My main passion is creating new designs. I love the thrill of seeing something coming together just right – even though it will usually take many attempts to perfect the curve of a rabbit’s paw or the positioning of a whisker. I don’t make to sell, which is why I have absolutely no problem with others offering for sale items they have personally made using my designs – although I do ask for a credit as the pattern designer. This is why I was delighted to discover a brilliant Facebook page – Charlie barlee Studio …..
where the very talented Sherrilee offers items made using her own patterns as well as “Flannidermy” Deer Heads made using my Bustle & Sew Fabric Deer Head pattern. Aren’t they wonderful? I love how she’s interpreted my design ….
This made me think – I know there are lots of other talented makers out there who love to create, whether for sale or not – so I decided to start our very own Bustle & Sew Readers’ Makes Gallery. I’ve added Sherrilee’s beautiful deer to it already – and would love others to add their own creations too. The link to my new Gallery page is in my right-hand sidebar and I’m hoping lots of you talented people will contribute – I love to see others’ beautiful creations.
And finally ….. thank you so much to everyone who sent best wishes for Ben’s speedy recovery. I think I correctly understood what the vet said – that he has a form of dry arthritis in his paw, because of which the actual ends of his bones have been grinding on each other – extremely painful. He has been prescribed a course of 4 special injections for pain relief and to encourage his body to produce more joint fluid, and we are very hopeful this will work. Certainly he is much happier already after just the first injection, so please all keep your fingers crossed for him. Oh … he is also on a diet having put on 10 lbs(!) over the last year (now weighing 168 lbs) ….. no more choc drops for him!
”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 …….
Thank you very much to everyone who entered my second birthday giveaway to win a year’s subscription to the Bustle & Sew Magazine. I am pleased to announce that, chosen by random number, the winner is comment number 163. And if I have counted correctly, that is Nancye Aitken. Well done Nancye and once again, “Thank you” to everyone else for entering. Thank you also once again for all your lovely comments about my patterns.
Reading through your comments, I was interested to see that softies are particularly well-liked and that hedgehogs and mice are definite leaders in the popularity stakes, together with Charlie the Patchwork Elephant who I think has been my most popular softie ever! I’ve made other elephants to sell, but Charlie still lives in my workroom today, presiding over a collection of smaller softies - Aviator and Cotton Spool Mice of course, Little Geese and Hodge and Podge the hedgehog siblings.
I have been wondering for a while if it would be a nice idea to collect my softie patterns together – with a few new ones too – into a book and I now think that I will … it would be lovely to have them all in one place, and I could add lots of extra notes on cutting, stuffing and stitching – not to mention positioning eyes, ears and tails! Mentioning eyes, ears and tails ……
Rosie snapped this fantastic picture of Daisy in full-on “attack” mode at the beach. Isn’t it wonderful!?!? She has definitely settled in now and is a bundle of energetic happiness – delighting in chasing, wrestling and annoying her devoted big brother in as many ways as she can dream up! Luckily, like the rest of the family, he has fallen for her charms and spends many happy hours playing silly dog games with her until they both collapse into exhausted furry heaps! But I will be very glad when the rain stops and the garden dries out so I can send them outside to play.