The December 2013 issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine is out this week and it’s stuffed with Christmas projects! Fun designs that give great results and don’t take forever – after all this is a very busy time of year!
If you’re on Facebook and would like a chance to win the little red reindeer from this month’s issue (sooo Christmassy) just pop on over to my page to enter the giveaway. And if you’d like to make your own reindeer, you’ll find the pattern on page 30 of the December issue – still just $5.50when you subscribe in 2013.
(So sorry, but the price will have to rise for new subscribers in January. Existing subscribers please don’t worry, your price will remain the same forever – no price rises ever – I promise!)
It looks like this year the trend for cute and kitsch Christmas jumpers will be just as strong as ever – I know the two trendsetters in my family, Rosie and Dan, have already purchased their woolly apparel.
Although I love the look, as the Christmas cook I find that any sort of jumper becomes far too warm and toasty as I baste the turkey and stir my bread sauce on Christmas morning. For this reason I’ve resisted investing in a Christmas jumper as I end up feeling extremely hot and bothered by the time lunch is served. But I do feel a little left out which is why this year I’ve decided things are going to be different! I too am going to be seasonal and festive wearing my new Santa apron.
Some easy machine applique and cheerful red ric-rac braid will ensure that I look just as festive as the Christmas jumper wearers – and won’t end up feeling as roasted as my turkey!
And a nice wrap-round style fasted with a button at the back will ensure that my Christmas outfit isn’t spoiled by any spills and splashes – perfect!
The pattern for my Christmas Santa Apron will be in the December issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine, published on Thursday 28th November – so you’ll have plenty of time to make your own apron before the big day!
The last week of the month is always a bit of an anxious time for me as I put the finishing touches to the magazine and press the “upload” button. And this month’s is a bumper issue with more than 70 pages – that’s because there are a couple of larger projects included – part one of my Nativity set as well as my Winter’s Comfort Quilt:
I am delighted to report that all is now finished and the October issue is safely uploaded ready to mail to subscribers tomorrow, though I am feeling all worn out – though in a good sort of way. In contrast, now the cooler weather has arrived, my two large and furry friends are positively bursting with energy – here they are enjoying a romp in one of the fields above the village during a recent morning walk:
They’re sleeping now after an afternoon spent with Donna, their canine beautician. They are both incredibly fluffy, soft to touch and smell disgusting delightful! (They are quite disgusted with the outcome, though they love Donna, and once they’ve recovered their energy I’m sure they’ll be doing their best to return to their normal scruffy states!)