Tuesday, 21 March 2017

A St Patrick's Day FNSI winner

Well it didn't seem to be such a bad turnout on Friday night after all.....thank you so much for all my well wishes.....my virus seems to be a lot better after a few long sleeps and cold and flu drugs (and the good ol' eucalyptus oil).


We had 28 friends virtually stitching together, in complete home comforts, all over the world....don't you just love blogging?  Whatever did we do before the internet?

Here is what I managed to get done...

 I started with a hexi for our craft groups hexi swap.  I'm loving the colour and don't really want to give it away.  Might have to make another!

I finished the last little touches of one of my gifts from our Let's Get Stitched weekend, kindly donated by the lovely Nikki Tervo of Brandy Gully Patterns....isn't he cute done up in Cottage Garden 'Mistletoe' threads?  I think I'll either frame him, using a technique shown on my friend Jen's blog or into a lovely little bag that we also received a pattern for on the weekend. (just luuuuuv stitching retreats!)
  I then had a little mini project in mind, to make a very simple hexie needlebook, which I'm thinking of doing a tutorial for.....what do you think?  It's a sweet little design that doesn't take long to make, I had it finished in a night (another for my OPAM list) so would be a great last minute gift idea for a stitching friend.

Then as the night drew to a close, I managed a few stitches on another Nikki Tervo Design, which is always on standby.  I'm loving the colours and the tranquility these blocks give me.
Did I tell you my FNSI started early on Friday?  (if you were wondering how I got so much done....I guess you could say I cheated! ;o) )
So, that's my FNSI and what happened at Sugarlane.  Have you had a chance to see my other 27 friend's projects they were working on on Friday night?  Always an inspiration, so I recommend popping by for a look.
And I haven't forgotten....Friday was St Patrick's Day, a day of celebrations of the foremost patron saint of Ireland, and I promised our prize would be green in recognition.
Maybe not the actual patron saint, but who doesn't love little birdies, along with some gorgeous green fat quarters?  
Without further ado....Mr RNG has been patiently waiting for his special moment and he's spun his lucky random number generator and come up with number.......

Yaaaaay....congratulations 

Melanie's one of my friends I spent time with in Adelaide at Let's Get Stitched. (I promise, Mr RNG is totally unbiased)  and she's been too busy working and not spending enough time on 'fun' stitching. A great welcome back Melanie!

Talking about work, I must head off.  The boss will be standing at the door tapping her watch!  

May the luck of the Irish be with you all year around.

xox sugary hugs :o)

Friday, 17 March 2017

Happy St Patrick's Day FNSI link is up

Happy St Patrick's Day to you all.  So sorry I'm late but what with being away at Let's Get Stitched weekend in Adelaide and having a virus that likes to cling like glue....I'd forgotten today was the day till this morning!



So, here we go....it may be a small gathering tonight but a gathering it will be.   The link is below.....if you'd like, share it online so we can try to get it going (duh me!)


There WILL be a prize nonetheless.

I'm off to snort some eucalyptus oil.....might clear this foggy head of mine!

xox Sugary hugs :o)





Monday, 6 March 2017

FNWF with an uninvited guest

I'm a little late with my Friday Night With Friends post, but I had an unwelcome visitor arrive and it sure did knock me about *cough cough* (Yep you know what I mean)

I started getting a sore throat Friday, which got worse Friday night.  Saturday I was exhausted at work and could feel my ears and throat starting to hurt and by Sunday I was bedridden for the day.  Not great to have unwelcome 'guests', especially seeing as I fly out to Adelaide for our annual Let's Get Stitched 2017 get-together on Tuesday!  But thank goodness for cold and flu tablets......I'm feeling much better already!
I did manage to get a little done on Friday Night.....




a little pouch for someone special whose favourite colours are purple and green.  Think I've hit the nail on the head?

Have you had a chance to go and see what the others got up to?  Pop back to Chez's post to see.....and thanks Chez for another wonderful night spent with 'welcome' friends!

xox sugary hugs :o)

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

FNSI...take two...aaaaachooo!

Thanks to everyone who sent well wishes after my 'crumble in a heap' moment last night.    I really was feeling like my plug had been pulled out.  I think caring for a sick son, supporting a newly unemployed husband and trying to keep up the daily routines just weakened my resolve enough for me to have to give in.

I must say though, there is nothing like a good sleep to rejuvenate and restart the batteries.  I'm feeling a lot better this morning and 'almost' ready to take on the world!  However if I'm honest with myself, I'm probably still only running on 70 percent, so I'm prepared to take it a bit easier today.

FNSI......seems the viral thing flowed through the group virtually too....poor Lin is not well and couldn't get to post her FNSI this month.....wishing you a speedy recovery Lin.  Why not pop over and visit her....nothing like a group hug to make anyone feel instantly better!  (I haven't had the chance to visit anyone much either so I hope everyone else is well.)
I did try to upload some photos on Saturday, when I felt reasonably ok, but my photo editing program didn't want to play nicely so I couldn't show you anything.  So here we go.....


I started with some free motion quilting.....one of those finishes I've promised myself I'll get around to  'one day'.  A deadline approaches so it seemed as good a time as any. (nothing like working under pressure!)
I can only show you the back though.....a secret for now.....but not for long! *wink*
A finish was also in the air.......
Yep, it's done....now just to be professionally framed......but this will have to wait for now.  So proud of this one.
I finished off my Friday night by preparing some papers for hexi making.  Nice and easy and resourceful too as I use all the little subscription cards that come with the American quilting magazines....they just seem to be the perfect weight.

I love my Fiskars 1 inch hexi punch.  Makes life so much easier (and quicker too)... and I know my hexis will all be the same.  Do you have a special trick for making your hexi papers?
Now you've seen mine, I must go and see yours......you can too, just pop back to the links on this page.

We had 37 lovely stitchers on Friday night at our virtual gathering.  Mr RNG had fun picking a number to win this lovely prize.....

I wonder who it will be........here we go..... roll the dice....(well the RNG anyway!) ......
CONGRATULATIONS TO.................

and thank you to everyone who joined in this month.  You can visit them all HERE.   The March FNSI will be on the 17th so lock it in now, I'm sure I can find a great St Patrick's Day prize!

xox Sugary hugs :o)


Monday, 20 February 2017

FNSI update

I apologise to all.....I was expecting to draw the FNSI prize tonight but I feel absolutely "shagged" as I've had a viral infection developing over the last week and it's hit me today. Ears are throbbing, throat is sore and just want to sleep.   

I'm popping off to bed and I'll do the draw in the morning.  I can show you a quick peek of my FNSI and I'll expand on it tomorrow. 

Hold tight.......I'm sure I'll be better in the morn!  Thanks for your patience. 

Xox Sugary Hugs :o)


Monday, 13 February 2017

February FNSI: ♥ Love is in the Air ♥

Yes, I started singing too!

Love is in the air this February and I'm singing because (a) it's Valentine's week, (b) it's FNSI sign up time and (c) I have a prize already organised for FNSI this week!  Triple whammy for me..YAY!
So, being Valentine's Day tomorrow and FNSI this week, the prize is obvious isn't it?  something themed around LOVE perhaps?
YEP!  Two gorgeous fat quarters and matching threads to create something beautiful for someone you love.  Wouldn''t it be lovely to win this month?
All you have to do is link up below and join us on Friday night for a blissful night of stitching and creating.....heck, you can even lounge in your heart-covered pyjamas eating all the valentine's chocolate you want...we won't judge!  AFter all, a bit of self-love is always called for!
If you're new to FNSI and still not sure of how it all works, click on the FNSI tab above and it will explain all. And don't forget to share on your blogs and social media.  The more, the merrier!

xox sugary hugs :o)





Monday, 6 February 2017

Pay it forward, Pay it back...

Friday Night With Friends was supposed to be an all day self-indulgent session for me, however, there was washing, folding, a bathroom to clean, sweeping, vacuuming and mopping to be done, and by then it was 2pm.  I had some lunch, went into town to get the mail, came home and then sat down to start.....text message......

"Mum, can you do me a big favour?   Can you get a present for a friend's 21st?  I'll pay you back!"

Famous last words?!  So off I went, not knowing what on earth to get.   A few unreplied text messages later and I ended up at my favourite shop where I bought a gift voucher and a gorgeous photo frame for the birthday girl.

Needless to say, when the boy got home, the gifts got the stamp of approval, which shocked me no end. But I felt good.... there was my pay-it-forward deed for the day.

By this time it was 4 o'clock.  So much for my self-indulgency.  I turned on the tv and set up the dvd, picked up my cross stitch and started to stitch away, breathing deeply and satisfied I could now enjoy myself.   Half an hour or so later, hubby comes home...."what's for tea?"
Long story short, I did end up starting my FNWF on Friday night!  And here is my progress.....


I can honestly say I'm enjoying the process and loving how it's turning out.  I'm nearly there.....

I love spending my stitching time with my like-minded FNWF friends.  Thanks to Cheryll for another great night.  
....and if you're still wondering, no I haven't been paid back for the gift yet.....do you think I ever will? 

xox sugary hugs :o)