Tuesday, 12 January 2021

New Year, New Design!

Well ... It seems the new year is behaving like the last & just ZIPPING by at a great rate of knots! This does not bode well for me achieving everything I'd like to in 2021. 😜 However, they say (I've yet to work out who THEY are, just quietly?! 😝) that the first step to take in achieving goals is to ... Take the first step! 😝 So I've spent quite a bit of time in the last couple of weeks working on a new design ...


... You didn't REALLY think I was going to reveal too much yet, did you?! Tee! Hee! Hee! It's actually my project that I'll be sharing at this year's Girls Stitch In weekend hosted by the Marvellous Marion & Stupendous Steph of The Quilters Angel in March. 


This is always a fantastic time of fun, friendship, food & of course, stitching. Places are limited so book quickly so you can come & play. With so many events being cancelled last year, I think we all deserve to treat ourselves. πŸ˜‰ Lauren from Molly & Mama is my fellow guest designer who is not only a talented stitcher, she's also a lovely person. 😊 For more details or to book your spot, go HERE.

And while that's my first project START for the year, we need to wrap up the last of the FINISHES for last year. I've finally tallied the December finishes & there were ...

133 FINISHES!

YAY! Well done everyone! There must've been quite a few handmade Christmas gifties given! 😜 And the winner of the random draw is ...


Congrats, Maria! Drop me an email & I'll send your PDF prize pattern. Thank you to everyone for playing along with me for OPAM 2020. I always feel privileged to share your creative journeys. I hope that in what was a crazy ol' year last year, OPAM helped give you some positive goals to keep you creating. I found a great quote over on what my blogging buddy Chookyblue calls "The Dark side" ... Facebook! 😝 It said ...

"To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it!" (Kurt Vonnegot)

I think it also makes your soul sing & that positivity then splashes into all parts of life to lift us up, as well as those around us. Which is one of the reasons that I'll be running OPAM again this year. 😁 Sign up will open towards the end of January, so start making a list of projects you'd like to see on your list of finishes by this time next year & join the fun of aiming to finish at least One Project A Month in 2021. Stay tuned! 😁

But for now ... I need to go & rustle up something tasty for dinner, so I'll sign off. Wherever you are, please take care of yourself & those around you. Stay safe, stay well, keep stitching & keep smiling. 😊 Til next time ...

BEAR HUGS!

CHEERS!
KRIS



Friday, 1 January 2021

Easing Into 2021!

Hello, hello! How are you today? Have all of you recovered from your wild NYE parties ... Or were you like GB & me, seeing in the new year from the comfort of your lounge chair, in your comfy jammies sipping a cup of tea? Yeah ... We're all party animals, aren't we?! πŸ˜‚

Somewhere along the track, someone once told me that however you spend the first day of a new year determines what you'll be doing all year. Now I'm not sure if that's true ... But why risk it by spending the day doing housework?! πŸ˜‚ So I treated myself to a little sleep in, a yummy home cooked brekkie of eggs bene, some non-thinking reading (a bit of dragon fantasy fiction 😜), a bit of designing & pattern editing and ...


... A nice cup of tea sipped from a pretty cup whilst munching on a couple of Christmas giftie sweetie-treaties. You just KNEW there'd be a cup of tea, right?! 😝 And if that sets the standard for my 2021 ... I'm more than  fine with that. 😁

And since I know lots of you started the new year with a needle & thread in your hand ... Here's your reminder to update your sidebar finishes list with your December finishes & email me your final tally for the last OPAM draw for 2020. And for those of you wondering ... YES! I will be running OPAM again this year to encourage us all to keep taking time to create. Stay tuned for signup if you think you'd like to play along. πŸ˜‰

But right now, I'm going to finish the first day of the year in a way that won't surprise you ... Sipping a cup of rose & French vanilla tea! πŸ˜‚ However you're easing into the new year, stay safe, stay well, keep stitching & keep smiling. 😊 Til next time ...

BEAR HUGS!

CHEERS!
KRIS

Thursday, 31 December 2020

A Fresh Start!

Well ... It's New Year's Eve. We made it to the end of a challenging year & despite a few speed bumps & hiccups along the way, we've ridden it out fairly well, in fact, GB & I feel exceedingly blessed & thankful. Our family & friends are safe & well, GB & I both had our normal incomes remain uninterrupted, I've had my most productive designing year ever & been part of some exciting stitching events with Girks Stitch In & the Love & Hugs From Australia Stitchalong. That doesn't mean we're not hoping 2021 is a wee bit calmer. 😜 

Like so many situations in life, the way we choose to look at 2020 can either be negative, focusing on what we missed out on or lost, or we can choose to look at the positive ... What we've learned, how we've reevaluated our priorities & the many instances of kindness we've witnessed during the year. I choose the positive. 😊 And that's also how GB & I are heading into 2021 ... With a positive anticipation of lots of exciting new adventures & a fresh start. 😁 

Thank you to all of my lovely blogging buddies for sharing my creative adventures this year. Your encouragement, support & care has meant the world to me & spurred me on when I got discouraged or sidetracked ... I hope you'll 'tag along' with me into the next chapter of Tag Along Teddies & the Meares' Madhouse. πŸ˜‰ And as we count down the year that seemed to keep trying to outdo itself in the challenge department, I'll share one of my favourite Irish blessings with you. In the meantime, stay safe, stay well, keep stitching & keep smiling. 😊 Til next time ...

HAPPY NEW YEAR BEAR HUGS!

CHEERS!
KRIS






Friday, 25 December 2020

Take A Breath & Count Your Blessings!



It's Christmas Eve & my Beloved Geek Boy & I are just starting a mini break from our grown up jobs. YAY! 😁 There are lots of jobs on the "To Do" list for the next week, but first, two tired, worn out teddy bears are intending to stop & take a breath. 

After the roller coaster year we've had, it's nice to finally have a chance to stop the busyness & craziness of our merry-go-round life to take some time to count our many blessings ... Top of that list being the crazy, creative, caring, supportive & loving 'tribe' we have around us made up of family-by-blood & family-by-heart. Thank you one & all for the richness you add to our life. From GB & me, we wish you all a happy, safe & restful Christmas period. May your hearts be full, even if your wallet is empty; may your blessings outnumber your troubles & may you have the wisdom to recognise them. πŸ˜‰πŸ˜˜ til next time ...

BEAR HUGS!

CHEERS!
 KRIS

Tuesday, 15 December 2020

Christmas Dilemma!

Hello, hello! How are all of my lovely blogging buddies? I hope you're keeping well. I confess to being a bit weary & frazzled at the moment ... The Christmas Crazies have well & truly hit the Meares' Madhouse & GB & I are both experiencing a Christmas dilemma. On the one hand, we both seem to have heaps of things that need to be done before Christmas so we need more time ... On the other hand ... BOY! Are we looking forward to a week's break! So Christmas can't get here soon enough! πŸ˜‚ Both of us are super busy with our grown up jobs, but there have also been a few celebrations happening ... Including a Christmas gathering of some of our Friday Nutters ... er ... Friday NIGHTERS 😁 ... stitching group.

The lovely Julie hosted our party ... & we JUST fitted into her dining room ...



There were a few of us who couldn't make it & a couple who exited before photo time, but it was wonderful to hang out with these loonies who are such an important part of my Tribe. And it wouldn't quite be Christmas without a Secret Santa swap ... I received a pin cushion & one of Natalie Bird's fun Christmas panels. The gift I gave (finished five minutes before I walked out the door! 😝) was ...


... A black & cream version of my "Girls Stuff" mug bag. This is such a quick, fun pattern to make ... I've lost count of how many different colour combos I've made it up in & it's such a handy size. You could pop your sewing bits in it or as I did ...


... Pop in a pretty mug & some tea & coffee serves for a fun giftie. I have a Tilda version for myself that I take to stitching retreats. 😁 While we were visiting Julie, she showed off her finished version of another of my patterns, "Holly Bear" ...


Isn't she sweet?! & the bear is pretty cute too! Tee! Hee! Hee! Both the "Girl Stuff" & "Holly Bear" patterns are available from The Quilters Angel online store HERE ... Just use the handy search tool. πŸ˜‰

And speaking of finished projects ... I've finally managed to finish the blog hopping & done the random draw for OPAM for November. There were ...

148 FINISHES!

WOW! Well done everyone! And as I hopped around blogs, I also saw progress shots for lots more long-term projects, so well done to those clever clogs, too. 😁 And the November draw winner is ...


Congrats Cheryll! Drop me an email & I'll send a PDF pattern prize to you.

PHEW! I think that's me all caught up ... For now! 😝 Which is just as well, since there's a carols service & another Christmas party still coming up before the week ends. 😜 Maybe I'll just sleep from Christmas Day through to New Year. Tee! Hee! Hee! Whatever you're up to, stay safe & don't let the Christmas crazies run you down. πŸ˜‰ Til next time ...

BEAR HUGS!

CHEERS!
KRIS



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