Gosh, I think I jinxed myself last week. The change of season has played havoc with the Little Man and he’s had a week of being really quiet unwell. It’s the first time we’ve ever had him run a fever for more than a day. It was horrible and we all had a pretty crappy week. But in all that crappiness we still managed to share some laughs, get some work done and spend quality time together as a family. I guess if you’re going to be unwell it’s best to do so surrounded by people you love and adore.
He’s on the mend now and I’m hopeful things will return to normal this coming week. Which is handy as I haven’t done any real sewing for over two weeks now and I’m starting to go through withdrawals. It’s been great in other ways as I’ve been able to work on somethings behind-the-scenes that I probably would have procrastinated on had I been able to sew… So really, it’s a win-win.
I confess that I spent Saturday glued to the iPad binge watching the latest release of Gilmore Girls. I have to say, I’m a little meh about it. I really feel for the writers as it’s always so hard to come back with all the hype and then deliver something exceptional. I really enjoyed all the people that came back and the little cross-over cameos. I loved Carol King singing and I did have a little heart skipping moment when Jess and Dean reappeared, but I felt there were lots of times when they were just “filling” the space and not telling any real story. Maybe I’m being too harsh in my old age, who knows. I do know this though, they set it up for the possibility of more and if there’s more I’m totally going to be there watching it.
We’re off to our Preschool Teacher interview today. It’s hard to think that our little IVF miracle is starting school next year. I don’t feel old enough (or responsible enough) to be making school lunches. He doesn’t seem old enough to be entering the school system. It’s going to be a strange and surreal day. Just hoping I can get some alone time with the sewing machine tonight to help me process it all while I work. (Am I the only one that uses sewing time as a way to think through things?) Anyways, better get on with the day before it gets away from me and I’m attending the interview in my pyjamas. Wishing you a most fabulously creative day!
FUN THINGS TO CLICK ON
- We all love a good sausage roll and I’m determined to find a good recipe for them. This week we tried this recipe from Recipe Tin Eats, it’s not bad (I don’t like bacon (I know, shock horror) so the inclusion of bacon makes it not a favourite for me, but Hubby and Little Man loved it, so it gets 2 gnomes out of 3). Click here to get the recipe.
- It’s nearly time to deck the halls! I’m crushing on these patchwork stockings from Clover & Violet. Click here to get the tutorial.
- I love this tutorial for making your own tea pot cozy from Mollie Makes. How awesome would these be for gifts at this time of year. Click here to get the tutorial.
- I’m a bit late on ordering the Christmas cards this year so I might have to make my own! How cute are these fabric scrap cards from Simple Simon & Co. Click here to get the tutorial.
- Um, Polka Dot Chair just stole my festive heart with this Tomte Christmas Gnome Pillow. Click here to get the tutorial.
- Because… Gilmore Girls. Grab this Star Hollow quilt pattern from Suzy Quilts. Click here to get the pattern.
COMMUNITY CORK BOARD
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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