Link Love: Adjusting the Sails

In my biography 2017 will get a chapter all of it’s own. I feel like this year has just been one big lesson, but I’m not sure exactly what that lesson is just yet. It’s been a hard year for me mentally. We’ve been dealing with family issues and then coupled with things in the business having their own twists and turns I’ve struggled at times to make heads or tails of it all. The week after Market really kicked my butt. I needed to retreat and hide from the world while I regrouped and processed all the emotions and thoughts I was having. It’s been a hard week, but I’m better for it. Over the coming months things will start to be revealed and new directions will emerge and that’s both exciting and nerve wracking.

We’re also coming up to the end of the school year and it’s bringing it’s own set of challenges with it. I’m not going to lie, I’m worried about how I’ll manage to keep the business ticking over while the school holidays happen. I see a lot of compromise ahead and I struggle with that at the best of times. I feel somewhat better though after returning from Market to find HUBBY lamenting trying to work from home while balancing the needs of a five year old. It’s not an easy gig and I know I’m not alone in being someone who works from home in an attempt to balance family needs with economical ones. I often think about how my Mum managed with two kids and working in our family business. I find myself at times thinking “What would Mum do?” when things get particularly tricky. I have a feeling I’ll be channeling my inner gnome Mum over the coming months while we look towards a new school year.

This week I’m working on class samples and trying to get a few loose ends tied up so I can focus on getting everything organised for 2018. I have a big list of events planned, as well as writing my second book and all it entails. Plus there’s a calendar of teaching events that’s starting to grow (as well as my nerves about it!). I’m starting to get excited about 2018, I just need to make it through the rest of 2017 without going insane. I guess I’d better get a wriggle on and start sorting through my inbox and getting things back under control. Wishing you a fabulous day filled with love, laughter and fabric fondling!

I’m offering one lucky person the chance to win this loot (plus a couple of surprise inclusions) by simply doing one, or more of the following. Each action listed below will provide you with entries into the swag draw:

  • Buy a Fussy Cutters Club Book Bundle directly from me (click here to purchase) = 10 Entries
  • Buy a copy of the Fussy Cutters Club book and email me (email: hello[at]gnomeangel[dot]com) through a proof of purchase = 5 Entries (click here for list of retailers)
  • Follow me on Instagram. Find the above image on Instagram and tag someone you think might like to win = 1 Entry + 3 additional entry if you’ve ordered a book from me or you’ve proven you have purchased Fussy Cutters Club from another seller
  • Follow me on Instagram and repost this image to your own account = 2 Entries + 3 additional entry if you’ve ordered a book from me or you’ve proven you have purchased Fussy Cutters Club from another seller
  • Follow me on Facebook. Find the above image on Facebook (on either my page or in my group) and tag someone you think might like to win = 1 Entry + 3 additional entry if you’ve ordered a book from me or you’ve proven you have purchased Fussy Cutters Club from another seller

All you have to do is purchase Fussy Cutters Club prior to 30 November 2018 (in your timezone) to go in the running. (Purchases from me are automatically included in the draw, proof of purchase from other sellers need to be provided via email hello[at]gnomeangel[dot]com.)

Fine print: Eligible book purchases need to be made between 1 January 2017 – 30 November 2017 (in your timezone). Open internationally. Winner will be contacted for shipping details once drawn. Winner will be drawn 2nd December 2017 AEST and details published in the Gnome Gnews Edition on 4 December 2017 AEST.

Looking for a tiny bag to carry your essentials in? Check out this tutorial from Sew Can She on how to make a super adorable tiny bag. Click here to read more.


Julie over at Intrepid Thread is hosting a Cottage Christmas Quilt-along and it’s worth checking out if you’re looking for a festive project. Click here to read more.


This tutorial on how to make a metal frame purse from Polka Dot Chair would make a great Christmas present. Click here to read more.


Looking for a project that uses up all those left over fabric scraps then how about making this rainbow rag wreath? Click here to read more.


A change of season is a great excuse to mix up your home decor, check out this fall inspired table runner from Nicole of Modern Handcraft. Click here to read more.


I love to share the cool things that I find during my week of surfing the internet window-shopping and splurging. Here’s my top 4 from this week:
A. I’m planning: I’m currently drafting a quilt pattern to take advantage of the amazing colour in this bundle. Click here to purchase this on Etsy for AUD$180.60.
B. I’m loving: How amazing is this quilt? And you can get it as a quilt kit so you can make your very own amazing version. Click here to purchase this on Etsy for AUD$117.64
C. I’m digging: This pattern by Violet Craft is mid century awesome and teamed with Cotton + Steel it’s a knock out. Click here to purchase from me for AUD$162.81+
D. I’m ordering: I love a good black and white print and this is too cute to pass up. Click here to purchase this on Etsy for AUD$3.42
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.

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. If you purchase those items through my links I will earn a very small commission. You will not pay more when buying a product through my link, in fact in some cases I can offer you a better price via an affiliate link. I will not recommend something that I do not use myself. These commissions help me keep being able to provide you with great content for free. Thank you, in advance for your support!

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  1. Sending you good vibes for all that seems to be streaming at you just now. I had a boss who used to say things like, “But those are good problems to have.” Yes, but the stress is not less. You’ll get it licked, be kind to yourself in the process.