Wednesday, April 16, 2014

FNSI...lets try again!

Sorry about the delay....but aren't internet kiosks a wonderful invention when you're away from home!?!
Here is the link for Friday night, which I've only just realised is Good Friday!!!...woohoo....there'll have to be an extra special Easter prize for this one!!!! update on Dad......he came out of the surgery seems he had an infection in the muscle around his abdomen and that's all we know at this stage but he's a trooper and after spending a night in ICU, he's out and about in the wards, giving us cheek, so he's feeling much better......thank goodness for those red buttons that release his pain killers!!!! And thanks to everyone for their lovely wishes, prayers, comments and blessings....they mean the world to has been quite a stressful time and althought we're not out of the woods yet, we're over the first hurdle!!! Thank God!
So join with me on Friday night to celebrate Easter and all things wonderful....I know I'm giving thanks...and plenty of it!
Sugary hugs xox :o)
Wendy B

Tuesday, April 15, 2014


Yes it's that time of the month and I haven't forgotten but having been at the hospital for two weeks straight and being away from home in motels, I'm a bit lost as to what day it is!!!
News update is.... FIL is in surgery at this very moment to clear out the abscess that's settled in between his kidney/bladder/spine area and try to find out what's causing it to keep flaring up, despite the heavy antibiotics that he's been on. We should have more details in the morning....I know this is going to be one heck of a long night so I really do appreciate all your prayers, wishes and lovely thoughts and comments.   They're helping us get through a pretty rough time.  
So....trying to keep some normality as best we can.... This Friday is still FNSI.  I'd love for you to join with me.... Not sure what the prize will be yet and don't know when I'll be home to post it but there will be one!! I know you'll be patient with me!  
So, sign ups are coming....get yourselves prepared to link up your blogs up .... I can't add Mr Linky on my phone but I'll get hold of a computer and add it tomorrow.  When I do you can add your link and we'll all come visiting over the weekend to see what you got up to on Friday night.  
Hope you understand??!?  
Sugary sweet hugs xxx 
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Friday, April 4, 2014

The Important Things in Life.

Life throws you curve balls sometimes and this week we were thrown a fast one.  Dad (hubby's father) has been getting sick lately, which is just not like him....(he's an ox!!) and this week, after a doctors visit and some scans, he got a call to come back in and talk to him.
Yes...the 'C' word was mentioned but not before another complication of an abscess on the spine!!! That evening we rushed him to hospital and we have been here ever since!

They've drained the abcess....the cancer will be addressed at a date down the track...soon, but not until the infection is gone.  Needless to say, I've been offline this week!
Good news though is dad's much better now the abcess is drained (although he'll need to get it drained again on Monday), and the cancer in his kidney is ok for now and can wait till he's better....We are being looked after and watched over, that's for sure!

So please forgive my absence but I've been a little preoccupied,  but not idle!! I've been working on a new secret project which is hidden in my favorite craft caddy.....

...designed by my good friend and fellow designer, Marilyn of Mardi Meandering. If you pop on over to her blog, you'll be able to see some of her fabulous designs.

 This poem from Bonnie Hunter really brought me comfort this week....a bit of a giggle but also reassurance and a reality check of what's really important ! 

Sugary hugs xox 

Wendy. :0)

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Squishy mail….


It’s been quiet here in the Sugarlane house…….welcome rainy weather has prompted me to do some catch up stuff inside the house!

A little progress on the Quilty Stitches Sampler Along with the sashings and borders nearly done….

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I did manage to post my squishy mail goodies for the Birthday Swap this month and now that the ladies have received them, I can show you…..

Anthea requested purples or greens, bright cheery ones, so I managed to find some lovely blenders for her when I was in Melbourne….plus a postcard to help her feel like she was there too!!!  And you might notice a little “extra” for being a bit late…..a cute purple babushka keyring and a pair of heart buttons.

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O-Faigh requested white on white so I found this gorgeous FQ for her, and I couldn’t resist some shabby pink heart ribbon and buttons to match.

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I also received some surprise squishy mail….I really wasn’t expecting this one, but Susan had asked me for my address a while back as she wanted to send me something ‘small’!!!! I had forgotten about it but this absolutely ‘wow’ed me!!!!

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I had blogged about how I’d been working on my flying geese with the Delightful Stars Quilt Along and how happy I’d been with how they’d been turning out.  Susan was telling me about her way of making flying geese where they turned out perfect every time…..I tried it and she was right …I shared about it HERE.   She said she used a special ruler for it but as I didn’t have one, I just used my regular ruler………so………she decided she’d send me one to make it easier!   She really is a darling, isn’t she???

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I have a couple of blocks to catch up on so I’m going to try it with this new ruler!!!   Thank you sooooo much Susan…..Can’t wait!

And I have been waiting for this one with anticipation…….

the new Vignette.   Now I can go on with the second block of the Mrs Beasley’s Sampler Quilt.  I got my copy from the lovely Vicki at The Pickledish Patch…..pop on over to get yours.


Off to catch up on some more rainy jobs while the weather is still lovely and cool!!!!

xox sugary hugs :o)

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Another FNSI winner…is it you?

We had another successful night on Friday with 54 of us joining together for a virtual stitch-in!  If you’ve never joined us, or even if you have, you’ll have to agree, it’s loads of fun…….time dedicated to stitching with girlfriends in your jammies, eating chocolate and other wicked stuff!!!  Totally S.E.L.F. time….it’s wonderful!

Why not visit all the girls to see what they got up to on Friday night….there’s a load of inspiration and fun….pop back to THIS POST to join up with all the links.


In the meantime, Mr RNG and I have been picking the winner of Fee’s gorgeous design for this month’s prize….

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Is it you????

Mr RNG drew this number from our linky list…




I just know you’ll love our prize this month…’s adorable, just like the wonderful lady who designed it!

xo Sugary hugs :o)

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Sunday, March 23, 2014


My Friday night went a little green and gold!   I couldn’t find the Rolo chocolates in the rolls like they used to make…..has it been that long since I’ve eaten them?????    I did manage to find a bar of Rolo chocolate though…..phew!    And I experimented with the Mint Float…..all I can say is mm mmmmmmmmmmmm … yummo!!!!

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I had my stitching all ready to go after dinner, and I really should have done some BEFORE I drank that float!!!!!   Yep, you guessed it…….there wasn’t a great deal of progress because for some reason, my glasses went foggy and I found it so difficult to push the thread through that teeny little hole in the needle!!!!!   And I was soooo tired!!!!!!!   Just can’t understand why!!!!???  Perhaps 1/4 cup of Creme de menthe is more than this little duck needs in one glass???  Perhaps!!!!

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So I decided, like I do every FNSI, to continue my Friday on into the weekend and I wanted to begin this……

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I haven’t done cross stitch for such a long time so I thought combining both quilting blocks and cross stitch might make a nice addition to my craft room wall.   If you haven’t seen it around, you can pop on over to Corey’s blog and the links to the Quilty Stitches Sampler Along are still available.

Little Miss Shabby

She’s up to block 5 so we’re not too far behind.

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I decided I’d start with the borders before I go into block 1, which is the Swoon block!!!!  Can’t wait!!!!!!  They’re only 1 3/4 inch blocks too so it’s not going to take too long to catch up.

Well, I’m off to visit some of our 50+ FNSI-ers to see what they’ve been up to.  One of them will be winning this gorgeous kit, supplied by the equally gorgeous Fee. 

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The hexi craze was started again at the Melbourne Lets Get Stitched so I thought this might just be the most appropriate prize.  And as you know I’ve been stitching them up too.  They’re such a breeze to stitch up and they’re quick and fun……I’ve got a stack of them just waiting to be made into something!!!!!

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Fee has lots of other goodies in her Shabby Shack ….I’d suggest you pop on over for a visit at some stage…some lubberly shabby goodies in there…hard to resist!!!!

Remember to post about your Friday night for your chance to be in the draw, which I will do tomorrow (Monday) night (my time).

xox Sugary hugs :o)

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Friday, March 21, 2014

“Seasons Of” special delivery

I’ve been giving some sneaky peeks of a finish I just couldn’t show you till now…….

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This is the quilt that Dawn and I designed for our Sew It’s Finished blog in 2012 ….but now it has found a very special place to call home.


We designed this together to show the changing seasons in the southern hemisphere, as most of the ones we see are very northern hemisphere- oriented with snow at Christmastime and summer in July……if only, we say here in Oz!!!!!

I was able to finish it, quilting and all, ready to take down to Lets Get Stitched in Melbourne a couple of weeks ago (yes, you all know what a procrastinator I am!!!!) to be handed over to a very special and talented lady who I love very much and am very proud and blessed to call her my friend!  012 (Medium)

You see, Dawn and I made a pact that we would make one each, and I would make it in her favourite Fig Tree fabrics……well, during the process of designing the pattern, Dawn was diagnosed with breast cancer and had some huge battles to get through, so she never quite got hers started.  But I stitched mine up with prayers in my heart for her and after writing the pattern, I knew mine had a good home.


However, a year passed, Dawn had her treatment and came out the other side as good as new (well, as good as can be!!!) and the completed flimsy sat there, waiting for some FMQ inspiration…..well, I got the bug when Let’s Get Stitch approached….I knew I just had to have it ready,  so off to the machine I went!    Here are some close ups……

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I love it, and I hope you do too.  You can pop on over to Dawn’s blog HERE to see what she thought!!!!!

Would you like to make your own???   We will have the pattern available now and for a limited time on my Craftsy store so if if you’d like to purchase a copy, head on over there now.

See you at FNSI tonight……if you haven’t signed up, you can link in to join us HERE

xox Sugary hugs :o)

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