Sunday, July 20, 2014

Craft & Quilting Shopping at the Sydney Craft Fair

Not only did I have a great time on my stand at the Sydney Craft & Quilt Show but I had a great time buying supplies too.  I bought this gorgeous little kit from the Hatched and Patched stand which is in adorable Tilda fabrics.

I added quite a few pretties to my growing Cottage Garden Threads stash
I bought some beads and accessories with a project or two in mind

I bought this gorgeous table runner kit from Appleyard Cottage which I had adored  on facebook before the show and bought it on the first day - Lucky for me as she sold out later that afternoon.

And these lovely pink and red fabrics - I have been collecting pinks and reds for a specific project in my future

I added to my paper piecing template and papers collection
And I bought these gorgeous fabrics for an applique quilt I have designed - I can't wait to make a start on it - I have already named it "Rainy Days"
And I bought this adorable Sue Daley kit - There was so much to see at the fair and so many lovely things - But I spent my whole budget and couldn't possibly bring anything else home with me.
This weekend we are making the final decision on the colour of our bamboo flooring for our family area.  The one on the left hand side has won.  Hopefully we will have it installed soon.
Hugs - Fee xx

Saturday, July 19, 2014

The after Photos !

Today I have the AFTER photo's to share with you.  I am so pleased with the way the walls and ceilings came up.  Our new painter did an amazing job and he is just so neat !  I changed a few things around and am just loving how the entrance foyer is looking.

The dining room is looking great too.  We have been to Beacon Lighting and have chosen new ceiling pendants so we just have to wait for them to arrive and have them installed over the dining table.

Looking up the entrance stairs from the front door.

The dining room has a lovely homely feel.
And here is one little area I was determined to make in the new change around of our home - A little reading corner.  Both Amy and I love to read so this nice quite corner will be perfect for curling up with a good book and a quilt.
This weekend will be spent dismantling the remaining 4 rooms.  I will remember to take some before shots this time.
Hugs - Fee xx

Friday, July 18, 2014

Back On Track

The Sydney Craft & Quilt Fair is over and after a successful trip and meeting many lovely customers I am now back home.

Dawn and I had a lot of fun and learnt lots it was a great adventure.  Two of the most important things I learnt was that :-
1. - I am a home body and 1 week away from my hubby and family is 1 week too long - I was terribly homesick after day 3.
2. - My back injury which has been dormant for many months reared it's ugly head and reminded me that I am not able to do the things my brain thinks I can do !!
I still have the Hobart Craft & Quilt Show to go next week.  After that I will consider the path the business will take in 2014.  It's exciting to have options.

We have been saving for quite some time to have the rest of the house renovated.  As much as I like my pine lined home I have been dreaming of painting the entire 32 squares white for the longest time (8 years in fact) so 4 months ago I booked the painter to paint whilst I was away at the shows as I knew I would get very stressed with the house upside down and me trying to live in it.
Disaster struck when the painter ditched our booking for a better offer !  To say I was unimpressed may have been an understatement.  BUT I believe everything happens for a reason and I was able to book another painter to begin whilst I was in Sydney.  He started on the foyer and the formal dining room.  I had forgotten to take before pics of the entrance to our home but found these past blog pics which shows you the area.

Our home has a lot of character and was the main reason we fell in love and bought it 8 years ago but the wood is so dark and dreary and my white and shabby accessories just don't look that great with it anymore.  So it is time for a major change.
The dining area has lovely bay windows and is sunken so has a litter stair way and bannister leading to it - I love this room !

I'm pleased to say that on my return from Sydney these areas were finished and the new painter has exceeded my expectations - His neatness and skill is astounding !  So much so that he begins the remainder of the house that is unpainted (4 rooms) on Monday and I have also booked him to re-do the bedroom wing of the house that the previous painter had painted last year - The comparison in workmanship is no comparison.
I'll be back over the weekend to show you the after photo's.  You will be amazed !
Hugs - Fee xx

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Melbourne Craft & Quilt Fair + Block 7 of Up The Garden Path

It's been a busy few weeks.  On Monday morning I returned from the Craft & Quilt Fair in Melbourne which I exhibited at.
My friend Dawn accompanied me and we had an absolute blast.  We met many blogging friends as well as some fellow designers and new and old customers.
It was a tiring 6 days and mostly work and not much play but it was a great learning experience into the world of retail in this business and I learnt so much which I will take forward as the business grows and evolves.  Thank you to everyone who stopped by and said Hi.  We leave next Monday for the Sydney Craft & Quilt Show so I hope that if you are attending that you too stop by and introduce yourself.
I'm 2 days late but here I s Block 7 of Up The Garden Path" for you to download over in my Craftsy shop.  How are you going stitching the quilt?
Fee x

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Up The Garden Path - Do you want to see the completed quilt?

I have known all year that some major changes are on the way for our family and that I needed to be super organised in readiness for them.  Couple that with taking the business on the road in just 2 and a bit weeks and it makes for a very busy time.

For this reason I have tried to be ahead on all of my projects and I am pleased to say that "Up The Garden Path" was completed last night and is winging it's way to my quilter today.  Block 6 has just been released and we have Blocks 7,8 and 9 left to be released on the 1st of each month with the finishing instructions due for release on the 1st October.

How are you going with your blocks?  It's never too late to start stitching them.  The finished quilt measures 40" square so very achievable.  You only need a charm pack and some white quilter's homespun.

Head over to the CRAFTSY store to get the blocks.

Hugs - Fee xx

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Block 6 - Up The Garden Path

Time has flown again and here it is the 1st of the month already so it's time to release another block in Up The Garden Path.  Here is Block 6 for you to download FREE of charge.  All of the previous blocks are available for just $2.00 per block if you need to catch up.
Go to the CRAFTSY store to download the blocks.
Fee xx

Monday, May 19, 2014

Walking A New Path

Here are some lovely shots of the gorgeous Derwent River at New Norfolk that we took recently on a trip through that area. I am sharing them with you today whilst I share my news.

Some time ago I blogged about having a break from designing and feeling that I needed to follow a different path for awhile and whilst it may not look like I have done that, behind the scenes I have been working on a different path.  

"The Friendship Quilt" was designed and stitched as a Block of the Month for my lovely band of dedicated followers and my FREE Blog design "Up the Garden Path" is nearing completion but other than a few other little design surprises on their way I stopped designing as much as I had done previously.

Why?  Well it's hard to explain .......  I think that when you start doing anything as a job that you previously did as a hobby it takes away some of the joy - I know that a few other designing friends I have discussed this with sometimes feel the same way .......

I decided that I needed to get some of the passion back into my crafting life and follow my heart as an "artist".  The joy of making something from an image in your mind without the constraints of having to either follow a pattern or write one is a "Joyous" experience.  

It's hard to explain but I feel that I needed to let myself be creative again - Not that designing patterns for the joy of others is not creative - I do still love doing that and will continue to do so - But I also needed to do something for me.

Now if you have been a long time follower or have just gotten to know me you will know that I love adore all things shabby.  I am the happiest when I am finding something old and changing it and shabbying it up to give it a new life.  I love using pretty shabby florals mixed up with old clothing or old textiles to make something new, pretty and functional.  

I have been experimenting behind the scenes with a few ideas and took the plunge and applied to exhibit as an "artist" at this year's Tasmanian Craft Fair.

I photographed my ideas and sent them in for submission and crossed my fingers that the examining committee would think that I was unique enough to gain a place at this world renowned art exhibition.

An email arrived last night congratulating me on being chosen as an "artist" for this year's fair.  I am totally over the moon.  It is a new path for me and one that I was afraid to step onto but I am so glad that I took the plunge and decided to give it a go.  

The only downside is that I only have until the end of October to make enough One of A Kind items to fill a booth.  So guess what I will be doing with all of my free time in the next few months?

I can't wait to share some of my ideas with you.


Fee xx