Wednesday, 8 January 2014










Christmas and new year came and went very quickly, especially as we had Chris, our eldest son home with us for 2 weeks.  He is working in China, teaching, and we hadn't seen him for 15 months.  It was so lovely to have him home, but so much worse seeing him off again on his travels, but apparently that's what we're supposed to do as parents, love them and let them go (not my favourite bit of parenting I have to say!)

I had to buy a new sewing machine as I literally ran the other one into the ground.  The dolls were a custom order for a lady who every year buys 12 dolls from me to put on her Christmas tree.  I would love to see the size of her tree as they are about a foot high.  

I had a message on my facebook page on boxing day asking what garlands I was doing for Easter (!) so I have begun designing and making those as well as the custom orders which are keeping me very busy - I'm booked up til May now!

Hope the weather is not too bad where you are, rain and flooding seems to be the order of the day.  I hope the polar vortex that is covering the USA is not coming our way, as all 50 states are experiencing freezing weather including Hell, Michigan reaching -26....  Hell freezing over!

Have a good week x

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  1. Oh wow, these are all lovely - you best be careful or you'll be running your new machine into the ground too!
    Hoping that arctic vortex is not heading our way too - I'm so over Winter already... roll on Spring!
    Have a happy week,
    xx

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  2. Me too Gilly, I have a nasty feeling it's not over yet though! Hope your week is happy too xx

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  3. Gosh, that is a lot of making - and the dolls must look wonderful on a tree. I can imagine how hard it must be to say goodbye- fingers crossed I have a fews years to go yet! Juliex

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    1. You've got years Julie, don't need to start worrying about that yet! x

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  4. Wow! You have been, and will be, very busy! I was wondering whether you might be able to do a ladybird garland?? Mad I know but my mother-in-law is crazy about all things ladybird. I'd also love some polar bears for Christmas (I'm getting in early!)
    Must be very hard saying goodbye to your son again - I'm dreading the day when my eldest daughter leaves the nest :( xx

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    1. Thanks Helen, I'll have a think about if it's possible to link ladybirds... when do you need it for? As for children leaving the nest, I like to think he's travelling and will come back at some point... I know, don't tell me! x

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  5. The garlands are lovely Julie.
    Where did you find the lovely fairy lights under the dolls? I am after a long string on a very thin wire.

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  6. The lights were from The Glow Company online... I wanted battery ones as I don't have a electric socket on that side of the wall. x

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  7. Your dolls and garlands are absolutely gorgeous. They look so neat and the colours used are brilliant. It must be hard to see your son off even though you want him to enjoy his life. I've only just got into machine sewing and your new one looks very swish and fancy compared to my little ultra basic one.

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    1. Thank you and welcome... I just popped over to look at your blog and love your gorgeous cats! Still laughing at the kitty in the Christmas tree! Yes, I've gone for an industrial machine now, hopefully it will last a bit longer than my last one! Juliex

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  8. Your work is so pretty. I would love to see her Christmas tree too, it must be towering!

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    1. Thank you Jennifer, I hope you aren't experiencing weather being shown on our news at the moment, it looks horrendous in the US at the moment. Keep warm! x

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  9. You have made some lovely things! Sounds like your new sewing machine is going to be very busy with orders too!
    Marianne x

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  10. Thank you Marianne. Just as well I am busy with orders so I can pay for the sewing machine! x

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  11. How wonderful that you could spend precious time with your son!! Love your new machine; I can only imagine what beauties you will create with those clever fingers of yours!!

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    1. You're right Sarah, time is the most precious thing... x

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  12. Great that you're so busy and I am not surprised as the garlands really do look great. I am also imagining the size of the lady's tree to be able to have those dolls on it....again they are lovely and I hope you enjoy playing with your new machine, I finally used mine today :) Beth

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    1. Thanks Beth, that means alot coming from someone who's work I admire! Just heard that the lady with the huge tree has already re-ordered for next Christmas! Hope you are enjoying your new machine as much as I am :-) x

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  13. It is so hard saying goodbye. Your garlands are beautiful I can see why you are so busy.
    Cheers Pauline

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    1. Thanks Pauline and welcome, so pleased you popped over as it means I have found your lovely blog! Julie x

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  14. Hello Julie, I just popped over from Gilly's place - I was so impressed with the little scottie dogs bunting - and I see you make lots of other beautiful little want-ables too, such talent! I've added my name to your followers list and look forward to keeping in touch! Joy x

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    1. Hello and welcome Joy. Thank you for your lovely comments, I have returned to your beautiful blog and will follow you from now on... you have some gorgeous makes on there... I'm very envious of your crochet skills x

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    2. Thanks so much Julie - I have replied over there to your sweet message! Have a wonderful day and happy crafting! x

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