Thursday, 17 April 2014

A chocolate-free treat - 20% discount!

To celebrate the launch of Duck Egg Threads, I'm offering a 20% discount on all Liberty Tana Lawn in my shop this Easter.

duckeggthreads.co.uk
Easter special offer

Use the code just-hatched at the checkout from Good Friday all the way through until midnight on Easter Monday.

Why not treat yourself to some lovely Spring florals?

Happy Easter

Sarah xx

Friday, 11 April 2014

Happy Happy Day!!

Today is a very very Happy Day!

duckeggthreads.co.uk

My 'brand spanking new' online shop is open for business!

duckeggthreads.co.uk

Whoop Whoop!!!

duckeggthreads.co.uk


Now, I'm just going to go and do a 'happy dance' in the corner while you go and have a look at all that Liberty loveliness over at duckeggthreads.co.uk *wink wink*

Sarah xx



Friday, 4 April 2014

Time to spill the beans

Yes the time has come to share my very exciting news!!!

"imagine the melancholy violin music now please"
My blog has been neglected
My sewing machine hasn't seen the light of day for ages
I've not read any blogs for weeks 
I cannot remember the last time I posted on Instagram
I've not bought any fabric for months (27th Novemeber 2013 to be exact) hardly bought any fabric for months*
I've still not sorted out my new baby and new big sister gifts for Ange - sorry!

Why? 

I've spent the past few months planning and working in preparation for … drum roll please!

Helping write a Press Release

….the launch of duckeggthreads.co.uk 
my online fabric shop opens for business 
Friday 11th April!! Whoop Whoop!!


A Liberty Rainbow

It is small (with huge plans for the future) and specialist, selling just Liberty Tana Lawn, mainly fat eighths with a flat rate postage of £2 for UK customers - I know we don't like paying high postage costs, lets face it it adds to the cost of the fabric. With this in mind I have kept the postage as low as I can, just covering postage fees, packing materials and a very small handling fee.

I've put together an eclectic range for the launch, with both Classic well loved prints and new Spring/Summer 2014 season designs. I'm in the process of uploading all prints onto my Pinterest board, they should all be there from tomorrow (Saturday 5th April). Why not head over and have a look, I'd love to hear what you think. And, if you cannot find the print you are looking for, please email me and I will try and get it in for launch next week.

Liberty Small Susanna

The website isn't finished yet and there is still work to be done. I predict this next week is going to be even more manic than the past few weeks, I'll be burning the candle at both ends just to make sure everything is perfect for the 11th.

Orange Liberty

I cannot tell you how excited I am. Finally I can share my news and I'm really looking forward to starting a new venture.

I'm going to leave you now with an animated squeal *eeepp* and hope you like this small selection of photos.

Sarah xxxx

*Admittedly there has been one huge significant fabric buying splurge and a sneaky purchase from The Village Haberdashery's clearance sale earlier this week. Oh, and I very nearly forgot the 2 FQ's I bought during the #thegreatukfabricdestash on Instgram in January.

Monday, 10 March 2014

Teaser Time

Ok, I have a big reason for being so quiet.

It has something to do with this



and this



That's your clues for today!

I'll have some exciting news to share very soon, but for now this little teaser will have to do.

Sarah xx

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Distracted

There are deadlines to meet. 

I should be doing lots of this

messy desk

but I'm doing a lot of this instead

winter sky

and thinking about one of these

Bangles by Sarah Fielke image from Pinterest

Back to it! 

Sarah x

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Random is not for me!

I've tried and tried, but I just cannot do random. Wether its working with colours, prints or both it doesn't work for me, I'm never completely happy with the result. Random Is Not For Me!

Those lovely Liberty hexies that have been hanging around for weeks have finally made me fully admit it to myself. 

my attempt at being random

First and foremost, I love Liberty prints, and I'm going to be working with it a lot more, but I just don't seem to be able to put them all together, (unless each one is positioned separately on a white background that is). 
My plan was to use my favourites for a new needlebook and then use the rest for a random cushion cover. So I started picking out my favourites and putting them together, but instinctively they were getting separated. 
Believe me, it's taken a lot of time fiddling to get to the point of narrowing it down, one or two of the final three will make it to my new needle book, as for the others, who knows!

the final three choices

their future is yet to be decided!

I've decided to be true to myself in future and not even try to be random it wastes too much time. 

As a side note, last Autumn I finally got around to completing a little exercise I'd wanting to do since I saw it on Rachel's blog last year How to Define Your Style. I'd highly recommend it for anyone struggling with their style. I went through each exercise questioning myself at every turn, by the end it confirmed me what I suppose I already knew about My Style, a limited colour palette, appliqué, simple/modern design and white/neutral. And do you know the ironic thing? I've a big note at the bottom of my master colour coded To Do list (yes I really do have one of these, it is list heaven!) that says "Remember "My Style" - don't be tempted!!!" I suppose I should look at that list more often! 

Sarah xxx

Thursday, 9 January 2014

Is it too late for New Year reflections?

Hello and Happy New Year!!!!

I started writing this post over a week ago, since then its been re-written a couple of times. I've had both the long list of hopes and dreams for 2014 and the short "Happy New Year" variety, this is the third time lucky version.

There is no getting away from the fact that the latter half of 2013 was a complete wash out for me, reviewing my 2013 makes proved a little depressing and decided not to bother.

In my little world, surgery and then recovery, sewing machine fails, emergency hospital visits with William (and the many hospital appointments that followed), Christmas preparations, Christmas and finally the very much needed family time that we took over the holidays, has equated to very little going on. It's unavoidable, life just gets in the way sometimes, but it is time I needed and I thank you for your patience.

There has been a little glimmer of fabricy goodness though over the past few weeks, the one lonely handmade Christmas gift. A little Jeni Baker drawstring bag in Nordika


It's a cutie! 

There is another drawstring bag from earlier this week that is just in need of its drawstring which I really must finish - its a crime to leave it so close to being completed! Then these lovely Liberty hexies are next in line to be made into a new needle book, they have been waiting too long to be used for something!


Apologies for the badly lit photo.

On the flip side, all this downtime has given me the opportunity to have a good 'ole think about what I want to do and where I'm heading. The arrival of a New Year does this to you, reflecting on the past and planning for the future. 

A quick list of what 2014 holds for me….

  • Starting off with reality, the current economical climate (now theres a phrase we hear a lot these days!) means that I need to start contributing to the family pot, my husband is a self employed freelancer and whilst he is still busy he is unable to increase his rates again this year. Which is where I come in. Its what is taking up my time at the moment, there is lots of activity and planning going on in the background, but 2014 is going to be a good year! Watch this space.
  • There will be more sewing and quilting.
  • I will improve my sewing skills.
  • I hope to enter a quilt at the Festival of Quilts in August.
  • I will go to the Festival of Quilts in August.
  • I won't be going to Fat Quarterly Retreat in London in July - as much as I'd love to (especially after seeing the teacher list!) but we have an exciting family holiday planned this summer and you can't do everything can you?
  • I would like to join another quilting bee, I love being part of my do. Good Stitches bee.
  • Sort out my sewing machine - it's still not right.
I will not bore you with the very long detailed list of projects I have, but let me say I fully intend on being more productive this year and giving my sewing machine a good workout!

Wishing each and every one of you a very very Happy New Year!

Sarah xx