Monday, November 9, 2009

Presents

I haven't been very present in blogland of late. A combination of a hectic teaching schedule, working on secret-squirrel stuff and my WILTING in the hot weather (!!) have all conspired to keep me away (....and there's also a small matter of the home - read: blogging - computer being in a room other than the one with the air conditioner).

But I've had some lovely presents lately, including this portrait of me, made out of Hama Beads by Bec's gorgeous girl on Saturday.

These booky presents arrived, too. A present to me... from me. I needed some fresh eye-candy and these also double as "sewing library reference books". (Phew!...Justified that one!).


Edited to add: Yes - I had read reviews about errata in the Heather Ross book, but as I'm NEVER likey to use a pattern or follow instructions in it, I didn't mind. (I only have to look at something and can work out how it's made.... it's been my job for 20-odd years). I really did buy the book for its eye-candy value. It's also good for me to keep a finger on the pulse by knowing what's going on in craft book world.

And I've been giving presents, too... just forgetting to blog about them. We drew our October "Spend over $50" prize last week and Wendy from Heathmont (Vic) chose some new gadgets.

For the November prize..... let's say a $25 voucher to spend in our shop. All you have to do to be in the draw is spend more than $50. We'll random-number-thingamy the invoice numbers for the month of November - and the first over-$50 WINS!

Ok... I'm off to find an air conditioner.... and think about secret-squirrel projects.

7 comments:

CurlyPops said...

What a fabulous hama bead portrait!

Gillian aka Silly Gilly said...

Loving the multi-purpose Tupperware lid. And I'm unfortunately with you on the non-air con work area. Isn't it the pits!!??

Tanya said...

Hi Nikki, I will be interested to hear what you think of Heather Bailey's book, I have heard it got loads of mistakes in it- so check if she has an errors page on the web- oh, well that's what I would do but just remembered you are abit cleverer than me with material!!!! My computer is in our 'sun room'- ha ha, literally and no air con, have moved the overlocker and sewing machine into the kitchen today, make me some shorts!!

Tanya said...

I meant Heather Ross...

Tania said...

The Mr just came over to have a SERIOUS discussion with me about TASMANIA. Or we could get air conditioning. I'm thinking Tasmania.

thehardings said...

Hi Nikki, I agree with Tanya. I have the Weekend sewing book by Heather Ross and yes it does have many mistakes. Check her website before you make anything for the pattern updates. I unassumingly made the skirt on the front in the biggest size and followed her directions (albeit confusing directions) and I was very disappointed because it was way too small. I will reuse the fabric for something else, but I won't be able to get the time wasted back. Oh well, live and learn!! Sally :)
PS I have never had a single issue with any of your wonderful patterns and I thank you very much for that.

Tui said...

I so envy your ability to look at a picture and figure out how it's made. I often struggle with patterns but really appreciate the detail you go into with yours, which makes them do-able for noobs like me.