xox Sugary sweet festive hugs :o)
OK, so you’ve left it too late to make something “perfect” for Christmas? I KNOW that feeling! But never fear….. You can still have something just ‘perfect’ for the crafty person/homemaker in your life, without having to break the budget. Just click on the titles, to take you to their links….here are your Tuesday Treats – (yep…it’s Wednesday, but who’s checking!?)
Simply print, cut out, and gift so your crafty person can start bookmarking their favourite patterns. They can choose from four special messages that peek out at the top of each bookmark. They can even write in the name of the person they’ll be making a project for next! (Hint: An X-Acto knife works great for cutting the triangular tabs).Add a book or magazine, a fat quarter or two, and the gift becomes something just a little bit more special!
Being the ‘words’ gal that I am, this is one that would appeal to me. Print out the picture on heavier weight paper, Find a lovely frame to put it in and voila……the perfect gift!
Step it up a bit by adding a yard of fabric and some trim…….I can see your crafty friend’s face now as they open this one!
Print this one up and frame, and to ramp it up, add a small chocolate bar with a yard of fabric or a few fat quarters to finish it off. Sweeet!
Okay, so not entirely free……but really, all you’ll need is a BIG packet of M&M’s! Perfect for a quilter’s Christmas holiday treat. Maybe add some quilting notions – some bobbins or thread or perhaps a ruler?
Let’s be real, quilters are usually homemakers too so they love a gift of homemade goodness. Print off these beauties to label your homemade gourmet delights….it’ll be the crowning glory to your culinary prowess!
For all your crafty, bloggy friends, how about a personalised Calendar? Add special dates and images before printing out on quality paper. Perhaps you might even laminate the month and add a whiteboard pen? Or maybe add a personalised pen, or a fun quirky one so they remember you all year long!
xox Sugary hugs :o)
Seeing as it’s our last Friday Night Sew In (FNSI) for the year…..I thought I’d rustle up some nibblies for the night….
4. rocky road
5. rum balls
8. mulled wine
9. egg nog
10. sweet snowballs
and you can’t have Christmas treats without some gingerbread folk……
So don your best Chrissie pyjamas, link up to our FNSI and join me in a spread fit for the King. Don’t forget to invite everyone…..we’ll finish with a bang! I’ll be telling you about our surprise prize tomorrow so pop back then.
xox sugary sweet Christmassy hugs >:o)
Apologies for last week’s Tuesday Treats…..I was working full-time while the boss was on holidays so besides being totally exhausted from 6 days a week work and keeping up the washing, cooking, cleaning at home and preparing for my ‘little’ boy’s 21st birthday dinner, the simple explanation is…….I totally forgot!
So I thought I’d try and make up by sharing with you some great ideas for Christmas stitcheries…..free ones at that! They’re on one of my ‘go to’ websites when I’m looking for something in particular….
I’ve had lots of people saying they ‘can’t’ stitch….they’re no good at it…..well….I’m going to be a party pooper and say YOU CAN……but like anything it takes 3 P’s – Practice, Perseverence and Precision. I’ll go into these a bit later this week, but if you go through this site, you’ll get loads of advice and examples, tutorials and guides to help you master stitchery…..never ever say never…. I can almost hear our mothers word’s ringing in my ears……”There’s no such word as CAN’T!” (I’ll step down off my teacher’s chair now!)
Now some examples of the stitcheries…..you know I’m a ‘words’ person, so these are definitely up my alley….
I’ve made some gorgeous wedding gift stitcheries from here too. Here is one I made for some dear friends of ours…….
It was from the set of three “Paisley Hearts”.
And if you’re not a ‘words’ person, like me, you might like to take a look at these freebies.
It’s not too late to choose a simple stitchery to decorate your home, or gift someone near and dear to you.
xox Sugary hugs :o)
I lost my way a bit this year….having my finger in too many pies took me away from the things I love best. Like everyone, I put those things to last place whilst I struggled my way through the boring tedium of life…..which in turn made those normally pleasurable activities, the most stressful of the lot.
I’ve been practicing the “N” word a bit lately…I introduced you to it HERE; that’s not to say I’m not saying the “Y” word….I’m just being a little more selective with how I use it…..and the stress has lifted somewhat. With the stress lifting, so has some of the physical ailments – tight shoulders, headaches, neck-aches, reflux, rashes………I wonder what brought them on????? duh!
So to ease my curious mind, I decided to do some research of my own and found……hellooooooooooo……..
Stress is a major killer…. #really!?!?!! Our body’s autonomic nervous system often does a poor job of distinguishing between daily stressors and life-threatening events. If you’re stressed over an argument with a family member or friend, that crazy driver that cuts in front, or a mountain of bills, for example, your body can still react as if you’re facing a life-or-death situation.
When you repeatedly experience the fight or flight stress response in your daily life, it can raise blood pressure, suppress the immune system, increase the risk of heart attack and stroke, speed up the aging process and leave you vulnerable to a host of mental and emotional problems.
Many health problems are caused or made much worse by stress, including:
Pain of any kind
Auto immune diseases
Skin conditions, such as eczema
Signs and symptoms of stress overload
These are some of the common warning signs and symptoms of chronic stress. The more signs and symptoms you notice in yourself, the closer you may be to stress overload.
- Memory problems
- Inability to concentrate
- Poor judgment
- Seeing only the negative
- Anxious or racing thoughts
- Constant worrying
- Irritability or short temper
- Agitation, inability to relax
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Sense of loneliness and isolation
- Depression or general unhappiness
- Aches and pains
- Diarrhoea or constipation
- Nausea, dizziness
- Chest pain, rapid heartbeat
- Loss of sex drive
- Frequent colds
- Eating more or less
- Sleeping too much or too little
- Isolating yourself from others
- Procrastinating or neglecting responsibilities
- Using alcohol, cigarettes, or drugs to relax
- Nervous habits (e.g. nail biting, pacing)
Now looking through these lists, I found I could tick at least two or three symptoms in each category that I’ve experienced in the past 6 months. Friends have told me to slow down….they’ve made me aware they miss my ‘presence’ and I’ve made excuses…..but I’ve learnt my lesson…..and it’s paying off. I’ve cut out a number of things, things that have been bringing some stressors to my life and after a few weeks I’m beginning to notice a difference.
Things are getting done, I’m feeling happier in myself, less tired, less headaches, little pain (well, not as much as before) and I’ve allowed myself to enjoy things and not just go through the motions. I wake up a little earlier…and a little easier, and sleep much more soundly. So much so that I’ve even had a couple of finishes for OPAM this month- unheard of a couple of months back! This set of placemats “Christmas Cheer” has been finished and I’m so pleased to be back into it.
Along with li’l Spike….that makes 5 OPAM finishes this month! Very chuffed!
Reading through this article made absolute sense and put things in perspective. It showed me we’re all different and my stressors might not be your stressors and my symptoms might not match yours, but nonetheless, they are all real and need to be dealt with so they don’t take over our lives. I recommend a read, do the quiz and see what you find out about yourself.
xox Sugary hugs :o)
It’s nearly the end of the month and I’ve been challenging myself to finish the Christmas Blessings quilt by Natalie Bird of The Birdhouse. I’ve been stuck for a few weeks as I can’t get my hands on any DMC 498 to finish the stitching….I’ve tried a few different places..it must be a very popular colour. So now I’ve ordered some online and I’m waiting for it to arrive. via Google In the meantime, I’ve been working on the sashing blocks… Each of these finish at 3in square…they are soooooo cute! And I must say, working in the Tilda fabrics makes it all the more enjoyable…..aren’t they delectable? Over the weekend I’ll work on getting the top together for when my threads arrive before I can sandwich it next week. (or maybe I’ll just use a similar red thread and finish it all over the weekend? What do you think?) This morning I had to sell raffle tickets and instead of sitting there twiddling my thumbs, I took along some of my favourite stitchery designs to do when times were slow. This is one of the stitcheries from my good friend Jenny’s Stitchery Club. They are so sweet, and really quick to stitch up. I stitched the wording in a couple of hours…..took me so long because I was chatting and getting coffee and writing tickets and…..well……you know, getting distracted every now and then just a little! (not like me AT ALL?!) You can join the club too and receive 6 sweet stitcheries a month. Just subscribe on her blog HERE or grab a copy of individual stitcheries from the Stitchery Club at her Craftsy shop. Each of the designs in the Club set is available as single purchase patterns from the 17th of each month. They are priced between $3.95 and $5.95 each, but as a Stitchery Club subscriber you receive the whole lot for just $9.95! Jenny blesses us so, don’t you think? Anyways, back to stitching….lots to finish before the weekend’s end. xox Sugary hugs :o)