Friday, December 28, 2007
On Christmas afternoon my partner Stuart asked me to marry him. This was entirely unexpected and was the most romantic, understated and perfect way I could have been asked. Upon unwrapping my present I found it to be a sapphire and diamond engagement ring. It is gorgeous. At the risk of sounding extremely cheesy, I wanted to share this great news with the dye studio community and thank Stuart for making this Christmas the most special and happy Christmas I have ever had.
Thursday, December 27, 2007
I am sad, but more worried about my father.
He is a very strong and independant man, but tonight will be difficult for him, when we left him he was being very english and talking about cars he would like to own.
I hope he manages to sleep.
I know you will never read this dad, but I love you.
Monday, December 24, 2007
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Friday, December 21, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
To be back home is like a sweet and distant memory. The farm still as freezing as it has always been, the people still yokels and the air as fresh as cold water. Liverpools tangy air has wafted into my nostrils again and I feel the vibe of the night life crawling in my veins. To drink and dance is to be a student. To spend and laugh is to be drunk. It all leads to one thing in this whirling pool of events and parties that is called...growing up.
I may not be coping too well to begin with but I asure myself next semester will be better. Hopefully! I would like to say it is a pleasure to work and what better place than here, if only I could work here but in liverpool while finishing my course on how to creatively write things woulod be perfect.
This blog holds no exciting or informative infomation and that is on the pure fact that I just sat at the computer and wrote what was rolling in my head, I tried to tell a wee bit of a story but ended up just rambling arse.
To just finish this rant I will say - ta ra for now and don't matress dive down stairs without the matress, (it f* hurts).
yours faithfully miss daisy mae (full of bullocks) perkins
Monday, December 17, 2007
Don't understand why I have to take the photos, stupid camera is playing up, the sky is muddy and the farm dark and damp, so any photo I did take would be of murk.
Bet Angelina Jolie doesn't have to take her own photos.....
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Have been thinking about the blog, i was one of those children who wanted to write a diary and always had a new one every year, would get to the beginning of february and then forget for another year.
Blogs are different as you know other people are out there and sometimes read your ramblings, very good for an exhibitionist.
I have always meant to update every day, but doing shows and day to day business mean I forget constantly. Since I have been writing every day I have found it a lot easier to keep writing.
I don't have an exciting life but like writing waffle and its exciting to me. Next year am going to do some serious jet setting , but of course in a middle aged wool way. Off to Paris in march and a series of summer shows and then we were invited to the Dutch stitch and bitch in the autumn, as yet no date, but still exciting.
And who knows in 2009.
Homer seems to think we could do a world tour, think maybe he is living in cuckoo land.
AND DAIS IS HOME!
Feppy on tuesday I think, the house will be full and noisy again, forgot how loud Dais is!!
Friday, December 14, 2007
Thursday, December 13, 2007
What it really means is Fred and I get a games night, he in his bedroom on-line playing what I have no idea and me on the sofa settling down with final fantasy 10.
I finished 12 a few weeks ago and as 13 isn't comeing out to next year have to start working my way back down the numbers.
I always refused to play 10 in the past as there is far too much video footage and not enough game play, but when you are desperate you have to make do.
10 is awful to play after 12 which was the worlds most perfect playstation game, but 10 hours in am actually beginning to enjoy it.
All this is very sad I know, but I like to give my little boy stories to tell his mates.
Ally Pally was a nightmare, as Fred and his mate were also playing 12 at the time, I had nearly caught them up - not good for their street cred, but fantastic for mine.
I knew they would be putting gaming hours in to beat me to the end, as it was they didn't and I spent Feppys 21st in Islington talking to some of her grown up-mates about the FF12 and the fact they were playing and I was miles ahead of them - even more street cred for me - :-)
Home time now - off to warm up the playstation, hopefully one of us will surface long enough to get the pizza out of the freezer - please don't tell Homer, he strongly disaproves of junk food. But he has forgotten the obsession he used to have making Lara Croft jump around and crawl down tunnels.
Have had some fab sales ideas, starting from january we will have one type of yarn on special sale offer each month, don't know how long it will last. I guess until we forget to do it or we run out of wool.
You will have to wait and see what januarys special will be - :-)
And talking about wool I have a nice new batch to dye next week, can't remember what I ordered but know its DK, could be 15 kilos, could be 20 or even 30!
Have made Heidi to promise not to let me dye so much green and blue next week, but I do get carried away by the magic indigo vat.
Todays featured movers are
MAIA Spun Silk
MIRAGE - Merino/Tencel DK
Oh and I almost forgot - I almost have a kitchen ceiling - yipeeeeeeee
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Heidi and I make a superfast listing team, maybe we should take it up proffesionally - :-)
Gushed and gone forever from ebay are..........
Ariel Lace weight Silk Flamme
The 2 ebay shops seem so empty, but the new site shop looks fantastic, could spend hours looking at the pretty pictures - I am easily pleased - :-)
Off home now to see what the delightful Homer has cooked tonight, yesterdays salady type thing was guacamole which was 50% raw garlic - poor Heidi - I had to eat mints (and biscuits) all day.
And apparently I now have a kitchen ceiling, has only be missing for a couple of years, when it used to be my kitchen and not his.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
Am not happy with ekm, when I phoned they knew who I was and obviously blamed it all on me, must be the middle aged woman syndrome again.
Talked to condescending boy who of course talked down to me.
Of course I am past my prime and usefulness to the world and being a 18 year old boy he knows so much more than I do.
Just wish they were all like my 17.5 year boy, I know I am his mummmmmmy but he doesn't treat people that way and he is such a sweetheart, according to his college lecturer is so laid back he is horizontal
Am going to set the big bad stroppy Homer on them, except he is snot boy (man flu) and is probably too weak to move, never mind fingers crossed he has cooked tea or otherwise its frozen pizza again - yummmm
And the trip to homebase was ok, maybe even good.
Homer let me buy a fluffy glitter door wreath and the best christmas cards in the world.
The glitter is pink and feathery with little sparkling lights, am going to take the camera home so I can put a photo on the blog - :-)
The cards will have to wait until we have sent them, but as a clue they are the least christmasy christmas thing I have ever seen - if you have been to homebase you may have seen them and thought why?
Think they were made especially for me and are very very special.
Sunday, December 09, 2007
Had a great time, lots of lovely visitors and I did some dyeing, glad I put my wellies on.
We had a wool sale and will move some of it to our new shop when the bloody thing is working again.
Homer and Heidi did tea making, entertaining and till management, I did queen of the dye room.
Will probably have another one in the summer between shows and advertise properly.
Now off to increase my ebay fees and then a lovely trip to homebase - I hate shopping but homer is insistent, not sure what he thinks we are buying, but to keep him happy I have to look at drill bits!
Lovely ekm service providers failed to tell me their domain name was going to be disabled.
I didn't know until some of my sock girls e-mailed me.
After a long of stroppy e-mails managed to get the stupid boy in customer services to tell me the problem.
So now have a new domain name which will go live tonight or tomorrow.
You would not believe how angry I am!!!!!!!!
I am not really an angry leave that to Homer, who gets hysterical about breadcrumbs on the work surface, you would think after 23 years he would have got used to my mess and mess of our 3 grown up kids. And they are messy!
Feppy has always had a snail trail of paint and glue following her, even managed to get tea on the landing ceiling and covered the lounge carpet in wax - I have never asked how she did it as I really don't want to know...
Any way EKM is going to get "old cow from hell" on the phone tomorrow morning.
And a huge Thank You to my yahoo group for telling me about the problem, without them I would never have known - I am so grateful.
The new domain name is http://www.dyestudiowoolshop.co.uk/
and if it isn't live by tomorrow morning I will have an extra angry in my arsenal
Saturday, December 08, 2007
Haven't done as the building isn't big enough for 100's, but maybe Phil, Heidi and I will have to eat all the cake...................
Friday, December 07, 2007
Not very impressive I know! But typifies the joy of winter on a farm and the pleasure of rural living - :-)Although I did take this last week and being a photoshop whizz managed to paste all the photos together. Its the view from the back of the farm (the horizon is the beach).
Thursday, December 06, 2007
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
I know this is going to sound really sad or even a bit pervy, but I love my wool.
I do all the washing after I have dyed it just because I like to handle it, so next time you get coloured hands you know who to blame!
Especially pleased with dear hang-over DH's comments about how much he enjoys housework!
Have it in writing now and next time I get moaned at for being a messy will quote at him - Incidently he is a lot better chef/cook than I am, makes to die for Thai - :-)
So thank you, thank you, thank you - :-)
here she is http://www.thenaturaldyestudio.com/aboutus.html
Along with the rest of us, will update my photo soon I promise.
Am allergic to something and now have a beetroot face instead of a purple one.
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Heidi was a bit cautious of me appearing on the blog in full technicolour, said she was worried about the paparazzi flocking to the farm.
So for you Jen - I have scanned my head.
And tomorrow maybe I can persuade Heidi that we will probably be safe if I put my photo on the blog.
Then of course it has to be a bright sunny day to get the full ultra violet effect.
Friday, November 23, 2007
I now have purple hair, I don't think it looks purple as its rather dark, but Heidi says under the light it is ultra violet.
Trouble is my face and hands are purple too and I was wearing gloves - am such a messy!
Not sure if it makes me look like a sad middle aged woman trying to be trendy or not.
Will get some photos over the weekend, when my face is clean.
A- complaining about how expensive my yarn is
B - complaining that hand-dyers don't dye their own yarn as it is all done in factories.
Wish I was a member of the forum where I could tell them that.......
A- MY YARN IS EXPENSIVE BECAUSE I ONLY BUY THE BEST QUALITY WHICH IS EXPENSIVE AND IT COSTS A LOT MORE TO DYE WITH PLANTS THAN NOT, SOME OF MY DYES COST £6 FOR 25GMS AND A DYEBATH NEEDS 100GMS.
B - I DO ALL MY DYEING AND ITS NOT DYED IN A FACTORY (UNLESS YOU COUNT THE FARM AS A FACTORY).
I would also tell them if you want to spend less money, go ahead and buy cheap nasty yarn that A- the only animals it has seen are the ones the lorry passed on the way from factory to yarn seller.
B - not only is it synthetic but also a potential pollutant due to the various stages it goes through been made.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
But this morning after shouting at the huge flock of geese that flew past my bedroom window (I am not a moring person and to be fair they were making a horrible noise) I watched the sunrise over the sea and it struck me as to how empty the landscape is.
My house backs onto the salt marshes and about half a mile across the marshes is the North Sea.
The marshes are flat and green or grey on a rainy day, its all so flat I can't actually see the sea, only the houses on the beach that mark the waters edge.
Thinking about walking on the marshes the sky is huge, almost comes right down to your feet, so maybe I do notice the sky after all.
Monday, November 19, 2007
One who lived in London all her life insisted we were driving from Suffolk to London the wrong way, and I when started to argue back she stated that I was being bloody minded and didn't know what I was talking about.
To the lady if she ever finds my blog and moaning I would like to say
"I was born in Ipswich, have lived in Suffolk all my life and no one I know (neither freind nor family) thinks the way to Ipswich is up the M11"
The other who visited the farm told me I didn't know how to use certain dyes properly and then looked down her nose when I said I refused to use extracts as they are a waste of time and an wasteful process. She then said I was a purist and should move with the times, this from a woman who was at least 25 years older than me!
I am not an expert but I dye almost every day of my life, I know within reason which dyes will do what, and how, and when. They all have their characters and even if I am still dyeing at 100 I will still not be an expert as I will be learning new things about them every day.
Just imagine how much I have to moan about when I have 15 kilos of wool to wash - which I expect will be tomorrow - poor Heidi!
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Friday, November 16, 2007
Have been trying to trendy up the website all day, after all we are very trendy down here in our muddy field and crocs wellies, now I can't remember which page I have done or even what I have done
So am going home early because my brain is full of snot.
Am going to drink single malt (its in the rules if you have a cold) and play the PS3 either until my hands fall off or DH comes home and moans a lot
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
4 magazines, 1 big foreign show organiser, 1 UK show organiser etc etc
Does that make me an important person too?
Plus all the normal "I don't know how to answer" mails, the ones that make me scream and run around the office, half the time I don't understand the question let alone be able to come up with a coherant answer.
I like to think of them as "Daisy questions", she has been harassing her bank for several months trying to get some money transfered, I am not sure what she was asking, but now the bank have kindly suggested she finds a new bank - poor Dais........
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Again it was great to meet you all and lots of familiar faces.
It was a tea cosy day and to every one I promised new cosies too, like a good ex-brownie I promise to do my best to get them in the shop this week.
(Of course that is unless we have another flood scare!)
Very, very tired.
Off to visit my darling mother and then will settle down with final fantasy 12 and a bottle of wine. (football permitting)
Thursday, November 08, 2007
It sounds so pompous and grown up.
But the entire statement is totally true, maybe I am pompous and grown up after all?
Saturday at i Knits Stitch & Bitch day, hopefully will see lots of lovely customers - :-)
Finished the dyeing on sunday, poor Val had about 30 kilos to wind this week, think she broke down yesterday with the cobweb (which she hates), had a anti cobweb block.
Hope she can manage to finish it..................
Knitting group on tuesday night was empty, just Heidi and I and off course lots of chocolate biscuits, which we are struggling NOT to eat, of course failing dismally.
Not sure what to do about knitting group, there is no point if no one comes.
Will leave it up on the site and remove the page next month, as the last date is december.
I suppose its because we are so far away from the real world, that no-one wants to brave the cold or forest.
Concentrating on cosies for i Knits, hope they don't dissapoint, maybe will try and get Pomme Too cosy pattern written. Have to finish the cosy first.
Heidi says I am obsessed with it, trying to get the pom poms in the right place, they have been on, off, on off all week......
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
I am not sure if its a good idea, do people want tea cosy shops?
Made a lovely new banner to go in the shop, am very pleased with myself, had a long hard fight with photoshop (again!) still can't do layers, but am becoming really clever at avoiding them.
So here is the url
Its not very full, but at present its all I have to offer the world, maybe if we don't sell all the cosy kits at i Knits thingie at the weekend we will have more.
Off to look at clothes and cheer myself up.
DH says its because I am always wet due to being a messy while dyeing.
BUT I HAVE BRIGHT PINK CROCS WELLIES
A total fashion statement for the under 10's.
My wellies should stop me getting colds!
Saturday, October 20, 2007
A show in Paris, Wonderwool, the Woolfest, Fibrefest and then back to Ally Pally next year with a bigger stand and more tea cosies...
Guess I don't get a dyeing rest afterall!
It was fantastic to meet so many of you, I really enjoy the shows, means I get to leave the farm and talk to real life people rather than the wool.
Tea cosies were such a huge hit I am opening a shop attached to the website, can't wait to unveil some of the new designs, now have huge list of test knitting volunters which is fantastic as am designing like mad
The showroom looks like a tip, some of the remaining stock still hasn't been unpacked.
Need to get back to the chaos - where do I start?
Maybe I could make my life easier and find a nice job where weekends and holidays happen or maybe I should carry on doing what I love and forget that I work a 12 hour 7 day week.
Monday, September 10, 2007
If you break down on the way to Moors Farm they also have a recovery lorry, the phone number is 01394 411055.
Heidi told me how mean she was, so I thought you might like a bit of free publicity.
p.s As you may have noticed Daisy's car has made it down to the farm and either will need to be put down or mended before she comes back at christmas, will send Phil round to talk to you.
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
Day 3 - Chur, Switzerland to some where on the border with Italy
Somewhere in the Swiss Alps
Top of the pass, scared DH, one of my aimbitions was to drive the zoom over the Alps, got rather good and fast at it by the end of the day.
Hotel - who knows where, on the Italian side of the San Bernadino pass.
Day 5 - St Aygulf, French Riviera, spent many happy days here as a teenager.
Day 6 - The hypermarket at Le Foux (near St Tropez), Stocking up on a few bottles of wine.
Day7 - somewhere in France, forgot to take a hotel photo, who knows where we were?