Well, I think it's fair to say that spring has arrived in Kent. It's about four weeks early but the daffodils are in full bloom already. Of course, the weather could give us another cold blast before we can say winter is really over but I'm enjoying the sunshine while it's here.

Last weekend I was at the trade show in the NEC, Birmingham. It's a great opportunity to check out the products from the major suppliers and to renew acquaintances. For the moment I just have a few items to add to the website but more is on the way including new dies from a Dutch company. They should be here very soon and I'm already thinking about designs and projects for them.

One of the crafts that are growing in popularity is needle-felting. It doesn't need a lot of equipment or space and can be quite addictive. There is something quite calming about moulding and teasing wool into the shape of a cat or bird. (Although those needles are awfully sharp). Anyway, we picked up a couple of 'How to..' books from SearchPress and these are on the website. They have very clear instructions and photos and are good if you want to have a go at needle-felting or just want some ideas.

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needle felt teddy bear

Other things we have added to our stock are:

Stix2 Extra Thick Clear Acetate which can be used to make your own stencils or use as a clear card blank. 

Round foam pads in addition to the usual square ones.

Self-adhesive hook and loop discs. The hook discs and loop discs are in separate packs so you may need to buy one of each, depending on your project. 

And stainless steel pins which are so useful for stoppering glue nozzles as they won't rust. 

On the creative side, we have some mini-stencils and beautifully detailed rubber stamps from Creative Expressions and we've added to the range of Distress Oxide Inkpads - Broken China, Chipped Sapphire, Rusty Hinge and the rather lovely Crushed Olive.

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