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. 

Friday, 19 October 2018

Bah Humbug: Surprised Snowman edition

Rummaging around in my tub of (sometimes) no return, I found this cute Bah Humbug Snowman by Sue Hillis Designs, just languishing there.  So, he became my FF project for this week.  

The last time I posted about Bah Humbug designs was waaaay back in December 2014 but this snowman doesn't get a peep - poor guy!  (Oh, my goodness, doesn't time fly?????)



I wish that I could capture the colour of the fabbie better - it is a really sweet pink.

Of course, last night was Friday Night Sew In, click on the logo below to find out all about FNSI.

.... and click here, to see what the other FNSIers got up to this month.

Anyway, that is my Friday Frolics for this week - see you all next week.


Sunday, 14 October 2018

Frosty Hopes...

Last week's Friday Frolics was Frosty Hopes by Just Nan. The last time I could find a post on this was here and here.

I worked on this over the weekend as well - so quite a bit of progress was made.


Friday, 5 October 2018

Friday Night with Friends_October 2018

Last night was FNwF...

this is a virtual sew-in hosted by the lovely Cheryll from Gone Stitchin'

Despite having a very busy day yesterday, I did manage some FNwF stitching and a Happy Dance!

Christmas Goose by Stacy Nash (if you think this looks familiar, I did stitch this about five years ago - check it out here - but I love the pattern so much that I am stitching it again as I think that I gave the first one away).

Please follow this link if you want to see what the other FNwFers got up to last night.

Have a good day, everyone, it is going to be a beautiful day here in gorgeous, leafy Eaglemont.


Friday, 28 September 2018

Mind your Ps and Qs.....

or at the very least come check mine out!

So, for Friday Frolics this week, I chose to stitch on Peas and Qs by The Cricket Collection.

The last time I stitched on this piece was June last year (2017).

This is where I started yesterday.....   (the fabric is a very pretty green which is not really showing up in the photo, sorry).

... and as yesterday was a public holiday - for the AFL (Aussie Rules Football) Grand Final parade and, yes, we are so sports mad in Melbourne that we have not one but two public holidays for sporting events, the other being the Melbourne Cup in November (horse race) - that I was able to have a bit of a marathon of stitching on it, whilst I vegged out watching The Split (absolutely fabulous) and then The Making of the Mob (pretty good).

You can't see it all that clearly but I did the backstitch on the wreath as well.

This is what the finished the design will look like one day, sooner rather than later, I hope.

As this afternoon is the Grand Final (no mighty Tigers this year, though - boo hoo!), TraderVic and I will watch it this arvo - so I hope to stitch a good chunk more on it today.


Wednesday, 26 September 2018

A Friday Frolics Happy Dance.....

As I predicted in my last post, I finished Silent Night last evening.  I am very pleased with how it has turned out - I love its subdued colourway.

But I would love to ask all of you for some advice. I am planning to finish it with possibly a white pom pom trim (like my red pom pom trim on Joyeux Noel) but I would love your opinion on which backing fabric to use: Option 1 (pale blue and silver) or Option 2 (mid blue with yellow stars)?

Option 1....

Option 2....

... and here are both options together....

I think I know which one I will go with but I would still love to hear your opinion.


Monday, 24 September 2018

Woo Hoo!

Yet another Friday Frolics post for September!

For Friday Frolics (and FNSI), I picked up Winter in the Village by Stoney Creek Designs.

This is what my village looked like before I started - as you can see I had to start with a bit of frogging as I had used the wrong green (you should see the floss list for this design  - so many colours!).

This is where I got up to after FNSI:

I then kept stitching on it over the weekend for IHSW and this is now where I am up to:

I made great progress on last week's Friday Frolics piece, Silent Night by CCN during last week and this past weekend - should have a finish on this tonight, I hope.

Have you been Frolicking lately?


Saturday, 15 September 2018


Finally, another Friday Frolic post from moi!  I don't quite know where my blogging mojo has gone - oh wait! I am SUPER BUSY! lol!  

See this post on Kitten Stitching to find out why.

However, my stitching mojo is as strong as ever and this is what I picked up to stitch on this past Friday....

"Silent Night" by CCN. The fabric is actually much bluer than this.

I'll post an update early next week as to how much stitching I managed over the weekend.

Did you Friday Frolic this week?


Friday, 22 June 2018

Still Skating....

On Friday (22nd June - a day late due to a too busy day on the 21st), I stitched on The Ice Skaters for the Down Under version of the Longest Day SAL run by Jo fromSerendipitous Stitching.  Unfortunately, I didn't get as much stitching done as I would have liked on the Friday either as TraderVic whisked me off to choose ovens and cook tops for the Back House (you can read all about Grand Designs Eaglemont here, if you are curious as to what I am talking about) but more about that in my next Grand Designs Eaglemont update on my main blog, Kitten Stitching.  You have come for the stitching, so here it is:

Before pic:

Progress pic:


Sunday, 17 June 2018

An old WIP again

Hello, dear stitching friends,

last Friday I pulled out an old WIP again - Houses of Hawk Run Hollow. On block #1 there were only  some of the wording and the vine underneath the wording to finish. And that's what I did. Now house #1 is done and I can go on and start the next block.

Have a great rest of the Sunday.

Sunday, 27 May 2018

A Loooong Friday Frolics this week...

Due to the fact that I was in Mildura for three days for work (you can catch up on all of that here (when I write that post on Kitten Stitching).  So, I started my FF early, on Wednesday whilst waiting at the airport and then stitched desultorily (I was pretty busy with work and other things whilst up there) for the next three days....


At the airport:




P.S. I am having ANOTHER Girl's Nest Giveaway (#6), click on the pic below if you would like to enter.  Closes VERY SOON, May 31st.