Isn’t it funny how bloggers feel the need to apologise if they miss a scheduled entry. I have to fight that urge, and I do fight it, sometimes I lose and an apology slips out unbeknown to me, but not today – no apologies – our lives … yours and mine … are too busy for such nonsense.
Instead I’ll tell you what I have been up to … ducklings – good fluffy peepers – six of them came into our lives after a month of anxious waiting. That mama duck she is a total star, no sisters or mother to help her out, just an annoying husband bothering her and and an old chook keeping her company in silence, but still she worked it out – such an amazing miracle of life. We had one fatality, and a few rotten eggs, but our six remaining peeper are so super cute – and noisy. We are very proud of our mama duck.
Book progress is being made – am a bit frantic about it – quilt tops are 99% finished, just need to make quilt backs and quilt the darn things – I have 2 weeks to do that plus bind them. I do have a long arm quilting machine – which makes this easier – but still its going to be tight. Then the photo shoot, meanwhile doing the illustrations – and its all due in 6 weeks. Panic …Â adrenalineÂ … uhm yes indeed. Whatever happened to the slow life. Next year?
Guest posts: The past week at whipup, lovely crafty folks have been guest posting about their creativity -Â Completely CauchyÂ - mistakes become opportunities ::Â Wild OliveÂ - As much about the process as about the product ::Â Â roubidouÂ - The ultimate compliment ::Â Miss MakeÂ - Connections to the past ::Â Â Stumbles & StitchesÂ - Nature and the creative process ::Â Â feltjarÂ - Hobby turned business.Â
Really like the Washi tape fabric collectionÂ :: Fat quarterly Shape book is on blog tour :: How to machine applique by Elizabeth Hartman :: I like these totem quilts :: I like this fabric design :: LOVE this crochet afghan :: And love this quilt ::
Books: Two quirky cute crafty books …
- –Â Olympknits: Knit 18 champion athletes and a handsome horse by Laura Long and published by David & Charles 2012. There is a really cute video of the knitted characters – and Craftzine has a free pattern download — more info at the website .
- –Â Beaded Bugs by Nicola Tedman and Jean Power, published by Andrews McMeel Publishing 2012. Fun and clever beaded critters — love these and love the techniques — really well illustrated.
[Thanks to publishers and distributors for sending me books to review, I don't get paid to post reviews but I am an amazon affiliate]Â (Australians can purchase craft books online throughÂ can do booksÂ orÂ booktopiaÂ or else browseÂ bookoÂ for the best prices.)