Friday, 17 January 2020

When FNSI and Friday Frolics collide....

I worked on three projects last night for FNSI, two smalls and one larger.

First up is the 2005 Prairie Schooler Santa, which is the first of the yearly PS Santas for a SAL with my dear friend, Marie (we plan to stitch all of them over the next couple of years).

 FNSI Progress:

My second project in last night's rotation was Winter Wonderland by CCN.  I do love this design - it is so very pretty.


FNSI Progress:  I stitched the two doves on the bottom panel (my goal is to get the bottom panel finished by the end of this weekend for IHSW - there will be a post on this on Monday).

... and I finished the Let it Snow panel - I added extra snowflakes 'cos I liked them so much.

I also worked on this unknown piece, just for fun!


FNSI Progress:

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Friday, 3 January 2020

A Seasonal Sampling....

by Linda Meyers, was my choice for Friday Frolicking this week.  This also my first FNwF for 2020, hosted on the first Friday of every month but the lovely Cheryll of Gone Stitchin'



...and this is what it will look like once it is finished.

I do love the detail in this one, and the muted colours.

On a sadder note, I would like to ask for your prayers for those affected by the almost apocalyptic bushfires that we are currently experiencing in Australia. A number of people have lost their lives and many more have lost their homes.
Click on the two images below to read articles about the size of the bushfires and the extent of the devastation.

Many species of Australian animals are at risk due to the sheer size of the fires, including our beloved koalas:

Luckily, TraderVic and I are safe at the moment here in Eaglemont, although only three or four suburbs away a few metropolitan suburbs were at risk last weekend.

So, please send your prayers out to all those brave firefighters and to the families who have lost family members and/or their homes.


Friday, 27 December 2019

Nearly a New Year.....

..... so I thought that I should make at least one post here for 2019!  Yes, folks, it has been a year and four days since I lasted posted on here - where did that year go?

Well, we moved into the new house (Back House - part one of the Two House project) and we have been here a year (if any of you follow me on IG - Kaisievic - or FB - Kaye De Petro - you will have seen lots of pics of the house over the past year).  In a few weeks, the front house will be demolished and we start on building House 2 - the Front House - yikes!  So, another year that will be very busy.

Anyway, enough of that - let's be frank - we are all here for the stitching - lol!

So, as I think that my blogging mojo may have returned - yay! Thanks to a push from my dear friend, Jo from Serendipitous Stitching, I felt the need to start my stitching regimes again, starting with my Friday Frolics. This is a very loose SAL, whereby I and any other member, will randomly pull out a WIP/UFO on a Friday and stitch on it.

As 2019 has been a year of stitching Christmas smalls - you can see all my Christmas stitching on my main blog, Kitten Stitching - I thought that I would work on this WIP - "Snowflake Serenade" by CCN.  This is where I was up to before yesterday (Friday):

... and this is my progress - I am getting close to a finish!

Anyway, I hope to stay more focused this year and post regularly on all my stitching blogs (or at least a few of them).


Monday, 24 December 2018

Merry Christmas....

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Safe New Year,

all my love and God Bless us Each and Everyone, 


P.S. I am so thankful for all of my stitchy and bloggy friends - always there to lend a friendly ear and offer sage advice and support - Thank you all.

We are in the new house for Christmas!  It has been a saga but all of that will come in later posts.

I am hoping to get back into my Friday Frolics stitching after the New Year, so look out for a post sometime after 4th Jan....  (maybe I will have some of my craft stuff organised by then???????)

Sunday, 18 November 2018

Elizabethan Nosegay

Hi there, it's me ..... Barbara (from The Flashing Scissors)

Long time no see! 

Look what happened to me this week! 

I was so determined to have some stitching to show ..... 

I'd been meaning to finish this little sachet for sooo long, (actually I mentioned it "here" in July last year) and this Friday I finally set to ..... and promptly wrecked the the whole thing!!

I thought I knew what I was doing, but I must have rushed at it!

The instructions say to stitch the front and back together one square out from the outer row of cross stitches. I machine stitched around the design, on each piece - the front and the back - one square out and then cut away the outer fabric, one square away from that machine stitched row! What was I thinking of! 

When I re-read the instructions I saw I should have left a 1 cm seam! Aaaargh!

The Flashing Scissors

So, now I am very carefully hand stitching around the edge ..... and hoping I can salvage the poor little sachet somehow!

The Flashing Scissors

You would not believe the number of times I have read these instructions in the past!

Hope you are having a better stitching time than me (or should that be "I")!  Doh!

Happy Stitching!
Barbara xxx

Friday, 9 November 2018

An Australian Christmas....

So, this week in the tub of "(sometimes) No Return", during the Neverending Quest to clean out my Girl's Nest ready for the Big Move, I found my "The Twelve Days of Christmas:Australian Version. The last time I posted about this was in September, 2014

Anyhoo, this is where I found the piece yesterday, desperately languishing at the bottom of the tub.

... and this is my progress....

... and to finish, here is an Impressionist version of some roses from my garden (using the Artista Impresso app on my phone to create it).


P.S. Click on this pic below to find out all about my latest Giveaway - closes in one day! -  this coming Sunday.

Saturday, 3 November 2018

Are you being Haunted??????

This week in the tub of "(sometimes) No Return", I found this cute piece, halfway finished: "Haunted" by Lizzie Kate.  (Not sure when I last stitched on this - cannot find a post about it anywhere) but anyway, here it is - back in the light of day, so to speak.

So I stitched (and frogged - boo hoo) ...

... and then frogged and stitched some more and finally had a Happy Dance!

 Thought I would just finish with some roses from my garden.


P.S. Click on the pic below to find out how to enter my latest Girl's Nest Giveaway - closes November 11.