Sunday, 20 October 2013

FNSI.... I was there!

I was not only there I was working like a woman with a brain for the first time in a long while.   The old mojo is still there it just takes a bit of coaxing to get it up and running.

Fist off I finished off a batch of  rotary cutting I started earlier in the week.  


How I managed to cut the minuscule ears from 160 tiny triangles using a rotary cutter on a rotating board without lopping off a fingernail or worse beats me but I did it... not an Elastoplast or a drop of blood in sight.    

Then I did a spot of sewing........


if you look closely you can see the odd white triangle sticking up.   Can't show you what I'm sewing because for the moment it's a potential secret.... depends how it works out if it's an actual secret or not.  Hope that makes sense to you.     I'm hard at it working on gifts for a couple of Christmas swaps again this year.    One is between friends and the other is none other than Chookyblues Secret Santa Christmas Swap.   What with that and other little gift making projects I have in the pipeline I reckon you'll be seeing more secret photo's for a while.

Like this one....


another potential secret that I added some stitching to on Friday.    There's another....


must say I love that little spool of YLI silk thread..... gorgeous colour isn't it.    Stitched with it on Friday evening and enjoyed every minute.    

That's it for FNSI projects.   Have to tell you that I didn't do it all on Friday evening I sewed quite a bit during the day too.... lucky me eh!  Well... that's it 

Only thing left to say about FNSI is why don't you pop over to Wendy's  and follow the links to see what everyone else got up to.  

What else....

My laptop suffered a terrible mishap...... I reclined on it!   When I woke after a little nap I found it wedged under my recliner chair.  I'm clueless as to how it got stuck under there but it took some tugging and pulling to get it out.   No sign of damage on the outside.  All seemed well... till I switched it on....

  
That black leaf shaped blob is screen damage!!     Nothing for it but to order a replacement screen... still that's better than forking out for a new laptop any day of the week.

Now... contrary to popular belief I'm no dummy.  I'm savvy enough to replace a screen.   Checked out a 'how to' video on YouTube just to confirm that it was doable and I was all set.   That was until Mac got wind of my intentions and lost no time instructing me on how to do it.

Now... call me stubborn but no way was I going to attempt such a delicate task while wearing industrial rubber gauntlets!    OK.... I know it's electric but I wasn't planning on connecting it to mains power while I dismantled it.  Didn't see the point of standing on a rubber mat for the same reason.  And having one leg tethered to a central heating radiator by a wire to 'earth' me was not going to be happening either.    At least he didn't suggest I wear the wet suit and deep diving flippers he keeps in the loft.... but given time......

Fortunately Chris and Sally were here when the screen arrived and more fortunately Mac was in bed fast asleep (did I mention he's almost nocturnal).   So I got down to business....sans rubber!


In a matter of minutes......


Good as new.     Never underestimate the power of a woman with a screwdriver!

What else.....

Almost forgot to show you the bit of cross stitch I started....


Haven't made my mind up what to do with it yet.... assuming it doesn't disappear down the ufo route.

Took advantage of a dry minute to see what was happening in the garden......


the Sedum is still cheering up a little corner....


love the colour of these Ajuga leaves....


and call me perverse but I think I prefer Hydrangea blooms when they are dying!  They have a lovely antique look.


Bagpuss inspected weeds......


and pointed out some odd looking mushrooms.  Hope Mac doesn't find them......he'll eat them for sure and to my mind these look suspect!    If you're a mushroom expert you might enlighten me.

Baggy and I both got the feeling we were being watched.....


I'm sure this girl thought we couldn't see her.... silly moo!


Hummmm..... I'm wondering if someone put the wrong legs on the front of this one!

Can you tell I'm scraping the bottom of the barrel for something more to say.   Why do I never know when to just shut up.  OK  I'm going to turn off my brain now and settle down to an evening of mindless TV.   Will I stitch?  Don't know.... depends how long I can resist the bottle of Shiraz in the kitchen.... not long I think! 

So.... it's bye, bye from me for now.    Have a great week and I'll see you soon.....how about that for optimism! :o)

Hugs
Josie

26 comments:

sunny said...

My goodness you got a lot done! We had dinner guests Friday night, so nothing happened here. Trying to make up for it today. Can't wait to see the reveal on those secret projects!!

Leanne said...

Good morning Josie, I love your secret sewing projects. I guess lots of people are busy working on their christmas gifts. You are clever to be able to replace the screen on your laptop. I wouldn't know where to start. You go girl. Have a great day.

Susan said...

Thanks for the laughs over breakfast. ALL your potentially secret projects looks lovely, I hope they make it. I like dying hydrangeas too, problem is it's so hot and dry, that mine are dying before they flower this year.

Jeanette said...

Ahh Josie love your blog. Thanks for the smile on this Monday morning as i set off to clean house. All those projects look so interesting. Glad you didn't cut yourself. Good on you replacing the screen. Hugs,xx

shez said...

boy josie your mojo is sure back,love the sneak peeks nd your garden is looking awesome,enjoy your drop of Shiraz.xx

withajoyfulheart said...

Wow...impressive work. Thanks for the inspiration. Like everything else I plod along and run out of time. Maybe I just enjoy visiting blogs too much just to see what others are up to. Love FNSI!

Fiona said...

the best way to start monday is to read one of your posts!
I am very impressed with the fixing the screen... and all your potentially secret stuff...
Hugz

Helen said...

Wow great to see your mojo back, it all looks great. Very impressive with the screen, I wouldn't have thought you can just change the screen, great job !!!!

Lynda said...

Hi Josie

So many lovely goodies happening at your place. Good on you replacing the computer screen - I love a good toolbox. It's the time of year for secret sewing all around the world.

Marilyn said...

That looks like a lovely lot of secret business going on there. Clever you to replace the laptop screen.

Sisbabestitches said...

Totally get your potential secret idea, very much how I run. Woohoo for trimming without damage, super woman you are, no possible way I could manage 10 in a row...in a day, lol. Your work is lovely, garden looking cheerful, hilarious er wonky moo cow. Enjoy your brain while it is in residence :)

margaret said...

wondering what all your secret projects are going to be, garden looking colourful, like you think the hydrangeas look good at this time of year, and how lucky are you to have cows at the bottom of your garden
I am impressed at your computer skills, would not have a clue how to change a screen did not even think it could be done

Anthea said...

Hi Josie - wow lots of potentially-secret triangles there - they would drive me mad!
Beautiful cross stitching, oh don't let it become a ufo, it's so pretty!

Diane-crewe said...

SUPER woman... who needs a man and a rubber mat?...mmm maybe that was a diferent post!!! lol x

Quilting Moesje said...

:o))) what a sweet, nice secret fabrics ....
Nice story about the computer too:o))

Raewyn said...

Oh What Fun (to quote Miranda's Mother if you watch the show!)! Nice to see you working hard at your potentially secret projects. What you've shown looks so lovely. Now you are a brave woman to take a screwdriver near your laptop, I would have run for the hills I'm sure (with or without the runner garb) Hope you have a wonderful week.

Sharon - Lilabelle Lane said...

You have been very busy and how clever of you to replace you own screen. A much braver woman than me :o) hugs

Christine Robinson said...

great to see you are on a roll. Very impressed you managed to change the screen without the aid of a safety net!

Shirley said...

You are brave tackling the DIY job. Great job. You still have more get up and go than me and i can't wait to see what you really are up to with that secret sewing. Well done Josie.x

Grethe said...

Oh,dear me: love the cow! You have been busy,great your work.I almost joined FNSI,but said yes to having a little visitor of 8 years instead, so I did some knitting! Nice stitching and flowers, the Hyadrangeas come out in a sort of lovely colour here as well:-)

Nicky said...

Oh Ms Josie you are back with a vengeance aren't you!! So good to see some of your lovely stitching in progress and your super DIY repair skills..... you go girl!

marina said...

well done for coaxing out your mojo, I love the fabrics you are playing with and I can't wait to see your hexie project.
what a star you are for changing the screen yourself. Bravo.
such a pretty little cross stitch.
you do have curious neighbours.

Charlie and Wendy said...

Your secret projects look beautiful, what I can see of them!! I hope they are all going to plan :) Lovely photos of your garden.

Anita said...

Hi Josie,
When you said your mojo was back you did mean it!! lol. Thanks for sharing your pics with us, they're great. Love bagpuss!
Cheers, Anita.

FloS said...

Waow !! you are SO busy !! A multi-skilled woman !
Florence

Jani Cheema said...


The subsequent time I read a weblog, I hope that it doesnt disappoint me as a lot as this one. I mean, I do know it was my choice to read, however I actually thought youd have one thing attention-grabbing to say. All I hear is a bunch of whining about something that you possibly can fix in case you werent too busy in search of attention.

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