Saturday, 20 January 2018

My Friday night stitching....

....consisted of some relaxing, slow stitching.....working on my Fig'n Berry stitchery for a cute little 'Daisy Chain Needlecase', which I'm sure I will add to my present pile for this year (something I've planned to do in the past but never actually got around to doing - or got wildly distracted!)

I finished the front and began working on the back.....something about birdies that's just so appealing...

I love them, don't you?  They're so cute.
I'm taking my time with this one, just enjoying the needle sliding through the fabric and placing the stitches exactly where I want them to be...there's no rush, no deadline which is really nice in my hectic life at the moment.  And Friday night Sew In's are just perfect for me right now, making me slow down and just 'enjoy' the moment in the serenity of home (somewhere I don't get to spend much time lately).
There were quite a few other ladies that joined with me for FNSI.....why not visit them from HERE, say hi and see what stitching loveliness they created on Friday night?

Update on Dad.....he's been in hospitals since the beginning of December, transferring to a sub acute hospital which focuses on elderly health and dementia while we wait for a place to open in the Aged Home.  In this time, he hasn't had a haircut, what with Christmas in the middle and illness and hairdressers being on holidays, so we organised a haircut for him this week, and boy, what a difference!  

I know how much I love going to the hairdresser but I didn't realise how much of an effect it had on dad!   He woke up in the morning grumpy and argumentative squealing no-one was going to cut his hair and everyone could just ping off (well, it was worse than that but......I'm trying to be ladylike!)   We were so worried how it would go as we had such a time organising a hairdresser to come to the home to cut his hair when it suited and you can probably see how 'unhappy' he was in the first photo.....but that soon changed! 

As the haircut began, Dad promptly fell asleep, and stayed asleep for the whole of the session!  Yep, nothing like a head rub to relax you, that's for sure.   And you can see the 'after' effects......he looks so much brighter and happier and he was too!   The gloominess from before the haircut disappeared and he couldn't stop admiring himself in the mirror.....I'm a bit biased but, he IS an adorable man!

We just need to remind ourselves that often it's the simple things in life that have the greatest, being well overdue, I've made an appointment for my haircut on Tuesday!  Make sure you look after you too! 

Check back on Monday to see who our winner is for January's FNSI......and I'll have to draw a winner for December too.....seems I missed that one! (oops!) 

xox sugary hugs :o)

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

FNSI sign ups for January

Here we are in 2018 and the very first of our FNSIs for the year!  Hope you'll join with me, I certainly need it!
For those of you who are new, please read the directions on the tab above, sign up on the link below and  join in with us on Friday night.  There are prizes each month just for joining in and inspiring each other so nothing is lost but there is lots gained!

See you Friday night! xox
Sugary hugs :o)

Sunday, 7 January 2018

New Beginnings and FNWF

I joined with my friends over at Cheryll's on Friday night for some BOM aka Beginning of the Month stitching.  I was a little distracted with our new little additions.......
....they do get into so much mischief and have taken over the run of my sewing room so there's not much space for me! (Yep, that's my sewing chair....don't think I have much of a chance, do you?)

I did however, get a little bit done......
 I managed a hexi for the hexi swap in our craft forum, and one of my 'things' this year (I won't call them resolutions), is to get back into some stitching.  I've been working on a cross stitch for the past few months and I was beginning to forget what stitching was all about, so I bought myself a couple of kits to reacquaint myself.....

It seems it's a bit like riding a bike.......

 You just don't forget how to do it!

Thanks so much Cheryll for hosting our monthly get-tegethers and do yourself a favour and take a look at what the other ladies were stitching.

I didn't pop on the blog for Merry Christmases and happy New Year's as I've been busy visiting this beautiful man......
My father in law (adoptive father!) is permanently in the hospital now until a position in a nursing home becomes available.  He looks really good here on this day, but other days you would swear there was no light in that soul.....alzheimers really is cruel.  I'm going to show him as much loving as I can while I can....he loves his hugs so while he remembers me, I'm there!  

So my apologies in advance if my blogging is erratic.....I've made a vow with myself to be kind, not feel guilty and not apologise for absences as I know my blogging friends understand completely.  A big 'MWAH'  in advance. 

We did have some wonderful news over Christmas that I shared on Facebook but maybe some of you haven't heard?    My baby boy (they're always our babies aren't they?) got engaged on Christmas Eve.
WE only discovered about half way through this year that these two were great buddies when they were toddlers!  Seems when I was doing family day care, I looked after her for a short time and she and Nick got on really well then too! 
Funny how life turns out isn't it?  

We also celebrated Mum and dad (in-law)'s 60th Wedding anniversary.....until now, they'd never spent a night apart (other than short hospital visits).  So rare to find such can see it can't you? 

I'm off to visit these special the meantime, I leave you with these thoughts for 2018.....

xox Sugary hugs :o) 

Monday, 18 December 2017

At last....FNSI for December Sign ups are live!

Thank you for all your beautiful heartfelt comments from my last post...they mean the world to me.

 I've remembered and here it is, at last.....   and THE very last for 2017.....

Today we had a meeting with doctors, physiotherapists, nursing staff and aged care people and we got the news that Dad would not be coming back home but would be in hospital until a bed in a nursing home becomes available.  Mum is heartbroken that her partner of 60+ years will not be 'with' her any longer, but we all know that this is the best thing for him.
Some days are good, some ....well, not was a reasonably good day. 

Yesterday we got to take dad home for half a day to spend one last family Christmas together as one of my sisters-in-law had managed to fly up from Brisbane. 
Dad had a wonderful day, even though we exhausted him.

We wished it didn't have to end, but it did.  Dad was ready and was eager to get the taxi back to hospital to his 'home'.   Dementia really is cruel to all the family.

So that's my life to end 2017.  We're sad and unhappy without our family together but we know we're  luckier than many.  I know we are truly blessed. 

Let's end with some fun.....spending quality time together with our stitching family on our Friday night get togethers.  Sign up below, no sadness allowed!   So pleased to be able to spend it with you all, just before Christmas....such a precious time of year.
Looking forward to this one, so very much.
xox sugary hugs ;o)

Friday, 15 December 2017

FNSI delayed

My what a year this has been and it hasn’t finished well either!  Poor Dad in law has been in hospital the past two weeks after a fall with his dementia  and it has taken a sudden and acute downturn.  I’ve been at the hospital every day with mum (in-law) and really have lost track of time. 

 Therefore I had thought with all honesty that FNSI was next week.....what day is it, seriously I don’t know whether I’m Arthur or Martha?!?   So please accept my sincere apologies for not being ‘with it’ and failing to be ready for tonight’s FNSI. I hope you can make it next week instead?!?  

Thinking of you all if you stitch away without me tonight
Xox sugary hugs :o)

Monday, 27 November 2017

My quiet November FNSI and a winner.

This was the second last Friday Night Sew In for the year.....can you believe it? 

And mine was pretty darn quiet.....all because the Queensland state election was being held on Saturday and I had to work in one of the voting booths for the day.  Starting at 6am, another lady and I drove the 3/4 hour to get to our polling booth, in a little sleepy seaside town called Cungulla.  We then set up and run the booth from 8am - 6pm, before closing the doors ready for counting.  We were finished by 7.30pm as our booth was a smaller one and we only took about 250 members of the public however it was constant all day long and with the humidity the way it has been, it was quite steamy too.  Knowing this, I thought I'd better get a reasonably early night the night before!

I did manage to get some sewing done though, even if it was of the 'conventional' variety.....
 Mr B started a new job today and on Friday night,  I finally got to hemming the two new pairs of work jeans he'd asked me to shorten and hem 'month's ago!  Why I'd never thought before now to use my walking foot for hemming jeans I'll never know.....made it soooo much easier.  How do you hem jeans? (or don't you?)  If you struggle like I have in the past, I encourage you to 'think outside the box' and  multi-task your walking foot....honestly, you'll wonder why you hadn't thought of it sooner.

Now, before I announce our November winner, here is our prize - An owl pincushion kit by 'Quiltologie'.  Wouldn't you love to win it?  Let's see who Mr RNG draws out, shall we?

Firstly I'd like to say a BIG thank you to all 19 lovely ladies who joined with me for our FNSI this month....I'm sure you'd love to pop over and see what gorgeous things they made on Friday night?  You can do that by clicking on each of the links back HERE and remember to leave them a comment - it really touches our hearts.

Finally after jiggling the names in Mr RNG's random number generator, the computer pulled out this person as the winner for November: 

congratulations to JEANETTE
I really hope you like your prize.
I will post it in the next couple of days.

Off to bed for me. Tomorrow's another big day!
What are your plans for the week?
xox Sugary hugs :o) 

Monday, 20 November 2017

November FNSI sign-ups

....were supposed to be last week but it was a crazy week here and I completely lost it!  I won't go into details yet but just know this week is better!
But without further ado......
and with a thousand apologies........ here are the sign ups for November.    Link in and join us for a belated but well deserved and NEEDED stitch in.....perfect for getting things finalised for Christmas gifts and swaps or just 'because'!

xox Sugary hugs :o)