Category Archives: Manic Monday

Feature Friday {And Are You Signed Up For My Giveaway?}

Wow! What a week! I’ve been fighting feeling low, and I think I’m starting to feel a tiny bit better. I think it helped that the sun came out for a couple of days. I really ought to get one of those SAD lights. Do any of you use one? If so, what do you think of it? Does it work?

Things might be kinda ‘bare bones’ around here next week. My lovely daughter Savi has a week off of school for half term, so I expect we’ll use a lot of that time to hang out together. She is such a good kid. I am SO lucky! I’m hoping we can go shopping, dye hair, bake, sew, maybe even knit together. Plus I’m getting A NEW SEWING MACHINE today! Oh yeah! I ordered a Janome Horizon from GUR sewing machines. AWESOME!! So I’ll be immersed in reading the manual for a few days.

And make sure you’re signed up for my sweet giveaway – there are {at least!} 3 prizes so get in on it now!

On, on with the features! This week’s most popular links were:

We were all intrigued about Patricia of Happy Days Quilting and her pile of rainbow charms. So pretty! Looks like she’s making a New York Beauty block! (I am too, but it’s taking forever.)

Dorian of Ridge Top Quilts has been making some truly lovely scrappy log cabin blocks – there’s very small at only 5″ but so cute! Go Dorian!

See you all Monday for another Manic Monday Linky Party!

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© J C Excell, 2011

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Manic Monday Linky Party!

Hello! How was your weekend? Wanna catch up via Twitter? Or Facebook? Did you get any sewing or crafting done? If you blogged about it, link up!

Linky Party Rules:

  • You can link anything you’ve created – an etsy shop, blog or tutorial, whatever.
  • You can leave up to 2 links
  • Please visit at least one other link and comment!
  • I’ll be featuring a few on the blog on Feature Friday
  • You are welcome to add my party button to your blog, but you don’t have to!



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P.S. Because I write a non-Blogger blog, I am one of those unfortunates who will lose my Google Friend Connect widget soon. I really value you as a reader and follower, and I’d like to ask you to consider following me on BlogLovin’, a free service built specifically for people to follow their favourite blogs, or by Feedburner, which is an RSS feed. Thanks!! :)

© J C Excell, 2011

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Manic Monday Linky Party!

Hello! How was your weekend? Did you get up to any sewing? I can’t wait to see everyone’s links! And did you sign up for my Fat Quarter Shop Welcome Giveaway? There are 3 chances to win and 3 prizes!

Linky Party Rules:

  • You can link anything you’ve created – an etsy shop, blog or tutorial, whatever.
  • You can leave up to 2 links
  • Please visit at least one other link and comment!
  • I’ll be featuring a few on the blog on Feature Friday
  • You are welcome to add my party button to your blog, but you don’t have to!



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P.S. Because I write a non-Blogger blog, I am one of those unfortunates who will lose my Google Friend Connect widget soon. I really value you as a reader and follower, and I’d like to ask you to consider following me on BlogLovin’, a free service built specifically for people to follow their favourite blogs, or by Feedburner, which is an RSS feed. Thanks!! :)

© J C Excell, 2011

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Manic Monday Linky Party!

Hello and Happy Monday! (I know, I’m groaning inside too.) What have you been up to? Done any crafting? Please link up!

Linky Party Rules:

  • You can link anything you’ve created – an etsy shop, blog or tutorial, whatever.
  • You can leave up to 2 links
  • Please visit at least one other link and comment!
  • I’ll be featuring a few on the blog on Feature Friday
  • You are welcome to add my party button to your blog, but you don’t have to!



 Subscribe in a reader

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P.S. Because I write a non-Blogger blog, I am one of those unfortunates who will lose my Google Friend Connect widget soon. I really value you as a reader and follower, and I’d like to ask you to consider following me on BlogLovin’, a free service built specifically for people to follow their favourite blogs, or by Feedburner, which is an RSS feed. Thanks!! :)

© J C Excell, 2011

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Manic Monday Linky Party!

Hey, what have you been up to? Did you get some sewing time in this weekend? Show me what you’ve been creating!

Sew Happy Geek
Linky Party Rules:

  • You can link anything you’ve created – an etsy shop, blog or tutorial, whatever.
  • You can leave up to 2 links
  • Please visit at least one other link and comment!
  • I’ll be featuring a few on the blog on Feature Friday
  • You are welcome to add my party button to your blog (the code is on the right sidebar), but you don’t have to!



P.S. Because I write a non-Blogger blog, I am one of those unfortunates who will lose my Google Friend Connect widget soon. I really value you as a reader and follower, and I’d like to ask you to consider following me on BlogLovin’, a free service built specifically for people to follow their favourite blogs. Thanks!! :)
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© J C Excell, 2011

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Manic Monday Linky Party AND Katy’s Pocketed Cosmetic Bag Tutorial!

Hi guys! How has your last 3 weeks been?  Mine have been strange! Plus, I’ve had a pretty rough weekend. I got my stitches out on Thursday, which was FANTASTIC, but of course my arm isn’t at 100% yet and it’s very frustrating to have to limit myself. Then on Friday I woke up with a VERY sore throat and a seriously infected ingrown toenail and had to get antibiotics from the GP. So all weekend I’ve been eating ice lollies and drinking herbal tea. And looking at my toenail with a mixture of fascination and disgust. Yeah, I’m weird. So what. :)

However, I feel so much better now, thank goddess! Maybe it was the extra 12 hours of sleep I’ve gotten over the last 3 days. Or maybe it’s because the antibiotics are finally kicking in. Whatever it was, I’m just concentrating now on getting my arm back to normal.

Plus, I have an awesome tutorial for you! My pal Katy was generous enough to let me post her cosmetic bag tutorial on Friday, but for some reason it didn’t make it to everyone’s readers, so please go have a look at it right now. It’s very well written and easy to follow. If you’re scared of zippers I totally recommend it!

So I’m really curious to see what you’ve been up to in the last week! And be sure to come back tomorrow as I have another fantastic tutorial for you!
Linky Party Rules:

  • You can link anything you’ve created – an etsy shop, blog or tutorial, whatever.
  • You can leave up to 2 links
  • Please visit at least one other link and comment!
  • I’ll be featuring a few on the blog on Feature Friday
  • You are welcome to add my party button to your blog, but you don’t have to!





© J C Excell, 2011

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Manic Monday + Stashtacular! Tute and Giveaway!

Woohoo! It’s arrived, finally!

Stashtacular

My friend Kelly from Blue Bird Sews publishes her tutorial on baby onesies today to kick off Stashtacular! And don’t forget to enter to win a $25 gift certificate to 1Choice4Quilting too! Yep, all for you! And tutorials to follow tomorrow AND Wednesday – you lucky thing, you!

If you’d like to leave your link, here are the rules:

  • You can link anything you’ve created – an etsy shop, blog or tutorial, whatever.
  • You can leave up to 2 links
  • Please visit at least one other link and comment!
  • I’ll be featuring a few on the blog on Feature Friday
  • You are welcome to add my party button to your blog, but you don’t have to!

I’d also like to ask you a question. I’m thinking about hosting a quilting bee, Sew Bee Blissful. It would be for a year, so I’d need 10-11 totally dependable people to do it with me. Is anyone interested? I’d like to donate my month’s quilt to Linus Quilts, a UK charity which provides donated quilts to kids who’ve had bad injuries, but donation to charity isn’t mandatory. I just thought maybe others would like to help me make a charity quilt. :) Someday I hope to do an international charity bee, but I need to do more research and make more contacts, I think.

Anyway, if you’d like more info, visit the Sew Bee Blissful Flickr page, or email me at jenna (at) sewhappygeek.co.uk
Now go get in on that 1Choice4Quilting giveaway!

© J C Excell, 2011

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Manic Monday Linky Party #20

Did you all have a good weekend? I guess most of you are still having a good weekend celebrating the 4th. Not surprisingly we don’t celebrate the 4th of July here in the UK, but I have had Americans ask me if we do. (What do they think it’s a celebration of?)

Saturday I was a steward at the Romsey Quilter’s Exhibition in the Abbey. Everyone was so nice and didn’t mind my stupid questions at all. On Sunday, Buzz, Savi and I went to the Hat Fair in Winchester and saw the jugglers and other performers. Buzz got to play with his diabolos a bit and juggle while I sewed hexies. I’m not too good at juggling so I tend to do more sedate things like shop and sew. But I did buy fudge! Does that count for anything?

StashtacularI’d also like to remind you about Stashtacular!, which will be starting in only 1 week. I have a poop ton of fabric to swap, so any of you in the UK/EU, get on over to the Flickr page and start posting your fabric pics to swap. You can start posting them in to me whenever you want – and you can choose to post them internationally as we’ve got 2 swaps running simultaneously. Also up: PRIZES. 3 TUTORIALS PER WEEK. LOTS O’ FUN! My friends Stephanie from Spontaneous Threads and Kelly from Blue Bird Sews are my lovely co-hosts and let me tell you, these two have worked really hard! Go give them some bloggy love! If you have ANY questions or want to swap, email me at jenna (at) sewhappygeek.co.uk

Linky Party Rules:

  • You can link anything you’ve created – an etsy shop, blog or tutorial, whatever.
  • You can leave up to 2 links
  • Please visit at least one other link and comment!
  • I’ll be featuring a few on the blog on Feature Friday
  • You are welcome to add my party button to your blog, but you don’t have to! (No one likes to be coerced.)


© J C Excell, 2011


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Manic Monday – Link Up!

Linky Party Rules:

  • You can link anything you’ve created – an etsy shop, blog or tutorial, whatever.
  • You can leave up to 2 links
  • Please visit at least one other link and comment!
  • I’ll be featuring a few on the blog on Feature Friday
  • You are welcome to add my party button to your blog, but you don’t have to!


© J C Excell, 2011


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Manic Monday and Introducing: Stashtacular!

Hi everyone! Welcome to another Manic Monday Linky Party!

Stashtacular
Before you add your links, I want to introduce you to the biggest event I’ve ever had on this blog: Stashtacular! I’ve added a page so you can get familiar with it. What I want you to know right now is that between me, Kelly at Blue Bird Sews, and Stephanie of Spontaneous Threads, we’ll be giving you 3 tutorials per week for 4 weeks! Yes, 12 tutorials!

And there’s a fabric swap, plus a prize for whoever makes the nicest item using one of the tutorials, and TONS of random giveaways! We’ve teamed up with Fat Quarter Shop and 1 Choice 4 Quiltingthere are around $200 in prizes to be won! So go check it out!

© J C Excell, 2011


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