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Merry Christmas

I’d like to wish you a very happy, healthy and MERRY Christmas!! Here at Bustle & Sew we’re super-excited as it’s Daisy’s first Christmas and she has no idea what to expect – though she’s sure she’s going to LOVE it!!  

The excitement is building ……. have they been good …. will Santa Paws visit them tonight?!?!

I know Christmas is often full of the hustle & bustle of family and friends –  of visiting and being visited – but just in case you have a few moments for some peaceful stitching over the holidays, I’ve decided to start my sale early…  

Just click here to visit my store and enter code MERRYXMAS at checkout to receive a generous 50% discount off all purchases (except magazine subscriptions).

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY!!

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Happy Birthday to Me!

by Helen on December 16, 2013

Today is my birthday – a date I share with Jane Austen who (contrary to Rosie’s belief) is CONSIDERABLY older than me!!  This year I have been super-lucky as I’ve received what must be one of the cutest cards of all time ….. 

My Birthday Card

 Ahhhhh.  And here at Coombe Leigh we’re great believers in tradition, so no birthday tea is complete without jelly and blancmange – made in rabbit shape of course, with the very same mould my mum used when I was only little!  Here it is ready to be turned out …

Birthday Tea

The fire is lit, and we’re waiting for our guests to arrive…. 

Fire's Lit!Growing older might mean creaky knees and grey hairs – but birthdays are still lots of fun!

PS If you’d like to commission your own Flapdoodledesigns birthday – or any other occasion – card then you can contact Jacqui over on her Facebook page.

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Christmas Video and hat pulling!

by Helen on December 3, 2013

When I first began Bustle & Sew I had absolutely no idea how many different skills I would have to learn over the years.  Although I could already sew and embroider of course, my skills  have developed tremendously and I’ve learned so much from other keen stitchers who so generously share their knowledge online.  But sadly running a (very) small business isn’t just about sewing …. I’ve become reasonably proficient in photoshop, which I really enjoy and have discovered the easiest and most fun ever desktop publishing package – a vital tool as the Bustle & Sew e-Magazine has developed and hopefully improved over the last 35 issues.  I don’t think I’ll ever really get to grips with the book keeping side of things and I positively hate admin, so I’m not nearly as well organised as I should be.  Time management is another issue – with two furry friends who’d rather be on the beach than sitting watching me work!

Now the latest skill I’m trying is video production.  I’ve come a bit late to this as my erratic rural internet connection has made both uploading and viewing videos somewhat problematic.  However …. Mr Fox: Wish Upon a Star was such fun to make, I decided to persevere and am now proud to present my first-ever Christmas promotional video …. 

 Featuring lots of Bustle & Sew patterns from my Christmas store.  Now I’ve been bitten by the video bug expect more …. Daisy’s first Christmas might be a good subject, though they were both very naughty about their Christmas hats …

A rare moment of co-operation as each tried to pull the other’s hat off!  Stronger elastic for Christmas Day I think!

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A walk to Batson Creek

by Helen on November 29, 2013

We had a lovely walk earlier this week, down to Batson Creek – a tidal inlet at the top of the estuary just across the water from Salcombe.  It was a still and frosty morning and the water was completely flat (although not still, I watched the edge very carefully and could see the tide rising little by little) 

Batson Creek in November

 So very peaceful now all the visitors have left, no more sound of outboard motors, children squealing and playing and general noise and activity.  The summer months are full of life and activity, whilst in contrast, in the winter everywhere is quiet and deserted.  This is especially true of Salcombe where a very large proportion of houses in the town are second homes or holiday lets that stand empty through the colder months.  But the emptiness is great for the newfies who enjoy being free of my summertime anxiety about their upsetting nervous children and small dogs – sometimes just because they’re big and black! 

Batson Creek in November

Batson can be very muddy, there’s a steep path through National Trust woodland down to the creek, with a stream that has to be forded (or in Daisy’s case splash through once, turn around, dive through it a second time and finally run up and down it before leaping out and shaking wet fur – just as I am about to cross!).  Dogs are supposed to be under control Miss Daisy!

Batson Creek in November

 But this time we didn’t see a single person on our walk so Daisy’s naughtiness didn’t matter.  When we reached the creek the tide was coming in ….

Batson Creek in November

 So there just had to be swimming! (Them not me)

And afterwards back up the hill again to the car park.  Love these seedheads – one day I WILL get around to stitching some!

Batson Creek in November

 

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