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)