Saturday, 27 November 2010

My Lovely Brother Machine ! Thanks to getting grants Cumbria Foundation & Routes to Work

Brilliant day yesterday ! another cheque came through the post, so off quick to the bank I went Ive ended up using my overdraft :-( but I know the cheque will clear in a few days so thats ok, the lovely lady in the shop carried it out along with a customer bless, in it filled the boot even had to put the back seats down aswell, ha. It was soon in the house when I got in, rob just managed to carry it in, and within 20mins it was all up and running !

The only thing I would say is dont use cheap cotton, make sure you use embroidery cotton, I need to get some in all colours - ha ha another trip to the sewing shop is needed

And this is where it all started ! lovely cathrine from chamber of commerce carlisle finding this on freecycle - lovely lady xx

I did tweet Kirstie Allsopp, so very nice to get tweeted back, I was excited to show her ! as the programs she does along with channel 4,  just brilliant Kirsties Homemade Its all her fault Im now sewing mad - So you might not see me for a while ha ha ha xx

Just wanted to share this news with you all xx 

With Love Shellybobbins xx 

Thursday, 18 November 2010

A Guest At BBC Radio Cumbria with Mike Parr & Shellybobbins 18/11/10 at 7:22 am

Just click play button and listen if you wish to leave comments I would appreciate it very much

Dont forget your christmas presents and why not have them all hand made, on the left theres a picture which says folksy just click it and it will take you to my lovely shop

With Love Shellybobbins x


Hello everyone and thank you, so nice of you to enter shellybobbins giveaway

The Winners Are:-

Laurie @luludaisy

Lou @bobbity666

Giddy Stuff


Peggy Knits

Susannah Leggatt


Mrs Shilts

Tracey Chorley


please email your address please to 

Dont forget to tell all your friends where you won your paint pots at I do step by step crafting on so pop over and check out my crafting xxx

With love shellybobbins xx

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Open For Business At Last & A Retweet From TheoPaphitis - Dragons Den

Well My goodness what a hell of journey Ive been through since June this year, the  News & Star our local paper are doing a story on me, I went there on Monday night just gone Kelly who did the story carried my heavy vintage machine into the building, one of the desks where cleared and there we set up ! just brilliant out came one of the very first samples of a shellybobbins doll, which I have to say looks nothing like the one Ive done ha ,  I cant wait to put the link on tomorrow, well today ha, It is nearly 2am, Loads of sewing to do tomorrow & of course read the news paper ha.

Well I must tell you about Theo Paphitis you know that I do go on about this #sbs small business Sunday between 5 & 7.30pm every Sunday and you tweet theo with your web link and if your luck on the Monday he will re tweet your information, Well Monday came and had checked my phone a few times but then when it had got passed 11 O'clock I did stop checking, Then I had a tweet saying Well done, I thought I was with opening on Wednesday till I checked AND YES IT WAS MY TURN  I got the RETWEET from THEO FROM THE dragons DEN !! I did scream ha ha
Here's my Re- tween from theo !
Then It did go mad, as when you re- tweet because theo has 55 thousand followers everyone came to follow me too, not 55 thousand !! ha ha ha but my phone notifications never stop with new twitter friends which is amazin, its been so much fun

The main thing is to use this as positive advertising to promote small businesses !
#SBS on twitter ROCKS !
Theo & everyone else that has taken the time and effort to support me, family, friends, husband & both daughters, grants places, James at routes to work PS. please send my cheque lol, Ellen at Cumbria Foundation,  Joanne Miller whos an ambassador for women in business Joanne has offered to help mentor me too. , Alison Marrs ,Cathryn at Chamber of commerce (got me my machine from freecycle really kind lady) Nanny Fi from who invited me to do all the crafting on her site & get my name known - big thank you x, Big thank you to Paul at the singer shop in Carlisle fantastic demo & fantastic £600 discount as Paul wanted to help me, Robbie Dee from CFM who every morning kept me going I did text in a few months ago and he did give shellybobbins such a good plug thank you Robbie x Tony at the Halifax who has been amazin anyone who wants to open a business account go and see him tell him Shelly sent you x Gabriella Buckingham who I became friends with straight away on twitter and helped me so much gabs asked for my story and took it as an example and off she went to see government ministers, she is amazin lady that was another story which if you do want to read it, its on hear too.  When word got out that I really needed a machine one of neighbours came knocking on our door with not one but two very old singer machines and said if you want these take them just lovely people you meet that help you so much, so I just wanted to say thank you x

Love shellybobbins

PS. don't forget to buy on my folksy store ready for Christmas please xxx
Email address for any orders you wish to contact me about x

Saturday, 13 November 2010


Wednesday the 17th November

It seems like forever ! Ive worked so hard to be self employed, research, grants, courses, it seems like only yesterday being made redundant, (2nd of June 2010) so glad it was me I'm thinking now smiling with a twinkle in my eye ! thanks ex-boss and I really do mean that.

My folksy shop will be open as of Wednesday 9am so please pop by and have alook at my gifts for Christmas if you would like a child's name, husbands, mum, dad, auntie, uncle, mummy, daddy, gran, nan, grandma, grandad, cat, dog, goldfish, works name, twitter shop name, then yes I can hand write and hand cut out of felt also hand sew, with there being allot of hand sewing alittle extra charge of 50pence per letter on top of the stocking - postage will be extra too, also I will have a gift wrapping service available if required, so don't delay and get your name on the list !
just drop me an email as the list is growing already by the hour !


To enter competition you need to do the following be a follower on my blog also on twitter and also a fan on my facebook page which I will post the links at the end so don't worry, you need leave a comment on my blog to enter and with every entry left as a comment on my blog I receive and email from the emails I will  pick the winners randomly they will receive a set of three children's paint pots each !! these are great for young children as they have lids too !!! you can use them for paint or water its great having them with lids as it does cut down spillages

10 sets to give away !!

Competition will run from today 13/11/10 at 5pm and end on midnight Wednesday 17/11/10
Winners will be announced on Thursday 12noon on my blog

good luck love shellybobbins

To Buy from my folksy shop there will always be a folksy sign on the top left hand side of my blog, folksy shop link will always be on my facebook page too x

Friday, 12 November 2010


Ive just seen what happened to our lovely red poppys burned on rememberance day - awful, feel really sorry for those hurt by it, dont let them get to you, saying that my eyes just filled up I couldnt believe what i saw

this short WW2 footage is amazin to watch and nice to think all though ive not seen a picture of my great, great grandad and that somewhere in it, he was smiling x my daughters will both be collecting money for rememberance sunday in Carlisle tomorrow, its allys birthday on sunday but she did say rememberance sunday comes first and I know i will be their stood in floods of tears and feel very proud to be BRITISH !

please feel free to leave any comments as I love reading them x

love Shellybobbins xxx

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Movember letter - What is it ? Please support our twitter friend

Movember letter
Movember  2010
Why am I doing Movemeber ?
I am doing it to help fight Cancer, this time it’s to help fight Prostate Cancer.
Tragically, one man dies every hour from prostate cancer in the UK.
I have over the years, lost friends and family to Cancer. It’s a disease that will strike  the Young or the Old, the Fit or the Weak, Male or Female,  without prejudist.
I Support many Cancer funds, my main one being the LIVESTRONG Foundation set up by Lance Armstrong. Lance is the seven times Tour De France cyclist, who found a lump in one of his testicles and by the time he was diagnosed it had spread to his Lungs and Brain.  After major surgery he was able to come back and win the Tour De France a 3471KM Cycle Race.
  He also set up the foundation to help people who are fighting cancer or have a loved one who is fighting it. His goal is to raise awareness and provide help and information on how to battle the disease. This was one thing he personally experienced whilst battling his own fight of cancer.
Did you know?
Currently there are over28 Million people in the world Fighting Cancer.

So how will I support MOVEMBER….
By going from a clean shaven baby face to a furry Tashed top lip, whilst trying to raise money to fight Prostate Cancer….Bring it on!
I myself once found a lump and had to have it checked out. I was numb, the thoughts that ran through my mind were indescribable, waiting for what the Doc is going to say. Mine turned out ok but there are the others out there that get the news “You Have Cancer” it’s for those people that I am doing this.
Thank You for reading and please support.
Dave x
Please feel free to leave any comments
with love Shellybobbins