Smashing pumpkins

With Halloween approaching, Bethany Fuson from Larky Park has put together a pumpkin themed Etsy Treasury and has included an Ivy Arch concert ukulele gig bag. Warm yourselves on this wonderful orange collection!

Concert and soprano ukulele gig bags in Clothkits fabric

These are two new ukulele gig bags made from Clothkits birds and apples print fabric designed by the ever brilliant Jane Foster
       I bought this material from Clothkits shop in Chichester. Those of us who grew up in the 70s will probably remember Clothkits pre-printed kit clothing, from which you could cut out and sew a pair of dungarees without needing to use a paper pattern. They still sell the dungarees kits today (updated with designs by contemporary print artists) as well as stunning fabrics, haberdashery and all manner of sewing kits. Everything they produce is designed and made in England. You can see the full range of their wares at their lovely shop HQ, which is worth a day trip to Chichester in itself for the beautiful collection of fabrics and all kinds wonderful and unusual trimmings. I'm saving up for a few metres of their fruit salad gigantic pom pom trim.
These gorgeous red soprano and concert sized uke gig bags (fully padded and quilted with black star print linings) are now on sale in the Ivy Arch shop. Visit the shop for more pictures and information!

Barefoot on the beach

Worthing is the only place I want to be in October. For the past three years this autumnal month has given us mostly mild weekends. I think it's the best time of year to visit the town, and hundreds of ukulele fans did just that for last year's Wukulele Festival.
    October also gives Worthing some of its longest low tides of the year and yesterday was a fine day for a barefoot walk on the beach. Walking from east to west while migrating geese flew overhead, we stopped at the Lido for a cup of tea and a toasted tea cake on the way.