Friday, 23 January 2015

A Change is as Good as a Holiday!

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There are going to be some big changes in the Nanny world this year - so I wanted to pop in and tell you all about it. 

2015 is the time to for me to get smart, bring things together and make life easier.  Sound good?  I hope you will like the changes and stay with me as I continue trying to improve (learning all this techy stuff is a challenge in itself!!).

1.  The first change will be my blog name from Nannynotes2u to Nannycraft4u

If you have been following me from the start, you will know that I started out with my Facebook page, Nannycraft4u.
Then, when I started a blog, with no idea about the blogging world, I thought I had to have a different name so I chose Nannynotes2u. I realise now, that it makes sense to have both under the same name for ease of use, linking to other social media etc.  So, the blog name will become Nannycraft4u.

2.  The blog (after this post) will be published at  

3.   I will be starting a Newsletter where I hope to inspire you with some projects, tips, tools and other items of interest.  To sign up for the Newsletter, just go over to the right and fill out your details in the Subscribe to our Mailing List section.

4.  Don't forget to follow me on Facebook at Nannycraft4u .  This might prove to be our link through the 'sorting out' process. 

You can also follow on Pinterest  and if I get really clever, on Twitter and Instagram (I'll keep you posted)

5.   I will post the occasional recipe, travel story, Nanny and Poppy project and I will continue both Spin the Pins and Wotza Wednesday - I had fun making things I had pinned and answering your  Wotza questions.

I would like the rest of the time, to post sewing/quilting topics that interest you.   What would you like to see from Nannycraft4u this year?  Please leave me comments - I love to hear from you!!!

Lastly I would like to say "Thank YOU" for visiting and following me as I take this journey.  I still have trouble believing that people from so many different places around the world, visit and share time with me! I am truly grateful!

I hope that seeing me facing the challenges of blogging and social media just might inspire you to follow your dreams - forget age, forget the grey hair, forget what others say or think, if you are interested, keep learning and have fun!!

Until next time 
Nanny xx  (Margie)

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Clean Your Machine for 2015

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It is important to keep your machine workings clean of lint and dust that just seems to accumulate.....

So Let's Clean!

What you need:

In your machine tools you should be able to find these:  a brush and a screw driver 

Make sure the machine is turned off.
Remove the Bobbin Cover

Make sure the needle is wound to its highest point (or now might be a good time to replace it) and remove the Foot out of the way.
Take a screw driver and remove the screw holding the Face Plate. 

You can already see dust!

Remove the Bobbin

and then the Bobbin Casing

Now we really see the mess!

Take your brush  - I always say if you needed a vacuum cleaner it would be in your tool kit - and brush away!

and check down anywhere you can see

and the other side

Even on the Feed Dogs

That looks better!  Now I'm pointing at an arrow that shows us how to replace the Casing

There is another arrow on the Casing

When they are facing each other, we know it is in the correct position

 Replace the Face Plate

Tighten the screw

Replace the bobbin, the bobbin cover and the foot

Give the outside of the machine a wipe over with a soft cloth and
now you are ready to start your sewing in the new year!


Thank you for your support in 2014 and I hope we can share many more experiences in 2015.

Until next time
Nanny xx

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Magic Beans in Nanny's Garden

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Recently I spotted a request from Live Love Bean for a blogger to plant some of their Magic Message Beans and then to write about it.

I was expecting 4 of our grandchildren for the weekend, and they just love the garden, so I contacted Live Love Bean and told them I would be happy to try if they could have them to me by the weekend.  I also warned that I usually sew and couldn't guarantee my gardening skills.  

The seeds arrived in plenty of time and the children and I prepared for the planting!

Firstly, the beans: 

On one side                            and                           the other

The children each got to choose their own bean seed and were excited that each one had a different message.

Isabella - Make a Wish                     Amelia - I love you

Jessica - Believe                               and Luke - Merry Christmas

Poppy had prepared 4 pots for us, so the next choices were made  (I want that one ...  oh I wanted that one ...) and after reassuring them that all pots contained the same soil mix and that the pot we used didn't really matter, it was time to plant!

and then water ....

 and then the waiting began 

The children went home and left their beans with us with instructions to "make sure you water them", and they waited each day for my posts on Instagram and  shared excited, regular phone chats.

The first to emerge was a star!  No, it really was a star...

It grew and grew before another emerged .... 'Merry Christmas'

After waiting and waiting I dug up the seeds to check on them and Live Love Bean reassured me that they were OK so I replanted and waited some more!

We believed - and look what happened!!  

That only left 'I love you' and when I checked again, I found that a grub had thought the bean meant it and had nibbled and nibbled and split the seed apart - Oh dear!  Well 3 out of 4 is really good and if I'm honest, the leaves were already formed when the seed was destroyed.

What a wonderful time we had!!  Children love to garden, dig in the dirt and play with water and this activity gave them the opportunity to do all of that and more! 

To see how gently they handled their seeds and to hear the excitement when their plants with a message popped up was precious!

So here we are, waiting for our little gardeners to return the week after Christmas.  I can't wait to see their faces when they see just how big their plants have grown. I'm hoping they may even have some flowers by then.

I've stopped reporting to the children so that there will be an element of surprise but, OK I will show you.  It has been extremely hot for the last two days and it had just finished raining when  I took the photos:

Aren't they magic? 

These little seeds provided the opportunity for us to share a wonderful, educational, fun experience with our grandchildren - memories have been made and they will form a part of our family history.  I guess you could say they worked their Magic!

What a great activity for over the holidays - I can highly recommend it!

Thank you Live Love Bean for helping me discover my 'green thumbs' and for bringing a little Magic to our garden.

I should add that I received only the bean seeds for free and the report is an honest account of our 'trial'.

Until next time
Nanny xx

Thursday, 11 December 2014

A ripper of a present

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If you ask anyone that sews, what the one tool is that they could not do with out, a huge number would say MY QUICK UNPICK or SEAM RIPPER!

Now I should start by saying that I am not receiving any payment for this in any way but I wanted to show you this because it would make a fantastic present for yourself or your sewing friends.

This is my new unpicker and I love it! 

You can see how big it is compared to a regular one (think this one came with my machine).  Now in this case, I think bigger is better!

It fits nicely in my hand so I can  grip it well

as opposed to the smaller one which is really held by the fingers.

It is lovely and smooth AND I got to choose my favourite colour - purple.

I was so excited I bought my friend Sue one too in her favourite colour - red.  Sue has some difficulty with arthritis in her fingers and this should be perfect for her!

Another feature is that it is double sided! It has a small blade on one end

and a larger blade on the other!

When you are finished, you simply pull the blade out out, turn it around and stow it away!


If you would like to see more colours or to order one for yourself or a friend, pop over to Alan's Pen Making - you can even get a pen to match!!  

Until next time
Nanny xx