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!

Friday, July 31, 2015

Sneak Peek.... Halloween Style!

As most of you know I have been trying to stitch monthly Halloween designs as part of the Hallowe'en Ornie SAL 2015 Blog.... most month's I don't always manage to have a finish to show... but....

I am on time this month; I have finished my July "Haunted House", and I have even managed to get a post up by the end of July!!

My Haunted House is from "The Trilogy's Halloween Sneak Peek".  The last time you saw this design it looked a bit like this:

And now with the Haunted House done it looks like this:

Sneak Peek Halloween - The Trilogy
Haunted House finished July 2015
I did make one small change to the colours on this one.... the yellow/orange that the chart called for was way too close to the fabric colour so I swapped it out for DMC 165.... which does show up somewhat better!

With a little bit of luck I will get the Sneak Peek Black Cat finished in time for an August posting.... and my September theme of "Spooky Words" is almost done as well.... oh, does that mean I might be getting organised! Don't believe it!! :o)

Til til next time.... happy Halloween stitching
Hugs xx

Monday, July 20, 2015

It's a wrap! FNSI & IHSW July Update

Friday Night Sew In (FNSI).... held on the third Friday of every month

Let's start with Friday night's stitching....  I had great intentions of doing heaps of stitching on Friday night but.... I was so knackered when I got home from work that in the end I decided to grab one of the smaller designs that I have been slowly working on rather than risk stitching on something larger and frogging it all out again on Saturday!!

Friday's lucky stitching winner was the little Christmas Kitty freebie from Margaret Sherry.  I started this one back in January, put it down again until April and then forgot about it again until now....

Before I started stitching on Friday night he looked like this:

Christmas Kitty - April 2015
Now he looks like this.... nowhere near finished though!!  Oh well, I am sure there will be another opportunity soon to get him finished!

Christmas Kitty - July 2015
Now after all the fun of a Friday Night Stitch In, don't forget to head back over to Wendy's blog (Sugarlane Designs) to see what she got up to over the weekend.

International Hermit & Stitch Weekend (IHSW).... held on the third weekend (Fri - Sun) of every month

As I mentioned on Friday, the weekend just gone was also IHSW time.  Now that you have seen Friday's stitching effort, let me show you what I stitched on during Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday saw Nora Corbett Christmas Eve Courier "Prancer" come out of the stitching basket.

When you last saw "Prancer" at the beginning of the month he was missing a leg or two...

"Prancer" - 2 July 2015
 I have now managed to completed his two back legs and started on the front leg.  As you will probably notice the top part of the ribbon is still in the same spot as last time!!!  I am trying to leave all the white stitching to the last possible moment.....

"Prancer" - 20 July 2015
Sunday was a very dark and damp day... perfect weather for stitching on a Halloween design!  Which was just as well as I remembered on Friday that I hadn't got myself organised to stitch the Haunted House for the Halloween Ornie Blog post at the end of the month.

So enter "Halloween Sneak Peek" by The Trilogy.  Now the last time you saw this one was way back in February when it looked like this:

"Halloween Sneak Peek" - The Trilogy - February 2015
As you will notice I have stitched some more of the black border and completed one inside box border.  This little inside border will have a haunted house in it eventually!  All I have to do is get the house stitched before the end of the month....

"Halloween Sneak Peek" - The Trilogy - July 2015
If you are wondering what everyone else did over the weekend, drop on over to Joyce's blog and have a look at sign up post for a full list of who was participating.

So that is it for my stitching weekend.... I did do some "finishing" to my MS Lovers Blog exchange piece on Saturday and Sunday.  Fingers crossed that should be in the mail by the end of this week and then hopefully in a couple of weeks time I will be able to show you a finished finish!!! :o)

Enjoy your week, happy stitching
Hugs xx

Sunday, July 19, 2015

TUSAL July 2015

Before I forget again.... I thought I had better get my TUSAL post up!

The orange suitcase is filling up rather quickly.... which is just great!  Lots of ORT's mean lots of stitching happening :o)

Did you see my two new needleminders in the background..... a sweet little shiny Marie (from the Aristocats) and a multicoloured owl!  Gina always has these beautiful shiny things that I just can't resist..... I think I am developing another addiction!!

I will try and get back tomorrow to give you all a stitching update on the FNSI and IHSW, but for now I must go back to my stitching!

Catch you next new moon! Happy stitching...

Hugs xx

If you don't know (or haven't heard) about the 2015 TUSAL, Daffycat is again hosting the fun Totally Useless SAL (TUSAL).  Essentially we stitch and save our ORT's (Old Raggety Threads) and every New Moon those of us participating in the TUSAL post a picture of our ORT's jar, and then leave little msgs for Daffycat on her blog to show that we have been stitching and have posted our wonderful pics.  Please head over to her sign up page and join in the fun!

New Moons - 2015
14th August
13th September
13th October
11th November
11th December

Friday, July 17, 2015

It's sign up day for FNSI & IHSW!

Well.... this is a first for me!  Friday Night Sew In (FNSI).... held on the third Friday of every month!

I have seen this monthly event around on Blog and FB for some time now, but have never got around to signing up and posting about it - but this month I saw the link up post on Wendy's blog in plenty of time!  So now that I have signed up, I just need to get ready for a good Friday stitching marathon - not that I need an excuse to stitch on a Friday night!! :o)

This is probably one of the simplest SAL's to join.... just sign up for the party and on Friday Night (tonight) join in the stitching fun in any way, shape or form, stitch to your heart's content and then share your Friday night stitching pics on a blog post some time over the weekend.

Stage 2 of the party fun is to visit everyone else over the weekend to see what they got up to on Friday night!  After all the fun of the weekend, check back in to Wendy's blog (Sugarlane Designs) on Monday night to see who has won this month’s FNSI randomly drawn prize.

See, I told you it was easy.... I will be stitching tonight anyway so I thought I might as well sign up for the fun of the party.

If you want to join in, go over to Wendy's blog and sign up - the link is right here!  Will see you at the party!

Who needs another reason to stitch all weekend??  Not me, but I will take whatever excuse is on offer to prove that I just have to stitch all weekend, especially as the weather forecast is for a very wet, cold wintery weekend here this weekend!!

So as I mentioned before, today is the third Friday of the month - so that also means that this weekend is IHSW!

Joyce has now posted her sign up post for this weekend... hurry on over and link up for a great weekend of stitching!  And don't forget to visit everyone's blog that is taking part in IHSW from Monday when all those lovely pics and posts will start appearing!

Have a great weekend of stitching... see you on the other side!!

Enjoy your Friday, see you soon....
Hugs xx

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Gifted Gorgeousness SAL 2015 - Update #7

Well, here we are again... another GG SAL post.  These regular monthly posts really show how quickly this year is flying by!

Since the June GG post I have only managed to stitch on 1 of my GG pieces.....

Moutons de Saisons "Printemps et ete" - Collection Tralala
Gift from Kaye from Kitten Stitching.  The original post of when Kaye gave me these charts is here.

Tralala Collection - Mouton de Saisons
Moutons de Saisons "printemps"
The last time you saw, and I stitched on "printemps" was back in March.... I left my sweet little sheep looking like this:

After some love and and attention this week he now looks like this:

There would have been even more progress with this one if I hadn't had to restitch certain areas twice.... darn frog decided to come and sit on my lap this week!!!

I plan to keep stitching on this one for another day or two and then change projects again on the weekend.... so you will see this little cutie again next month!

I do have two other stitching finishes to show you soon - both are gifts so I can't show you until I have sent them off to their new homes.... so fingers crossed next month's GG post will be a lot more exciting than this one!!

Don't forget to visit Jo's blog for the link ups to everyone's GG post for the month!

Til next time, happy stitching
Hugs xx 

If you're not sure what this particular SAL is all about.... Jo from Serendipitous Stitching hosts this SAL - the link to my post late last year about the SAL is here.... but essentially this SAL is about stitching charts/kits or using fabrics & threads that we have received as gifts, won in giveaways or anything that is intended be a gift or giveaway prize... or anything else that you can loosely use the word "gift" for!!  If you wish to sign up for this SAL, click on the button below or the button on my sidebar and you will be re-directed to Jo's blog.

Monday, July 13, 2015

The Alphabet Club & Christmas SAL's

Hi there!

I know I should be giving you a stitching update but I forgot to take some photos on the weekend, so instead of a Monday stitching update I thought I might do a post on a couple of new SAL's that I have recently signed up for...... yes... I know, not another SAL!! ;o)

Those of you that are observant may have noticed that I have added a couple of new badges / images on my sidebar under the SAL's that I am doing and I thought that today's post would be good time to let you know about these two new fun SAL's that are starting up in blogasphere... and hopefully you can all come and join in the fun!

The first one that I wanted to mention is "The Alphabet Club".

"They only met online, but it changed their lives forever."  
This delightful idea came about through an email conversation between Jo (Serendipitous Stitching) and Chiara who blogs at The Grey Tail.  After a number of emails they came up with the idea of an A-Z language challenge and called it "The Alphabet Club" .

This is a posting challenge which will be a monthly posting on the first Saturday of the month (loosely called "Detention Day" after the movie "The Breakfast Club"). Each month's post can be about anything relating to the relevant month's letter/theme from stitching to designers and/or local customs, etc - those of us taking part will all link up with our posts on Chiara's link up post.  As there are 26 letters in the alphabet this will be going for a long time..... 26 months to be exact!! :o)

For the full details of how this came about, and for more in depth info on what it is all about, pop over to Chiara's blog (link here), but as a heads up, the first post will appear on the first Saturday in August and will relate to the letter "A". Jo couldn't wait til August and she has posted a pre-start post which is a great read - link is here.


The second new SAL that I have signed up for is a sister SAL to the Hallowe'en Ornie SAL that Jo hosts.

This one is called the "Christmas Ornie SAL" and will have it's first monthly posting in August.    Kaye from (Kitten Stitching) has taken up the challenge to host this SAL.  I believe there used to be a SAL blog sometime ago that lapsed and now Kaye has started up a brand new blog for this SAL (link is here).

There are monthly themes commencing in August and running through to December 2015.  The themes are:

August -          Mr and/or Mrs Santa
September -   Christmas Tree/Presents
October -        Angels / Nativity
November -    Snowflakes / Snowman/Wintry scene
December -     Free Choice


I am really looking forward getting started with both of these new SAL's and as long as I can get myself organised I should have something to post each month...  So if you're looking for a new posting or stitching challenge, please join in with these two great new SAL's

Til next time when I will be back with some GG SAL and TUSAL posts, have a great week and.....

Happy stitching!
Hugs xx


Saturday, July 4, 2015

Summer Postcard Blog Hop

Today's post is devoted to Summer.... and boy, do we need a visit from Summer - today has started off very foggy and damp and now it is raining.... but then it is Winter down-under so I shouldn't be at all surprised by today's weather! Although strangely we have so far had quite a mild Winter and when the sun is out and there isn't a cold wind blowing, it has been so gorgeous outside

Of course if it's Winter down my way.... then it must be Summer in the Northern Hemisphere! Goes without saying really, doesn't it?

Why am I talking about the weather?  Well, I mention this because I recently signed up to participate in Jo's (Serendipitous Stitching) annual Summer Blog Hop. The theme of this year's Summer Blog Hop is Pets (a theme dear to my heart ).  We all sent an email to Jo with something that we have stitched (or crafted) which relates to a pet that we have (or had) and a little message about what pets mean to us.

The blog hop has now started and I am the first cab off the rank to receive a Pet inspired Summer postcard!

This is the postcard that I received from Cheryl:

Cheryl blogs over at "Today I Found...." and the message that she sent along with her postcard is:

I have enjoyed the company of cats all my life.  I remember there always being 5 cats around at any given time during my childhood. 
Funny thing ... I currently have 5 kitty friends that I visit with on a regular basis.  They are "alley cats" who live with various neighbors all sharing the alley that runs between our buildings. 
The cat sampler pictured is one that I designed a few years ago.  I am sharing the pattern on my website here: http://hobbyloco.com/patterns/cat_sampler.html
Enjoy! ~ Cheryl

Thank you Cheryl for sending such a sweet postcard for the blog hop.... and thank you for the link to your lovely freebie kitty sampler.

I wonder who will receive my postcard..... stay tuned to Jo's blog to find out who is next on the blog hop list for a postcard.

Til next time, happy stitching
Hugs xx

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Stitching Update.... Nora Corbett's "Prancer"


I have just realised that I have been extremely remiss in my stitching updates lately.... I recently showed you my progress on Nora Corbett's "Comet" but I completely forgot to show you the companion piece "Prancer".

So I will now correct that over-sight.... here is my current progress shot for Nora Corbett's "Prancer"

The last time I showed you "Prancer" he looked like this..

Now my gorgeous reindeer looks like this:

I have just placed an order for some more of this beautiful "Arabian Nights" fabric from the Stitches & Spice website so that I can stitch some more of these sweet reindeers when I have finished these two!

That's it for today....

Til next time, happy stitching!


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Stitching Update.... Happy Howloween!

Who's ready for a stitching update?  So far I have been sticking to the weekly rotation and over the last week I have been beavering away on "Happy Howloween".

Last time I showed you this WIP was back in April when I was doing the A-Z Blog Challenge.  I originally started stitching this crazy little design back in January and with a bit of luck the next time I pick this one up it will be a finish!

So how much have I stitched on it since the last update?

April pic below:

June WIP update pic:

Not bad, huh?  Spending a whole week on a WIP is certainly helping these projects move along at a cracking pace rather than the snail's pace that they were doing!

For those that might be interested and haven't seen my previous post - "Happy Howloween" is a freebie design from Brooke Nolan and you can find the design on Brooke's website - the link to the freebie page is here.

That's it for today....

Til next time, happy stitching!