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.
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!
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.....
This week has been a busy one in my patch, racing Nick around as his car needed repairing (yes, the new one!) . Seems someone took a liking to it and wanted to get in....problem was the door was locked, so they tried to pry it open (in a very strange way)!
Six days old and it was off to the smash repairers! But he now has it back, as good as new and he's as happy as larry, although $600 out of pocket isn't much fun!
Hubby moved back home on Australia Day after finishing up his job. Long story but we spent two days moving stuff off the quarters on the property back to our house, and boy, did he accumulate some stuff after 13 months! The house was bedlam! I've spent a few days culling and sorting....the tuppaware cupboard is now thinned out and tidy, as is the pantry. Slowed up my decluttering by a week or so, but it's still getting there, and I feel like I'm accomplishing 'something' anyway. (and I'm getting used to having someone else in the house again, but I'm loving it.)
I've been preparing for our Let's Get Stitched retreat in Adelaide this March. One of the items we need to make as a swap gift is one of Fee's Stitching Keepers. The theme this year is Christmas, so I had some fun with FMQ and played a while....
Now to fill it with a few Christmas goodies and then it will be wrapped for some lucky person. I hope they like it!
During my evenings, watching Married at First Sight (I know....I'm a sucker for this romance-with-a-twist reality program!), I've been catching up on this cross stitch. It had been going gung-ho....... until I found I'd counted incorrectly (too many distractions maybe?) and although the stitches were ok, they didn't match up soooooooo, lots of backward un-cross stitch and starting again for FNWF this week.
Sign up with me...it's always fun. I'll be restitching this l'il birdie and hopefully getting some more done. I have Friday off, so I plan to start E-A-R-L-Y with the help of a few good movies I've been meaning to catch up on.
We had a big roll up on Friday night with our monthly virtual Sew In, with 38 joining in. What fun we had, and lots of lovelies created on the night too! You can pop back here to catch up if you missed out. The links are live and you can visit lots of wonderful bloggers with LOADS of inspiration.
Before I share who Mr RNG chose as this month's winner, (I actually think you're all winners and I'd love to be able to give you all a prize!!!!) I promised I'd show you the "Surprise Prize" for the first month of 2017..... Ta dah.........
and it's true.....the photos really don't do it justice. These are two gorgeous half yard pieces of a discontinued range of fabric called 'Rock Candy' by Blank Quilting . One is a rusty tone with gold textured highlights and the other is a rich chocolate brown with opulent bronze textures. Both are exquisite and will be a valuable addition to the winner's stockpile.
Speaking of a winner.......Mr RNG has drawn a number and when I looked at who it was, I thought, even though I'd had this fabric picked earlier this week, he must have glanced into his crystal ball because it's as if he'd known.......it will be in great hands, that I'm sure!
If you know Peg, you will know how prolific a quilter and stitcher she is. I'm sure she'll put this prize to great use!
Thank you to everyone for joining in this month.....I'm so looking forward to February FNSI already. Mark it in your diaries, it's February 17 (which also happens to be my big brother's birthday!).....might have to have a special prize next month!
More progress on my cross-stitched find on Friday night with all my friends at our first-for-2017 monthly virtual stitchy get-together.
I managed to get a little birdy finished, some flowers and the rest of the lattice-work (well, my Friday night DID extend into the weekend, I must admit! After a rather strenuous Thursday gardening and mowing session where I 'thought' I'd blown up the mower and I suffered a little heatstroke, I needed to spread it out a little) A good stitchy rest over the weekend helped enormously and I'm all good now.
I just love this find.....mind you, there's as much reverse stitching in counted cross stitch as there is in stitchery! Particularly when you're doing one colour at a time! Or is it just me??? I wonder!
But I do think it's worth it! Don't you?
I didn't get to Val Laird's BOM block as my printer needed new ink and won't run with even one colour missing....I keep forgetting it when I go into town, so that's on tomorrow's list of things to do.....as is drawing this month's winner of FNSI. Have you had a chance to catch up with what everyone got up to? Pop back here and browse through the blogs....some gorgeous stuff happening on Friday nights, that's for sure!
I"m off for an exercise test tomorrow to check my ticker can keep up with me! (Phew, after Thursday, I'm not so sure...mind you it was in the high 30 degrees C.) I'll post a winner later on in the early evening, when I get home. Make sure you've got your FNSI post up on your blogs to make it valid.....and the prize is......
you'll just have to wait and see! *wink* It'll be worth it.......promise!
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*