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Hello From The Hug!

(July 2008)

G’day all! Did anyone see a month go by here??? I believe it was JUNE! WOW! I’m soooooooo sorry for being slack and not getting a newsletter to you all or updating the archive this month (last month???) The truth is, I really DO feel as though I’ve misplaced a month!! There seems to have been so much going on, so many things on the “To Do” list and so little time to do it all – then throw in a head cold, start a new job ... I think you see what happened to me!!! So ... I’ll try to catch you all up on what I’ve been up to and what’s next on the agenda!

Let me see ... the Cottage Craft Workshop in Gayndah was on the 14th and 15th of June and we had a FABULOUS time!!! And I guess this is one of the main reasons the Hello From The Hug was overlooked. As usual, I’d left things until the last minute and was rushing around like a headless chook trying to get things done, finalised, packed etc, then off we went – a Tag Along Teddies Road Trip!! I had funny mental pictures of bears on bikes, hitting the highway with “Born To Be Wild” playing in the background! This was a little way from the truth – imagine instead, a two-door hatchback packed to the roof with boxes of bear supplies, patterns, our overnight bags, two dogs and all the paraphernalia that comes with them, as well as a couple of bags of bits and bobs my mother asked me to take home and THEN, we stopped and picked up fresh fruit and veges for Mum!! Poor little car!! However, we made it and I had a ball teaching Eleanor (one of our regular newsletter recipients – hi Eleanor!!), Julie-Anne, Lyn and Maria how to make their very own furry bearbies! We had two pirate bears and two Taylah bears created over the weekend and they turned out BRILLIANTLY!!! The weekend was very well organised, everyone was extremely friendly and lots of fabulous crafts were created over just two days. If you’d like to see some photos of the girls in action, as well as the finished bears, pop into my blog for a visit and go to June in the archive list. Of course, there are lots of other reports of my wacky activities to give you a giggle as well! Big thank you to the Gayndah Cottage Craft group for inviting me to be a tutor at their bi-annual retreat and even if I’ve scared them all too badly to be invited back as a tutor in two years time, I’ll be signing up for one of the classes – what fun!!

“Yo Ho! Yo Ho! A pirate’s life for me! Drink up me hearties! Yo Ho!” No need to make me walk the plank – the buccaneer bears have sailed onto the Tag Along Teddies web site. The pattern is called “Morgan The Pirate Bear”, named for the famous historical pirate, this pattern features two outfits for your bear to choose from – or you can make two bears! One is a lowly but cute crew member and the other is the gentlemanly captain in his frilled shirt, felt hat and boots. This is one of the patterns I taught during the craft workshop and the girls had heaps of fun – and tested out their pirate-y phrases! Perfect for a little boy’s room or a new addition to an adventurous hug, Morgan is sure to capture your heart in either guise just like their namesake captured Spanish galleons! Arrrrrrrr! Avast ye lily-livered landlubbers!!

There are also a couple of interesting projects that I have on my drawing board at the moment, both featuring ladybirds. Anyone who’s popped into the blog over the last couple of months will have seen that I’ve been going a little ‘dotty’!! OK, so that’s probably not news to you all really!! But I’ve been attracted to all sorts of dotty things, especially red dotty things, from cups to fabric, to shoes and, of course – ladybirds! The first project is a mug bag to keep your favourite mug safe and stored in style when you head off to sewing days, workshops or even camping trips. I’ve made the prototype, just have to find a day or two to write some instructions – just as soon as someone works out how to get 48 hours into one day!! The second ladybird project is a quilt that is a work in progress as the moment. I won’t give too much away except to tell you it features some simple patchwork, a curious bear, ladybirds and funky spring colours. Stay tuned!!

I don’t know about you, but I seem to have a never-ending list of projects that need to be finished! I think my biggest problem is that there are sooooooo many yummy fabrics and I have sooooooo many ideas for new bears, stitcheries, quilts and bags that I start new projects before finishing previous ones! SIGH!! However, I found a way to help me with at least five of my unfinished projects. I’ve joined a challenge! The author of a blog I pop into regularly challenged herself firstly, inviting other bloggers to join her, to aim to complete five projects before the end of July. So far, I’ve been able to cross one project of the list! YAY! Just four to go – GROAN!! Tee! Hee! Hee! Even if you don’t want to sign up for an ‘official’ challenge, you might like to get a few crafty friends together and set your own challenge terms – decide how many projects you need to finish and a date to finish by. You might even like to celebrate the end of the challenge with a special lunch or coffee date. I know I seem to work much better with deadlines encouraging me to get my nose out of a book and get stitching!

Well, I think that’s about it for this Hello From The Hug – I’m sure more has happened since the last newsletter, but time really has flown by so quickly that I can’t remember! As always, if you’d like to keep up with my adventures more often and take sneaky peeks at photos of projects in progress, you can pop into my blog. If you do, I’d love to hear from you, so leave me a comment to say g’day! And if you have any questions or suggestions about the web site or patterns, just drop me an email – I looooooove getting mail and I answer emails much quicker than snail mail! AND I can do it in my jim-jams! Tee! Hee! Hee! Don’t forget to email photos of your completed craft projects so I can add them to the Brag Book page – it’s great to peek at projects other stitchers have finished to give us inspiration. Til next “Hello From The Hug”, Bear Hugs!