What a marathon!

And no, I don’t mean the England v Scotland match – this morning’s Rugby World Cup offering.  After making sure Townie Husband was well supplied with bacon sarnies and cups of tea, I have been comfortably ensconced upon the sofa uploading all my Christmas patterns to the Bustle & Sew website.
 
 
This month’s magazine is out now and includes 5 new Bustle & Sew patterns for Christmas.  Above is the baby giraffe Gift Bottle Bag (well, who said Christmas is just for reindeer?) and Christmas Shopping applique picture.  This is a mixture of hand and machine embroidery and applique and was inspired by an old card I found tucked inside a second-hand book I purchased over the summer.
 
I still haven’t managed to get a picture of the Advent calendar I’m completely happy with – but I think this one shows the embroidery really well – can you see Rudolph?  Of course the Christmas Candy Cone Mouse finds a place in the magazine …
 
 
Then there’s “Love Flew Down at Christmas” a story about the youngest blackbird, his true love and that Christmas night in Bethlehem, illustrated by this easy, but very effective, applique design ..
 
 
And of course the print-your-own “Very Merry Christmas Bunting”.  This is the first of my free Christmas gifts for magazine subscribers, but I’ve also listed it for sale on the website. 
 
 
 
So, as you can see, I have been very busy.  And to celebrate I’m offering all readers a 20% discount on every purchase from the Bustle & Sew website for the next 3 days.  Your discount code is VERYMERRY72 and it is only available until 12 noon Tuesday (BST). So now’s your chance to stock up on patterns for the festive season at bargain prices.  You’ll find a whole new section devoted to seasonal patterns plus all the usual goodies too.
 
And the Rugby … yes a good result for England.  Excellent match, two very strong teams – feel very sorry for Scotland who played incredibly well.  Shame they can’t both go through.   But Townie Husband is happy and already looking forward to England’s next match!

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