Friday, 27 February 2015

Head Down And Sew

It's been cut, sew, press, trim, repeat around here. Unexpected events threw the schedule out at the beginning of the week so I've been playing catch up. 

The light is at the end of the tunnel, which is good as the deadline looms as well. Then March begins and I can do bee blocks, and play about with my fabric some - with no plans in place. I'm rather looking forward to that. 


Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Nice Stuff

While I was away post arrived. Lovely pretty post of the best kind. 

First up was a wonderfully huge open wide pouch from my best friend, using her precious HR stash (I may have had a hand in getting her hooked on HR). She could have given it to me in person in five weeks time but thought I might find it useful whilst packing for our trip. Too right! It will be a well travelled pouch before this year is out.

Another of the parcels had lovely fabrics from Heidi's (@fabricmutt) that I won in an IG giveaway she had. Heidi chose the fabrics so well for me, and it was so kind of her to part with such beauties. Some may be too beautiful to cut, though I have to get over this obsession of mine to not use my favourites. It is very counter productive! 

Finally, there was a wee parcel from Emily (Strawberry Patch) that I bought in a destash she did when I was away. Wifi was infrequent but well timed in this case as both fabrics have been on my list of needing more. The FMF brown is probably my favourite brown ever, and let's face it, brown does not come high on my list of must haves. This one is just so good though. The toasters have been needed in my fussy cut stash for so long. Now I just need kerchief girls. Oh, how I need kerchief girls. 

I haven't put these fabrics away yet. I like leaving stuff out to be admired for a while before tucking it safely away in the right drawer. Isn't that what a dining room table is for? Fabric display.


Monday, 23 February 2015

And The Winner Is...

What with this iPad blog post writing you are just going to have to go with this. I'm struggling here. I used Mr RNG and eliminated seven double comments and deleted comments for a total of 100 names in the hat. The number drawn was 82 and that turned out to be - 

Dianne Neale, who is also a bee mate and someone I have met in person. I can't remember the last time I had a giveaway winner that was someone who I had known almost from the beginning. So Dianne, your prize will be sent with your overdue bee blocks. 

Everyone else, I truly appreciate you entering the draw and all the lovely comments left. I shall try not to let so long go by before the next giveaway. 

And with that, I'm off to the post office (not with the prize, other stuff), then the school run and then multiple dance classes. That's the rest of the day spoken for. 


Sunday, 22 February 2015

Sewing 0 - 3 Books

We are back from our sojourn 'up north'. A fabulous time was had by all, but the blog post title sums up what I accomplished in the stitching arena. Not bothered though. We swam every day, played a playing card form of monopoly (don't ask), Chinese checkers, and we all read, a lot. 

A few other activities got thrown into the mix. 

There was a fencing lesson for each of them. 

We all painted pottery. This was my attempt, a progress shot. I need to take a final results photo of what each of us accomplished. Not sure if I like mine better before or after glazing though! 

And that's Emily finishing her 12m high tree trek with a zip wire. She did it without falter, and would have done the zip wire again and again given half a chance. 

And now it is head down and sew time for me. Commission work will take priority this week. But please don't forget my giveaway - just leave a comment on the post - if you want to win the tin and the fabric. Also, if you would like a chance to win something made by me and have a say in choosing what you would like that to be then hop on over to Instagram. If you aren't in IG, I'm really sorry. It's why I ran the giveaways at the same time, I wanted no one to be left out one way or the other. 

Unbelievably, we are now on the countdown to our next holiday. Just five weeks until we head across the ocean. Excitement levels are rising here. 


Thursday, 12 February 2015

Over Four Years Ago

I started blogging over four years ago and it transformed my life in many ways. It brought me into a world of fabulous inspiration, sharing and, best of all, friendship. I thank you all for that. 

With this in mind, I decided that it had been way too long since I gave anything away here. So, I found a tin. 

And I found some fabric.

I put the fabric in the tin. 

And Bob's your uncle, I have something to send to one of you. If you would like five FQs of low volume fabric, and five FQs of mostly blenders (and the tin obviously) then please do leave a comment here. Who knows, your name may be the one Mr RNG picks this time round. 

Rules? Not many. You can be anywhere in the world. Leave a comment, but please only one comment. If you are not sure whether or not you are a no reply blogger leave an email I can contact you at. If you don't then, sorry, but I will redraw and pick someone else's name. Trust me, it's happened before and more people are no reply bloggers than they realise. Hint, if you leave comments on blogs and never, ever get replies then you may be one of them. Oh, and Google+ has a habit of turning you into one on a regular basis without you knowing. I know this because it happened to me too many times to mention - I fixed it by dropping Google +. Ha! 

Okay, where were we? Rules. Leave a comment and contact details. That's it. I hate jumping through hoops so have no desire to make you do them for me. I will do the draw on Monday, February 23rd sometime around lunchtime here in the UK, as I will be back from my holidays and have regular wifi again.

A big thanks for reading my blog, offering support and advice on a regular basis, and being part of this online community. 


PS: While I try to reply to blog comments as often as possible, with a giveaway there isn't a chance I will manage so I'll just say thanks for entering here - if you choose to enter that is.