Friday, 15 July 2022

Better get my groove on.....FNSI Sign ups

 So sorry for the late sign ups! 

I've been sick with a sinus infection that spread to my throat and ears and have been feeling very lethargic.  I'm ok though but have been sleeping more than normal.  Thanks to Catherine  and Maria for the heads wonderful that have friends who remind you when your head's all clogged up with boogers!  It's definitely not covid though...I've tested and my crusty nose attests to it!

I worked on a new quilt panel last weekend for my gorgeous lil grandson who, would you believe, is 8 months old already!!!  Look at those toothy-pegs!   Mr B had bought the panel on his way back from a work trip away....he actually stopped into a little quilt shop in Childers and bought it for me to make up for our boy!  I didn't add much....just free motion quilted it and added a binding.  I sent it a long with a 'resoftable' Thomas the Tank Engine's made entirely of recycled soft drink bottles...but soft and cuddly.....very clever.   Ryker loves trains so he took to it like a duck to water and making the quilt with double wadding, I think that it's going to get a lot of use too this winter!  

Lots more to show you but for now I'll put up sign ons as I know we're all chomping at the bit to begin!  Remember you can sign on here or just connect through the facebook FNSI group...either way you'll go into the draw to win a prize from our lovely sponsor, Kitty Rose Cottage.     I have a few to draw and will do that on Monday so I'll post winners then.  In the meantime, pop on over and have a look at the beauties in the shop.   I've ordered my Little Box of Magical Christmas and the Walton Garden BOM is calling my name!

Looking forward to stitching along with you tonight and fingers crossed for your name to be drawn! 

Big sugary hugs xox :o)

Wednesday, 15 June 2022

It's Friday Night Sew In aka FNSI again!

 Doesn't it come around quickly??

It's just a quick post this time to let you know it's time for FNSI and sign ups are below.  We have a few newbies joining us this month and I'd love to welcome them to our wonderful group and wish them the best of luck. You never know who might win the prize each month, sponsored by the lovely Dawn at Kitty Rose Cottage.

Kitty Rose Cottage sells all things Tilda and is very competitive on mailing costs with $7 flat rate shipping within Australia (tracked) for all orders under $150 and International buyers are catered for with very competitive International postage rates.     Pop on over and see what's in the shop!

So our newbies know how our FNSI works, jump on the FNSI page HERE .

And now for the sign below with your blog name or just pop along in our Facebook group.

Sweet dreams and sugary sweet hugs.....see you Friday night xox :o)

Friday, 20 May 2022

Last minute FNSI

 I’ve been in my own little whirlwind preparing for the Federal Government Election tomorrow, as I’m working in the role of Officer In Charge  (or OIC for short!) so I’ve been running around ensuring everything is organised for voting tomorrow.   I’ll be going to the hall in a town about half an hour away tonight to set up the hall and will be there again at 6.30 in the morning ready to start at 8am!   No. Rest for the wicked, they say!  So I may not have much time for FNSI tonight but boy, Sunday will be all mine to FNSI!

 It’s lucky Maria is on the ball! She reminded me today what day it is so here’s a quick post to link up tonight.  I’m looking forward to a belated FNSI to stitch with you all. ❤️

Sugary sweet hugs xox :o)

Wednesday, 20 April 2022

Four lucky winners today for our FNSI/EWSI.....are you one of them?

How was your Easter break?  Did you manage to squeeze in some Easter traditions,....some yummy hot cross buns and of course, chocolate over our stitching weekend?  Did you manage to get away for a well deserved break or like me, did you just relax at home soaking up the peace and reflecting on the reason for Easter?

I love being able to just stop and breathe, without having 'hundreds' of jobs to be done before I start the rat race all over again.  But that would be the same as all of you, wouldn't it?  I do love to be busy;  working gives me purpose and makes me feel satisfied but there's nothing like stopping every now and then for some well deserved calmness just to reset the mind and body.

And that's what our stitching weekend did for me....I hope it had the same effect for you?

Before I show you what I got up to, I have to draw winners for February and March. 

Our wonderful and generous sponsor, Dawn of Kitty Rose Cottage has been waiting patiently for me to get my act into gear so she can post these beautiful prizes out, soooooooo, no mucking about've waited long enough for goes:
Ta da Ta daaaaaah....

From the 32 stitchers who joined with us in February, either in our Facebook Group page or in  blogs, Our February Winner was drawn and she is..........

    DIANNE MARCHESINI......congratulations lovely!  
I'm sure you'll love the special treat Dawn has in store for you.

Now for our March winner............drumroll please............26 joined with us in March but we could only draw one..........
    congratulations to PINK ROSE!  
 Another fabulous winner who will get to enjoy a lovely prize from our awesome sponsor!

I was keen to put my Birdhouse 'Heartstrings' quilt together but only got as far as handpiecing and stitching the centre panel, but I'm quite happy with that.

I love all things designed by Natalie Bird....she's an amazing Aussie designer and this one really caught my eye.  I've been using my Tilda "Windy Days" fabric range for the EPP and even though I hadn't been organised enough before I started to think of what threads I should use to match the range, it still works beautifully.

I used my Sewline fabric marker to draw the grid lines for placement of my dresdens.  I've never had much luck with the blue water markers...they always seem to  're-appear' for me, but the Sewline markers are made especially for fabric and work a treat, especially when you use the Sewline eraser pen which just makes the lines disappear before your very eyes! 

I did get the inner border stitcheries cut to size and their sashings but haven't yet stitched them together, my 'helper', Mocha was interested to see what I was up to so I never got as much done as I'd planned, sooo...that's a job for the next long weekend which is coming up in .....two days!!  Aren't we lucky here in Australia with all these holidays one weekend after the other?  Although I won't be taking it for granted as it's a very important public holiday, celebrating our Anzacs who fought for our freedom.

Now it's time for our special EWSI draw....I did promise there would be two lucky who will receive a fantastic prize from Dawn and another who will receive a special gift from 'moi', just to say thank you for putting up with my lacksy-daisy organisation of our get-togethers....I do get there but life often gets in the way! 
I don't know what Dawn has up her sleeve for a first prize but my supplementary prize for someone special is this....

one of Natalie Bird's Birdhouse patterns, the 'Blooming Lovely' pincushion and some scrappy Tilda fabric to make it!  'squeeee'.....The picture is just indicative of what you might get in the way of fabrics but I'll put some together so that you can make the gorgeous pincushion ...and I might even find some threads to throw in too so you can stitch the design without having to wait! Isn't that exciting???
Let's just see who our two lucky winners are....the coveted First prize from Kitty Rose Cottage goes to......

HELEN McCULLOCH........wheeeee! 
 Congratulations Miss Helen!

And the supplementary prize provided by me goes to .....

ANORINA MORRIS.......woohoooo!!! 
Congratulations to you too Miss A!   

And a special thank you to all of you for joining don't know how much pleasure it gives me being able to stitch along with you all.   Being in a remote-ish, rural area in far North Queensland away from many of my stitching pals, there isn't much opportunity to join in with others so I'm grateful to you all, every single month.....THANK YOU! mwah!  (If only I could give everyone a prize!!!)

have a wonderful week, or what's left of it and from me to you,
Big Sugary Hugs always xox :o)

Thursday, 14 April 2022

Who's up for FNSI aka EWSI??

 This week has got away from me again and it's time for our FNSI tomorrow!  It's a long weekend being Easter, so Good Friday is our stitchy I was thinking.....maybe...seeing as it was a long weekend and people are relaxing and enjoying 'me' time, maybe we could have a EWSI aka Easter Weekend Sew in!~ Who's with me?  

  Starting tomorrow, we could stitch all day, part of the day, all weekend, part of the weekend  or any combination of the aforementioned!!!!   AND to make it interesting.....not only will we have a prize draw from our wonderful sponsor, Dawn at Kitty Rose Cottage,

.... we will have a second prize draw courtesy of moi, including chocolate!!! (well, the Easter Bunny needs to be recognised too!)

.....and I haven't forgotten the last two draws....these will be drawn over the weekend and released in our Facebook group.

You can join anytime over the Easter Weekend and either join up below (which is easiest for me!) or pop a photo up including what you're stitching in the Facebook group with your name and your blog name (if you have one).  I sure hope you can join us.  If you haven't joined our Facebook group yet, pop over HERE, that way you can keep up with all the activity over the weekend.

I know it's late so I won't babble too much now as I'll be popping in and out of the Facebook group over the weekend....don't forget to join in if you can...there's always room!

Albeit to say, Happy Easter and may health, happiness and peace be with you always.

Big sugary hugs xox :o)

Thursday, 17 March 2022

Happy St Paddys Day and FNSI sign ups

 ....And again, this one has snuck up on me!  I've started a new job and that, along with the two others I have, have made me a tad forgetful.....I didn't even know what day it was today when I was asked at it Tuesday??  Whaaaaaat??? Thursday, already!!!  The days are flying by! 

So firstly, Happy St Patricks be sure, to be sure!  I hope the little green fella dropped a pot of gold at your door, or at least a rainbow leading you to one!  
Because I'm running so late with our sign-ups, I'm going to leave the draw from last month till the weekend but please join me tomorrow night for some sewing fun.  I'm spending the day tomorrow with my bestie, Dianne so my stitching will start around 10am......not sure which project I'm going to work on yet, there may be multiples, but I will share pictures in the group Facebook page, just so you can be there with us!

If you're not a member of the FNSI Facebook group yet, pop over and request membership.  It's a private group so we don't get any trawlers in the system to spoil it but you are more than welcome to join in. 

Don't forget, by joining in and posting a blog post or a photo on the Facebook page with what you got up to (to inspire us all), you're entered into the draw to win a very generous prize from my favourite craft shop, our sponsor (and my other bestie!), Dawn at Kitty Rose Cottage, who is an expert in all things Tilda .

So without further ado....sign ups are now ''live'' below so pop in your details to make sure you're in the draw.  If you don't have a blog, post your pic in the FB group and I look forward to stitching with you all tomorrow! 

Sweet dreams (I'm off to bed for an early start to work - 5am!) and big sugary hugs xox :o)

Wednesday, 16 February 2022

FNSI sign ups for February

Another month, another FNSI.....speeding through the days yet again!! 

I always thought that as I got older, the days would slow down and I could enjoy 'my time', but I find myself longing to go back to the days when I built cubby houses in the backyard, went hunting for mushrooms for breakfast in the paddock and took the dog for long walks down to the dairy to return our milk bottles for small change.  Those days seemed to last forever and nothing interrupted the task at hand and you could just 'enjoy' the moment.   These days, there are so many 'pressing' things that 'need' to be attended to, just fitting them into the day seems impossible at times, and within what seems like moments, another week is gone! So much for 'retirement'!

Despite that, I LOVE spending my Friday nights each month with you all, stitching away, together - even though it's virtual, it still feels like I'm with my 'mates' and that warms my heart.  I love that we can meet together, share our love for craft and that we have a wonderful sponsor (and beautiful friend) in Dawn, aka Kitty Rose from Kitty Rose Cottage, to spoil us....or at least give us a chance at being spoilt!
Speaking of which, last month we had a record 31 ladies stitching with us......welcome!   The more the merrier, so if you're on the fence about joining in, it's simple!  If you are a blogger, you can join in via the link below (Mr Linky link), or if you don't but would still love to join in and have the chance to win a fabulous prize supplied by our magnificent sponsor, Kitty Rose Cottage, you can join our Facebook group HERE, leave a comment and picture with what you're working on, and you're in!  Simple!   

So, here goes.....  and the winner is...........

Congratulations to Colletta!  Send me a message and we will get a special prize for you in the mail, pronto.

Don't forget to sign up below!  Have a fab week and see you Friday!
Sugary hugs xox :o)