Thursday, July 30, 2009

I love a bargain.

Like most women, especially of the 'craft orientated' variety, I love a bargain! I've just come back from the 3 day sale at Patchwork with Gail B, where I could have bought the whole shop. If only...

But I have come home excitedly with these 3 little beauties....

Instead of $51 for all three Cornucopia charm packs, I got them for a total of $27. Words aren't suficient to express how ecstatic I was, and still am.

I also bought this darling bundle of joy, the Faded Memories range. Which is one of my all time favourite fabric ranges. Instead of $25, it was down to $18.

My problem though? I want to use them. Now. Nevermind what other projects I have on the go. Must be patient. Which is unlikely.

You know what I also love, apart from sales at patchwork shops?

A whack of neatly cut squares...

Which was originally this bundle of fat eights.

This is what I did yesterday, when I should have been doing some hand sewing.
If you don't hear from me for awhile, it's because I'm in the sewing room.

Oh, and if you can, make sure you check out the sale of Gail B's. It is well worth it. Trust me. I'm working there on saturday, so I may just come home with some more goodies. Today I saved a total of $50 on all I bought. Can't get any better than that.
I also got the prize I will be using for my 100th post giveaway, which will be happening in 10 posts! How exciting!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Stringybark Farm - Block 3

It's here!! It's here!

Better late than never, I would like to introduce you to Bill the scarecrow. He is quite happy that he finally gets his debut into the Stringybark Farm BOM, even after months of waiting patiently!

Scarecrow Bill has a very important role at Stringybark. A farm isn't a farm without a vegie patch, and a vegie patch isn't complete without a scarecrow! Whilst Bill is a jovial sort of character, he takes his job of guarding the vegie patch very seriously. He is more than happy for you to stop by for a chat in the sunshine, but don't disturb him when there are birds around, as he is busy at work!
He takes great pride in his important role, and has been apart of the farm ever since Farmer Jack was a little boy. Scarecrow Bill has seen alot of change over the years, so often the farm animals turn to him for wisdom and advice. Whilst he may look a bit worn on the outside and frayed around the edges, he has a heart of gold. Which may be because of the yellow straw he is stuffed from!

To create Scarecrow Bill, please go here for the stitchery template and instructions. I apologise for how late block 3 is, but I hope he was worth the wait.

Happy sewing!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

What are you working on?

So, what's your current project that you are working on? Or maybe, like me, it's a few projects on the go at once!

I'm currently working on an important project that I can't reveal just yet, though I would dearly love to! But some little photos shall have to do for now.

Let's just say, this project is testing and improving my stitchery skills, which were rather lacking to begin with. I'm quite enjoying it, though I'm at the stage where I just want it finished!

Please feel free to post and share what you are working on at the moment! I would love to see!

Well, I had a great day at the craft show on Thursday. I worked at the $3.50 fat quarter stand for Patchwork with Gail B in the morning, and then I was free to wander the show. Whilst everything was so tempting to buy, I only bought some gemstone pendants and beads for some jewellery. I can't go past something that glitters and is wearable!
Speaking of "Gail B's," we are having a big sale on next week (July 30-August 1st), so if you are in the area, make sure you drop by!

But I have to share my new 'fabric love,' which is the Minny Muu range. How cute are these 3??

I nearly bought a fatquarter of each piece in the range yesterday - I just LOVE them all! I think it's the bright pretty colours, and the small delicate patterns. To me, it's just edible! Infact, I think I might have to go back and buy some more next time.

And to those patient and wonderful people waiting for block 3 in the Stringybark Farm BOM, it's coming soon! The project I mentioned above has taken utmost priority at the moment as I'm working to a deadline, but I'm nearly finished stitching block 3, and should have it ready next week. Thanks for your patience, and I'm sorry for the delay.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Come to the fair...

The Melbourne Craft and Quilt fair is on again this week, running from the 23rd till the 26th of July, at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre.
I will be there on Thursday, helping to run the Patchwork with Gail B stall, from 9:30 - 1:30pm, so if you are there, please feel free to drop past and say hello! I will more than likely be wearing a black top, and I have long blonde hair. Don't be shy!

And good news, Block 3 in the Stringybark Farm BOM is coming soon - I promise!! Things have been a bit chaotic here, but I am finally making some progress on my "Things to do" list. If anyone finds those 'extra hours in the day' anywhere, could you please let me know where to find them! Would really appreciate it!!

Thursday, July 9, 2009


Whilst I've been resting my back, and taking it easy, I've had a new vision and direction come for my life. Some of you will probably remember me mentioning about the 2 months I spent in Indonesia doing missionary work in 2007. Well, I've been wanting to 'do' something again for awhile now, and I feel I have a new vision, and idea.

So I'm officially introducing "Sew Blessed." I have a desire to make beautiful handmade clothes, toys, and blankets for orphans and needy children in Indonesia. I want them to be beautiful items, made with love, and then I want to pack them all up, and fly over personally to deliver them. I am so excited about going back to Indonesia again! I really want to spend a few weeks with the kids, and just bless and love them. I already have a place on my heart, which is Balikpapan in the western part of Borneo. My friend Elisabeth, has just flown there this week to spend a year teaching English in the school and orphanage.

So please, if you have some time, check out my new Sew Blessed blog. Thank you!

And just to let you know, Block 3 in the Stringybark Farm BOM is coming! I promise! I have just been flat out at the moment (it's insane!) But yes, it will be coming shortly, and I do apologise for the delay. Thank you for being patient.

And just to finish off with a bit of yumminess. "Bound to the Prairie 2" is one of my favourite ranges. I just couldn't resist.

Monday, July 6, 2009

I'm still alive!

Incase you might have been wondering, I'm still here, and still in the land of the living! Thank you once again for the kind 'get well' comments. I really appreciated it!

The good news is that I didn't fracture my hip (yay!) but I did alot of damage to my back. So I've been taking it easy, and seeing my osteopath regularly, and I'm finally getting back to some sort of normality.

I've been doing some sewing, and creating some bits and pieces. I'm madly working away on my "For these I give thanks" secret project, but I can't show you much of that yet. I've also been working on another project which I will share with you soon. I'm very excited about it, as it's something that is really close to my heart.

I don't know if any of your have ever seen the wonderful dolls created by Katkins Designs? If you haven't, do yourself a favour and check out their website. Talk about pretty dolls! I recently bought one of their doll face stamps, and have been having lots of fun playing with it.

I also got myself some Prismacolour Premier Pencils, and they are fab-u-lous!! Rather pricey, but oh so worth it. They can be heat set, and are then fade proof and water proof. Perfect for colouring on fabric! I'll be sharing more about these soon too.

And guess what? It's my 85th post, which means in 15 more posts I'll be having a 100th post giveaway! How exciting!!