Abundance… bloggy goodness

Met up with a friend tonight who asked me to pick a card out of a deck of oracle cards and I got Abundance… that if I ask, things will come to me, a windfall or more time and creativity – but not having more than I deserve.   Well, I didn’t have to ask… got home tonight to a message from the Quilters Bazaar, to say I had won one of the doorprizes from Sunday’s open day.  Not sure what I’ve won, but I’m thankful for just winning!

Blogging quilters are good at sharing an abundance of riches, whether it’s giving away precious handmade goodies, or sharing their creative talent and know how… these are just a few things I’ve come across this week.

Giveaways

  • Christine at Once upon a Quilt has a giveaway of some lovely handmade items that closes on February 7
  • Mel at Mel’s Own Place has a giveaway for a handmade bag that closes February 11

Freebies

  • Bird Brain Designs have a too cute Redwork tea towel embroidery in honour of Valentine’s Day
  • Bea at Capricorn Quilts is offering a ‘Once Upon a Time‘ Stitchery BOM – block 2 has just been posted. And for those of you who missed out on last years Quilter’s Blessings (which is a lovely series of small stitchery blocks), she’s offering to send the pattern out if you send her a FQ.

Tutorials

Gadgets

  • And check out this fantastic little tool – The String Thing that I saw on A Needle in My Hand’s blog – I want one! Would be fantastic for when I’m doing black buttonhole on my 30’s projects. Any shop owners here in Australia stocking these?
  • And Kim at Bitty Bits & Pieces has an interesting post on gadgets – have a look at the little roller towards the bottom of the post. Am wondering if I could make one of these to use to help press pieces as I hand piece? Need to talk to the man at Bunnings about how I could put one of these together… not that the man from Bunnings isn’t used to Flossie and I doing odd things… usually buying 6 foot long pieces of timber for quilt hangers and then going up to the man from Bunnings who cuts the timber and asking him to cut pieces 33cm, 58cm and 20cm lengths!
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Sunday Studio Sightseeing… Ms. Domestic’s Place

Haven’t blogged at all this week, neither have many other Victorian bloggers, I suspect – it’s been so, so hot!

But, can’t miss the Sunday Studio Sightseeing… today the tour bus is heading over to Ms. Domestic’s place.   Oh, and she makes the cutest aprons, you can see them here in her etsy shop!

Is this not the best built in sewing/computer workstation you’ve ever seen? All made by Ms. Domestic’s Mister!

And the overhead cupboards and shelves are a must, as are the baskets and file folders and pretty bits.

Unfortunately, I can’t build anything in or hang anything from the wall at my place as I’m renting, but lots of ideas brimming after looking at this space.
Like having glass jars full of buttons and ric rac and notions. Have seen this a few times now, and think its a great idea, why not let your toys be your decoration as well.

I think I should be concentrating not just on getting my fabric out of cupboards but also my wool, knitting needles, embroidery cottons and buttons.

By the way, it now appears to be all the rage to either recover books or sort books on shelves by their colour.  Check out this COLOURlovers blog entry or the Rainbow of Books Flickr Group for same amazing bookshelves.

In talking to a friend, who is a librarian but now works in IT on Friday night as she was unpacking her books onto shelves, she rolled her eyes.   But I actually think it would work for me, because when I go hunting for a book I nearly alway visual its cover!

Not sure that I’m up to completely reorganising my crammed 5 full height bookshelves in the living room, but if I’m sorting fabric on to shelves in colour groups in what will be Atelier Frou why not my books.

Already thinking of sorting my buttons into jars of each colour, and possibly also my knitting needles!

***Methinks COLOURlovers would be a great resource in regard to putting colour schemes together.