Monday, 30 March 2015


I've been thinking for a while that it's time to slow my life right down and take a few steps back. Make a better balance between life and work.

I've decided to disable my blog, and my twitter account, I'm not saying I'll never be back, but I think it's quite unlikely. At least for the foreseeable future. And before anyone thinks I'm having a breakdown (MUM????) I'm not, I just want my life back and it's probably a perfect time, with the shift in my personal life and the new house and everything else. I don't have the time to sew so much any more, and that's a real shame, so I want to do more of that, and less of the social media stuff.

So, thank you for being there and reading my blog and following me and taking the time to comment. I appreciate it more than you could ever know. For now I'll still be on instagram, @imagingermonkey, so follow along if you would like and if you see me in the street, say hi!

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Betsy Travel Bag - blog hop

 Thank you to everyone that entered the giveaway! The lucky winner of a copy of the pattern for Kristi's Betsy Travel is number 46, ask the landlady! Yay!

I know I know - I never blog at the minute...but I have to share this news, because I'm really excited about it.

My friend Kristi, who you probably know already as schnitzel and boo has designed a really cool travel bag pattern which is released by Rebel Craft Media next month (more details are below). It's bag for confident beginners and up. Once I get moved into my new house, and settled I really plan on making one myself, but I was lucky enough to have one made for me for my quilt market booth last fall by Kristi, and since then I have used it constantly. It's a geat bag for a weekend away, or for taking as carry on because it squishes - you can shove it into the space under the seat on a plane, or into the trunk/boot of your car (especially if you have a car like me that has no boot space, this is a very useful factor!)

It's big, it's roomy and has a load of pockets so you can find stuff easily too. (Just excuse my crappy phone pics, my camera lead is awol since I started packing my house up for moving. *sigh*)

The digital Betsy Bag pattern is available for pre-order now from the Rebel Craft Media shop and will be launched on 1 April - the girls at Rebel Craft will also be hosting a sew along on their blog starting on 2 April - so if you want to make a fabulous bag to take with you when you travel then now is the time to join in!

You can also get a kit with all the bag hardware from the Snuggly Monkey shop !

I have a copy of the pattern to give away - yay!! 

Just leave me a comment telling me what fabrics you would use to make the bag and I'll have Mr RNG pick a name next Friday 27 March -  make sure you leave an email if you don't have one linked to your profile !! NOW CLOSED!

And follow along with the rest of the blog tour......

The  Betsy  Travel  Bag  Blog  Hop  Schedule

March  17
pattern available for pre-­sale  through  RCM  shop

Blog  Hop  Day  1  posts
Rebel  Craft  Media
Schnitzel & Boo
Snuggly  Monkey

March  19
Blog  Hop  Day  2  posts
Daisy and Jack

March  21
Blog  Hop  Day  3  posts

March  23
Blog  Hop  Day  4  posts
Stitchy Quilt Stuff

 March  25
Blog  Hop  Day  5  posts
Libby  Dibby

March  27
Blog  Hop  Day  6  post
Euphoria  Jessica

March  29
Blog  Hop  Day  7  post
Karri  of  Berries

March  31
Blog  Hop  Day  8  post
Rebel  Craft  Media
(photo  roundup)