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!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Smalls SAL September 2016

Hosted by Stitching Lotus
Hi there! Today is the last Thursday in September which means it is the day to post our Smalls finishes for the month, and I have some to show! ☺

Double Double
Just Cross Stitch Halloween 2013 Issue
Designer: Lizzie*Kate
Finish #30

Stitched on 32ct fabric from Colour Cascades Fabric (un-named - Studio Session piece)
DMC threads - I did sub out a couple of colours as I didn't have the charted threads for the blue wave and the witch's body parts.

Flower Owl
Bucilla Kit
Finish #31

Isn't he cute? I showed him off in my recent GG post as I received this kit as a gift in an exchange some time ago... but he also belongs in this post as he was finished in September!

Figgy Pudding
Designer: Jane Greenoff
Finish #32

This little card was a freebie many many moons ago... When I was looking for something quick to stitch the other day for the Christmas Ornie SAL blog I found it languishing in my box of magazine free gifts - it is perfect for the Christmas Food theme on the blog!

Black Hearted Queen
Freebie - Sub Rosa Blog
Finish #33

Stitched on 32ct fabric from Stitches & Spice (Lime Ghost Gum) with DMC threads.  I wish the photo would show the true colour of this fabric - it's a really pretty light lime green colour and is simply gorgeous.  Unfortunately it is the only piece I have and as Naomi is no longer dyeing fabric I can't get anymore!
If you like to stitch this design you should pop over to the Sub Rosa blog and see what else she has on her blog - link is here

So that's it for today's Smalls post!  I have some WIPs and new starts to show you... hopefully I will get that post up in the next couple of days.

Til next time, happy stitching!
Hugs xx

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Jo's Big Birthday Blog Hop!

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Happy 50th Birthday Jo

As most of you in Blogland know 50 years ago today a very special person was born - the wonderful Jo from Serendipitous Stitching is celebrating her birthday today and she is celebrating in style with a blog hop!

As part of the blog hop Jo has sent everyone a year of her life and some info to post on our blog... we then need to post something about ourselves from that year or age.  So here goes!

2008 - Jo was 42
As her son was settled at full-time school Jo decided to look for a job which fitted in with the school day and started work at a High School Library as "The New Library Miss", job description courtesy of the pupils.  Jo was enjoying this new role when she discovered she would have to leave soon - there was a Small Boy on the way!  Jo, her husband and the soon-to-be Large Boy enjoyed a holiday at Euro-Disney even though Jo couldn't go on many of the larger rides with her baby-bump.  Jo's stitching finishes were starting to increase as she had evenings free, she was still a strict OAAT stitcher.

So now it's my turn....

1. What happened to you in that year
2008 was quite a stressful year for me and my hubby.  We moved house on 8th January to where we are living now and we had our own business at the time (which is why we moved - we went from 2.5 acres in the bush to a normal suburban house to give us time back to run the business).  Later on in 2008 the GFC hit and affected the business income which meant I needed to find another job and then the following year we sold the business.  (Side note.... hubby is now back running his own business again as he really didn't enjoy working for anyone else.... I am still working full time elsewhere but the plan is that eventually we will go back to working together - one day!)

2. What happened to you at that age
42... that was 10 years ago... I don't think I can remember that far back!!  From the dim distant memory banks I think that life was just ticking over quite nicely - Hubby and I had been married 12 months and we were living the dream on our 2.5 acre block.... I was just getting back into my stitching again then after a break of a few years.

3. What happened when you had that life event (I am thinking Jo is talking about the small boy coming along at this time in her life)
Nothing to see here.... I haven't had children so I can't give you any details on this life event!  I do now have 2 grown up stepsons which I inherited when Hubby and I got together.... but the only babies that I have had in my life are all of the 4 legged variety!!

Now one last thing I need to do is post a picture of something I have stitched that I think Jo will like....

Seeing as I haven't stitched any dragons (yet) I will have to show off a Halloween piece... and I decided to use my Stitching Witch finish from earlier this year. (I love it... wish I could get more of that fabric!)

So that's me done.... I will sign off by saying Happy Birthday Jo! I hope you have the most wonderful birthday and that you get all that you wish and hope for on the day and going forward.  Thank you for being a wonderful friend (even though we have never met in person!)  I love your energy for stitching and blogging... I really don't know how you do it!  Have a fab stitching birthday....

Til til next, happy stitching
Hugs xx

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Gifted Gorgeousness SAL 2016 - Update #9

It's time for a GG update...

I have a little finish to show you.... I managed to finish stitching my little Flower Owl (Bucilla Kit) the other day.  This kit was a gift from someone but for the life of me I can't remember who gave it to me... and shame on me I can't find where I may have posted about it.... if you recognise this kit and you sent it to me, please let me know! :o)

Finish # 31
Flower Owl
Bucilla Kit

He does come with his own little frame, so hopefully by the time I do my Smalls post I will have actually framed him!!

That's it for this month...

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.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

August SAL Updates.... September Stitching Goals....

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Hello! It's probably a bit late to do this post now... but never mind let's give it a go anyway!

August SAL Update:

**JCS SAL (FB Group)"Dear Santa" (Designer: The Little Stitcher) 
Fail.... I have started this one, in fact I am so close to finishing it that I can taste it... but I didn't get it done before the end of August!

**Christmas Ornie SAL Blog Theme: Christmas Clothing 
Fail.... I did finally find a design that I liked but didn't get it started or finished - it's on the September finish list now!

**Halloween Ornie SAL Blog Theme: Spooky Words - "Double Double" (Designer: Lizzie*Kate)  

**Lainey's Christmas Ornie SAL: posted 
**Smalls SAL: posted 

**Stitch Maynia (FB group)
Monthly SAL's:
"All that Glitters (month long) 
Started beading Prancer; stitched silver on Santa; stitched bronze on Queen of Peace
"Colour-A-Day SAL" - "Mellow Yellow" 
Stitched on Pegasus (Lakeside Needlecraft Fantasy SAL)
Previously posted all the stitching for this challenge

Year Long SAL's:
Year of Starts! (at least 1 start/finish each month): 
I had 5 starts and 3 finishes in August

Brooke's Books Year Long SAL: stitched on Christmas Grumpy Cat
2016 Chatelaine Shenanigans SAL: no progress.... 

**Cross Stitch Finish Line (FB group) 
"Monthly "Month" SAL - August": Fantasy SAL August design 
"Mill Hill SAL": started Scottie Dog - Mill Hill Kit 
"Now I know my ABC's - C": posted ABC Chats - C 
"Summer Solstice" - (June to Sept): stitched on Ete 

**Debbie's Ultimate Crazy January Challenge 2016 (DUCJC2016):
Modified to 31 starts & finishes 2016: as at the end of August I have 29 finishes for 2016 of which 24 are new starts for 2016 

**Lakeside Needlecraft / Durene Jones Fantasy SAL 
Monthly fantasy SAL designed by Durene Jones - aim is to start and finish the design during the month 
Started August but didn't quite get it finished

September SAL Plans:

**JCS SAL (FB Group): "Christmas Delivery" (Designer: New York Dreamer)

**Christmas Ornie SAL Blog June Theme: Christmas Food
**Halloween Ornie SAL Blog June Theme: Bad Fairies

**Stitch Maynia (FB group) 
"World of Pure Imagination (month long) - stitch on any piece that sparks your imagination
"Catch the Hogwarts Express" 1st Aug - Harry Potter theme
"To Boldly Stitch" 8th Aug - Star Trek theme
"Colour-A-Day SAL" - "Orange Crush" - work only on the orange sections of a design on 24th

**Cross Stitch Finish Line (FB group) 
"Monthly "Month" SAL - September"
"Mill Hill SAL" - stitch on any Mill Hill kit/design
"Now I know my ABC's "D" - 26th 
"Magazine/Book SAL" - 5th
"Summer Solstice" - (June to Sept): stitch any Summer piece through to Autumn Equinox (Northern Hemisphere Solstice)
"Autumn Equinox" - (Sept to Dec): stitch any Autumn piece through to Winter Solstice (Northern Hemisphere Solstice)

**Miribilia, Nora Corbett Designs SAL: (Nora Corbett Passions FB group) 

**Remember to post for:
Lainey's Christmas Ornie SAL
Smalls SAL

**Lakeside Needlecraft / Durene Jones Fantasy SAL (FB Group)
September design released 1 Sept

**Joyful World SAL - Snowflower Diaries (FB Group)
October design released 10 Sept

So not a bad month in August.... and September is shaping up ok so far!
Til next time...

Take care and happy stitching
Hugs xx

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

The Alphabet Club - Detention for Letter "N"

"They only met online, but it changed their lives forever"
It's time for "The Alphabet Club" (TAC)

Sorry another late post......
Aussie "N" words - well there's not a lot that I could find but here's a couple for you.

Never, never: the Outback of Australia
Nipper: young life saver
Noggin: head
No drama: no worries

When it comes to Aussie Icon foods that begin with "N" I must admit that I hit a rather large stumbling block there!  So then I thought about other icons and I remembered a most wonderful lady - Nancy-Bird Walton.

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Nancy-Bird Walton in a Gipsy Moth at Kingsford-Smith Flying School (1933)

Nancy-Bird Walton, AO, OBE, DStJ (16 October 1915 – 13 January 2009) was a pioneering Australian aviator, and was the founder and patron of the Australian Women Pilots' Association. In the 1930s, defying the traditional role of females of her time, she became a fully qualified pilot at the age of 19, and became the youngest Australian woman to gain a pilot's licence.

Born in Kew, New South Wales, Australia on 16 October 1915 as Nancy Bird, she wanted to fly almost as soon as she could walk. As a teenager during the Depression in Australia, Nancy Bird found herself in the same position as many other children of the time, leaving school at 13 to assist her family. In 1933, at the age of 18, her passion drove her to take flying lessons. Sir Charles Kingsford Smith, who was the first man to fly across the mid-Pacific, had just opened a pilots' school near Sydney, and she was among his first pupils. Most women learned to fly for recreation, but Nancy planned to fly for a living.

When she was awarded a commercial pilot's license at the age of 19, through a legacy of 200 pounds from a Great Aunt plus money loaned from her father, Nancy bought her first aircraft, a de Havilland Gipsy Moth. Soon after Nancy Bird and her friend Peggy McKillop took off on a barnstorming tour, dropping in on country fairs and giving joyrides to people who had never seen an aircraft before, let alone a female pilot. Whilst touring, Bird met Reverend Stanley Drummond. He wanted her to help set up a flying medical service in outback New South Wales. In 1935, she was hired to operate the service, named the Royal Far West Children's Health Scheme. Bird's own Gipsy Moth was used as an air ambulance. She bought a better-equipped aircraft, and began covering territory not yet reached by the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

In 1936, Nancy Bird entered an air race from Adelaide to Brisbane, and won the Ladies' Trophy. After World War II broke out she began training women in skills needed to back up the men flying in the Royal Australian Air Force. She was 24 when she married an Englishman, Charles Walton, and had two children. He preferred to call her "Nancy-Bird" rather than "Nancy", and she became generally known as "Nancy-Bird Walton". In 1950, she founded the Australian Women Pilots' Association (AWPA), where she remained president for five years. She was the starting block for generations of female pilots.  The National Trust of Australia declared her an Australian Living Treasure in 1997.
(information obtained from Wiki and other web sources)

Hooroo for now!  Happy Stitching!
Hugs xx

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 "N".  Posting is generally the first Saturday of the month.