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!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Friday Frolics and Weekend Stitching....

Hello!  I have now emerged from a wonderful 3 day weekend with some stitching progress to show off!  The weather was fantastic and both Hubby and I had a very lazy, do nothing but stitching weekend!  My favourite kind of weekend :o)

As you probably read in my last post, I have recently been stitching on my "Faces of JE Mystery SAL" piece again and over the weekend I just kept on going with this one!  I am finding it hard to put it away this time....

I was supposed to take a photo on Friday night before I started stitching, and another one after my Friday night effort, so that I could do a Friday Frolics post... but I forgot!  So this post is covering my FF stitching as well as a general update on my SAL piece.

When I posted last week after IHSW & FNSI my SAL piece looked like this:

She now looks like this:

I have now started filling in her skin by stitching 1 over 1 which is taking a bit of time..... (as it does!!)  I have so enjoyed stitching on this fairy which means I have to make a decision as to whether to keep it out for another few days or swap her for another WIP that is sitting in the basket.

Before I go I must show you a couple of pics.... one is of the gorgeous roses that I picked from the front garden on Sunday.  Our roses are starting to show off their Spring colours and they look amazing...

And secondly, seeing as I showed you a picture of Oscar enjoying the sun the other day.... I really should show you the other two.... Felix and Mitzi on guard in Daddy's office.....  Have no idea what was outside that was attracting their attention but they are certainly intent on something!

Speaking of Mitzi - I have to tell you what her favourite movie is at the moment: 101 Dalmatians.

We had the telly on the other night and the 101 Dalmatians movie was on while we were doing the dishes - next thing I noticed Mitzi sitting by the couch watching the TV!  I managed to grab my phone without disturbing her and took a video of her watching all the puppies.  She even barked when the 2 baddies appeared!!!  Don't think she likes Hugh Laurie and Mark Williams anymore!!  I was amazed at how glued she was to the movie!  So cute too....  She often watches the TV but this is first time she has sat for so long...normally after 10 mins or so she loses interest but not this time.  I think she ended up watching almost the whole movie!!

So that's for today!  See you again next week when hopefully I will have some more stitching to show you!

Ta-ta for now.... happy stitching!
Hugs xx

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

IHSW - Sept 2015

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

Guess what?  I have finished "Feelin' Festive".... see what a weekend of stitching can do!!

"Feelin' Festive" - Designer: Lizzie Kate
Finished Sept 2015
It is such a wonderful feeling to have another WIP ticked off the list.  And, as I always try to do these days.... I am shoe-horning him into this month's theme for Christmas Ornie SAL Blog - Christmas Trees / Presents.  While there isn't a Christmas Tree in this design there are 3 presents!!

After putting the last couple of stitches into this one on Friday evening, I then had to decided what to stitch on for Saturday and Sunday.  So after a bit of thought (and a lot of "I don't feel like tackling this one") I finally settled on the "Faces of Joan Elliott SAL" which I have had on the go for some time now....

The last time that you saw this one (back in May 2015), I was tackling the cat in the middle (as opposed to the "Cat in the Hat".... sorry couldn't resist a bit of Dr Seuss!!)

Now for some reason I still haven't finished kitty... think I might be missing some threads as I have already started the Summer Fairy next time to him... and for some reason I didn't post my start of the Summer Fairy - and I forgot to take a photo before I starting stitching on Saturday....

... so now this is what the Summer Fairy looks like as of Sunday night.  I spent the weekend stitching the right side of this square, and added the start of the leaves on the left.  As you can see I am jumping around a bit with whatever colour takes my fancy at the time!!

The three top squares look like this now:

The Fairy on the left needs her bling and the kitty needs some filling in and he will be finished.  Every time I pick this one up I wonder why I put it down again....  I have decided to keep stitching on this SAL piece for the rest of the week so stay tuned for another update over the weekend!

Well, that's it for my ISHW update....  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.

See you again soon!

Enjoy your week, happy stitching
Hugs xx

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Friday Frolics & FNSI

Happy Saturday!

Now if today is Saturday, then that means yesterday was Friday.... and Friday now means "Friday Frolics".... and as it was the third Friday of the month it was also "FNSI"!

You would have seen FNSI (hosted by Sugarlane Designs) around before, but "Friday Frolics" is a new Friday stitching plan/idea suggested by Kaye (Kitten Stitching).

Kaye has set up a blog with the aim of stitching on WIPs or UFOs on a Friday night and then posting our progress... and who knows we may all end up with more finishes.  Link to the "Kitten Stitching & Friday Frolics" (FF) blog is here.... and also on my sidebar where you see this gorgeous badge that Kaye created just for the blog :o)

Without further ado... here is my FF & FNSI update for this week:

As I have been doing all week... I continued stitching on Lizzie Kate's "Feelin' Festive" as I really want to finish this one by the end of the weekend.

"Feelin' Festive" looked like this when you saw it on Monday for my "GG" post...

and now it looks like this:

I am now so close to finishing this one that I can taste it!!! :o)

Before I go.... this weekend is IHSW so if you're planning on stitching this weekend why not pop over to Joyce's blog (Random Ramblings) and sign up and then post your stitching update on Monday!

I shall now leave you to enjoy your Saturday - hopefully you have some gorgeous weather where you are, and no doubt if you have a cat they will have found whatever scrap of sun they can just like Oscar did the other day!

He wedges himself in between Hubby's bedside table and the window so that he can lay in the morning sun as it comes through the corner of the window!  He just adores the sun.... right now they are both outside on their "catio" (cat patio) sunning themselves in the Spring sunshine!

Til next time, happy stitching!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

TUSAL September 2015

Can you believe this... I forgot to post my TUSAL update over the weekend.... so I must make amends rights now!

Sorry for the really uninspiring picture of my ORT's this month... remembering to take photos just before I go to bed at night does not lend to awe-inspiring pictures!!

So there you have them.... a little suitcase full of ORTs since the last new moon... and a big suitcase full of 2015 ORT's so far!  If you're wondering what's in the background - just my iPad and my never-ending cup of tea (wish it was never-ending!) :o)  Told you.... very uninteresting photo this time around!!

While I'm here though, I thought you might like to see an update photo of "ABC Chats" from Les Brodeuses Parisiennes that I am stitching for TAC.  Last time you saw them I had started on Kitty "B".

Well Kitty "B" now looks like this:

Bit hard to see the kitty but I promise you he is starting to appear.... the red has been a pain to stitch if I have to frog as it is leaving red fluff behind.... I am hoping to get back to this one for IHWS which I believe should be happening this weekend.

So that's it for my very quick TUSAL update!

Til next time, 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
13th October
11th November
11th December

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Gifted Gorgeousness SAL 2015 - Update #9

Doesn't the 15th of the month roll around quickly?  I know I say it every month... but seriously I am sure I am losing minutes or hours somewhere as the days really are flying by!!

Anyway... enough lamenting about the absence of hours in my day and onto my GG post.  I have a finish and an almost finish this month!

Lizzie Kate - Feeling Festive 
Giveaway win from Kay's Random World - link to Kay's original giveaway post here and link to my post about the giveaway win is here

Tiny Tidings XV - Lizzie Kate
Last month I was stitching on Lizzie Kate's "Joyeux Noel" from the Tiny Tidings XV - this time round I am going to show you the second design that I am stitching from this chart pack - "Feeling Festive".

The last time you saw "Feeling Festive" (way back in March....) he looked like this:

And now after some love and attention over the weekend he now looks like this:

Lizzie Kate's "Tiny Tidings XV - Feeling Festive"
Sept 2015
Amazing how much you can stitch while watching the Last Night of the Proms on a cold, damp Sunday afternoon!

The sweet little Reindeer is also going to be used for my Christmas Ornie SAL post later in the month so you will soon see him finished!

Halloween Limited Edition Charts - Lizzie Kate
Giveaway win from Carolyn (Taking One Stitch at a Time) - link to my post about the giveaway win is here

Halloween Limited Edition Charts - Lizzie Kate
Lizzie Kate - Eek
When I last showed you "Eek! back in June 2015 I was almost finished (missing threads had slowed the pace somewhat!).... which meant that I left "Eek!" looking like this:

Now after a dedicated stitch fest on Friday night and Saturday I can finally say that I have finished "Eek!".....

Lizzie Kate's "Eek!"
September 2015
... and to top it all off this means that I have finished my Halloween Ornie SAL September piece well before the end of the month!  Double happy dance!

Well, that's it from me for this month's GG post.... 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.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

The Alphabet Club - Detention for Letter "B"

"They only met online, but it changed their lives forever"
Today is the first Saturday in September.... 
which means today is posting day for
"The Alphabet Club" (TAC)

Thank you so much for your comments on "A" post.... I hope that I can continue to surprise you each month with some different and fun words that we Aussie's tend to use in our every day language....

So take the weight off and grab a cuppa and let's see what I can think up to amuse you all while we spend our Saturday in detention!

There are quite a few words starting with "B" that I can showcase on this post... but I am going to pick the best of a great bunch (and leave out the ones that sound like swearing!)

Barbie: BBQ (barbecue)
Billy: teapot or container for boiling water
Blue: fight ("he was having a blue with his mate") or a mistake ("he made a blue")
Bluey: blue heeler cattle dog (named after its subtle markings) or a nickname for a redhead! A very common name for the red cattle dog....
Blowie: blow fly
Bonzer: great, ripper
Budgie smugglers: men's swimmers/bathers/togs (depends on where you come from)
Bull bar: stout bar fixed to the front of a vehicle to protect it against hitting kangaroos (also called a roo bar)
Bull dust: rubbish.. ("that is a load of bull dust")
Bundy: short for Bundaberg, Queensland, and the brand of rum that's made there (best served with lots of ice and topped up with Coca-Cola!)
Bunyip: mythical outback creature
Bush: the hinterland, the Outback, anywhere that isn't in town
Bush bash: long competitive running or motorcar race through the bush

Now I have been as "busy as a blowy at a Barbie" lately stitching on "TAC" afghan so that I would have something to show you today...

As I mentioned in a previous post, I have chosen to stitch the "ABC Chats" from Les Brodeuses Parisiennes.  This is what Kitty "A" looked like last week:

And now Kitty "A" is finished except for a couple of stitches of a colour that I currently don't have... Murphy's Law!!

The other day I started on Kitty "B"...

With a bit of luck I might get "B" finished and "C" started by the end of the month...

So that's it for today's Detention post... If you would like to join in the fun of "The Alphabet Club", pop over to Chiara's blog (The Grey Tail) to see what all the fun is about and link up your for post for the Letter "B".

See you next month when it will be Detention for the Letter "C".

Hoo roo from me....
Hugs xx

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

My Little Black Cat!

Yep, that's right.... this post is all about my little black cat... not a little black book or a little black dress... but a little black cat!! :o) (sorry.... just couldn't resist....)

As you know from previous posts I have been stitching Halloween themed ornies for the Hallowe'en Ornie SAL 2015 - some month's are more successful than others!  The theme for August was Black Cats.

As any cat fan knows there are millions of cat designs out in the big wide stitching world for us to choose from... and while I did do some looking around to see what else was out there, I had always planned to stitch the black cat that appears in the Sneak Peek Halloween design that I am currently stitching.

When you last saw this WIP it looked like this:

"Sneak Peek Halloween" as at 24 August 2015
And as of last night it looks like this:

"Sneak Peek Halloween" as at 31 August 2015
Yes!  Another mini finish done and dusted!!

The theme for September is "Spooky Words" and then we have "Ghosts" for October.  There is a ghost square on this piece so you will see it again sometime in October.

That's it for another spooky stitching update.  Hopefully I will be back again soon with some more kitty stitching to show as this weekend is Detention time for The Alphabet Club.

Til next time, happy stitching!
Hugs xx