Hello there! I hope everyone had a relaxing, peaceful, family-and-friend-filled Christmas (I won’t say healthy, because that’d be silly).
Did Santa bring some more fabric for your stash or maybe a sewing book you’ve been coveting? I treated myself to some yardage for quilt backs, but resisted anything smaller – I really need to work on reducing my stash.
To contradict that last statement completely, I only managed to sew one gift this Christmas. Ha! That’s sad.
I made this version of Jeni Baker’s awesome drawstring bag for one of my kid’s teachers (filled with soap, hand cream and a lavender satchel). I think this bag looks so festive – it reminds me of a wee Santa sack.
My little sister has also been foiling my ‘reduce the stash’ plan, but in the nicest way. Now that she lives in Hong Kong she can get her hands on all sorts of garment fabric and she recently brought me this lovely collection:
From the back there is Missoni (!), an Ikat print, a white/cobalt super-soft, lawn-like cotton and a smoky blue dobby cotton.
I have managed some other sewing – I finished a sample for my next quilt pattern. Well, I almost finished. I got up to the part where I should hand sew down the binding but met with some furry resistance.
It just seems so mean to move a sleeping cat, let alone two of ’em.
I’m not sure why they feel the need to sleep on a quilt. Here in Queensland it has been hot and wet, which as we all know is nice when you’re with a lady, but it ain’t no good when you’re in the jungle (or the sewing room for that matter).
So while I waited for Rex and Tilly to wake up and move to the cool tiles in the kitchen, I rummaged around my stash to put together some fabrics for a log cabin quilt for my daughter.
I’m planning to join in the Log Cabin Quiltalong that starts tomorrow. Tomorrow as in the first day of the shiny New Year.
Holy crap, 2015! Can you believe it? Are you excited for the New Year? I know I am, although I can’t really say why. In fact, I’ve been feeling rather joyous and positive and just happy to be alive for the past month or so, so I’m either pregnant or my dabbling in the I Quit Sugar diet is working it’s mojo on my brain chemistry. I hope it’s the later because if it’s the former I am in some deep, deep trouble (the mister had a vasectomy last year).
Are you doing the whole setting goals thing again? Meh, I don’t think I could be bothered. I can’t even be bothered reviewing what I didn’t get done this year. I’m going to do a bit of a mini-plan, just for the first quarter of the year. So much changes as the year progresses, I kind of feel like it’s a waste of effort to plan for what I should be doing in 6-12 months time… so much can change between now and then. Maybe I’ll just go with the theme option, choosing a word to guide what I hope to achieve in 2015.
Now for some bad news – I’m guessing you’ve all heard about the new process for collecting VAT on digital products sold to the EU? Yeah, it’s not the most well thought out plan when it comes to small business.
I would happily flaunt the law if they agreed to extradite me to France, but I can’t see that happening, so for the moment I will be restricting sales to the EU. Hopefully the powers that be will instigate a minimum threshold below which VAT doesn’t need to be collected/processed, because it is a great deal of paperwork when you’re a one-woman-show. I’m sure rational thought will prevail! [In the meantime, if you are in the EU and are desperate for a pattern, email me and we’ll work something out. Something legal, I promise 😉 ]
Alright, it’s time for me to go and prep some food for New Year’s Eve celebrations. And now that the cats have moved onto the ironing board I could even fit a little hand sewing in before festivities begin.
I wish you all, from the bottom of my heart, a happy, healthy, fulfilling and prosperous 2015.