Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Don't forget..... it's FNSI

That's rich isn't it..... me reminding you not to forget a sew in when I'm the one who either forgets or just scrapes in the door by the skin of my teeth.  


Good news is.... I got a photo of the button onto the post but I forgot how to link the photo to a web site (told you I'm useless)  so please look on the sidebar to your right and you will see an identical photo which , if you click on it, really does link up to Wendy at Sugarlane Quilts where you can add your name to the list of stitchers/sewers preparing to have some fun on Friday.    Heck.... I just gave you another link... is that overkill?   No I'm just keen for you to join the party.   If you've not been to a virtual sew in before .... try it.   It doesn't hurt.  You can wear your PJ's.... work on whatever makes you happy then show it to all your fellow revellers (a really nice bunch).     Great...eh!   Look forward to seeing you there ;o)

Now.... what's been happening on the sewing front....


I prepared more of the applique for In My Garden Month 3......


Got out my special tin of very special (to me) threads....my little collection of YLI 100wt Silk.   I love it... in fact I think I'm 'in' love with it (don't tell Mac).  It's my ambition to own all of the colours.  OK... I know that's stupid because I can work with neutrals but..... as far as these threads are concerned 'want' overcomes 'need'.


I stitched and I stitched until I wore a hole in my finger!    Just enlarge that photo and you'll see the damage to my digit.   It's sore.  So sore in fact that I've given it the day off.   I'm thinking today.  Planning what to do for FNSI.   Figure if I sit here and cogitate long enough I'll be inspired.... if I don't fall asleep first.

I've been toiling in the garden too.....


Can you spot the stream in this photo?


 There it is!   This is the result of a mild (fairly) winter and a warm, wet spring.  There are ferns everywhere.  We always did have a lot but I think they've reproduced like rabbits this last few months.   You can hear the water in the garden but you just can't see it anymore.    Reckon I need to get in there and do some clearing.

I normally clear the stream much earlier... when stuff is just beginning to show but this spring this little gentle stream was a raging torrent.    Not only that it joins with the river right by our garden gate... talk about white water there too.   If I'd slipped and fallen I'd have been swept out to sea for sure..... it's only a couple of miles downstream.  Who knows where I'd have ended up.... apart from Davy Jones Locker that is.

I want to show you my pride and joy......


a climbing Hydrangea.....


Isn't it gorgeous.    Not at all bad for a 99p shrub from Woolworths  bought some 16 years ago and still going strong.   Shame about Woolworths closing down.... I spent most of my pocket money in there as a kid.

Before I go.... Malcolm wanted me to show you his nuts......


his Hazel Nuts.... he's very protective of them.   The are only just beginning to actually look like nuts and he's on Squirrel watch already.     Not that I blame him.  The minute those nuts are ready those rodent raiders return to rob him.  Happens every year.   I think he did manage to get one nut for himself..... once.  You have to feel sorry for him don't you.... nah!!     I'm with the Squirrels!

OK... I'd better get back to thinking or I'll never be ready for FNSI.    Since I've mentioned FNSI again... go on... sign up... I'd love to meet you there.

Hope you are all having a fun filled week....
See you soon
Hugs
Josie

16 comments:

Diane-crewe said...

YAY!! I can see the stream xx .. love to see pictures of where other folks live xx

FloS said...

Hi Josie ! You are very busy with your Garden quilt and your real garden !! Your climbing hydrangea is amazing !! so beautiful !! Enjoy your FNSI !! I won't sign because I have my annual assembly at my quilting club and after…. restaurant !!
Hugs
Florence

Raewyn said...

Ouch with the finger - been there too!! I've fallen IN love with those YLI silks for my needleturn as well, lovely to use and just disappear into the fabric...can you tell how much I enjoy them? I love that Hydrangea too - haven't heard of a climbing one before. Have fun with FNSI :-)

Mara said...

LOL, you are so funny! Look forward to sewing with you on Friday and your Hydrangea looks fantastic!

Jeanette said...

Just love it when i see a post from you Josie. You always make me smile. Love the hydrangea. Beautiful. I'll be joining not only cyber sewing friends on Friday night but friends at quilt retreat. Hugs,xx

Wendy said...

Lovely hydragea, I would love one of those in my garden...

Rebecca in AK said...

You applique work is beautiful! I will definitely have to try the YLI silk thread. Gorgeous Hydrangea! I am glad you didn't clear the creek in the spring and end up out to sea!! lol

kiwikid said...

Hope the finger is healed up ok, you must have been stitching up a storm! Love the stream in your garden...I haven't heard of a climbing hydrangea either, the flowers are beautiful. Hope the nut protection goes ok!! Lol!
xx

shez said...

Hi Josie what beautiful pics you have taken,oh and your poor finger i feel for you my poor friend,see you Friday night not sure what i am doing yet,hope you are having a lovely day my friend.xx

Noela said...

Lots of lovely sewing gong on Josie. Your garden looks wonderful. See you at FNSI. Hugs.....

Lynda said...

The climbing hydrangea is magnificent - I love those flowers. Hope your finger is better soon and that those pesky squirrels stay away.

Leanne said...

I adore your garden, and you have a stream. I'm coming to live with you. See you Friday night.

marina said...

love all your applique bits especailly those little pairs.
Didn't know what that giant thing in the picture was. Thought ET was going to ask me to phone home...
Oh no a man has got to protect his nuts.. drat those squirrels.
Love your hydrangea too, never heard of a climbing variety.

Wendy B said...

OH Josie....my belly's sore from laughing......was so pleased you got to show us Malcolm's nuts before the squirrels got hold!!!
Can't wait for you to join me at FNSI.....loving your prep....hope that digits well and rested!
sugary hugs xox
Wendy :o)

Charlie and Wendy said...

Your garden quilt is looking beautiful, you may have to learn to wear a thimble!! Your stream looks very picturesque, in fact your home and garden always looks lovely :) hugs Wendy

Susan said...

Gosh you pack a lot into a post - those silk threads ARE lovely - and I have a bit of a "have to have the whole set" thing too Your In My Garden is looking lovely.