Just a little giveaway!

Hello to all of my lovely readers πŸ™‚

I can’t quite believe it but this is my 100th post πŸ˜€

I started this blog on the 28th December 2011 to record the creation of a few crafty projects. It was meant to be a sort of diary/scrapbook for me and my family but has evolved into much, much more! I’ve really enjoyed meeting lots of new friends, even though most of you are in the virtual world as well as finding other blogs out there which are truly amazing!!

To celebrate this milestone, I’ve decided to have a small giveaway.

I must admit, I enter very few giveaways myself. This is usually because the rules for entry amount to a list of “like”and “follow” etc. on various social media sites as well as on the giveaway blog and to post on your own blog about it.

You don’t have to do any of that to win here πŸ˜€ All I would like you to do is leave a comment to tell me and other readers about the best gift you were ever given. Let us know the occasion (if you wish) and why the gift was so special to you. That’s it! If you then choose to “like” or “follow” my blog or any other social media sites,Β then that is up to you and I really appreciate it, thank you. The winner will be chosen at random by my OH from a list of names in a bowl. The draw will take place on the 3rd of December 2012.

Here is the giveaway prize.

The solids are all by Moda and the prints are all Michael Miller except the purple cats, which is Benartex. The prints are all 10 inches square except the cats which is much larger. The solids are a variety of sizes, perfect for small projects or stash builders. I’ve tried to match the solids with the prints so you can get started on making something nice even if you don’t already have a stash of your own.

Here they are in close up photos.

I do sell all of the above fabrics (except the purple cats) so if you want some, just contact me.

Enjoy the giveaway and good luck!

Avis x



Act two….Sophie the sea snail!

Happy Friday everyone πŸ™‚

My newest resident Under the Sea can now be revealed. Here is Sophie the sea snail.

She was quite a challenge to sew with all of those curvy edges. I’m quite happy with the result. She is about 4 inches from nose to tail in real life and she doesn’t leave yukky trails everywhere like other naughty snails do πŸ˜‰

I was busy at the computer this morning and realised the sun was shining outside. I just had to nip out and capture some of the Autumn colours in the garden before the wind comes and blows them all away. Look at that blue sky!!!

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I think this weekend is free soooooo……

I’ll be continuing a crocheted ripple pattern blanket which I’ve just started again because I made a bit of a mess. More about that later. Β Maybe I’ll also make another creature come to life Under the Sea. I need to bake cake as WE HAVE NO CAKE 😦 and there are a couple of other sewing projects on the go which I might just dip in and out of.

Also, I must visit Teje’s blog. She has a new project to show everyone and a great tutorial coming very soon. Pop over and see crafting at its best in the Greek sunshine for yourselves πŸ˜€

I also want to thank all of you for leaving lovely comments and likes and follows and things on my blog. There is such a friendly, positive and supportive community in the blogging world and it makes me so happy to read the nice things both here and on your blogs too. Thank you very, very much!

What are all of you lovely bloggers getting up to? Crafty things I hope πŸ™‚

See you soon,

Avis x

Enter……Sammy the Starfish!

Here is my first attempt at hand stitched applique. It is incredibly time consuming. Looks like my “Under The Sea” project will be a long term one!


Have fun! Avis x

The first secret is on its way out…..

Hi everybody,

I hope you have all had some time to craft this weekend πŸ™‚

One of my secret projects, which has been developing in my head for many months (since this post), is finally on the drawing board.

For a change I will throw away my rotary cutter, rulers and all the trappings that come with piecing patchwork to try my hand at being a little more creative, perhaps….with fabric, Bondaweb, embroidery threads, beads and my dear old 1980s Toyota machine which allows me to experiment with zig-zag stitches πŸ˜†

I started with some semi-tessellating fishes.


Then added a few extra critters and a frame.


And finally, went a bit over the top with weeds πŸ™‚


So that is the plan! The secret project is finally under way or Under the Sea πŸ˜‰ I’ll keep you posted with my progress. In the meantime if you have any tips or ideas for my project, I’m all ears.

What have you all been up to? If the answer is “Not much” then take a trip over to to the Blogger’s Quilt Festival where you can nominate your favourite quilts. I am on my way over there now!

Enjoy what is left of the weekend πŸ™‚

Avis x


One of my lovely readers, Witchylin, has sent me a photo of a felted bag that she has made. Sew clever πŸ˜‰ I love it πŸ˜€ If my design turns out as good as her bag, I’ll be well chuffed!!

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