First FNSI report for 2020...

.... and my first for a couple of years!!!!!!

In case you are not sure what I am talking about, FNSI or Friday Night Sew In is a virtual stitching get together hosted by Wendy from Sugarlane Designs on the third Friday of every month.  Click on the button below to find out who took part this month.

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 …

Another Stitch for Australian Bushfire Relief....

The generosity of people worldwide is astounding....

The Little Stitcher is offering this sweet stitch to raise funds for Australian wildlife after the devastating bushfires.

You can find it on her FB page, here.
And thank you to everyone who purchased Jane Marshall from Hands Across the Sea Samplers, they have raised a whopping amount from the sale of this gorgeous sampler.

It is so great to see these initiatives as well as loss of human lives and homes and the Australian bushland some of our wildlife is now facing extinction.
According to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF):
"It's been estimated that around 1.25 billion [the mind boggles at that figure, doesn't it?] animals have been killed across Australia to date. This includes thousands of koalas and other iconic species such as kangaroos, wallabies, kookaburras, cockatoos and honeyeaters burnt alive, and many thousands more injured and homeless."

... and here is another freebie from Patreon (thanks, Jo, for the link).


.... and we have a second finish for 2020!

I must be on a roll - two finishes by the 14th January!

This is "Falling" by Plum Street Samplers
I think it is one of the designs that I was sent as part of the A Little Help From our Friends Stitching Circle that I belong to (an autoship from The Silver Needle).

[Update: It is time to post for Gifted Gorgeousness SAL 2020 run by Jo from Serendipitious Stitching.  As the A Little Help From our Friends Stitching Circle is like a gift I give to myself every couple of months (it arrives in the mail, all beautifully wrapped, just like a present), I am shoehorning it into this month's GG SAL.

You can read all about it in Jo's Link up post for January.]

I found it languishing at the bottom of my sewing basket and it really had so little left to do on it (see below), that once again I am left thinking to myself "Why didn't I finish it at the time?".  Still, a nice surprise to have another early finish for the year.

Some of the detail:

In other news, my nose operatio…

FFO post for January...

Hosted by Rachel theTen Hour Stitcher
This is a great SAL, designed to motivate us all to do something with that box of Finished pieces instead of just storing them under the bed or in my case, in a drawer!. The idea is to link up on Rachel's blog on or after the 10th of each month (10 Hour Stitcher - 10th of the month)..... and I actually managed a FFO today! And it is of a just-stitched piece!

This is Moose Joy by Angel Stitchin' from the JCS Christmas Ornie Mag 2019. 
 This is for the JCS Stitchalong FB group

Stitchers for Australian Bushfire Relief

It is so wonderful to see the worldwide stitching community coming together to raise money for the victims (both human and animal) of our terrible bushfires here in Australia.  Here are a few of them that I have found and subscribed to for your interest:
Kimberley Young from Sassy Jacks Stitchery has kindly designed this sweet Australian stitchery (freebie) to help raise funds for those devastated by the bushfires currently raging across Australia. (You can read more about it on my Australia on Fire post)
For every finish posted on Sassy Jacks FB page, or Sassy Jacks Instagram or emailed to them, they will make a financial donation to a Bushfire charity.  There has been a great reaction already with many stitchers already having finished their pieces.  All of the relevant links are below the pic:

Sassy Jacks FB
Sassy Jacks Instagram
Sassy Jacks email:
Hands across the Sea Samplers are offering to donate the money from the purchase of this Australian sampler to  t…

WIPocalypse 2020_January Introduction

WIPocalypse is hosted by Measi's Musings

Each month we have to share the projects we want to complete before the End Of The World. Measi always gives us a topic to discuss too.

January - Introduce yourself, your projects, and any goals you have for the year

This year is going to be my second attempt at taking part in WIPocalypse, the first time was in 2017. When I only managed three posts!  Hopefully, this year I will be more organised and motivated and keep myself on track. 

As Jo, from Serendipitous Stitching, is my absolutely stitching hero, I am going to follow her lead and stitch on "20 for [20]20" this year.  However, with a bit of a twist, as I am not going to list all twenty on this initial post mainly because we have had all of the family home for Christmas/New Year plus some overseas visitors plus I broke my nose three days before Christmas (having some nose surgery tomorrow to fix it all up - feeling a bit nervous about it, I must admit) so I have not had the time…