Thursday, October 2, 2014

Put a little ‘Joy’ in your heart – Block 6: Let’s start Christmas SAL

Let’s do a little recap…….

We started this stitch-a-long on Thursday 28th August 2014 where I released one Christmas stitchery block HERE in my Craftsy shop for you to nab and stitch along with me, and then, each following Thursday through to today, I released another.

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Can you believe we’re up to the last one, number six, already?  It’s flown by so quickly….a bit like this year has, hasn’t it?  Which is why you don’t want to be caught short, leaving your Christmas planning till……..later???   I know I’m usually the one to do that, and before I know it, it’s Christmas Eve and I’m madly rushing around trying to organise things.

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This year I want there to be Joy throughout the Christmas preparations with not a tear in the house, which is why I’ve left this wonderful Christmas word till last, as my constant reminder! 

Could you believe, over on the Facebook Group page (yes, we have a group page for the Let’s Start Christmas stitchers!), a few of the girls were trying to guess this week’s word….and one lucky Miss did!!!   Good on you Teresa, you clever little thing you!  If I’d thought about it earlier, I would have suggested everyone had a go and offered a prize for the winner/s!  Never mind, we all now know that Teresa is our clever clogs of the week! Yaaaaay.

So, pop on over and grab your copy of this week’s block - ‘Joy’.  For only $2USD, it’s a bargain!


Next week, on the 9th October, a pattern for a Christmas table runner featuring all 6 stitcheries (and a little extra stitchery freebie) will be available FREE for all those people who have bought all 6 blocks.  I’ll be emailing it out to you on the 9th. 

But don’t worry if you haven’t purchased yours yet.  You’ll still be able to buy all six patterns until the 8th and still qualify for the free pattern with extra stitcheries……OR…….. I’ll have the entire pattern with all 6 blocks to purchase , with the additional stitcheries, for $14.95USD.  It’s up to you!

Just think what quick gifts you could make using any or all of these sweet blocks.

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Now, I best go and put the finishing touches to the table runner!  I really want there to be Christmas Joy in our house this year!

xox Sugary hugs :o)


Wednesday, October 1, 2014


It has been one hectic week or two around here…..surprise visits from a brother from down south whom I haven’t seen for a couple of years, working ‘full-time’ (or much more than usual) as one of our key staff members came down with pneumonia and was taken to hospital, (and yes, he’s getting much better) and organising meetings for a new artisans association in our district….getting it off the ground has been a full-on experience…..writing policy documents and organisational structures etc has been a time-warp-kinda-experience that’s for sure - I’ve really had to step back to my teaching and management days.

And now I’m preparing for our Relay for Life this weekend, which has snuck around kind of quickly…..I wasn’t expecting it quite yet, so meetings for that and, phew, I’m exhausted!

But unexpectedly, my wonderful man noticed my ‘stress’ and brought me a gorgeous flower from the garden to remind me to STOP….and smell…..


Isn’t it just perfect? (and isn’t he wonderful?) The photo doesn’t quite do it justice as it has such a gorgeous deep apricot centre that flows into the rich colours of sunset……just an amazing creation.  I am lucky in so many ways!

It was also a ‘pleasant’ stumbling block when the television stopped working last week….it gave me the perfect opportunity to sit at my machine and catch up. Normally I get home and flop in front of the telly with a coffee and ‘veg’ for a bit.   But I’ve managed to catch up on my ‘Tis the Season’

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and today being my first ‘free day’ for a while, means I get to catch up some more, and hopefully even finish it!  After the obligatory housework of course…….

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which makes me wonder……why don’t houses come in a self-cleaning mode? Whoever patents that will be one rich and very clever bunny! I know, I’d be first in line….forget first person to Mars…..I’d rather have a self-cleaning house, wouldn’t you?!

Speaking of which, there’s a load of washing to hang out………………. Rosie???????

xox Sugary hugs :o)


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Catch up day

Phew….this week has gone by like a firestorm, hasn’t it?  I can’t believe it’s Thursday already……but, I must admit, I have had to work all three days this week so far, so really, this is my first day of catch up at home…and there’s so much to do!  (How on EARTH did I fit in full-time work before, I wonder?)

So here’s a quick rundown of what’s been happening here….

I sent off a parcel to Claire for her birthday this week……it was part of our Birthday Club swap and she was the lucky girl who I had to make a gift for and really ‘glam’ up her birthday, rather than just the normal fat quarter we sent each other…..


Quite inconspicuous, and it really doesn’t give a clue as to the surprise inside…….fully charged with Claire’s favourite colours… and aqua…

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I really hope she likes it…..I just love a birthday, don’t you?


Then I was the lucky one….I won a prize in the Patchwork & Quilting Celebrations…totally unexpected but very very happy… arrived on Tuesday and how surprised was I?

This HUGE box filled to the brim….

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I’ve got great plans!


I received a couple of blocks in the Scrappy Bee Block challenge….

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…and I’ve even managed to make one myself…

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These blocks are soooo easy and quick to do and take very little fabric….good for using up the scrap pile, as each take only a strip, 16in x 2 1/2in fabric in 6 different colours.  NOICE!!!!The ‘recipe’ to make this block is HERE….a nice quick scrap buster! 

I have managed to keep up with these beauties

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Now, today will be spent sewing them up into a wall hanging….can’t wait to get behind ‘the boss’ again today!  It’s been too long!

xox Sugary Hugs :o)

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Monday, September 22, 2014

FNSI winners

I hope you enjoyed your Friday Night Sew In with everyone….all 55 of us….it certainly was a squeeze at my place, but there’s always room for more, that’s for sure!  If you haven’t had a chance to go and visit our Friday-nighters, you can still pop over here to check out their blogs and what they got up to….there was some gorgeous creations being made….along with lots of yummy nibblies and a glass or three of champers *insert cheeky wink here*

Remember last week I said there would be two winners this month to win approximately a metre of fun Christmas-themed fabric each?

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Here they are….with the help of Mr RNG, we have our two winners this month……







Congratulations  girls, and thanks everyone for joining in this month….looking forward to what we have in store for October…don’t forget to add the date to your calendars.

xox  Sugary hugs  :o)

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Disaster at FNSI….

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I was happily stitching along, finishing off my 10th out of the twelve ‘Tis the Season stitchery blocks and thinking I would at least get this block done tonight….

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but lo and behold, the inevitable happened!….Yep, I ran out of my trusty DMC 221.  So I do what I always do….go and look at my thread stash….

IMG_4956 (1024x768)….and I’ll confess, this is only ‘part’ of my stash.  This is just my DMCs and my Anchor threads….all others are safely stored in the sewing room whilst these ones sit snugly by me in their little boxed house in the lounge where it’s ‘easy access’ all the way!     But despite having each container chokingly full (you can see the two new ones hubby bought me from the fishing tackle shop yesterday….and I didn’t even need to ask!), I never had a spare…I couldn’t believe it.  Not even an equivalent in Anchor!  Shame on me! 

So it was an enforced early finish of FNSI for me, going to bed at 10pm (which is early for me on my ‘Stitchy Friday’).  It really was well needed  and welcomed after the bug hit me last week.   I’m nearly 100% better now, not quite, but not enough to stop me going to the shop this morning to replenish my stocks!

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A girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do! So guess what I’ll be doing this afternoon?

Why not pop by HERE and click on each link to visit everyone who came to stitch last night.  Loads of inspiration, and if you didn’t get to join us last night, we’ve got another coming up on the 3rd Friday of next month……which will be the 17th October, you’re always more than welcome…..the more the merrier, and you might even win a prize!

xox  Sugary hugs :o)

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Friday, September 19, 2014

A reminder for FNSI tonight

I’ve been a bit ‘blah’ this week so haven’t been around to let you know so here’s just a quickie to remind you, if you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to sign up for FNSI tonight and join with us on our virtual sewing Friday get-together.


You can go HERE to link in and, after the weekend, Mr RNG and I will check through and see what you’ve been up to and award not one, but TWO FNSI prizes this month.

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Two 1-metre lengths of Christmas fabrics….perfect timing, right??   So make sure you’re linked up so we can come and meet with you!

I’ve started a bit early and I’ll be continuing working on these cuties…..

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What will you be up to??

Sugary hugs and see you soon!

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

FNSI sign ups

Been a bit on the quiet side this past week, being struck down by the latest flu/virus/infection....have not been feeling up to it so please excuse my absence....despite is the sign ups for this weeks Friday Night Sew In

YES, it has snuck up on us again, hasn’t it? 

I have some sweet Christmas fabrics (a metre each) for prizes this month for TWO lucky FNSI-er so make sure you’ve got your nibblies sorted and your stitching planned AND you sign up below….(don’t forget to blog about it on the weekend)  

If you’re new to Friday Night Sew In, read all about it in the tab labelled FNSI at the top of my blog….then sign up, join in on Friday Night and knock yourself out…..we do, and it’s always a blast!

Looking forward to stitchin with ya!

xox Sugary hugs :o)