Category Archives: A day in my life

Week 1 ~ Creative Spaces Blog Hop!

Posted under A day in my lifeBlog on 2018-07-16 00:15:04

I am so excited to be involved with such a creative bunch of talented designers for the Creative Spaces Blog Hop!


There are 16 designers that have teamed up to bring you 6 weeks of fun-filled, themed blog posts. Each day of the week the designers post about that theme for the week.  (Sunday’s are MY day so I’ll be getting to share a little bit about me and my creative space with you then!)

The themes of the Blog Hop have been chosen to give you lots of creative inspiration and the chance to win some great sewing prizes! There are awesome giveaways on all the blogs, including MY GIVEAWAY, which you can find out at the end of this post!!!

Week 1: Studio Clean Up – before and after pics
Week 2: Favorite Tools
Week 3: Organizing Tips
Week 4: Dealing with Scraps and/or Fabric
Week 5: Dealing with Embellishments/Buttons/Thread
Week 6: Dealing with Tools/Rulers

AND Look who will be part of this fun hop:



Cherry Blossom Quilting


Morning Glory Designs

Sew Many Creations


Seams Like a Dream

Poor House Quilt Designs

Desert Bloom Quilting


Canton Village Quilt Works

Cranberry Pie Designs


 Avery Lane Designs

Christa Quilts



Swan Amity


Simple Arts

Joanne Sharpe

Funky Friends Factory


OK, here goes ~ Week one: 
Studio Before and After

I know the theme is meant to be a before and after post about a studio clean up…. BUT I’m not the world’s best tidier at the best of times and these last few weeks have been crazy as we are renovating, getting ready to sell and move house, plus I have had a huge big Sew-Along happening for the relaunch of my Sew Many Funky Friends Club… so I haven’t has a chance to TIDY, let alone take photos of my tidy sewing room!!!

Yike’s!!! I hit a bit of a panic…then I decided ~>

Life’s too short to worry about a messy sewing studio, right???

So I’m going to show you photos from the time when my studio WAS the tidest it’s ever been! 🙂

This was just shortly after we renovated my hubby’s shed to create my sewing studio.

So here’s the BEFORE photo. You can see the workbench and tools still in there. Looking at this now I remember what a huge job it was. Knowing this now I don’ know if I would have the energy to do it all again!

I can’t find the photo of all the ‘man-cave’ stuff hubby had in his shed but it was bulging at the seams so he was quite happy to let me have his shed because I said he could have a bigger one! What is it with men and the size of their sheds??? LOL


It gets really hot here in summer so here I am cutting insulation to line the walls – cool goggles hey! 🙂

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Sometimes I don’t want to get out of bed!

Posted under A day in my lifeBlog on 2018-06-14 05:37:13

Today I have another rather personal ‘behind the scenes’ blog post to share with you and I am going to reveal something I am NOT so proud of…

I am generally


* If you missed the other ‘behind the scenes’ posts
you can read them here and here.

So, without being too harsh, let me just say, I’m NOT a sporty kind of person… (Although I was very good at high jump when I was at junior school BUT that’s only because I am exceptionally tall!)

I LOVE a good lie-in and I often work in bed in the mornings on my laptop until lunch time! BUT I’m NOT talking about the days when it’s simply laziness, or wanting to stay snuggled up in bed when it’s cold, that I am talking about here.

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No one gets me?!?!

Posted under A day in my lifeBlog on 2018-06-07 02:50:14

Last week I opened up a bit and shared my personal experiences with you, of dealing with stress, and how my joy of sewing soft toys got me through some stressful times. After that blog post, I was so touched by YOUR comments telling me how my toy patterns helped you through your own difficult events like career changes and life-altering medical diagnoses. It warms my heart to hear that sewing Funky Friends toys helps you create a ‘happy place’ and gives you a sense of accomplishment! Thank you so much for sharing your stories with me and telling me how you feel! 😀

I want to keep this ‘behind-the-scenes’ conversation going by telling you how the Funky Friends Factory community has played a huge role in my own happiness, how it’s made my ‘happy place’ even better and bigger! 

Looking back, I can hardly believe the changes I’ve experienced since I designed my first toy pattern… and how things, thankfully, have unfolded in an incredible way – which I never expected! 

For instance…. NOW I have so many lovely friends all around the world who love sewing softies, that it’s hard to believe (even for me!) that…

 …for a very LONG time, I didn’t have
ANY friends that sewed!

I had friends, yes, but none of them could understand my love of fabric and sewing soft toys!

Crazy, I know! 😀

Pauline McArthur outside Voodoo Rabbit Fabric Shop

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Sew your stress away!!!

Posted under A day in my lifeBlog on 2018-05-29 02:50:26

I have to admit… even though I am a very happy and upbeat person, just like everyone else I struggle sometimes with too much on my plate and the stress that comes from it.

 TOTAL over-load gets me down!

Pauline McArthur early days - some soft toys

In those situations,
I turn to my sewing machine!

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COSY PROJECT – Wodger Wombat KITS 25% off for YOU!!!

Posted under A day in my lifeBlogFFF NewsOther crafty stuff I love!Uncategorized on 2018-02-24 00:14:52

I’m really excited to tell you about project I have been involved with in connection with Cosy PROJECT who have produced some cute KITS of my Wodger Wombat Pattern. Wodger is so cute that it’s not surprising he has been an ALL time favourite since he made his debut appearance in the Homespun magazine back in 2012.

Cosy Project sewing kits


COSY PROJECT is an online marketplace filled with online craft lessons and patterns from some of the world’s most well-known and inspiring teachers and designers. The company behind Cosy PROJECT is Universal Media Co., Australia’s largest niche media company and producers of Homespun magazine. The COSY PROJECT website has patterns and online classes to suit all tastes and styles, great gift ideas, quick projects and seasonal designs – all ready to be handmade by you!

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