March Magazine and the theft of a toy….

by Helen on February 24, 2013

Yes, back in the garden again!  This time to take photos of the last project for the March Bustle & Sew magazine – published this Thursday – so yes, I’m cutting it fine, but I was quite determined to include this design as it would make a lovely no-calorie gift for Mother’s Day (celebrated next month over here). 

Star Baker Applique

I’ve decided to take all my pattern photographs in the summer house now – I’m trying to achieve a consistent Bustle & Sew “look” and I think the white walls make a nice uncluttered background, working well with all sorts of designs.  They also act almost like a giant white box, bouncing light around inside giving a nice bright feel to my photos.   This design was a lot of fun – combining freestyle machine embroidery with accents of hand stitching to give it a little something special.    

When I’d finished photographing my Star Baker project I thought I’d take some photos of some of my spring blooms.  The hellebores are particularly nice this year, but it’s fair to say that they’d have been even nicer if they hadn’t been trampled on by two sets of large furry paws!   


Sadly I only took a couple of shots because as I was advancing towards a particularly nice clump of daffodils,  I heard a commotion coming from behind me.  I turned around, and what did I see?

Mum!  Ben took my toy (1)

 Mum!  MUM!!  Ben took my new toy.  Make him give it back!  MAKE HIM GIVE IT BACK!!   What?!  You say we have to sort it out ourselves?  Right!  I’ll show that black furry lump what a determined young newfie can do!

Mum! Ben took my toy! (2)

 Right Big Bro!!  I may be small, but you don’t mess with me!  I’m gonna roll you over and jump on you!!  

Mum! Ben took my toy! (3)

 Yabba dabba doooooooooo!!!

Sorry I chopped the top of Daisy’s head off – I was laughing so hard it was hard to aim the camera!  It’s a good thing Ben is so very sweet natured and easygoing as he is about five times her size and could easily win any argument if he chose.  

And finally – here’s the cover for the March issue, I’ve tried to make it look spring-like, rather like my poor trampled garden.  

Bustle & Sew Magazine March 2013

 Hope you like it!