Link Love: Quick Valentine’s Crafts, Food of Love and More

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

When it rains it pours! Both figuratively and literally this week. I’ve taken the plunge and I’ve started looking at getting someone on board to help with the business. I’m excited, apprehensive and a little bit relieved at the thought of having someone to help balance the load. It’s a thrilling new chapter and I hope it leads to bigger and better things. It’ll also provide me with an opportunity to revisit my business plan and make sure I’m still on track. Business plans are a bit boring, but they’re totally worth the pain when you’re lost in the weeds and need to get your focus back.

I’ve spent the last week sewing up a storm. It’s been really great to have the sewjo back and to be knocking over tasks. I still have so many things that I need, and want, to get finished but I’m thrilled to have my first quilt top ready for completion for 2017. I’ve also been cross-stitching in the evenings. I’ve decided that I’m going to give myself permission to just do “nothing” in the evenings. I’m going to spend the time with the boys and I’m going to leave the to-do list alone. I need the mental break and I think it’s already paying dividends.

The Australian summer has gotten a little bit out of control here in the past week with temperatures getting into the mid 40°C. It’s crazy and it makes me thankful for the ability to air-condition our house. It’s not really the best weather to be binding quilts however (or for keeping our plants alive). The New South Wales Fire Brigade issues a fire warning on the weekend that was, and I kid you not, classed as “catastrophic”. How crazy is that! I’m very thankful to those that dedicate their lives to supporting our community.

This week I’m planning a little surprise for Hubby from the Little Man and I to show him we love and adore him. I don’t really go in for Valentine’s Day, but I like using it as an excuse to go a little crazy with the spoiling and planning. I also enjoy having a little partner-in-crime to help me with things, we’ve just got to work on his ability to wait for the surprise to be revealed and not tell his Dad the minute he walks through the front door. Lucky he’s so cute or I’d have to trade him in! With that in mind I need to get into the kitchen and rattle those pots and pans – I have cupcakes to bake! I hope you have a most fabulous day and a super productive week!

Mollie at Wild Olive has done it again with this fabulously cute stitchable printable for Valentine’s Day. Get all the details by clicking here.

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Going out on a Valentine’s Date, then why not whip up this cork fold over clutch from Melissa at Polka Dot Chair. Get all the details by clicking here.

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Maybe I should be making sugar cookies instead… how amazing do these heart sugar cookies from Eighteen25 look! Get all the details by clicking here.

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I love these super quick and easy mini heart banners from Oh Happy Day! Get all the details by clicking here.

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Thomas Knauer has put out another call for community involvement in making a quilt. He’s calling this one “Semi Auto Sue” and it’s to highlight the fact that the average American is more likely to be shot by a toddler than by a terrorist.  Get all the details by clicking here.

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Canberra Quilters have shared some information about an upcoming webinar on Quilt Care that looks to be really interesting (why spend all the time making them if you’re not going to look after them!). Get all the details by clicking here.

Have you got an event, a charity drive, a pattern release, a class schedule or something else that you think my community would be interested in hearing about? Why not drop me a line and let me know – I’d love to share it with my readers. Click here to email me.

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