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Are you a fan of shoes?

Do you like the idea of a collection of shoes that don’t actually cost you anything other than time and a bit of thread???

I have the answer for you – The new free downloadable Block of the Month from Ella and Skysie!  Just for the Shoeaholics (and stitchaholics) like me….

This is a peek at the first block:

Ella's Stilleto Bow block

Ella's Stilleto Bow block

Check out Ella’s Blog for details or go straight to her online shop and search for Downloads!


Today I posted cards for the first ATC swap I have done with anyone.  After the Canberra show, Sofie and I decided we should exchange cards and we challenged each other to use a new green with gold ribbon from ArtStamps Aus.

Sofie has been busy at the Stitches and Craft show at Rosehill in the last week and I have been home recovering from my cold.  I decided I would get to work on my cards and made six or seven featuring the vintage nude pictures I like working with….as well as the green and gold ribbon, of course!

These are a couple of the cards I didn’t send to Sofie (they didn’t get the “challenge ribbon” in them either!)….I wouldn’t want to spoil her surprise when she gets her packet in the next day or two!

Mixed media ATCs

Mixed media ATCs

Naturally, Murphy’s Law dictated that I should have a flat battery in my camera when I wanted to photograph all the cards – this one overly dark shot I managed to squeeze out of it before that nasty flashing red light told me I couldn’t possibly expect it to perform any longer!

This overlocker has now been sold….thank you for your interest!!

A friend of mine contacted me recently and asked for some help in selling her overlocker – its virtually brand new, sitting on the shelf and making her feel guilty for not using it!

It needs a new home.

Are you interested in acquiring a barely used, airjet feed BabyLock overlocker worth $2195 new for just $1500? It comes in it’s original box with all accessories and instructional DVDs.


Babylock Imagine BLE1AT

        BabyLock Imagine BLE1AT

BabyLock Imagine BLE1AT

Instant Jet-Air Threading™

Automatic Thread Delivery System

Full-featured differential feed:
2 to 1 Ratio-gathering
3 to 4 Ratio – stretching
4/3/2 Thread serging

Rolled hemming with 3 threads
Flatlock stitching with 2 or 3 threads
Dial adjustable stitch width: 1.5 – 7.5mm
Dial adjustable stitch length: 0 – 4mm
Dial adjustable built-in rolled hem: 0- 2mm
Heavy-duty cutting system
Side thread cutter
1500 stitches per minute

Built-in needle threader
Electronic foot control
Snap on, multi-purpose presser foot
Built-in accessory storage
Built-in light
Built-in ribbon/tape guide

Ruffling Foot BLE-RF

This overlocker has now been sold…..thank you for your interest!

On Sunday, Sofie came down from Sydney with her friend Debbie to see the show.  With Sofie on the stand demonstrating, I was able to snatch a couple of quick photos when things were quiet…. and there weren’t all that many opportunities!

Sofie demonstrating Dimmensional Magic and Gelly Roll pens to a captive audience.

Sofie demonstrating Dimensional Magic and Gelly Roll pens to a captive audience.

Across the way from our stand was Catharina’s Country Collection – it was a rare site to see Catharina with time to stand still and listen to Linda taking about the Westalee Rulers and tools.


Another highly successful  craft event has been held at EPIC in Canberra and I have negotiated the roadworks on the Hume back home.

The crowd was larger than previous years and on the Scrapmatts stand we offered a range of product never seen in the national capital before… and it seems it was a great success with paper crafters of all persuasions.

Andrew and I were joined on the stand by Tony – who, by his own admission, had never heard of ATC’s.  Of course I had to make one especially for him to take home!

ATC for Tony

Just along the aisle from our stand were first time exhibitors at this show, the ladies from Waratah Fibres.  I found these wonderful bags of colour which I pounced on with plans to use it in my fabric postcards, however some of the orange found its way to the ATC.  This is hand dyed silk throwsters waste – delicious colours I can’t wait to do more with!

Are you in Canberra for the Craft and Quilt Show?  Are you planning a visit to Canberra in the next couple of months? images

The NGA has a small display of historic Australian quilts from its collection on  exhibition until early October.

Further details can be found  here.

CraftAlive in Wagga is over for another year and by all accounts, it was a great success.  Numbers through the door were far more than last year and I hope all our visitors found something to tempt them.

Local craft groups were well represented – Riverina Woodworkers, Linden Patchwork and Needlework group, Wagga Machine Knitters, Wagga Potters Group and CWA all mounted great displays and demonstrations of their crafts.

Many of the stallholders have made their way straight to Canberra and are recuperating and repacking in preparation for the Canberra Craft and Quilt Fair which opens on Thursday at Exhibition Park in Canberra.

Maybe I will see you there as I will be demonstrating for Scrapmatts once again. Andrew tells me there are some brand new designs in the chipboard range being launched at this show so pop round and have a look.

Scrapmatts Handbag design ATC

Scrapmatts Handbag design ATC

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