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!

Monday, January 18, 2016

TUSAL & Stitching Update


A new year, a new moon and a whole lot of new ORT's to collect!

ORT's December 2015 / January 2016
The picture shows all the ORT's from the last TUSAL pic to the other day in the small tin... the big tin is all of my 2015 ORT's.   I managed to collect quite a few last year... let's see what happens in 2016!

Stitching Update:

As I mentioned in my 2016 stitch goals post I am again doing the January challenges and a couple of other SAL's this year.  Below are the pictures from the last 14 days of stitching starts.

As you will probably notice most of these are little starts from my collection of magazine freebies... which means I should have lots of finishes this year!

Before I go, I must apologise as I haven't been around blog visiting for ages - I just don't seem to find the time at the moment but I am working on a plan to organise my spare time (what spare time!) so that I can fit in blog reading again......

Thank you to everyone that visits my blog and thank you for all the lovely comments everyone leaves.... I noticed that a lot of you liked my mention of Fantales from the "F" post so I think it might be giveaway time soon with the prize being "Fantales"! :o)

Be back soon with start #15 and more info on the previous starts as they become finishes....

Til next time, happy stitching

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Gifted Gorgeousness SAL 2016 - Update #1

Yes, you guessed it!  GG is happening again this year..... I am hoping that this year I will finish the last couple of 2015 GG WIP's that I currently have on the go as well as have some new gifts to show you as the year progresses.

For today's post though I do have two gifts that I received over the last couple of weeks and a recap of two stitching gifts that I sent out after the December GG post.

First up is this beautiful gift from Nadine (Jocodine).  Nadine sent me this gorgeous Tilda Christmas Tree that she made - in each of the little packages and boxes there was a charm or button.... it is just delightful.  The Tilda girl even has a kitty!  Thank you Nadine... I absolutely love it :o)

Tilda Christmas Tree from Nadine
The second gift I received was part of the Christmas Card exchange that I mentioned on my Christmas Finishes post.

Package has the kitty seal of approval!
Included in the christmas package Mary sent a little Flower Owl kit which I have already started... so hopefully that means I will have a little GG finish next month!

Now a quick refresh... below are the two gifts I sent out in December last year......

Gift for Claire
Christmas Card for Mary (FB Thread Exchange Group)
Well, that's it for the first GG post of 2016.  I really enjoyed seeing all the GG posts last year and I know that this year will be even better.  If you pop over to Jo's blog and read her January GG post she has listed some fab stats on the 2015 GG SAL.

Til next time, happy stitching

Jo from Serendipitous Stitching hosts the Gifted Gorgeousness SAL.  The GG 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, January 4, 2016

The Alphabet Club - Detention for Letter "F"

"They only met online, but it changed their lives forever"
2016 is here..... and I missed Saturday's Detention!  Oops!! 
But as the old saying goes - better late than never!  So here goes, it's time for
"The Alphabet Club" (TAC)

I must hang my head in shame.... no update on the ABC Chats again this month..... so they still look the same as they did last month.... I am now 3 letters behind in my stitching on this one (ooh... 3 new starts for the January challenge!!)

So.... "F".... what did I find that we Aussies like to say beginning with "F"?

Fair dinkum: true, genuine
Fair crack of the whip: ease up; don't be too hard on someone - give them a fair go
Fair suck of the sav!: exclamation of wonder, awe, disbelief ("sav" is also slang for a savaloy - type of hot dog sausage) 
Fairy floss: candy floss, cotton candy
Flake: shark's flesh (sold in fish & chips shops)
Flake out: fall asleep, tired
Flat out like a lizard drinking / Flat chat / Flat out: extremely busy or travelling very fast
Footy: Australian Rules football
Fremantle (Freo) Doctor: the cooling afternoon breeze that arrives in Perth from the direction of Freo (we Perth-ites call the Freo Doctor our saving grace on a hot summer's day)
Freo: short for Fremantle in Western Australia (best place for coffee and fish & chips by the beach!) and the adopted home of AC/DC's Bon Scott!! (his grave and memorial statue are located in Freo)
Fruit loop: fool, silly...
Full as a goog (or boot): full of food after a big meal or drunk (boot)

Food beginning with "F"... well on this occasion I just can't go past one of my favourite lollies:
It's the tales for movie fans that make it famous.
Fantales - a favourite Australian food, the delectable bite-sized treat is made up of chewy caramel coated in milk chocolate.  It's renowned for it's yellow and blue wrapping scribed with movie trivia, a marketing move that has endeared the treat to DVD groupies and movie goers over the years.  I grew up with these... and I still love them! Yummy :o)

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 post for the Letter "F".

I will be back over the next couple of days with a January stitching update.... happy stitching

Cheerio for now!
Hugs xx

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Stitchy Year

Wow, where did 2015 go - it seems like every time I blink lately another day/week/month went by - I think I will have to stop blinking! (Dr Who fans will get the reference!!)

I thought today would be a good opportunity to look back on 2015 with regards to my stitching goals and tick off the achievements and move the unfinished ones onto another year!

As frequent readers will remember I signed up to do some crazy stitching challenges in 2015, the two main ones being;

*Debbie's Ultimate Crazy January Challenge 2015 (DUCJC2015) - 31 starts for January
*2015 Crosstitch Crazy Event - 15 new starts over 15 days in January

The original post on my 2015 plans is here. I also set up a page on my blog to try and keep a track of all the stitched pieces/WIP's.  The starting bit was easy enough... but the finishes... well that's another story!!

As well as the 2 Crazy challenges I also stitched throughout 2015 for the Hallowe'en Ornie SAL blog, the Christmas Ornie SAL blog, the Gifted Gorgeousness SAL and the Alphabet Club.

So what are the numbers involved?  Well....

New 2015 starts: 37
Old WIP's: 7
2015 Finishes: 20 (inc 3 x ABC Chats & 4 x Sneak Peak Halloween motifs)
2015 Final Finished Objects (FFO's): 5
WIP's left: 24 (inc ABC Chats as 1 item for the time being)

So what's in store for 2016?

**Cross Stitch Crazy 2016 - FB group - 15 starts in 15 days

**Debbie's Ultimate Crazy January Challenge 2015 (DUCJC2016) - 31 starts for January (will inc WIP's as well as the new starts above)

**Stitch Maynia (FB group) - a number of different SAL's throughout the year
    January SAL's listed below:
   - 2016 Chatelaine Shenanigans SAL (Start a new Chatelaine or stitch on a Chatelaine WIP) - I have a Chatelaine WIP already
   - New Year, New Start! (Jan 2016 - start something new!) - easy peasy....
   - Year of Starts! (366 daily starts or 52 weekly starts or 12 monthly starts) - 12 monthly starts is the plan here
   - Brooke's Books Year Long SAL! (Stitch one of Brooke's ornaments/characters/designs each month) - already stitching the Advent Animals

So as you can see plenty to be going on with......

Before I go let me leave you with a picture of what I have been stitching on for the last week or so.  I was hoping that this would be a last finish for 2015 but things haven't quite gone to plan... but here he is at the end of 2015 - Nora Corbett's Christmas Eve Couriers - Prancer.

Nora Corbett's Christmas Eve Couriers - Prancer as at 31 Dec 2015
So close and yet so far!!  Isn't he beautiful?

I hope that everyone has the most wonderful stitchy 2016....

Til next time, happy stitching
Hugs xx