Saturday, 28 March 2015

'Merry Un-Birthday' Winner

Slight delay in the naming of my Winner, sorry...
Thank You everyone who entered for being part of the fun!
I can't figure out how to get the RNG image here, so I'm simply putting the name:
~ Irene at Hilachas ~
wins her choice of the vintage-look pouch & all the goodies.

I've decided to give away the blue/aqua print pouch too & will add some goodies to that.
The winner of that one is:
~ Jeneta at Plum Jam ~

Ladies, if you could be so kind as to email me your postal details, I'll send them on their way.

I really enjoy doing my Birthday giveaway each year & this one has been no exception... thanks again to everyone who entered... I'm sorry I don't have a little something for each of you!

Have a Great Weekend xo

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

'P Y T!'... Some More Hexy's...

A pretty purple pile of basted hexagons has been added to my resources this time... some more are cut & ready to be basted... and a little pile of fab fabrics that will become part of my EPP quilts.
That purple print reminds me of a child's finger-painting!
 
I hope you'll share your EPP with us here too, the linky is in the right hand >>> side bar, just under the 'PYT!' button/logo.

Don't forget to enter my 'Merry Un-Birthday Giveaway' here, if you haven't already!

Friday, 20 March 2015

Friday Night Sew In... A Finish, Finally!

Wonderful Wendy has hosted us once again for FNSI...
 
Not having stitched much during the week, I decided to put in a massive effort to get my 'Birdhouse Row' finished... or as close to it as possible.
 It's quite hard to photograph a long skinny design, so I hope these pics are good enough.
 
So with one eye on the World Cup cricket & the other on my cloth, I'VE DONE IT!
No more updates to be shared, because it's finished, yay.
Well, um, there might be one more when it's back from the framer, if I haven't driven my readers mad with it already!

Thanks for having us again Wendy, & I look forward to doing some blog hopping over the weekend.

A "Merry Un-Birthday" Giveaway

Yes indeed I was kind of late for a Very Important Date...
 
Each year around the time of my birthday I like to have some fun with my
'Cake & Candles Giveaway'.
Well, this year it's become what I've called my
~ Merry Un-Birthday Giveaway ~
(aka: didn't get organised in time!)

You can win a little collection of my favourite things & your choice of a made-by-me Open Wide Zipper Pouch... just be a Follower & leave a Comment on this post telling me which pouch you'd choose. How easy is that?!
HyFlex Gloves - great for quilting... coffee treats & choccy's - gotta keep fuelled!... Palmer's cream, keeps my cuticles from drying out... a little candle in my all-time favourite scent... trim that looks like tape measure... a little hinged floral tin, which holds a good number of pins... & a small tape measure, I keep one in my handbag.
The pouches stand at about 6inches tall & 11inches wide, plus they're 4inches at base.


 
The winner's name will be published here next Friday the 27th.
(please make sure I can contact you)
Update: I forgot to put that it's open worldwide!

 ~Merry Un-Birthday To You & Thanks For Joining In The Fun!  ~

CTTY Linky for March

Wow this one came around quickly!
If you're making Christmas gifts & would like to show them off here, I'd love to see what you're stashing away for December giving... yep, I'm a sticky-beak
Just share your creations on your own blog, then come back here & link up... EASY!!


Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Quackity Quack Quack!

Why the quacking? Because I am one lucky duck!
 
Yesterday was my annual celebration of being born... & boy was I so chuffed to receive so many messages, emails, cards & gifts... from family & friends, near & far. Really quite spoilt.
And of course thank you to everyone who dropped in to my little blog to send me good wishes... I really appreciate that!

I'd like to share some of the gorgeous gifts sent to me from friends I've made through blogging.

Maria & Sandra sent me a fab roll to store my quilt blocks or stitching in so it stays clean... such a clever idea & girls I will get so much use from it - thank you!
 

Leanne made me a fab topper/mat featuring a pieced cup & saucer, along with some other goodies. Silly me, I just couldn't work out what the shape on the topper was, but the image made a whole lot more sense when I turned it 90°!! (And no, a blood alcohol content was not in play!)

Kaylee has made me the sweetest little pinkeep & birthday card, plus sent a gorgeous fabric too.
The quilters button is heart-shaped.
 Big hugs & smiles to each of you my thoughtful friends for sending your love & good wishes to me.
Quack! xoxo

The lovely ladies of the Fat Quarter Birthday Club have sent me a beautiful selection of fabrics & goodies, too... thank you so much girls! This year I've gone with a black & white theme of fabrics to receive & wow aren't they totally gorgeous??!
Along with the fabrics, the girls have sent a pretty array of extras... some will add to my stitching enjoyment, some will add to my hips! Threads, trims, buttons, yums & a funky aqua print tea towel...
 Each of us in the FQ Club will receive a special gift from someone else, & mine was sent to me from the very clever Barb
 All I can say is WOW wow WOW... Barb made me a fab block folder, nice & big, & so beautifully sewn & stitched... I'm rarely rendered speechless, but this is one of those times... I had intended to get around to making one for myself, but now I don't need to worry. Mine wouldn't have been half as fab as this one!!
And just to make sure I have lots of stitching & sewing energy Barb added some purple-wrapped goodness... mmm, the Raspberry & Lemonade variety is new to me, can't wait to try it!
Thanks again Barb, Chooky, Ondrea, Peg & Michelle.
Another quack! xo

This is one of those times that has me reflecting on the wonderful world of blogging, the things I've learned along the way & most importantly the friends I've made.
I am really so blessed.
 I ran myself out of time to make something for my annual Cake & Candles Birthday Giveaway... BUT there will be a Merry Un-Birthday Giveaway instead... stay tuned!

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Hexy Flower Garden

This time for Piece Yourself Together!, I thought I'd share some pics of the EPP hexy flowers I've got in my collection so far.

I call them my 'brown-eyed flowers' & there's now 48 in the pile. When I resumed making them late last year, I made a decision to stick with colours of orange, pink, green, yellow & purple... using each fabric only once. Because I decided on those colours after making some of these, some won't be used in the quilt, but of course there's always other uses for a pretty hexy flower.
I want to have 100 useable flowers before I start to think about layout.

 Oh no! I just realised I do indeed have two the same, stitched at different times!
 I stitched these 3 this fortnight, not seeing I already had one with the green fabric. Oops!

I'm mulling over the idea of adding another colour to those five, but I'm not sure which colour that should be, or even if I should do it at all. Any thoughts? I think I'm happy to stay with those five, to be honest.
The good thing with a slow project like this is that time is my friend & there's no hurry to decide.
Seems I need to keep my eyes peeled for some more purples! 

~♥Hope You Have A Terrific Tuesday♥~

Saturday, 7 March 2015

Fab Friday...

Once again Cheryll has hosted us for a wonderful cyber stitch party!

I spent my time at Patch group cutting out the pieces on a panel that makes up into a Doggy with shirt & pants... what?... did I really need to do that?! Um, as if I don't already have enough WIPs & WISPs... dear me...

The panel was discovered (actually 3 the same) on Monday, when I went through the 'tub' that I ruminated about in a recent post... oh well, nothing like adding to the already high pile of projects.

My intelligence & sensibility returned later in the day, & the evening was spent working some more on my 'Birdhouse Row'
Start of evening
End of evening
All the FNWF ladies are listed here, if you want to see what they got up to.

 ~ ♥ Have a Fab Weekend ♥ ~

Monday, 2 March 2015

Not Much Going On Here...

... There is at least some sewing going on... but this is all I can share for now...
 
Birdhouse Row progress has stalled, because I've been spending some evenings reading.

I'm a bit aimless at the moment; I don't really even know what I'm going to work on this week... perhaps I should re-visit a WISP?... go through a tub & do some sorting/purging of its content?
Neither task would be difficult & probably result in me feeling quite virtuous...

My girls both start their 3rd year of uni this week, & while they've enjoyed their long summer break, they're both keen to get back into something of a routine... I must say that when everyone else in the house is in their routine, it helps me greatly; because I'm the Domestic Engineer whose routine is formulated after I know everyone else's routine, so if they're not in routine, neither am I!
(Yes I'm stopping now!)

Before I get any more silly, I'll wish you a wonderful week & get to that tub of crafty stuff...
after I put on a wash load.
xo

PS: Caroline Heinrichs, thank you for your Comment; as you're a 'no-reply Comment' I can't get back to you, but I hope you'll drop by again & join in with PYT! I'd love to see your work.

Thursday, 26 February 2015

'Pay It Forward' A Delayed Update...

Back in June last year, I received my 'Pay It Forward' gifts from Shez...
Of course then it was my turn to choose 3 ladies to receive a little handmade something from me, some time with the ensuing 365 days.

My ladies were Florence, Jacquie & Jeneta... I decided to make each of them a handy little armchair sewing caddy/pincushion for when they're doing some hand sewing or stitching in their favourite comfy chair.
Having posted the parcels in the middle of January & happy that they got to their destinations near & far, I can now share some pics.
For Jeneta
For Jacquie



















For Florence






Florence & Jeneta have already chosen the names of their recipients... Jacquie has been laid up with some health problems, & is on the slow improve, so I'm sure she'll be choosing some names soon.
No doubt the ladies will do a wonderful job of continuing the Pay It Forward fun!
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