Saturday 25 January 2014

New to Me in January

Welcome to the first New to Me in 2014. As you can see we have a new Blog Button to celebrate another year of New to Me.

If you are new to the Link Party, let me explain what it is all about. Every month we celebrate the trying of something new, whether it is a new craft, a new technique or even a new location, if it is New to You link it up!

The emphasis of the Link Party is in the trying so if you have tried something New to You and it hasn't quite worked out for some reason, that's OK link that up too. You never know there might be someone out there who has had the same problem and can pass on some sage advice, but at the very least you will get lots of support and encouragement from your fellow bloggers for having the courage to try in the first place :)

My New to Me's this month are fairly random.

First up, we were guinea pigs for a brand-new cruise ship! It was just as good as it sounds, we were only on the cruise ship for one night but took full advantage of the facilities downing appropriately named cocktails and dancing the night away to duelling pianos!

My second New to Me is my first ever purchase of much lusted after Oakshott cottons :) Thanks to Catherine's need for a partner in crime for her Oakshott shopping, these lovelies came winging their way to me from North of the Border. I am enjoying stroking them for now until I can come up with a master plan for them.

Clamshell with chain

Next up my first ever Clamshell frame purse! There was a bit of brute force required to get the folded edges into the frame neatly, but other than that it was really straightforward to assemble. I will definitely be making more of these :)

And finally, look what I found under the tree on Christmas morning! I am still finding my way around it all, and being bamboozled by all the possibilities in the process, but I can't wait to design my very first quilt. Needless to say I will share it all with you in a New to Me post when it happens :)

Now it's your turn.

As ever please help to spread the word by linking back to this post in your post and/or adding the blog button to your sidebar.

Grab button for Celtic Thistle Stitches

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Check out the other links and leave a comment along the way. The emphasis of this link party is to celebrate the trying of something new, whether it works out exactly as planned or not, so a little encouragement here and there would not go amiss! 

The link will remain open until January 31st so if you found some exciting new tools or kits under your Christmas tree that you haven't even opened there's still time to try them out and link them up :)


  1. you were quite adventurous this month trying out new to you things!! EQ7?!?! have fun!!!!!

  2. quite a few new things here and wow you have EQ7, I do not really understand how to link and take part but will enjoy seeing what you do each month

  3. I'm holding my first giveaway. Plus I made my first colourwheel quilt. I've made two quilts before, but this is the first quilt that I've made that I've really, really liked :)

    Good luck with your quilt designing.

  4. Thanks for hosting! Love the sophisticated clamshell and I am looking forward to seeing where the EQ7 and Oakshott take you:-)

  5. Love the clamshell purse! Some great firsts!

  6. This sounds ! I am working on some applique today !! I will spread the word for I know alot of Newbies..LOL and Now I know what a Cruise ship Guinea pig is.. Shirley from STA R3H7

  7. Great linky party idea! I got EQ7 for Christmas last year and I still don't know half of what I can do with it! I love playing though, and I've designed two things that I've made so far, so that's a start.

  8. So many things you've tried and as I've mentioned to you before I love that bag and the fabric you've used. I've done a lot of new things but they were actually all in December and I missed the blog post with all the Christmas happenings so I've cheekily popped just one on here this month. Thanks for hosting again this year :D

  9. I've seen EQ7 referred to quite a lot recently. Lucky girl!!!

  10. Busy girl, but have fun with the new toy when you get to it!

  11. How fun! A cruise night and EQ7! :D

  12. You had a fun month. Testing out a brand-new cruise is quite an adventure. The clamshell purse is very chic I love it.

  13. Wow, so many new things in one month! Your frame clutch is awesome, great choice of fabric! And a night on a cruise ship, fabric shopping and EQ7... Incredible! You must have been a good girl lately ;o)))

  14. Wow - those are some awesome new things!


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