Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Friday Night With Friends... A really Late Check-In!

Thank you Cheryll for once again hosting us... Friday Night With Friends is a great opportunity to get some sewing or stitching done, then go on a good old blog-hop to see what other participants got up to.

Friday evening & over the weekend saw me sewing like a woman possessed... resulting in the creation of 276 'Sows Ear Quilt' blocks ready to be pressed open... yep, 276! I think I have more than enough for my quilt, don't you?!
With 'Oklahoma' DVD on the tv (what a great old movie!) & then 'South Pacific' ... I quite forgot myself & just kept pairing & sewing, pairing & sewing, until all strip sets were done.
It's going to be an epic effort when I turn on the iron!

Poor PegChook, it was a never-ending acupuncture session for her, but she's been so helpful! Her payback to me was her terribly out-of-tune squawking along with the singing in the movies😜

So this is end of Sunday... the 276 blocks ready to press open:

I think 'Giant' or 'Gone With The Wind' will be needed for the next stage... very long movies for a task that will take ages.

I'm still adjusting to my wonderful new room... the space... the comforts of aircon & tv... AND not having to set up then pack up every time... it still feels just so darn good! Lucky me.

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Well Hello 2017...

There's something about the beginning of a new year... it seems so many people get a raging desire to de-clutter, lose weight, make resolutions... start the year with some kind of BANG.
(Those poor deluded people who declare "no new projects or fabrics" really need a reality check!) 
 As it turns out, I'm not really a BANG sort of person... but I do find the summer holidays a great opportunity to re-focus on a few things... and set myself up for a another year of stitching & sewing fun.
If it were possible, the only Resolution I would indeed make would be to declare that I won't spend 9 weeks of winter on several courses of antibiotics! (as happened 2015 & 2016)
I've got some great projects to look forward to for this year, & some other things around my home that I'll be continuing. I look forward to sharing those things with you as the year progresses.

If anything, I want 2017 to be a year about being rather than doing...
Being grateful & respectful, Being mentally present, Being others-aware, Being true to myself.
And a bit more 'smell the roses'.

I hope you all have a great year ahead - good health & safety - blessings of family & friends - little joys every day.

Friday, 30 December 2016

An 'Australia Day Swap'... Anyone Interested??

Who'd like to join in a bit of summer fun - with an Australia Day Swap??!
Let's show our love of our great country & have a good fun Aussie themed swap!

Here's the deal:
FIVE items are chosen & sent to your partner. They each must start with one letter from the word AUSTRALIA & at least one item must bear the Australian flag.
 Here's some ideas - have fun being as creative as you like:
*A - Australian flag item such as serviettes, paper bunting, little cocktail glass flags/umbrellas
*U - utensil, utterly gorgeous lace
*S - seeds for flowers/herbs, stripey fabric, small sunscreen, sewing thread
*T - craft trims, tea towel (patriotic?), tape measure, tealight candle
*R - rubber bands, ribbon, red buttons
*A - aqua fabric, apple-print fabric, Australian Tea
*L - lovely hand cream, lollies, liquorice
*I - infuser for tea leaves, ice cube tray, re-usable ice cubes, gel ice pack
*A - Australian fabric, apron, aloe gel
(for example, you might send items starting with A, I, L, R & T)

Label each item with the letter they represent & your own description of that - wrapping of individual items is senders choice.
All items may be purchased - no requirement to make anything.
Please only send FIVE items - strictly no extras - this hopefully gives you enough scope to make this a fun swap, but keep postal costs reasonable.
Sign up will close on the 6th of January
Partner info will be sent out by the 9th
Posting MUST be made on or before 16th January
You can open your parcel when you receive it, no need to wait until Australia Day.
(open to Australian participants only)
Whaddy-Ya-Reckon, Mate?
If you want to join in, leave a Comment ON THIS POST ONLY, or email me directly.
Please make sure I can reply to you.
You're welcome to copy the swap button/image from the top of this post... use it on your own blog & link it back to this post... spread the word!

Join In!

Thursday, 29 December 2016

'Secret Santa Christmas Swap' & A FQ Swap

This year I again joined Chookyblue, for the annual 'Secret Santa Christmas Swap'.
My parcel arrived all the way from Michigan USA, lovely Denise at Denise's Day.

Thank you Denise... beautiful appliqued Partridge In A Pear Tree, plus the little Kansas Troubles charms & a fab calendar... wonderful items here to enjoy for the whole year to come... & lucky me, I have a new bloggy friend to boot.

The gifts I sent away made it all the way to snowy-chilly Norway, to Laila at Jacobs Quilt... another new-to-me blog, yay!
I decided to make Laila a large zipper pouch... I also sent a 50cm full-width piece of the main fabric I used & some (hopefully helpful) extras of little scissors & a fun red measure tape.
 I loved sewing this pouch & it was great to learn something new in the process. It was really hard to part with this one♥
 Happy New Year to both of my lovely new blogland friends & thanks again goes to Chookyblue for organising this genuinely world-famous Christmas Swap.

A few weeks ago, Cathy at Cathy's Sewing Room wondered if anyone would be interested in doing a little swap with her... either some fat quarters or a quilt block. We arranged to swap 2 fq's & I'm really chuffed with what Cathy sent me... fab black & whites. I sent Cathy the purple & the green fabrics.
I don't do a lot of swapping these days, but I do still love it.

Lastly, here's a pic of my beloved 'Old Traffic Bridge' in town, which is soon to be replaced... this really is a much-loved & widely recognised landmark in our little city... sentimentality needs to be put aside so a new one can replace it. It was built many years ago to take horses & carts across the estuary... it's been repaired & fortified a zillion times... but is now clearly in need of total change.
This is the last year that she'll be our 'Old Bridge' at Christmas, so I thought I'd better get some pics while she had her Tinsel & Stars on... sadly it was cloudy when I was there, but hopefully I'll get some better pics before the deco's come down one final time.
(Can you tell I love where I live??!!)

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Christmas 2016... I Blinked & It Happened!

Reading around on a few blogs, I get the feeling I'm not the only one who found Christmas Day & the days surrounding it seemed to flash by... How does that happen when the lead-up seems ssooo long?!

Here at Hibiscus HQ, we've had a lovely few days... We had a rather leisurely Christmas Day, quietly at home, after an unfortunate but necessary last-minute change of plans. (Please don't be sorry, I'm not)
We already had plenty of food here, so it was just a matter of pulling it out of the fridge after we'd been to the beach in the morning... yep, we did it, we went to the beach on Christmas Day!

This year we got the kindest weather we've had in years, what a relief... 38°C is not nice for any time, let alone Christmas... mid-20s°C was perfect! It was also great for hosting the big in-laws gathering on Boxing Day... 21 people in all... we all sat outside under the patio & enjoyed our Festivities.

Even the Site Manager got into the spirit of things... (I promise you he did actually walk around in it for a while!)

I've done a little post-Chrissy online shopping, but only for practical stuff I actually need... a new frypan & such... so boring I know. I've also bought some necessary fabric, for something that's been a long time coming, but more on that in a couple of posts.

Next post, I'm going to share my lovely 'Secret Santa Christmas Swap' gifts!

Hope your Christmas was great♥

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Final 'Christmas Through The Year' for 2016

I believe I'm officially the worst host for this linky!
Between one thing & the other, this year I've really fallen down with my making & stashing of gifts for Christmas... granted, it's not been a complete failure on my part, but I definitely could do better.

CTTY for me this month, is more about the wrapping & posting, or the wrapping in anticipation of gifting the items made during the year... the fab little zipper pouches I made for my niece & nephews have had a little added giftie tucked inside them, & most have been posted off to their new owners.
One pouch remains with me to be gifted on Christmas Day.

Thank you everyone who has linked with me at CTTY during 2016... It's always great to see what's being made & gifted for the Festive Season.
Of course I'd love to see more people joining in, but I also appreciate that some gifts can't be shown off, lest the surprise be ruined.

May your CTTY stash be empty, & your recipients be spoilt!

Saturday, 17 December 2016

FNSI... Doing Some Fun Christmas Stitching...

Last night was the last Friday Night Sew In for 2016... Thank you Wendy at Sugarlane Designs for hosting us each month throughout the year for this great little party.

'The Birdhouse' Christmas designs have a happy character about them... this one is called 'Santa's Workshop'... I confess I'm fine with being a lazy stitcher sometimes... gotta love a pre-printed piece that uses only one colour of thread!
Last night I stitched Santa up the top there... I just do a little stitching each night.
 Go check out the other ladies work from FNSI, by clicking here.

This time of year is so busy...
I want to encourage everyone to remember that retail & hospitality workers have families & plans too... Please take a small moment to really look at your checkout operator, store staffer, barista or table staff & wish them a 'Merry Christmas'... Thank them for their service...
Why am I saying this, especially to people I know are probably doing that anyway??
Both of my daughters work in customer service based industry... one in a large supermarket & the other in a busy cafe...
The pre-&-post Christmas seasons seems to bring out the 'ugly' in shoppers who otherwise are probably nice people. Rude, smart-mouthed, condescending, pushy, impatient customers abound...
hopefully they don't speak to their own family members the way they speak to a store employee.
Interestingly, (& contrary to widely-held beliefs) my daughters report that it's the teenagers & young adults who have the best attitudes & manners... not they don't get some lovely customers outside that group!
To put it plainly, it's no wonder that so many staffers seem unhappy at this time of year... they get treated like sh1t by so many shoppers. We've all seen it.
Spread your Christmas cheer everywhere you go... I can tell you it makes a difference in someone's day to be spoken to with heart & respect.

Speaking of my daughters, there's something special happening for my DDC... she's off to Europe for 4 weeks, leaving on the 27th!
This is the first time she's travelled anywhere. She's going with a wonderful friend she met when they were both 12 & just starting high school... amazing to think they are now 22 & off travelling together.
Oh how the wings spread!

Finally got around to writing my letter to Santa, hope he gets it in time...

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

I've Been Stripping Again!

Yes friends, I've been stripping again... shameless, I just can't help it 😎

But before you go reconsidering your association with me, read on...
Some of you may recall that a few months ago, I won a roll of FABRIC STRIPS in a game at Retreat... yes, that sort of stripping... you don't really think I take my clothes off in public do you?!
(what a scary thought!)
 I'm making great progress on the 'Make Something With Them' Challenge & hope to have it fully finished well before Reveal deadline.

Well, on the weekend, my Patchwork Club had its Christmas lunch... beautiful setting, great company, great food... & games.
Of course I joined in the games... yes one of the games involved STRIPS...
Aren't they lovely?!

I really didn't think I would pull it off again, but yes lucky me I'm a Winning Stripper once more. (I've now been banned from playing this game, seems I'm too good at my profession.)
At least this time there is no 'Make Something' Challenge attached to the win.
We all also played a game in which every player ends up with a fat quarter... I won the pink spotty fabric at the bottom of the pic.

I think it's time this old Stripper retired.. & started sewing with the winnings from her career!

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

EPP Tuesday & 'Bah-Humbug Swap'

Golly me, I've been so into my delayed Spring clean turned Christmas prep at home, that I'd literally forgotten what day it is!
There's been some basting of more half-inch Festive hexy's here... I don't think I want to do any more after these... too small for my banged-up old netball fingers!

Have you heard of the 'No Fuss Swappers' blog? What a great idea this is... they've had some fun themes during this year, & the 'no fuss' concept so easy & straightforward. Do go check it out!
The theme for the latest Swap was 'Bah Humbug', for the lead-up to Christmas... our parcel guidelines were as follows: a mug rug, a mug & a Festive treat, all wrapped in a Christmas fabric.

Sending to me was my long-time blogging friend Kaylee, who blogs at Krafty Kaylee.
Kaylee you've made me smile - well you always do, pressies or not -  I love the mug rug & the card is a fun one of such local flavour... as for the mug, well I had seen just that one recently, but talked myself out of it... must have been the Heavenly Angels telling me to wait! Thank you so very much, I really feel so blessed to have such a generous & fun blogging buddy xx
 Thank you to the ladies at No Fuss Swappers for another fun swap & I look forward to seeing the themes you come up with for 2017!

My parcel was sent to someone who jut loves Christmas, the lovely Cheryl... I'll post some pics tomorrow of what I sent to her.

Saturday, 3 December 2016

My SSCS Has Arrived!

Oh-so fun!
Again I'm part of the legendary annual Chookyblue's Secret Santa Christmas Swap... & my parcel has arrived!
Thank you to my Santa... Denice in wintry Michigan USA.
I've opened the Ornament, & wow... a fun hexagon-shaped with singing Snowmen, just perfect! Thank you Denice xx
 Now to be very good & not be tempted to unwrap the other lovely item until the 25th!
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