Week twooooo! And only a week until Xmas!

Sunday, December 18, 2011
Well this week has been hectic! Not just because I've been doing all your last minute Christmas orders but because I've also been trying to get my Xmas pressies done too!

Plus because you've all been so lovely and supportive I've had to re-stock on fabrics and supplies! So its been busy to say the least!

What do you think of my new emergency re-stocking Xmas Decorations? I must say I'm quite proud of them!

Well I better get back to making and wrapping!

Happy Handmade!

Sophia x


My first week....

Saturday, December 10, 2011
Well first week in the shop... that went quickly! Can't believe it's been a whole week since  I was preparing the shop for the opening evening.

I've gathered a few new supportive customers and my online sales have picked up (must be christmas soon?) so I've appreciated having a bit more space to work and make a mess of!

I definitely feel like I've properly settled in now and most nights I don't even remember it time to go home! I've been busy trying to keep stock levels up and fulfilling your orders.

Thought I'd share a couple things that I made this week. The 'fun' cushion was a lovely addition to my cushion trunk- it gave the shop a splash of bright colour on a dull day. And the Noteboard below was made from some fabric I picked up the other day and instantly loved it! Good old America came to mind hence the blue button addition!

And last night my sister came with me to Stalbridge Late Night Shopping. We brought a few Jessalli wares to advertise our new shop too! It was cold to say the least so thanks sis for bracing the frostiness with me! Was lovely to meet some new locals too!

Well week one was successful I think so fingers crossed it'll stay this good!

Sophia x


Opening Night Sat 3rd Dec!

Hi Everyone!

Bit behind on the blog- been a very busy week!

Just wanted to say thank you to all my friends and family who came to my little opening night gathering on saturday night. It was so nice to see all of you and thank you for being so supportive!

Me with Mum and Dad

It was such a fun night- there was only three cupcakes left and about a sip of mulled wine leftover when we packed up! 

The hustle and bustle- shop doesn't look quite so big now!

Just some of the beautiful flower bouquets I got given!

Thanks again for coming (and buying) so far the shop looks like a successful choice and I can only hope that I can stay here forever- because I love it!

Sophia x

My New Shop!!!!!

Friday, December 2, 2011
Hello Everyone!!

I can FINALLY update you all on what's happening! Im now moved in to my lovely new shop and I'm opening on monday!!!

The Outside nearly finished...

My helpers prettying up the shop...

It's all coming together and I'm really excited. This has been such a dream and I still haven't quite grasped the fact that I actually have a shop yet! But I think it's because I've been so busy!!!

I'll be open from monday so come and see me if you're about.
The address is:
Unit 4, Gibbs Marsh Farm, Stalbridge, DT10 2RU

I'll be open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm 
Sat 9am-4pm!

Thank you to all of you for supporting me since I started this venture!!

love Sophia x


A Stitch in Time...

Sunday, November 13, 2011
Hello Everyone,

Well things are still advancing on the shop side of things. Hopefully I'll be ready for opening in a couple weeks...
We're still sewing away here keeping up with orders and preparing extra stock for the new shop.

Applique Teddy Bear Cushion

A lot of you are planning your Christmas Pressies and have asked us for lots of individual Personalised things. I just hope I get to open the shop in time for those of you who haven't bought from us yet.

Y Front Cushion

Thank you to those of you who joined in at the Marnhull Christmas Craft Fair. It was great fun and thanks to everyone who donated to Marie Curie Cancer Care!

Our Jessalli Stall

Jess' Cakes and Bakes

Buttons, Beads and Bows

Anyway better get back to the sewing machine so hopefully I'll have something to say about the shop next time!

Sophia x


A Little news for you!....

Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Well over the past month, I have been working towards something huge. Planning all day, sewing all night and it has all been towards something I've wanted for years!

In a few weeks I'll be setting up in my own Jessalli Handmade Homewares Shop in Sturminster Newton. I'm so excited about it and really hope it all works out.

I'd just like to say thank you to those of you who have regularly ordered from me over the years and those of you who have helped me with deliveries, markets and stalls. It means so much to me, and it's thanks to you that I've come this far!

I'll definitely keep you all up-to-date with my progress! But forgive me if this blog gets a little bare.

Thank you all again.

Sophia x


Lovely Sale Day!

Sunday, October 9, 2011
Well what a lovely day we had! The Cancer Research Christmas Fundraiser went brilliantly!
Thanks to all of you who came along, bought your Jessalli wares and gifts and joined in the raffle!
My Jessalli Stall

Caroline's Buttons, Beads and Bows

Our Stalls together!

We all had a lovely day and I hope those of you who made it did too. Despite the drizzle there was a good turn out and at least we could all warm up with a cup of tea and a cake!

We'll Definitely do it again next year!

Sophia x


Next Sale Day.....

Monday, October 3, 2011
Hi Everyone!

Our next sale day is this saturday at the Cancer Research Christmas Fair, in the town hall, Shaftesbury.

Its open from 10am so come on down! Last year's was really good so hopefully it'll be just as great this year!

Last years event!

We've been working really hard on some new Christmas products, and some of them will be there on saturday! Christmas products will be available online next week! Rycreation have done some gorgeous things to make the website more festive, so I hope you like it when it's up!

It seems so strange talking about Christmas when we've had all this amazing weather! But I hope to see you saturday for an early festive fair!

Soph x


Hindon ATM

Monday, September 19, 2011
Well.... Hindon was fun!

Those of you who went will know that we had some interesting weather to say the least! Between the rain, hail, showers and clouds I managed to meet a few of you who made it!

Our Stall in a patch of sunshine!

Thanks to all of you who did come between the showers! It was lovely to meet you!

Hopefully we'll have better weather next year!

Sophia x


Cheese Festival 2011!

Monday, September 12, 2011
Hi Everyone!

I had an amazing weekend at the Cheese Festival! Thank you to all of you who wiped my table almost bare!
Hello to my new Jessalli Customers too! Thank you all for your lovely comments! You don't know how much it means to me when you say nice things about what I'm doing!

My table before the sales! It looks so full!

The weather wasn't amazing but i"m so glad we had such a good turnout!

I'm planning the Christmas collection and I hope (when it's ready) that you'll love what I'm doing! I'll keep you all updated!

Sophia x


My First ATM!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011
My First ATM was a great success! Thank you to everyone who came to the stall, bought my things and thanks to the other stall holders for making me feel so welcome!

By the time I started packing up, I had nearly sold all of my stock!! So I've been manically sewing to prepare for the Cheese Festival this weekend!

I know a lot of you have already placed some special orders with me, since we met on saturday! So thank you to all my new Jessalli customers!

A special thanks has to go to my other half though, not only for helping me put up the gazebo, lifting my huge boxes of stuff and doing my tea runs. But for wearing a pink and white shirt to match the stall!! 

I hope to see you all this weekend at Sturminster Newton Cheese Festival!

Soph x



Friday, September 2, 2011

My first Anonymous Travelling Market Tomorrow!

It's along Shaftesbury High Street from 9.30am - 4pm, so please please come see me!

There will be loads of stalls there and lots to see, the butterflies have kicked in already!

Hopefully see you there!

Soph x


Machine Embroidery Mad!

Sunday, August 28, 2011
I've been a bit machine embroidery crazy lately, due to the fact that I've purchased a new foot for my machine which makes my embroidery look extra amazing!

I haven't stopped, I've been writing with it, drawing with it, sketching with it, eating... no not eating.

What do you think of the applique canvas' I've been doing?

I've also been preparing for our first ATM market next week. It's in Shaftesbury on Saturday 3rd September and I hope some of you will be able to make it. I hope it will be a fantastic day! Although I'm still a little nervous!

I'll definitely have some new products with me though- so do come see!

See you there!

Soph x


NDRFC Help for Heroes Fundraiser

Monday, August 15, 2011
Hi Everyone, those of you who came to the fundraiser- I hope you had a great time! Thanks to Rachael Clarke for inviting us!

Mum and Jess

Mum & I- like our posh aprons?

Mum hiding behind a cushion!

We hope Rachael made a good amount for Help the Heroes! Blandford Camp played an excellent match against ND Rugby Club. Great, fun evening!

Soph x


Busy Summer Days...

Monday, August 8, 2011
Hi Jessalli Devotees!

Sorry I've been so rubbish! These past couple of weeks have been CRAZY! Mum and I are busy creating new products and can you believe it we're designing our Christmas Collection!!! GOSH!

We had a successful day at Marnhull Fest, at the end of July, It was a beautiful day and we met even more of you who have bought from us online or through the village shop! It was lovely to meet you all!

Mum and our stall at Marnhull Fest 2011.

We had lovely weather and a lovely day! So thanks again to all of you!

Another Thanks to Sue & Bob at Robin Hill is in order, for letting us STILL use their window! We appreciate it so much! Don't forget to pop up there for a selection of our products which you can buy in store!

Personalised Bunting we made recently.

We look forward to sharing with you some new products we have lined up! And hopefully I won't be as rubbish with my late posts next time!

Happy Handmade Shopping!

Sophia x


Jessalli Birthday!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011
hello everyone!

It was my birthday on Sunday! So I've had a busy weekend! But a lovely one at that! Full of tea parties, family & friends! Just thought I'd share with you a couple of lovely pictures from the day!

All my lovely gifts! Those flowers are in beautiful teacups!!

 Two out of Three cakes that we had! Made by lovely girls!

The Third- Little People in their teapot house! Too good to eat I thought!

Back to normal now-though slightly full on all the party food!

love Soph x



Saturday, July 2, 2011
Yes I am EXTREMELY excited! Our new online shop is now online and ready for you to explore! We hope you like it!

Tell us what you think!
love Soph x

Pimms & Puds Night!

Thursday, June 30, 2011
Hello Everyone! Thanks to everyone who attended the Pimms & Puds night, last night at St Marys. It was great fun & a huge laugh! We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!

Mum & I with our Jessalli wares.

Some of Jess' amazing cakes!

Well done to Hugh & Victoria in their fantastic pudding cook off!

Buttons, Beads & Bows 

More of Jess' Cakes!

We had a fabulous night! And we hope to do it again very soon!

Soph x


Getting so Close!!!....

Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Mum and I are ridiculously excited about our new website, which is so close to being live! Finishing touches are being added and Mum and I have been over looking every step with Web Designer Hugh!
We will definitely have a huge celebration when its up!

I'd like to say a quick thank you to those of you who have stuck by us and waited patiently, and a thank you to all of you who have phoned and emailed your orders! We're sorry you've had to make so much more effort when ordering your Jessalli wares.

Thanks again!

Soph x

Pirates in the Rain!

Sunday, June 12, 2011
Thank you to everyone who came to St Mary's Summer Fayre yesterday! It sure was a wet and windy day wasn't it? But those of you who braved the showers and warmed up with a hot dog were sure troopers!

Well done to those who made the effort and dressed up! You made great Pirates! And thanks to those who purchased a 'Jessalli Ware' or made an order! We're happy sewing away already!

Lets hope the weather cheers up a bit too!

Soph x

Next Sale Day!

Thursday, June 2, 2011
Hi everyone!

St Marys Summer Fair is just over a week away! Don't forget to come visit us and come see the other attractions!
Remember to dress up as a Pirate!

 We'll have a few new products for you to buy - and remember you can still make special orders with us!

See you there!

Soph x

Busy Bees...

Saturday, May 28, 2011
Well we've been working like bees the last couple weeks. Trying to complete all your orders and preparing for many summer shows coming up.

We're very much looking forward to the following months! We're so grateful to all of you who have supported us!

Come see us at St Mary's Summer Fair, Marnhull on the 11th June.

See you soon.

Sophia x