Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Penguin Wrangling & OPAM!

G-G-G-GR-GR-GREETINGS from the top of our frozen 'hill' where winter is definitely making itself felt! BRRRRR! This morning when the alarm went off to drag me out of bed in time to go & impersonate a responsible adult, this was what my weather ap showed me ...

Oh I do hate winter! It just saps all of my energy. In fact, I decided it couldn't be much colder if I was a penguin wrangler! :0) OK ... So I know a lot of you northern hemisphere gals cope with way colder temperatures, but I'm just finding this cold snap to be plain NAAAAAAASTY! Perhaps if I could stay home in front of the fire I'd cope better! :0)

I might even get some sewing & designing done! But I confess that both of our grown up jobs are eating up creative energy at the moment. My grown up job has been quite stressful in the last couple of weeks & my Beloved Geek Boy seems to be at his grown up job more than he's home, as they have just moved into new business premises & he's having to set up networks, servers & other techo stuff as well as managing a particularly busy work schedule at the moment. There've been lots of after work sessions, as well as many weekend hours put in. In fact, this last weekend, I decided that the only way I'd get to spend time with GB was to pitch in ...

Here I am punching down cables ... Sounds impressive, right?! It was actually more about match the coloured wires to their matching notches, but it LOOKS technical, right?! Tee! Hee! Hee! We've got a week's staycation coming up next week, so hopefully that will give me some time to actually SEW! Fingers  crossed! :0)

Some of you, however, have been busy & creative bees with the June OPAM tally being ...


YAY! Well done everyone & a pat on the back to those of you like me, who are plodding along with longer term projects, if you managed to make some progress. Remember ... It's good to enjoy the process, not just the result ... Though results are rather satisfying. :0) And the winner of the random prize draw is ...

Congrats Susan! Drop me an email & I'll send you your PDF pattern prize to play with. :0)

But right now I think it's time to throw another log on the fire & warm myself up with a cup of tea. Stay warm ... Or cool if you're a northern hemisphere summer chickadee ... & enjoy the rest of your week. Til next time ...



Wednesday, 3 July 2019

Media Celebrities & OPAM!

Hello all you lovely creatures out there in blogland! I hope you're having a great week so far. Mine seems to keep slipping away from me ... Someone told me today how many days until Christmas & I was tempted to jingle their bells!! The year is flying past quickly enough without Christmas looming!! :0)

There hasn't been a lot of stitching again this week, so it's just as well I got some good stitching time in on the weekend when our Friday Nutters had a mini retreat, organised brilliantly as always by the Marvellous Marion  We had a fantastic time ... So good, in fact, that I only managed to take one photo. :0P 

Here is the Wonderful Miss Wendy showing off her GORGEOUS dream catcher cushion cover. Didn't she do a great job? Thanks for organising the weekend Marion! (P.S. Do you see Wendy's cute unicorn slippers? & her flamingo bag & umbrella. A few years ago Wendy & I shared a joke on FB about flamingoes & it's been a running joke ever since!)

And speaking of photos ... Yours truly & her Naughty Table Partner-In-Crime, the Fabulous Fiona,  made an appearance in our local paper this week ...

Here we are in all our glory. :0) We popped into a craft fair put on in a local hall to showcase the vast creative talent in the Highfields area & we were snapped enjoying the complementary cuppa & scones with jam & cream. YUMMO! Actually, we had a bit of a giggle at being media stars because last year when we took a little road trip to Warwick for the Jumpers & Jazz festival we were also snapped ... Having lunch! Anyone would think all we do is eat! Tee! Hee! Hee! We decided we're singled out for media attention cos we're usually chatting & laughing away, so we obviously look like we're enjoying the events. :0)

On another subject ... We've changed months in the last few days, so OPAMers ... Update those sidebar tallies & email your list of finishes for June to me & I promise not to be as tardy about doing the prize draw as last month. (Insert sheepish grin!)

But right now I think it's time to light the fire & put the kettle on. Enjoy the tail end of your week. :0) Til next time ...



Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Winter Warmer!

Today was a NAAAAAAASTY wintery day here on top of our 'hill' . It was cold, grey, drizzly & a horrible gale force wind was blowing south-easterly & bringing the snowy chills without the scenic fluffy snow. So after a fun mini play date with the Fabulous Fiona, I tucked myself in for the evening ...

One of the few things I enjoy about winter. :0)

Hope you've had a great day! Til next time ...



Sunday, 23 June 2019

One Thing & Ten Others!!

Well ... Here I am, finally getting back to tell you who the winner of the May OPAM draw is & it's almost time to remind you to send your June tallies! SHEESH! It just seems that June has been a month where if it's not one thing keeping me from sewing & blogging, it's ten others!!

Nasty head cold, dental visit, funeral, major toothache which hadn't been solved by the first dental visit, second dental visit & extraction of said problem tooth & resulting sulking & rocovery time. Throw in internet issues for the last two days, some more changes at my grown up job & some yucky cold weather that you know I just hate & all in all, I'm ready to see the end of June! The only high point is ... June will end with some sewing therapy next weekend when our Friday Nutters gather for a mini retreat. YAY! I just have to find time this week to edit & prep the next block of my Secret Squirrel project so I have something to stitch. :0)

So ... I hope June has been kinder to you than me & that you've enjoyed some quality crafting time. Some of you must have because there were ...


Well done to everyone who contributed to that tally ... Which included my first finish for the year ... FINALLY! :0) And the winner of the random prize draw is ...

Congrats Narelle! Drop me an email & I'll send your PDF prize pattern for you to play with. :0) And a big pat on the back if you're like me & not getting many finishes logged this year, but have been making some good progress on a longer term project. As Dory in "Finding Nemo" would say ... "Just keep swimming!" :0) And to thank you all for being so patient with this slacko blogger, I thought I'd share some sneaky-peakies of my Secret Squirrel project with you. This is the block I've just finished ...

I'm really happy with how it turned out & think I'd like to buy some flowers from this pretty cart. :0) I'll also let you in on a little bit of my secret ... The blocks I'm working on will come together as my very first Block Of The Month design! :0) So you can imagine I'm pretty excited about that, as well as a little bit terrified. :0) And a sneaky-peaky at the block I'm working on now ...

Bottoms up. :0) I'm enjoying working on this project but it is very time consuming so I'm like Dory ... "Just Keep Stitching!!" :0)

But right now I'm off to put the kettle on & hit the design desk (A.K.A. The dining room table cos it's close to the fire! Tee! Hee! Hee!) to start sketching the next block. I hope you're having a fantastic weekend & that your week is full of little blessings ... Cos the little blessings in every day add up to a very blessed life! :0) Til next time ...



Friday, 14 June 2019

Sick Of Being Sick!!

Hello all. Just popping in with a quick explanation & apology for why I've been missing in action & haven't done the last OPAM prize draw yet. I seem to have had a run of health issues in the last few weeks. First a nasty head cold jumped on me & that set my asthma off. And just as I was starting to get over that, I developed a toothache. So after putting on my big girl panties & taking myself off to the dentist (did I mention I'm a big spooky-la-la & completely phobic about dental visits?!) the dentist couldn't find a problem. Trust me to have a mystery dental issue! Well, yesterday the mystery was solved when one particular tooth became so sensitive that even the lightest bump or tap sends me through the roof. So it's back to the dentist this afternoon. SIGH!! I'm hoping he will just chop off my head & be done with it! But if he doesn't, I'll be back as soon as I feel human again. Til then ...


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