Thursday, April 27, 2006

Long Time No Blog

Well it has been a while since I have entered any new information in this blog (which I know will frustrate my web master Bruce), however time has been a major factor.

So what has been happening at Brackleberry Gully?
* The new Raggaberry Annie collection' is now finally completed and ready for sale.

* A new range called 'Bubbleberry Sundae Collection' is in the production phase. This range gets it's title from the colour palette used. Lots of delicious raspberry coloured pinks, mint greens, and pale lemons. The colours that remind you of an ice cream parlour.
The range includes a lovely wall hanging called 'sisters' that introduces Tessie -Ann and Bessie-Sue. These two new members of the brackleberry gully gang are just adorable with their lopsided spectacles, wild hair attempting to be tamed with bows haphazardly arranged in their tresses, undone shoelaces and baggy clothes. You won't be able to help but fall in love with them.
Another design is called 'sweethearts' and is a lovely big cushion which features Tessie - Ann and her beau Billy surrounded by a garden of flowers and love hearts. These two delightful characters both wearing cute spectacles will invoke the romantic in you.
Other patterns are in the planning stage and will be announced at a later date.

* Another exciting project underway is the production of a catalogue on CD that will enable prospective retail outlets to view the patterns in PDF format.

So all in all it has been a very busy time at Brackleberry Gully.... which is good but frustrating as well as there just never seems to be enough hours in the day to do everything that I want to do with this business.

Until I talk to you again take care.

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Sunday, February 12, 2006

Raggaberry Annies
Raggaberry Annies are Brackleberry Gully's version of the ever popular Raggedy Ann doll. Brackleberry Gully have created a range of patterns featuring Annie and all her raggaberry friends. There is a couple of wall hangings, a cushion and a bell pull.

Raggedy Ann:- John Barton Gruelle ( a political cartoonist) found a dusty, faceless and long-forgotten rag doll in an attic. He took the doll and after drawing a new face on her, presented it as a gift to his daughter Marcella, and named her Raggedy Ann.

He soon saw how this soft and floppy doll, with the red yarn hair and blue and white dress, became the favourite toy of his daughter and believed that all little girls would feel the same. John sent a hand drawn illustration of the doll to the US patent office. Patent # 47789, dated 7th September, 1915 was issued.

John than had stories he had written about the adventures of Raggedy Ann and her brother Andy, two toys that spring to life when Marcella leaves them alone. The stories of their mischievious adventures were published in 1918.

Raggedy Ann, with her cheery nature, perpetual smile and bright-eyed enthusiasm has captured the hearts of many over the years. She remains an eternald symbol of all that is good. Brackleberry Gully are just as captivated by Raggedy Ann and hope that you too will love the Raggaberry Annie patterns they have created due to be released later this month.

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Sunday, January 15, 2006

January - Poem of the Month

Little Bits of Fabric
Little bits of fabric
Sewn into a quilt
Form a warm and loving blanket
From which memories are built.
And when you seek peace and comfort
In the quiet of the night
It will keep you warm and snug
Until the morning's light.
(Author:- Unknown)

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Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Welcome to the New Year

Well it's 2006 and a Happy New Year to everybody!!! At the start of each new year we take stock of where we are and what we want to achieve during this year. We set goals (some are realistic and others are not). Some goals will be achieved and others will be forgotten within a matter of days or weeks.

At Brackleberry Gully, we've been doing just that. Setting goals. The main goal is to promote the website area of the business, to generate more interest and to provide our customers with a quality service that gives them what they are after.

The other goal is to finish developing the mountain of design concepts that are sitting on my drawing table and to publish them. The ideas seem to come faster than they can be created at times.

The final goal is to establish a friendship club via the website. More on this topic later as the project gets further developed.

So lets hope all the goals that we've set are reached and that 2006 is a great year for everybody.

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Thursday, September 08, 2005

New Website

Finally, after many, many months and with the brilliance and patience of Bruce (webmaster) the Brackleberry Gully website has finally gone live.

We are in the process of adding more content all the time.

Having a website and web based business is both exciting and frightening at the same time. However, I believe we have created a unique site which is very user friendly, and offers consumers something a bit different from other craft sites.

Plans are underway to include free stitchery and patchwork designs, a regular newsletter, mailing list and to establish a friendship group that offers excusive designs to it's members.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Brackleberry Gully Is In Business

Well, Brackleberry Gully ( a stitchery and quilting design business) is finally up and running.

It has been a dream of mine to become involved in the craft industry for many years.

Finally after many months of designing, sewing and producing the dream is becoming a reality.

In it's first week three Brisbane craft retail outlets have added Brackleberry Gully patterns to it's shelves.

Member's of the Gateway Craft Guild have made many favourable comments about the designs.

Perhaps the most exciting news of all is that The Quilter's store at Auchenflower are taking 100 Brackleberry Gully patterns and 5 quilt samples to the Brisbane Stitches & Craft Show next week. It will be very exciting to see samples of my designs on display at a major craft convention.

As a part of a promise I made my webmaster I will be posting more often.

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