Well, it's been a while since I uploaded my *ahem* monthly puzzle page for children. Finally, here is the latest one. Feel free to print, photocopy and distribute. 

DOWNLOAD HERE
 
 
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Welcome to the last stop on the Pipsqueaks blog tour. Hasn't it been a grand adventure so far?


A delightful group of international bloggers have been participating in this tour. Remember, each blog is giving away a copy of my book in their post about Pipsqueaks. Make sure you visit all blogs from this tour. You have until 23rd May 2016 to write a comment in each and every comment section. This will give you seven chances to win a copy of my book. 

As a reminder, here are the scheduled blog stops for the tour:

11th May 2016 - C&T Publishing (Concord, California, U.S.A.)

11th May 2016 - We Bloom Here - Margaret Bloom (California, U.S.A.)   

12th May 2016 - My Handmade Adventure - Karen Wasson (Melbourne, Australia)

13th May 2016 - 60 Degrees of Inspiration - 
Joanna Riley (Shetland Isles, Scotland, UK) 

14th May 2016 - Buttonsy - Anna Day (London, England, UK) 

15th May 2016 - Madeit  (Lennox Head, NSW, Australia)

16th May 2016 - Sally Dixon Creations - Sally Dixon (Adelaide, SA, Australia)

Enter for a chance to win a copy of Pipsqueaks here: a Rafflecopter giveaway! Winner will be chosen one week after the blog tour ends. The winner’s name will be announced right here on the blog. International winners will receive an eBook; US winners will receive a hard copy.

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The winner for this page can choose one of the following items: 
(as well as receiving a copy of my book). 

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Here's a little game: PIPSQUEAK ABC

I love games. Especially ones involving words.
I gave myself the challenge to think of a pipsqueak sized item for every letter of the alphabet. They couldn't be any old item; they needed to be something which fills me with joy and makes me smile. 
Some letters were easy - I wanted to list several tiny things.
Some letters were hard - Q, U, X, Y, and Z made me scratch my head for a long, long time. 

Anyone else up for the challenge? I'd love to see some other PIPSQUEAK ABC lists. 

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This book tour couldn't have been possible without the involvement of the blogs listed below.
I appreciate the time and effort involved from every corner of the world. 
Thank you, thank you, thank you. 

C&T Publishing 

We Bloom Here 

My Handmade Adventure 

60 Degrees of Inspiration 
 

Buttonsy 

Madeit 


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Here's the April edition of Pipsqueak's Puzzle Pages. 

Autumn is well and truly here in the Southern Hemisphere. Can you solve Pipsqueak's Autumn puzzles? 

Pass this page onto any children who might be interested. Children are welcome to send in jokes or drawings. If chosen, their item will feature in future newsletters. Include first name, age and town.  

PIPSQUEAK'S PUZZLE PAGES - April 2016
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Miniature felt bunny love. One tiny rabbit with a carrot.
I'm beginning to venture out into the world of markets. Such a great way to meet new faces and introduce people to my products and services. Last Saturday, I set up a stall in Westfield Tea Tree Plaza. A busy, bustling shopping centre, indeed! 

I'm exploring other venues for markets....and also sewing workshops! I'm looking forward to teaching other people to sew pipsqueaked-sized felt projects. Some workshops will be for children, some for adults, some will welcome both. If you'd like to hear about my future events, don't hesitate to sign up for my newsletter. This monthly epistle will not only list my event dates but will provide links to free projects and discount codes for my Etsy Shop.

I'd love to see you at my next event. I'm happy to chat with you about my products, book and freelance writing services. 

Hint: It looks like my next event will be at Hahndorf in the gorgeous Adelaide Hills. Stay tuned. :)

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Sally Dixon Creations at Westfield Tea Tree Plaza in Adelaide.

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Tiny felt mouse and cupcakes in a nest. Packaged in a sweet, sweet tin.
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Tiny, tiny strawberry felt earrings. Hand sewn and hand cut. Made from 100% wool felt.
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Learn to sew your own miniature felt rabbit. Sally Dixon Creations' sewing kit contains everything you need. Enough felt to make about 6 bunnies!
 
 
I'm launching a new range of digital patterns. They are available in my Etsy shop.

'Rabbit-with-a-Carrot' is my first pattern. Just in time for Easter. 

More patterns will follow soon. 

 
 
The 'Elephant Love' pattern is found in my 'Pipsqueaks' book. This little nest is a cosy accessory for felt elephants (or other pipsqueaked sized creatures).
Materials:
  • Felt Colour 1 – 24cm x 14cm (10’’ x 6’’)
  • Felt Colour 2 –  2cm x 2cm (1’’ x 1’’)
  • 6-stranded thread to match 
  • Nest Pattern PDF

Equipment:
  • Embroidery scissors (to cut out heart felt pattern pieces)
  • Sewing scissors (to cut out nest side and base pattern pieces)
  • Needle & pins

Method:

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  • Cut out Nest Side (x1) with Felt Colour 1.
  • Cut out Nest Base (x2) with Felt Colour 1.
  • Cut out Nest Hear (x1) with Felt Colour 2.

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  • Using an appliqué stitch, sew heart to the middle of the lower half of Nest Side (as pictured). 
  • Use 1 strand of thread. 
  • Knot off.

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  • Fold Nest Side in half, lengthways. 
  • Pin edges A of Nest Side together, making sure the heart is on the inner circle side. 
  • Use 2 strands of thread. 
  • Blanket stitch edges A together. Knot off.

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  • Pin Nest Side to both Nest Bases (keep bases perfectly together).
  • Blanket stitch Nest to both Nest Bases. 
  • Knot off.

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  • Turn inside out.


Pattern PDF

 
 
One of my Pipsqueaks projects is featured in the February edition of UK magazine, Sewing World. 

Sewing World Magazine - Feb 2016 Edition - with featured project

Pipsqueaks by Sally Dixon - whole book - all projects
This particular project teaches you how to make tiny Blushing Bunny & Kitty families. 
You can purchase the magazine here.

Or my Pipsqueaks book here.
 
 
COMPETITION 


Enter for a chance to win a signed copy of my new craft book:

Pipsqueaks - itsy-bitsy felt creations to stitch & love.

Craft the cutest, tiniest felt animals imaginable - all by hand.




HOW TO ENTER

Below is a cryptic crossword created by me. 

Print out the crossword, fill in the answers and return with your name, email address and postal address. 

Entries can be sent to Sally Dixon Creations, P.O. Box 16, Hope Valley, SA, 5090, Australia or creations@sallydixon.com.au

Entries close on the 31st January 2016.

All 100% correct crosswords will be placed into a draw. The winner will be chosen at random by online software and notified within 30 days. 

International entries are welcome. 

The crossword uses standard British English spelling.
Competition Terms & Conditions

1. The promoter is: Sally Dixon Creations whose registered address is P.O. Box 16, Hope Valley, SA, 5090, Australia.

2. Employees of Sally Dixon Creations or their family members or anyone else connected in any way with the competition or helping to set up the competition shall not be permitted to enter the competition.

3. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.

4. Route to entry for the competition and details of how to enter are via [http://www.sallydixon.com.au]

5. Closing date for entry will be 31st January 2016. After this date the no further entries to the competition will be permitted.

6. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.

7. The rules of the competition and the prize for each winner are as follows: Further information can be found at: http://www.sallydixon.com.au

8. The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice in the event of a catastrophe, war, civil or military disturbance, act of God or any actual or anticipated breach of any applicable law or regulation or any other event outside of the promoter’s control. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the promoter.

9. The promoter is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.

10. No cash alternative to the prizes will be offered. The prizes are not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.

11. Winners will be chosen: 
All 100% correct crosswords will be placed into a draw. The winner will be chosen at random, by online software, from all entries received and verified by Promoter and or its agents.

12. The winner will be notified by email and/or letter within 30 days of the closing date. If the winner cannot be contacted or do not claim the prize within 14 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.

13. The promoter will notify the winner when and where the prize can be collected.

14. The promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

15. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.

16. The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by Australian law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Australia.

17. The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current Australian data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.

18. The winner’s name will be available 30 days after closing date by sending a stamped addressed envelope to the following address: P.O. Box 16, Hope Valley, SA, 5090, Australia.

19. Entry into the competition will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions.

20. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Network. You are providing your information to Sally Dixon Creations and not to any other party. No details will be passed onto any third parties. 

 
 
Inside a nest, beneath a tree,

Hatch yellow babies: one - two - and - three. 

With tiny wings and orange beaks,

The newborn babes cry, "Pip! and Squeak!"


Babe number one, with voice down low,

Asks, "What are we? I do not know!"

Babe number two, with trembling wings,

Says, "I don't know a single thing!"
Babe number three says, with a pout,

(And teary eyes), "We must find out!"

The yellow babes climb from their nest;

With eagerness they start their quest.


They spy a mouse with picnic tea,

"Mister Mouse?" they ask, "What are we?"

The small, gray mouse in crimson coat,

Stares at the babes and clears his throat.
"Tiny critters! That's what you are - 

Who should be with their Pa and Ma."

Quite bewildered, the babies moan,

"Where are our folks? We're all alone!"


They shake their wings; they wail and shriek,

Then they holler, "Pip! Pip! and Squeak!"

"Hush!" says the mouse, "No need to shout,

I can assist; I have no doubt."


He dries their tears, says, "Don't despair,"

And gives them each a teddy bear.

"Hug your teddies and eat a snack,

I'll find your folks and bring them back."
The helpful mouse does not take long,

To find out where their folks have gone:

Their Pa and Ma went out to get,

A dainty dog - a tiny pet. 


They thought their babies, one - two - three,

Might like some doggy company. 

They didn't think the eggs would crack,

Before they managed to get back. 
The mouse, the folks (and doggy too),

Run 'til the babes come into view.

Their Pa and Ma kiss their cheeks,

And sweetly peck their orange beaks.
"Our folks!" the yellow babies cheep,

Then snuggling close they say, "Pip! Squeak!"

As they're about to close their eyes,

There's something that they realize: 


The yellow babies, one - two - and - three,

Still don't know their identity.

"Can you please tell us, Pa and Ma,

What critters we exactly are?"  
The parents hug their babies three,

"We are a chicken family.

You are our chicks (who we adore),

But you need to know one thing more..."
"Our family is very blessed,

'Cause many friends live near our nest:

There are elephants you will meet.

And platypuses with webbed feet."


"Shy koalas who like to sleep,

Bunnies, cats, and birds who cheep. 

Each one of us is quite unique:

We're all tiny, we are pipsqueak."


The yellow chickens, one - two - and - three,

Are pleased with their identity.

As their folks kiss each orange beak,

They softly chirp, "Pip! Pip! and Squeak!"

© Poem and images copyrighted to Sally Dixon Creations 2015.


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Pipsqueaks.
by Sally Dixon