Tuesday, 16 July 2019

FNSI sign ups already? Let's do it for Science!

Yes, it's time again.....Friday Night Sew In!
These weeks and months are flying by, aren't they?  So why not join with me this Friday night to slow down and enjoy the gentle art of 'crafting', whether it be stitching, piecing, FMQ-ing, appliqueing, knitting, crocheting or any multitude of handiwork?  Time for you to stop and enjoy the simple things of not rushing but enjoying every stitch, slowing our heart rates and just 'being'!

I read an article the other day that talked just about that topic.....and it all made perfect sense!   It is called "In our Brutal Modern World, Science shows our brains need craft more than ever..... " …..you must read it.  It explains so much and confirms that we should never feel guilty for taking time out for ourselves through our hobbies.   They are a necessary, not an optional part of a good healthy life.

It gives so much more credence to these memes....








Agreed???  Science says so, so who is to argue! *Cheshire grin*

Friday sew ins are for everyone....begin by signing up below using your blog,  Instagram or Facebook address, everyone is welcome.
After all, it's for our health and wellbeing, isn't it! *wink*

xox Sugary hugs :o)




Wednesday, 26 June 2019

My FNSI finishes and a new project to come...

Well I must admit, I'm working harder at getting better at my blog.  It seemed to be a seasonal thing I'd grown out of after nearly ten years but with a blog there is so much 'connection' that you just can't leave it behind.

Friday Night Sew In has been one of my saving graces.....a lifeline to my blogging life that I'm just not willing to let go of just yet and to all of you, I am thankful.  My stitchy friends have kept me going and I love to see what each of you is doing each month as not only is it fellowship, it is inspirational as well and I love that.
It might not even be stitchy-related; sometimes it is gardening or cooking, travel or families - all inspire me to keep blogging and keeping our friendships alive and kicking!  I just love it even though I'm not as visible as I would like....I'm getting back there!
So, here is what I managed to do on my FNSI, and like a few others, I started a bit earlier in the day, mainly because I had a few things I wanted to get done.
Thanks to the online community, I found some more of my background fabric to continue my 2017 FQS Designer Mystery quilt.....*note to self - NEVER leave the coordinating fabrics till you get around to finishing your BOM....purchase when you sign up....the fabric is not going to last forever!*

I still needed more of the American Jane "Spring-a-Ling" range for the contrasting sashings and borders but it isn't available anywhere anymore (unless I want to sell my kidney to pay for postage) so I've managed to get some of a similar AJ range called "Sweet Harmony".
I'm sure it will work out ok.

Then I moved on to my "It takes two" project.  I finished needle-turning the last few centres on each block before bed.
They're a little creased as, although I had them in my block keeper, the cats have decided that when it's closed, it's a nice warm place to sleep, especially these past few cold days!

If you haven't already done so, please go back HERE and download my gift to you....sort of sums up our worldwide friendships, don't you think?
Yesterday I received a big box in the mail which had me stumped...…. until I opened it!
And then I remembered...….
My 2019 FQS Mystery Designer BOM had arrived....and this time I remembered to order the backing and background fabric BEFORE I started! *good thinking 99*
I must admit, these are some of my favourite BOM's to do and the first block in this one is designed by Anne Sutton of Bunny Hill Designs.
But before I start on this one, I had better finish the 2017 one, and at least make a start on the 2018 one that's sitting in the wings, don't you think?

xox big sugary hugs :o)

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

FNSI sign ups for June..EVERYONE can join in and a gift for you!

These five week months are throwing me out of sync!  So let's dive straight in...
FNSI for this month is this Friday evening.

Now that winter is well and truly taking hold, what's better than to snuggle in on a Friday night and stitch away with a good hot chocolate (or toddy!) and a group of like minded friends, some music or a good movie or tv show, even if it IS virtually!

I've had so many people say they want to join in but can't because they don't have a blog......It doesn't matter if you don't have a blog, use your instagram or facebook account to join in!  Everyone is welcome.  Just copy and paste your personal social media address as your 'link' and we'll all be able to pop back and visit you and see what you've been up to.....lots of inspiration and motivation, that's for sure.

Pick something you'd like to work on and just enjoy the process, escaping from all the worries of the world....that's one of the things I love most about stitching, it's so relaxing.....and the fact that so many firm friendships are made with people all around the world...I just love it!

And to welcome everyone, new and old (ie regular FNSI-ers! :) ) here is a FREE stitchery designed by 'moi' for you to enjoy.  I hope you like it and please share your finished stitcheries with me....nothing better than to share the love!  I hope you enjoy it!


Just click on the link HEREto download

Big sugary hugs xox :o)






Thursday, 23 May 2019

May's FNSI is this week....are you ready?

Well, the busy-ness is starting to settle. I have one week left of full time work after this week and the federal elections were held last Saturday. I ran one of the polling booths about 3/4 of an hour north of us so I had some hectic travel, organisation and study to do but that's over for this election anyway so I'm breathing a bit easier and I'm really looking forward to sitting in front of the telly with my stitching on Friday night with you guys!  Are you in????
To be honest, I can't wait and have started a little early catching up on what I've been missing these last few weeks.  Here is what I've been working on and what I plan to continue with on Friday Night....
I'm loving the whipped running stitch in the centre of each frame..
Here's a close-up...
I'm really enjoying the slow stitching process...and it's not as slow as I once thought!
Have you got a plan for what you'll be working on?  I'd love to hear it before we get together.
Sign ups are below and if you're thinking you'll be too tired/busy/doing other jobs or any other reason, remember, stitching is sooooo good for the soul,particularly when your stitching with friends!

Sugary hugs xox :o)




Thursday, 16 May 2019

News about This month’s FNSI

Oh dear me....this month is just about through and FNSI is upon us again...but I’m certainly not ready (as I suppose you can tell).    
I haven’t given you details about my wonderful cruise and  one of the reasons why is I returned home with a ‘good’ dose of influenza A with an inner ear infection, sinus infection and a touch of pneumonia just to make it a bit more interesting! 

 Honestly, was it payback for having such a fab time?  I don’t think so despite the girls at work telling me it was!   That took its toll, I certainly had no energy and didn’t feel up to doing anything let alone blogging.  There was one day I truly thought I was going to die....this latest strain really is dreadful.  I honestly recommend getting the flu needles this year as there have already been 40-odd flu related deaths this year.  I’m going for mine tomorrow after work to cover the other strains of flu.  But thank goodness I have been on two lots of antibiotics and herbs and it seems to be under control now.  
I returned home and found my boss had resigned after 6 years as store supervisor.  It was her last day on Friday so between her finishing up and the new store supervisor starting in two more weeks, I’ve been official shop caretaker/supervisor until she arrives.   With my regular Saturday stint as well, it makes a long week.   

Just to throw a little twist into the mix, I have a position at a polling booth as the Officer In Charge on Saturday at our federal elections.  I’ve been doing training sessions and organising staff and resources so what little time I have had has been focussed on that.  So I had lost track of FNSI until a couple of diligent FNSI’ers asked me if it was still on tomorrow night or if I had forgotten  (they know me well!).

Sooooo, seeing as it is a five week month! I thought it wouldn’t hurt to hold FNSI next Friday night....as long as you don’t mind?    I thought it might be a nice time to give you a little gift too, seeing as it’s my birthday month.   I’ll have to find a fun design of mine to share.....I hope that takes the sting off not having FNSI until next week.  
Until then! I’m off to study my Electoral Procedures Handbook.  
Happy stitching :o)
Xox


Tuesday, 16 April 2019

April Easter FNSI sign ups

Wow, I'm back from my crafting cruise, and WHAT a cruise! (which I definitely will share with you....how could I not?!)
 I had the best time, met some amazing women who I now have the honour of calling my great friends and I've now come home and brought a sinus infection, along with an ear infection with me!   Oh well....time to relax  and stitch up some of my new projects while I rest and recover.

I hope you can join along at some stage over this long Easter weekend for our Friday Night Sew In?
I've been working on my Sashiko table runner I started on the cruise....now just to stitch up the border and quilt it. Thanks to Jane at BeBeBold...it really was a fabulous learning experience and plenty of 'smiles'.

Sign ups are below......if you are traveling away for Easter, safe travels and Easter blessings to you and yours and hopefully you'll get some stitching in somewhere!

xox Sugary hugs :o)



Thursday, 14 March 2019

FNSI sign ups

Late again, I know., but I only just flew in from Melbourne after our annual Let's Get Stitched event and boy....what a time we had!  I've lots to show you but before I go to work here are the sign up details for this month.
Looking forward to stitching with you again this Friday
xox Sugary Hugs