Friday, 22 July 2016

A Heartfelt Freebie for FNSI-ers

A sneaky peek it is......
here is your freebie design I'll be sending you (as soon as I write the pattern this morning).

Inspired by all the horror happening in the world at the moment, I penned a sweet design called "Share the Love", featuring Natalie Bird's of the Birdhouse new fabric range - "Heart and Home"....suits it perfectly don't you think?
I'll be sending it out to all those who have linked up to join in with us for FNSI this evening.  

If you don't have a blog, that's ok, link up your Facebook page, or your Instagram so we can all come and join in on the fun.  It's always a blast!
Link up details are here, so pop back and join'll enjoy it, I promise!
See you there,

xox sugary hugs :o)

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Girls Day Out progress

I've been working on Libby Richardson's "Girls' Day Out" for a friend....I'd always wanted to do it, but never ever got around to it with all my grand plans and new starts.
So a friend of mine said she had started it but lost what's a girl to do?  Of course, 
I offered my services!!!!
Here's the progress so far.....
Maree (my friend) had stitched most of this block already and I just had to finish the smaller things in the shelves, so thought I'd tackle this one first.
Then I went on to the Cafe and Florist blocks.....finished those two, and a few smaller blocks, and I'm very happy with the results....
Now I'm working on this one.....
....the teddy shop block.   Once that's done, I've got a few more smaller ones to do before I can start putting it all together.  
It's exciting, don't you think......watching something grow, from an idea, to a plan, to a finish?  

I'm usually not too good at the finish part *insert groan*   You see, I'm a Gemini, so I'm constantly on the lookout for new and exciting things, which includes new and exciting projects.....a dilemma I'm trying to get a grip on (you'd think I'd be better at it after 51 years!).

So this is my plan for Friday Night Sew get a bit more progress on the Girls' Day Out so I can see a completion before the year's out.  

What do you have planned for FNSI?  Have you signed up yet?  Link up your blog or FB page here to join in the fun and you'll receive a free new stitchery design from me.
I know I said the design would be a surprise and I wouldn't show it beforehand but I'm so excited to show you I thought I'd sneak a picture on my blog tomorrow...just so you know! (I'm a horror like that!)
have a wonderful hump day
xox Sugary hugs :o)

Monday, 18 July 2016

July Signups for FNSI

What a crazy year this is......I still can't get my head around it being July already!

And I really haven't achieved anything significant so it almost seems wasted.  Time to reconnect and recollect my thoughts, plans and dreams for my blogging and designing and

First things first,....

Sincerest apologies for missing our date last Friday night....I knew FNSI was coming up but in my head we'd only just got together 'the other day' so I was SURE I had at least another week up my sleeve.  I hope you'll still consider joining with me this Friday night for our monthly virtual get together?

If you haven't joined us before, all the info is HERE but it's seriously simple......just link your blog below, share all about it with everyone and together on Friday night, we all stitch or sew in our own homes, in our comfy jammies, watching movies (or if you're like me...Better Homes and Gardens!) in front of the fire/heater/aircon (depending on where you are) with a nice comforting beverage and some very forgiving chocolate!   Enjoy everyone's 'virtual' company by sharing your progress over the weekend on your blog/FB page/Instagram with hashtag #FNSI , and feel the love and encouragement from all your fellow crafters.

I'm humbled to say, we've even encouraged some new and 're-newed' crafters  into their chosen therapy through sharing our FNSI......just gotta LOVE it!

And don't forget there's always a special prize for one lucky participant.....sometimes even for ALL participants!

This month all who sign up will receive a new, free Sugarlane stitchery design which you may like to stitch on Friday night for yourself, as a gift, a design for a bag, or a cushion .....possibilities are endless.  But it's a surprise!!!! So you won't know until you sign up.....then I'll reveal all!  I'm cheeky aren't I?

So, what are you waiting for.......see you Friday!

xox Sugary hugs :o)

Friday, 15 July 2016

Postponed FNSI

I am soooooo sorry. The time has just vanished and I didn't realise what week it was!  Too late to post a linky now as I'm at work, so hopefully you don't mind if I postpone FNSI till next week.... Pretty pleeeeeeeease??????  

( I really must get my **** together with my blogging of late.)

Sugary hugs xxx 
WendyB 😕 

Monday, 20 June 2016

Friday Night Connections and a June FNSI Winner is Announced

I always enjoy our Friday Night Sew Ins.........joining in with so many of you and whether we're knitting, crocheting, stitching or sewing, we have a connection.....

...and even though we may be miles apart, states apart, countries apart, continents apart.....we have that connection, even though we seem to be 'worlds' apart.....I think that's why I love our sew-ins so much.   It doesn't matter who we are, what we look like, what we do, how we entertain ourselves whilst we enjoy our craft, there's no arguments or fisty-cuffs......we always feel the positive connections.....and, if I dare take a line from Mr Buble....... "I feel so good!"
So, what did I get up to whilst I was feeling these warm fuzzies???
a bit-o'-Stitching.........

A friend of mine had started the Girl's Day Out BOM but didn't feel like finishing it, so I offered to finish it for her.  I've always wanted to do it, but missed it when it came out and well, you know how it goes...?
She had a few blocks started with some shapes fused on and some smaller stitchery blocks were finished along with a couple of the larger blocks.

Friday night I dug out the Antique shop block, which was half finished, and finished the stitcheries of the shelves inside the shop, as the rest was done.  Then I began on the Cafe block, applique-ing the fused pieces and beginning the stitchery.    I didn't get a huge amount done as I was exhausted and I think my body was feeling the foreboding wet weather we were due to have as every bone in my body ached (maybe it was the fact I'd worked all week and had to front up again on Saturday!?.....I'm just not used to it, that's for sure).

After work on Saturday and Federal Election training (I've been asked to work at the upcoming election), I got back into it with a glass of wine by my the rain began to fall.  Sunday was the perfect weather for stitchery with a steady downpour all day, so I did get a bit more done....not a lot because there was also a need to catch up on some sleep and rest my aching bones.  But I'm happy with it's progress, all the same.  I sure hope my friend likes how it's coming along.  I can see this progressing further this week.

Have you had a chance to visit everyone to see what they got up to on Friday night?   I haven't as yet, but I do plan to this week.  Pop back to the sign up page and click on each link to see.....and don't forget to leave a comment, it's a real motivator each month!

I bet you're wondering who our lucky winner of our Tropical  Dreamcatcher Batiks Charm pack is?

I consulted with Mr RNG (as he's always so reliable), and he drew this number out of the hat....


Anthea didn't feel very productive but she was..... in more ways than one.   Check out her post to see why.

Now I'm off to catch some zzzzz's before work again rest for the wicked, so they say!!!!  tee hee
xox sugary sweet hugs :o)

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Tropical June FNSI sign ups

I can't believe how these weeks have flown and it's time for the June round of FNSI.
You know what to do.....and this month I'm giving away a charm pack of Batiks.....

Dreamcatcher Batiks...these are delicious and quite tropical
I imagine sitting by the pool on a tropical island resort when I see these.....takes me away from the wintery blues (even though our winter has still been heating up in the high 20's and low 30's). And for those in the northern hemisphere, well.....they're probably making you feel right at home and ready for a dip!

Pass the word around and link in on your blog, facebook page or instagram account.....lets have a tropical stitch-in party....maybe some margueritas and something sweet or spicy to nibble?

Bring along your sewing and join me this Friday'll take your mind of your woes !
Sign up's below.....good luck and see you there!

xox Sugary hugs :o)

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)