Thursday 19 October 2023

October FNSI....can you believe it?

 Wow this calendar's on fast forward, I'm sure!

Probably because I've moved back home from living at Mum-in-law's house for the past 5 months and started a new job. Mum's doing well despite having a 'dicky knee' and I still pop around every couple of days to take her bins out, do her shopping and take her to appointments.  

 So sewing's taken a back seat, although I do try to do a little every day....for my sanity and everyone else's safety!!!  

The internet is playing nice this month so I'll post a couple of pictures to show you what I've been up to!

I've been catching up on some more of my Little Box of Creativity Kits.  I absolutely adore these kits.  If you don't know about them, pop on over to our beautiful sponsor's shop HERE and you can sign up for them too!

I also managed to squeeze in a FMQ class in Townsville with Bev McClune.  I can't recommend her highly enough...Her teaching style is just so easy, and she teaches to your level of experience.   I even got to play on a Sweet Sixteen so I feel much more confident using mine now! 

And I always manage to fit in a chat with my little man!!!!   Can you believe he'll be two next month???

Now to the nitty gritty......

It's Friday Night Sew In this Friday so you can sign up below or on our Facebook Group page.  If you're not a member yet just pop over and ask to join.... it's so easy, and you get to see what everyone's doing on Friday night as they're doing it!   It's the best 'stay at home' party ever!!!

Our winner from last month will be very happy with their $30 voucher from Kitty Rose Cottage I'm sure!   Tilda's 'Hibernation' range is now out so maybe you could put your winnings towards that? 

It's just adorable with it's little sleepy squirrels and fall inspired colour palette!!!!

Well the Wheel has spoken and our lucky winner for September is:........

Congratulations Karen...if you could swing me a PM with your email address, I'll pass it on to Dawn to get your prize to you!   

I"m about to go off to work so good luck and fingers crossed for Friday!

Big sugary hugs

Thursday 14 September 2023

Our September Sign Ups for FNSI.....a frustrating exercise!

 I have been trying to get this post up since Tuesday but both Tuesday and Wednesday, we've had issues with our internet'(thanks internet company!!!) and today it's working and now Microsoft have decided to update their photo app and it's taking f-o-r-e-v-e-r to upload my photos from my phone to the computer!!!! Neither can I access any pages on the internet, even though it's working.  What have they done???   Aaargh....when did technology become so hard!?

Unfortunately that means this post is going to be very dull with no pictures....snooze I had lots to show you.  My computer says minimum 4 hours uploading my do NOT want to know what thoughts are spinning around in my head!  **EDIT  Managed to get two photos up....not pushing my luck with any more! xx

So, to make it easy I'll just draw a winner from our last month's FNSI and you'll just need to trust me on the draw as I can't show you.  

The winner of the August FNSI is going to win a $30 voucher to spend at Kitty Rose Cottage and there is so much to choose from.  I'm loving the new Tilda range "Hibernation" with the cute little slumbering mice and the Autumn blooms.  I've had to go 'old school' and draw the winner our of a bucket!

Congratulations this month goes to JEANETTE GRAHAM!!!!!  I hope you have lots of fun choosing your prize!

I've managed to get Mr Linky working so you can at least sign up for our get together this Friday night and I'll have the Facebook group page as a backup for sign ups, as I normally do, so whichever way suits you....we'll be there!    I am looking forward to stitching tomorrow with you all to relieve all this stress this computer business is giving me!!!!

Remember, sitting down at your sewing machine can turn a so-so day into a sew-sew day!

happy stitching and big sugary hugs

Wednesday 16 August 2023

August FNSI sign ups and a winner or two

 I nearly slipped up....who would have thunk that this week was week 3 of the month....already?????

Last month I was early and eager, this month it feels like FNSI was only a week ago!  I'm sure this year has faster skates on than last year!

Anyhoo......we must do some draws, but not before I show you a couple of my 'finishes'!

This will become a cushion and I must admit, I have unpicked the wording stitching as I didn't like the thread colour and have restitched it in a lavender which looks lovely.  Next in line for a finish.
I love this pencil case....I think I'll use it for my sewing bits and bobs!  Added some additional buttons as I can't get my suffolk puffs tight enough to look neat!   A quick cover up!!! 
This one's been on the pile for a long time (as you can see) but I finally pulled it out and finished it to flimsy job is quilting it!  Really love this one....... it has bunnies!!!
And I could not have done it without my two budding helpers!!!!   Never far away!
Now to the draws..
I promised two as I was a week early, so the first one is for the early birds...... the $30 voucher from our wonderful sponsor Kitty Rose Cottage.  

By the way, have you seen the new Tilda Hibernation Range?????     Delish!  Pop on over and pre-order some for yourself.  You can even put it on Layby! (ie - pay it off.) 

The second draw is for my Christmas in July joiner-innerers??!!?!?! Is that how it's spelt?  Anyway, you know what I mean.  This prize is from my Tilda stash CHRISTMAS Tilda it's very special and I know whoever wins it will love it!  There's some lovely vintage Tilda's in there!

Now without further ado....
our first winner of the $30 voucher from Kitty Rose Cottage is......

Congratulations Dzintra.....I'll be in touch!   lots to choose from!

And our winner for the Christmas in July promo is.....

Congratulations Vicki Kay!   I'll be in touch with you too to  organise posting your prize!  Hope you love it like I do! 

Now don't forget to sign up for this Friday night's stitch in!  I'm sure I've got the right night this time!   I'll be out all day at the Craft Alive Fair in Townsville but will be sure to be stitching with some new goodies Friday night! (without a doubt!)  

Have a great rest of the week and big sugary hugs to you all xox :o)


Sunday 9 July 2023

What I've been up to and July FNSI sign ups

 The last two months have whizzed by.  I haven't lived in my own home but been staying as a carer with my mother in law and popping home daily to check on things since she returned from her rehab in the SEQ.  Between doctors appointments, physio, chiro, specialists and exercise classes there's not much time left to get much done!  She's doing well, by the way and looking good....the cat (Missy) is so happy to have her home and she's feeling much better after her heart attack earlier this year.  She's back into her cooking (which is her happy place)  but resting lots more.

She's not doing too badly for an 84 year old who's never been 'really' sick.  It's only been in the last year or so that she's started to take any tablets for anything other than panadol so she's done pretty well considering.

Consequently, I haven't got much done in the way of sewing....I've a few hand projects I've been working on getting done, or at least getting the hand stitching parts of projects done so I'm progressing slowly.....just nothing on the machine for now.

Even Moccha approves!!!

But today it's time to catch up and do some draws and prepare for this week's FNSI don't you think?

So, I talked to Mr Linky and checked with our Facebook Group Leader (me!!) and added a whole lotta names in the Wheel for May....(there were 40 of you.....I think that's our record so's awesome having so many like minded stitchers join in) .......and remember I said there'd be TWO winners for May as it was my birthday month?   

Well the first of our two lucky winners, who will receive our regular monthly prize of a $30 voucher donated by the lovely Dawn of Kitty Rose Cottage, is........

Congratulations gorgeous girl.....hope you enjoy your prize and purchase something you've always wanted!!!  

The next prize was a special one as a birthday prize to say thank you for celebrating my birthday with me.   This person will receive a Tilda Club kit which has 6 Tilda Garden Life fat quarters and a beautiful pattern designed by Tied With A Ribbon.

Congratulations to Cheryll Shannon!!!!!  I hope you enjoy your special birthday prize!

And finally, The Wheel got another you think it's starting to get dizzy??  Our June winner was drawn from a list of 33 who joined in and our winner was.......

Congratulations to you Colleen've won yourself a $30 voucher to spend at Kitty Rose Cottage on whatever your heart desires!  what a way to start the term!!!!

Now it's time to get ourselves sorted for this week's FNSI.....

Sign ups are below or on our Facebook Group page.  I'm looking forward to stitching with you all.  Have a wonderful week...back at school for Queenslanders too.....can't wait for Friday! 

Big sugary hugs xox :o)


Tuesday 13 June 2023

A Quickie Post for FNSI and apology

Hi all,  
sorry about not posting a winner yet for my birthday draw.  I promise I will however Mum (in-law) returned from a  3-month trip to Toowoomba after her heart attack in late February and I'm live-in carer at the moment until things settle down and we get everything in place for her.  She had great care with my sister in law down there but she wanted to be 'home'.   Needless to say, she has no internet and I'm just popping in and out of home to feed our animals and spend an hour or so with them each day.  I will get to it I promise!

In the meantime, it's time again .... can you believe it?   This Friday is the third of the month sneaks up so quickly.  So add your name to the list below or on the Facebook page and I'll be sure to be sewing this Friday night with you all.

Big love and sugary hugs :o) xox

Thursday 18 May 2023

A Special May FNSI

 It's birthday month for me...YIPPEEEEEE!  so a special FNSI this month.  

Not only will there be a prize of a $30 voucher for one lucky person to spend at our wonderful sponsor's  Kitty Rose Cottage shop, but I will be giving away a Kitty Rose LBOC kit to someone to say thank you for celebrating my birthday with me!  So, TWO prizes to celebrate!  Isn't that fun???

All you have to do is join with us on Friday night (wherever you are in the world...after all Friday night stitching lasts well into the weekend doesn't it???), link in either below with Mr Linky if you have a blog or on our FNSI Facebook Group.  If you haven't joined yet, it's easy, just go to the page and ask to join!  If you're having trouble, just message me and I'll invite you.  Then post up your activity during the night...what stitching (and fun) you get up to and I'll draw two winners next week.  It's easy!

I'm happy for you to share the love if you like by sharing the birthday image above to any of your social networks, whether Facebook, Instagram, blog or other...just remember to link it back here.  After all, the more the merrier, right?  And inspiration is everywhere out there...we just have to be able to see it and this is the perfect way to inspire our sometimes 'dying' mojo!  I've always found it gets me back on track!

In the meantime, we have a winner to draw for last month's FNSI.

Thirty-two lovely ladies joined with us last month and we saw some beautiful my mojo jigging!!!    Well, the Wheel of Names has done its magic and the lucky winner of the $30 Kitty Rose Cottage voucher for April is........


I'm sure you'll find lots to spend that voucher on!!

Now, get your names on the don't want to miss this month's shenanigans!

Big sugary hugs xox :o)

Wednesday 19 April 2023

April FNSI and a March Winner

 Well looky here!!!  I'm on time!  Who would have thunk?   

I must say there is a very good reason for it.....I am now not working at all!  From my doctors visit I found I have 2 bulging discs in my back and lifting anything over 5 kg and twisting was causing further problems.  My doctor recommended (very strongly) that I leave both jobs as both involved heavy lifting and twisting so I've been on the lookout for some admin work but that's difficult when you're in a regional town.  So what's a girl to do???  

Apart from applying for any job I can physically do, yep, I've been catching up on some UFOs and I'm pleased to say I've got one of my big ones finished to flimsy stage.  I think I might even get this professionally quilted (if I get a job!) otherwise I'll be perfecting my fmq-ing!   My problem is not the quilting part, it's the sandwiching, as I don't have the space to lay it down and pin it.  I do quite like the pool noodle method but I'm sure this one's going to be way too big for any table (or pool noodles) I own!  Now my 2018 Fat Quarter Shop Designer Mystery Block of the Month is complete I need to start on my 2019 one.  Only 2020, 2021 and 2022 to go before the 2023 kits start to arrive!!!!

A couple of the latest Little Box of Creativity projects designed by our lovely sponsor Dawn Hay of Kitty Rose Cottage have been ticked off the list only about a cupboardful to work my way through!  *eek*  If you like either of the LBOC projects above, pop on over to the Kitty Rose Cottage website and sign can buy them individually or subscribe and get them monthly...a kit with everything you need included.  

I've got a couple of things in the works for our FNSI so it will be interesting to see what I get done! I'm trying to whittle away at my pile....not much of an indent but at least it's started!  

What have you got planned for FNSI?  Remember you can sign up below or over in the Facebook Group on the FNSI post for this month.  I'm looking forward to stitching with you!  It's always fun, isn't it?

Finally, after my curfuffle with my All About Face FNSI last month, I'm ready to draw the winner for March and that will bring us up to date! (well, me......more to the point!)
Here goes....
our winner for March is - 

CONGRATULATIONS HELEN!!!!!'ll be receiving a $30 gift voucher to use for whatever your heart desires at Kitty Rose Cottage!!!  

Hope you enjoy your prize!  Now, remember to sign up either here or on the Facebook Group post and we'll see you on Friday night.  Keep in mind...... *wink*
......bring cake! 

Big sugary hugs xox :o)