Thursday, 26 November 2015

See you at Sew Mama Sew

I am a guest curator over at Sew Mama Sew today as part of the Handmade Holidays series being held throughout November.

My theme for the day is Gifts for Grandparents, so if you are looking for inspiration in that department look no further :)

If you have been inspired to make your own Christmas gifts or holiday decorations this year there is still time to link them up to this month's Ho, Ho, Ho and on We Sew Link Party over at Rose and Dahlia.

 This lovely fabric is up for grabs by one lucky linker!

You have until the end of the month to link up, so plenty of time to be inspired :)

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

New to Me in November

Welcome to another New to Me Link Party!

Where we celebrate and commiserate with our attempts at new experiences and activities and maybe help each other along the way :)

My New to Me activities this month are a bit of a mixed bag.

First up

My Friendship Galaxy Table Runner from Leanne's newly released pattern! I really enjoyed testing this pattern for Leanne, and hope to use it again in the future.

Next up a new pattern added to my Craftsy Pattern Store

My Highland Fling cushion pattern, which I originally created for Sewing World, is now available as a standalone pattern just in time for Hogmanay! I have dithered about adding this to my Craftsy store given the VAT implications but have decided that as nearly all of my sales on the site are from US based customers, then I will cross the VAT bridge when/if I come to it. I may live to regret that decision!

Today I am at a sewing class at Just Quilting to make a bag for sewing accessories, which in itself is not a New to Me, but this time I am there with my daughter-in-law, which is very definitely a New to Me! I am so thrilled to have someone in the family to share this with :)

And my final New to Me is another new destination!

It is the time of year for my annual Christmas Market trip with my daughters-in-law and this weekend we are heading off to Cologne. There will be 7 markets to visit so that should keep us busy :) not to mention lots of opportunities to indulge in the odd glass of Gluhwein! We can't wait.

So that's my New to Me's for this month, now it is your turn to link up and share your successes or failures as we celebrate the trying of something new.

As ever please help to spread the word by linking back to this post in your post and/or adding the blog button to your sidebar.

Check out the other links too and, maybe, leave an encouraging comment along the way. The emphasis of this link party is to celebrate the trying of something new, whether it works out exactly as planned or not, so a little encouragement here and there would not go amiss! 

The link will remain open until 23.59GMT on November 30th, so you have some time to try something new and link up and join the party :)

Of course, if your New to Me activity this month involves a Christmas or Holiday make then be sure to link it up to this month's Ho, Ho, Ho and on We Sew Link Party over at Rose and Dahlia

One lucky linker will be the winner of this lovely fabric!

Looking forward to seeing what everyone has been up to.

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Ho, Ho, Ho and on We Sew - getting closer!

Well you probably don't need me to tell you that that big holiday starting with a C is not too far away, so I shall just say that there are only two more Ho, Ho, Ho and on We Sew Link Parties before the big day!

This month's Link Party is hosted by Joanne, who blogs at Rose & Dahlia. Joanne is a knitter of the loveliest shawls and is becoming quite the avid swapper with fabulous mini quilts and bags winging their way to very happy swap partners in recent months! Check out her brilliant idea for hanging up your handmade Christmas stockings here

If you need a bit more than inspiration to kickstart your crafting then, of course, there is another wonderful giveaway to tempt you too.

Last month's giveaway of  lovely Liberty fabric generously donated by Sarah at Duck Egg Threads was won by Vicki, who linked up her fabulous snowmen.  This month we have this lovely Christmas fabric, Lost and Found Christmas by Riley Blake designs to help you with those last minute makes, and as usual all you need to do to be in with a chance of winning is link up your Christmas and Holiday makes this month to the Link party at Rose & Dahlia.

Whilst I have a couple of Christmas craft projects underway this month, I have only one finish so far, which is the table runner for my son and daughter-in-law that I made whilst testing Leanne's Friendship Galaxy pattern

If you have made any Christmas or Holiday gifts or Home Decorations this month head on over to Rose & Dahlia  to link them up and you might be the lucky winner of that bundle of lovely Christmas fabric, you know it would be a great addition to your stash :)
The Link Party will remain open until the end of the month so you have plenty of time to get crafting!

As ever, these lovely sponsors deserve a big thank you for their generous support of the link party.

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