There’s only one thing to do on a miserable wet day in October – think of Christmas celebrations to come! And so I present to you …
Robert, the Red Nose Reindeer! Already snaffled by Rosie for her Christmas decorations this year. I made Robert from one of my most popular patterns ever – the Fabric Deer Head which you can purchase here if you want to make your own Robert, Richard, Rachel or indeed any other reindeer of your choice!
Thank you everyone for your patience – I have now worked the random number generator ….. and the winner is comment number 65:
Which means – if I have counted correctly – and I do hope that I have – the winner is Michelle. Well done Michelle – I have emailed you. Thank you so much to everyone who entered, and in particular those who gave me some ideas for new softies, I shall definitely be attempting to create at least some of them over the coming months.
Though I have to say that at present I am feeling a little topsy turvey here at Coombe Leigh. This is because I have been thinking about Christmas – in particular “Christmas in July” – which is always a big event in the crafting blogosphere.
This year I’m collecting together nearly all my Christmas patterns from the last three years into a single book. I’m tweaking the older ones to bring them right up-to-date, as well as including one or two new designs. I will of course include my Fabric Deer Head (he has turned out to be one of my most popular patterns ever!) and there will also be some illustrations from Jacqui, including the one above. Here’s a sneak preview of the cover for you……
It’s no wonder then, that I’m feeling topsy-turvey with all this thinking about Christmas when there’s blossom on the apple trees and bluebells in the woods. But Christmas in July isn’t that far away, just six weeks or so, which isn’t long when you’re trying to combine more than 20 patterns into a new book.
Never mind .. Ben and Daisy will make sure that I take plenty of time out for trips to the beach and walks along the shore ….. all we need now is some more warm sunshine!
My main passion is creating new designs. I love the thrill of seeing something coming together just right – even though it will usually take many attempts to perfect the curve of a rabbit’s paw or the positioning of a whisker. I don’t make to sell, which is why I have absolutely no problem with others offering for sale items they have personally made using my designs – although I do ask for a credit as the pattern designer. This is why I was delighted to discover a brilliant Facebook page – Charlie barlee Studio …..
where the very talented Sherrilee offers items made using her own patterns as well as “Flannidermy” Deer Heads made using my Bustle & Sew Fabric Deer Head pattern. Aren’t they wonderful? I love how she’s interpreted my design ….
This made me think – I know there are lots of other talented makers out there who love to create, whether for sale or not – so I decided to start our very own Bustle & Sew Readers’ Makes Gallery. I’ve added Sherrilee’s beautiful deer to it already – and would love others to add their own creations too. The link to my new Gallery page is in my right-hand sidebar and I’m hoping lots of you talented people will contribute – I love to see others’ beautiful creations.
And finally ….. thank you so much to everyone who sent best wishes for Ben’s speedy recovery. I think I correctly understood what the vet said – that he has a form of dry arthritis in his paw, because of which the actual ends of his bones have been grinding on each other – extremely painful. He has been prescribed a course of 4 special injections for pain relief and to encourage his body to produce more joint fluid, and we are very hopeful this will work. Certainly he is much happier already after just the first injection, so please all keep your fingers crossed for him. Oh … he is also on a diet having put on 10 lbs(!) over the last year (now weighing 168 lbs) ….. no more choc drops for him!