What makes you happy?

by Helen on July 24, 2014

For me it’s anything to do with fabric, thread and floss with perhaps a little toy stuffing and a few buttons added to the mix….. family and friends goes without saying … flowers, sunshine, the beach …… and two large black SLEEPY furry friends of course!

What makes you smile?  I’d love to know!!

If you like this image, you’ll find a hi-res printable version in the August Magazine.



Thought for the day …..

by Helen on April 5, 2014

CLICK HERE for printable image. 


Bustle & Sew 2014 Calendar arrives!

by Helen on October 22, 2013

Before I get to the nice part of this post, I must begin with an apology …. I have been poorly in bed for the last few days with a particularly vicious tummy bug that has completely wiped me out.  Today is the first time I’ve switched on my laptop since Saturday, and even as I type it’s still downloading lots and LOTS of emails.  So if you’ve emailed me and haven’t received a response yet – then I’m really sorry and I’ll try and get back to you as quickly as I can.

Meanwhile, having been under the weather for a few days – and the weather here has been very grey and rainy – I feel as though I need cheering up,  so I thought I’d release my 2014 Bustle & Sew calendar – stuffed with lovely colourful images and guaranteed to make you smile.  I know it’s a bit early for 2014 calendars, and I was planning to save it until at least the end of the month, but (pause for drum roll) here it is now!!

Bustle & Sew 2014 Calendar

Inside there’s a page for each month featuring some of my favourite projects – and the newfies make an appearance too!  The back cover shows all 12 months – great for planning ahead.   


 It’s available as a free pdf file in a choice of A4 or Letter size – so no matter where you live you’ll be able to quickly and easily download and print your calendar.  I’m happy for you to share this calendar as much as you like – it’s completely free for you from me and I hope you’ll like it.  

For your free calendar, just 

CLICK HERE to download the A4 version and 

CLICK HERE to download the Letter version.




Out in the Garden: Free Printable for you

by Helen on April 28, 2013

At last – I think spring has finally sprung here in South Devon, so this week I’ve been looking around my garden – assessing the havoc and mayhem caused by both the excessive rainfall/prolonged cold weather and two very naughty newfies with large paws and inquisitive natures!  

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 The entrance to Ben’s den where they both like to hang out!

I am sorry to say that Daisy is a bit of a digger!  She started her first hole in the border whilst still very young and it didn’t originally amount to much.  However, over the last week or so she has enlarged it considerably and started not one, but two additional excavations which are much more impressive!  Ben, on the other hand, does not like to dig – he enjoys pruning and snipping much more – and has been working hard on enlarging his “den” hidden in the hedge at the end of the garden where he can peer through the fence and monitor the activities of my lovely next-door neighbours! 


Luckily my baby courgettes are well out of the reach of their large furry paws and inquisitive whiskery faces!

My friend Jacqui, of Flapdoodle Designs is a passionate gardener – and has put together a free printable for everyone who loves their gardens – whether as keen diggers, pruners and planters – or simply sitting and enjoying the sunshine and flowers (I’m hopeful that this year we’ll have a good summer and there will be lots of sunshine and flowers!).  

Gardener's Notebook

 It’s a lovely gardener’s notebook, with nice clear lined pages for each month of the year – and some of Jacqui’s lovely illustrations too …

Gardener's Notebook

Jacqui’s giving away her Gardener’s Notebook printable to everyone on her free newsletter list.  So if you’d like your own copy then just CLICK HERE to receive her free newsletter and receive your free printable Gardener’s Notebook.   And, like me, Jacqui promises never to share your email address with anyone else.