Bloom & Grow

Bloom & Grow Giveaway

by Helen on June 15, 2014

Yesterday was a lovely day – Rosie and I went along to the bridal shop for her final fitting and her dress is absolutely perfect.  It is the most delicious confection of …. aha – you thought I was going to give the secret away didn’t you?  But no… I promise to show you lots and lots of wedding photos afterwards, but until then the only thing I’m giving away is a Bloom and Grow embroidery kit.

I only had a very limited edition of these available for purchase (I was unable to obtain any more of this fabric), but I did keep just one or two back – until now…..

Yes, I have one of my Bloom and Grow embroidery kits to giveaway to a lucky blog reader.  The kit contains all the ingredients you need to create the “Sound of Music” inspired stitchery above – all you need to add is a hoop and some lovely stitching time.

If you ‘d like the chance to win a Bloom and Grow kit then all you need to do is to leave a comment below.  I’m planning to put together some more Bustle & Sew kits over the summer months and would love to hear your ideas for the first few using some of my designs … would you like more embroidery or perhaps a softie kit?  It would be wonderful if you had any suggestions if you could include them in your comment.

The giveaway is open for the whole of this week, until midnight BST on Friday 20th June.  The winner will be chosen by random selection and I will post worldwide. Good luck everyone!  Sorry giveaway now closed.



Feeling frustrated ….

by Helen on May 23, 2014

Usually I love blogging and sharing all my stitching with all my readers and friends.  I really enjoy showing you what I’m up to, and hearing all your comments and ideas – I’ve “met” some lovely people and made some great stitching friends through Bustle & Sew.  But it’s fair to say that at the moment I’m feeling a bit frustrated.  This is because I’m doing an awful lot of sewing for THE BIG DAY that has to be kept secret until then, so I can’t share, even though I’m nearly bursting with wanting to show you all.  I am afraid that after the wedding I may become very boring as I’ll be wanting to show you millions and squillions of pictures of all the wedding projects I’ve been working on.

But this week hasn’t all been about wedding preparations.  I’ve just  finished the June issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine and will be sending it out on Thursday 29th.  There are some lovely summery projects including my Bloom and Grow embroidery ….

And, in response to demand, I’ve been busy putting together a limited edition of kits for this project.  The weather here has been lovely so I decided to take all the floss up into my summerhouse.  The kit has a mixture of Anchor and DMC floss that I’ve sorted onto shade cards – a lovely peaceful occupation until Ben woke up and saw what I was doing ….

Then trotted over to take a look.  (I’m not sure where Daisy was at this point – probably busy enlarging her latest excavation – an 18″ deep 4 ft long trench at the top end of the garden, under the fig tree)

He clearly didn’t approve of my activity, as he then proceeded to put on his best long-suffering face, resting his chin on the table and from time to time emitting heavy sighs ….

Until I gave up and went inside to rummage in the dog-treat tin for a tasty titbit for him to enjoy.  But I have now finished my kits.  They are a strictly limited edition of just 24  as I can’t get any more of this fabric…..

And I have listed the first six Bloom & Grow kits in my Etsy shop specially for blog readers.  You’ll find them to purchase here .  Meanwhile I hope you all have a great weekend – it’s a special one for me, and I’ll tell you all about it next time.