Purple Days … and a winner!

Thank you so much to everyone who entered my toadstool pin cushion giveaway.  I was blown away by both the number – and the creativity of everyone’s entries – one of my most favourite giveaways ever!  If you have a few moments, please do take a look at the comments, there are some brilliant and imaginative suggestions for residency of my toadstool pin cushions.

Toadstool Pin Cushions

 As always, I wish I had a prize for everyone, but as I only have one to give away on my blog, I worked the random number generator which came up with – 166.  I counted carefully and the winner is …  Lynda Lagodney.  Well done Lynda – I’ll be in touch to request your postal address – and once again, thanks to everyone who entered – it was fun!!

I was going to announce the winner yesterday, but ran out of time – had a very purple day!  We’ve been promised a day of wind and rain today, so I thought I’d better enjoy yesterday’s sunshine with the newfies.  We headed off down to Snapes Point, near Salcombe for a little blackberrying … 

Blackberrying September 2013

 And found loads!  Plump, juicy, dusky purple berries in abundance ….

Blackberrying September 2013All ready to be made into my Auntie Joyce’s Bramble Curd – delish! The full account of our expedition, together with recipes for blackberries, apples and damsons will be in the October issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine.  And it really was an expedition … here’s one very tired puppy ….

Blackberrying September 2013 enjoying a nap in the garden on our return home!  But yesterday wasn’t just about purple berries….. I have a new purple cardigan for the winter – nice wool, deep rich colour – but perhaps just a little plain. … until now!

Autumn Hedgerows Applique Cardigan


  I’ll include templates and instructions in this month’s magazine too.  And finally – thinking about the magazine – I promised to include the first of this year’s Christmas projects – and here’s a sneak peek ….

Mary & Joseph

 Mary and Joseph from the first-ever Bustle & Sew Nativity set. Hope you like them! 


Love the cardigan, my sort of cardigan! Will the recipe for the Bramble Curd be in the magazine, we have loads of organised blackberries at the bottom of the garden. The birds have the ones at the top we cannot reach, not even Alex! and we the the ones lower down. This year so far we have had three lots, and there are still more! Looking forward to the Nativity set, I love Nativity sets.
Hope Ben and Daisy had lovely rests in the garden.
Julie xxxxxxxxx


Hi Julie, yes the recipe will be in the October issue – and there’s a great blackberry and apple cake too for you to enjoy. xx


Thank you for sharing the lovely photos of your outing. Such a beautiful view at Snapes Point, and a perfect place for a carefree newfie romp!
I look forward to the new projects planned for October’s ezine…
X Linda


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