Link Love: Cookies, An Ornament & A Way to Keep Track

A highlight reel of what's going on in my life and a collection of useful links and information for the creatives amongst us - Angie Wilson at www.gnomeangel.com

Can you feel that? Big things are happening! If you missed the big announcement you can click here to find out more. I’m really excited about 2017 – it’s starting to get a momentum of it’s own. I’m working hard of pulling together the final bits of information and sponsorship and will be sure to let you know more about the events we’ve got planned to keep you entertained, improving your skills and falling more in love with creating.

After 3 weeks of being laid low with a combination of jet lag, illness and the Little Man being sick last week I crushed it in the productivity stakes. It felt so good when Friday rolled round and I was exhausted from working. I haven’t felt that satisfied weariness in awhile and it was good to have it back again. I’m looking forward to more of it over the coming weeks. Am I the only one that loves that feeling or do you totally get what I’m saying? It’s like doing yard work all day, you go to bed tired and sore but your feel awesome because of how great your yard looks. (Well at least that’s what they tell me our yard is a disaster zone!)

Of course the other big news is that, it’s December! Which means it’s time for Christmas trees, festive lights and catching up with good friends. This is our first real Christmas where the Little Man understands a little more about all the trappings of the festive seasons so on the weekend we put up the Christmas tree. He loved decorating and I loved that I wasn’t as anal retentive about ornament placement as I thought I would be. An hour after we put the tree up he declared it was time to pack it up. (Think making him pack up his toys all the time is having an impact…) I explained if we packed it up we’d have no where to put the presents, so he said it could stay. Cut to him waking up the next morning, walking down the hall rubbing his eyes and slowly waking up… “Mum where’s my presents?” Crumbs. Long story short, I’m off to buy an Advent Calendar today so I don’t go crazy for the next 20 days explaining why there’s no gifts under the tree.

I’m really excited about my work week this week. Some beautiful fabrics have arrived from Alison Glass (click here to see what I’m talking about) which I’m excited to get working on and, according to USPS tracking, my Black Friday order from Fat Quarter Shop should be delivered this week. I have some more big announcements coming over this month which require me to get sewing and I’m really looking forward to it. I’m hoping this will be another week of getting to Friday tired but accomplished. Wishing you a most fabulously creative day!

FUN THINGS TO CLICK ON

If you’re looking for the perfect cookie to make this festive season for gifting and eating by the dozen then check out my Condensed Milk Cookies. We just made 5 dozen of them from one batch of mixture! (Don’t ask how many are left, it’ll be embarrassing for both of us….)  Click here to get the recipe.

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Keera over at Live.Love.Sew is doing some amazing compilation lists in the lead up to Christmas. Check out her Christmas Gift Guide for Quilts by clicking here. (And Santa, if you’re paying attention I’d like (in this order) 11, 7, 2, 1, 19 and 16. Thanks!)

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If you’re looking for a quilting bee to bee a part of in 2017 then bee sure to check out the Bee Hive by Alyce at Blossom Heart Quilts. Click here for details.

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I love a good mason jar craft that works as a gift and Polka Dot Chair have nailed it with these mason jar gifts. Click here to get the details.

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Loving this quilted advent calendar from Nicole at Modern Handcrafted, simple and quick. Click here to get the details.

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What a fabulous idea from Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts; a coffee scented ornament. Click here to get the details.

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Trixi from Coloured Buttons is hosting Sew a Softie for the Festive Season.The idea behind all the Sew a Softie events is to give mums and grandmas who want to teach their kids to sew, simple and achievable projects to do with them. Every day from December 1st until December 14 a simple, Christmas-themed softie tutorials will be posted online. This could include any Christmas or Holiday themed softie – perhaps a softie ornament for the tree, a festive softie toy or a hanging softie mistletoe, the list goes on! You can either sewalong or maybe you’ve got a tutorial of your own. Pop on over to the Sew a Softie Facebook group and join in! Click here to join in.

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For the first time ever, Jennifer Sampou, is offering an exclusive weekend retreat for quilters wanting an intimate, creative experience. Retreat is being run from March 24-26 2017 in Lafayette, California. Spaces are limited to 12 students. For further information please click here.

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Have you seen The Quilter’s Planner? The Quilter’s Planner is an 8″x11″ spiral bound book that includes standard planner fare such as weekly and monthly calendar pages, sturdy laminated cover and tabs, and stickers to add flare to your planning pages, but it also includes content created especially for quilters: project planning pages, 14 quilt patterns from top designers, swap organisation pages, project progress pages, weekly block designs, free motion quilting designs, beautiful quilt photography from the coast of Maine, a color chart from Cloud9 Fabrics, and plain and graph paper for recording your quilt ideas. This year, there’s also a small companion book for when you’re on the go. Stephanie has seriously thought of everything! The Quilter’s Planner is the perfect gift for the quilter in your life (especially if that quilter is you!) and can be ordered now by clicking here. Numbers are limited, so be sure to get yours before they’re all gone.

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Ros at Sew Delicious is currently doing a drive to help supply the NICU (Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit) at the Northern Hospital in Melbourne with drawstring bags. The bags are used to help keep all the laundry and clothing in order for babies that are being treated in the Unit. The bags often go home with the baby when they get to go home. The bags are super simple to make and you can get the tutorial and details about where to send them by clicking here.

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Seven quilt pattern designers have teamed up to create Quilt Theory, releasing a new pattern line printed on small cards. Quilt Theory asks, “Where can your quilt take you?” acknowledging the wide and varied influences brought to the crafting of a quilt. Each pattern is simple enough to fit on the back of a small card or one-page PDF, making the patterns perfect for both beginner and advanced quilters. The cards are sturdy and aesthetically appealing, and at only $3 each, they are perfect for gift giving or collecting. Online download of the Quilt Theory bundle also includes coloring pages for each quilt design. Click here to find out more.

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