Signing Off…

by Kate on December 14, 2009

So we are now at the pointy end of the year, two weeks before Christmas and I always seem astounded at just how quick the years seem to be flying by.

2009 has been full of changes for me. The interstate move has been fantastic but difficult, and if I am completley honest I have found it tough being away from friends and family…my support network that I really did take for granted.

Luckily, there have been a few people who have really taken the time to get to know me and extended their hand in friendship when I first arrived. I’m sure they don’t realise it but their friendship has made things for me here so much easier. You know who you are, thank you x

One of the main reasons I started blogging was to just get some feedback on some of the things I was making. There are no crafters in my family and I didn’t really have anyone to share my projects with. Who knew that nearly a year later, blogging would have opened up an entire new world to me.

I am constantly amazed by the level of generosity within the crafting community. People are so generous with their time, support, encouragement and friendship. I really just wanted to say thank you for stopping by, for leaving comments, for ‘words’ of encouragement and for in turn – inspiring me.

This is my last post for 2009, I am going to take a break from the Mac (and the sewing machine) and enjoy the festivities with family and friends.

I couldn’t, however, leave without showing you the last of my Christmas sweing.

Liberty and Hope Valley, don’t they look fantastic together.

Cannot get enough of this goat print.

And some robots and linen.

Wishing you a fantastic Christmas and New Year…see you in 2010!

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1 karlyn Jackson December 14, 2009 at 2:33 pm

Kate, you have certainly inspired me so I thank you for that.
Have a fabulous break with your family and freinds. Hope your children have a great Christmas, it certainly makes it so exciting having little ones to share it with.
Look forward lots more bloggy treats in 2010……love Karlyn x
BTW…great cushions!


2 Mel December 14, 2009 at 2:35 pm

Wow what a way to finish up! I love that cushion Kate! The Liberty goes so so well with the Hope Valley (btw did you get yours online?)

have a great holiday and here's to an awesome 2010!


p.s you may have gained a lot through blogging but you have also given A LOT! Thank you for your kindness and all your generosity this year x


3 RED PEPPER QUILTS December 14, 2009 at 2:58 pm

It sounds like 2009 was a wonderful year for you. I just know 2010 will be even better. Thanks for blogging and sharing your creations and inspiration so freely.

Love love the cushion. That Goat Print by Liberty is amazing, I've not previously seen it. Wonderful. Love also how well the Hope Valley combine with the Liberty.

Have a great Xmas break! Enjoy!



4 Heather December 14, 2009 at 3:15 pm

You kate, have been one of my most favorite friends that I was so fortunate to meet this year and I would like to thank you for all the sweet thing you say and send { wink, wink } my way!!! have a fabulous holiday season with your family & friends and we'll talk soon! We have a big year coming up! :)

XO, Heather


5 Jennadesigns December 14, 2009 at 3:18 pm

Oh Dear God, I am going to HAVE to get some of that amazing Liberty print … and Hope Valley in that colorway. (I was trying to hold out… but alas, I think you're lovely pillow has gotten me to cave already!).

Beautiful work – enjoy your break and time with family. I'm sure it will go by quickly!


6 Cathy December 14, 2009 at 4:26 pm

Don't be away too long…but enjoy every moment of it! Have a wonderful Christmas and New Years and see you in a little while. Beautiful cushion, I love all your fabrics, never seen that gorgeous liberty before. xo


7 Lara December 14, 2009 at 4:44 pm

Merry Christmas Kate to you and your family! May you have many happy moments together. Happy New Year too! Thanks for sharing snippets of your life and love for fabric! Your blog is always a joy to read. xx


8 Christie December 14, 2009 at 5:25 pm

That goat print is crazy, in a good way!

I can't even begin to imagine what an interstate move would be like, selfishly I am very glad that you are in Melbourne, even if it isn't for good.

Have a wonderful blogging break, I can wait to see what you create in the new year. x


9 Polka Dot Daze December 14, 2009 at 6:07 pm

They both look fantastic.
I hope you have a very merry Christmas!
Looking forward to hearing and seeing what you get up to next year :)


10 Corrie December 14, 2009 at 7:28 pm

merry christmas and good for you to take a little break! I can't wait to get some hope valley myself. looks lovely

and I know all about the move having done it myself! tough but you've survived!


11 CurlyPops December 14, 2009 at 8:01 pm

Merrry Christmas Kate. Hope you have a wonderful break and come back all refreshed for the new year!


12 Nikki December 14, 2009 at 8:03 pm

It's been lovely to bloggy meet you Kate. And I look forward to meeting in person very soon. Have a lovely Christmas with your family and friends. I hope the season is full of lots of love, laughter, good food and sleep! xxx


13 Blueberry Park December 14, 2009 at 8:14 pm

That cushion is beeeaauuutiful ;-) Such a wonderful christmassy accessory…and I don't even do xmas!

I completely understand where you are at with your move away from home…It takes time (3 years in my case!) to feel really settled and reaching out to our amazing online community sure is a godsend. I for one am delighted you are out there and have loved getting to know you and see all your amazing creations.

Have a fab break…will miss you!

Karen xx


14 Andi December 14, 2009 at 8:29 pm

Have a great break.
It has been lovely getting to know you a bit better this year.
Hope to share more fun and crafting in 2010.
Andi x


15 m.e (Cathie) December 14, 2009 at 9:25 pm

Kate, that's such a lovely post!
I hope you & your beautiful family have a great chrsitmas & all the best for the new year.
It was indeed lovely to meet you in real life & hope to be able to get together properly in the new year.
hugs ♥


16 Bianca December 14, 2009 at 9:32 pm

Merry Christmas Kate, thanks for inspiring me this year! And for the lovely fabric package you sent, it keeps on giving!

See you in 2010.



17 Lorraine December 14, 2009 at 10:43 pm

The cushions are beautiful … love esp the Liberty & Hope Valley.
Wish you & your family the best Christmas & a great 2010


18 Tania December 14, 2009 at 10:59 pm

What a great post to finish the year with! I completely get that 2009 has had it's challenges, but I'm coming over all selfish-like too and loving that you are in Melbourne at least for a bit longer. Here's to an inspired 'next year' and lots more hooking! (er, yarn kind).

PS. If you have all your current craft projects done and dusted by year's end, I'll eat a hat.


19 Lurline December 15, 2009 at 12:34 am

Your time-out is well deserved – what a great year for us 2009 has been – looking forward to 2010 with love!
Hugs – Lurline♥


20 Diane December 15, 2009 at 1:06 am

Love those final projects for the year! The Liberty does look fab with the hope valley… I so hope my LQS gets some of that soon!


21 sewkatiedid December 15, 2009 at 1:49 am

I've spent some time coordinating fabrics with the Hope Valley this weekend. The colors are wonderful.

Good for you to take a break. I think I would miss sewing too much…but with travel I might look into the crochet that's been sitting.


22 Leslie December 15, 2009 at 2:14 am

i am certain your break is well deserved….have a great christmas. i look forward to you being back in the new year


23 angela December 15, 2009 at 4:54 am

Gorgeous pillows! Enjoy your Christmas break – when it all is calm after the new year, we'll be ready for lots of fun new crafting!


24 Christina December 15, 2009 at 6:34 am

Have a fantastic break! I always feel guilty one way or the other about being on the sewing machine or not being on it. I love the pillows. The fabric choices in both are great!


25 Leonie Guld December 15, 2009 at 11:36 am

Well I hope you have a brilliant christmas and a magical new year…I'll see you on the other side!!! xxoo


26 freshlemons December 15, 2009 at 1:39 pm

Have a wonderful new year and I can't wait to see what you create in 2010!


27 gret December 15, 2009 at 2:22 pm

And than YOU for sharing it all with us. It's been lovely meeting you this year in blogland!

Have a lovely Christmas and New Year with your family and friends.

Gret xx


28 Marina December 15, 2009 at 2:54 pm

What beautiful Christmas projects. Hope you have a happy and restful time….


29 sweet emmelie December 15, 2009 at 3:17 pm

oohh I love that goat fab too and doesn't it look grandd in that pillow. Hope you have a merry xmas and I would like to thank you for all your lovely comments on my blog too, You truly are the sweetest!


30 Quilts on Bastings December 15, 2009 at 7:47 pm

Dear Kate,
It has been lovely getting to know you both online and in person. I hope you have a lovely Christmas and a wonderful break. Will look forward to some more of your great work next year.
PS. Wool is on its way ..


31 chaletgirl December 15, 2009 at 8:43 pm

Thank YOU for a wonderful year of blogging. It has been so lovely to meet you and then get to know you better through your blog I'm so glad we have been able to work on some swaps together and also share a passion for similar fabrics.

All the best for your holiday break, and I'll look forward to seeing what you get up to in 2010. Don't be 'away' too long, I'll miss you!


32 Christina December 15, 2009 at 9:11 pm

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Thanks for all the inspiration. Hope the new year brings you much love and laughter, and creativity of course! :)


33 Free Samples December 16, 2009 at 1:46 am

Enjoy the holidays!!


34 Rachel December 16, 2009 at 7:18 am

That goat fabric is amazing. Wishing you a very merry Christmas Kate and a lovely New Year. I look forward to seeing more of your lovely creations next year.


35 izzy inspired December 16, 2009 at 9:33 am

The cushion is wonderful. The colors go perfectly together. Have a wonderful holiday break!!! I know how hard it is to move away from your comfort zone, I hope that you gets lots of time with all your friends and family through the holidays!!


36 sophie December 16, 2009 at 1:14 pm

lusting after Hope Valley, waiting for my pocket money to arrive :-)

It's been a visual treat reading your blog, have a wonderful christmas and I look forward to your first post of the new year!


37 CitricSugar December 17, 2009 at 1:50 am


Have a wonderful holiday and 'see' you next year!


38 Pascale December 17, 2009 at 8:33 am

Lovely pillows and a lovely post!
I'm wishing you happy holidays and I'm looking forward to more fun creativity here in 2010! Enjoy your break!


39 Anonymous December 17, 2009 at 9:52 am

Have a great Christmas, maybe see you in Melbourne next year.
K and C


40 Kirsty December 17, 2009 at 10:24 am

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

You're one of the really truly goodies Kate!

Thanks for being a good mate & for having a lovely space here too.

Looking forward to sharing 2010 with you.


41 Amy December 17, 2009 at 12:54 pm

Lovely pillows.
You'll be missed here. Enjoy your time away. Happy holidays to you and yours.


42 craftschmaft December 17, 2009 at 2:37 pm

Kate that cushion is gorgeous, you have such an eye for colour.

Merry Xmas and it's been wonderful meeting you in 2009. Look forward to seeing your gorgeous creations next year. xoxo


43 Cathy {tinniegirl} December 17, 2009 at 5:29 pm

Have a wonderful break. Looking forward to more in 2010.

I'm not sure where you live but if you're in the hood maybe you'll be able to come along to the Northern Craft Bonanza in Thornbury sometimes. That would be lovely.


44 beth December 20, 2009 at 11:05 am

lovely pillow! Have a wonderful "blog and sewing free" vacation.


45 missi mu December 20, 2009 at 5:57 pm

Hi Kate, wishing you and your family a merry christmas and happy new year- hope to see you in Sydney in January- we have missed you too! Love Bec x


46 I Purr-Furr to Craft December 21, 2009 at 1:31 pm

wishing you a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year too


47 clare's craftroom December 22, 2009 at 8:13 am

Have a lovely break , merry Christmas and a happy new year !


48 leslie December 22, 2009 at 12:31 pm

hope you have a lovely break and looking forward to catching up in the new year – merry christmas to you and your family!


49 craftapalooza December 24, 2009 at 8:58 pm

hey! have a great festive. xx


50 Belinda December 30, 2009 at 4:44 pm

Looks at me 2 weeks late just shows how much blog reading I've been doing. I hope your enjoying the Chrissie break. Catch up with you soon. Bx


51 Alicia February 16, 2010 at 9:28 pm

me encanta este tipo de labores son preciosas…un saludo


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