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I found a lovely new space via Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts – who is rejoining the bloggy world after she thought she was finished – so glad she’s back!!  I’ve followed her blog for a few years now, and have learnt sooo much from her about quilting.  She’s been blogging for about 3 1/2 years, and she has provided a wealth of inspiration and guidance for the quilting world!

She’s recently posted her latest bird quilt, which is stunning, as usual.  If you look at the picture she’s posted, you’ll notice little birds hanging from her chandelier – perfectly matching the quilted theme – and you’ll also find a link to the bird pdf pattern in her post.  Well…I clicked and was taken to the world of Spool, a lovely place that reminds me a bit of Purl in Philadelphia…instead of New York.

Spool Sewing boasts a blog, online shop, and a schedule of classes at their base in Philadelphia.  There are several freebies in their bloggy section – so go take a look!


I am just getting over a cold that attacked me after my headache – or maybe they were working together…either way…that’s why I’ve been MIA.  I am glad its nearing the end {I killed it with garlic} because today I am going to a Craft Fair and I am very excited!  I think this is my first time to a craft fair where there will be a lot of the things I love to do – with supplies!  I am going with a friend who also loves handmade…so I am really looking forward to this day!  Better go bundle up – its going to be a cold one!

Craft Fair info

Congratulations to Lizzi and Liz who will each be inheriting one spectacular envelope bundle each!  Now aren’t you both glad you joined this crazy giveaway?! Will see you soon Lizzi…so will present yours with great pomp and ceremony then!  And Liz, I will look forward to sending yours all packaged up!  Thanks for playing! : )

Thrifted book envelope

Here’s a peek into what I have been sewing up lately!  This is an envelope taken from a vintage book called ‘The Everyday Game Book’!  The text is so fun and festive, it would be great for party invitations! I especially like the stitching – everything is better with a little stitching… I think I’ll use this design for my Christmas cards this year – a great companion to this, I’d say!  Fun +frugal!

Looks like a fun game!

In fact I have a fresh bundle of 6 envelopes to give away if I have any takers!  Just leave a comment with a link to your blog {if you have one} and I will select, at random, a winner to have these little gems!  I will close the giveaway by announcing a winner when I wake up on Wednesday morning about 8 am UK time, Tuesday at midnight US pacific time.

Repurposed magazine bow

Repurposed magazine bow

I love what How About Orange has posted here {a lovely tutorial} about recycling old magazines into bows!  As you can see above, it is stunning!  I wonder what else can be done with a little creative immagination to save on gift wrapping in the upcoming holiday season?

Our Little Family

today at the nest

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