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Pride goes before a fall

by Helen on April 13, 2014

It’s true to say I was feeling very proud.  At the age of – no, some things are best not mentioned – let’s just say at a slightly more mature age than one might expect – I had become a cover girl!  That is to say, my little mice had been chosen for the cover of a new British bookazine “Handmade Gifts.”

“Look it’s us – we’re famous!”

When my copy arrived I couldn’t wait to open it.  Yes, there were my mice, beautifully photographed and the pattern looked wonderful too I thought, though I did wonder why I can’t make my template lines as neat and straight as theirs.  But then …. my eye strayed to the credit box and my heart sank through my boots ….

“That’s not our mum!”

It’s not me!  My mice have been credited to another person (who may or may not be called Helen Dickson) entirely.  Now, I am sure that whoever this lady is she’s a very lovely lady, but the fact remains – she isn’t me!  I am notoriously camera-shy as you know, but I feel I need to set the record straight – this is me….

Back and front view just to be sure!  The magazine editor apologised profusely, but of course it’s too late for any change to be made.  Still, it’s hard to be downcast for long when there are bluebells in the hedgerows and hexies in the sewing tin….

Yes, watch out for some English paper piecing and lots of little hexies in the May issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine – perfect handstitching to take out and about with you now the warmer weather’s here. (or on its way at least!) 

 

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Daisy makes me laugh!

by Helen on April 1, 2014

I have had a busy sort of a morning today.  When Rosie and Dan moved into their new house, amongst other things I gave them the sofa from my workroom.  This has left a big space and so I’ve been sorting and rearranging – in between beginning the May issue of the Magazine and continuing wedding preparations.  

I have finally(!) learned how to thread my overlocker and am now knee deep in napkin making – from some lovely vintage fabric offcuts I was given by an elderly lady who comes to our Pensioners’ Lunch Club.  She used to do a lot of dressmaking and knows how much I love textiles ….

There’s a selection of lovely Liberty prints amongst them that I think will make beautiful napkins – and we’re planning to use the scraps to make tiny bags of confetti, so every little piece will be used – they’re far too nice to waste.  My French Hens (pattern available here) are sitting on top of the currently very small stack of completed napkins – I’ve stitched nine and “only” have another seventy-one to go!!  But I was quite distracted by the postman’s knock and the arrival of the April issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine – in paperback form ….

Always an exciting moment!  I’m listing the paperback magazine on Amazon every month now and the April issue is now available to purchase on both Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.  I positioned the magazine carefully on my crochet blanket to photograph for you – then sat down, camera still in hand, to have a flick through its pages.  

When – Daisy did make me laugh!  She clearly heard the camera and her furry black head popped up out of nowhere – with an expression that seemed to say …..

“Here I am!  I’m just so pretty! Photograph Me, ME, MEEEEEEE!!!”  

She just can’t stand not being the centre of attention – but oh, she did make me laugh – and of course I did photograph her!

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I love the colour yellow as it’s such a cheerful, happy sunshiney colour.  For me it’s the colour of early spring, and is all around at present ….

There are so many primroses this year, our woods are carpeted with them – and daffodils too popping up in places where I’ve never seen them before.  I’ve made the cover of this month’s Bustle & Sew Magazine yellow too, in honour of the season…..

and it’s out tomorrow!!  I finished uploading it this morning, so we went for a lovely long walk in the woods this afternoon which is where I took the photos at the top of this post.  I’m sure Ben and Daisy would want me to share a larger version of their photo – they were so good and posed beautifully next to the daffodils …..

Although they were feeling very impatient and anxious to carry on up to the top of the hill and through the broken fence into the field where Daisy can charge around and around and …. well I think you’ve probably got the picture by now!!  Then home again for a well-earned rest (Ben)….  

And eager for more fun and excitement (Daisy!) …..

I have no idea where she finds all her energy, but I wish she’d give some to me!!

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Home again – and the April issue

by Helen on March 23, 2014

Phew… home again and a chance to relax in my nice comfy armchair with a bun and hot drink – served in my new mug – a gift from my lovely daughter …

Who very much appreciated all my decorating efforts over the last few days!  We all sat down to a fish and chip supper last night in their new dining room and, though there was still some painting left to do, it was all looking rather nice. The log burner gave a lovely cheerful glow, and before long the house was almost too warm and cosy!

I’m home again today, and for the last hour or so I’ve been catching up on my emails before I collect my furry friends from their kennels in half an hour or so.  Which gives me just enough time to tell you a little more about the April magazine.  This issue is really bright and cheerful – spring is definitely here now, and the colours I’ve used were inspired by this old school poster ….

I’ll be sending out a printable version of this poster to newsletter readers a bit later on this evening – I think it would make a lovely addition to your home this spring – perhaps as part of your Easter decorations?  One or two of the projects in the April Magazine will be good makes for Easter too ….

As well as all the projects above, you’ll discover an extract from “Heidi”, some vintage flower ideas, the next part of my “Making Money from Making” series and much more too.  The April issue is published on Thursday, and if you subscribe before then you’ll receive the March issue (and your free gifts/50% discount code) straight away, and then the April issue when it’s published – bargain!!   Just click here to learn more and subscribe.

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