Friday 25 January 2019

FNSI Results

Well, this week started out like last year.....where did it go????
Started Monday with work.....Tuesday I had to go and visit a new little great-neice...…
Welcome little Madelyn Rose to the she is...24 hours old...isn't she gorgeous?
Such bright eyes, and a gorgeous shock of dark brown hair.....looks like she's been here before, doesn't it?  She was my Tuesday distraction!  Wednesday I had to run errands around town and Thursday, back to work again.  This afternoon I'm headed to the big smoke (Townsville) for a check up for Mr B's eye operation and seeing if they can do his other one.   He had a cataract removed and a lens inserted in his pain whatsoever and it's been such an easy recovery for him, but I've had to play nurse with drops every day, 4 times a day and he's not allowed to do anything except rest. (When I die, I'm coming back as Mr B!)
Last Friday we had our first FNSI for the year and I promised I'd get organised with prizes and draws.  Before I show you, here is what I got up to.....

I was reorganising my sewing space to fit in my new toy......
never in my wildest dreams did I think I'd every own one but I saved and saved and saved and here she is, my sweety.
I added table risers to the legs of my cutting table so I could fit my shelves underneath and now it's at a more user-friendly height so that made me even more happy!  As you can tell though, I haven't had a chance to try her out but as Monday IS a public holiday, I might just have to give her a spin! 

I chose fabrics for my 'Bloom Sew a Long" with Cheryll .  We're following Lori Holt's original sew a long plan from's never too late and keeping true to form, I've picked my fabrics and got my templates but I haven't started yet (I WAS distracted a bit!) .   
Then we'll link up on Cheryll's blog the second and third Saturdays of the month sharing our progress.    I'll do catch up over the weekend!
I did get a little hand stitching done though.
I finished off the embroidery on this block, now to add the pieced blocks and then I'm up to the last one....getting close to finished. 
Now to the important part....our winners!  We had lots of fun with our Friday Night Virtual Stitchers and lots of  'work' was done.  You can see it all HERE.
I had Mr Linky randomly choose winners for November, December and January and here's how it went....
November winner 1:    Karen's Korner
November winner 2:  Rike@flickchensquilt
December winner :    Cheryll from Gone Stitchin'
January winner:         Nancy from Joy for Grace
Congratulations to all you wonderful ladies....thanks for joining in this month and beginning this year off with a bang! Send me your postal details and I'll get a little something off to you pronto.
Remember, lock the third Friday night of each month in for your FNSI fix.  You never know when your name will be drawn as a winner.  Regardless, we're all winners as we have so much fun stitching virtually with so many wonderful stitchers from around the globe...and we get more of our projects done!  Winner, winner!

xox Sugary hugs :o)

Tuesday 15 January 2019

tidying up 2018 and signups for our first FNSI for 2019

Welcome to 2019

.... better late than never and yes, that is me and how I roll!  I'm well known for being late to the party and I'm trying to address this but in 2019, I'm accepting it, embracing it, taking ownership and not stressing over it.  I will attempt however to be more visible and less "where did she go?".
I must say though, in my defence, 2018 was the year of yuk for us....our son was in hospital 5 times and suffered with loads of debilitating illnesses, my adored father in law was in hospital suffering with dementia and finally passed away in September, we lost our much loved Burmese kitten, Mr B being out of work for 3 months due to the wet weather and I slipped on a tile floor and damaged my back....but there were also loads of positives so I'm not complaining, just explaining.
So here it is, a new year for FNSI and Sugarlane Designs.  I'm still not convinced I know where I'm headed with the designing bit as Craftsy aka Blueprint made us all take a tumble and reassess many designers' paths in a very short time frame  

The beginning of the year is pretty full already for me with Mr B getting eye surgery this week, I'm preparing for the annual getaway with the girls -  Let's Get Stitched in Melbourne this year in the first week of March and I"ll be heading on a craft cruise around New Zealand in March-April, thanks to the wonderful people at Universal Magazines who produce Homespun and Quilters's Companion Magazines and Travelrite .  So I can see the designing part will be most likely relegated to the second half of the year where I can sit and concentrate, but that's not saying there won't be some sneaky designing going on in between! *wink*

In the meantime I have some loose ends to tidy up from 2018 FNSI.

Seeing as last year was such a disaster for me, this first FNSI will have a recap of winners from mid 2018 who have yet to receive their prizes to the present January winner of FNSI....starting the year off with a clean slate.  I'm hoping 2019 will be our biggest and best yet!

So, without further are signups for the first Friday Night Sew in for 2019.....share it around, let your friends know, social media is a wonderful thing to join us all together in spirit when like minded friends can't be all together in person...….stitching up a virtual Friday night Party is the go!

Onwards and upwards in 2019
xox Sugary hugs :0)