Monday, December 15, 2014

Friday Night Sew In - Sign ups

This Friday is our last FNSI for the year so I've something special in store......

Our annual Christmas Friday Night Stitching Party.

As always, one random participant will be randomly drawn out to receive a gorgeous prize that just happens to express how important you all are in my Friday Night Sew In's...

This beautiful panel could be used to make a cushion, a table runner or two wall hangings or....or....or......let your imagination go wild......

But it's sentiment is so important.....without you all, Friday nights just wouldn't be the guys MAKE my Friday nights....I look forward to them all month!  So this is just perfect for the end of the year and the beginning of a new one, to let you know how much you mean to me.

As well as being entered in to win this beauty, I will be sending each of you who sign up, a new stitchery design (so new, I'm yet to start it!) to let you know how much you mean to me! I promise it will be one you'll love and be able to use in a number of ways....perhaps for a special friend or colleague.....or maybe a daughter or mother, aunt or grandma?

So gather up your friends and let's have a Christmas stitching party to behold!

Post the button on your blog, link it back here and let EVERYONE know. 

I bet we'll have security come around and tell us to keep quiet because we're making so much noise....our stitching party will extend out to the street!  Woohoooooo.......  I'll be sure to notify the authorities early!

Sign up below, join in on our virtual stitch-fest on Friday night (wherever you are in the world) and post about it on your blog over the weekend.  You'll need to have followed all these steps to receive your goodies, otherwise with everybody here, how will I know you've made it?   You'll get lost in the crowd!!!! 
So looking forward to our wonderful Christmas Sew In......can't wait to see you...I'll have the champagne and canapes ready for your arrival!

xox Sugary hugs :o)

Monday, December 8, 2014

Friday Night With Friends

Joined the lovely Chez on Friday night for some stitching love…….got a little bit done….

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and would you believe it?  I still have the binding to do! This is some secret stitching for a swap I’m in (shhhhhhhh!), but seeing as I know the recipient doesn’t ‘do’ blogs, I’m safe sharing it here.

I used up some batting scraps that I’ve been saving too, and I used this fusible webbing tape……amazingly easy to use, and you would never know it wasn’t an entire piece!

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Very happy!

The design is by Carolyn Beam, Creative Editor of Quiltmaker Magazine.  I’ve just changed it up a little with a different colourway and border

Stockings All Aroundvia Quiltmaker Magazine


I also did a little bit on another project…..

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Another Secret Squirrel one……working madly to have it ready for Christmas giving.

If you get a chance, pop on over to Chez’s place and see what all the other girls got up to on Friday night!  Lots of sleighbells and Christmas Carols, seeing as it was the last one for 2014 (doesn’t that sound funny?).  Be sure to join us in 2015 when Chez starts  FNWF up again in January.

xox Sugary hugs :o)




Thursday, December 4, 2014

chocolate-filled birthday wishes

It’s so hard to believe that this little miracle

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born 6 weeks prematurely, very unexpectedly but very, VERY loved

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turned twenty just this week.

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As is the tradition in Sugarlane House, dinner is birthday boy’s choice….so it was definitely lasagne, salad and garlic bread

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followed by chocolate mud cake baked earlier that day

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But not just ANY chocolate mud cake…….

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Seeing as we’re an ‘adult’ now….not a teenager anymore and definitely no longer a premmie, we had Baileys Chocolate Mud Cake slathered in Baileys dark chocolate ganache.

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So good!  But that was not enough……we had to go out for another birthday dinner a couple of nights later to celebrate with the extended family and a few of Nick’s friends… another chocolate cake had to be made…….

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….seeing a pattern here??  SOMEONE likes adores chocolate!

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Choc raspberry cake, filled with raspberry jam and fresh cream and topped with (again!) chocolate ganache and fresh raspberries.  Not a crumb left……think it was a hit!

They do say chocolate is good for your health….and it certainly has done wonders for this little premmie of mine………

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The happiest of birthday wishes  to my wonderful 6ft2in, chocolate fuelled blessing.  Love you to the moon and back

xox Sugary hugs :o)


Sunday, November 30, 2014

Checking In

This week has just flown by...what with working, stitching new designs, getting Christmas gifts finalised, specialist visits with hubby and checking in on my mother in law who has hurt her back, I haven't had much blogging I thought I'd quickly check in.
This afternoon I'm stitching up a Christmas gift....
While I 'babysit' Mum-in-law.  Using some gorgeous Cottage Garden threads....just love how they stitch out!  Off to prepare lunch....hope you're getting lots done 
Xox sugary hugs :o)

Monday, November 24, 2014

FNSI winner

It’s time…. and I realised I hadn’t shared the prize with you yet!  That’s what happens when you work 6 days in a row and then spend the seventh day pressure cleaning the outside of our new Artspace building. My brain has just been all over the place.

So here is what the winner of this month’s FNSI will receive…..

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…..this gorgeous Orange Daisy damselfly stitchery kit along with a handmade butterfly button by Nikki Tervo Designs.  Both perfect for the last days of spring, don’t you think? (well it is here in the southern half)

Have you had a chance to go visiting all the FNSI-ers yet? There were 50 of us participating and I’m sure there were loads of Christmassy surprises being made.  Make sure you pop back HERE for everyone’s links….so much inspiration and you never know, you may just find another blog to add to your favourites list.Swishingvia The Crafty Creek

Margaret from The Crafty Creek managed to finish the hem on this gorgeous chiffon Gabriola skirt she’s been working on….whilst Josie managed to stitch down a couple of Stonefields blocks, after not sewing for some time……

got a giggle from her helper too….

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Melody managed to finish another of these beautiful aprons for Christmas….isn’t she a clever chicky?  But who is our November FNSI winner?  Here’s a clue….


Our winner this month got to play with a particular love of mine……Fig Tree….and she got a whole heap more done too….a very productive night for Kim…..congratulations!!!!  I’ll be in touch and thank you to everyone for joining in.  Hope you had as much fun as I did.

Next month will be the last month for the year and our last FNSI for 2014.  We’ll have to make it a special one!  Any ideas?  Wouldn’t it be lovely if we could do a pot luck dinner and trot around to each other’s houses and eat and stitch and laugh and stitch and eat some more? 

Hope you enjoyed our FNSI….  Next month’s is on Friday 19th, a week before Christmas so it’s last minute Christmas things if you’re slow like me!  Don’t forget to jot it down in your diary.

xox  sugary hugs :o)


Friday, November 21, 2014

FNSI tonight….don’t forget to join

Looking forward to tonight with all of you.  We’ve got 38 signed up so far…..let all your friends know so we can have a HUGE night!  

If you haven’t signed up yet……link ups are HERE 

Have you made your chocolate bliss balls yet? 



And before I head off to work, here’s a couple of new posters I’ve designed to put a smile on your dial….

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every reason


Can’t wait till tonight!

xox Sugary hugs :o)


Thursday, November 20, 2014

FNSI nibblies

I did tell you I’d have ‘healthy’ and ‘chocolate’ in the same recipe didn’t I?  Well, I forgot to tell you there would be some ‘scrumdiddlyumptious’ in there too!

How would you feel if I told you the recipe was for some CHOCOLATE BLISS BALLS ?  mm mmmmmmmmmm???

These are so easy to make and full of protein and fibre, you just can’t feel bad about eating them. *wink*

This recipe makes 10 serves, one ball is one serve and you can keep them in the fridge or freezer to snack on as you wish.  But be careful, you will only need one or two with a glass of wine or hot beverage as each ball is packed full of 100 calories (420kj) of goodness.  As they say, every good thing in moderation!




  • 67 unsalted almonds
  • 90 grams pitted, dried dates (approx 13)
  • 11 grams  cocoa/cacao (approx 2 3/4 tspns)
  • 3/4 tspn coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 tspn chia seeds
  • 2/3 tspn  vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tspn cinnamon
  • 1/2 tablespoon desiccated coconut


  • Place almonds in a food processor and blend until ground well.
  • Add dates, cocoa, coconut oil, chia seeds, vanilla and cinnamon and blend until well combined.  If you need to adjust quantities of ingredients to reach a consistency that’s easy to roll into balls, then do so.
  • Roll mixture into 10 bite-sized balls and roll in desiccated coconut.
  • Refrigerate to firm up a little.  Can be frozen.

Nutritional Information:

Energy:  420kj/100cal Fat:  6g
Protein:  1.6g Saturated Fat: 1/5g
Carbohydrates:  7g

mmmmmm….can’t wait till Friday


xox Sugary hugs :o)