Thursday, September 4, 2014

Burdastyles 50 Best Bloggers for Sewing Enthusiasts nomination!

Hey hey! Its finally Spring! 

Well for me and everyone else below the equator... I hope your looking forward to Autumn up there northern hemisphere readers!

The weather in Sydney has actually been pretty rainy and windy, but something exciting has come my way to brighten things up! A nomination for Burdastyles 50 Best Bloggers for Sewing Enthusiasts!





Prizes include patterns, guest blogging spots and more! 

You can view the full list of nominees and vote here

I didn't put myself forward, so who ever did - thank you! And a big virtual hug for you! It's been a really poo-y year so this really has made everything worthwhile! 


Check them out if you haven't before. All are run by very lovely and talented people who make the most gorgeous things. You can vote for up to 20 bloggers, so you can spread the love to as many as you like

The nomination comes at a funny time. Burdastyle had really been letting me down the last few years especially as a long term member who remembers when it was still kind of small and the community was tight, there was a contact in Australia and all the patterns were free! It changed with the GFC and was taken under the wings of their parent company Burda Moden. It felt a little "corporate" at that point to me. But it seems as though they're picking up their game and fighting off all the spam and embracing the community again. This weekend gone I had spent a good amount of time on the website looking at member projects and patterns and thinking that they're not all that bad really any more

So snaps for you Burdastyle! 

I also thought I'd share with you another facet of organising my sewing stuff

Considering my fabric stash is slowly becoming ridiculous, I decided to make up a little book of fabric swatches to document what I have, how much I have, what it's made from and where I bought it or paid for it




I also jot down possible patterns to use with the fabric, as I'll often have a great idea and then forget all about it!

The book is just an A5 folder with plastic sleeves and all I do is stick the fabric swatch to some printer paper and slide it in! I used to write the fabric details on a post-it and pin it to the fabric, but they would often fall off or tear. Plus I can take this book with me on shopping trips as its not that big.

I also got all primary school on myself and decorated it with stickers like a boss. Well not a boss. I just bought a new sticker book and wanted to use them... I'll make a nice cover another day.


Feel free to do the same! It's a fun rainy afternoon sort of project and when you know what fabric you have, you'll be more likely to use it instead of buying more! 
Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to submit a vote for me!

xo Cat

34 comments:

  1. Your fabric swatch book is a work of art, I could spend hours admiring your collection!
    Love that picture of you looking so happy in the grass. I loathe the cooler months, I was born in the wrong country! xxx

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    1. thanks! Oh i dont like them either! I need to move to mexico or something haha

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  2. Ahhh, your swatch book is a great idea! I have printed out sheets stuffed in a drawer, which is unwieldy and untidy. This is a much better way to organize them!

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    1. oh dear! thats sounds unruly! You can always get a note book a sticky tape them in too!

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  3. I love the idea of a fabric book! I'm so forgetful so this would be good for me to help me remember where I bought fabrics from!

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    1. Its really handy! And even for years into the future so i can remember what i made from them

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  4. Congrats on the nomination! I just voted for you (I hope, it did a bit of a weird thing when I clicked submit). I love the fabric book idea, and stickers are the best thing ever I don't care if their childish! Although I do struggle with the commitment of laying down a really pretty one!

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    1. Thank you dear! it did that to me too, but i think thats just what it does... obviously they need to pick a better host next time...
      Oh I had a sticker collection when I was little! I still love them!

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  5. Good news about the nomination, and your fabric swatch folder is wonderful!
    Gorgeous frock in the first photo, and a beautiful smile! xxxx

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    1. thank you! That dress is still one of my favourites. i wish i had a ton more of that fabric

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  6. Hey, congrats on your blog listing! I can't believe mine was there as well!! So honoured! Do you have any idea how they select the short-listed blogs. I love your swatch book. I have a set of swatch tags, they are called Swatch Buddies and are little plastic tags that you attach fabric to the front and write on the back, them loop them all together. Convenient for taking a few swatches shopping, for sure, but your way is better for inventory, definitely.

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    1. thank you! and congrats to you too! we obviously have some fans out there nominating us randomly! Swatch buddies sound cool! but i guess it would limit how many you could carry at a time

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  7. Congratulations!!! I love following your designs and style. xo

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  8. Huge congrats! You are such an inspiration to me :).
    Yes! I remember when burdastyle was all free patterns. The team designed hip and free patterns. I already buy the magazines (so I don't need to go there to pattern shop) so I don't visit the site so much anymore but its so great they they are celebrating sewing bloggers!
    Such a great idea with the fabric swatch booklet! so cute! :)

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    1. Aww thank you so much! I love everything you make too! im really glad that they are getting back to the community and less about one sided posts about the stuff the sell. oh and less spam would be good! ugh

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  9. congratulations on being included in the list, it was fantastic to read through and see so many sewing friends being recognised for their amazing talents.

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    1. thank you! and yes, i saw so many familiar names the too. Always good to see our community in action!

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  10. Congratulations on being nominated - how exciting! I love the idea of a fabric swatch book, I have so much fabric now so maybe this is something I should do to keep on top of it all.

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    1. thank you! Yes you should try it, its very handy :)

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  11. A fabric swatch book is such a good idea. I will probably do the same.

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    1. Do try it! its a fun little craft project at least!

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  12. Well done on your nomination - I voted for you in my 20 ; )
    Cool fabric swatch idea - I really should do that myself.

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  13. Woo! Congrats on your nomination!

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  14. Congratulations on being nominated, Catherine, you've got my vote! And I really love your fabric swatch book idea. Very clever, very practical and very pretty!

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    1. Thank you Lucy for both the vote and the comment. I love being organised... sometimes a little too much! haha

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  15. Congratulations on making the short list. Your blog is very deserving of the accolades. Your swatch book is an excellent idea, however I would be unlikely to do such a useful project because then I would have to face the reality of the stash. And reality sucks!

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    1. Oh thank you so much! xo oh yeas this definitely makes you face those sorts of mountains, but if you were going for a fabric stash project, it would be a great incentive to remind you how much you had as well!

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  16. Congrats! You got my vote! That fabric book is a great idea.

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