whipup newsletter no.51 2010

by kath_red on 30/12/2010

in Features, Newsletter

On new years eve 2010, the cusp on a new bright and exciting year, I am sitting writing this with the fan on and some warm weather. Somehow however I notice that this is newsletter no.51 when surely it should be no.52 – I seem to have misplaced a week along the way somewhere.

I want to take this time to thank all the wonderful whipup readers and contributors for the year. Particularly Nicole from craftapalooza, Kate my intrepid occasional book reviewer, the publishers who kindly keep sending me books and the guest bloggers from my 2010 guest blogging series. Thank you to the folk who kindly participated in the whipup.net 2011 calendar, and the lovely talented people who were part of the Whip Up Mini Quilts book thank you to the project contributors and all the lovely people who reviewed it and participated in the blog tour. Thank you to the lovely ladies who did some sewing for me this year for my next book and the photographers and stylists who worked on my last book and my next book. Plus I really want to thank my editors and the rest of the team at Chronicle Books and Hardie Grant books and Woman’s day Australia. Big hugs from across the seas to my lovely agent (the kids call her my secret agent) Courtney and the team at Greenburger. Very grateful thanks to the businesses who support whipup with their advertising and everyone who purchased a calendar this year. I also want to make sure to publicly thank my talented husband Rob who has illustrated all my books and who is a continuous support for whipup, thanks also to my brother Jonathan who designed a program and website management tool especially so I could more easily manage my ads. Oh who have I missed? Thank you! My darling kids of course – this picture is my christmas card this year – my two mischievous children posing in front of a quilt that will appear in my next book.

It has been a huge year for me career wise, some of you may know that I quit my day job (as designer at a magazine) earlier in the year to pursue my own projects, and I have been very busy ever since. I have been writing a semi regular Craft column for Woman’s Day magazine, which is fun and challenging and rewarding and I am hoping to do more. I have been working with Hardie Grant and lots of talented contributors on a series of craft books for kids, and I have completed a second quilt book for Chronicle which will be out later next year. I am also spending more time on Whipup and am working on a redesign of the site, which will take a few more months as this is something that I have just ticking along in the background. And I am working on a few new quilt designs and other self published projects which I hope to reveal in the New Year. Its all exciting and new, I feel like I am busier than ever and wonder how on earth I managed whilst going to work every day. I hope that you too have had a good year – and that next year is even better!

So this is my last newsletter for 2010, do you have any comments or suggestions to help improve whipup next year? let me know… and thank you for reading.

Don’t forget to get your whipup calendar – full of excellent contributors and great crafty images, find out more here (only $5).

At whipup:

  • Crochet charging bull – what do you think?
  • Refashion roundup – out with the old in with the new!
  • Placemats and coasters and candle holders for New Years
  • creative gift wrap recycling
  • Love emblem quilt for the New Year
  • Pretty fresh quilts – here and here
  • Acorn owls and bird seed ornaments to keep the kids busy in the holidays
  • Links and crafty news

  • I received a lovely email from Boyd who is promoting his wife’s blog Vanilla Joy and her very cool t-shirt refashion
  • Happy New Year

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    { 3 comments… read them below or add one }

    1 Maggie December 31, 2010 at 12:49 am

    Thanks for a great year Kathreen. Any suggestions for where to get the Whip Up Calender printed over here in WA? I should have organised myself by now but…
    Happy New Year!


    2 kath_red December 31, 2010 at 2:09 am

    the pdf is designed so you can print it on your home printer – or you can get the print-on-demand one from redbubble in Melbourne.

    cheers and happy new year


    3 Rachel at Stitched in Color December 31, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    Thanks for what you’re doing here! I enjoy Whip up, even though I rarely comment. I often find new ideas or blogs via your posts. Congratulations on such a successful year. May we all have more the same in 2011!


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