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Ask the Bunny … Softie Making

by Helen on August 15, 2014

Last week I asked if anyone had questions they’d like to ask the Bustle & Sew bunny.  I received quite a few queries which I’m beginning to put into some sort of order to answer in the coming weeks.  These included an email from a lovely lady called Baa who wanted to know about my free booklet “Making Beautiful Softies” as she couldn’t find the link to download it.  I had a bit of a rummage around and was amazed to discover that I actually put this together way back in 2011 (which is probably why Baa couldn’t find the link!) and it was well overdue for a dusting down and tidying up.  So I spent an hour or two on polishing it up a little and putting it into my new format, and here it is!

The illustration on the front is by my very talented friend Jacqui of Flapdoodledesigns, and shows two of my ever-popular Pincushion Mice.

Just CLICK HERE to download your free copy of Making Beautiful Softies, and if you don’t already have, and would like, the Pincushion Mice pattern, then please just CLICK HERE.

Both the booklet and pattern are free and I’m happy for you to share them with as many people as you wish, providing you don’t change them in any way.  And if you have any questions you’d like to “Ask the Bunny” then please do leave a comment below or email me direct.

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Ask the Bunny

by Helen on August 8, 2014

August is, I always think, the month when the seasons begin to change again.  On the one hand the summer holidays are still in full swing, the sun is warm and the drowsy buzzing of the honey bees that smother my lavender plants makes a delightful soundtrack to an afternoon spent stitching in the summer house.  But there are late summer sunflowers in my lovely mother-of-the-bride jug and the roses in my garden are long past their best.  The fields are golden and farmers are bringing in the harvest late into the night ….

And the Newfies (who have watched far too many nature programmes) are pretending to be lions of the Serengeti stalking through the long grass up at Woodleigh woods …

Though these are apple trees, not acacia, there are green Devon fields in the background, and blackberries ripening in the hedgerows …

Autumn is only just around the corner.  But September is also a time of new beginnings, and we are definitely going to enjoy our new family member through the autumn months.  Tilly visited us last week and was very surprised to see the size of her new “cousins” the newfies …..

Doesn’t she have ENORMOUS ears!  Hope she grows into them!  Daisy absolutely LOVED her, and has appointed herself Tilly’s new “mum”.  They made friends straight away, and it was so comical to watch Daisy following her around making sure Tilly didn’t come to any harm.

And there are new beginnings at Bustle & Sew too.  I think I’ve already mentioned that Rosie is joining me to help make the website even nicer and the Magazine even bigger and better.  We have been playing around with all sorts of ideas and thought it would be nice to have a questions and answers session called “Ask the Bunny” from time to time.  We’ll include some on the blog here, as well as longer answers in the magazine……

But before we can prepare our answers – we need some questions!! So if there’s anything you’d like to ask – whether it’s about sewing techniques, patterns, materials 0r perhaps life here in Devon, living with newfies, setting up your website, running your own crafty business or anything else then please do contact me with your question.  I can’t guarantee I’ll have an answer, but perhaps another reader will know …..

Just leave a comment below or email me to “Ask the Bunny” and next week I’ll be back with a question and answer post for you to enjoy.

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