What makes you happy?

For me it’s anything to do with fabric, thread and floss with perhaps a little toy stuffing and a few buttons added to the mix….. family and friends goes without saying … flowers, sunshine, the beach …… and two large black SLEEPY furry friends of course!

What makes you smile?  I’d love to know!!

If you like this image, you’ll find a hi-res printable version in the August Magazine.


  1. Same as you! Fabric, thread and floss, or sometimes knitting needles and yarn and fairisle or aran knitting
    Julie xxxx

  2. Linda B says:

    Oh, so many things make me smile! But here are a few of my favorite things (to borrow a phrase), in no particular order…Health and happiness amongst all my family and friends…hugs from a grandchild…warm, breezy summer days…lightening bugs…puppies and kittens (well, all baby creatures really)…this blog…projects well done…finding the perfect fabric…pictures of Ben and Daisy…and discovering the latest “Bustle & Sew Magazine” within my ‘inbox’!
    X Linda

  3. Stitching makes me happy too! And my boyfriend and family of course! And… when I walk along the street and see a cute little furry dog!

  4. Doing hand embroidery, learning history, reading books and snuggling my cats. 🙂

  5. So many things make me happy – cuddles and kisses from grandchildren, daughters and hubby; crafting; friends and family; ‘talking’ to internet friends via blogs and forums; gardening and all the beautiful scents emanating from the garden; bird song; watching a baby squirrel trying to sneak hazel nuts from the tree lol. I greatly miss having fur babies and hope that will be remedy one day soon. x

  6. Choosing my next project, playing with thread & fabric, a purring cat on a winters night , my garden , cooking something new.. Walking my dog on a nice day
    Simple things really

  7. I agree with all the things that make you smile, Helen, – right down to the two large black sleepy furry friends except ours are black German Shepherd sisters who are not quite so large as Ben and Miss Daisy. Also, I musn’t forget my two very old ponies and then we have a visiting ewe and her lamb who arrive through a little hole in the hedge from next door at breakfast-time and go home at tea-time, some pheasants that tap at the door for corn in the morning and the ever-squawking family of crows who sit on the kitchen window-sill and peer in. And, of course, last but not least, is Bustle and Sew every month! What is there not to smile about!

  8. Sharon e Lawrence says:

    Appreciating every thing I have , makes me happy. Taking time to stop and smell the rain , the flowers and love the sunshine in my garden.
    The laughter from my grandchildren makes every day worthwhile.
    Realising how lucky we are to wake up to peace & calm. The trouble in Gazza just breaks your heart.
    Laughing with my brother , who lives in Oz and thinks 16 ‘C is cold.
    He needs to come back to the Highlands

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