Saturday, 24 December 2011

Merry Christmas and a happy new Year!

Merry Christmas everyone,
have a lovely holiday and enjoy a festive meal and lots of presents.
And a happy new year with lots of new creative pursuits and adventures.

Love, Nadine

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

"Reflections on Colour" Exhibition at Grays Court York

Hello everybody,

I have some great news, I will have an exhibition with 2 friends and fellow textile artists at Grays Court in York from Saturday, 7 January to 2 February 2012. My very talented Graphic Designer boyfriend did the poster. I hope you can see that he managed to add proper watery colour reflections. How cool is that?

I am exhibiting both Quilts and Paintings, if I can figure out how to hang the quilts properly that is. We are not allowed to make new holes and they just redecorated so I am wondering how exactly it will work. I bought several thin curtain poles and clips to hang the quilts with, I was very reluctant to attach a sleeve for hanging as all of my quilts are reversible and I don't want to ruin the back. Let's see how it will turn out.

I am also exhibiting paintings and am actually painting new ones to go into the exhibition. I did a large oil painting yesterday, an abstract landscape colour study, because the title of our exhibition is "Reflections on Colour". See what we did there? I love that title, it can have so many meanings.

Grays Court is actually a great venue and has an excellent restaurant especially popular for afternoon tea. We have the whole house and will exhibit in a special exhibition room but also in the hallways and the staircase I think. So if you're in York come and pop in, it is a bit hidden and very atmospheric, just as everything else in York. Very close to the Minster actually.

So I'll keep you posted on that.

Very exciting. Oh, but so much to do.

Have a wonderful Christmas, everyone.

Nadine xxx

Friday, 16 December 2011

We have 3 winners!

Hello everybody and thanks for entering the Giveaway,

it's great to meet you all and I hope to get to know you better over time. When I have some time I will check and see if you have blogs and follow back and I am looking forward to snoop around your crafts too :)

The giveaway is now closed and I have drawn 3 winners by random number generator and the numbers of the winning comments are:

which means Gill won the Merry Matryoshka (I have decided who gets which prize by the order they were listed in the original post)

which means Leah Baird from The Sleepy Dreamer won the Art Print

which means Pippa Parsons won the Paper Garland.

Congratulations to the winners!

Please send me an email with your address ( and I will send your prizes off either tomorrow or Monday at the latest and hopefully you should get them soon, maybe even before Christmas. Fingers crossed.

It's back to the sewing machine for me later today. I am currently working on a new quilt and I will share some work in progress pics with you very soon. I might actually need your help with some design questions, as usual I cannot make up my mind.

Best wishes from York and have a lovely day.
Nadine xxx

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Blog Hop Party and GIVEAWAY

*** The Giveaway is now CLOSED. Please do not comment anymore. The winners have been drawn and published. ***

Hurrah. what a great idea.

Welcome to the Blog Hop Party

and Sew, Mama, Sew's GIVEAWAY DAY.

I am combining the two big Giveaways and can't wait to meet all of you lovely people and discover new blogs. So please come and say hi. I am hoping you like my blog and will stay a while.

The Giveaway will last 10 December - 17 December. The winners will be drawn by random number generator so make sure you use all 3 of your chances to win.

I am giving away 3 items each one celebrating one of my Etsy shops and arty crafty pursuits.

1st Prize is a Merry Matryoshka from my Quilt Shop

2nd Prize is an Art Print from my Art Shop

3rd Prize is a Christmas Designer Paper Garland from my Papercrafts Shop

You have 3 chances to win and for every chance you have to leave a comment on this blog post:

1. First Comment:
Have a quick browse and tell me what you like best in my Etsy shops.

2. Second Comment (extra chance)
Tell me you are a follower of this blog (as you can see this blog is very new and is not getting much love at the moment.)

3. Third Comment (extra chance)
Tell me you are a Facebook fan (or have just "liked" my Facebook page).

If you leave all 3 comments you increase your chances of winning one of the 3 prizes.

So good luck everyone and now wheres the bubbly? Let's party.

Lots of Love,

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Happy St Andrews Day!

Hello everybody,

and happy St Andrews day.

Let's celebrate all things Scottish and the lovely town of St Andrews today.

Here is a painting I painted a few years ago when I lived in St Andrews.

You can find a print of this painting here:

This Creative Bliss Shop:

I have to admit, I miss Scotland, it is a beautiful country and definitely worth a visit.

And to reminisce a bit I also created an Etsy treasury with some items that celebrate Scotland.

not only from Scottish and UK shops but also American sellers (it won't get on the Front Page if it only contains items from British shops).

I hope you like it.

Happy St Andrews Day, go have some Haggis and a good Scotch Whiskey if you can.

Nadine xx

Saturday, 26 November 2011

SALE on until Monday evening

Hello everybody,

just to let you know the Black Friday - Cyber Monday Sale is still on until Monday night (actually Tuesday morning here in the UK). So please have a look at

the Quilt Shop:

and in the Art Shop:

where you can find these godies for example:

Prints of original paintings

magnets and wearable art

and drawings

and more.

Lots of love,
Nadine xx

Monday, 21 November 2011

Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sale

Hello everybody,

I am hosting a BLACK FRIDAY and CYBER MONDAY SALE with 10% Off EVERYTHING (21 - 28 Nov)

in the Quilt Shop

and the Art Shop

Come and have a look.

And here are the new Plushies who are all waiting patiently for a new home:

I hope you like them.

Lots of Love,
Nadine xx

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Another Front Page. yay.

And another Treasury of mine made it to the Front Page, this time the UK Front Page all day today.

I absolutely adore this one. One of my favorites.

I hope you like it too.

Lots of love,
Nadine xx

We have 3 Winners!

Hello all,

I have now drawn the winners for the giveaway and the following people have won in this order. I think it would make most sense if the winners receive the items in the order they were posted in the blog.

which means Gill has won the "Intestines" print.

Dawn has won the "Up Up and Away Print"

and Kathy has won the mini-print of "St Andrews, East Sands"

Could you all please send me your addresses so I can post your prizes as soon as possible.

Congratulations to all the winners.

And to celebrate some more I'll be hosting a Black Friday Sale in the Quilt Shop all week starting tomorrow. So please come back and check out the new plushies I have added today. I'll show them to you in another blog post soon.

Please also follow this link to the new blog url and bookmark it and start following that one, I will from now on post on the new blog site.

Lots of love and happy crafting.

Nadine xx

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

My Treasury on the US Front Page. yay.

Hurrah, I made it to the American Front Page and only 2 days after opening the art shop.

This was only my third treasury in the art shop and I am so chuffed. I had lots of views and hearts because of it too.

I made another geeky treasury just to celebrate.

I hope you like them.

Lots of love,


New Art Shop and a GIVEAWAY

Hurrah, I finally made it and started listing items in the new

ART Shop "This Creative Bliss":

So far I only have listed some prints (A4ish sized and small A6 sized), magnets, mini paintings, doodles and some art jewelry. I haven't listed lots of prints yet and also have to figure out how to ship original paintings before I can list them.

But it's definitely a start.

So to celebrate I am hosting a GIVEAWAY ending next Sunday, 20 November, and we'll have

3 winners
this time. yay.

You can win a print of "Intestines"

a print of "Up up and away"

and a mini- print of "St Andrews, East Sands" (ca. 4" x 3.5")

plus some additional small surprise prizes.

You have 3 chances to win and for every chance you have to comment on this blog post:

1. First Comment:
Tell me what you like best in the new ART SHOP.

2. Second Comment:
Tell me you are a follower of this blog (or have just become a follower.)

3. Third Comment:
Tell me you are a Facebook fan (or have just "liked" my Facebook page).

Let me know what you think of the shop and good luck everyone.
Please spread the word, join my circle on Etsy and be sociable.

Lots of love,
Nadine xx

Monday, 14 November 2011

New Advent Calendar

I have to admit, I have really been struggling with my advent calendars. There just isn't enough time in the day to finish them and list them early enough so people can buy and receive them by December 1st.

I have finished one more advent calendar but will have to give up on the other 3 that I have been working on for a few months now. I will just have to finish them early next year in time for the holiday season. I also regret not having had any time to make other seasonal items in both the quilt shop and the crafts shop such as Christmas decorations, tree decor, paper garlands, cards, placemats etc. but next year I'll just have to start earlier with that.

So here is the advent calendar, reversible again with a funky wonky design in Kona cotton solids on the back.

What do you think? Do you like it? And what sorts of Christmas items in fabric, felt or paper would you want to see?

Lots of love,

A Peek at the Craft Shop

Hello all you lovely craftmonkeys,

I am sorry to disppoint but I have no finished new quilting projects to present, I am still working on 4 advent calendars but have given up on the idea I might finish them in time for 1 December. I am also working on a custom order quilt which has to take priority of course.

But for today I thought I might show you what I am selling in the paper crafts shop. I don't think I have blogged about it at all since opening.

So here you go, lots of papercrafty things:

Mini card sets

Butterfly stickers

Handmade cards of course

Paper Garlands

And the die cuts

And then some more.

I have to say it has become quite meditative to sit on the couch and punch for hours. I absolutely love it.

I hope you like these.
More updates on all my crafty pursuits are on the way.

Lots of love,