Link Love: Support a Community, Get Checked Out & Give It Up

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

It’s the last week of May which means we’re inching closer to half the year being over. I can’t believe the year has gone so fast, I feel like we only just hit January and here we are looking down the barrel of the end of the year. I won’t freak you out by telling you how many Friday’s are left until Christmas! I’m not going to lie, it’s been a hard month. We’re readjusting to some family changes and trying to work out what that means for all of us. It’s been hard, but also really rewarding to get back to the things that matter to our family. Life really is filled with twists and turns.

If you’ve followed my adventures for any period of time you’ll know that I have a rather large sweet tooth and have always had an addiction to Coke Zero. I don’t (and never have) drink coffee or tea, and I can no longer drink alcohol (thank you late onset allergy) so Coke Zero was my beverage of choice. I didn’t really drink anything else but Coke Zero, to the point where there’s been times when I’ve fronted at the Doctors only to be told I’m dehydrated and I need to up my intake of water. So, two weeks ago I made the decision to give up Coke Zero. It’s been really hard, but tomorrow will mark the two weeks with no Coke Zero point of my journey. I’m really rather chuffed with myself, although it’s been really hard and I’ve been an absolute joy (/sarcasm) to live with. It’s getting easier, but I’d be lying if I said there hasn’t been times when I’ve been absolutely foaming at the mouth to have a Coke Zero. Have you ever given something you love up? I’d love some tips and tricks. I have come to the conclusion that I have to treat my addiction to Coke Zero as an addiction. I’m not the sort of person who can have just one drink every now and then, I know if I have one it’ll be so much easier to just have another and then before I know it I’m back to drinking it all the time.

I’ve been having my annual checkup’s lately (I keep them all around my birthday so I remember each year) and I went to get my eyes checked and now it’s official, I’m a permanent glasses wearer. I’m not that bothered by it because my face looks better with glasses on it, but it’s just having to manage the swap between all day glasses and reading glasses. (If you’re a glasses wearer that has to swap, I’d love some tips on how you manage it!) I’ve taken to having to carry a glasses case with me where ever I go so I can swap between the two. I’m one step away from having a glasses chain around my neck. *wink* I think I might have to spend some time online looking for a glasses stand (or two) that I can pop in the most frequented areas of my house/office.

Right, better get cracking I have a BIG week ahead. If you’re in the Canberra region on Thursday why not pop into the Canberra Quilter’s Monthly Members meeting and meet a friendly quilter or two. I’ll be there! You can find out more about it by clicking here. Wishing you a super fabulous week filled with love, laughter and fabric fondling!

PS. The latest issue of Make Modern Magazine is now available and it’s jam packed full of awesomeness. Because we’re besties I’ve got a special discount code so that you can secure your very own copy for AUD$5 by using code “gnomenews16” at checkout. Code is valid until 1 June. Click here to purchase.

If you’ve seen any news in the past month you should have heard about the devastating bombing attack at a concert in Manchester. There’s a quilting bee drive on to make quilts for those impacted by this horrible act of violence and it would be great if you could help out. Lucy from Charm About You has a round up of the details – click here to read more.


I love a good tote bag and this summer inspired Simple Summer Tote from tutorial from Flamingo Toes is perfect. Click here to read more.


Feeling guilty about the size of your fabric stash then maybe it’s time to recalibrate how you think about fabric shopping. Click here to read more.


I’ve been keeping an eye out for a bow-tie tutorial for ages and I finally stumbled across one by accident on The Polka Dot Chair. Click here to read more.


I use my iPhone headphones all the time and I’m forever trying to fish them out of my bag but now I won’t have to because check out this fish headphone holder! Get the tutorial by clicking here.
Loving this Coca-Cola Soda Bar by The Crafted Sparrow, but given my current coke-less status I might make a flavoured water bar instead. Click here to read more.
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.
  • Raylee and Barbara at Sunflower Stitcheries are hosting a Cottage Garden Threads Collectors Club which is kicking off in June. It’s a great way to add some fabulous threads to your collection (or start a collection) if you love to embroider. Over the year you’ll use the threads to make a beautiful table piece. You can find out more by clicking here.
  • Sew a Softie is an initiative that aims to ignite a love of hand sewing in a new generation. It encourages parents and children to turn off their computers, put down their smart phones and discover the fun and fulfillment that comes from creating a simple-to-sew softie together. Sew a Softie is happening this July Sew a Softie promotes making hand-sewn softies through workshops, online tutorials and sewing events that take place all around the world. Sew a Softie was started to show parents who can’t sew or think that sewing is not for young children, that hand sewing is a simple, inexpensive and highly creative activity that everyone can do and that young children absolutely love. To find out more about how you can get involved click here.
  • Lisa of Andrie Designs hosted the Quilt Me a Bag series which was designed to showcase some of her most popular patterns all made up in a beautifully quilted manner. The idea behind the series is to encompass many makers, from bag makers looking to delve into the wonderful world of quilting, to those quilters secretly lusting to make their first bag, and apply some of those fabulous quilting techniques they are oh-so-comfortable with to a bag pattern. You can see all the posts in the series by clicking here, you can see the final round up of the bags by clicking here. If you’re inspired by these amazing bags you can try out all the techniques on Lisa’s newest pattern, Creative’s Tote, which you can purchase by clicking here.

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  1. I’m trying to give up sugar. I know the health concerns but I CRAVE IT! A friend shared a little secret. She said when I’m having a craving brush my teeth, no matter how many times a day. It really has helped. I guess it triggers my brain saying “hey you. You’re finished. Nothing else today. Not perfect but it helps. Good luck 😀

  2. I gave up coke a couple of years ago. Admittedly I did it as part of an elimination diet process and I think that maybe made it easier because I was giving up everything, but the longer you can stick with it, the easier it gets. Every now and then when I’m super desperate, I’ll have a coke and it’s surprisingly unenjoyable so I think I’ve actually had 3 in the last three and a half years! The water bottles with the infuser bit are good – you can add fruits to them that impart a bit of sweetness to your drink. Beware of too much carbonated/selzer water – it can be really bad for your teeth.

  3. have you tried seltzer water? (i know it isn’t soda and doesn’t have caffeine) but it fills that bubbly, carbonated part for me. my husband and i both gave up sodas and have been pretty much drinking seltzer waters or just ice water since. good luck! i know addiction, and it isn’t easy. everyday without the thing you are addicted to is a win. 🙂

  4. Hi Angie – I used to be a glasses swapper, but my last two pairs have used Home and Office Lenses (by Nikon). They are a multi-focal graded lens — a bit more expensive, but I can watch tv, use the computer, read, and sew with them without switching out. Good luck.