catches your eye on her site but would like it in a different colour I'm sure she would be able to help.
     
    Crystal Wedding Boutique 2
  7. Another request for customers piccy's. I really want to build my gallery up and so would love any customers to send me some photo's of items I have made. It makes such a difference to see my products 'in use'. It really gives future customers more of an idea of what they look like and also the size of my products.
    So please if anybody has any they could send me I really would be grateful.
     
    Debbie x
  8. What a fab start this New Year has been. Had a bit of luck in buying a new microwave, as in it was priced wrongly and 'they' honoured the wrong price. Got lots of new storage cabinets to match the ones I already have. This house is beginning to look a bit like a storage container warehouse but I do like to be organised though and they are helping greatly.
    Got refunded the wrong price on a pair of jeans to my advantage. Of course I didn't notice until I had left the store.....
     
    I've also ordered lots of new haberdashery and can't wait for them to arrive. Some lovely new lace trimming, including black which I am intending to use for garters. I've a black garter order to make for a customer in Australia so ordered more than I needed to do a bit of experimenting. I'm just waiting for the postman to bring it all now.....HURRY UP!!!
     
    I've also had the busiest January on record for sales, which I am over the moon about and it's only the first week.
    I do hope this year goes by a bit slower cos I've got so many plans for it.
     
    Love Dx
  9. A Very Happy New Year to everybody.
    Hope you all had a great Christmas. It's back to reality now and the hard work begins.
    At least all the snow has gone, although I did read earlier that more was expected in Devon. I really hope not. I just want the winter to go and spring to be on it's way.
     
    While having my Xmas break I came up with lots of lovely ideas for new designs and hopefully I will be trying them out very soon.
    First up is going to be a range of luxury garters. I want to do a lot more bead work, my favourite thing and am working on some new guipure garters with gorgeous beads along the lace. It's very time consuming hand stitching the beads on and I probably don't charge enough for the hours it takes to stitch them on but I do so enjoy doing it.
    Hopefully 3 new garters will be listed later on today and I am also thinking of making a matching ring cushion.
     
    Must dash now......work to do!
     
    Debbie xx
     
     
  10. Well as the title says I got my last orders made up and sent off today and what a relief that was, especially as Devon had snow today with more being threatened tonight. Don't get me wrong I love the snow at the right place and time but having a dog that 'expects' 3 walks a day is like dicing with death on a regular basis when there's snow around. I think I would be better off and much safer buying a sledge and letting him pull me along. I swear if he pulls me over he would carry on going even if it meant pulling me along in the middle of the road face down. Oh what a sight that would be. So snow please go away, I don't want you here yet.
     
    So as I have no more orders to post out this year (although I'm getting a nice pile coming in for next year) I have a couple of days to dream up some new designs, my favourite days.
     
    Oh and I suppose I still have the small matter of not having done any Christmas shopping yet. I have been good and sorted most of the Christmas cards out though. Not sure whether they will arrive in time for Christmas with the post not being good but at least they are on their merry way.
     
    Ho Ho Ho xx