Purple Days … and a winner!

by Helen on September 15, 2013

Thank you so much to everyone who entered my toadstool pin cushion giveaway.  I was blown away by both the number – and the creativity of everyone’s entries – one of my most favourite giveaways ever!  If you have a few moments, please do take a look at the comments, there are some brilliant and imaginative suggestions for residency of my toadstool pin cushions.

Toadstool Pin Cushions

 As always, I wish I had a prize for everyone, but as I only have one to give away on my blog, I worked the random number generator which came up with – 166.  I counted carefully and the winner is …  Lynda Lagodney.  Well done Lynda – I’ll be in touch to request your postal address – and once again, thanks to everyone who entered – it was fun!!

I was going to announce the winner yesterday, but ran out of time – had a very purple day!  We’ve been promised a day of wind and rain today, so I thought I’d better enjoy yesterday’s sunshine with the newfies.  We headed off down to Snapes Point, near Salcombe for a little blackberrying … 

Blackberrying September 2013

 And found loads!  Plump, juicy, dusky purple berries in abundance ….

Blackberrying September 2013All ready to be made into my Auntie Joyce’s Bramble Curd – delish! The full account of our expedition, together with recipes for blackberries, apples and damsons will be in the October issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine.  And it really was an expedition … here’s one very tired puppy ….

Blackberrying September 2013 enjoying a nap in the garden on our return home!  But yesterday wasn’t just about purple berries….. I have a new purple cardigan for the winter – nice wool, deep rich colour – but perhaps just a little plain. … until now!

Autumn Hedgerows Applique Cardigan


  I’ll include templates and instructions in this month’s magazine too.  And finally – thinking about the magazine – I promised to include the first of this year’s Christmas projects – and here’s a sneak peek ….

Mary & Joseph

 Mary and Joseph from the first-ever Bustle & Sew Nativity set. Hope you like them! 


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