Making something of nothing.

Faye (Darling Daughter) has just moved bedrooms.  From the tiny attic bedroom on the 3rd floor (that I’d convinced her was just like a Princesses room in the top of a fairy castle) to a spacious double room on the 2nd floor.  The reasons for the move were two-fold; a) she’s nearly 13 and could…

Rabbits or Bunnies

There’s an argument raging in our house.  It’s not serious, I don’t think blood will be spilt and I don’t think it’ll turn feudal but the stakes are high. It’s all down to Rabbits.  We’ve got two gorgeous new additions to our shop and the disagreement is over which will be more popular and which…

A smashing day out!

Following the Etsy webinar on photography it’s been a goal of ours to recreate some of the product shots. Being the collector (a.k.a.hoarder) that I am, it was pretty easy to find bits and pieces around the house to use as props. Feathers were perfect for the Owl and fir cones worked a treat for…

Blowing the marketing budget.

Doing something for nothing is far more fun than splurging out a ton of cash, especially when cash is not an obstacle. I used to have sole charge of the marketing budget in my old job and would think nothing of spending money on magazine adverts, trade shows, sales trips, promotional give-aways, branded clothing and…

Hello, It’s been too long.

Good morning, bet you’re wondering where we’ve been.  Well it’s been pretty hectic here with having family to stay and the Italian family party, or should I say ‘festa di famiglia’, and life in general.  But we haven’t been slacking off too much and have used the time wisely, in between partaking of Aperol Spritzers…

Bella Italia and Bella Etsy

I’m so excited!  We’ve really only just started on our new venture and we’ve received our first Etsy order!!! The gorgeous garden box that Nick decorated with (what seems to becoming our signature) Marguerites and the quip “Gardening is cheaper than therapy… and you get tomatoes” sold only an hour or so after me posting…

A not very inspiring day ☔️

I got caught up in an Etsy conversation about photography last night and whether a plain or coloured background was better to showcase products. I offered the suggestion that a glittery, sparkly, frosty backdrop might be just the idea for some of them, and then I stopped short and thought, why on earth hadn’t I…

All things pretty.

The sun is shining brightly, there’s a thick frost on the ground and a hot coffee in my mug, so it must be time for me to sit down and do something creative. The only trouble is that I have so many ideas, so many projects to start and so many lovely, pretty things to…

Time to Celebrate!

Whoooohoooooo !!!!!!!!!!!!!  Pine Needles and Pins has received its first commission! I can’t tell you how excited we are ☺️ A very lovely lady approached us via our  Instagram account, and asked if Nick would create two seahorses.  Well of course the answer was “Yes!” and with much excitement, he got to work immediately.  Having never attempted…

A working life!

I’m exhausted!! I’ve finally managed to sit down and finish all the listings for our Etsy shop Pine Needles and Pins . I’ve spent all afternoon taking photos, writing descriptions, measuring each piece (in centimetres and inches!!), weighing them, adding them to the shop, adding the links to Pinterest and now blogging about it!  It’s hard work, this…

How much wood could a woodchuck chuck?

Who doesn’t love a romantic day out?  I know I do and when Nick suggested that we went out for the day, I had all kinds of ideas.  Hmmmmm, so did he!  Now I’m not saying that it wasn’t fun, and I’m not saying that it wasn’t interesting but I think I might be stretching…