Thursday, 22 November 2012

what's new pussycat - turkey day special (UPDATED!)

First up - Happy Thanksgiving to all my US peeps! (and a belated happy thanksgiving to the Canadians too!)

I wish Thanksgiving was a holiday we celebrated in the UK, I would love to sit and talk about what we are thankful for in my house. It's easy to lose sight of the big picture and get caught up on little details that aren't so great. I'm thankful for so much. It's a difficult time in the world right now and everyone seems to be affected by the poor economy. I'm thankful we still have a roof over our head and food to eat, even though we might not be able to pay our bills as regularly as we would like to, or go away on trips.
I'm thankful we have our health. I'm thankful for a husband that is working 7 day weeks to make his new business a success, although it is unlikely to make us rich. I'm thankful for the brother in law and sister in law that live next door to us that I can rely on unconditionally for help with childcare and everything else they do for us.
I'm thankful for our children, who frustrate me no end sometimes, but can put a smile on my face even when I am ready to explode and turn my mood right around. I'm thankful for the teenager that is sensible, yet ditsy and talks to me about everything, and for the little ginger one that is every teacher's favourite, but still bit cheeky.
I'm thankful for my work, which doesn't pay me enough to live off but enough to continue doing it!

And I'm thankful for each and every one of you that visits here and takes the time to read what I say and even more thankful to those that leave comments. You really do make me happy.

So happy Thanksgiving to you all - whether you celebrate or not, take a moment to think about what you are thankful for today, because even when things are darkly miserable and you feel about as low as you can get, I promise you, there is always something that can make you feel better.

Now, onto the sales, which have become as much of a part of Thanksgiving as the turkey (I don't know if I like that idea so much, but it's fact of life, so let's make the most of it!)

Pink Castle Fabrics have a sale that is on through the holiday weekend.

There's 25% off Kokka (including Ellen Luckett Baker's new collection Stamped and the new glittery Melody Miller Ruby Star Sparkle)

25% off Liberty Lifestyle
25% Yuwa
25% off all precuts and bundles (there's a whole heap new stuff in this section too!)

(handle with care)

(notting hill)


10% off all notions and 10% off patterns, aurifil threads and all colour cards. Phew. That's a lot of sale stuff!!!!

Plus there are new lines added to the regular sale section, so check those out and stock up!

For those planning ahead to the Holidays and gift giving, there are gift certificates and gift memberships too.

Sew Me A Song has a shipping special from today through Sunday. Flate rate shipping will be $2.50 for US orders, $6.50 for Canada and $8.50 for elsewhere. Enter the coupon code THANKYOU12 in notes to seller at checkout and the difference will be refunded via paypal.

Might be a good time to stock up on those text prints I need, don't you think?

Starting Monday Fat Quarter Shop have a great little pinterest contest going on. Visit the blog for more details and Santa Kimberly could be adding a little something to your stocking this year!

Fat Quarter Shop are also having a Black Friday sale - so keep an eye on their sale section for some unbelievable bargains and use the coupon code jingle for 25% off all orders until Thursday 29th. I have had so much great stuff thanks to their annual Black Friday or Christmas sales.

Over in the UK Kate from M is for Make is getting into the thanksgiving spirit with 20% off all orders using the code BlackFriday at checkout, after paypal (running from Friday until Sunday)
That's 20% off anything, including already discounted fabrics.

Kate has a nice range of essex linen in stock, and with 20% off it works out really really well priced. She also has a few of the Anna Maria Horner LouLouthi flannels still in stock (and already in the sale section) so if you liked my quilt the other day maybe you should pick up a little bit whilst you can!

I'm going to get a bit of this laminated cotton (yep, I got the last of it - sorry!) to make a few pouches using Anna/Noodlehead's tutorial, for Christmas gifts. It'd look lovely lined with the blue leopard print from Field Study, don't you think?

Simply Solids is also having a thanksgiving weekend sale - with 15% off any order using the code turkey on checkout, from tomorrow (friday) through monday.

Also - a heads up Annie at Village Haberdashery has Liberty Lifestyle Stile in stock now...but it seems it wasn't entirely supposed to turn up just yet (release is officially March). If you want to be ahead of the pack (and before she's made to stop selling it!) stock up now!


Trudie said...

Thanks for always letting us know where the good sales are! Love your blog.

Swedish Scrapper said...

Sigh, you put it so well! I'm thankful for the moral support I receive from reading blogs like yours. Keep on keepin' on!

Karen said...

I agree, you do put it so well my dear. It is wonderful to think about what you are thankful for and does brighten things. I am headed to sew me a song right now :)

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

Are you s****ing me with that Melody Miller?!!
I just wrote this the other day:
MAN why am I so broke?!! (oh yeah, stop having babies and go get a job Lu!!)
Thanks for tormenting me.
Seriously, agree with all you said about being grateful though and so I will say thank you for being such a great inspiration. Also I am thankful for all the fabric I already have ;)

heart of charnwood said...

You're right about being thankful, I have had to tell myself off a little in the last few weeks for feeling sorry for myself, I have so much to be grateful for, and lots of great things to look forward to, we will get moved to a bigger house, and I am going to get my own, proper sewing space, not half the dining room shared with my mini monster- who is THE most amazing person ever, even though she drives me nuts!! And stop telling me about great sales, but not really, keep telling me, I need to know. Ange : )

dolores said...

Aw KateKat....said so well!:) I think the UK should just adopt Thanksgiving...why not?:)

Our girl's work peeps at The Story Museum in OX were taking her to dinner....but now she has to work. So we'll call her from home while feasting and hope she can smell all the goodies through her cell!:)

Charlotte said...

I love your Thankful list :-)

The Skep said...

I'm thankful that you and Brioni came to teach for me and made my customers so happy - just so you know many of them have been back in already and are thrilled with their quilts and their new hobby! Life is crappy sometimes but no matter how crappy it is it's still better than the alternative isn't it? And crappy times help you appreciate the good times much more.

Jessie @ Messy Jesse said...

ahh nicely put Katy!

Sonia said...

What a lovely post Katy. Thanks for making me stop and think of all the things that I'm grateful for x

Trudi said...

Thankful for similar teenager, man who loves me despite my fabric disease, job that keeps the roof over our heads and food on the table, another job that lets me do what I love, especially for friends who inspire, entice and encourage :). thankful for fabric sales! happy Thanksgiving to one and all :)

Heidi Staples said...

Katy, I don't always mention it, but I love this sale feature you do. It comes in so handy when I have a little extra change on hand -- which, let's be honest, isn't that often. But still...

Thanks for sharing a great blog with us and so much inspiration. I love to see what you're cooking up every week!

Shen said...

Great post Katy! We so need to stop and be thankful more often. I'm definitely thankful for your sale posts - keeps me in fabrics even in during the hard times!

diane said...

This is one of the best Thanksgiving posts I have read. Even though I am in a turkey coma it is so nice to know you can express your gratitude for the world to read. A really lovely post, Katy.

mascanlon said...

I love Thanksgiving and try always to remember I have so much to be grateful for each day. and I am thankful to you to Katy for pushing me to places I never thought I go...MF Hexy in particular. Its's slow going but I am making progress every week and enjoying the hand sewing so very much.

Sarah Russett said...

Thanks for being you Katy!! You inspire me everyday to create new things! Someday I will travel across the pond and I hope to be able to meet you in person!!

IzzyR said...

Here, here !!and a Happy Thanksgiving to you too! A little turkey and some egg nog for you !I too am thankful to be warm and cozy inside at 2AM watching Mrs. Santa Clause on tv while typing to you ! How lovely to be able to do this . We spent 3 of the last 4 yrs without a job and so to have these luxuries is something to be thankful for..My head is filling with Christmas colors and quilts for the wall made of red, white and green..We take so much for granted at times but things can change in a few minutes. Here in NJ when sotrm Sandy hit , a couple went for a walk , when they reutrned , their home had been washed away! So yes grateful for the little things in life that make it so much more bearable.

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