Sunday, 20 June 2010


Good evening to you all. It has been a very eventful weekend. Yesterday was the official opening of my store JAZZLIN DESIGNS. Unfortunately the weather was terrible, and i'm sure it put off a few customers from venturing out, but still I had a nice day meeting some new crafting ladies. I have had a positive feedback with regards to the sensational sweet pea stamps that I am selling instore and I feel sure everyone will love them as much as I do by the time I have finished promoting them!

It was also my birthday today. At forty five years, I have finally taken a risk in my life, and I have to say as nerve racking as it is, it is also very liberating. Okay, it might not work out but in the process I am meeting lots of lovely people, and its giving me some life experience, as they say better late than never!! I had almost forgotten what it is to be anything other than a mum or wife, I have lost in essence my own identity, maybe this will help me re-find it. I know don't want to run my own shop forever, but maybe while running the shop, I will get some answers as to what direction I do want to take my life in.

Over the past three weeks since venturing on this journey, I have had such positive feedback from friends in blogland, and it has made me feel very humbled by your encouragement and kind words. I want to thank you all. You will never know what a difference your words have made to me.

So once again, I am rambling, bet you havn't missed that!! Now on with the reason for my posting, my little craft haven.

Finally Friday I managed to put up my bunting with the words JAZZLINS appliqued on it. Unfortunately you can not see very clearly from my rubbish photos on here. I am absolutely thrilled with it, thank you so much Lesley for making it for me. I just LOVE it! I have a host of very talented friends!!

So here you have it my little summerhouse! Welcome, and please come in ...........

I do not have much storage in here, so I have had to make use of every bit of wall space I can. There are more cup hooks up here that B & Q have!!!!!

As you all know I'm totally rubbish with my photo taking, but I have done my best to show you what I have inside my little store. It is not a huge shop, and I can't stock everything I would love to, but I can I hope offer that personal touch to my customers and I can order in much more than I have on my shelves! Have the fabulous cosmic shimmer range in, which I can't wait to play with, please contact me if you are interested in purchasing any of these fabulous products. Also stocking the fabulous martha stewart punches. Anyone interested im selling the border punches for £14.75 and the deep border punches for £18.99. The large latice heart or butterfly for £15.99 and the corner punches for £13.99.

My little colourful chest is full of double sided satin ribbons and handmade flowers. You can never have enough ribbons and flowers can you?

Have the basic collection of pro markers (8.99 a pack), and of course a selection of the fabulous Sweet Pea stamps.
My daughter taking charge of the money!!! she is expecting a share of the profits, I think she will have a long wait!!!!
More ribbons, 25 meter mixed packs for just £2.99 or 2 packs for £5.00 also have organza ribbons in the same deal. Can I tempt anyone???

I am awaiting stock of the fabulous distress ink pads, will be selling them at a price of £ £4.50 each or any 10 for £40.00. Also available distress ink refills and alcohol inks.

If any of you wonderful ladies get chance to visit me please be sure to say hello and introduce yourselves. I have already had a visit from the lovely Leigh (Charity Crafter) and Angie (waving at you ...) Hope to meet up with a few more of you wonderful ladies too.

So i've kept you all long enough. Just before I go, thank you to all you lovely friends who have sent me birthday cards and gifts, I will try and get round to emailing you all individually over the week. Your thoughtfulness never seizes to amaze me, you truly are the best!!!

Enjoy your evening, lots of love Linda x


Tracey said...

WOW! Linda your shop looks amazing, I am soo jealous lol but I wish you LOTS of luck & I am sure it will be a great success.

Hope you've had a fantastic birthday & have been waited on hand & foot :)

Luv & hugs

kay said...

good luck with your new venture,enjoy,x

Pascale said...

Oh Wow what a beautiful shop it is Linda!!!! Love the bunting and I love the layout. It is like a little craftroom without the mess once you have started crafting LOL xxx. Lovely to see everything. Congratulations on everything Hugs Pascale xxx

Emma (metalicbutterfly) said...


This looks amazing well done hun!
whata perfect setting for a craft shop its just so sweet.....will definitley have to email you on pay day those mixed ribbon packs look fab!

Well done hunni I am so very proud of you

Emma xxx

gina g said...

woohoo good luch to you hunny hope all goes well with your new venture, where about's is your shop?. luv gina xx

downrightcrafty said...

Whoop Whoop for you hun, it looks absolutely amazing and full of those lovely stash bits that all of us crafter like to rummage through and fill our baskets with. Birthday wishes to you too and enjoy your new venture you deserve it
Hugs Kate xx

crafty amy said...

Oh my gosh it looks so cute I LOVE it :D
I can not wait to visit!


Amy xx

Kim Piggott said...

Oh my Linda your shop looks utterly fantastic!
Wishing you every success!
kim x

jackiescrafts said...

Linda your shop looks fantastic, I wish I lived near enough to visit. Wishing you loads of luck in your new venture.

Happy Birthday I hope you have had a lovely day, I'm afraid your card is a bit late but hope it arrives tomorrow or Tuesday

Hugs Jackie x

Anesha said...

Oh wow, Congratulations!!!!! Wishing you all the best with your new shop. Happy Birthday to you and hope you have many more wonderful ones. Hugs Anesha

Emma said...

Wow it all looks amazing Linda, huge congrats and you know I wish you all the luck with your venture.
Happy birthday too hunny, hope you have had a lovely day.
Sure wish I lived closer so I could come and visit.
Hugs Emma x

wandykj said...

Happy Birthday & Congrads on the opening of your shop. It looks amazing!!! Amy & I have a very special birthday gift that we'll be sending your way this week, it will make you smile:) Enjoy the rest of your special day & keep in touch!

Love & Hugs,

Elaine said...

Happy Birthday!!
Oh your little cabin looks amazing. It might not be the biggest shop in the world but I can see from the photos that it's a little treasure chest. I wish I lived closer so I could come and visit.
Good luck and I know you'll be a great success.
Love Elaine xx

Clarky J said...

This looks absolutely fabulous Linda - your shop looks so inviting, fresh and crammed with goodies xx wishing you every success in the new venture and dare we hope for an internet site too for those too far away???

Tracy said...

Linda, i'm wishing you all the luck in the world, and hope it is successful. So glad your finding yourself in all this and it looks like an exciting venture.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Michelle said...

well if I was near you I'd totally be coming by! How sweet - thanks so much for sharing your new little piece of heaven with us. Oh and HAPPY BIRTHDAY - sounds like you've got an awesome present :)

Marlene said...

First - HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Linda!

Second - Congratulations on opening your new store. It looks FABULOUS!!!! I wish you were close by...I would shop there often!

debby4000 said...

Oh a wonderful shop Linda, wishing you lots luck and have a fabulous brithday.

fairymadjo said...

hi hunny,
wow your shop looks stunning hun, i'm sure you are going too do realy well hunny :) very big huggs jo x

Mandy said...

Happy Birthday Linda. Oh hun your shop is fabulous, so many gorgeous goodies, just as well I don't live close I'd be in there for hours lol.
Wishing you lots of love and luck for your exciting venture
hugs Mandy xx

Annie said...

congratulations on your opening! and I'm sure that you will do well. Now I'd be very interested to know which Sweet Pea stamps you are stocking since you got me hooked on them! I'm looking out for some of the earliest winter designs - Winter Berry and Merry Season, as well as Come Softly, Midnight Waiting, Misty Reflections, Forest Blue, Flowing in Blue, Pick a Pumpkin, Autumn Harvest and Not Just a Pumpkin. Not all at once though or the bank manager will have a fit!
hugs, annie x

Ellephantastic Cards and Crafts said...

Wow Linda it looks awesome I so can't wait to visit. You have so much stuff its unbeleivable!
Good luck honey in finding yourself I am 29 going on 30 & I am just starting to feel like I'm finding myself with settling into the ME, crafting & the no baby thing!
I wish you every success honey x x

Mette said...

Dearest Linda
As i have said before it's a shame I don't live any closer - your shop looks delicious.
Wishing you all the best and hope it;s truely a success. Hopefully one day I may be able to get south to visit.

Hugs, Mette


Hi hun x loved your shop and meeting you too! I have popped you on my blog as I think everyone who can, should pop in, as there is the lovely garden centre, farm shop, cafe and other shops as well as the petting farm there too! So the whole family can enjoy where you are x I know I will be a regular x Leigh x

craftymum said...

Your shop looks great. I hope nyou wikll be very succesful. Shame I don't live closer then I could come and have a good shop !!!!

Love sarah XXX

Rebekah said...

Looks amazing Linda! I could sepnd hours in there just lookng at everything! Happy birthday too Hunny hope you had a fab day! Hugs Rebekah xx

Lynne-d-lou said...

Hi Linda
I am really upset I couldn't come to see you at the weekend, but I'm glad it went well. I will definately pop in very soon. Must have a look at your beautiful Sweet Pea Stamps.
Lynne. X ( Creative Expressions)

PattiM said...

Your shop is perfect. Love how you have everything set up. Wishing you the best of luck in your adventure. Looking forward to the web shop and hopefully I'll have some spending money for me by that time.


{Pattie's passion}

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Amy said...

I LOVE YOUR SHOP!! I wish i lived close so i could come see it and you!! Someday i hope my mom and i get a chance to come see you! You are going to love your birthday gift :)
I love the wall of Sweet Pea stamps! I dont own any but i love them! :) i think you will do very well in your lil shop! Congratulations!!
Luv and hugs,

Becky said...

Oh wow linda!! How I wish I was an Essex girl then I could come and hang out in your beautiful Summer House shop!! It looks absolutely perfect hon and I love all the cards you have on display too, stunning!!
Wishing you all the best and looking forward to your mail order beginning!! xx

Mandy said...

Your shop looks amazing..Good luck with everything....
Mandy xx

Simone P. said...

I am so proud of you...if you ever need anything I am just an email away!

Kaz said...

Wow...your shop looks amazing. I WANT those ribbon boxes!! Congratulation on your new venture & wishing you every success in the future.
Kaz xx

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