Thursday, 26 May 2016

Hump day

"Hump Day" - nounNORTH AMERICANinformal
noun: hump day; plural noun: hump days
  1.    Wednesday, regarded as the the midpoint of a typical working week.

    "it's hump day and perhaps the toughest day of the week for you"

tricks again.....blogger won't let me post in normal size font!!!! aaargh!    Please be patient.....the 'breathing' exercise is working to full capacity!

Maybe for some, but I love hump day.  
Since the beginning of the year, Mr B has been working away from home during the week, on a cattle property and only comes home on the weekends, so we especially treasure the little time we have together.  

We decided that, seeing as his work is about an hour west of us, on Wednesday afternoon, I would drive out to visit, we'd fill each other in on all that's been going on, enjoy a meal together and I'd stay till the next morning when he heads back into the yards, and I head off home.  Makes the time apart a little more bearable.

I haven't been for a few weeks due to a few things happening around here (which I WILL fill you in on later) and this morning really woke me up to the fact that I miss the Aussie bush - something I always took for granted. 
We truly are blessed out here in rural Australia.  Here is what I woke up to this morning......

....a bright, clear, crisp sky with the glorious sun peeking its head up over the horizon.  It was a touch brisk, so I wore a light cardigan (another advantage to living in the tropical north of Queensland - our winters are P-E-R-F-E-C-T!).  
Leaving for home about 6.30am I drove down the 'driveway'.  It must have taken me about 10 minutes more than usual as I couldn't help but stop for photos along the way....

A light fog, some happy cows, and scenery to die for......we truly are blessed to witness God's country in its entirety.   And if that isn't enough to be thankful for......

...the lagoon in all it's glory, hosting a pair of pelicans on the still, mirror-like waters.   I've been purposely taking time to 'breathe' lately, and this was just the perfect message to stop and soak in the peacefulness of the country.  If you live in the city, this would definitely have to be a recommended health check....take time out to breathe in the country....there's nothing on earth like it.

I treasure my hump days.....can't wait for the next one.

xox Sugary hugs :o)

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

...aaaaaand,we're back! May FNSI

Phew, it's been a frustrating couple of weeks but it looks like things may be returning to normal *touch wood*
I don't want to jinx myself but I'm hoping this household has finally turned the 'mayhem' corner and is zooming down the straight.
So....seems the NBN lines have settled during the day so I'm giving it a try a-g-a-i-n   (I tell you, I'm getting a little bit over trying to schedule a blog post and when I'm nearly finished, the whole lot drops out....tear your hair out stuff).
Back to it.....FNSI...

Here is what I got up to....
...I dabbled in a bit of everything on Friday night....a little bit of stitchery, some hexi swap fun and a bit of applique.    Didn't achieve much at all, but felt like a 'taster' of a few different things.  I'd been working full time last week, with the boss away, and I just couldn't settle so getting up and moving about with a few different things seemed to do the trick.

Have you been to visit our other ladies to see what they've been up to yet?  Pop back here and click on the links to go and see the gorgeousness that was created.

Now remember I said it was my birthday month this month....

                      ......... and everyone who plays along gets a prize? it is.....for all those FNSI'ers who joined in on Friday night this month, I will be sending you the pattern for this beauty......a reminder a very dear friend has told me on numerous occasions and one I have had to remember often this past few weeks!......
 I designed this stitchery to remind me that it's more than just important, it's ESSENTIAL to slow down and b-r-e-a-t-h-e.

This past few weeks I've been caught holding my breath and just contemplating what a 'normal' life could be like.....I look at this stitchery, I think of my friend Jen, and I can hear her whisper in my ear...."slow down and breathe".  ...and I remember to stop and smell the roses, and life becomes easier, even if only for a while.

For those of you who didn't join in and now wish they had, don't worry.....breathe.......because I'll have the pattern up and available for purchase in my store tonight.  For only $3.50 USD you can stitch up your own version to suit your decor, or even one for a friend.  I've used the gorgeous Cottage Garden Variegated Threads for mine but if you can't get those, you could easily use any others.

I hope you like this one as much as I do...they're valuable words of wisdom from a dear friend to another.

xox Sugary hugs :o)

FNSI on hold ....but hopefully the devils in the system will let me work tonight

Many seems the local work on the new NBN network is affecting our internet efficiency so I'm having extreme difficulties with getting things to work properly online.....time delays and wipes me out completely....very frustrating.

I haven't forgotten and I'm not MIA....will try again the meantime...

seems to be the catchphrase!.....must take note I feel!
xox sugary hugs :o)

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

FNSI Signups for May

Has it REALLY been a month?  
I've had loads going on here, but I'll tell you about them soon....some good, some not so good...but despite that, the show goes on....

So sign up below and join in on Friday for our monthly virtual get together.
And it's special this month........not one prize....but gifts for all!  

It's my birthday everyone who joins in gets a special gift.  Can't wait for Friday.
Make sure you join in and spread the news

Sugary hugs xox :o)

Monday, 18 April 2016

FNSI finishes and a draw

I had quite a few finishes..... not all 'complete' finishes, but finishes of sorts.  Some on Friday night, some over the weekend......
I finished a set of 12 needleturned blocks for a friend....

Can't show you the complete blocks, they're for a sample for a new design....but don't you love the Tilda fabrics?

I went to a bag making/rug making class a couple of weeks ago put on by my dear friend Dianne who is super-talented.  I chose to finish the bag I'd begun a couple of months ago.  She showed me how to finish off the top, make the handles and a flap closure, which I finished by the end of that class.

 However the poor old bag sat there 'naked' for a while so, as the weather's been cooling, on Friday I decided she needed a new 'dress'.  I pulled out my lace doilies and bling and started playing with an outfit.  I've basically chosen how she will look 'dressed' however I still need to find a few silk roses and some pearls and beads to finish off her attire.  I think she's looking rather 'swish' don't you?

As I was on the crochet train, I decided to finish the mat I'd begun earlier this week.  Using 1 inch strips of fabric crocheting them in an oval design with a size 12 hook, took no time at all.  It's so soft under our feet, and all that 'ugly' fabric I swore I'd never use, came in handy.....

....and being cotton, it will wash well and last for ages!  I can see a few more of these on the horizon.

Then I decided a bit of stitching was well overdue. So out came the Snow Hearts and the last few stitches on the last block were done.
Now I can look at maybe some more borders and final sandwiching, quilting and binding for winter.  Don't know why this one's taken me so long....I only had one heart and one line of hearts to stitch!

That spurred me on to some other stitching that's been sitting vintage tea shoppe design.... (a new one to come out later in the year).

This one's well on it's way to completion too...can't wait!
So all in all, FNSI was extremely productive, even though it was lengthened, for me!  Seemed to get lots done,  although in reality, there were only little bits of each to work on to get them to their final stages.  Feels so good, and even better to spend it with like minded FNSI-ers, don't you think?

Have you had a chance to go and visit all of our April FNSI-ers to see how their creative juices flowed?  Pop back here to click on the're sure to be inspired.
This month's winner will be receiving a surprise...... I will reveal it once it's received!  *sneaky sneaky*
Mr RNG again did the honours.......

And decided this month our lucky winner would be.......
lots of secret squirrel sewing business happening at Susan's house! *wink wink*  but she did manage to show us one little completion!

Congratulations Susan!!!!  You're prize will be on it's way this week!

If you didn't get a chance to join with us this month, Next month is my birthday month so there's sure to be something special happening for May!  Pop the date into your diaries.....May FNSI will be 20th May with sign-ups from 16th on the blog.  Can't wait!  How about you?

xox Sugary hugs :o)

Friday, 15 April 2016

Fun with Jamie

It's been a busy week, or fortnight should I say!  What with #1son moving away and a commission plus work and's been hectic!
One of the exciting things I've been doing is taking some 'back to basics' cooking classes with Jamie Oliver's  Ministry of Food pop up kitchen.

We've been fortunate enough to have them set up in Townsville and I 'somehow' came across the ad for it in January this year and thought it would be fun.  Soooo, each week for five weeks, I take the one hour drive to learn a little and enjoy some wonderful food with like-minded people.  And boy, is it fun!
It's amazing how much goes on in one little mobile van....and with 16 of us, it can certainly be a squeeze.....but it's still enjoyable!
Last week we learnt all about eggs....scrambled, boiled, poached, fried, and we watched and learnt so many interesting techniques.  We made ourselves a caramelised onion, spinach and fetta frittata......took some home for was f-a-b-u-l-o-u-s!  I served mine with a rainbow salad drizzled with balsamic glaze......delish!

This week was...........
so a little Proscuitto Carbonara with one of Jamie's Evolution Tomato Salads, and just to finish off, some Healthy Berry Ice-cream!
Next week, Mexican!.....some Chili Con Carne and guacamole!  I can't believe we're up to week 3 already with only 2 left after that!  I wish it would last forever!   If you get the chance, look up Jamie's Ministry of Food Australia and see if they're visiting your town soon....well worth the experience!

I'll be back to show you what crafty stuff I've been up to tomorrow.  In the meantime, have you signed up for our FNSI this week?  Sign ups are HERE.  Don't forget to join us!

xox Sugary hugs :o)

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

FNSI sign ups for April

I've been visibly absent.....lots of things happening here at present and I just haven't gotten to the computer....but I'm here for sign-ups.

Yep, it's that time already!  sneaks up on ya huh?
You know the drill....sign ups are below, link up and share on your social media so everyone can join in.   If you're not sure, click on the FNSI tab at the top of the page for more information.

I'll be back tomorrow to share what I've been up to!

xox Sugary hugs :o)