Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Dry July FNSI sign ups open now

Dry July asks people to give up alcohol for the month of July and raise funds for cancer patients and their families and carers here in Australia.  



By donating, we raise money for people affected by cancer. Seeing as the odds are, we're all touched by cancer in some way, whether it be a friend, family member or ourselves, I thought it would be a nice idea to join in with our FNSI 'crew'.  It's not necessary, but if you'd like, pop over HERE and make a donation.  You can see where all the funds raised go to on THIS PAGE, but basically it all goes back to the patients and their families to make life a little better during treatment. 
Having watched a few friends go through treatment and having seen what hardships they go through, I'll certainly be popping over to see if I can help in any small way I can.  

I must apologise for not having the sign ups online yesterday......the kids had come over to do a load of washing #goodoldmumcomestotherescueagain and do their taxes and have dinner and watch the first episode of season 7's Game of Thrones! 

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It was late before they left hence the Tuesday post!  (And yes, it was a great start to the season, wasn't it?)



But here we go.....sign ups are below.  If you've never joined in before, it's nothing spooky or scary.....just link your blog up with Mr Linky below by adding your blog url (eg.  http//www.sugarlane-designs.com)  and let others know you're joining in so that they can join in the fun too.  A dedicated night to doing what you love best, in the comfort of your own home knowing all your friends are doing just the same with you in their homes....a virtual stitch-in!  For more info, you can click on the FNSI tab at the top of the blog to read more.

Off to take dad for our Dad/DIL date to Claredale Pastures!

xox sugary hugs :o)






aaaargh....blogger is playing up and won't do what it's told so my apologies for the small print.....it has a mind of it's own today!!!!! :o(

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Blessed Tuesdays with Dad

Every Tuesday I take Dad (in-law) out for morning tea to give Mum (in-law) a bit of a break from his shenanigans (Alzheimers really is a bugger!)  Lately we go for about a half hour drive in the country up to a little place called Clare to a lovely little cafe called 'the Windmill Cafe'.

It's set in the grounds of Claredale Pastures - the old Burdekin Agricultural College which was sold by the Government quite a few years ago, went into disrepair and then bought by a local agricultural family to bring back to life.  It's one of  Dad's favourite places as it takes him back to 'the farm' and great memories of the past.....and it fuels his belly......

After our morning tea this week, we went for a little wander out the back to check out where the bleating was coming from.
Just at the back of the cafe were a few sheep with their lambs, and one VERY protective mother was giving me the evil eye...I think she might have thought her littlest lambie was going to become lamb chops!    Hard to believe it's winter and people down south of the country have their fires burning and are rugged up....we are having daytime temps of 28 degrees C. and nighttime ones of between 14-21 degrees C.  and NO humidity.....it's bliss in the tropics.  I think I've worn a jumper only once or twice so far this year.

After our wander around we headed for home.  On the way out, through the grounds we saw a family of curlews, a bird native to Australia with a very eerie high pitched wailing at night.  Normally you see them in family groups of two or three but we counted at least 15 in the undergrowth of the trees lining the road.
They are night time birds too so hard to see them during the day, that's when they do most of their sleeping but this lot were out and about.   I just love the nature in our part of the world... we are blessed aren't we?.
After dropping Dad home to Mum, I headed home to catch up on jobs and walking to the front door I witnessed another nature display...
This little fella had been hard at work right at my front door....great inspiration for quilting I think!  
But after the housework...... 

hope you've had a wonderful week too....
many sugary hugs xox  :o)


Monday, 3 July 2017

OPAM finishes for June

Seems having the flu for two weeks equals lots of finishes!  I count EIGHT finishes for June OPAM...a record this year for me!


ONE teacup.....


FOUR  Petal Pouches...
 ONE Sew Project Pouch...



ONE Simple Joys Wall Hanging...


and ONE Itty Bitty Hexi Bin - a new Sugarlane Design which you'll be able to purchase soon. (Might even be a prize for FNSI this month).

So, ONE plus FOUR plus ONE plus ONE plus ONE equals EIGHT...eight finishes for OPAM!

I'm a wee bit proud of that......made having the flu worthwhile (if that's possible!).

Hope you got lots done for OPAM too.

xox Sugary hugs :o)

Monday, 19 June 2017

June FNSI wins

 I've been winning this month with the things I accomplished during FNSI.  
 
I was able to spend Friday, all day, on my projects and my plan was to get as much of my Nikki Tervo "Plates" flimsy done. 
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I DID get the top finished and I am liking how it's coming together. 
 
  
I moved onto a stitchery I've been working on - Simple Joys by Natalie Bird of The Birdhouse   Such a cute stitchery and I love the Theadora Cleave button too. 
 

   
 
By early evening, I took a break for dinner and enjoyed a little tipple of chocolate port...a very special gift from my brother and sister in law.....am I THAT easy to read? *cheeky grin* 
 
 
 
I finished off the night with a quick project - my Anni Downs/Hatched and Patched SEW Project Pouch   I had a kit for this and thought I'd get it started, not realising how super-fast this project really was!   Isn't the fabric adorable? 
    
I was sewing on the binding towards the latter end of the night, finishing it completely.  

It was a marathon FNSI for me and it felt like I just couldn't lose!  Everything was just going perfectly..... and I had a number of things I planned come to fruition.  This month I'm sure to see more than one OPAM finish which is a rarity for me!  How about you?  How did you go?  Have you had a chance to pop back to THIS last post to check what other FNSIers made?   There's loads of inspiration there amongst great friends.  

Having such a winning FNSI inspired this month's prize ..... 
 
 
....this wonderful book by Patrick Lose - a gifted and talented quilter who is definitely a winner in my books.  He may be Lose by name but never by nature!    So who is our winner this month you ask? 
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CONGRATULATIONS 

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You are our lucky winner drawn out by Mr RNG this month. I hope you enjoy your prize! 

Xox sugary hugs :o)
 

Monday, 12 June 2017

FNSI sign ups...where oh where does the time go???

This past month has just gone in a flash for me....I just don't know where it went!  I can say I've been working a little more and spending time with my in-laws and sitting stitching in front of the tv at night as it's been cooler, or snuggled up in bed but other than that, time seems to be zipping by.
I have managed a few things though....






So I guess I have been busy?


I am planning on finishing the borders on my Nikki Tervo "Plates" Quilt at FNSI this month.  What about you?  What will you plan to do?  Sign ups are below, so link in and join this Friday, the third Friday of the month with all of our online crafty friends.

xox Sugary hugs :o)