Monday, March 28, 2011

Future newsletters

Future newsletters will not be posted on my blog, but sent to my email customer list only. Should you wish to receive them, you will need to email me requesting to be put on my customer list.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those people who have rung, sent emails,cards,  flowers, or visited the shop and given me some custom after my 6 week absence.
The shop isn't quite fully organised as yet due to some physical limitations I've had recently, but it's starting to look good.It is good to be back in my old place- such is the sentimental attachment I have to it.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

shop scheduled re opening

Li’l Bloke’s :-Update to reopening.
I have to change my scheduled re opening date from Friday of this week to hopefully Wednesday 16th.This is due to 2 reasons.
1. The carpet goes down in the three back rooms on Friday so a lot of things are just piled in the main shop with nowhere to go, and the 2nd  storage facility is to be emptied and stock returned to the shop on Tuesday.
2. I have been a bit hampered due to an op on my leg yesterday so am unable to put things back in place just yet, so it would be unfair to have anyone else working in the shop with things absolutely everywhere.

Please let everyone (you know) know that I am/will back at 163 View St with all the same contact details. I am quite excited about the new look the shop will have.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

February 2011 newsletter

Li’l Bloke’s 163 View St Bendigo 3550
Hours: Monday- by appointment, Tues- Fri 10-5, Sat 10-2, Sunday- closed
Contact: Ph/fax 03 5443 9195   For overseas customers 61 3 5443 9195
February 2011 Newsletter:- March 3rd - better late than never !!!
The big news is, after emptying out the entire shop due to the water (and mud) throughout, waiting 3 weeks for solicitors to produce a lease, much frustration hard work & soul searching, I have decided yesterday to
relocate” back to my existing premises.
There is heaps of cleaning to do, and of course getting my stock back from several storage facilities, painting shelves etc, but I hope to be able to operate (albeit in a limited form) by Friday 11th.
Please check my blog for any change to this date.
New.. Fabrics :-was hoping to have these on my blog....hopefully soon
Fa la la la la- fat ¼ bundles
Countdown to Christmas- available in jelly rolls and layer cakes- colourful & delightful
“Sunkissed” available in jelly rolls layer cakes and matching yardage- lovely pale summery fabrics
Masquerade- in both red/white and black/white- 3 designs- birds, ladybirds and flowers
 “Where the Wind Blows by Rosalie Quinlan:fat ¼ packs of 15 pieces@ $70.40 – to be used in Vignette 2 (now  in stock) put in your order. - these fabrics are quite a departure from my usual stock. Very fresh and will suit the young at heart.
New .. Books:-
“Tis the Season” great Christmas ideas
Vignette Issue 2 by Leanne Beasley :- contains more of her mystery quilt “Vignette in Stitches” ( over 8 issues) $17.95 per issue

Workshops I currently hold local workshops on Wednesday evening which are suited mostly to locals. It’s “an anything goes” type workshop with the 6 participants most likely doing 6 different things. I am prepared to take workshops elsewhere. Please contact me if your group would like me to take one.
New Mystery: “Picnic Time For Bears”  Kit price reminder:- Australian price:-There will be 5 stages each priced at $68.95 (No charge for p&h) = $344.75 overall. Overseas price:- $62.70 per stage + p&h ($313.50 overall + p&h)
Tip for this newsletter: Buying fabric:
So often people come into my shop wanting to match fabrics to finish off a project...and yes they come without a sample of the fabric they need !!!! Don’t cringe !!! You are not alone. Most people do it. If other shop owners are like me...and I am pretty sure they are...they would know as soon as they see a sample whether they stock that fabric. It’s so much easier to show it and ask, than you browsing and not seeing the fabric when it could be there after all.
Help at hand......Something I did before I had a shop was to have a little fabric journal where I kept a sample of the fabric, how much I bought, and where I bought it. Made things easy....but don’t wait years !!!
Another idea is to photocopy the fabrics for a particular project onto a sheet and take that with you when purchasing fabric.
****** Tips for the next newsletter. Interested in submitting any?*****
The best tip will  earn the “donor” a $20.00 voucher at the shop. Please submit before the end of March.
Don’t forget your Li’l Bloke’s $10.00 gift voucher in last month’s newsletter..still valid
To be used for purchase of fabric, waddings, braids, laces & trims & Li’l Bloke’s patterns only.
Minimum purchase $30.00, and one per customer only.
Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer or discount.
Not redeemable for cash, sale items, BOMs,or lay-by payments.
Voucher must be presented in the shop, or emailed/sent with your order.
Future emails: 1. Should you have a friend who you think might like to be on my mailing list, please feel free to forward this on, then if they  email me I will have their email address.
         2. If you do not wish to receive further emails please contact me also.