Wow … March already! Come and see what’s new at Nittens & Patches this year.

Well, here we are, half way through March already.  Can you believe it?   It seems to me that the first few months of every year just flies by, before you know it, we are starting to think about what we want to do for Easter.

I have been super busy this year, it started with a makeover of all my banners …

Blog and Etsy cropped-np_wordpress_banner_2014.png

Facebook LARGE-NP_BANNER_2014_fb

These were done on a new online program called Canvo.  This program is great, it’s a little bit similar to PicMonkey where you can create banners, posters, business cards and much much more.  Like PicMonkey,  you can choose between large number of free and paid overlays, but the paid overlays are super cheap, most I saw while creating my new banners were only $1 each.  For the two banners above,  the paid overlays were the butterfly and there are two different designs on the blue background; each one cost only $1 each, so each banner only cost me $3.

I have also added some new toys to my Etsy shop …

Twiga the Giraffe Twiga the Giraffe 36 cm (14") tall, made from brown polar fleece $38 + shipping

Twiga the Giraffe
36 cm (14″) tall, made from brown polar fleece
$38 + shipping
Pattern by Funky Friends Factory 

I am really happy with this guy, he comes together very well and stands up perfectly.  He has been made from anther great Funky Friends Factory pattern.

Humpty DumptyHumpty Dumpty 13cm (5") seated $40 + shipping

Humpty Dumpty
13cm (5″) seated
$40 + shipping
Pattern by Abby Glassenberg

Trixie the MonkeyTrixie the Monkey 44cm (17.5") tall $38 + shipping

Trixie the Monkey
44cm (17.5″) tall
$38 + shipping
Pattern by Melly & Me 

There has been a custom order for Tim’s music teacher.  She wanted the giraffe and monkey to be a little more realistic looking, so I found some minky fabrics that I thought would look great.

Trixie and twiga - customer order

Photo A Day Challenge

At the beginning of February someone posted a link on Facebook from the ‘Fat Mum Slim’ website about a photo challenge she runs each month called ‘Photo A Day’.  There is a theme for each day which you use as a prompt for a photo.  Some of them can be a bit tricky and really make you think.  For example, today’s prompt is ‘Care’; some how I have to come up with something that represents the idea of caring for someone or something.

I posted my photo’s on my Facebook page each day.  This is a collage of February’s photo’s …


As you can see, a couple of them weren’t strictly photo’s, and a few of them were old photo’s.  There are no rules as to what you post – provided it’s G rated only.  I also have a new board on Pinterest for the Photo A Day challenge.

If you would like to to see what people posting you can do a hashtag search on Facebook, pinterest and Instagram … #fmsphotoaday

Or maybe you would like to take part, you can find this months prompts here, and don’t forget to add the hashtag search … #fmsphotoaday

Next Post …

I have also been working hard on finishing project two from ‘Stuffed Animals, from concept to completion’ (Abby Glassenberg).  This was the first lesson on creating basic 3D shapes so there was a lot of experimenting in this one.  And of course I have come up with a brand new design to finish off, which is almost finished, so keep an eye open for part 3 of my review of Abby’s book at the beginning of April.

stuffed_animals_book_reviewYou can check out part 1 of the review here

And part 2 here.

Until next time …   😀




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