Saturday, December 29, 2018

Busy Little Bee

It feels like I have been making plans for 2019 for a very long time.  In fact it has been many many weeks of preparation, pattern designing and writing along with the cutting of kits and getting ready in general.

I decided a few months back that I would love to do a stitch along on the blog to assist my readers in getting ready for the gift giving season throughout the year so that if they made one of each of my projects they would have 52 gifts in their present box in a years time.  That is of course if they made 1 of each gift each week.  Imagine how many gifts you would have if you made multiple?  Imagine being able to go to your present box every time the need arose and was able to lay your hands on some beautiful gifts made with love and ready to be gifted?

So the plan is that every Monday a new project will be released beginning on the 7th January 2019.

The project will be FREE to download for a whole week.  A limited number of kits will be available for some of the projects to make sourcing the products easier.

I have set up a Facebook group where I will be doing video tutorials and running give aways from time to time.  The group will also be given some bonus FREE projects occasionally.  If you would like to join the group please apply HERE.

If you could help spread the word that would be awesome.  Just leave a comment and let me know that you have shared it and where and I will have a little give away next week from all of those that comment and share.  Thanks so much .........

Now lets talk about CRAFTSY ............  I have had a Craftsy store for quite some time and it has been great.  I have been able to share many FREE tutorials and patterns along with some paid patterns as well.  CRAFTSY made the decision to close thousands of shops and for those they chose to keep THEY decided which patterns could be kept inside the walls of OUR stores.  Yesterday I had 40 patterns in my store - More than half were FREE.  Today I had 3 !!  1 Free and 2 Blocks from a Block of the Month from 2014.  Absolutely NO common sense has been used in the decision making regarding our stores.  Now do not get me wrong I am not ungrateful for the time I have had with CRAFTSY.  It has been great and stress free until we were given 10 days notice at CHRISTMAS that they were taking control of our destiny!  EVERY designer that I have spoken to was not consulted in any way ........  VERY POOR FORM CRAFTSY !!!!  So today I removed all 3 patterns from my CRAFTSY store and have decided to revamp and in some cases re-release some of my patterns down the track.  For now I'm sorry the FREE patterns I offered for many years have now been removed by CRAFTSY.  

I am still trying to decide how I can best manage the distribution of my patterns into the future and this DOES include my FREE patterns.  It has thrown a lot of the plans I had for 2019 into disarray including the FREE BOM for 2019 I have been working on.  I will put some more thought into this over the coming weeks but it will mean a delay in releasing a FREE BOM.

In between making plans for "Ä YEAR OF GIFTS" I have also been working on a new multiple block project which is a Quilt As You Go Honeycomb Quilt .........

It will feature Vintage Lace Doillies, Embroidery & Applique.  I am having so much fun putting it together.

Stay tuned for details in the coming weeks.  It's going to be gorgeous !!!!  

I can't wait to share it with you.

I trust you had a lovely Christmas in your part of the world.  All of our children were home which was a true blessing.

Best Wishes for a Happy New Year.

I will be back to chat with you in 2019.


Fee xxxx

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Less than a week .......

It's less than a week to Christmas day.  The next couple of days will be spent baking and packaging up some treats to share with friends and family along with our mail lady, neighbours, dog groomer, hairdresser etc ....

Salted Caramel Fudge is always a winner and I make it every year

It so sweet and creamy - But not something you can eat a lot of.  1 batch has been completed with another on the agenda for today.

Fruit cakes are a must in our household at this time of the year and a few friends get one from us every christmas.  This year will be no different. They are all baked, packaged and ready for gift giving.

I've tried lots of ways to package them in the past but this way works well for me.  Some cling wrap to keep it moist.  Folded Christmas paper to make a belly band around the middle and some simple string with a tag.  Cheap but effective !

This pot of fudge is winging it's way express post to a friend of my husbands in NSW today.  He has had a tough year with his health and just loves my fudge so I'm hoping this brings a smile to his face when he gets it tomorrow.

Do you do christmas baking to gift to others?

It's a gift from the heart.

Happy Baking.


Fee xx

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Silly Season

Yes it's that time of year again that people seem to go just a little mad.  The shops are horrendous,  the traffic is even worse and everyone seems to be in a hurry.

Luckily I wised up a very long time ago and have my shopping done throughout the year and purchase the last minute items online a few weeks before. Then sit and wait for the mail lady to bring them to my door.  In fact I spent yesterday wrapping them all and they are all sitting patiently waiting under the tree.

Today I will be finishing off a few of these calendars and popping them inside some handmade Christmas cards and putting those in the post tomorrow.

Did you see my post about the calendars a little while back?  They are so easy to make and are a perfect gift to pop inside a Christmas card to distant friends or relatives.

Last week I finished off a handmade gift for 7 of my friends.  Oh my gosh they took me days to make.  Sometimes I bite off more than I can chew.  2 or 3 would have been achievable but no I had to decide to make 7 ......  What was I thinking?  The studio looked like a bomb had gone off for 4 days in a row.

But I'm pleased to say that they are all finished and I even made a video of them which I will share once they have been received by the recipients.  Some of them are going in the post today.

Yesterday was little Tom's 11th Birthday.  For those of you that have followed me for a long time you may recall that he was just a baby when I first started blogging.  I made him this card which he just loved - He knows just the right things to say to melt his Nanna's heart - Bless him xx

2019 is going to be a full on year.  I have so much planned to share with you and some of it is with my dear friend Jenny.  

Are you downloading her little alphabet blocks at the moment?  Look what she made me from her F.  Isn't it just adorable?  And teamed with a beautiful rose fabric - My favourite!  That girl knows just what I love.  She also sent me this gorgeous flour sack.  Jenny recently used a flour sack to make a supper cloth.  It is devine.  If you missed it go to her blog and find it - It's amazing.  

In the next week or so I will reveal the plans for 2019 which includes a Year of gift giving ideas.

I am looking forward to sharing it all with you.

Until then.