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Way back in the mists of time* I shared some work in progress photos of my Tunnock’s Teacake project.  I did actually get round to making some notecards, and I was even organised enough to put them in my Etsy shop.  What I didn’t manage to do was to mention that on here.  How, I ask myself, am I supposed to sell things if I never remember to advertise?

So here they are, looking scrumptious.  Go, buy some cards!

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*early March

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Beatrix Potter notebooks now back in stock.  This includes a few Peter Rabbit ones, which are usually the first to sell out so grab them while you can! Click here to visit my shop.

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This is another ‘use it up’ project that I’m partway through. I’m mostly enjoying it, or I was until I hit a snag with a leaf.  More details to follow once it’s finished!

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A little nod to TBBT there, but that’s basically what I’ve been doing.  Last week I bored you all rigid telling you about my spring cleaning, and mentioned that I had put aside a load of assorted fabric to use in a project straight away.  Well, when you have lots of random fabric (ranging in size from scraps to whole half metres) and you want to use them up quickly then the two options that come to mind first are probably quilts or bunting.  I opted for the latter, given I already have one quilt that’s still unfinished and languishing in a box somewhere.

I’m going to ramble a bit now so bear with me.

One of the reasons I have so many half finished projects (or, dare I say it, ones that never got off the ground) is that I like to wait for optimum conditions.  This bunting is a really good example.  Of course the most efficient way to sew bunting is by using a sewing machine.  My sewing machine is still in need of a service and I daren’t use it until it’s been checked out (because of the alarming burning smell when it runs…).  All well and good, but that sewing machine has been gathering dust for well over a year now.  Which means I’ve been putting off various other things that require the use of a sewing machine.

You with me so far?  So ideally I would get the machine serviced and then use it to sew the flags.  However we know that the likelihood of me getting it serviced soon is very slim.  I could cut the flags and then keep them safe until the machine is fixed…but that’s not a good idea because things get lost.  Somewhere in this house is a bag full of quilt squares (and not from the half-finished quilt mentioned above!) that I cut out and then put safely to one side.  It gets slightly more complicated when I tell you that my mother has an industrial sewing machine – so she could sew it for me (her machine is super fast and scares the bejeesus out of me), but she was on holiday last week.

What’s a girl to do?

Suck it up, buttercup.  That’s right, I sewed the flags by hand.  BY HAND.  All ninety of them.  Possibly a little crazy, but a) it got the job done, and b) I was ill last week so not in a fit state to do anything other than sit and snuffle on the sofa.  Sewing flags killed the time between naps and doses of medicine.

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They look good eh?  So I got them all sewn and pressed, and now I will do the sensible thing and ask my mother if she’ll sew them onto the bias binding for me.  Of course I have no actual immediate use for bunting, but I figure it’s bound to come in handy at some point and in the meantime it means I have reduced my stash and turned dead fabric into a potentially useful ornament!

Tl;dr – I had spare fabric and made bunting.

PS.  In the spirit of using it up the sewing was all done using thread I had picked up on sale a few years ago.  I got suckered in by the cute jar and it was cheap, but I already have plenty of thread so it’s just been sitting there gathering dust.  Now it’s all gone, huzzah!

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As promised I did list some more Jane Austen stationery sets, and a few pocket cahiers too.  Of course I then forgot to come back and promote them but that’s about par for the course with me!  Click here to visit my shop.

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After a good start to the year I’ve been really rubbish at remembering to blog stuff over the past week.  Partly because I’m dying of the plague again*, and partly because I’ve been a bit distracted due to a spring clean of my studio.

Anyway, I have managed to start on a new project and it’s pretty much almost there: the hard work is done, I just need to get some more card blanks and then produce some cards!

That’s probably enough waffling for now, here’s what I’ve been up to.

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*got another cold

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