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Punch with Judy - Happy New Year 2010

Punch with Judy - Happy New Year 2010


Email: judy@punchwithjudy.com.au

In This Issue:-

1.  Website's 9th Birthday

2.  Shows
3.  Retreats

4.  Online Classes
5.  What's New?
6.  Made in Australia
7.  Specials
8.  Stitches Subscribers Offers
9.  Tips & Tutorials
10. Did You Know?
11. Golden Oldies

12. Best Sellers for 2009

13. Year in Review





Hi Everyone,

Here we are with another year gone!

Started writing this on New Year's Eve but am now at Coff's Harbour to help celebrate a good friend's surprise 80th birthday which is an absolute blessing in itself as he never thought he'd see last Christmas let alone this one. Speaking of that big C, for the Breast Cancer Charity Cause via Creative Living Media, I "won" a silent auction with my donation and am now the proud owner of a little masterpiece donated by Helen Godden of Canberra.  I love Helen's work and she is yet another Aussie who has received world recognition for her talent. 

Saw the New Year in with friends at Taree and then enjoyed a barbeque lunch on New Year's Day with them and a group of mutual friends.  What a great start to the year!

Did you all enjoy Christmas?  We certainly did.  We hit the trifecta for good fortune to give thanks for: 1/  We still had our family in tact after that disastrous bushfire in Gerogery 2/  We had a good rain on Christmas Eve and 3/ My oven door got fixed last week after a few years of brown tape to keep the door closed supported by wooden spoons under the door for extra strength so as the door didn't drop open.  Get the picture?  True!  Those retreatees who've visited us are witness to the cause.  The downside is I may have to start cooking again. 

Santa stopped by and either felt sorry for me with my aging bones and muscles or he thought from his records that I'd been a good girl because he brought me a "vibrator".  Now don't go jumping incorrectly; technically it's a Vibration Technology Machine which wobbles all your body muscles and allows nature to take over with renewed stimulated energy.  It helps circulation, metabolism, bone strengthening and rehabilitation of osteoporosis.  So look out, I may be jumping out of my skin again yet.  Dear #1 daughter is trying to help too by giving me two walking sticks which make you exercise harder when walking and a rubber rope thingy for weight resistance exercises. If ever there's a message here girls, it's get onto calcium and magnesium tablets before you reach middle age, no matter how well you think you feel!

It was lovely to have a two year old around again on Christmas Day.  Hunter certainly was over-awed with it all but still is very wary of Santa.  No cute pictures yet with that bearded guy.  We had a special toast on Christmas Day giving thanks that Nick (who turned 15 on New Year's Day) and Jas were unharmed after their bushfire ordeal.  It pales somewhat now with the disastrous fires in Port Lincoln SA and Toodjay WA.  I know I have many customers in both, but as yet, have not had any information if they've been affected.  We all hope that they are safe and sound themselves, though I know there's been close to 40 houses burnt at this stage. 

Weird as it is, also sympathy to those in Northern & Central NSW experiencing flood waters and having to evacuate and have that dreadful clean-up ahead of them.  Our country of vast differences.

So, let's toast together to their safety and well being of all our Members and may John and I wish you all a very safe, healthy and prosperous New Year to welcome 2010!   CHEERS!

My New Year's resolution is to try to smell those roses as often as possible though sometimes it's hard to choose between the head and the heart.  Read the ditty at the end of my Newsletter. 

Am also looking forward to this week as we have Melinda and our three granddaughters, who live on the South Coast of NSW, visiting for a week.  Kirsten proudly made her own formal dress for Year 10, with lots of help from a sewing friend but I don't have a photo on my laptop to show you - next Newsletter! 

At the end of this Newsletter is my Year in Review and My Best Sellers for 2009.

IMPORTANT FOOTNOTE:  My Christmas Story in my last Newsletter brought a flood of emails saying what a wonderful idea the message conveyed and how you all cried as you read the "story" of Mike, yes, I did too.   However, I also received many emails from very caring readers thinking it was "MY Story" thinking that it was my husband who passed away and left that wonderful legacy. I've reread that last Newsletter and am indeed sorry many misunderstood when I said it was "a Christmas Story sent to me by a good friend".  John is my husband and he's most thankfully alive and well, even though I refer to him as "HIM" in many of my own tales, but I know you realize I'm simply stirring.


Happy Sewing,
Your friend,






Don't forget to check the website each day for our wonderful Daily Specials as our thank you for being customers during the past. 

               Yes, it's OUR Birthday but YOU get the presents.

Remember too, that EVERY Online Website Order for the month of January goes into our Lucky Draw for the Grand Prize of an Open Order to the value of $100.00 for a spending spree.  Runner-Up $50.00.



Shows - perish the thought that it's only six weeks to Show Time!  I LOVE being home.  Only joking, but it's the packing!!!

Newcastle CraftExpo is the first show for the year.  What a great little Sho w this has become!   Held at the Newcastle Entertainment Centre from 19th - 21st February.  We'll be there with lots to entertain you.  My Daily Seminar will update you on new binding techniques for your quilts, plus new feet and sewing machine notions; Liz's Craft Circle will teach you how to make Ruched & Pleated Flowers; the Discovery Desk will demonstrate quick, easy fabric tube turning with Fasturn and what you can do with fabric tubes.  Full details and time schedule will be on my website next week. Other Show dates are listed on the Show Schedule page.


There will be a Machine Embroidery Retreat held in September 2010.

View full particulars on our Retreats section.



Enrolments are quite strong for the March Pleat Maker Online Classes.  Full details will be sent to those who have expressed interest early February.  If you are considering this class, please let me know sometime this month.   Six lessons , issued fortnightly on 1st & 3rd Monday of the month - giving students ample time for class exercises, projects, experimenting and communicating with others via our chat group.   Cost is $65.00

These lessons will take you through from how to use your Pleat Maker correctly, manipulating your fabric, having fun with frills & trims, flowers & embellishments and using your Pleat Maker for patchwork.   Come join me on a wonderful path that will change your sewing ideas forever!

The new Online Classes for Russian Punchneedle Embroidery commence in April.  These should be quite exciting and I'm really looking forward to expanding the versatility of this wonderful handcraft.  Four lessons, issued fortnightly on 2nd and 4th Monday of the month - giving students ample time for class exercises, projects, experimenting and communicating with others via our chat group.  Cost is $45.00



Numerous new products were added to my website during December and I'll keep adding more during January, so keep popping back to it for updates. I shan't elaborate here since this Newsletter is long enough with our end of the year features.

For a special treat for the man in your life, buy him a T-Shirt with some humour.  The Man Cave T-Shirt is for a poor lamented quilter's husband.

High on the list though is the new 4-in-1 Essential Tool from Alex Anderson and the new Flower Loom from Clover as well as the addition of more Yo-Yo Makers. 

Clover now have Butterfly Yo-Yo Makers and Shamrock Yo-Yo Makers.  All are in stock now by special arrangement before most others have received their overseas shipments.

The Clover Stack 'n Store Bobbin Tower is bound to be a winner this year.


We have added two new Aussie Designers to our range of Machine Embroidery CDs.  Janet Sansom as an exquisite range and so does Creative Abundance.  These will be added to the website next week for you to browse.  


The Christmas Specials will remain on the website for another few weeks so as those who may have received Gift Vouchers or Money for Christmas have the opportunity of benefiting from our special offers. The 3 Piece Trolley Bag Set was a firm favourite this Christmas.  The Black has been discontinued and replaced with a Dusty Pink which should be interesting.  I haven't seen a photo of it yet so can't comment. Only $12.00 freight anywhere within Australia. 

Of course, we have our daily Website Birthday Specials too.



If you are a Sewing with Stitches Magazine Subscriber (formerly Australian Stitches) please remember I always have a few month's subscriber's specials available on my website, even though the magazine does give an expiry date to offers.  Just for you, I leave them open for 3 months or until sold.  The current offer is for June Tailor's Tailor Board and 3 Piece Pad Set.


I've recently added some more tutorials that may be of interest to you so please visit and scroll down to the end of the list.


Did you know that there is a new magazine appearing in January?  Down Under Textiles introduces its first issue early January.  We will have it for sale shortly for around $10.00.  Australia's first magazine dedicated to fibres, yarns & textiles.

Did you know that we now have both the issues of Creative Textiles & Machine Embroidery that included my editorials on Choosing the Correct Stabilizer and the one on Colour for Applique?  Of course, there are many other valuable tutorials in both these special issues too.

Did you know that Just Curves USA have announced a contest with a prize of $200.00 for the winning entry?  Design and sew a quilt top using the Carolina Favorite template set that needs to be only a minimum of 3 blocks and a maximum of 6 blocks.  Send a photo (not the quilt) via email to justcurves@earthlink.net by March 1st, 2010.  There are some rules which you may check out on http://www.justcurves.biz/   This particular block was chosen because many have done the Curve Master classes using this design so those students have a good start.


Do you have trouble threading your sewing machine needle?  We have easy-threading Sewing Machine Needles for those with eyesight that's not as good as it used to be?  Schmetz Handicap Needles are certainly very helpful for many.  Why not try some?


During the past year we have seen the continuing growth of interest in all handcrafts and it is particularly encouraging to see so many younger aged people becoming part of our industry.

Best Sellers were: Curve Master Presser Foot by a mile since they've been demonstrated and promoted at all major shows on our circuit by the inventor, Sandra Chandler.

Our Pleat Makers and Fasturn Turning Tools continued to sell well and are regular products in our Best Seller list, as was our own Stencil Burner for which John makes a extra fine tip and it's curved for ease of use.  Needle Tatting and Punchneedle Embroidery continue to be excellent crafts to do by hand yet Kumihimo (Japanese Braiding) was the hit handcraft for the year!

New products that quickly made this list were the Bendable Bright Light, Sew Slip, Texture Magic and the Pink Tool SetSewline Products and Pet Mesh continued to be strong sellers. 

Yesteryear was by far the best Machine Embroidery CD sales contender which we are so proud of since it is from our own Punch with Judy label.

StudioKat Designs (Judy and Kat at Houston Show in pic) shone with the most Bag Pattern sales and Joan's Own Creations was again the runaway for wonderful Applique Patterns.

13.  2009 - YEAR IN REVIEW

Punch with Judy continued to attend shows in every State and enjoyed another wonderful year's support from you at each of them and via our Website.  Thank you.  During the year, there have been many updates and changes to improve the website in the effort to make it a pleasure for you to visit.  My thanks to Adrienne Anderson for her constant co-operation and professionalism working with me to achieve my goals.  The new look Home Page has drawn favourable comments from you. We added a Review Section for you under each product, so please add your comments if you feel you wish to share some mention of that particular product after you've used it as it does help others decide what to purchase.   We've also discovered that with our latest changeover behind the scenes on our website, that some photos weren't compatible, so please be my watchdog and whenever you come across a product that isn't showing the photo, please email me so as I may change it.  I've done numerous ones but I keep finding the odd one that still needs attention.  I'm presently reviewing postal charges options but I'm still not convinced that change is necessary as I feel the present system is the fairest to you the purchaser.  Please feel free to pass on your own comments to me.

Special thanks to all my capable staff at home who allow me to leave with content.  To Penny & others who help on the show circuit, a big thanks, but particular thanks to Liz for her support at the shows and talent in making many display samples.  Thank you also to Sandy from Just Curves for being our guest demonstrator at many of those Shows.

In difficult International times, we are grateful for surviving the year so well.  I attended the International Quilt Festival & Market at Houston USA towards the end of the year and met with many old friends but also made some new ones.  Always an inspiration.  

I was proud and honoured to have such well-received editorials I contributed to National Magazines and continue to support these with regular advertisements. 

Most Rewarding Accomplishment for 2009?  Commencing Online Classes most definitely.  Our Pleat Maker Online Class went so well; thank you girls!  There's more to come.

Best Home/Farm Achievement for 2009?  Having awnings installed on our warehouse, mailroom and house and fitting out the storeroom with shelving.

Best Memory for 2009?  The fun and excitement of attending the Scquilters Retreat in Adelaide, my internet quilting group.  Making a wonderful new friend in Delma, my Scquilter Angel (it's a game) with whom I caught up with again in November at another wonderful friend's house in Stawell, Vic.  To Kaye and Peter, thank you for a wonderful couple of days.

Worst Memory for 2009?  Losing a good friend in a freak accident.  Griff - we miss you - your company, infectious laugh, constant smile and optimism.

Most Thanks for 2009?  That Nick and Jas survived the disastrous bushfire, helping to save their family home and animals - that we indeed have our whole family.  Everything else can be replaced.  As one dear lady emailed me saying that they were her new Heroes of the Year for remembering and executing the fire drill their parents had taught them under terrifying circumstances.

Yeah for the Year?  To Express Publications for making a new website available for craft lovers.  Express were concerned with the number of people purchasing directly from overseas companies rather than supporting their local industry - resulting in many small local talent businesses struggling to compete. They have commenced a wonderful new website which you all should visit and support as they've made it available to all local businesses who advertise with them as an additional service, absolutely free.  It's not normal advertisements though, it is for exclusive kits and products that are ONLY available from that particular advertiser - all things you can't buy from overseas to help give you a "nudge" to support locals.  Visit http://www.craftlovers.com/ a website where "crafters come together".  You may join for FREE and take advantage of all the various options being offered.  Nice looking website in its pretty pink and feminine appeal - very easy to navigate. 

Something for you to ponder - sent to me last week by a friend and I thought had many a wise word for you to consider as you make your New Year Resolutions. 



1.  Drink plenty of water.
2.  Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar.
3.  Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.
4.  Live with the 3 E's - Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy.
5.  Make time to pray.
6.  Play more games.
7.  Read more books than you did in 2009.
8.  Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.
9.  Sleep for 7 hours.
10.  Take a 10-30 minutes walk daily and while you walk, smile.

11.  Don't compare your life to others.  You have no idea what their journey is all about.
12.  Don't have negative thoughts of things you cannot control.  Instead, invest your energy in the positive present moment.
13.  Don't overdo.  Keep your limits.
14.  Don't take yourself so seriously.  No-one else does.
15. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip.
16.  Dream more while you are awake.
17.  Envy is a waste of time.  You already have all you need.
18.  Forget issues of the past.  Don't remind your partner with his/her mistakes of the past.  That will ruin your present happiness.
19.  Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.  Don't hate others.
20.  Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present.
21.  No-one is in charge of your happiness except you.
22.  Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn.  Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra classes but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.
23.  Smile and laugh more.
24.  You don't have to win every argument.  Agree to disagree.

25.  Call your family often.
26.  Each day give something good to others.
27.  Forgive everyone for everything.
28.  Spend time with people over the age of 70 and under the age of 6.
29.  Try to make at least three people smile each day.
30.  What other people think of you is none of your business.
31.  Your job won't take care of you when you are sick.  Your friends will.  Stay in touch.

32.  Do the right thing.
33.  Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
34.  GOD heals everything.
35.  However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
36.  No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
37.  The best is yet to come.
38.  When you awake alive in the morning, thank GOD for it.
39.  You inner most is always happy, so BE happy.
40.  CARE for your friends.

Till next time,


Judy Hall
Punch with Judy
P.O. Box 62
THE ROCK (near Wagga)

Website: http://www.punchwithjudy.com.au/
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