After the week I’ve had I’m feeling decidedly like Goldilocks! I’ve just come back from a week in Far North Queensland where the days were averaging 30°C with 80% humidity. I feel like asking for my money back, I thought it was winter! I got back to Canberra and yep, it’s definitely winter here. This country is one of such extremes and beauty and I don’t think I will ever tire of it. With that said, I could do with moving to a more stable climate these cold mornings are playing havoc on the joints in my hands.
The Little Man and I had such a great time being at my parents place. I loved sharing him with my family and playing tourist in the town I grew up in. One of the highlights was taking him to Billabong Sanctuary and showing him crocodiles and alligators in the flesh. He’s obsessed with all things dinosaur, crocodile and alligator (basically anything that has touch skin, big teeth and can eat you) at the moment and so seeing crocodiles being fed was really amazing for him. (And reminded me why you never go swimming in creeks, lagoons or basically any body of water that’s not man made while in the top end of Australia!) He got to hand feed a Kangaroo and pat an Echidna (although he tells everyone that he patted a porcupine!).
As much as I love being at my folks place there’s a certain comfort in returning home. The only downside is I spend the next month or so lamenting the fact that we’re not all in the same postcode and trying to work out ways to change that. At the moment my main plan is to win Lotto… it’s not going as well as I’d hoped.
I can’t believe we’re nearly half way through May. Time is disappearing too quickly for my liking and I still have a mountain of work to get done. Lucky for me this is my first full week at home without having to share my time with the pesky day job. I’ve got big plans for the week, it’ll be interesting to see how I’ve progressed at the end of it all. I was super productive before I left on our mini holiday and I’m finding it hard to ramp up again after a week of doing nothing. I’m thinking of instigating at least one day a week where there’s no computer use. I found it so enjoyable not having to spend time at the computer while I was away. Obviously today is not that day… *wink*
I hope you have a most wonderful and fabulous day!
FUN THINGS TO CLICK ON
- I found this tutorial for making a cute little scrap basket from Janelle of Emmaline Bags. Click here for the tutorial.
- If you love sharing and connecting with other quilters on Instagram then be sure to check out this round up of quilt hashtags on Mollie Makes. Click here to read more.
- Love these rounded bottom zipper pouches from Ann Kelle. Click here for the tutorial.
- I have been collecting selvedges for ages and looking for a project to use them in, then I found this tutorial by Run and Sew Quilts. Click here for the tutorial.
- I love a good log cabin and I stumbled across this rectangle version by Kirsty of Bonjour Quilts and my interest is well and truly piqued. Click here to read more.
- How striking is this Rising Star quilt tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Company. Click here for the tutorial.
- I love this felt garland made using Sizzix dies. Click here for the free project sheet.
MAY IS FOR MAKERS
You might remember I wrote about May is for Makers back at the beginning of May and today marks the start of the third week. I wanted to share with you the three patterns I’ve purchased so far to encourage you to get out there and support those that are making our creative community stronger.
- Zebra in Profile – A 20 inch Paper Pieced Pattern by The Tartankiwi (click here to purchase) – I’m a massive fan of Juliet’s patterns and so this was just the excuse I needed to take the leap and purchase one. I have big plans for this zebra.
- Fluer Mini – PDF Quilt Pattern by Kirsty at Bonjour Quilts (click here to purchase) – I love it when I can support a friend as well as getting a bargain and this pattern from Kirsty is just what I was looking for for something special that’s coming up.
- Perpetual Spring English Paper Piecing Pattern by Flossie Teacakes (click here to purchase) – I’m so excited to be trying curved English Paper Piecing!
You can read more about May is for Makers by clicking here. It’s not too late to take the pledge!
COMMUNITY CORK BOARD
- Michele has opened a new Etsy shop and has this to say about it, “Designing and creating quilting pieces is my passion and I love it! I hand quilt pieces with care and attention to detail. Each item is unique and an original, one of a kind piece to be treasured. I think that any of the pieces that I have created would make a very special gift, even for yourself! Please drop in from time to time to see new items in my shop.” Click here to visit Michele’s Etsy Shop.
- Kristal recently signed up as a Jamberry Independent Consultant, check out her website (click here) to see over 300 heat and pressure activated vinyl nail wraps and a range of hand and nail care products. Follow her on Facebook (click here) for tips, tricks and for updates on any specials and to order a free sample.
- Flamingoes are on trend at the moment and this fun die from Sizzix can be used in so many fabulous ways to incorporate this new trend. Click here to see more.
- If you’re like me and you like to dabble in more than just sewing and quilting creative work then check out these free downloadable papers from Sizzix. Great to use in any graphics work you might be doing (like blog banners)! Click here to get your free papers.
- Fat Quarter Shop have released their new monthly subscription service: Sew Sampler. It looks amazing and I love that unlike other subscriptions this one comes with all the information you need to make a quilt. Each month contains a quilt block recipe card that you can use to make a full 12 block quilt. Genius! You can find out more by clicking here.
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