We Have a Winner!


We have a winner!

Lizzy, my sweetie picked your name out of the hat!!

I will send your e-mail right over to Devon Bear Designs.

For those of you have not yet met Lizzy, she is a very lovely English gal who just recently moved to Switzerland. She has knitting needles in her hands almost 24/7 - well at least she did until her beautiful baby girl, Bea, came into her life just a few months ago.

Take a moment to pop over to Ruffles and Ribbons and say hello!

Congratulations Lizzy. I am sure you are going to enjoy your subscription to Bustle and Sew Magazine as much as I do mine.

May Day! May Day! Dabbler War on my Dining Table!


Seven and a half feet of happy dabbling! (And I still have another 18" I can add if needed!)

It is chaos in my dining room right now but all good !


Another round of Spaan ornaments drying.


My knitted/felted bag is drying and drying and drying and drying.........

You and I will be chatting about this one in a day or so. I need help!


My tomatoes and chile! My first success growing from seed indoors.



And look how they have grown!

Now if our stupid PNW weather would only warm a bit I could plant them outside. They are ready. I am anxious!

And I need the space for more projects!

Most Excellent News to Share


I could not be happier than I am right this minute!

And I just have to share the news!

Diane has just been named Editor in Chief of CRAFT.

Pop over here for the full story!And more on Craftypod here.

Diane and Natalie, I join many, many others I am sure in wishing each of you happiness and success in your new adventures.

Bustle and Sew Magazine Giveaway - Try The Magazine For 6 Months For Free On Me!


Image from Devon Bear Designs and Bustle and Sew

I am thrilled with my subscription to Devon Bear Designs' new online monthly publication - Bustle and Sew Magazine.

I just today received issue number four. You can get a peek here! It is beautiful and packed full of original and vintage patterns including a pattern for knitting the cutest little tea cozy I have ever seen, several adorable embroidery designs including one just for the big wedding coming up in a couple days, and a most interesting article about crafting blogs today - written by Zara Saliba of SewnbySaliba. Over 50 pages of crafty goodness including 8 embroidery, knit and crochet patterns.

Bustle and Sew magazine was originally offered at the incredible price of $2.50 per issue. Remember - I told you about it not long ago!

However, beginning May 1st, the price will go up to $4.50 per issue for new subscribers. Anyone subscribing before May 1 locks in the current rate of $2.50 per month forever.

So - I have decided to giveaway a six month subscription to Bustle and Sew Magazine. Not only will the lucky winner receive 6 issues, beginning with the issue just published on April 26th, but she will be guaranteed the $2.50 per month rate when renewing.

You can read more about the magazine and past content and even find free pattern downloads just by going to the Bustle and Sew blog.

Then, leave a comment right here by midnight April 30th PST. You can leave any comment you wish but "love notes" are always welcome!

Because Bustle and Sew Magazine is an online publication, the giveaway is open to everyone world wide.

Just remember that only one person will win. So if you don't want to take any chances and want to lock in the $2.50 monthly rate, go sign up now! If you win, the 6 month subscription will be applied to your account.

For those of you who are just not into embroidery or stuffies or knitting/crochet - enter anyway if you have a friend you would love to gift the subscription to.  We can do that!

Good luck everyone.

More About Respecting Intellectual Property and Copyright


I am still "simmering" over here over the fact that several of my favorite bloggers have had content pirated from their blogs and no credit for the source given. But at least I am not on full boil now, so I thought it might be safe for me to share a few thoughts!

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