Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
It seems the last few months have passed by in the blink of an eye!
I'm just trying to hang on and enjoy the ride :)
My designs have been accepted by some of my favourite craft and quilting magazines, so I will soon be a published designer! How exciting! I can't wait to see my projects photographed and my name on the pattern sheets! That will be a huge thrill! My first prject will be coming out in Decembers Handmade Kids special. Quite ironic really because.....
My husband and I are expecting our 4th baby! This will be our final cherub so we are really excited if not a little nervous at the thought of 4 little mouths to feed and educate, but I know there will be no shortage of love under our little and continually shrinking roof.
So to celebrate I am following Jenny of Elefantzs' lead and will be having a 48 hour sale on all my patterns! The sale will begin today and will continue until the end of the weekend Aus time! Maybe its a bit over 48 hours but you get the idea! :)
As part of the sale I am launching a new pattern! My new arm chair caddy! This caddy is so quick and easy you could whip it up in no time! This one is a complete machine project so you could have it finished today! I used the gorgeous and oh so bright Robert Kaufmann fabrics, but would look just as gorgeous in any colour scheme!
I am also launching my new pattern Blog! Paula Storm Designs will be the place to find all my free and for sale patterns. All my patterns at this stage are emailed to you as a PDF File. If you would like to receive a paper pattern just email me and I will see what I can do, but I have found that it is so much quick and more convenient for my customers to receive my patterns this way.
I hope you enjoy the new look and Low prices for the next few days!
Monday, November 2, 2009
Sunday, November 1, 2009
So without further ado here it is with one of My favourite sayings, 'No day is so bad that it can't be fixed with a nap.'Here's a close up of mumma Owl.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Jutta from Germany made these awesome Tea Cup Carriers. I just love the way she changed the second one. That African fabric is just stunning! Don't you love it!
Sunday, October 18, 2009
I've also been meaning to post about this for ages but kept forgetting, so here it is, my gorgeous Mug mat and Mug wrap that I received from my swap partner Dolores from True Blue Canadian Isn't it gorgeous!
Friday, October 16, 2009
Don't forget a new design will be available for you on the Among the gum trees blog on Monday. Have you made the first 2 yet? Judith and Joy did such a great job on their designs didn't they!
Anyway I must go, the girls have to go to dancing lessons and I have missed so many of their classes that I really want to go with them today, so remember if you have made any of my designs I'd love for you to put them up on my Flickr site, or just email them through to me and I will do it for you. firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, October 9, 2009
And finally today, I promised Hubby I wouldn't be on the puter this weekend, oops :) You may remember I went to a Sewing day a few weeks ago and this was one of the projects we did, I finished up while I was watching the Rugby League Grand final (trying not to cry ;))
I just love it, thanks for the pattern Fiona. Fiona is my Embroidery groups Leader and a lovely Lovely person. Her blog is here. If you like embroidery, Fionas Blog is so full of inspiration, you will need another cupper!
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Although the views from my rooms weren't too bad. This was the view from my room in Batemans Bay....
And my view in Sydney :) Not bad huh! If you've got to be in hospital, it's not a bad view to have :)...Anyway onto the really important business, I must apologise for Part 2 of my BOM Life's a Hoot being a week late, but as you can imagine it is a challenge to update a blog when you computer is at the Drs and so are you :)
Without further ado, here is part 2 and I promise part 3 will be on time next month!
Have you started yet? I'd love to know. Oh and I hope you remembered the 1st christmas giveaway on the Among the gumtrees blog. Judiths Christmas gift bag is just gorgeous!
I'm sorry the BOM file is enormous, I've had no end of trouble trying to fix it, so maybe a long sleep and fresh eyes will find the problem, but I wanted to get this 2nd part up tonight.
*Update* I have finally got the PDF's working. I have been working on it since 9am and it is now 4pm. (I'm glad I didn't stay up last night to fix it) A whole day gone and not 1 stitch! Such a pain. Oh well I hope you like part 2. My pictures aren't the best but anyway. (Can you tell I'm a bit over part 2 :) Oh well thats life. Let me know if you are still having problems and a big thanks to the girls who let me know about the problems!
Hugs Paula xxx
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Just to prove that I am fine - I managed to talk the Dr into letting me stay home on the first day for my sons 1st birthday party and just had to have some IV antibotics before I went home, then of course my stitching day was on the 2nd day, so I talked him into letting me go to that, I just had to have some more Antibioltics in the morning and was admitted that night. So anyway, all is fine, I am just counting down the days until they will send me to Sydney to have my metal removed :) yeah!
Now as I mentioned yesterday I will be away and hopefully in Surgery on the day that I am supposed to draw the winner of my Among the Gum Trees competition so I decided to draw the prize a couple of days early. I truly appologise if you didn't get a chance to get your entry in, however I'm sure you understand my dilemour.
I am soooo happy to announce the winner of my competition! She is a massive fan of Christmas and even has a blog dedicated to it! Funnily enough I was just looking at her blog last night! (I was hunting around making sure everyone deserved their 3 entry's hehe) Amazing! Anyway without further ado I announce the winner is 'drum roll please'
I have decided that in order to be fair to everyone who has already entered my competition I will draw my winner tommorow morning. Depending on my ability to access a computer (I am borrowing my mums laptop tonight so I can post this) I was concerned that I may be in an operating theatre on Wednesday. The day of the draw.
So there we are, if you have not yet entered my draw for the Annie Downs prize pack, head down this page a bit and you will find the post. Leave a message and you will go in the draw.
Thanks so much to everyone who has left a comment! I am blessed.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
For absolutely no reason other than hopefully to sell a few patterns to you their loyal readers, my 8 dear friends are giving away amazing prizes and wonderful patterns for you to use.
Today I want to tell you about Dawns giveaway, check out this amazingly generous bundle!
Monday, September 21, 2009
I wanted to offer a tip, you probably already know this, but I like quilting because you can make beautiful things without having to use patterns. I like being given a measurement and being able to cut it out with a rotary cutter and ruler. So when I was supposed to cut out template plastic for the patterns for these toys I though, I need to find another way. So I got out my freezer paper and traced the patterns and then ironed them onto my chosen fabric. It made life soooo much easier! I could move the pattern and fabric around without worrying about moving the pattern and messing it up. I can also use the paper again, and it is so much cheaper than template plastic. So here they are together, Bella Boo and Bubbles :)
Aren't they just adorable!
Sunday, September 20, 2009
but I wanted to share with you some info about Cheryl's giveaway! I know they just keep coming don't they!!
Cheryl is an amazing lady and she is so generous with her giveaways, check this out, if you win you will receive 2 Willowberry Designs patterns - 'Christmas Treats' and the 'Sampler Embroidery Folder', a bundle of gorgeous vintage print fabrics in muddy mauves and pinks, laces, buttons and other bits n pieces of mushy stuff that's just lovely to look at....
She will even personalise your very own needle book. Thats not all though the little inset photo is the embroidered front panel.... and she's sharing her Aviary stash with you. That's huge!! So go on, click on her button and go and check out Cheryl's giveaway! Someones got to win it, it might as well be you!
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Vikki is offering you some patterns and books from some of her favourite Aussies. Up for grabs is a gorgeous pattern by the ever-popular Bronwyn Hayes of Red Brolly Designs. Next up is a fabulous book by Tracey North of I Luv Country and finally a pattern for a Sampler needle case by Lynette Anderson-O'Rourke. Vikki has even included the house button for this project.
You'd be crazy not to enter so get on over to Vikkis Blog, Sew Useful designs and get your entrys in.
Just scroll down to the post 'Are you ready for a giveaway' Vikki has an awesome blog so spend a bit of time there having a look around, it really is worth it!
Thursday, September 17, 2009
I bought Melly & Me's new book Kaleidoscope when it first came out some months ago and have been dying to make my little man the adorable 'Melvin the Moose'. I haven't quite finished him yet, so he is still 'noodie rudie' and is in need of some little overalls.
I will get to them tomorow I hope, my hubby and I are still argueing about whether to give him Red overalls (my choice and very cute) or Denim overalls with red patches, any suggestions? Anyway I thought I'd give you a sneek peak. (sorry about the pics, but it's late here in Aus)
This is the first softie I have ever made, so he's not totally perfect and I really learned the value of clipping those curves, but I'm really happy with him. I can see my little man walking around dragging him by his antlers. :) By the way my LM is very small for his age, so Melvin is pretty much the same height as him heheheMelly and Me have just released a new pattern for Leon the Lion, He is so cute and my niece is totally obsessed with The Lion King after seeing the stage show in America earlier this year. So with her birthday coming up next month I think Leon is my next softie project :)
Till tomorow when I will tell you about another giveaway from one of my fellow nutters, Nighty Night.
Also Hubby is very disappointed that there are not more votes for Denim :) He thinks you guys are bias and is considering banning me from blogging. As if he ever could hehe.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Onto the other exciting news of the day, have you been to look at my fellow nutters blogs? I will be telling you about each and every one of them every couple of days, so don't think you have to enter each one today, we are giving you until the 30th of September to get your entries in and the winners will be drawn on the 1st.
Today I would like to tell you about Vicki's Giveaway over at Tozz's Corner!
She is being very generous and is offering a huge pile of prizes. You could win 5 beautiful FQ's, and a christmas table mat that sounds unreal! Vicki made it with cinnamon inside, so when you put a warm casserole on it, you get the lovely scent through your home, how good does that sound. You'll also recieve a pin cushion that Vicki made. To top it all off you will receive 2 Aussie magazines, one of them is the cushions and bags collection, I have that one myself I have made two of the bags in it, so trust me you won't be disappointed!
So thats it for me tonight, I hope you have had as much fun as we have over the last few days and keep coming back for more!
There is 9 amazing prizes on offer from quilt kits to gorgeous patterns and so much more!!
So what will I be offering you my lovely readers? Well as we have a rather Aussie theme happening here I thought I would offer you some patterns from my favourite Aussie designer Annie Downs of Hatched and Patched fame! Annie is an amazing designers who combines stitcherys with applique and quilts and wool felt and any other technique you can imagine. So first up is this gorgeous Quilt pattern of Annies Christmas strippy quilt.Isn't it just gorgeous!! I will also include in my little prize pack a pattern and fabric kit of this adorable Chickadee pincushion! This includes pretty much everything you need to make an adorable wool felt pincushion! I am going to have to get one of these for myself, It's just too cute!Anyway here is what you have to do to enter, easy really, you've probably already done some of it. I would like you to become a follower of both mine and the Among the gum trees blog, if you do this you will get 2 entries. For another entry all you have to do is put our button on the sidebar of your blog. Sorry if you don't have a blog, but we have to draw the line somewhere.
Anyway thats it! 3 chances to win! When you have done all that just pop back and leave me a comment telling me how many entries you are entitled to and your in! (keep in mind there is 9 of us, so we will be checking!) :)
Heres our button and the link to attatch to it
Oh and don't forget that my Lifes a Hoot BOM started yesterday, I'd love to know what you think, just click on the free patterns button to be taken to my freebies site and download the PDF's
Oh what fun this has been, was it worth the wait?
Thank you everyone for your comments I read each and every one and love looking at your blogs, I really have to turn this computer off at some stage today, my family think my laptop is permenantly attatched to my knees :)
Monday, September 14, 2009
We are so excited to announce the launch of our brand new blog Among the Gumtrees!
In a (gum) nut-shell, this it’s what we’re all about:
We are a group of Australian designers who love to share, so we will regularly offer FREE designs for you to use for your personal use. Aren't we nice :)
Among the Gum Trees is the brainchild of Jenny of ELEFANTZ, who has brought together nine established and emerging designers to offer something new and exciting to the world - their own original designs – free of charge!
Free of charge?! Are we mad?! Well, no we’re not insane, but we do affectionately refer to each other as “the nutters”, and we look forward to sharing our designs, our news, and our ‘nutty’ journey with you through the gum trees!
Starting on Monday 5th October and each Monday for the next eight weeks, there will be a FREE Christmas-themed DESIGN for you to download. (feel free to grab this button for your blog).
Then after Christmas, we will be giving away a free design just for you every month! You will get a free pattern from each designer, in turn. So, one free design every month for you to use for your personal use, but thats just from the 'Among the gum trees blog', become a follower of each of our blogs because we regularly give away free patterns, just because we can. :)
So if you want to check out our new blog you will get a quick run down about each of us, and if you click on our pictures you will find a full profile about each of us, so you have lots of reading to do today, you can also check out our blogs by clicking on the buttons on the 'Among the Gum Trees' blog.
As well as the free designs, you will also receive monthly news from our 'Head Nut" Jenny and notification of all new for-sale pattern launches. The only thing we ask of YOU… is to please spread the word! Let’s see how far those gum nuts can fall from the trees!
Because we are a generous bunch of nuts, we are EACH HAVING A GIVEAWAY to celebrate the launch of Among the Gum Trees. And you can enter them all! But because we have become so good at teasing… we will be launching our giveaways tomorrow!!!
So in the meantime please start spreading the word and add our ‘Among the Gum Trees’ and 'Christmas Freebie' button to your side bar of your blog!
I can't wait to see what yours looks like!
Just click on the photo to be taked to my site which is home to all my free patterns. There you will find 3 files, Part 1, is your embroidery instructions and some helpful tips for beginners, you'll also find the pattern and your fabric requirements.
I'd love to know what you think, so leave me a message. If you are interested I will also set up a Flicker page for all the 'hootin good projects' hehe.
So was it worth the wait? Grab a coffee because you've got soooo much to see today! Don't forget to come back tommorow for my giveaway!
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
There will be another pretty big thing happening on that day too! There is a countdown in the side of my blog. I wonder how many of the countdowns you can find in the blogging world, just for fun of course!
So there you go, I have given away one part of the secret! Told you I'm hopeless at keeping secrets ;)
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
I would really love it if you would like to put this button on you blog!
Blogland is going 'Nutty'! It won't be long now and all will be revieled! Don't forget to click the follow button so you will be one of the first to find out about the big news! Trust me it's Big!
Monday, September 7, 2009
Do you see the little Turtle on the cover of Homespun, how gorgeous is that! Just another project to add to the christmas list, my 3 year old will go nuts for him. His little legs and head both retreat into their shell! Just gorgeous!Tommorow I will be giving you the new button for my BOM, Not too long now, just ...... more sleeps and all will be revealed! :)
I started this cutie yesterday and finished her up today. We have finally gotten a new bookshelf for all my magazines, so I 0f course started filling it up with my little stitchery's :)
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Hope that wets your appetite, and gets you excited about it.
"Give me a home among the gumtrees" sorry that songs just been going through my head for days :)
Ok so the BOM start date is not too far away now, still a surprise because it will be launched at the same time as..... oops I forgot, it's a secret hehehe.
Friday, September 4, 2009
Thursday, September 3, 2009
And here they are together all finished and ready for me to send off to my swap partner. Oh I forgot to mention yesterday, I have always avoided Metallic threads like the plague because they shread and are generally just a pain in the neck to use, but I wanted the fairy wings and dress and shoes to sparkle so I gave it a go, one little tip I have is to use a massive needle! I used a needle which is about the thickness of a tapestry needle, but it has a sharp point. I don't know what size it is I'm sorry because I got it in a pack, but the pack was a Milliners needle pack sizes 3/9 and it was the second or third biggest. It does make big holes but as long as you don't need to unpick your stitches, you should be good because the holes close up enough to be invisable when your finished. I hope that makes sense and I haven't confused you greatly.
All this giving has put me in the giveaway mood, so I'm thinking about doing a free Mystery BOM. What do you think? Do you want it to be a mystery or would you like to see the whole project first? The other question I have for you today is would you like it to be put into a quilt, a wallhanging, something else or just the Owl designs so you can do what you like with them?
Also on a really happy note, I got an email yesterday from the editor of Handmade Magazine and my Sewing Machine cover that I designed and made for Jenny's August Challenge will be featuring in the Mothers Day issue next year! Yeah!! I'm very excited! I also have my first project coming out in Handmade in December's Kids Special! I'm feeling a bit special *BG*.
Till next time, Hugs P xxx