First of all, thank you so much to everyone who left such lovely comments about my mice – and my disappointment, it was so kind of you all. I’m going to be doing some more projects for that publisher and the editor has been in touch about my picture, so fingers crossed all will be well next time! I was also touched that one or two people said they’d know my work anywhere and wondered if that might be because I try to make all my softies look nice and kind and cheerful?
At the moment I have a few of my bunnies from last month’s magazine scattered around the house all ready for Easter …
Spot the little chap on my kitchen windowsill, looking very comfortably settled next to my lovely pink roses( a bargain from Tesco!). My sewing tin heaped with hexies has just crept into the corner of this picture (there’s a tiny bit peeping out from behind the hen jelly mould) and I hope to be able to show you my completed hexie project very soon indeed. It’s been a bit of a slow sew – lots of lovely handstitching which I’ve really enjoyed. I do try to include all sorts of projects and something for everyone in the magazine each month, so I’ve also put some embellished tea towels into the May issue ….
Featuring simple machine applique they’re really quick and easy to make – and would be a great make-to-sell if you’re having a stall at a fete or fair this summer. These are for Rosie though as I’ve used up some of the scraps from her wedding fabrics, so she and Dan can think happy wedding thoughts even while they’re washing up!
The boxes next to the kettle are part of my wedding preparations too. They’re holding some sweet pea seeds I’m germinating for Rosie’s wedding garden, whilst the tea pots on my pink chair are destined for the tea tables at her reception, they’ll look so pretty filled with flowers. But even with all the wedding preparations I’ve managed to squeeze in a little sewing just for me ….
I’m still keeping to easy patterns whilst I practise my half-remembered dress-making skills. This top was made from Indygo Junction’s Perfect Pullover pattern. It was soooooo simple – I’d totally recommend it to beginners or less confident dress-makers. I’m not sure if I went a bit over the top with my recycling though – I made my version from part of an old curtain, a thrifted pillowcase and some leftover Laura Ashley scraps from Rosie’s childhood. Can I really go out dressed in an old curtain and half a pillowcase I wonder?
I’ve spent a lot of time over the past few days perched on my lovely pink chair giving happy little sighs of contentment as I gaze around my cheerfully redecorated kitchen. But today all that changed as I was totally distracted by the arrival of ….
a new toy! Yes, I am now the proud possessor of an overlocker (or serger) and have spent most of this afternoon
playing practising how to use it. I’ve been thinking about investing in one for some time, and now have the perfect excuse – it’s going to play a major role in Rosie & Dan’s wedding invitations. I can’t reveal any more at present, although I am very impatient to tell all about them and will be sure to let you know when they’re done!
As well as playing with my new overlocker, I’ve been writing up another pattern for the April issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine. This month’s issue welcomes in the spring, which of course brings the start of the gardening season (for those of us who are fair weather gardeners anyway!). My friend Jacqui (Flapdoodledesigns) is a very keen gardener and “Digging the Allotment” is based on one of her drawings …
This would be a great beginner’s project as it only uses back stitch and would make a lovely gift for a keen gardener. If you like Jacqui’s work, then you’ll love her Facebook page where you’ll find lots more of her lovely work – please do pop over and say “hello” if you have a moment. And finally ….
Can you ever have too many bunnies at Easter? I’m updating and revising one of my older patterns for the April Magazine. Hopefully soon I’ll be back with some photos of my Woodland Alphabet Quilt to show (which is also going to be in the April issue). It’s all finished – and quilted too – but I’m really struggling with photographing it. Rosie’s here this weekend and perhaps she’ll be able to help me as she’s much better with a camera than I am. Fingers crossed!
Before announcing the winner of my Valentine Bunnies giveaway, I’d like to thank everybody who entered. The weather here has been so grey and stormy, but I’ve felt so cheerful reading all your lovely comments and dreaming of warmer days to come ….
Rather like my naughty Miss Daisy – seen here snoring gently after a morning’s play with her best friend Lionel. I’m sorry I don’t have a prize for everyone – I so much wish I did. But after working the random number generator I’m pleased to announce the winner is comment number 3 – that’s Kathleen Robertson. Well done Kathleen and as soon as you send me your postal details your prize will be on its way to you! There’s still a chance to win my completed Valentine Bunnies stitchery over on my Facebook page though …..
Just CLICK HERE to pop across and enter.
And finally a quick peek at another project coming in the March issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine
Hope you like it!
Phew … the February issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine has been now sent out to everyone (if you are a subscriber and haven’t seen your copy in your in-box please be sure to contact me soonest so I can make sure you receive it safely).
The description for the February issue in my store says that it ”celebrates the earliest signs of spring, with projects for Valentine’s Day and some Easter bunnies too”. Which is completely true. However …. even as I was typing this, I was thinking to myself, ”Why should bunnies be limited to Easter? What about some Valentine’s bunnies too?” And so I have adapted the bunny template from this month’s magazine to create a giveaway for you….
A chance to win two adorable little patchwork bunnies applied to a vintage cotton panel surrounded by a sweet spring blossom garland printed ready for you to stitch, with space below the bunnies for you to stitch names or any text you choose. The finished garland is about 6 1/2″ in diameter. And … as well as the panel itself, I’m delighted to be able to include two cute thread bobbins generously donated by the lovely Sandy from her wonderfully named Etsy shop “Giggle Snort Society!” Please do pop over and take a look at her selection of designs – they’re pretty and practical too!
To enter my Valentine bunny giveaway please leave a comment below and – just for fun – please tell me your favourite sign of spring! The giveaway will close at 12 midnight (GMT) on Wednesday 5th February and I’m so looking forward to reading your comments!