Fred & Ginger: A Giveaway to Enter!

by Helen on December 6, 2013

I haven’t had a giveaway here on my blog for quite a while so I think it’s time to put that right!  But before I tell you what it’s all about, I really must show you a picture…  In my last post I mentioned the problems of effective time management when living with two furry friends who feel that my life should be spent giving them everything they want.   In Daisy’s case this means playing and lots of walks.  She has developed a habit of sitting next to the table as I work and if I ignore her then she begins to stare – very hard indeed!

DaisyIt’s very hard to concentrate when she’s doing this, which of course is the whole point!  “Work not going too well Mum?  Let’s go for a walk instead, or perhaps a nice game of tug-o-war will help refresh your brain.”  Little monster!

Fred & Ginger

But back to my giveaway….. I’m a bit of a Strictly Come Dancing fan (how dare they eliminate Ben?!?), and my Saturday evenings are filled with tinsel and twirling – on the TV that is – not me!  So I thought it would be nice to include a Strictly-inspired pattern in the next issue of the Bustle & Sew e-Magazine.  And here are Fred and Ginger, the two little ballroom dancing rats, seen above in profile, and below in all their glory ….

Fred & Ginger

 The giveaway is your chance to win a Fred or Ginger kit (your choice) that contains everything you need to make your very own little dancing ratty!  They’re quite large – about 12″ from ears to toes with moveable joints – buttons and strong threads and lovely button noses.  

Caption Competition

 To enter all you need to do is leave a comment on this post and, just for fun (not essential), suggest a fun caption for the picture of Fred and Ginger above.  The winner will be chosen by random selection.  The giveaway will close on Thursday 12 December and winner will be announced the following week.  I will post your Fred (or Ginger) kit anywhere in the world – and hopefully it will be with you before Christmas!  

Good luck everyone!


{ 234 comments… read them below or add one }

Beverly Carroll December 6, 2013 at 3:57 pm

“Pull yourself together, Ginger! We’re on in 2 minutes!
These are really cute! I love rat toys, but hate the real thing.
Our rats here in Utah aren’t that skinny! Love your site!
Say hi to Ben and Daisy!


Ang December 6, 2013 at 4:19 pm

“Oh my dear, I see things didn’t go so well”

Adorable little pair.


Judith anderson December 6, 2013 at 5:00 pm

Loving the ratties. “Fred relished the opportunity to customise his dancing partner.”


Linda B December 6, 2013 at 8:12 pm

“It’ll be fine!….No need to go to pieces, Ginger!!!!”

Love Fred’s ‘Topper’!
X Linda


sheila titcombe December 6, 2013 at 8:30 pm

After scoring a *10* from Craig, poor Ginger just went to pieces !


Karen Pitt December 6, 2013 at 8:30 pm

Daaaaarling don’t fall apart on me now !


carol stevenson December 6, 2013 at 8:32 pm

you are making a bit of a song and dance of this, now pull your self together.


Heather December 6, 2013 at 8:33 pm

The morning after the night before!


Nancy York December 6, 2013 at 8:33 pm

Right now I’m making your cute vintage deer!
I would suggest ‘Come on Ginger lets dance’


Rebecca Garrett December 6, 2013 at 8:35 pm

“Don’t fall to pieces Ginger! We can do it!”

I would love a Ginger pattern!!! So cute!!


Hannah December 6, 2013 at 8:35 pm

‘squeesh over a bit Ginger or i won’t be able to fit!’ Hiding from Mum and jumping out to scare her is such fun…….


Sharon December 6, 2013 at 8:35 pm

Fred enjoying making Ginger Soup.


Woolies December 6, 2013 at 8:36 pm

“What a night!”

Thanks for the chance ! Love the ratties!!


corrine December 6, 2013 at 8:37 pm

“Not a creature was stirring….not even a mouse.”


Caroline Smyth December 6, 2013 at 8:39 pm

Fred was worried about Ginger’s state of mind… “She always falls to pieces at this time of year”.


Tamsin Orr December 6, 2013 at 8:43 pm

There can only be one caption, and its an old favorite of mine, BUT, it has to sung in mouse tone and pitch ( that’s pretty hard to do !!!) my caption would be sung rather that said:

We will find it, we will bind it, we will stick it with glue glue glue, we will stickle it , every little bit of it , we will fix it like new new new new !


Judith Ann December 7, 2013 at 6:48 pm

How lovely, Tamsin! I’ve never heard that before, even here in “New” England in the States; thanks for sharing it with us.


Paige Still December 6, 2013 at 8:45 pm

“A good partner is hard to find—so, just make you one”

I love these. They are just precious!


Jan G December 6, 2013 at 8:50 pm

“Edith Head, Ginger is in need, she is having a costume melt down!!”

Fred is so sweet and looks like the real Fred tooo!! I like Fred, and I love to watch him dance!

Daisy give your Mum a break!! Go hang with Big Brother Ben for a bit!! lol too cute!!

Hugs, Jan


Helen Jane December 6, 2013 at 8:59 pm

” Oh no Helen used dissolving thread and Ginger has fallen apart ”



Loretta December 6, 2013 at 9:02 pm

I know your armless when you’re legless but this really has to sop!

I think these are adorable xx


Jane S. December 6, 2013 at 9:02 pm

“Wake up, Ginger! Strictly Come Dancing is about to start!”


Teresa December 6, 2013 at 9:06 pm

After the dance, Ginger went to pieces….


Joyce Hill December 6, 2013 at 9:22 pm

“House Mouse is dressed up for the Christmas Party”
They are so cute.


Joyce Hill December 6, 2013 at 9:23 pm

“House Mouse is waiting for his date for the Christmas Party”
They are soooo cute.


Joyce Hill December 6, 2013 at 9:24 pm

House Mouse’s Date is going in pieces.
They are so cute.


Annemie Rook December 6, 2013 at 9:25 pm

All in pieces but still going strong together!


Joyce Hill December 6, 2013 at 9:25 pm

House Mouse’s date is still in pieces.


Joyce Hill December 6, 2013 at 9:28 pm

Fred is waiting patiently to take Ginger to the Christmas party.


Esther blankenzee December 6, 2013 at 9:38 pm

Strictly bustle and sew

I wouth love to win Fred.


Brenda J.Moore December 6, 2013 at 9:39 pm

“Don’t fold on me now Ginger…just one more dance around the room!”

Daisy looks so adorable by the way.
Brenda from Oshawa, Ontario, Canada


Amanda December 6, 2013 at 9:45 pm

“Cor, my feet hurt. Next time I’ll remember to bring my dancing shoes


Hannah December 6, 2013 at 9:55 pm

What a cute pair!
‘Sew will you join me for a bustle around the dance floor my dear?’


Paige Still December 6, 2013 at 9:56 pm

I thought of another one! “Loving you makes me fall to pieces!”.


windy December 6, 2013 at 10:03 pm

Ginger, you simply cannot let the Tango cause you to fall apart!


diane December 6, 2013 at 10:10 pm

I know the judges said you really need to loosen up, but I don’t think they wanted you going this far!!!! Love the rats


Mandy Lockey December 6, 2013 at 10:16 pm

That was one quick step to far for ginger


Kim December 6, 2013 at 10:38 pm

“I fall to pieces when you are near”!!! Oh how cute they are :)


kim bowden December 6, 2013 at 10:47 pm

I will put her back together when I’m done eating all the cheese on this page !


Julie Whittaker December 6, 2013 at 10:59 pm

I’m still alive but I’m barely breathing Just prayin’ to a God that I don’t believe in ‘Cause  I’m falling to pieces, yeah,


Claire December 6, 2013 at 11:16 pm

Love the rats especially Ginger,

“Pull yourself together we dance in 10 minutes*


Linda December 6, 2013 at 11:58 pm

Fred knew it was a mistake to get an ikea bride


WandaFish December 7, 2013 at 12:14 am

“The Six Million Dollar Rat – we can rebuild her!” :)

Love them! Fred and Ginger sound much better than the R** word, which makes me shudder!


Shawn J December 7, 2013 at 1:40 am

Ginger, get up and get yourself together, we must dance!!!!!!
smjohns63 at yahoo dot com


Sally Clifton December 7, 2013 at 1:42 am

No Ginger, I`ve had a really good look and there are definitely no boobs in the tin.


Cindi December 7, 2013 at 4:53 am

We’ll try that move again, and I promise not to drop you next time.


lynninflorida December 7, 2013 at 5:29 am

Ginger preparing for her YouTube video debut…singing to Fred her favorite Patsy Cline song…”I Fall To Pieces”

These are just absolutely the CUTEST EVER!!!!


Claire Curtis December 7, 2013 at 7:32 am

‘Oh you know I am all arms and legs when it comes to dancing Fred!!!’

Very lovely are these two and keeping everything crossed!!


Shazzy December 7, 2013 at 7:41 am

Oh ginger, what has fame done to you?


Julie December 7, 2013 at 7:58 am

Our middle son used to do that when he was little, if he wanted attention and I was doing something he would sit and stare hopefully…….. it always worked I stopped and played!

Caption:: Now I told you what would happen if I threw you up in the air……….


Maria curwen December 7, 2013 at 8:32 am

“Oh Ginger I love you to pieces!”


Gera December 7, 2013 at 9:59 am

Hé Fred!! You said it wouldn’t hurt!

I love the rats!

Regards, Gera


Susan December 7, 2013 at 5:37 pm

They are so cute! it is lovely to see Daisy growing up and Ben too :) x


Aud Sommerbakk December 7, 2013 at 5:40 pm

I would love to win a kit!


Margaret December 7, 2013 at 5:42 pm

It’s murder on the dance floor


Heather December 7, 2013 at 5:45 pm

“Step out of the box Ginger it’s time to boogey on down to the sewing room”

These are just so adorable….love them <3


Karen L Smith December 7, 2013 at 5:45 pm

No, Ginger it is a left foot and right hand…..


myrthe December 7, 2013 at 5:45 pm

I love Ginger ! She is so cute with her little necklace ;)


Britt-Inger December 7, 2013 at 5:46 pm

I didn´t mean to have you fallen so much for me


Celtic Thistle Stitches December 7, 2013 at 5:51 pm

Fred had warned Ginger not to be so energetic in the twirls, but she wouldn’t listen!

Fun giveaway :)


Luann December 7, 2013 at 5:53 pm

C’mon Ginger – you’ve got to get your dancing legs on!


Charlotte Amaro December 7, 2013 at 5:54 pm

Ginger wasn’t quite feeling herself after that last glass of champagne.


Sherry December 7, 2013 at 6:00 pm

They are adorable! I can’t wait to make them!


Helen Porter December 7, 2013 at 6:00 pm

Together we’ll stand
Divided we’ll fall
Come on now Ginger
Let’s get on the ball
And work together


kay December 7, 2013 at 6:02 pm

I love the look iof these, and long to make one! So much nicer than the real thing.. They steal my chicken food;Brazenly!!


Jaki Day December 7, 2013 at 6:04 pm

Strictly Rat-a-Two-ie Come Dancing is all the rage my dear! Those humans just don’t stand a chance against us!


Jaki Day December 7, 2013 at 6:06 pm

Strictly Rat-a-Two-ie Come Dancing is all the rage my dear! These humans don’t stand a chance against us!!!


Kate Ward December 7, 2013 at 6:06 pm

Come on Ginger, it’s time to go Rat a tat tat!

My lying daughter would love this, she is now wanting to learn how to sew just like her mum.


Karen L. December 7, 2013 at 6:07 pm

“Wake up Ginger! You stayed up too late last night stitching and now we will be late for the dance contest.”

Love your blog and newsletters! What a generous give-away also! Thanks for being who you are.


Kate Ward December 7, 2013 at 6:07 pm

Meant to be ‘young daughter’ lol, auto correct gone mad


kathy December 7, 2013 at 6:08 pm

Hurry, Hurry, Hurry Ginger, qiuck get your dancing legs on.


Marcy Mahle December 7, 2013 at 6:13 pm

“Oh my but we did trip the light fantastic a wee bit too hard Ginger. Let me help you up my dear.”

I loved the real Fred and Ginger and I love their two namesakes. Really cute.


DM December 7, 2013 at 6:18 pm

” Oh dear! I think we’ve had too much dancing , Ginger is falling apart !”

These are lovely ! I would love any of them !!!


Tanya December 7, 2013 at 6:21 pm

You promised we would be “together” forever.

Ginger, you really danced your bum off.


cheryl December 7, 2013 at 6:23 pm

love the strictly bustle and sew comment
very very nice Ratties!


Denise December 7, 2013 at 6:25 pm

Don’t worry Ginger, she’ll be back to finish you too!
Adorable….both the puppy and the mice! :o)


Eileen Shay December 7, 2013 at 6:30 pm

Shall we Dance? lovely vintage memories of those two.


Deborah steel December 7, 2013 at 6:30 pm

“Oh no “said Fred ” where are the mice from bagpuss when you need them”.X


Mary December 7, 2013 at 6:32 pm

My daughter would love these, and I am old enough to remember Fred & Ginger black and white films on a Sunday afternoon.


Gill December 7, 2013 at 6:33 pm

Don’t fall apart on me now!


Sandy December 7, 2013 at 6:42 pm

Would love to make either one. My caption is “Ginger, Darling, Who did this to you!”


Judith Ann December 7, 2013 at 6:44 pm

For goodness sakes, Ginger; would you please get yourself together so we can go dancing!


Jan Mishin December 7, 2013 at 6:52 pm

Fred must consider a solo as Ginger has danced her legs off


Sheila December 7, 2013 at 6:59 pm

Come on my Ginger snap, let’s go outside and dance under that shining ball of cheese.


Pauline December 7, 2013 at 7:02 pm

I am so excited – I’ll never be lonely again – thank goodness for “Build a Bride”!


DWanna December 7, 2013 at 7:05 pm

Don’t worry Ginger! We’ll have you dancing backwards and in high heels in not time!


DWanna December 7, 2013 at 7:06 pm

That’s “no” time. :)


Wendy December 7, 2013 at 7:18 pm

Whew, Fred that last swirl sent me flying apart! What a cute couple they are. Thank you for such an awesome giveaway. I love getting the newsletter and keeping up with all the great inspiration.


Joyce Budke December 7, 2013 at 7:18 pm

I am so glad I have found your Blog. Reading it has brought back great memories of living in England in the 70’s. I love the pictures of your “puppies” , I have an Aussie that has staring down to a fine art, so I can relate. Thank you


Brisja December 7, 2013 at 7:19 pm

Love these adorable mice!


Joan welch December 7, 2013 at 7:24 pm

‘ It’s a disaster…dahling .’
Ginger where’s that thread??? If you were mine I’d soon fix you up!!!w


KC December 7, 2013 at 7:24 pm

I love mice
I love fred and ginger in their old pictures
I think you made some of the best of BOTH


Joyce Hill December 7, 2013 at 7:24 pm

Caption: I fell in pieces over you.


Theresa December 7, 2013 at 7:25 pm

“Oh Fred! I won’t dance, why should I? I won’t dance, how COULD I???”


Joyce Hill December 7, 2013 at 7:25 pm

I’m in pieces over you.


Sheila December 7, 2013 at 7:34 pm

Oh dear looks like I am falling apart , help ! Thanks for the chance to win , I would be thrilled .


Carlie December 7, 2013 at 7:35 pm

How cute!! I would love to win a kit! “I Fall to Pieces…!”


Lesley Wright December 7, 2013 at 7:50 pm

I warned you Ginger one more wrong step and I’d take you apart.


Dee Shaw December 7, 2013 at 7:53 pm

come ginger you need to pull your self together


Patricia December 7, 2013 at 8:07 pm

“Come on Ginger … we could be sew good together!” These are great they have such characters.


Bev Roddis December 7, 2013 at 8:15 pm

I told you that my nerves would get the better of me.


Jane Richardson December 7, 2013 at 8:16 pm

Poor Ginger was always in bits before a performance.


Reggie Geier December 7, 2013 at 8:17 pm

Come on Ginger, up and at it, we’ve got dancin to do.

Would love to have Ginger. Both are so cute.


Chris Dickinson December 7, 2013 at 8:20 pm

“I told you all that twirling would be your undoing!”


Simone December 7, 2013 at 8:23 pm

After a perfect score of 10, ginger celebrated with champagne ad became leg less… She needs to get now pull it together. Beautiful little mouses!


Lorraine Campbell December 7, 2013 at 8:28 pm

A special pair, can you see the love in their eyes? Meet Jesse and Jane..

Merry Christmas


Linda Cripps December 7, 2013 at 9:39 pm

“Why is it women always take longer to be ready”


Sandy Hart December 7, 2013 at 8:39 pm

OH HELEN!!!! Thank You! You made my wish come true. She is wonderful!


Kaye Rickert December 7, 2013 at 8:45 pm

I think they need to come and live in Australia!
K x


Nena Alvarado December 7, 2013 at 8:55 pm

Rats of fun dance


Debbie December 7, 2013 at 8:56 pm

Oh goodness… All the best lines have gone!! Glad it’s not essential and hope the lack of wit doesn’t put me at a disadvantage! X


Linda C December 7, 2013 at 9:00 pm

Eww Ginger! That twirl was a doozey!

What a cute pair. My daughter is getting the fox head for her front porch for Christmas and my son is getting the moose head for his office. Thanks for your creativity.


carol December 7, 2013 at 9:10 pm

cool site


Sheila Caris December 7, 2013 at 9:10 pm

Fred sings, “I don’t sew – don’t ask me”!

(Love Gingers outfit.)

Merry Xmas to all.


Patricia December 7, 2013 at 9:13 pm

Take sprinkle of dainty little arms, add a jumble of fairy legs add sparkle and glitter net and the most handsome partner you could ever wish.
You have the most gorgeous Fred and Ginger.

Happy Christmas to everyone who enjoys Bustle and Sew, and a special Christmas ((((hug)))) to Helen


Michelle Smith December 7, 2013 at 9:22 pm

These are so cute!


Colette Scorey December 7, 2013 at 9:22 pm

“Please Ginger……..we could be SEW good together !”

“Stop going to pieces , Ginger !”

Couldn’t resist a few more attempts !

Colette xxx


kirsten vander kelen December 7, 2013 at 9:24 pm

“the holidays break me”

please enter me…Thank you!!


Violette December 7, 2013 at 9:29 pm

“Fred and Ginger were clearly thinking outside the box in their effort to win the competition.”
They are both very cute, but the top hat and bowtie make Fred my favourite!


Barbara Draper December 7, 2013 at 9:35 pm

Ginger, my dear ratty, please don’t fall to pieces. It’s Christmas and
we need to dance, dance, dance.


Angela Margerison December 7, 2013 at 9:54 pm

Pull yourself together Ginger, it’s only a tv show!


Lawana whaley December 7, 2013 at 9:56 pm

“Ginger just because we came in second in the dance completion doesn’t mean you should go to pieces”


Gwen December 7, 2013 at 10:05 pm

They are absolutely darling….Fred…’Let’s dance the night away, Ginger’


Michele Lowry December 7, 2013 at 10:05 pm

Before the ballet show everyone said “break a leg” but I just fell to pieces with stage fright.


Jan Taylor December 7, 2013 at 10:28 pm

Ginger my dear, Enough is enough! Get your dancing legs on. “We are going to do it big … Do it right …and do it with style.”

Quote by Fred Astaire


Debra Davis December 7, 2013 at 10:38 pm

“Not quite what I expected when I sent for my mail-order dance partner.”


Meems Russell December 7, 2013 at 10:46 pm

There there now Ging! You DID need a stitch in time and not a step on mine!


marcia December 7, 2013 at 10:49 pm

Adorable dancing duo, came to late to this party, any witty caption I thought of has been already posted. Thanks for the opportunity to win the prize and Merry Christmas!


Ruth Davis December 7, 2013 at 10:57 pm

I know I promised 1st class travel, they were all sold out. This is the only way to get home before Christmas.


Verna December 7, 2013 at 11:02 pm

No, no Fred, that ear stays there. Now onto attaching my arm.

These are really cute


Tracy Duddridge December 7, 2013 at 11:05 pm

That last joke Bruce told has undone my stitches

Would love to win Ginger for my little girls room x she would look a dream twirling on her dresser x


MaryAnn December 7, 2013 at 11:10 pm

Oh Ginger, now is not the time for a nap. lets boggie.


Wendy December 7, 2013 at 11:18 pm

Ginger has gone to pieces over Fred! My little grand daughter would love to have Ginger. She loves to dance and attend her ballet class.


Marilyn Gray December 7, 2013 at 11:24 pm

All the King’s horses and all the king’s men……….

So cute! Would love to have these! Thanks for the opportunity!


Donna Walstrom December 7, 2013 at 11:29 pm

Mawhahahaha! Finally my opportunity to practice my Frankenstein training!
I love your work, these are too adorable. Thank you for your creativity and sharing it with the rest of us. Donna


Mary Henderson December 7, 2013 at 11:29 pm

Oh Fred , lets go out dancing on New Year’s Eve to celebrate the New Year 2014! I would love to go with you my sweetheart Ginger !


Heather December 7, 2013 at 11:35 pm

The morning after the night before!!!


Linda December 7, 2013 at 11:36 pm

Love your patterns!!! Sweet Daisy knows how to tug at your heart strings!!!! Would love to win any of your patterns!!!!


Diana December 7, 2013 at 11:36 pm

Now now Ginger ; it can’t be that bad ..Or can it ??

How adoreable they are … Thanks for the chance to win them ….


Ana Lucía Guerrero Farinango December 7, 2013 at 11:38 pm

Ayy!!! querida Ginger, no pensé que eras desarmable. Ahora ajustas tus piernitas porque el baile continua.


Michele T December 7, 2013 at 11:40 pm

There are some awesome and comical captions… since I am not very creative in this aspect I won’t even try! Thanks for the chance to win either Fred or Ginger and it will be a tough decision if I do win as both are equally adorable!!


Jean December 7, 2013 at 11:56 pm

Oh dear Ginger, please wake up and pull yourself together, I need you.


Robin December 8, 2013 at 12:07 am

These are delightful!! I just finished making the deer head bust and fox bust for my grand children. I thoroughly enjoyed making them and I know these will be just as much fun.


Paulette December 8, 2013 at 12:17 am

I “couldn’t have” danced all night.

These are too cute. I would love to make one.


Sam December 8, 2013 at 12:25 am

‘Ginger fell to pieces when she didn’t get 10 from Craig Revel Horwood…pull yourself together, love’
Love the pic of Daisy, btw ~ my dog used to do that look too and if i ignored her she’d sigh heavily at me!

Sam Sykes @ facebook


donna thurston December 8, 2013 at 12:38 am

loving ginger


Valerie December 8, 2013 at 12:54 am

Fred is quite debonair! I really dislike rodents but these are very cute! Nice job, thanks for the chance to win!


Elizabeth wall December 8, 2013 at 12:55 am

Can I have the next dance please Love Fred and Ginger


Denise Reimer December 8, 2013 at 12:57 am

They’re a whole lot cuter than the real thing. And I’d rather have either
Ginger or Fred in my house than the real ones ( rats that is ) any day.

Merry Christmas Every One
and enjoy Fred or Ginger whoever gets
the great dancing rat


sandee December 8, 2013 at 12:59 am

Stop falling to pieces, you done this before pull yourself together


leslie cohen December 8, 2013 at 1:00 am

She is down for the count!


Jill Davies December 8, 2013 at 1:07 am

“C’mon, that’s enough rest. Pull yourself together so that we can get back to practice.” Both very cute rats but I think that I like Ginger best.


Dolly Webb December 8, 2013 at 1:32 am

Ginger said, ” oh, my goodness, I knew the snowfall was going to make it slippery. I slipped and fell to pieces…oh, rats!”

I love the animals you design!


Kathie L December 8, 2013 at 1:38 am

I’m all head over heels about dancing.


Doreen Brannan December 8, 2013 at 2:47 am

I love you to pieces!


Maryc December 8, 2013 at 3:33 am

“Honey I promise, with the price of airline tickets, this IS the best way to get you to your mother’s for Christmas.” They are absolutely adorable.


Val December 8, 2013 at 3:35 am

Dance til you drop!
Love ratty dancers. Great give away. Thanks.


Edna Vaines December 8, 2013 at 3:40 am

“Pick yourself up, Ginger and we’ll dance to Swing Time now!”

Great little contest and neat entries. Thanks.


Jennet December 8, 2013 at 4:14 am

“I told her to stay away from the cheese grater!” ;)

So cute! Thanks for the chance to win!!


Nancy of IN December 8, 2013 at 4:53 am

Can you fix me, Fred!
So cute.


kathryn December 8, 2013 at 5:26 am

from rags to riches-we got our lives put together and now we’re ready to dance


Wendy Hatton December 8, 2013 at 6:13 am

“That last twirl had her legless”
I, too, have a dog who can stare loudly just like Daisy.


nicole December 8, 2013 at 7:09 am

I think David Bowie said it best
“put on your red shoes and dance”
love Fred think he is really swave


Reine December 8, 2013 at 7:12 am

“Stop playing footsies with my while the human is taking photos you cheeky rat!”

Gorgeous little creatures btw! Thanks for the chance to win :o)


Mavi December 8, 2013 at 8:13 am

Thank you very much for such a nice touch. They are a very cute couple your two new creations. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

I used lots of apples your boss, thank you very much. You can see it here,


Jill Scholes December 8, 2013 at 8:16 am

Why are you not ready Ginger? We are on in 5!
I do so love your quaint creatures. Pookie, my ginger cat would so love a Fred to chat to. Wishing you, Be and Daisy a truly wonderful blessed Christmas.


Olga December 8, 2013 at 9:20 am

“Wow! That was an exhausting salsa evening!”


Sai Dove December 8, 2013 at 9:48 am

I love putting things together, these would be fantastic


Sai Dove December 8, 2013 at 9:50 am

Perfect for christmas sewing.


Jan Moran December 8, 2013 at 10:29 am

“I don’t know what happened Fred, my costume malfunctioned!”
Helen I love to read your newsletter.


LindyloufromOz December 8, 2013 at 10:58 am

Ginger, this is no time to fall to pieces! We’re on in five minutes!

Gorgeous softies!


judy December 8, 2013 at 12:43 pm

Come on Ginger. Pull yourself together.


SANDY HEALES December 8, 2013 at 1:08 pm

I have never seen such stage fright. These are so cute


Aundrea Gore December 8, 2013 at 1:12 pm

All I said Ginger was “break a leg “


Eva Andrew December 8, 2013 at 1:24 pm

love mice…rats? But these are cute!
“Ginger, you’ve got to pull yourself together…you can’t fall apart now!”


Carolyn December 8, 2013 at 2:12 pm

Every night Fred would pray for a partner worthy of his talents ~ she was that dream come true! These two are the most adorable rats, if I had the chance I would love to win Fred.


Darlene December 8, 2013 at 3:13 pm

Ginger….You are taking the old saying “Break a leg” a little too far!


Cathy December 8, 2013 at 3:16 pm

Ginger is just so gorgeous.

I would love to make her for my grand daughter.
My caption..

” Sew,sew, sew, bustle bustle,sew”!

Love Strictly myself!


Cathy December 8, 2013 at 3:17 pm

RATS! I did that wrong- it should read
Sew, Sew, Bustle bustle sew

I forgot how to Quick Step!


Dhonna December 8, 2013 at 3:32 pm

“Hurry, Helen, I can’t wait another second for my Ginger!”


jean becker December 8, 2013 at 3:37 pm

Sweetheart ,Helen will have you finished right on time, I can’t wait….


Joy McClure December 8, 2013 at 3:41 pm

Remember, Ginger did everything Fred did, but she did it backwards and in high heels!


Diana December 8, 2013 at 5:32 pm

It looks like Christmas is costing Ginger an arm and a leg this year!

Very sweet rats which would be lovely to make and dress up in Christmassy clothes, too – maybe even have a Fairy Rat at the top of your Christmas tree this year for a change!

Happy Christmas to everyone.


LEE PATTERSON December 8, 2013 at 5:59 pm



sally ross December 8, 2013 at 6:31 pm

sorry ginge

its not my fault i caught my foot on your ball gown, i told them not to make it so long!


Kitra Woodall December 8, 2013 at 6:33 pm

“Don’t go to pieces on me now Ginger!”
I lovelovelove your work :) thank you for sharing your talent, joy and passion with us!


Ia Skinner December 8, 2013 at 6:37 pm

Just such a delightful pair!!


Ia Skinner December 8, 2013 at 6:42 pm

What a delightful pair!!!


Gayle December 8, 2013 at 7:51 pm

“Fred, I just can’t manage the buttons. Will you get them for me?”

Love your patterns!


nel fraker December 8, 2013 at 7:53 pm

True love


LMASantos December 8, 2013 at 7:55 pm

It´s unfair, Ginger


LMASantos December 8, 2013 at 8:00 pm

I´m happy to see “e-Magazine” in the newsletter.
Your work is so interesting and should be to be known by sewers and embroiders new to the site.


Margareth December 8, 2013 at 9:09 pm

The swingathon was just too much for poor Ginger…


christine gibbons December 8, 2013 at 9:13 pm

“With all the Bustle, I forgot to Sew”. I love the rats as I do everything you do!


TerriSue December 9, 2013 at 12:03 am

“And I go to pieces, whenever you are near.”
I love Fred. So similar to the real one! Though he was definitely not a rat.
lovebirdmom at gmail dot com


Annette December 9, 2013 at 12:04 am

No matter what…I’m so in love with you Ginger.


Catherine Etter December 9, 2013 at 12:17 am

You’ve fretted to pieces,
Yourself in a tin,
Pull it all together,
Time for us to spin!!!!!!
love, Fred
*would love either, your pick!!!!!!!!!


Leslie Piper December 9, 2013 at 12:23 am

“Now THAT’S a Pasa Doble!”


Jean Thompson December 9, 2013 at 1:35 am

“Come on Ginger you can’t change your mind now, we have Reservations at the Dance Club”


Tricia Livingston December 9, 2013 at 1:58 am

Pull yourself together pet, the audience will love you. Just like I do!!


Nancy D December 9, 2013 at 6:19 am

I lose my head, and my arms, and legs, whenever you are near dear Fred!

My furry kid does the same thing to me. Whenever I sit and my hands are covered with glue and glitter, my muttly sits and stares. But lately he’s added this pitiful whine. You would think I would learn to get the walk over before I get involved with creating!


Dot Lubbe December 9, 2013 at 6:29 am

“Here’s dancing with you kid”
They’re as gorgeously paired as Bogey & Ms Bergman


marion bryant-parsons December 9, 2013 at 7:39 am

Dance with me Fred whispered Ginger into his ear as they entered the ballroom, a hush fell as they started their dancing magic.
Ginger is the one for me,all those lovely dresses.


Isabel A. December 9, 2013 at 9:48 am

I would love to win Ginger kit. It´s great. My daughter would love it.


Marianne Cant December 9, 2013 at 9:53 am

“Oh Ging….come on….every part of you is perfectly formed, you really don’t need to disassemble yourself after every performance!”


Melanie December 9, 2013 at 12:05 pm

Oh my, these 2 are so adorable! I am usually not a fan of (real) rodents but am absolutely in love with Fred and Ginger now :)


Pat Woolley December 9, 2013 at 1:32 pm

“Oh Ginger, legless again”!


Shayna Wilcomb December 9, 2013 at 4:01 pm

” Rat ta tat tat! we’re going to dance like we’ve just seen a cat”

These are SO great! Thank you for the chance :)



Sherryl Wynne December 9, 2013 at 4:08 pm

“Now where did those assembly instructions go?”

Oh I really need a new dance partner – Fred! Come to me!


Kate December 9, 2013 at 4:40 pm

Fred and Ginger are so cute. Thanks for the chance to win one of them.

Fred is saying, “I ordered this dancing partner from Helen, but what I have done with the instruction sheet?”


helen December 9, 2013 at 4:49 pm

How cute, caption hmmm ‘i knew you couldn’t take the stress, look you have gone to bits!!!


Beatrice December 9, 2013 at 5:54 pm

“Oh! Ginger you look in bits. Come on get yourself together we are performing on Strictly in 10mins”

Wonderful pair, so cute, love them.


Eva December 9, 2013 at 7:52 pm

Thank you for the giveaway Helen, the rats are absolutely adorable!

So many fantastic captions that I can’t really think of anything new …


Lene December 9, 2013 at 9:26 pm

I don’t know what a caption is, but I’d LOOOOOVE to win one of the kits :o)


Linda Bishop December 9, 2013 at 11:38 pm

“Please make for me a beautiful wife to share my life.” I would love to have a kit to make these for my young freinds.


Terry December 10, 2013 at 12:57 am

Fred and Ginger are adorable!


Janet December 10, 2013 at 3:24 am

“Dance with me, I want my tail around you.”

I love both but Fred is my favorite.


Basktcse December 10, 2013 at 3:18 pm

I am trying to figure out if Rat is responsible for Ginger being apart or it it is trying to help her recreate,


Denise December 10, 2013 at 3:53 pm

“Pull yourself together girl, we must dance! ”

I love how Daisy stares at you, my dog (a labrador) loves to nudge me – repeatedly- under the elbow when I am trying to type. She probably thinks it’ll speed things up but it actually slows things down as I need to retype my words before I can play with her


Linda Chan December 10, 2013 at 5:28 pm

“I go to pieces over you”
I love your designs and this is a darling addition.


Erica Whittaker December 10, 2013 at 6:33 pm

”Its alright Ill sew you back together…”


Heather December 10, 2013 at 9:26 pm

As always your blog brings a smile to my day – thankyou

“Is this kit like MFI where there are always some bits left over?


Alexandra December 10, 2013 at 10:32 pm

“Somehow, Fred, I just don’t think this move is going to work.”

Thanks for the opportunity. They’re adorable, as is everything you make.

To all of you: Happy Christmas, Hanukkah or whatever festival you value at this time of year. <3



Beth Allen December 11, 2013 at 7:33 am

‘Dear Fred, Shall we dance?
They are just the most delightful pair of dancers, look as though they would be as light as air on their feet!
Your designs are just so simple and so very perfect – it is so lovely that you share them with us all. Happy Christmas to you and yours and to Ginger and Fred.


Beth Allen December 11, 2013 at 7:37 am

” Dear Fred, Shall we Dance?
Fred and Ginger are so delightful and look as though they would be as light as air on their feet.
Thank you so very much for sharing them, you make the loveliest toys, Happy Christmas from Beth.


Beth Allen December 11, 2013 at 7:44 am

“Shall we dance, dear Fred?”

Fred and Ginger are the most delightful Rats that I have ever seen, and I am sure that they dance beautifully
Hope you and all your family of toys have a wonderful Christmas….Beth


Patricia December 11, 2013 at 11:36 am

Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, especially Ginger Mouse

Delightful kit, looks challenging, thank you so much for the opportunity to win Fred or Ginger!


Jan December 11, 2013 at 3:50 pm

Really want to have a pet dancing rat! Super characters -please enter me.


julie December 11, 2013 at 10:24 pm

so cute are the rats!!! I would love to make one!!!


Marina Julian December 12, 2013 at 8:27 am

“Come on Ginger – did you forget that you’re the star on the Christmas tree this year?”

I’d love to win the Ginger kit-set – we have 6 adorable girl ratties left out of our original 9. They are the sweetest companions!


Linda Earnest December 12, 2013 at 5:26 pm

Now which part goes where?
Absolutely love your designs and work!


Jayne Henshaw December 13, 2013 at 7:32 am

Oh Ginger! We’ll never get a ten from Len now!


maureen murray December 13, 2013 at 4:24 pm

oh talk about getting up on the wrong side of bed!


Tracey McLean December 14, 2013 at 2:20 am

So many good lines on here it is hard to come up with something not already suggested. They are all very good.

Don’t know how you could ever ignore Daisy for long. Looks like she has the Paddington Bear stare off to a tee.

Thank you for such a wonderful site Helen. I’m in awe that you manage to do sew much a month. (Sorry about the pun … just too good not to put it in!


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