The fires in Australia have been absolutely devastating to the people and the many wonderful animals who live there. It has been so heart breaking to watch the news and see the pain and suffering of the animals and people and feeling powerless to help. Thankfully the internet connects all of us and I have been able to find a way to put my skills to use to help.
There are two Facebook groups that I have joined this week. Animal Rescue Craft Guild and Canadian Animal Rescue Craft Group. In the “files” section of these groups they have the patterns for making bat wraps and joey pouches. They are in need of these items. Their “stoplight” graphic says they are not in need of koala mittens at this time. They also have knitting and crochet patterns too!
I made four bat wraps yesterday and posted in the Animal Rescue Craft Guild (the Australian group) to say that we are sending all our love from Canada and are working to help in any way that we can. The outpouring of thanks was overwhelming! I just wanted the people of Australia to know that we love them, their country and their animals and we want to help. I wasn’t expecting such a heart warming response but I should have known because Aussies are wonderful people.
When I was in high school we had several Australian exchange students and I hung out with them all that year. They were great friends!
I had quite a bit of Harry Potter flannels left over from sewing pyjama pants for my kids for Christmas and I had two flannel baby blankets (Bonnie and Camille fabrics) from when my last child was a baby. So this has been a great use for those fabrics.
The bat wraps are very easy (and fun!) to make and are beginner friendly. The joey pouches are also easy and I would say a beginner could make those as well. There are also tutorial PDFs in the Facebook group files.
Luckily for me my friend is the hub coordinator for Alberta and she lives about 200 feet from my house. She knows a man who is flying to Australia on Friday and she can get my animal gifts to him in Edmonton before he goes so they can be on the ground very quickly. I’m just going to sew some Sugar Glider pouches and then I will hand everything over to her. 🙂
Hopefully this post inspired you to help if you can.
If you want to be on both lists that’s great too! I will be tailoring my emails to each audience this year and moving forward so I don’t bore you with things you are not interested in.
I spent the last four days of December cleaning my craft room. Like, deep cleaning it! I pulled the room apart section by section and dusted, vacuumed, sorted and organized. I realized there are quite a few fabrics that, while very nice, are no longer as precious to me as they once were. So I’m sewing with those first!
I also have a goal of building my own e-commerce site this year. We’ll see how that goes.
Happy New Year and I hope 2020 is off to a great start for you!
Our Cyber Week sale continues and because it’s Small Business Saturday we have a special offer today. I have made five of these adorable Polar Express hoops to give away as free gifts with purchase for the first five orders over $30. This is to say “Thank you!” for supporting my small business.
We still have a few of our handmade pot holder gifts with purchase too so if your order is over $75 you could potentially receive two free gifts in your package! Keep them for yourself or give them as gifts this season!
Our Cyber Week sale started on Monday and is still going strong! A few listings have sold out but there are still loads of great items to choose from. Plus, I added three new listings this week!
You haven’t missed out!
Our Cyber week promotions include a free handmade pot holder gift-with-purchase for every order over $75 (Canadian dollars) and there are still 8 pot holders ready to go out. We also have a special little gift with purchase just for Small Business Saturday coming up.
We have the whole shop 20% off! If your purchase is over $100 (CDN) use code 2019CYBER25 for 25% off instead. If your purchase is over $300 use code 2019CYBER30 for 30% off instead.
Cork leather is a great alternative over animal leather for wallets and handbags. For ladies living the vegan or animal friendly life-style these wallets are a thoughtful one-of-a-kind gift.
With today’s environmental concerns many people are looking for alternatives and ways to reduce their impact on the environment. Even if you are not living the vegan lifestyle cork is a nice material for a wallet. Of course, if you are shopping for a gift for a vegan or animal rights advocate a gift made of cork is a way to show you care about their values.
I recently started making the Fiona Wallet Pattern and I really like it. You can find this pattern here. Find the Necessary Clutch Wallet pattern here.
I purchase my cork from Canadian supplier MM Cork Supply. On her website she explains why cork is a good choice.
” Cork is an ecofriendly alternative to leather that is natural, sustainable, vegan, and PETA certified. The cork bark is peeled from the tree by skilled labourmen without harming the tree. The same tree can be reharvested every 9 years for up to 300! Cork leather is as strong as it’s animal counterpart, water resistant and has naturally occurring antibacterial & antimildew properties. “
MM Cork Supply Website FAQ
I have been sewing wallets with cork for over two years now and I really enjoy working with it. One of the most fun parts of the process is choosing the fabrics to go with the cork.
Want to update your holiday decor this year? We have several options at Daydreams of Quilts that will up the cozy factor. Here’s a showcase of what we have available for 2019.
First up are the quilts of course! Quilts are the epitome of cozy at the holidays and year-round. The quilt above is the dark version and you can read more about it and the fabrics that are used in it in this post.
If you prefer a more whimsical look for your holiday decor I created this adorable Santa gnome tree skirt with a mash-up of Sugarplum and Winterkist fabrics. More tree skirts can be found in our tree skirt section.
We also have little mug rugs or snack mats to set on your side table or desk for your coffee break or milk and cookies.
At the time of this post it’s still the first half of November but now is the time to start planning and ordering personalized and customized gifts for the holidays. Today’s post showcases our personalized items at Daydreams of Quilts.
Our Christmas stockings are by far our most popular personalized item at the holidays. Order early… the moose are already sold out!
We thought in addition to our personalized initial pillow covers that our customers might like a matching throw quilt. As with the pillow covers, colour preference can be selected during the checkout process for these.
This year I have worked to incorporate eco-friendly solutions into my shop both in the products I have made and the materials I have used. One of the new products this year is the Reusable Drawstring Fabric Gift Bags.
These bags have been very popular and have been selling since July! The bags below this paragraph made with “Wintertide” from Figo Fabrics have sold out twice! Wintertide fabrics are available at Studio 39 Fabrics.
And one more new thing for this year in our shop are personalized Santa Sacks and Mini Santa sacks found in the fabric gift bags section of our shop. I hope we can help to reduce gift wrap going into landfills and save our customers money down the road with these reusable options. I have had a lot of fun putting together fabric combinations for bags and making all of them.
This is second Holiday Lodge throw quilt that I finished last week. You can see the first one (the light version) in this post.
This quilt uses a Holiday Lodge panel as well as some of the fabrics from the “Holiday Lodge” line by Deb Strain for Moda Fabrics. I have added in fabrics from Tula Pink’s “Holiday Homies”, Basic Grey’s “Evergreen”, Kate and Birdie’s “True North” and other fabrics from my stash. There are also Kona snow and Kona black solids. The Holiday Lodge fabrics were purchased from Funky Monkey Fabrics and Thread Count Fabrics.
The Holiday Lodge quilt is available here in the Daydreams of Quilts Etsy shop.
We did actually get some snow here the day before this photo was taken which would have been nice for photos but I’m not sad that it melted quickly.
These fabrics fit in perfectly with the farmhouse decor trend. They make me wish I could spend Christmas in a cozy cabin in the mountains.
I quilted this quilt with various custom quilting motifs including stippling, wishbones, straight lines and loop-de-loops around the plaid bears, trees and stags. The border is quilted with feathers.
The black shooting star fabric as the background for the trees is a Figo Fabrics print from Studio 39 Fabrics.