Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Santa Came Early!

I'm afraid I just can't wait to Christmas day to open any presents I get before the big day!

So when a Brit Bee parcel arrived yesterday, I had that paper ripped off quicker than you can say 'ho ho ho!!'

Brit Bee Secret Santa '14 received

Our secret santa brief this year was a pin cushion, small and quick! And my very own secret santa delivered a cutey!

I've already found it useful as I try to finish up my tunic.

I agreed to a last minute commission for a friend, and delivered this messenger bag this evening.

Messenger bag commission

I used my own pattern for this one, but downsized it slightly as requested.  The outer fabric is a velour type needlecord, and the intended recipient has a particular fondness for the fabric on the front of the flap, as well as campervans! Fingers crossed she likes it.

messenger bag commission And speaking of patterns, some of you may know about the new EU VAT changes taking effect from 1st January.  They will impact sellers of digital items, like me. So until there is more clarification on the changes and thresholds, I will be converting all my Etsy patterns back to email attachments, rather than instant downloadable PDFs, from 1st January.

Sadly, lots of other pattern sellers are closing their shops because of the new ruling.  I hope that the decision makers in charge of these policies will see the devastating impact their new rules are having on small scale sellers across Europe.

And on to more happier subjects ............... just 2 more sleeps!!!

Jude xo


  1. the pin cushion will be so useful and being on the wrist you will always know where it is.Very nice bag too.Have a lovely Christmas with your girls

  2. I LOVE pdf pattern shopping. I hope it doesn't impact too badly. Very sad indeed. love the secret santa gift. Hope you and your family have a lovely christmas xx

  3. Lovely secret Santa gifts. I saw an IG post by flossieteacakes

  4. Lovely gift that you received and a lovely bag that you made. Too bad about the new VAT rules ... are they another word for 'greed'?
    Have a wonderful Christmas. ♥

  5. You bad bee in opening Santa's present early! Nice bag you have made too. Happy Christmas to you and the girls. Di x

  6. You have the best bee mates! Have a fantastic holiday.

  7. lovely goodies and the messenger bag. Hope you have an amazing Christmas Judith.

  8. I love that bag! Have a wonderful Christmas!
    P.S. You might want to have a read of Florence's blog post (http://flossieteacakes.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/eu-vat-solutions.html) - I'm fairly sure she's moved to payhip...

  9. P.P.S. Another option could be patterns to print - it's a new site which has been set up in the past few weeks once #vatmess was common knowledge and seems to deal with the VAT issue for you...

  10. It's a pretty little pinnie, but that bag! Wow, awesome! Merry Christmas to you and your girls xx

  11. Fab bag there, hope it met all the requirements!


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