Monday, August 16, 2010

So much to tell you - it’s a long one!!!!!

… And that’s entirely my fault cos it’s just been so long since I last posted … I can’t believe that it’s been over a week  … eeek!!! I’ve been on a roll though … a stitching type roll that is he he – got some great mojo happening here :oD.

Here’s what I got up to with Valerie and Lynn last Wednesday, we made some more items for the Rosevale Court Aged Care (where Valerie volunteers) Chrissy stall …August 2010 080 These are “Bag bags”!! You know, bags to store those supermarket bags that are taking up space in our drawers … great for putting rubbish in… well this is where you can keep them all ;o)!! We made them from tea towels, 2 tea towels makes 4 ‘bag bags’!! All we need to do is pop some elastic in each end and a little brass ring on the back to hang them up.

These little baskets are easily recognisable … they’re made from this tutorial from Pink PenguinAugust 2010 078 there a LOADS of fabulous tutorials there and it’s well worth a visit :o)!!! We’re going to fill these baskets with some gifties for the menfolk … we thought of combs and razors, or maybe notebooks and pens, but after that we were sort of stumped!!! Any more ideas for what could go inside them for the fellas???

I’ve also been working on the pattern that I gave you a sneaky peek from last week (or was it the week before??? ** sigh**). and to go with it …… another sneaky peek (or two)  of “part 2” of the same pattern. Hmmm, this one holds a pen!!!August 2010 089Mmmm … and some lovely rosy goodness on the little button :o).August 2010 083 Have you noticed that I’ve fallen in love with covered buttons??? They’re just gawjus ;o)!!!

This is what part of my sewing table looks like right now …August 2010 086The other part looks like this …August 2010 087   …cos I’ve been typing up the pattern as I go along, much better than putting it off til the end I’m finding (which is what I normally do!!!) ;o).

Hey Aussie ladies … have you seen the new Creating Country Threads magazine (Vol 11 No. 1)???!!! All of the Gumtree designers have been impatiently waiting for the latest edition cos we knew our “Springtime” quilt would be shown!!!August 2010 090 There’s a fabulous write-up about it and all the reasons why we wanted to make this quilt for Fresh Hope. August 2010 092 You might notice there are a couple of smiling faces missing from the magazine … I think there might have been some gremlins around when it went to print cos our lovely Dawnie’s smiling face isn’t there…

and poor Fee’s pic and article got left out altogether!!! But you can pop over to our Among the Gumtrees blog to see what our Fee had to say :o)!! The patterns for the Springtime quilt will be available very soon from Fresh Hope, but there are loads of other patterns there too so it’s definitely worth a visit to their website. The website is undergoing some changes at the moment but if you’d like more info on “Springtime” or any of the Fresh Hope patterns you can contact Mary at Fresh hope.

**********Here’s a ‘heads up’ for you all too*********** … my fellow Nutter Judith is having a huge sale on her website – Calico Cottage as it’s closing down at the end of the month. So hurry on over cos there are some fabulous bargains to be had … up to 50% off on loads of gawjus items!!!

Phew … well I think that’s all the news for now, that’ll teach me for leaving it so long between posts lol. Hope you all have a t’riffic week ……

12 comments:

Nancy said...

for the guys...maybe a deck of cards, a small pencil and paper to keep score?

Jo in TAS said...

Some suggestions for your male gifts, socks, golf balls, a mug teaspoon and small jar of coffee. Car polishing cloth and wash.

John'aLee said...

So glad to have found your blog!

teresa said...

Love the ideas you have already for the gift baskets from other bloggers. What you've made for the stall is terrific. Love the spread in the magazine of your quilt for Fresh Hope and it's a shame they left Dawn and Fee out, but they always do things like that!! Have missed you too :)

Bev C said...

You have been busy Joy, what about peanuts for the baskets or maybe someone can make some Rocky Road. You could theme the baskets say a gardening one a hobby one with some screws etc. Good luck with the stall, I am sure it will be a great success.
Happy days.
Bev.xoxo

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Men, small gift cards for coffee, fast food places, movies. crossword books. any kind of food!
anything about sports.

Maria said...

You have been a very busy lady while you were away.
Enjoy your Week.

loulee said...

For the guys, how about a couple of car care items?

marina said...

You have been very busy!
Saw the article about all you girls. That's so great for you all.

Thimbleanna said...

Gosh, you've been busy Joy. Can't wait to see the results of your little sneak peek!

wonderwoman said...

wow Joy you have been sewing up a storm! I was going to suggest golf balls, tees, as hubby a very keen golfer!!!
xx

Bec said...

How exciting for the Gum Tree designers! Congratulations!
Your sneak peaks look intriuging...