Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Threadbare Ezine- Issue Four

I'm thrilled to be able to release the fourth issue of the Threadbare Ezine:
This has been another fun issue to put together and includes 12 quick and easy, stash busting projects, 4 yummy recipes, some printables and lots of tips, facts and hopefully heaps of inspiration for August and September.  The first section is dedicated to Children's Book Week:
We love books (or though we have been using Kindle lately which is great but not the same as holding a book in your hands) and our kids loved Book Week at school. It was a chance to dress up and share their favorite books. A lot of thought went into those costumes, I assure you :)
This section has a lovely appliqued teddy bear library bag for the girls and a drawstring library bag with pieced ship blocks, for the boys. Both are quick and easy and sure to be treasured and admired by classmates, for years. I have also included two fabric bookmarks which would make lovely gifts for any "bookworm" or as an enhancement to your own reading experience.
Maddi and I worked on a recipe for a healthier option, chocolate smoothie and this recipe would make a great after school snack. It's packed with good nutrients and we added the Oreo's as a little treat :)
The next section is devoted to Spring Cleaning:
After those long, cold winters we want to throw open the windows, remove all the clutter and freshen our homes. A lot of time will be spent washing and cleaning so these projects are designed to brighten up our laundries and make our job more pleasurable.
There's a lovely appliqued peg bucket and with the addition of some pretty pegs, hanging out curtains, linen and quilts wont feel like such a chore.  There is also a quick and easy appliqued Laundry Sign to hang on your laundry wall.
While you are cleaning, its nice to sit down and have a break with a cuppa and a biscuit, so I've included a recipe for Orange and Ricotta Biscotti for you to enjoy. These are light, tasty and quite moreish ;) There's also a printable Spring Cleaning Checklist for you to use as a guide when cleaning and should be useful when delegating chores to other family members.
The third section is inspiration for Father's Day and I find men are the hardest to buy/make gifts for:
The four projects in this section are quick and easy and I'm sure any dad would love them. There's a Chess Game Mat (which could also be used for draughts or checkers) and there's a zippered bag to store game pieces as well. Both projects have a little applique and make a lovely set to give to your dad. There's also a mini wall hanging featuring neck ties which is sure to delight and a golf inspired framed applique which is super quick and perfect for that avid golfer, like my dad :)
I have also designed some Father's Day subway art which is ready to print and frame, and decorate your lunch or dinner table.
Father's Day lunch is usually quite relaxed for us, so I have included a recipe for Cornish Pasties, which the men in my life love. These are really yummy and teemed with a quick garden salad or coleslaw, they will be enjoyed by everyone.
The final section is for Football Finals:
Les and Cohen are huge AFL fans and although Maddi and I participate in the weekly tipping competition, the only game we actually watch with them (that's if we cant sneak away), is the Grand Final. We always have a "finals lunch" which is usually a BBQ and we may have a few friends or family over, depending on who is playing :)
The projects in this section are a placemat and coaster set. The placemat has a little pocket for your cutlery and serviette and I have also included applique templates for soccer, rugby and grid iron depending on what sport your family follows :)
I also included a recipe for a Cheese and Herb Damper, which is prefect to nibble on with your BBQ food or while your BBQ is cooking.
So that's whats jammed packed inside the 43 page, Issue Four of the Threadbare Ezine. I hope you love the projects as much as I do :)
You can purchase your PDF copy of the ezine HERE in my store for $5.95.
A PDF file (5.12MB) will be emailed to you ASAP and printing instructions are in the store policy section of the store.
I hope you enjoy making the projects and spending quality time, celebrating with those you love :)

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