Monday, 25 March 2013

Cyber hugs


A little while ago Carol, aka mamacjt on Flickr, hosted a giveaway on her blog.  If you haven't been to look at either her photo's or her blog then you really should.  You will find  lovely crisp, bright and original art pieces that she draws and sews.  Talk about artistic - well, suppose I'm just jealous because she really is brilliant.

 Carol has had giveaways before and she always offers the loveliest items.  She is very generous that way!  This last time was no different and when I saw this clutch I fell in lust!  The fabric is superb and I simply had to have it.  And then, would you believe how lucky I was to win it in the giveaway.  I can't tell you how chuffed I was (and still am).

Usually, you can fit everything including the kitchen sink in my handbag.  Lately, I've been making do with less and less - simply because I never need those extra items, and it means that I don't need a big bag anymore and that's why this clutch is going to be so special.  I have large hands and the wrist strap fits perfectly over my hand and sits comfortably on the wrist.   The colours are lovely gently pinks, ochre yellow and orange.  And have you seen that ever so cute number 5 that is the zipper pull.  The clutch is perfect for my informal jeans and jacket everyday wear but also cute enough to use for smarter.  I don't do bling - shiny sequins and such like.  Leather and natural fabric are more my style.

Thank you Carol, I really do love everything about the clutch.

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

New: Texas Teardrop Quilt-along

Photo taken off the blog off of Vicki's blog :  Quilting Lodge

Every now and then I see something that catches my eye, and this colourful and vibrant quilt is the object of a new quilt along has definately got my attention.  The organisers are in the process of finalising the finer details.

From information available it appears that it will start in April 2013 which means we've all got enough time to tidy up our sewing rooms/areas, dust and oil sewing machines, sharpen scissors and rotary cutter blades, get some neutral thread in stock and wind your bobbins.

Vicki also has a button which you can pick up on her blog. There is also a Flickr Group started which you can go along and join and introduce yourself.

Let's make this as popular as some of the other fabulous quilts we've seen around over the last year. 

Saturday, 16 March 2013

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

Like some other quilters I'm cheesed off that we are losing Google Reader.  I'm having a look at Newsfox as I used Firefox, but for ease of use for all you others out there who would like to follow me, I'm going to add Bloglovin.  To do that one of the steps is that you have to claim your blog and that is what I'm going to do now with this post.

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

Monday, 11 March 2013

Getting a facelift

For some time now I've wanted to make some changes to this blog's layout, the header picture and a few other tweeks.  All in all it has been a bit of a struggle as I really am not a computer or software boffin. 

So, on a quiet Sunday it was a blessing to come across the many How To posts on Karen's blog named Sew Many Ways.  Her blog is a great read, make sure you've got brew (that's what we call a cup of tea).  She has a large number of tutorials as well and they're really well set out - you can't go wrong when you follow her instructions.

I quite like this layout of pictures for the header but then couldn't figure out how to put the blog name up so that you could see it as a cell across the bottom of the pictures.  In the end I settled on what you see at the top today.  When I do get it figured out I'll probably change it.  If there is anyone out there that can help, please contact me - I'd be very grateful.

A while back I signed up to participate in Quilting Gallery's mug rug swap and so I've also been busy making the two mug rugs to send off.  We're fast approaching the deadline for posting.  Fortunately, they actually have their binding on and just need eyes which I'll use some beads for.  Will post pics of the completed mug rugs when they're done, posted and safely in their new home.


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