Thursday, 12 September 2019

OPAM Winner & Weekend Winding Up!

Hello to all you lovely creative people out there in blogland! I hope you're having a fantastic week. Mine has been a bit muddly & is ending with my Beloved Geek Boy feeling miserable with a nasty head cold ... Which I'm trying hard not to catch! September is WAY too busy for me to get sick, so he's receiving care & sympathy from a distance! :0)

Not much sewing here this week, but this weekend is Stitchers Dream Day hosted by the Marvellous Marion & Stupendous Steph if the Quilters Angel, so the chances of me threading a needle are pretty high ...though my Bestest-Buddy-Since-We-Were-Nine Lynette says I do more chatting than stitching. How rude! And I'd be highly offended ... If she wasn't right! Tee! Hee! Hee!

While I may not have been stitching, I have been busy ...

Printing, collating, folding & packaging LOTS of patterns ready for this weekend ... My two new Secret Squirrel projects that I've shown you sneaky-peekies of will be revealed this weekend, so I'll be able to share them with my cyber buddies next week ... Stay tuned! :0)

I've  also managed to finish the OPAM hopping & the total of finishes for August was very impressive ...

177 Finishes!

WOW! Well done everyone! And the winner of the random draw prize of a Tag Along Teddies PDF pattern is ...

Congrats Lise! :0) Anne-Lise is one of our wonderful repeat offenders who has been OPAMing with me since the start. Drop me an email, Lise, & I'll email you a PDF to play with. :0)

But now, I think I need to hit the pillow so my batteries are fully charged for a weekend of stitching, chatting & giggling with stitchy buddies. Whatever you're up to, take care of yourself & have fun! Back soon with Stitchers Dream Day pics ... AND ... An exciting piece of news! Stay tuned! ;0) Til next time ...



Friday, 6 September 2019

Weird Weather & A Wedding!

Happy Friday to all my lovely blogging buddies out there! I hope your day is toodling along smoothly. It's my non-grown-up-work day & I had LOTS of plans for my day. HMMMMMM ... I need to learn to write shorter lists! Tee! Hee! Hee! 

I'm blaming the strange weather for the fact that I'm struggling to focus & settle down to tackle things on my "To Do" list. Our weather here on our 'hill' has shot straight from winter to full summer without passing through spring. You know I love hot weather & I'm enjoying being back in light summer clothes, but the extreme dry conditions our ongoing drought has caused, added to mid-30's temperatures & horrible 40km an hour westerly winds have come together to put us in an extremely high fire risk situation. And since we're surrounded by forestry here, we're keeping a close eye on weather reports & fire updates. Boy, do we need some rain!!

But ... We'd prefer it not arrive tomorrow ... Fickle creatures, aren't we?! :0P You see, we have a very special wedding to attend. The first of our 11 nephews & 3 nieces is getting married in an outdoor ceremony, so dry weather is preferable or ladies in heels will be getting bogged. Tee! Hee! Hee! And since this is our FAVOURITE nephew (SHHHHH! Don't tell the others! :0P ) I've made something special as our gift to the happy couple ...

A stacked coin quilt. I love making these ... I've lost count of how many of them I've made ... But I especially love this one because the colours remind me of the many moods of the ocean ... Teals, greens, aquas, navy & sky blues. If I was naming it, I'd call it "Ocean Dreams".

My mermaid & pirate Beanie Bears seem to approve. :0)

And as always, a huge THANK YOU to my quilting fairy, the Fabulous Fiona  Her free motion all-over quilting looks just like the ebb & flow of waves.

I hope the new Mr & Mrs like it & spend many happy years snuggling under it together. It's made to be a throw for the couch, or maybe a curl-up-for-an-afternoon-nap bed runner. Whatever spot in their home they decide on for it, I hope it is a reflection of their marriage & home ... Full of warmth & love.

And now that I've finished this quilt by its deadline, I'll be back to stitching away madly on my BOM design-in-progress. Are any of you coming to Stitchers Dream Day Out next weekend hosted by the Marvellous Marion & Stupendous Steph of the Quilters Angel ? If you are, you'll get a sneaky-peeky at my BOM. :0)

But right now, I think I just have time for a cuppa & a little read before I get ready to head out to our Friday Night Sit N Sew gathering. I hope you have some fun stuff planned for your weekend, too. Oh ... I'll be back soon with the August OPAM draw winners. :0) Til next time me ...



Monday, 26 August 2019

Play Date Weekend!

Hello all you lovely creatures out there in blogland! How are you this muddly Monday? To be fair ... MOST of my days are a bit muddly ... Not just Monday! :0P Although ... This Monday is at least a bit warmer here on our 'hill'. Spring may just be getting ready to shake out her skirts to start dancing. Fingers crossed! :0)

In fact ... The weather over the weekend was very nice indeed, especially after we were nearly blown off the top of our 'hill' earlier in the week. And that was fortuitous since I had a weekend sleep-over play date with my Bestest-Buddy-Since-We-Were-Nine Lynette ... WOO! HOO! And even better than a play date was ... A ROAD TRIP! :0) Lynette drove up the 'hill' Thursday afternoon so we could get an early start on Friday when we headed off to Montville.

After a two hour drive, we refuelled with ...

... Scones & coffee. YUMMO! Then we were off to explore the fun specialty & boutique shops that Monville is best known for ... Though we were a bit sad to see that some favourites were no longer around. High business rent & people having less play money have had an impact. SIGH! Still ... We managed to find a FEW goodies that HAD to come home with us. :0) And all that shopping ... & hiking up the VERY steep Main Street of Montville! ... Helped us work up an appetite ...

Lynette says she's sure all my blogging buddies think that she spends all our play dates eating! Tee! Hee! Hee! Do you like her swish scarf? It followed her home from one of our shop-stops. :0)

We both enjoyed the DEEEEEEELICIOUS Mediterranean Lamb Salad. Baby spinach, roasted pumpkin, sun dried tomatoes, red onion, crumbled fetta & slow cooked lamb ... We can definitely recommend it. :0) Then there was some more shopping & perhaps a gelato, before we hit the road again to head home for adult beverages in front of the fire ... NICE! :0)

Saturday morning we were joined by Lynette's Sweetie for a 'double date' outing ... A look at a collectible car & motorcycle show before lunch at Bunnyconnellon winery. No photos but ... YUMMO!! We all waddled away from the table full & happy. If you're visiting my 'backyard' (Crows Nest/Highfields/Toowoomba area) you really should make time to visit Bunnyconnellon ... Wine, olives, lunches, a gorgeous farm store with lots of interesting gifties to buy & all in a peaceful farm setting ... What's not to love?! :0) We all then agreed that naps in lounge chairs were the best way to spend the remainder of the afternoon, before adult beverages with cheese & bikkies on the back deck around the fire pit. A nice way to wrap up a play date day. :0)

While we were on the deck, we heard a peculiar sound ... A kind of grunting roar. What kind of fearsome creature could be making these noises in our backyard???

Can you see the awesome creature?

What about now? It's a bit blurry, but ... It's our resident koala, who we've nick-named Keith, after the koala in a favourite 90's kids show, "The Ferals". He is only young & was relocated to our area last year so we often hear him trying to catch the attention of lady koalas. :0) If you've never heard a koala before check this out. You'll wonder how that noise comes from something so cute & furry. :0P

So ... A fun sleep over play date for the weekend. What a shame I had to be a grown up & go to work today. :0) But ... I'm hoping to squeeze out some time this week to keep working on my BOM design-in-progress, as well as write instructions for the second of my Secret Squirrel projects & bind a special quilt ... Hmmm ... I don't think my week is going to be long enough. :0)

What did YOU get up to over the weekend? I hope there was some fun stuff. :0) 

OPAMers ... The end of the month is nearly here again ... Don't forget to update your sidebar lists & email me your tally. But right now, it's time for me to go find something for dinner. Enjoy your week! Til next time ...



Friday, 16 August 2019


YAY! It's Friday & I'm home all day! :0) That means slouching around in my comfy-est daggy houseclothes, some lovely quiet, some instruction writing (BLECH!!) & some stitching on ... You guessed it! Another Secret Squirrel project! :0P I know ... I'm such a tease! :0) Wanna see a sneaky-peeky?? Of the project ... NOT me in my comfy daggy houseclothes cos that would be scary!! Tee! Hee! Hee!

Isn't that a pretty Cottage Garden thread?! It's "Granny Bonnet". This project is still evolving. Sometimes when I start designing a project I can picture exactly how it will look finished & how to achieve that look ... But others start with a stitchery & kind of evolve & grow. That's how this project is unfolding. Stay tuned ... & so will I! :0P

Whatever you're doing this Friday & weekend I hope you find some time to do what makes you smile. :0D Til next time ...



Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Big Birthday Bash & OPAM

Hello everyone out there in blogland! I hope you're all well & having a good week so far. Life in the Meares' Madhouse has been a little madder than usual over the past week, so I'm running late with the July OPAM random draw ... But I promise I have a really good excuse. :0)

You see ... This past weekend saw a certain someone celebrate a milestone, 'zero' birthday. I'll give you a hint ...

This blue eyed cutie has been gracing the planet with his presence for 50 years! So of COURSE there was a party! :0) My Friday off from my grown up job became a cooking day rather than a sewing day, but it was worth the lack of sewing, sore feet from standing in the kitchen & worrying whether there would be enough food (between my sister-in-law & I we could have fed several infantry battalions! Tee! Hee! Hee!) when my Beloved Geek Boy had a blast with the important people in his life ... As well as some new 'friends', because he shared the celebrations with his brother-in-law who hits his milestone next week. Wanna see some pics? :0)

Here's the birthday boy with some of his work friends.

And here he is with his good mate Terry ... GB helped Terry celebrate earlier in the year ... Don't you love it when you hit one of those runs in life? Everyone you know is turning 21, then getting married, having children ... Turning 50! :0) You end up partying way more than usual for a year. Tee! Hee! Hee!

GB's cousin Dean & wife Wendy came up from Brisbane & his younger sister Kylie & BILNat joined the fun.

Terry's wife Cathy, the soon-to-be-mother-in-law of one of our nephews, Rachel, GB's older sister Tonia & my Bestest-Buddy-Since-We-Were-Nine Lynette helped us celebrate. (In one of life's weird twists, Lynette's hubby shares GB's birthday ... But is ahead of him a few years!)

Justin & Lynda (Lynda & I met at belly dancing classes) & Lynette's sweetie & fellow birthday boy, Noel.

The co-celebrant & BIL Martin & his band Undercover provided some live party music ...

... As did one of our talented nephews, Harrison. (Not the soon-to-be-married nephew. :0) )

And of course I was there to help celebrate my Sweetie's milestone. I don't think he's changed much since that top photo. Do you?! :0) There were quite a few more people who helped us celebrate, but managed to avoid having their pic taken. :0) And on Sunday we celebrated a bit more on the actual birthday so both GB & Lynette's Sweetie got to enjoy their birthday ...

A DEEEEEELICIOUS breakfast at a little restaurant just five minutes from us, called Emeraude, that uses locally sourced produce wherever possible. Lynette & I have a little giggle when our sweeties are together ... Not only do they share a birthday, but we think they're looking more & more alike as they get older. What do you think? :0)

So ... That's my late-note. :0) But now to OPAM ... July was our most productive month this year ... & with two Secret Squirrel projects finished I can include myself in the tally this time ... WOO! HOO! There were ...


WOW! Not bad! Well done to everyone who added to that tally & good work, too, to those who didn't have finishes but made some progress on longer term projects. We need to remind ourselves to enjoy the doing as well as the having of the finished projects. And the winner of the random draw is ...

Congrats Raewyn! Drop me an email & I'll send you a copy of the prize PDF pattern to enjoy playing with.

WHEW! Well that's it from me today ... I hope you enjoyed the catchup. I'm hoping to have some sewing time this coming weekend, as it will be our last free weekend until the end of September! Yes ... This is a busy time of year for us. :0) Have a fantastic week & don't forget to take some time out to be creative. Til next time ...



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