I don't have fireflies in my garden - which is a shame... only cats, bees, a dog and the odd dragonfly!! So please settle down with a cuppa, put your feet up and enjoy!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Catch up time!

Pleasure is spread through the earth
In stray gifts to be claimed by whoever shall find.
~ William Wordsworth, 1806 ~

I just realised that I have been very remiss in not showing you a couple of snaps....

1. Remember The Snowflower Diaries "Spring Witch" that I stitched for the March theme of the Hallo'ween SAL Blog?  I haven't showed you what I did with this little cutie.  So here she is all finished:

The Snowflower Diaries - Spring Witch
finished as a gift for Valérie 
When I was stitching my little Spring Witch I had a plan in mind as to what to do with her right from the start. Except as per usual, my timing was rubbish and I was very late in finishing and sending it off.

The original plan was to send her to Valérie (fée le point) for her birthday in March.  But time just ran away with me and it was April and well past Valérie's birthday before I got myself organised and sent off the little witch on her adventure to France.

2. The second thing that I have been very remiss in telling you about is a lovely gift from Kaye (Kitten Stitching) that I received a few weeks ago.

Giveaway Gift from Kaye
The package included 2 lovely pieces of fabric (a pretty yellow one and gorgeous floral one); a nail file that looks like a ruler (dual purpose!); a lovely charm and the most wonderful embroidery book.  A really lovely surprise from Kaye - can't wait to find just the right thing to use the fabric for and the book is a lovely addition to my craft bookcase :o)  Thank you Kaye, and I am so sorry that I have been so slack in showing off your lovely gift.

Well that's it for this post - I think I am now up to date with all my news.... So til the next time when I will hopefully have some stitching to show, take care and happy stitching!



Hugs xx
Stitching Noni




Sunday, June 8, 2014

Lizzie Kate "Jingles" SAL May Update

Really I don't dislike to cook, but what you cook is eaten so quickly.  
When you sew, you have something that will last to show for your efforts
~ Elizabeth Travis Johnson ~

Lizzie Kate "Jingles Flip-It"
Lizzie Kate "Jingles" SAL update - stitching with RitaAnnette and Nia

If you read my last post yesterday you would be almost right in thinking that I haven't gotten very far with "Jingles" since that last update... so shall we see just how far I am with this fun design?

So this was where I was up to last time I showed you Jingles on 4th May 2014.....

Lizzie Kate - "Jingles" as at 3/5/2014
and this is where I am at as of today (well 2 June 2014 actually):

Lizzie Kate - "Jingles" as at 2/6/2014
So what do think?  Pretty good progress for the month or what??  I am pretty pleased at where I am after only stitching on this for a couple of months.

I was hoping that by taking the photo outside in the sun that you would see the pretty sparkle in the fabric but it doesn't quite show up... but believe me it is there!

"Jingles" is now put away as I need to get my big fat stitching backside moving on an exchange piece that I am supposed to send off by the end of June.  Of course that means I have to stay away from my iPad and "Farmville 2"!!



Til next time, happy stitching and jingling!!
Stitching Noni xx

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Old Mac Noni had a farm......

Video games ruined my life. (Good thing I have two more.)
~ Author Unknown ~

Yep, that's my new song - Old Mac Noni..... I am now a farmer!  Well sort of....
My "Farmville 2" Farm
No, as you can see I am not a real farmer.... I'm just a virtual farmer!  A virtual farm is probably the only farm that I could safely run! If it was a real farm everything would be dead after a week!!!  "Farmville 2" would have to be the most addictive game I have come across in some time!  It is always a case of one minute more or ten minutes more while my sheep is growing wool or while my jacket is crafting.....  Ten minutes becomes an hour almost before you know it!

So yes, while Hubby and I have been quietly achieving with our farms over the last couple of weeks not much else has been done.  No blog posting or blog reading, no stitching and virtually no Facebook news....  I blame the weather! It has been quite cold and overcast lately as winter rolls in and that type of weather just makes me want to curl up on the couch in front of the fire and vegetate!  The photos below were taken from our front yard last Monday morning around 8am. The misty, foggy cloud lasted for about another hour or so after I took the photo before the sun finally managed to break through.

View down the street on Monday 2 June 2014
View down the street the other way on Monday 2 June 2014
I must admit that my inactivity is not just all about the weather.  Since Easter I have been back to working 5 days a week and I am finding it a bit challenging some weeks!  Fingers crossed it is only a short term thing as I do miss my Fridays off... that was the day when I would get most of my stitching done!  We are currently in middle of some re-organisation at work and my boss is currently Acting Managing Director... which means I am supporting him in his new role as well as continuing to do my original role. Hence, the five days a week and the brain fade every night..... which is where Farmville 2 comes in.... it is about the only level of activity that my poor old body and brain can handle!!!  But I am not complaining really.... I am very blessed that I have a job and the extra $$'s from the extended working hours never go astray!  Hence the stash building I have started doing by adding to my collection of Nora Corbett Mira charts!! :o)

Now onto some stitching updates......

My TUSAL photo for May was taken outside last Sunday a couple of hours after the fog lifted when we finally had some absolutely glorious warm sun!  I always feel energised by the sun during winter... I think I must be solar powered as when there is no sun my batteries really run down - summer is definitely my best season!

TUSAL May 2014
My stitching since the last TUSAL report has been all about Lizzie Kate's "Jingles".... up until 2 weeks ago when I found Farmville 2 any way.  So the new ORT's in jar are all whites and reds with a little bit of blue tossed in for good measure!

Now for those of you, like the lovely Rita, who are waiting for a "Jingles" update - sorry but I am going to make you wait til tomorrow :o) - after all my pig has just finished rolling around in the mud and I need the clay to make an ale mug and sell it to the Trader before time runs out!

So, that's it for another monthly ORT report.  Don't forget if you would like to sign up and join in the fun for the last half of this year, then pop on over to Daffycat's blog and leave a comment saying that you're in and start collecting your ORT's!  Even if you don't want to collect your ORT's, you will find links to some great blogs that you can read to while away the hours!!

The next 2014 ORT report will be ready for publication on or around 27th June 2014.  (Gosh that will mark the end of the first six months of the year!)

New Moons - 2014
27th June
26th July
25th August
23rd September
23rd October
22nd November
21st December

Til next time happy stitching!




"Bee" happy and keep stitching!
Hugs, Stitching Noni xx

Sunday, May 4, 2014

"May the Fourth Be With You!"

Google Image

Hello again!  It is the 4th May... and today it would have been Audrey Hepburn's 85th Birthday.  She is one of my favourite all-time actresses, so when I saw that Google was mentioning her birthday day I decided to also mention it!

In our little humble home, the 4th May is a very special day as well.  Today would have been the 100th birthday of Hubby's late father.  Can you imagine what changes he would have experienced if he was still alive today?  Today is also the anniversary of Hubby's parent's wedding... and it is our Wedding Anniversary on Tuesday... so with three such special events all so close together we thought we might just go out to lunch today!

Oh, and of course it is also Star Wars day - "May the fourth be with you"!!!

So this is a very quick post to show you where I am at with "Jingles" and "Spring Bouquet."

Spring Bouquet - MS Blog Lovers SAL #5

Margaret Sherry - Spring Bouquet as at 2/5/2014
After a week of stitching this is where I am currently at with "Spring Bouquet".  I am absolutely loving this design.  The purple and pink hues are so pretty.  And I am sure you have noticed, if you know the design, that I am stitching all around the white at this stage!!!

This one is now off the q-snaps for the weekend and "Jingles" is back on them and feeling the love of my needle!

Lizzie Kate's Jingles - SAL with Rita, Annette, Nia

Lizzie Kate - Jingles as at 3/5/2014
I started stitching "Ho Ho Ho Holiday" yesterday afternoon and I am about half way through already! What a quick stitch this one is looking like being!   Will be doing a wee bit more on this tonight and I will finish the design before going back to Spring Bouquet.

So that's it for a very quick update on this week's stitching.  Hopefully there will be some more pretty colours to show next week!

Til next time, happy stitching and "may the fourth be with you"!


Hugs, Stitching Noni xx


Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Lizzie Kate "Jingles" SAL April Update

Goals are dreams with deadlines
~Diana Scharf Hunt ~

Lizzie Kate "Jingles Flip-It"
Lizzie Kate "Jingles" SAL update - stitching with RitaAnnette and Nia.

The last time you saw my Lizzie Kate "Jingles" I had only just started the first design in the series - Deck the Halls.  Well I am happy to say that I have now finished that one! Yippee!! It only took me just over a week to stitch, which hopefully is a good sign for the other ones to come!!!


Now all I have to do is get this back on the Q-snaps and start stitching the next one before the May update!!


Til next time, happy stitching and jingling!!
Stitching Noni xx

Monday, April 28, 2014

TUSAL - April 2014

Try not. Do or do not. There is no try
~Yoda ~ The Empire Strikes Back

Goodness, here we are again.... another TUSAL post and ORT report.  And did you notice - I am on time this month!!!  Amazing what a week off work has done for my time management!!!  But I will have to warn you that normal service will be resumed shortly... back at work today... and from now on I will be working 5 days a week for the foreseeable future so my spare time will be severely curtailed!!  Oh well... as they say "the only constant is change"!!

April 2014 TUSAL
So as you saw from my last post yesterday, I have been doing a little bit of stitching during April.  All those lovely long weekends make for more stitching time!!

This month we have threads from my Halloween April Ornie, Jingles April stitching and also the start of the MS SAL #5 sitting on top of the jar.  I decided to stick with the Owl theme of April and take the photo with my little Owl that sits on the bookcase in the Craft Room.

That's it for this short ORT report.  If you would like to sign up and join in the fun this year, then pop on over to Daffycat's blog and leave a comment saying that you're in and start collecting your ORT's!  And if you don't want to join in with the ORT collecting, you will still find links to some great blogs that you can read to while away the hours!!

The next 2014 ORT report will be ready for publication on or around 28th May 2014.

New Moons - 2014
28th May
27th June
26th July
25th August
23rd September
23rd October
22nd November
21st December

Til next time happy stitching!




"Bee" happy and keep stitching!
Hugs, Stitching Noni xx