Monday, January 26, 2015

Christmas through The Year


I finally finished putting this stitchery together last weekend but only just found the time to take a photo of it, this one is for me but I think I can see another one or two being worked on as I loved making this one up Smile So this is officially my first Christmas finish for 2015 with Anni Down’s Christmas freebie coming in a close second.

I’ll be linking this up with Anthea who hosts this special event each month and gets us motivated to finish of our Christmas projects and into the finish basket, so a big thank you to Anthea!!! Smile

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Results for Friday Night Sew-In……


Friday night saw me finally finishing off this stitchery by stapling  it to a canvas, it’s now ready to go into the gift basket…..I know, I know I was going to keep this one for myself but as soon as I added the border to this stitchery I knew just who it needed to go to lol…. not to worry I have another one traced out and ready to stitch up for me this time with the leftover border fabric to make mine into a mini wall hanging for my free standing hanger Smile


I also finished of this small freebie stitchery from Anni Downs so into the gift basket it goes for Christmas gift giving this year.


Friday night also saw me taking a break from stitching to work on these squares to turn them into…….


the start of another blanket but this time it’s not a baby one but queen size, it will end up being 15 x 15 squares and will be heading off to my Father-in-law for him to use in his raffle to help raise money for the club he’s in……wish me luck as it needs to be finished by early March YIKES!!! I better get my skates on!

I’m off for another cuppa and hopefully once all the household chores and grocery shop are done I can sit down and surf the other blogs that joined in Friday night and see what everyone else got up to. Thanks Wendy for hosting another fabulous night of sewing with great friends from around the world Smile

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

A few finishes……


I finally finished stitching Anni Down’s “New day Stitchery” Now I just have to decide how I’m going to finish it off….maybe frame it or attach it to a canvas ??


This little Christmas stitchery is going to be a small wall hanging when I get a bit of time Friday night or over the weekend…..


This stitchery I have plans to use it in a A5 journal cover and then it will go into the present basket.

Lots on the go but no completed finishes yet, hopefully will have one or two finished by the end of this week/weekend Smile

Monday, January 19, 2015

Friday Night Sew-in….1st for 2015


Who will be joining me and Wendy this Friday night to sit and sew??? I’m still on my healthy eating kick so a yummy salad for dinner and only healthy munchies while I’m sewing with my friends from all over the world Smile What will you be working on this Friday night?

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Progress photo’s….


Nearly finished the stitching on my Hatched and Patched pattern…….


Slowly working on the freebie stitchery from Anni using c.g.thread “Plum Pudding”


And this photo is for Jo who guessed correctly that I’d also worked on a crochet project while joining in with FNWF. I just thought you my readers might be getting tired of seeing all the crochet I’ve been working on and would give you a break but I was wrong as Jo so nicely pointed out to me, thanks Jo Smile

Saturday, January 10, 2015

FNWF Results….


For our first Friday Night With friends I started a new project as you do LOL….

I have had this Hatched and patched pattern in my stash for a while, traced out,parlan attached to the back with the threads stashed all ready to be worked on for  at least a couple of years nowSad smileI hope to have this one finished soon. I have traced another one of this pattern and a few more stitcheries to be worked on over 2015 for the gift box, but this one will be for me woooo hoooo


I’ve also decided to join in with Terry again with her stitch-a-long and hope to use up my big box of 2 1/2’ squares from my stash for this project which will be starting in March, if you’d like to join in just pop over to Terry's blog and let her know you’re interested  Smile Below is a picture I’ve borrowed from Terry’s blog to show you the one I’m thinking of doing with my scraps….


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I’ve also decided to renew my swap pledge with Cheryll, our swap mamma for 2015….

2015 pledge



I Barb will try my utmost...

· To always swap on time.

· To always email a THANK YOU to my partner.

· To be considerate and thoughtful when choosing a gift.

· To give my partner the quality of gift that I would like to receive.

· To communicate when it’s required.

· To NEVER over commit and let a partner down.

· To advise the swap mama when I receive my gift.

This I sewomly pledge....

Friday, January 9, 2015

Friday Night With friends 2015…..

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Tonight is the first Friday Night With Friends for 2015, who will be joining me and Cheryll tonight to stitch the night away? I’ve got my healthy nibbles organised ( I know, I know……but those few unwanted kilos I’ve gained are going to be shed this year!) I’m still in undecided on what I’ll be working on as I had a request yesterday for a new baby blanket from one of my friends at work whose sister is expecting a baby this year so you might find me rummaging in my wool stash today to start on this tonight or a UFO that’s been screaming at me for months to finally get finished…..MMmmmmm decisions, decisions   Smile

If you’d like to join in the fun with a lovely group of like minded women why not head over to Cheryll's and sign up  Smile

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Final finishes for 2014 and Hello to 2015…..

2014 saw me working on quite a few crochet projects…..


I finished off one last baby blanket to go into my baby gift giving basket, I love how these colours work so well together…..


2014 also saw me making lots of crocheted scarves for gift giving and this is my final scarf for 2014 and is now sitting in my gift basket for someone very special next year…..


I also finished of another baby blanket for a work friend’s baby boy and forgot to show you a photo of it, my friend loved it so that’s good Smile


I also forgot that I’d taken a group shot of a few of the blankets I’ve finished over the past year as well as a couple from 2013 that haven’t found a home yet but I’m sure someone somewhere will be having a baby and one of these will find a new home……maybe in 2015??? It’s amazing what you can accomplish when confined to bed for a couple of months lol……

And to prove I’ve done more than crochet in 2014 here’s a flimsy called “Charming Stars” I finally finished, I just need to decide on a border fabric and then it will be off to the quilters for this one in 2015….


I also wanted to thank all my followers and readers of my blog for taking the time to read my blog and comment as well as making my year such a fun one and I wish each and every one of you a HAPPY & SAFE 2015 and hope you’ll come and visit me over the following year to see what I get up to Smile

Monday, December 29, 2014

Ondrea, a very special friend!


Every year for our Birthdays and for Christmas we send a little gift off to each other and this year this is what Ondrea sent to me, totally spoilt again this year! A beautifully soft knitted face washer with some lovely smelling soap wrapped up inside it. A lovely snowman button by Barb Smith my all time favourite character for Christmas with Santa a close second lol. A beautiful hand stitched hexie pin cushion and some yummy snowball choccies which I have to admit eating one or two or three of them by now hehehehe…..


Here is a close up of the pin cushion, Ondrea is such a neat and tiny stitcher….just gorgeous! Thanks Ondrea I look forward to hopefully seeing you face to face sometime this year if all goes to plan and then I can give you a great big hug but until then here’s a big cyber one heading your way (((((((HUG)))))))


These are what I sent to Ondrea, I didn’t send her any choccies as I know there are certain things she can’t eat so I didn’t want to tempt her…..I started working on cross stitch again this year after not doing it for over ten years but the bug has bitten me again so you just may see more of these popping up again next year in different forms. I know Ondrea loves purple so I used a cottage garden thread to work with on her Paris themed cross stitch and included an owl note book and owl ornament as I know Ondrea loves owls and I couldn’t resist either of them when I spotted them earlier in the year.

Thanks Ondrea for being such a special friend and I hope you had a lovely Christmas XXXXX Smile

Sunday, December 28, 2014

FHF Swaps Gift number 12….Thanks Sharon!


This beautiful giant Hexie table mat was in the last parcel I got to unwrap on Christmas day…..totally blown away by it Sharon it is utterly gorgeous!! I’ve already placed it onto my coffee table in the lounge room so i can admire it and hubby has been warned not to place anything on it or else!

Thank you so much for being my swap partner and making the twelve days leading up to Christmas such fun, I felt like a kid again getting to open a surprise each morning Smile

I also want to thank Shez and Peg for organising and running the Friends having fun swaps throughout the year you’ve both done a marvellous job and I can’t wait to see what you come up with for our swaps in 2015…..Big hugs heading your way girls (((((((HUGS))))))) Love Barb!