Monday, 29 September 2014

Long Weekend...

Yep, we have a long weekend which doesn't really feel like one, because it's the start of the school holidays for mr14.
The reason for this long weekend is that today is a public holiday to mark the birthday of The Queen... but this has always confused me, because while Western Australia gets it in September, all other States & Territories get it in June. (WA already has a public hol in June for another reason). Add to that, her actual date of birth is 21 April, & there's a separate 'official' birthday!

So I finally decided to do some research & find out why all these dates...it's all to do with the what time of the year is most likely to provide favourable weather for the Birthday Parade, aka Trooping The Colour... so if a British Monarch was born in the months of a dreary British winter, public birthday festivities were held off until sunshine returned & outdoor parades could be held.
Ah yes, something only the British Royal Family could imagine doing, huh?!
(more can be read here if you're interested)

Anyway, now that I have satisfied my curiosity, it's time to share something that's hopefully a bit more interesting!

Another stitchery is now complete, the 12th for my Tis The Season wall hanging. I am going to stitch all 13 of the designs provided in the book, so I can use one as a label for the back. While I'm stitching the last one, I'll have to cast my mind to where I've stored the fabrics I want to use for it; I've put them away so carefully that I can't remember for the moment where they are!
I'm not entirely happy with the standard of the stitching on this one, so I might end up re-doing it; getting the shapes & definition in Santa was quite tricky, & the door looks a bit odd.
yes, I am my own worst critic!
 

I've cut all of the remaining bright-coloured fq's into strips, ready to sew more Trip Around The World blocks. I didn't want any of it hanging around unused, so I'm just going to sew it all, & get it out of my Sewing Space. There will certainly be more than enough blocks to have fun with! This pic is closest to the colours, but they are not quite so bright...

The binding for my Halloween wall hanging has been stitched down, & I'm ready to start playing with my Halloween buttons to add some quirky interest.

And lastly, I created uproar in the family late last week, by agreeing to have The Site Manager clipped short... his coat had become so very thick during the winter that it would have been a bit of a trauma for him to get it brushed out... so here he is, all FOUR KILO'S of him...
Poor little guy can't even look at me he is so disgusted!
 
He gets cold so easily now, so I bought him a little jacket, which he happily trots around in (pics soon). And he's also keeping warm by rolling up on my lap when I sit to the sewing machine... yes, he's that small!

Sorry for such a long post... thanks for sticking with me...
Have a wonderful week ahead xx

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

A Little More Christmas Sewing...

These ones won't be staying with me...

I bought these Christmas Calendar panels recently, hoping they would renew my lost sewing enthusiasm... gee I must have been excited because I left them in the back of the car for 2 weeks!
On the weekend, I decided I'd better at least bring them into the house & figure out how to make them up.
The red rectangles fold in such a way to create little pockets.
 
Well my friends, it seems that Miss MoJo has returned from her unauthorised Long Service Leave & I've really enjoyed making these hangings!
I'll be putting these in for selling in the little shop that is part of the premises used by my Patchwork group. While they are not to my taste in Christmas things, they have turned out to be the sewing therapy I needed! Who knows, maybe someone who visits the little shop will love one?!

After reading about poor Wendy's FNSI thread drama (& getting a good look at her vast stash!) I was inspired to get out my Tis The Season & now I've stitched my 11th design for it.
Hey Wendy guess what I bought the other day?! Yep, a few 221s!

There's still time left if anyone wishes to link up with CTTY, just pop back to this post... it's great to see so many links already!

Sunday, 21 September 2014

September Link-Up for CTTY Is Here!

Yes it's time once again to show off the Christmas gifts you're making in preparation for the Festive Season!
This month I actually have a finished item to share, & unusually for me, it's a Christmas present with a Christmas theme. Truth be told, it's been a UFO since November last year, so I thought it was about time to just get it done & ready to give... They should flutter nicely in our Aussie summer breezes if hung outside at Christmas time!
 Apparently orange sleighs go faster than red or black ones!

CTTY is about making a Festive gift (or two if you're keen!) each month & storing them away for December giving. The items don't necessarily have to be Christmas-themed, they can be any gift at all that you have made. More info can be found here.

As usual, I have a little Thank You gift for one person who links up this month... & I hope that if you're making pressies, you'll link them up here so we can see how clever you are!
The linky is available until the end of Thursday, West Australia time.


Saturday, 20 September 2014

FNSI... More Bright Blocks...

Very little sewing going on here lately... but I did at least continue with the sewing of my bright jewel-y Scrappy Trip blocks... there is about 25 blocks now... I spent a little time playing with layouts using 16 blocks... fun!

Thank you so much Wendy for hosting this wonderful event each month!
The list of everyone who joined in can be found here, at Wendy's pretty blog Sugarlane Designs

I'm not feeling enthusiastic about my sewing lately... swamped by 'other things'... but I'm sure there's a light at the end of this tunnel... just gotta find it!
I've at least had a little brain left at the end of some days to slowly stitch my way around the binding of my Birthday FQs Quilt, so now it's fully finished, woo hoo!!
 
The CTTY link will be available later today for anyone who wishes to link up.

~♥~Happy Saturday Everyone~♥~

Saturday, 6 September 2014

FNWF Report...

It's great to see so many names on the list for Friday Night With Friends... Cheryll our lovely hostess does a wonderful job co-ordinating this each month for us... Thanks Cheryll!
If you'd like to go check out the list of last nights ladies, just go here.

So what did I do?
Well, on Thursday evening I had time, so I started cutting the strip sets into 2½inch units... lots of cutting... laying them in pretty little stacks. Then I got distracted with watching 'Ink Master', so the cutting stopped. (I do find that show strangely fascinating!)
 Friday I took all the strips sets to Patchwork group & finished the cutting of the sets... ended up with enough sets for 25 blocks!... & I even got time to sew a few into finished blocks.
 Darn it, that jewel-y green often looks blue in pics... The pic below shows it better...
Now I'm looking forward to a bit of blog-hopping this evening & seeing what everyone else got up to!
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Last night was the end-of-season Carnival for mr14s soccer... His team ended the season at the bottom of the ladder (no finals in this comp), but last night pulled off some great wins - even against the top team - & got themselves into the final for the Carnival. Sadly they did get beaten, but still, ending as Runners Up in the carnival after getting beaten every week during the season, had all the boys so happy for themselves!

I love to see mr14 out there doing his thing & I am always so pleased to see that our boys showed so much genuine sportsmanship throughout the season despite so many losses. A disparate & mismatched group of boys at the beginning of the season, they improved a little each week & seem keen to stay together next year.
Plus of course, there is the factor of the enjoyable conversations & silliness of the team parents as we watch them play!!

Happy Stitching & Have A Great Weekend x

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Been A While...

It seems I've become somewhat of a slow blogger of late... well, the blogging might be slow but there is at least a little stitching & sewing happening here...

Remember those lovely thread colours I posted recently? Last week, I put the finishing stitches to this less-than-scary little Halloween cross stitch design; it was published in the October 2013 issue of 'Cross Stitch Crazy' magazine & is by popular designer Joan Elliott. Of course it still needs to be finished into ornament form, but golly isn't it cute?
 I always love the character & definition that's brought to life with the outlining & back-stitching!

Continuing with Halloween, I've actually never been big on it, but for some reason I buy themed buttons (I guess that confirms that I love buttons of ANY type!). A lovely panel from a local shop is now going to be somewhere for me to put them. The quilting is nigh-on impossible to see; I just went along the main lines, around the bigger shapes, and through the tree trunks & branches. Some bind & a hanging sleeve will finish it off nicely.

A few months back, I came into a big collection of bright fat quarters... I decided they'd be perfect for something I've been thinking about for a while... making a more orderly version of the well-known Scrappy Trips Around The World... I found some great inspiration online & made a start. This is perfect as a project to work on at Patchwork group each Friday. With only 6 colours, it's definitely not scrappy, & I'm hoping it's going to give me the rainbow-type look I'm after.
Progress so far...
The colours are not as super-bright as they seem here - why is it sometimes so hard to get a good shot?! The colour to the far left is red, not garish orange.

I'd quite forgotten that I haven't shared any update pics of my Birthday FQs Quilt... I got it back from the quilter only days before I was hospitalised mid-July... I've sewn the bind on, so now it's just needing to be turned over & stitched down... The quilting design is dragonflies, flowers & swirls...
Good thing our evenings are still cool... so I can have the quilt over my lap & legs while I stitch the bind! If anyone is curious, my inspiration for this quilt was found here.

Well, that's about all I think... my pattern never changes, I'm always jumping from one project to another...
How many do YOU have on 'short rotation' at the moment?

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

CTTY Winner & Little Makes...

Big Thank You to the lovely ladies who linked their Christmas gifts with CTTY for August... beautiful work! 
~*~ Narelle  ~*~ you'll be receiving a little thank-you giftie for participating, well done...

As for my little makes, I managed to get my little ornaments/decorations made... actually sewn on the machine, minus the dizziness or wonkiness... yay for me... another step forward.
In other stitching news, I've also been working on a little cross stitch, here's a peek...
 ... of some colours I used for it!
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Some of you may remember that earlier in the year, I shared that my casual work at school will end due to the closure of the uniform shop. I sure will miss it. Well the last trading day is the 22nd of September. I have the good luck of getting a final couple of work days before then... and after 6 years of working there, in both a paid & unpaid capacity, I've been invited to attend my first (& last!) staff function at term end.

I haven't yet looked into finding other work, nor am I under pressure to do so... though it does seem that the new uniform seller could use some extra hands & organisational skills!... I'm sure something will work out if & when I would care to seek it.
Methinks now would be a good time for me to make a 'job' of organising some things here at home - like converting packets of photos to digital... sorting & culling the treasures that the kids have done at school... culling the overflowing bookcases & storage cupboards... you know those much-neglected household things... but of course it can't interfere with my stitching & sewing!

This evening mr14 & mrHS are off to a live MYTHBUSTERS show in the city... & my girls are going to the movies with a friend... so guess who's having dinner alone... what a strange & curious prospect... a brand new experience for me!

♥Have a Wonderful Wednesday♥

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

August Link-Up for 'Christmas Through The Year'

It's the 20th of the month... time to link up for Christmas Through The Year!
 
I'm hoping to see some lovely Christmas gifts... made in plenty of time for Festive giving...

That said, I have no completed gifts to share this month... but I've at least made a start... I'm still getting random episodes of slight dizziness & motion sickness, & this is making it hard for me to use my beloved Pfaff... do I get marks for at least making a start on something for the month?!
The CTTY linky will be open until the end of Saturday & there's a small prize for one lucky person who shows off their item for the month... I hope you'll join in!



Thursday, 14 August 2014

'Travelling Treasures' Ready For The Next Person...

My blogging buddy Lisa recently received this great little travelling stash of sewing & stitching loveliness... & now she is ready to send it on to the next person....

If you would like to see what's in the Treasure Box, & be next to receive it just pop over HERE - but be quick, because Lisa is drawing a name tomorrow!

There is some very lovely items in the Treasures, something to appeal to everyone!

Monday, 11 August 2014

I Am The Tortoise... Or The Snail...

Or maybe I am the Snail hitch-hiking ON the Tortoise!
It's been a quiet few weeks here at HibiscusHQ... my recovery is slow, which is as predicted... there are still some issues... very little driving... persistent headaches... but on the whole I'm doing ok... mrHS has been a star, as have the kids, & my friends have been so supportive. As it's now just over 3 weeks since my 'vertigo' attack happened, it's expected to perhaps be another 2 weeks or so before I feel back to normal. Hopefully I'll be fortunate to have no lingering issues, as can happen with this condition.

Naturally, stitching & sewing took a back seat for a while... not something I am used to because I stitch or sew (often both) every single day!
I have had to settle for doing stitchery... so a couple more Tis The Season designs have been done... & also some more work on my Red Brolly Polka Dot Girls quilt stitcheries.

These blocks for Tis The Season are called 'Bon Noel Birdies' & 'Peace On Earth'

Polka Dot Girls - 'Summer Heart'

Polka Dot Girls - 'Birdhouse'

Polka Dot Girls - 'A Good Friend'
Getting back to some machine sewing will have to wait a little longer, because I get a bit motion sick from watching the movement of the fabric! What?! Yes, one of my strange recovery quirks... Another issue has been screens... tv has been more about listening than actually watching... computer is something I've only been able to manage in the last few days.
It's certainly been a very challenging few weeks!

There will be a linky for Christmas Through The Year this month, so if you would like to link up your item from July, or have one for this month, tune in here on the 20th...

I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone has been up to... hoping to pop by some blogs really soon... xx
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