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)

Monday, 20 March 2023

All About Face FNSI and winners

 Well this is a bit of a topsy turvy post.   I hurt my back last week and have been off work....don't know what I did....sat down and then couldn't get up without extreme pain!   Hence the thought of FNSI couldn't have been further from my mind (wash my mouth out!)

Thank goodness for a number of treasured friends who reminded me and brought me out of my slump!  I'm so sorry for those who regularly watch the blog for link ins but by time I realised it was late Friday afternoon and I didn't have time to post, so all went via the Facebook group.  For this reason I'm not drawing this month's winner but leaving this post open for anyone to join in post-FNSI with links to their blogs if they wish.  I'll draw this month's winner next month!   What a shamozzle! *slaps forehead*.

I still don't have an outcome for my back.....still sore but not excrutiating like it was. I've had a CT scan and blood tests done and my doctor's appointment is on Wednesday so hopefully I'll have some news then.  Meanwhile it's rest at home and nothing strenuous.

I did manage some catchups on my Lucy Boston POTC  blocks.  

I'm up to date now with 58 blocks done.  Think I'm halfway there???  They're looking really pretty in the Tilda fabrics, some vintage, some new and all chosen by our lovely sponsor Dawn at Kitty Rose Cottage.  These are great to hand stitch in front of the television of an evening or when you feel like some quiet slow stitching....I love them.   Dawn has them prepared monthly in a kit if you'd like to join in HERE.  You'll get two blocks a month, which I find is quite're making a quilt without realising it!  I did get this one done before FNSI, at the beginning of the month too....

It's slightly out on the fussy cutting but that's what you get when you just eyeball it instead of doing the job properly!!    Still, I'm happy with it.

At the beginning of the year I promised myself I'd finish off a few of my longstanding UFOs so here I am.....last weekend (pre-back injury) sewing up a storm with my 2018 Mystery designer BOM from Fat Quarter Shop.   I love these each year...the fabrics are beautiful and often something I wouldn't ordinarily choose but love all the same and they always stretch my capabilities.  I find I learn something new with every block.  I'm up to putting this one all together now......when I feel I can sit and sew or stand and cut! 

Well I guess it's time for our catch-up draws!  Something everyone's been waiting for.  Fingers crossed!   Here goes....

January's winner of a $30 voucher at Kitty Rose Cottage is.......

...and February's winner who also wins a $30 voucher at Kitty Rose Cottage is.....

congratulations to both of you....I'm sure you'll find something you'll be able to use at Kitty Rose Cottage, that's for sure!

And thank you to everyone who joins in each month.   Our merry band of stitchers is growing each month and we're around 35 each month now.   More the merrier so if you know anyone who'd like to join in, please invite them to our Facebook group...we'd love to have them join.

I'll post March's winners with next month's so there's time, if you didn't get to join due to my topsy turvy-ness, to link in here or on the facebook group page.   I won't add the Mr Linky Link here however if you leave a comment with your blog name (remember to eliminate the . and the @ by using the words instead -eg  abcde(at)bigpond(dot)net so you don't get spammed!!), I'll be sure to add you in!

Big sugary hugs to you all and thank you for all the love xox