It’s nearly Christmas!

I’m sorry I’ve been a bit quiet here on the blog lately.  Unfortunately I’ve been laid up in bed for the last 10 days or so with a nasty dose of the flu, real flu, not just a bad cold.  But all my wonderful friends and family rallied round – I was kept well supplied with medicine and orange juice, while Daisy was taken for walks without me so I could stay at home feeling very sad and sorry for myself.

But all that is behind me now – I’m feeling so much better and Christmas is only just around the corner!  Daisy of course is ready for THE BIG DAY – she has always loved to party ……

Often ending up looking rather the worse for wear!  And though we will miss Ben of course, we still plan on having a wonderful family day together. Tilly and Daisy are sure to be joined in their mischief-making by young Master Freddie, who celebrates his second birthday on Boxing Day – there’s just so much to look forward to!

Luckily, before I became ill I had managed to get well ahead with the January Bustle & Sew Magazine …..

I hope you’ll agree that there’s lots to enjoy inside. I think my personal favourite might be the Wilderness Bunting – perfect for a special birthday party – or perhaps the cache pots, so easy and quick to make.  Rosie has put together a collection of warming comfort foods for this, the coldest of months, and we even look at the best way to pack and store your decorations once Christmas is over.  The January issue will be published on Thursday 28 December.  Then … another date for your diary … our annual Big Back Issue sale will commence on Monday 1 January.  This is a once-a-year event when we offer all back issues of the magazine for sale at unbelievably low prices – more details to follow nearer the time.

Until then, I’d like to thank you all for supporting Bustle & Sew for another year – we simply couldn’t manage without you.  So from us all ……

Have a very Merry Christmas – and I hope Santa brings you everything you hope for.  Love from us all here at Bustle & Sew HQ. xxxx


Feel better fast, Helen, and have a beautiful, joy-filled holiday season and birthdays too!! Be well.


So sorry you’ve been down with that nasty flu. I had hoped you were just very busy with Christmas preparations, with Freddie getting old enough to remember all the excitement. Do take it easy so you don’t get a relapse! Merry Christmas to you and all your family.

Janis Culmer

Oh no, so sorry, I’ve only just read about Ben – so sorry to hear that news, a beautiful boy with a lovely nature. Sorry to hear you were so poorly before Christmas too and hoping you are feeling much better now. Best wishes for the new year – and I’m looking forward to another year of your lovely magazine, thank you!x


Thanks Janis, yes he was a wonderful friend with a kind and loving heart. I’m much better now thanks, and thank you too for your kind comment about the magazine. Happy New Year to you too!xx


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