Publication day for the February issue of the Bustle & Sew e-Magazine is drawing closer and I’m busy working on the last project to be included. It’s not a traditional sort of pattern …. I’ve started a new series of articles for the magazine “Making Money Making” and I wanted to show how simple shapes can be used in a variety of ways to give great results that are sure to be popular at craft fairs and online. (I don’t at all mind people selling items they personally have made using my patterns, providing they credit Bustle & Sew with the design). I’ve chosen a basic sitting bunny shape and so far have worked it into four easy (and saleable) projects. There’s a set of three bunnies that would make a great Easter decoration ….
Perhaps a larger bunny with gusset for a novelty cushion? Or why not applique the bunny template to a patchwork base for a more traditional look….
And of course it’s always useful to have a little help when you’re trying to take photos ….
Especially when you don’t want dog hair everywhere! Thanks for your help Daisy, I don’t know how I’d manage without you – a little of your help goes a very long way indeed!
I’m just working on the final bunny idea for this month’s issue – I’m all out of time – but I may include another couple of ideas in the March issue. Here’s the final work in progress …..
Exactly the same template, but much much smaller with a border of spring flowers. The bunny project and the first article in my new series about making to sell will be in the February issue of the Bustle & Sew e-Magazine – it’s out next week, so not too long to wait!
We had a lovely Easter. The weather was reasonably kind to us – cold, but dry, so our Egg Hunt was able to go ahead as planned. Ben and Daisy went up into the garden with Rosie and Dan to help hide all the chocolate goodies, but I am sorry to have to tell you that, after only a few minutes they were returned to the kitchen in disgrace.
Ben had spotted that the eggs were being placed in nooks and crannies just out of his reach. Clearly he felt this was totally unsatisfactory but, due to his rather lazy nature, he didn’t try to jump up and reach them. Oh no …. he simply bumped his big furry body into the bushes and trees holding eggs and gave them a good shake – which definitely achieved the desired results as far as he was concerned. Luckily his bad behaviour was spotted before he and Daisy had chance to consume his ill-gotten gains and that was when they were both returned to the kitchen in disgrace!
So there were lots of goodies left for Emily and Oliver (my friend Lisa’s twins) to discover. I think they were pleased with their treasures! Then after lunch everybody wanted to relax – except for the youngest member of the family ….
Who was quite determined to stay awake! Eventually even she was persuaded to lie quietly for a cuddle …
Though she didn’t stay quiet for very long!
Here at Bustle & Sew Easter isn’t quite over yet – my 40% off Easter Eggstravaganza finishes at midnight tonight (BST) so there’s still time to pick up a cracking (groan!) good bargain – you don’t even need a code, your discount is automatically deducted at checkout.
And finally … bunnies are not just for Easter …. here’s a sneak peak at my Curlywurly Cottontails pattern for next month’s magazine…
I’ll tell you a bit more about the Curlywurly Cottontails next time!
”OK Mum. That’s enough sewing. I want to PLAY! Stop playing with those hens – yes those ones – and play with me instead or I will CHEW them!”
(Two French Hens – Easter softies for the March Bustle & Sew Magazine)
”I will snuffle on your camera lens too! Come outside and play – NOW!”
So I went …….
In my last post I mentioned that I had dropped Ben at his favourite kennels for the day so he wouldn’t be home alone. Just in case you might have thought this was a bad thing and felt sorry for the poor creature, I thought I’d show you France Farm where he goes to stay…
This is the drive down to France Farm, which is situated about 10 minutes away from home. We have to stop and open a large five-barred gate right at the top of a hill. The view over Start Bay is stunning and I think you can just make out the village of Slapton in the distance. Although the scene is peaceful now, this wasn’t the case in the last World War when many US Servicemen were killed whilst training at Slapton Sands for the D-Day invasions. There are two memorials down at the sea front – one erected by the US Government, and the second an old Sherman tank retrieved from the waters of the bay and restored. But on Saturday it was so quiet and all we could hear were the skylarks singing madly far over our heads. Then we drove down to the farm itself …
… I have marked the actual kennel building – a restored stone barn – with individual compartments, raised beds, underfloor heating, and classical music playing so the residents don’t feel lonely. There are extensive play areas and the dogs are taken for long walks around the surrounding fields and woodlands every day. Ben had a lovely time, but was clearly determined to make his displeasure at being left out of our National Trust expedition known…..
Sunday was Rosie’s Easter Egg Hunt. I went out into the garden very early to hide the chocolate eggs and bunnies. I went up the garden tucking them into nooks and crannies – came to the wall by the old fig tree, turned around and saw …… a trail of foil along the grass behind me. Yes … it was Ben, having worked out his revenge for being abandoned. He had, oh so quietly, followed me up the garden, staging his own egg hunt, carefully retrieving, unwrapping and eating all the eggs I had hidden that were within his reach. It’s a wonder he wasn’t ill. Definitely Ben the Bad!!