Monday, 16 January 2017

First FNSI for 2017

Yep, it's that time......this Friday is our first FNSI for 2017...and I can't wait!


I've got a few things lined up to get started for my night.....the first is something I can slow stitch in front of the tv, whilst I catch up with some Friday Night TV watching.


It's the first block of Val Laird's free BOM "Hand-Picked Wardrobe".  It's adorable...and you can sew along too.  Pop on over HERE and find out more about it.



Then I might continue with some more of my cross stitch find.  I have made some more progress  with the addition of the centre bird but it's slow going.


I know a lot of you are prettying up your blogs for the new year and I'd be honoured if you added my FNSI button to your sidebar so that we can have more and more people joining in on all the fun in 2017.

 Just right click on it and Save Image as or Copy Image over to your site with a link back to my blog.

Don't forget to link up below and share with your friends so that we can have a really productive night.  I'm so looking forward to it.....and you know, there'll always be a prize for one lucky joiner-innerer! *wink*

xox Sugary hugs :o)






Thursday, 12 January 2017

Crafty fun to be had by all

It has been a hectic week with not much crafty business going on in Sugarlane.

However, Sunday was hubby's birthday so we spent the night celebrating with family and friends...and there WAS lots of raucous laughter and joking around.
The cake was a beauty, baked by my fabulous mother-in-law.....she really is the best cook!
This was a masterchef-eat-your-heart-out creation....crafted beautifully - a monster, 6-inch high, light-as-air, chocolate cake with swirly butter-choc icing (is it obvious what hubby's favourite cake is and why I've put on 25kg since I've been married?)
There is a little left though....stored in the fridge for sharing with coffee during the week.    Monday was a rest day with hubby, who took the day off before returning to work up in the bush on Tuesday morning. Partway through the day I had a harried call asking for help......supplies were needed up at the property, so I did some quick emergency shopping, loaded the car, drove the hour up and had a quick bite to eat before heading home again.  Yep, a crafty plan by my hubby, but the drive is always fun and I enjoy spending time with him, however limited.

Wednesday I accompanied my 'baby' to Townsville to purchase his very first 'good' car.  He had been craftily researching for quite a while and decided it was time.  Our appointment to test drive was at 9am so, with a number of roadworks on the way, we left at 7.15am.   It was quite strange driving up in this 20 year old beast.....

and returning that afternoon in this one year old beastess.......

 We had to wait around most of the day whilst paint protection, window tinting and interior protection was done, as was the mountain of paperwork!  We made the exciting trip home at 4, chattering madly all the way.  Unfortunately, going through the roadworks, a truck passing in the opposite direction threw a stone and it chipped the windscreen, ever so small, but it was NOT welcomed, I can assure you.  All and still, it was a fun day to share with my boy.

Today was work. So a super busy day at Lifeline was had, and the humidity was a killer.  We're having a bit of a heatwave at the moment with lows circling around us and monsoonal troughs lingering northwards bringing wet weather and HEAT!  I'm grateful for air- conditioning, that's for sure.  But even though it's hot, we always manage to have a load of fun....and today was load day, so I got to play in all the crafty stuff!

 The mailman decided to deliver some happy mail too, which is never ending crafty fun.....
a prize I'd won in a Facebook competition held by Stitches of Love, a mother-daughter team sharing quilty love.  It's a gorgeous Holly Horse mug rug kit....I can see this being a lovely gift for a horsey friend.    
My other surprise mail was my monthly subscription to FatQuarterShop's  #sewsampler quilting box
I love receiving these as there's always stuff in there we can't get easily in Australia (well I can't in regional Australia anyway!).   It's like Christmas every month.

Tomorrow is definitely a stay-at-home day.....there's cleaning to be done, and I have a little stitcher's keeper to complete!   Yep, you guessed it, play time......what fun I'm going to have!

Hope your week has allowed you to include some crafty fun,too, whether it's in the craft room or not, there's fun to be had everywhere!

xox sugary hugs :o)



Monday, 9 January 2017

Friday Night With Friends at Cheryll's Place

I was determined to get the stitchery for my Let's Get Stitched Kris Kringle gift underway before the last minute (as is the usual case).....so Friday afternoon I had a look on my Pinterest pages and got some inspiration.
Because the theme for LGS this year is Christmas, I went for a wintery look, something that's atypical in the north of the country  but that one day, I long to experience.

Believe it or not, I finished it!
  I'm really so happy with how it turned out in  its variegated Threadworx Christmas colours.....
Now to stitch it up into it's little Stitcher's Keeper, designed by the wonderful Fee.
 That's on the agenda for this week....along with a couple of other stitchy projects!

Thank you to the lovely Cheryll for hosting us on Friday night...it's not too late to pop over to Chez's place to see what everyone else got up to...we certainly had some fun!

xox Sugary hugs :o)

Thursday, 5 January 2017

I resolve to.........

I didn't add the pictures from my holiday that I thought I would....some I added to facebook, but I'll get to it.

I've decided this year, to be kind to me.   These past few days since New Year's have all been quiet contemplation.....not so much new year's resolutions but just an awareness of what I need.

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You see, every year I make resolutions, like most people I guess, and every year I hear the same words echo in my head.........failed, failure, useless, can't, hope, might, never, wouldn't, shouldn't,......and although I consider myself a fairly 'glass-half-full' kinda person, this was a bit of an eye-opener for me - I'm really positive to others, but so hard on myself.

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So, instead of the 'lose-30kg-in-6-months' diet I plan EVERY year, I'm learning about why I sabotage myself when I do lose weight and try to understand why I have the mental thumbscrews on so tight.

The 'I-will-have-this-house-neat-as-a-pin' regime I start off with gusto EVERY year, I'm planning to do one or two jobs each day, and be satisfied with doing those well, knowing I'll get there in the end.

And the 'get-rid-of-all-those-ufo's-in-my-craftroom' resolution I have EVERY year, well I know that's not going to happen, so I'm not going to beat myself over the head and I'll just plod along, being happy that they are getting done, one step at a time.

I'm going to BE KIND TO ME in 2017.    I figure if I'm kind to me, then the flow on effect will be amazing!

I've known for a while I have food issues.......I grew up in a time when 'you can't leave the table until everything on that plate is finished' or 'think about all the starving kids in Africa', and never mind the 'there'll be no dessert until you eat everything on that plate', or 'you'll go to bed without any dinner then' was commonplace.   Hence, 40+ years on, I have issues.....well, really I've had them all along but I'm aware of them now and where they stemmed from, but they're so deep-seated....how do I address them, where do I start?


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Starting off the year with my usual New Year's ideas in quiet contemplation, I stumbled upon a great website called the DailyOM.  (*no affiliate links here, folks...just love the content so I have to share - although if there was a kick-back..... :o) )

I've started three of them.......
Emotional Freedom from Food,  A Year to Clear What's Holding You Back, and Clear Your Home, Clear Your Life.  There are hundreds more, so I'm sure these are going to be my 'go-to' this year for that quiet 'tap on the shoulder......Wendy, really?!' moment.

I'm making a point to 'be kind to me'.  What about your craft room you might ask?

Well, I'm starting off the year with Cheryll tomorrow night with Friday Night With Friends.   If you want to join in, pop on over to Cheryll's place and link up.  The light is always on and the friendship is truly warmer than our Queensland summer days!


And that's just the start. I'm planning on spending more time stitching with the people who make me laugh, cry, swoon, love - people who make me happy.   Want to join me?

xox Sugary hugs :o)





Monday, 19 December 2016

Our December FNSI winner is...........

Did you get a chance to visit all our FNSI-ers?  

Click back HERE and it will take you to the links to all our Friday stitching friends, where you can see what they've all been up to.  Remember to make yourself a cuppa and a nibble of something sweet before you start,  because I can almost guarantee you'll become lost in all the loveliness.

I managed to get a little cross stitching in, which you can see in MY LAST POST .  A beautiful sentiment, in fact, one of my favourites.  I'm sure you'd love it too.


But now, for the draw...... one lucky stitcher is the winner of this cute as a button angel kit.  


Despite my tardiness to get the sign-up post online (or my forgetfulness), we still managed to have 25 lovely ladies stitching together in our virtual Friday Night Stitch In.  I'm so thankful for lovely stitchy friends.  So without any ado, Mr RNG has drawn our December winner - 

CONGRATULATIONS \o/ \o/ \o/ 


Jo managed to catch up with quite a few of her Splendid Sampler blocks.  I'm not going to show you her progress, you'll just have to pop over and see what she managed to do! *sneaky sneaky* 

Congratulations Jo......drop me a line with your postal address and I'll pop your parcel in the mail when I get home early in the new year!

Thanks everyone for a fantastic FNSI for 2016.  Looking forward to a bigger, better and more exciting FNSI in 2017 (and I promise I'm not going to be so slack!) *wink*

xox Sugary hugs :o) 

Saturday, 17 December 2016

FNSI progress

I managed to get a little done this Friday night for our monthly virtual stitch-in ....a little cross stitching, just for something different.
I picked this up at my local op-shop, semi-completed and just loved it, so thought I'd finish it off.   It is a kit, so had all the threads with it, all I need do is pick it up and get started, no searching for anything - it is all there. 

So, that's what I did for our FNSI....as it's a counted cross stitch, I have to count the stitches on the pattern and make the design match.....no mean feat on a Friday night, particularly when you haven't been stitching it and I must admit, even with cross stitching I had to do a little bit of reverse stitching!  What doesn't appear much, took me the whole night...counting, stitching, unpicking, recounting, restitching....you get the picture, don't you? 

But I'm happy with how it's coming along....truly slow stitching, but it helps me to relax so I'm satisfied that what doesn't look like much has been completed, now onto the next bit.

I think I'll tackle the next little bird in the middle.  So sweet, they look like the little finches that gobble up the seeds in the garden.  I remember taking one to the local vet when it fell out of the mother's nest at school.....the schoolchildren and I mollycoddled it all day and I took it to the vet in a shoebox that afternoon after school......poor vet didn't have the heart to tell me he couldn't save it...told me he'd do his best.  All God's creatures deserve a chance, regardless of their size or 'value' to others.  I really appreciated his thoughtfulness....so much so, I haven't forgotten it yet, and that was a good ten years or more ago. 


Have you been to visit everyone to see what they've been stitching up?  Drop back HERE and see all my stitchy friends to get a good dose of inspiration. I always get my dose of 'oohs' and 'aahs'.

Pop back tomorrow to see who our winner for December is.  I'll be going on holidays tomorrow, down south to visit family for Christmas so may or may not be blogging....I'll try and do some mobile posts.....not as pretty but at least you can come with me on my holiday away (first one in more than ten years!). 

xox sugary hugs :o)


Thursday, 15 December 2016

OOPS....a better-late-than-never December FNSI sign ups

OOOOOPSY!
hasn't it flown???  I had so many plans for this past month but everything has gone by the wayside.  I have been sick and recovering took longer than expected, and hubby has just gone on his annual leave so days have been running around with him!

And here it is Thursday already!



Well, as they say, better late than never......I've opened up sign ups for our FNSI which is TOMORROW NIGHT.  Don't stress if you don't get anything done before the weekend, after all, it's Friday somewhere in the world...don't you agree?
And this month, being our last AND being a week before Christmas, I'm sure you'll have some last minute Christmas gifts you need to make?  So with that theme in mind, this month's prize for one lucky winner is a gorgeous Angel softie kit......



It's probably just a tad too late for Christmas this year, but would be perfect to stitch up for Christmas 2017.....can never be too early now can we?


Sign ups are below.....add your details and share around...like I said, better late than never ....(makes me feel better anyway)  :o/ *eek*

xox Sugary hugs :o)