Thanks again to every one who took the time in leaving a comment for this months competition, the names have been drawn and congratulations to these 3 lucky ladies, Karen Reid, Lynda and Juliann. I will send you an email this evening so I can get your postal addy and send away your prize.
Happy stitching everyone! Smiles Nat
Ps. i have spent way too much time on the computer tonight so I will post the new designs tomorrow, I need some stitching therapy now...
Over the last few days I have been separated from my computer and suffering from the slight effects of 'blog withdrawal' so now I am home again I can tell you what I have been up to, let's just call it "The adventures of a girls day out..."
Back around January I received an email from Karen, Leanne and Julie from Country Thyme Patchwork inviting me to their Girls Day Out gathering in Mooroopna...my mission should I choose to accept was to design three new patterns to be released at the gathering and come along to share good company, food, fabrics and lots of laughs - how could a girl say no?
I think i got to work designing three new patterns almost before I pressed the reply button...
I packed the car chocca's full of samples and patterns on Friday and took the 250km drive from Geelong to Mooroopna...and arrived at the gorgeous venue "Mulones" to set up a display along side Barb smith, Viv Robinson and Marg Low. After I had finished what I can only describe as "foffing" the display...(I don't think thats a word, but never mind...) we all dined out with Leanne & Karen and tootled back to the hotel room for some late night stitching before getting some well needed shut eye.
The room looked looked fantabulous (another made up word...) each table had the most delicious looking cupcakes on cake stands and a "goodie" bag placed waiting for the eager stitcher indulge - each bag contained 12 new patterns from the four designers and fabric to make "The Needle Keeper"
After doors where opened and everyone found their seats we all had to make a little speech...and I stress the word little, I am not sure if the ladies could hear me talking over the sound of my knocking knees and although I had planned what to say, the minute it was my turn and 100+ pairs of eyes looked at me to say something intelligent & profound my mind went blank and I felt a little queasy...(word to one's self, write some points next time)
All the girls attending the gathering also had a mission - to make the best name tag they were all amazing, the trouble everyone had gone to make something unique made a great talking point of the weekend, unfortunately it was left to Barb, Viv, Marg and myself to pick the best name tag each day.....how hard is that?
These girls were one of my favorites "Stitch no evil" - "Sew no evil" and "Hem no evil"
We all had so much fun chatting to everyone and wandering around tables looking at work in progress, answering questions, demonstrating various techniques like fabric painting with Viv, punch needle with Marg, Clover yo-yo makers and making various bag handles with me. I was also able to share with a few ladies the stories behind some of the designs which is always lots of fun.
Over the next few days I will be working on a new photo album to display on the blog so you can view the rest of the images from over the weekend. It was wonderful to be able to share the weekend with designers I have admired greatly over the years - your knowledge and friendship is invaluable, thanks to Leanne, Karen and Julie for inviting me to come along and to everyone who attended thank you for your friendship, laughter and memories - it's these things that make designing worthwhile.....and by the way, yes my knees have now stopping knocking.
Left to right: Marg, Viv, Karen, Leanne, Barb & Nat
The countdown is on...only a few more days to go and I will be off again on another adventure, this time I am going to visit the girls at Country Thyme Patchworkand take part in their "Girls Day Out" retreat. I spoke with Leanne last week and it sounds like it is going to be a fabulous weekend.
I have designed three exclusive patterns and I can't wait to show you all but not just yet (sorry) I promise the patterns will be released as soon as I get back from the retreat....trust me it is just as hard for me not to put the pictures up for you all to see but some things are worth waiting for. (yes I know...Monday seems sooooo far away)
This is first time I have attended a retreat as a guest tutor so I am bound to be nervous, forget something or get lost on the way, but my Father has kindly told me if I pass the bridge that looks like a coathangerI have gone too far....(I just love Dads sense of humor) thanks Dad, that would mean I would be in a different state about 750km from where I should be. Even I don't think I could get lost that bad!
For the last week I have been attached to a box of kneenex and going by the name of Snuffleupagus, yes it's cold season here but I am at the tail end of it now (yippy!) Time for me to go and finish cooking dinner then curl up in the beanbag with my new project.
If you would like to travelinto another worldcheck out this blog I found today, It's definately on my favorites list I am sure you will love it too.
Unfortunately there would be no Cinderberry Stitches without producing patterns which means a little bit of work, printing, cropping photos, glue sticking, folding, opening pre-seal bags...the list goes on and yes it is the less glamorous side of designing, but once the stock and orders are complete it's back to the drawing board to create yet another project.
Weather wise yesterday was quite bleak and very windy - an excellent excuse to stay inside and pack 500+ patterns. On goes the kettle to make my first (of many) cups of tea then select a DVD, this weekend was Pride and Prejudice - BBC version (which goes forever but an excellent movie none the less) and last but not least a very comfy chair. After becoming so engrosed in the movie and the bottomless cup of tea, the patterns were packed and finished.
Here goes "The Cinderberry Process"... Step One: Patterns folded & waiting
Step Two: Cropping photos to size...
Step Three: Patterns are packed and ready to go and Mr Darcy hasn't even proposed yet!
After packing so many patterns I think it's time for a giveaway...This months comp is to win your own "Three Sisters" pattern featured in the previous posting. Just leave a comment on this post if you are interested in taking part, three names will be drawn next Monday 28th May.
Goodluck everyone Natalie
ps. now it's back to the drawing board to get the new design in my head on paper
Sometimes the hardest part of designing is thinking of a pattern name, many times I have designed and made a new project only to sit for a day or two thinking until the right name comes to mind - something unique and a little different.
One of those patterns I decided to name after my Nan, Doris and her two sisters Ethel and Lucy. After drawing the design I sat for a while and thought of the 'right' name, it seemed to fit perfectly, though I am sure their hair never quite looked like this!
and the name?............The Three Sisters, of course.
I went over to Mum & Dad's place the other week and Mum had been going through some old books on the book shelf when she came across two old excersice books. Both books were filled with cartoons and whimsical drawings I did as a child - I couldn't beleive they were still intact and hidden on the shelf for so long. We had so much fun looking through the drawings and laughing. I think from the time I could hold a pencil I was drawing and just never stopped, here are a few 'friends' that might make you smile.
I thought it was about time I introduced you to Ellie, our 5 and a bit year old lab and tell you about what she has been up to lately. You see Ellie enjoys making puzzles...while I enjoy cutting fabric into pieces and putting them back together she also loves the past time of making puzzles from fabric. I arrived home this afternoon to find she had herself a wonderful time in the back yard with fibre filling from her quilt - there was white fluff from one side of the yard to the other and she was very proud of her achievements. I could see by the look on her face she was already planning her next project, it's a shame they are all UFO's...
Yes she looks very innocent, but believe me she is full of mischief!
It has been a very busy week but as promised I have now finished the Stitched Angel Bag pattern!! If you can't remember what it looks like here is the photo again....youv'e gotta love those striped stockings & behind...