How do you like to purchase patterns? Do you prefer the paper variety or do you like the ease and speed of downloading a PDF? If the answer to your question is the latter… where do you store your printouts?
If you are looking for a cute and inspirational storage system… maybe my latest design, the “My Sweet PDFs” album, is just the thing for you.
I released this design at the Let’s get Stitched event last Sunday. The project involves a small amount of piecing and applique, together with plenty of embroidery and cross-stitch for embellishment. The two A4 covers are constructed out of firm cardboard, and there are full instructions and step-by-step tutorials for inserting the eyelets.
I really love scrapbook albums, and although I don’t work with paper crafts myself, I wanted to recreate that kind of look with the album rings and ribbons. But I think the pom-pom trim is my favourite – I love the stuff! I found this most amazing colour, a pastel turqoise/sea green hue, in my local Spotlight. It coordinates beautifully with my Tilda fabric, too!
The back cover is very simple:
… and the inside pages… I attached some hanky linen for writing notes on… notes that i need to refer to regularly like the stitch length on my sewing machine for getting a perfect quarter-of-an-inch seam allowance, for example. (I am yet to write those notes!)
So, I’m interested to know… do you go to many stitching/workshop events?? Are you hoping to go to one in the future? Or do you belong to a regular stitching group filled with close friends?
I try to catch up with crafty friends as much as I can, but we find it difficult juggling work, studies and family life so it’s not as regular as any of us would like… and I usually only catch up with one friend at a time. But the stitching event last Sunday really opened my eyes to catching up with like-minded ladies on a more regular basis. It was just great looking at everyone’s hand-made projects, their sewing bags, pin-cushions and mug-rugs! It was like one big show and tell! It’s always so much more fun to see these gorgeous creations in real life isn’t it? Photos really don’t do justice, even when those photos are amazing… you wish you could actually fondle the creations in your very own hands!! But of course, it’s not the creations that make the occasion, but the ladies themselves… I know I’ve said it before, but honestly, you couldn’t have wished for a more lovely bunch of souls to connect with. I truly felt humbled to share some time with them.
Another thing that was so sweet about having the whole weekend away (such a rarity for me!) was that my family was so very pleased to see me when I returned! You’d have thought I’d been away for a month!!
I had only been gone a day when I returned back home with Jenny, so we could spend some quality time together, and so that Jen could meet my family and see where I live. Kayla, our pooch, went ballistic! She didn’t know whether to jump up, roll over or lick… so she attempted all three at once, it was hilarious!
She is a bit more composed in this photo! One of the things she loves as much as her Mum (and her new Auntie Jen!) is a ride in the car… she gets as excited over the word ‘Car’ as she does over the word “Walkies’! Bless her!
Jenny and I shared a fabulous day together even though we were both so tired from our 3am bedtime a few hours before-hand!! I’d longed for so long to be able to make her a cup of tea and chat in my sewing space… it was like a dream come true (except I didn’t end up making the tea, the gorgeous Mr SUDs made us coffee! Love him!) This is my fave photo of Jenny and I together, taken in the hotel shortly before I said my goodbyes to all the girls…
I’ve borrowed the pic from Jenny… she has a fantastic camera… and she gives fantastic cuddles!
I’ll be back with some more memories of my weekend away… a day out in Fitzroy with two other gorgeous gals… I’ve got some links to share for some interesting vintage and quirky shops!
It’s past midnight as I write this… the house is quiet and Kayla is at my feet… I think we’ll have a quick cuddle and then I’ll head off upstairs for some shut-eye.
Whether it’s night or day for you right now… sweet dreams my friend!