Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Christmas Challenge Nearly Done for June.

Well the Deadline for the June challenge is nearly up...I just want to remind you all that i will be doing the prize draw at 6pm (Australian Time) on Thursday 1st still have time to get your entry emailed to me, so that you can go in the draw.

This has been a heap of fun for Me, I hope it has been fun for you all as well.
If you are the winner please go have a look at The Fabric Cafe and decide whether you want 4 Fat quarters or a Charm pack. email me the details of what you want and Khris will post them off to you.
there are plenty of very nice fabrics there to choose is always fun winning something.

I wish i could give all of you ladies a have all done so well.


For the month of July we will be Making either a place mat or a Table Runner. this one is a bit more tricky ladies so my advice is give yourself plenty of time to plan and then make your item.
this will be a challenge for me because I have never made a table runner before and that is what I have chosen to do.
so lets remember to encourage each other and be encouraged as we adventure into this months challenge.



Sunday, June 27, 2010

3 Days To Go...

What a great bunch of ornies we have already...each of you wonderful ladies has done so well. great job all round.
Well Ladies in the Challenge we have only 3 days (Aussie time) to go before your Ornie is due.
If you have joined the challenge and your name is not on the Roll call you can email me to work out why.
If you have committed to the challenge but just can't get it done Email problems.
Don't forget to Blog about your finish and email me a picture of your finished Ornie so i can blog about it too.
Well hopefully you all are busy little bees finishing off your Christmas Ornies...don't forget I will be giving you each a number and putting the numbers into a random number generator online. this will pick the winner. Now remember this challenge is not about who makes the best or prettiest etc but just simply being in it...
The can choose 4 FQ's or 1 Charm Pack from Khristina's Fabric cafe. I will put the winner up on my blog at 6pm on the evening of July 1st (Aussie Time)...
I am about to put up a countdown clock on my blog to remind us when it is done for the month of June...
Happy Sewing and Crafting

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Christmas Challenge Pictures Update.

The photo's for the Christmas challenge have started to roll in...I will update the pics daily (or as they come in) till the end of the month...don't forget to have yours in by June 30th to be in the draw for the prize.

Great work Ladies.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Christmas Challenge...3 saturdays left...

Today is Saturday (here in Australia), this is the 3rd last Saturday in the month of are you all going with your challenge? the tree Ornament/Decoration.

I have heard a lot of chatter and many happy excited people...lets keep up the momentum Ladies and get those challenge items done.

I have added a couple of links on the sidebar for inspiration, take a look and hopefully if you have not found what you are going to make by now, this will help.

Just remember it is not meant to be stressful, it is meant to be fun. this is not a competition for who can make the best, but merely a challenge to get something done. and the prizes are picked randomly.

A Hint:

choose something that you are comfortable and confident in making. you can challenge yourself to make something harder if you want but don't let it stress you out.

Note: If you have joined the challenge and your name is not on the roll call please email me I have emailed a couple of people to clarify blogs and to double check they are in the challenge...maybe that is you..check your email. or if you are concerned email me.

well happy sewing everyone...


Tuesday, June 8, 2010

It's My Birthday...Yipee


I placed an order online from the Fat Quarter shop in the US on Friday the 4th of June.Well to my complete surprise it arrived today (11th June).

Yummy Fabrics... and a two patterns...I am so blessed.

more for my stash...

It is my Birthday today ( 8th June ) and I have been having a ball.

I have been just doing whatever I pleased, I went down to Bargain Box Fabrics (my favourite fabric shop in Ipswich) and bought a few lovely fabrics, including some Christmas fabric for the Christmas challenge (see previous post).

I love going down there because they have lots of wonderful fabrics, but they are also a very tidy shop and the customer service is terrific.

I am spending the birthday money i got from the lovely ladies in the birthday swap in the craft group I am in.

I also went to Handmade Heaven at the top of town and had a bit of a look, bought a little brooch for a friend. it's a very nice shop and they have a vast array of handmade things for just about every taste.

I had a look in the Hospice second hand book shop and found a retro sewing book which looks very interesting.

Last night My First born DD came over at about 8:30pm and surprised me with a very lovely cake that she had baked.

now the wonderful thing about this cake is that she does not cook, it is just not her thing. so for her to go to such an effort and make such a lovely looking cake it is a big thing.

Of course the cake is for tonight when we all get together for my Birthday dinner.

I can't wait to try it...

I am stretching out my Birthday that's for sure...I have a voucher for spotlight to spend so I am popping over there tomorrow, I have seen some new FQ bundles there that I have my eye on and I also need some new pinking shears so I think I know how to spend the money.

I also put an order in for some yummy fabrics from the Fat Quarter shop in the US, can't wait for them to arrive.

So really my Birthday has been just lovely, I now have to get started on the Christmas Challenge and get myself organised with this new fabric and what to do with it.

happy sewing everyone

Don't forget to be making your Christmas Ornament for the challenge for June.



Friday, June 4, 2010

Christmas in July...Well sort of.

There have been a few Christmas in July themed challenges and sew-a-longs that I have seen around just lately. some are extremely expensive just to join up... it got me thinking...why can't we do that without all the great expense? so I have decided to put up a little challenge...oh what fun we will have.

My Challenge

Basically we will make 1 item a month from now until the end of November. So that is 6 items all together.

I want to encourage novice sewers to take part in this challenge too so I Will make it a bit easier on all of us by allowing you a lot of freedom in what style and pattern you choose. we will have 4 basic items that I have chosen to make and 2 items that will be open.

To Join:

To be a part of the fun there are just a couple of requirements.

1) you don't have to follow me, but it may be a good way for you to keep track of the challenge.

2) Post about the challenge on your blog.
3) Always be Encouraging, we are not all expert sewers so the best way to be an encouragement is to "Be Nice".
4) Have Fun.

And so as to create more fun there will also be prizes. (at the end of post)

Item List:

June: An Ornament for the tree- your choice of what to make and what medium you use. e.g. fabric, paper etc.

July: A Place mat or Table Runner- your choice of style.
Medium: fabric

August: A Table decoration/ centrepiece - your choice of medium again.

September: A Doll - you can choose to make an Angel or Santa or a Reindeer etc. what ever you choose it has to be made from fabric.

October: your choice - make it from fabric but it must be Christmassy..

November: your choice - any medium.

the theme is of course Christmas so all items must be be Christmassy.

The finish date is the 30th of the month, at the end of the following day (31st or 1st) I will check out your items and get the random generator to pick a winner.
Note: the delay in picking a winner is to allow for time zones to catch up.

To help you with ideas you can go to Freebies for Craft and get free patterns to download from many different people on the net. just have a look at the categories on the right hand side of the site for Christmas.

Some Rules.

to keep it fair and as for everything in life there have to be some rules.

1) to go in the draw you must finish your item.

2) post about it on your blog.

3) Please leave a comment so I know you are joining the challenge.

4) send me a pic so I can post about it to keep everyone updated.

Let There Be Prizes.
Now of course there will be Prizes, at the end of each month there will be a draw using a random number generator. to be eligible see the rules.
one lucky winner will be the new owner of 4 Fat Quarters of their choice from The Fabric Cafe.
there will also be random extra prizes along the way.
So are you up to the challenge...are you in for the fun...the satisfaction of making something for Christmas, either for yourself or to give to a friend.
I will be starting my first item on the weekend.
Hopefully I have not left anything out, if you think I have then please email me.
If you have any problems please don't hesitate to email me here.
Happy sewing friends.