Friday, 30 November 2012

The moment you have all been waiting for :)

I also met the lovely Lenna Green and the dahling Janice on the weekend.  I hope Lenna likes what I did to this picture, we had a hidden motive :)
Anyways, back on track.  This is another YEP I have been bitten by the BOM Beetle, and this one is called Garden of Dreams and we will be running this one next year.  It will coincide with May, where Lenna is our pin-up girl for May. 
More on our pin-up girls in the next post......yes yes yes I have been busy, my little brain is so full of ideas it is about to burst.  LUCKY for me I have a wonderful garden of fantastic designers to choose from.
This BOM is stunning, and we will be running it is a fantastic range of fabric.  All things going to plan I will be starting on this along with all the others in January.
Again, if you want to put your name down for this please just email us here.

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

We love our BOM's.......

Well I had a fantastic day on Sunday in Melbourne meeting absolutely LOVELY TALENTED ladies. I travelled down with 2 good friends, and they were a real pleasure to do that long drive with.
I have managed to pick 2 more BOM's for next year......
do you want to see them?
OK :)
Here is me chit chatting with Anni from Hatched and Patched, we laughed about things and she had some wonderful things to say about her Christmas Story BOM that we are kicking off in January.  Email us here if you would like information on costs etc, sent out.
There is only one kit left if you would like to join us....we will be sewing together here in the shop and there will be a blog set up so that we can all share our progress and any hints we come up with along the way.
BUT one of our new BOM's for 2013 is Anni's new Tillie's Lane.....
This is a gorgeous quilt, and I saw the finished one when talking with Anni.  We were discussing colour schemes and ranges that would suit,......BUT the fabric range that we will be doing it in has not been released yet so at this stage we are just taking 'expressions of interest' and we will email you all when we are closer to starting.
The BOM will run for a period of 9 months and it will cost as follows:
Full Kit and Pattern Set = $260.00 (includes binding)
Per month = $29.00 + postage
Optional Extra backing = $78.00
Stay tuned for the next BOM that we will be running, we will share what this is on Friday :)
OH OH OH I cant wait to get started on these, but first I need to get sewing on other bits and pieces to put in the shop.
Here is hoping your day is full of threads that never knot and a pair of scissors that are always close at hand.
Love to all Mrs C xxxxx

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Fig'n'Berry Creations - Lisa Cantlay

We are really starting to get ready for a fabulous year in 2013.
On Saturday 27th July 2013 we will be having the lovely Lisa from Fig'n'Berry Creations to run a full day of stitchery and fun.
Lisa will be conducting 2 workshops for us, from 2 new patterns designed just for you on the day.
There will be one morning (10am) and one afternoon class (2pm)
The full day will cost $100.00 and you will recieve the following:
a kit for both the am and pm class,
morning tea,
afternoon tea,
coffee and tea throughout the day,
a goodie bag,
and a chance to win a hamper (drawn on the day) made up from gifts and items personally selected by myself and Lisa.
There is a 50% deposit and time of booking with remaining due in April 2013.
Numbers are limited so book now to secure your spot by emailing us HERE!
The above picture is one of Lisa's previous designs, we just love her work and we know you will too.
We are all looking forward to meeting you on the day.
Mrs C xxx

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Job about done

After two long weeks my faithful friend Jenny Janome came back from the sewing machine hospital.  She just needed a little R&R and is now back in full force and ready to sew.  Let me tell you if has been a long couple of weeks for me.
Our shop sample of The Magic of Christmas Block of the month is just about ready to be hung up on our wall.  I have finished the top and now with Jenny back I can put it all together and quilt it.

We did it a bit different to Gail's sample, as in we stitched in one colour and used a selection of our favourite country style fabrics. 

We love the way it turned out and if you would like to take part in this BOM just send us here at the shop and we can send you out a flyer with all the information on it.
It is a lovely quilt and very quick and easy to make.
Have a wonderful day, Mrs C xxx

Thursday, 15 November 2012

SOLD OUT FOR 2013.....

WOW! we are thrilled to say that our class with Gail is now full.
We just know all of our lovely ladies will have a fantastic time on the day.
Stay tuned for our next class with Lisa from Fig'n'Berry Creations
Mrs C xxx

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

OK time is starting to really get away

My finger is on the mend, thank you so much for all your comments and thoughts.
I have 4 little stitcheries to complete and The Magic of Christmas will be hung proudly in our store for all to see.
Then it will be onto the next project which will be a tree skirt for your Christmas Tree showcasing the yummy panel from 3 Sisters Sentiments Range.

Here is the panel.

So I have pencils ready to go and some sketching paper at the ready, my poor little brain just cant seem to slow down and my little hands are falling a wee bit behind.
Do any of you have this problem? so many ideas so little time in the day?

Hoping you find a little stitchery time in your day today.

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

A little kiss better.....

Well I was on such a roll with The Magic of Christmas ... but due to a little mishap I wont be making my deadline, well a couple of mishaps really.
First, my beloved Janome 6600 has had to go to the Dr.  I am hoping its not terminal but I should know in a weeks time.
I remember when I was very young, my little dolly had to sent to the Dolls Hospital and she never came home, trauma.......
And the next little mishap is that I pretty much tore off my pinky fingernail, nail bed and all and now it has rendered my hand nearly useless.  Who would of thought a tiny thing as a finger nail would cause so much pain when not attached to the finger.
So, today I am feeling sad and sorry for myself.  BUT eating Smarties is helping a little bit :) and they are helping me stop climbing the walls.
and just remember, it's only 47 sleeps to go.
Mrs C xx

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Deadline Looming

A couple of weeks ago I set myself a challenge to finish The Magic of Christmas by Gail Pan in 2 weeks.
I just thought it would be something I could accomplish, but I totally forgot about my daughters 9th birthday party (held early), my sons 18th, and 3 corporate venues to decorate for Christmas!!!
I am not admitting defeat yet, but I am sad to say I am not sure I will make this deadline.
I have completed 7 Blocks of the stitcheries
and sewn 4 of the blocks together
I have 3 more blocks all ready cut and just waiting to be constructed, and I have traced all of the remaining stitcheries and they have been placed nicely in slip folders ready for me to get to them with needle and thread.

So while I may not have this finished by tomorrow I dont think it will be too far away.
If you would like to do this BOM with us here at The Christmas Beetle just drop us a line or phone the shop on (02) 6023 1200.
This BOM will start late November/ early December 2012.

and remember, chocolate is a food group.
Mrs C xxx

Friday, 2 November 2012

It's Christmas with Lisa from Fig 'n' Berry Creations

We are really excited about running another day full of Christmas Cheer in July next year with the lovely Lisa Cantlay from Fig 'n' Berry Creations.  Lisa will be releasing 2 new projects just for you at our workshop.
 Here is a picture of some of Lisa's recent work
Lisa will be conducting 2 classes in our store on Saturday 27th July 2013
A day full of fun, laughter, stitching and fabulous food and tea/coffee.
The full day will include a morning class with morning tea, lunch, an afternoon class with afternoon tea, a goodie bag and a chance to win a hamper full of lovely bits and pieces to help you in your creative activities.
Numbers will be limited so get in quick.
Cost of this day is $100.00 (please note a $50 deposit is required at time of booking).
Mrs C xxx

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Winners are Grinners

We have drawn our October competition and the winner is......
This must be your lucky month De.....
Congratulations and happy sewing.
Your parcel will be sent out in the next couple of days.
Mrs C xxxx