P-p-p…picking a penguin

by Helen on September 9, 2014

Hmm … think I might be showing my age! British readers of a certain vintage will know exactly what I mean – remembering those p-p-p-pick-up-a-penguin biscuit ads from the 1970s.  But I digress.  One of my patterns for the current magazine is a cute little penguin softie ….

I was thinking very much about my new son-in-law (still not quite used to typing this) when I created this little fellow as Dan’s favourite animal (OK, bird) is a penguin.  And I’ve been wondering about making some Christmas PJ bottoms for the happy couple – and whether Dan might like a penguin version.  I spotted this really nice flannel by Stella Jean for Wilmington Prints over at the Fat Quarter Shop

Reminds me a bit of my softie!  And then (because I’m quickly becoming a bit of a Pinterest addict) I started putting together a little Penguins board ….

PicMonkey Collage (4)

There are some great Penguin ideas around – hope you like my selection!  Just click here to take a look!



September’s Projects …

by Helen on August 9, 2014

Just a quick peek ….

The first two projects for the September Magazine xx


Bunnies and Penguins

by Helen on August 1, 2014

Following on from my earlier post, I am delighted to report that Tilly is a lovely little baby dog – who absolutely adores the present Daisy chose so carefully for her …..

She’s coming to visit this weekend.  I do hope that she likes the Newfies and isn’t afraid of their great size.  I’ll be sure to let you know how it all goes.  One thing that did go smoothly and successfully – at the very first attempt(!) – this month was uploading the August issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine.

I sent it out to all my lovely subscribers yesterday, so if that’s you and you haven’t received your copy then please do contact me soonest so I can sort out whatever has gone wonky this end.  And… as everything worked first time when uploading I had a bit of spare time yesterday.  Did I use that time to (a) tackle the rather large and precariously balanced stack of ironing that’s awaiting my attention (b) head outside to wage war on the bindweed that’s threatening to smother my rather lovely pink rambling rose or (c) play around with Pinterest and put together a rabbit themed board in honour of Emily and Arthur from this month’s issue?  I think perhaps you can guess the answer …..

Welcome to my Run Rabbit Run! Board.

I particularly like the rabbit crochet cushion and think it would look lovely on my sofa this winter.   I’m not very good at crochet, though Rosie is – I wonder if I could persuade her …….