Sunday, June 29, 2014

Fussy cutters club

Last week my friend Angie started a Fussy Cutters Club for people to share their fussy cutting projects and inspiration. It has been lots of fun to see the clever things people are doing in the Facebook group and on Instagram (#thefussycuttersclub)!

Angie has also launched special fussy cutter bundles in her shop - packs of 5 or 10 fat eighths of fabrics perfect for fussy cutting. I think this is such a fabulous idea - I'm always buying a fat quarter of something just for a few fussy cut bits!

If you pop over to Angie's blog you have the chance to win one of these gorgeous bundles just by sharing a link to a fussy cut project you've been working on - you can either link to your blog or to an Instagram pic)

I've been doing a bit of fussy cutting this week - I'm having a lot of fun faffing around with tiny bits and pieces. I can't share the full project yet, but here's a tiny sneak peek - red riding hood in the middle of that wonky star there is just 1inch square.

Pop over to Angie's if you like to share something you've been working on too =)



Wednesday, June 04, 2014

In June I am reading...

I started writing this post last week, and even though it's pretty short, I haven't got back to it til now. So it's a bit about what I read in May, and a bit of what I'm planning (hoping) to read in June.

I finished reading the Game of Thrones at the star of the month: WOW! I really really enjoyed it - in fact I thought it was pretty brilliant. Now, a lot of people are familiar with the story either from the book or the tv show, but I have spoken to a few people who are avoiding reading this on account of not being in to 'fantasy'. Of course I have only read the first one, but so far it is much more medieval knights and feasting and jousting and war than elves and ogres fantasy.

It was also quite full on, so I decided to take a little break and read something a litte lighter and quicker. I do love my teen fiction, so I've been reading the current hit dystopian warfare/teen heroine trilogy: Divergent.

The comparison is probably inevitable, so I'm going to put it out there - I don't think this is as good as the Hunger Games. Maybe because I found the main character harder to like/connect with. But it is above the Twilight series on my scale of teen fiction (really not hard to be!), and probably a bit above the Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices series (hopefully the film is much better than the Mortal Instruments film - gosh that was so awful!). While we are talking teen fiction though, I have to give a plug to my all time favourite - Tomorrow When the War Began. If you haven't read the series, and you enjoy this kind of thing, please do. I loved the books as a teenager when they first came out, and just as much on re-reading in my late 20s. I love that they're written by an Australian author, and the more of these dystopian teen heroine series that come out the more I think John Marsden was a genius ahead of his time.

Anyway, I am enjoying these books. I just finished the second (Insurgent), and am looking forward to getting stuck into the third (Alliegent) over the long weekend. There's plenty of action, a bit of romance and some intrigue. And unusually enough for these kind of books there are even some twists and turns that might manage to surprise you

Once I finish with these it will either be on to the next in the Game of Thrones book, or maybe the newly released City of Heavenly Fire - the final installment of the Mortal Instruments series.

I'd love to hear what everyone else is reading - pop a comment below if you'd like.

Happy reading!