Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Fast2Cut ~ Simple Square Templates ~ C & T Publishing ~ Product Review

by Judy Gauthier

ISBN:  9781617451737
Publisher: C & T Publishing
Publication Date: 15 April 2016
RRP: £15.99


Available direct from Search Press.

They maybe simple but they really do
make cutting so much quicker.
Previously I had only used my ruler,
constantly checking that I am cutting the right size.
There is none of that anymore,
it's just a case of getting out my templates
and cutting everything to the correct size.
It's so much easier to get everything perfect
and straight.

The templates are durable and easy to use.
They are sturdy and of a cut height to
rest your cutter against without it slipping.
I love that you get the all the basic square
sizes that are normally used.

You don't have to just use them for squares,
you can also use them to create rectangles and triangles.

The thing I found most useful was when cutting
scraps, it's so much easier to see what size you
can cut out of the fabric.
No more wasting material because 
you are struggling to cut from it.

You can also use the templates to cut
your precuts so you don't just need
to stick to the size of your precut.

I am a beginner quilter and found the 
square templates so much easier to use.
I found that I could easily cut the size I wanted
and I also found that my cuts were a lot more accurate.

The templates are such good value for money.
They are a well made product that is going to last.
They make cutting so much easier,
accurate and uses up more of your scrap fabric.


Available direct from Search Press.

I received this book to review.
However all opinions expressed are my own.
Affiliate links are included on the post.
No monies were exchanged.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Take A Tin ~ GMC Publications ~ Book Review

By Jemima Schlee

ISBN: 9781784941109
Publisher: Guild of Master Craftsman Publications Ltd 
Publication Date: 7 April 2016
RRP: £12.99


Available Direct from GMC Publications.

What a fun book with brilliant ideas.
Who knew the humble tin could be turned
into so many different functional and
beautiful things.

I have already started collecting my fancy
biscuit tins to turn into a sewing tower.
It's just such fun and looks good as well.
Your own sewing supplies cake :-).

Jemima has packed the book with 16 different
projects to make.
The thing I love is once you have learnt her
techniques you can use them to create
even more projects.

The book is broken down into 4 sections;

Each section has a number of different
designs and techniques
that create some amazing projects.

I love the labelled storage tins,
I bet you could guess as they are crocheted.
My next favorite is the magnetic pinboard.
This is just such a fun practical idea.
I am going to make one for my son
as he always need space to store things
and it looks so good.

At the start of the book you have
clear large pictures of the projects
so you can get a good look at them
before deciding which one you 
want to make.

At the start of each of the tutorials on how
to make the projects, there is the supplies list
including any tools you will need
to make them.
Then you are given step by step instructions
that include easy to follow pictures.
The pictures are very clear and show all
the places you may need some guidance.

There are a number of techniques
that are used in multiple projects.
For this reason there is a 
section at the back of the book.
In this section it teaches you how to use
the tools to create everything.
There are loads more pictures and really
easy to follow instructions.

There are a lot of different tools
that are used in the book so you may
need to purchase some to complete your projects.

There really is so much packed in this book.
A lot of fun, interesting and beautiful projects.
What a brilliant way to use the humble tin.


Available Direct from GMC Publications.

I received this book to review.
However all opinions expressed are my own.
Affiliate links are included on the post.
No monies were exchanged.

Tear-Perfect Maker Tape ~ C & T Publishing ~ Product Review

by Judy Gauthier

ISBN: 9781617452895
Publisher: C & T Publishing
Publication Date: 15 April 2016
RRP: £8.99


Available Direct from Search Press

Okay if you are a crafter or you have hobbies
you have to purchase some of this tape!
I love it and am adding it to so many of my tools.
All of my quilting rulers and shapes
are covered in the tape as it's fantastic.
The rulers are so much easier to use now you
don't have to worry about them slipping.
The tape grips perfectly and just keeps
them all from slipping and ruining my cutting line.

There is so much you can use this tape for.
The thing I love is it's easy to tear a strip off
and even easier to tear it into smaller pieces
for smaller items.
When you tear it length ways the other brilliant
thing is that is tears in a straight line.

Each package includes two 1" × 10 yard rolls 
for all your taping needs.
So I won't be running out any time soon.

The tape is brilliant when sewing anything
as you can keep the pieces together in place
and then the tape is easy to remove and doesn't
leave residue behind.

Do you have a paper pattern that is torn,
don't worry this tape will soon have it fixed.
Do you have something you have to glue together
but it's very awkward to keep it together
whilst it's drying?
Don't worry the tape can keep it in place
and then be easily removed.

It's not just a tape for crafters,
If you use any type of tool and you want
to keep it from skidding away whilst
you put it down,
then add some tape to the tool and you'll
find it won't skid away anymore.

Water resistant, easy to write on, 
permanent on paper, 
and repositionable on everything else 
(even after an extended time)

What more could you ask from tape?
I'll be ordering more when I finish
this tape as it's just so handy!


Available Direct from Search Press

I received this product to review.
However all opinions expressed are my own.
Affiliate links are included on the post.
No monies were exchanged.

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Geco Supplements Organic Turmeric + Curcumin & BioPerine (120 x 500mg Veg Caps) ~ Product Review

Organic Turmeric + Curcumin & BioPerine

For the last three weeks I have been taking
the Organic Turmeric + Curcumin & BioPerine.
The tablets are easy to swallow and
I haven't had any after taste at all.
You can smell the turmeric as soon as you
open the bottle.

Turmeric & Curcumin work together so that
the body can digest them and get to working
as soon as possible.

The tablets promotes digestive system health,
reduce oxidative stress on the body &
reduces inflammation.

Overall I have done very well on these tablets.
Even though I have gallbladder issues they haven't
affected it at all.
In-fact I think since taking them I have suffered a lot less.
I have noticed a difference in my joints and some
of the swelling in my foot has reduced.

I am so happy with these tablets.
I love the fact that they are organic and
that if you are vegetarian or vegan you can still take them.
I am planning on taking them for a lot longer and
seeing if there is even a greater effect in taking
them long term.

The company is very supportive and
are there to help you.
They have other amazing products that
I am sure you'll want to check out.

I received this product to review.
However all opinions expressed are my own.
Affiliate links are included on the post.
No monies were exchanged.

The New Quick & Easy Block Tool ~ C & T Publishing ~ Book Review

ISBN: 9781617452314
Publisher: C & T Publishing
Publication Date: 05 January 2016
RRP: £14.99

Available direct from Search Press


What a fantastic tool!
First of all the book is spiral bound
so it makes it super easy to use.
Second of all it is jam packed full of 110
different block configurations.
Yes you read right 110!

I am new to quilting but I am sure any quilter
will find this book invaluable.
It takes everything from more simple
to quite complicated designs and breaks
them down so you know exactly what fabric 
you will need, what shapes and sizes
you will need to cut.
It then breaks it does into simple pictures
so it's easy to follow what you need to sew together.

You will be amazed at the different designs
and what you will be able to create.

Each of the designs is broken down into
a blank block picture, gray scale block,
piecing diagram and finished block.
You then have a diagram with each of the blocks,
what you will need to cut and what sizes.
This includes different sizes if you want to make
the blocks bigger.
You then get some design options.
And then the cutting details.

Every single block design has the same information
so you quickly get used to the standard format
and how you can create each of the designs.

Really useful book and tool!

Available direct from Search Press


I received this book to review.
However all opinions expressed are my own.
Affiliate links are included on the post.
No monies were exchanged.

Sorry I've Been Missing

Hi everyone!

Sorry I've been missing in action.  I probably will be for a while longer but I wanted to connect with you all.

There has been sooo much going on!


We had a new roof fitted on the house.
This was a huge job and you wouldn't believe the mess!
Next door had theirs done at the same time so it makes it look even better.
We had a couple of windows fitted so you can see what you are doing
and if we ever decide, we can extend into the loft.

I've been walking Benji when I can
and we are setting up the spare bedroom as my room.
My gran is hopefully going into care.
Her dementia is a lot worse and now needs 24/7 care.
She is up all night so at the moment my mum and dad
are having to look after her in shifts.
My dad does the night and my mum does the day.
My gran is 93 with dementia.
Her body is fighting fit except for a bit of arthritis
and the doctor can't believe all her readings are so
perfect at her age.
Anyway if she does go into care she has an electric bed
that you can move either or both the top and the bottom of the bed.
It would be amazing as it means I can sleep in a bed.
So we have been trying to organize the little room to be mine. 


 It's only a little box room so it isn't easy to take pictures of.
This used to be hubbies computer room and general dumping ground.
We have sent loads of stuff to the tip, loads more to the charity shop
and the stuff that is left that we are keeping is going into the loft.
Hubby has bought some boards for the loft and as soon as they are fitted
the boxes can be moved up there.
Hubby is going to build a sound proof cupboard around the combi-boiler
and then we can decorate.
I have chosen my bedding already and I am going with a duck egg blue theme.
I am super excited.

The main reason I have been away is the fact that they are changing my medication
and I had a bit of a fall out over it.
I have been on amitriptyline since 2011 for nerve pain & to get me into a deep sleep.
In that time my dose has gone up and up.
With that my heart rate has gone up and up.
The doctors decided it was the medication was causing this so I needed to come off it.
I have slowly been reducing my doses and increasing my doses of pregabalin
to deal with the pain.
The only problem was amitriptyline is also an antidepressant. 
This has meant that I had a bit of a crash and was all over the place.
I haven't been able to cope with a lot of things so did a bit of hiding instead.
I am starting to feel slightly better but I just have a lot more emotions that I am
normally used to.
The drugs sort of fuzzed some emotions so I never really cried that much.
Now however someone leaving a tv show and I am in tears for the next hour.
It will calm down as my body gets used to everything.
The other problem was pregabalin doesn't get me into a deep sleep.
I have started taking nytol and that seems to be helping.
I did have a few weeks of no sleep or constant dream sleep before
we came up with nytol.

During all this my little man became a big man and went away with school.
The school has been posting pictures but there has been no contact.
He left on Monday and comes back in about an hour.
I am so excited to have him back home.
I know it wasn't for long but he has never stayed with anyone but
with us or family members.
I really hope he had a good time!
It looks like he may have even tried the zip wire

 This was before he left and Benji wanted to go to.
Red Monster took a picture of him and Benji as he said he would
only probably miss Benji.

This is hopefully him giving the zip wire a go :-)

Now my big piece of news that might
keep me away from blogging for a little while longer:

I am having my gallbladder removed hopefully tomorrow.

They are going to try key hole surgery and in that case I would
be out of hospital the same day and have a two week recovery time.
However my gallbladder is inflamed so they may have to give
my the full operation and in which case I will be in hospital
for 3-5 days and will have a six week recovery.

We haven't told Red Monster and he won't be told until I've had the operation.
I will only have it if there is a bed available so it's a case of seeing on the day.

I am super nervous and it's been made worse by hubby catching a lovely virus.
Everyone at his work has had it.
He tried to work through and made himself a 100% worse.
It's a cough and throat infection with flu like symptoms.
He was in bed for 3 days which is not like my hubby at all.
He had to drop me off at my pre-op and I had to go on my own.

If my parents manage to get my gran into a home then hopefully
they will be able to help a bit but if not I am on my own from Tuesday 
next week :-(.
Hubby has booked Thursday - Monday off
so he can wait on me hand and foot.
He has to drop me off at the ward tomorrow and then I won't speak to him
until I ring him after having my operation.
Fingers crossed!

I will do what I can when I can so I'll hopefully be back soon!