Friday, 21 September 2018

Stitchers Dream Day Catch Up!

Wow! Here it is, Friday again & I don't know where the week has gone. I thought I'd better pop in to catch you up on my doings ... There are LOTS of photos, so grab a cuppa & get comfy ... Chookyblue you might want to brace yourself! Tee! Hee! Hee!

The annual Stitchers Dream Day is hosted by the GORGEOUS mother/daughter team of Marion & Steph Marshall of the Quilters Angel at Highfields & is always a fantastic time of friendship, fun, food, chatting ... & some people even STITCH! :0) Friday was set up day, which is always organised thanks to the awesome planning skills of Marion & Steph ... Seriously, if I'm ever wanting to organise a royal gala or invade a small nation, I'm getting these ladies to plan it! :0P Fabulous Fiona & I were in charge of dressing the chairs ... We decided that over the last few years we've tied hundreds of bows in all sorts of colours, different fabrics & a few different methods, so we deserve an honorary doctorate in bow tying! Tee! Hee! Hee!

Organza & satin bows this year & dotty giftie bags. There were lots of "Ooh" & "Aah" noises when the crowds arrived & it was time to introduce the guest designers ...

That's Lesley from Faeries In My Garden showing off her design, with her stitching partner Kate in cream & Leeanne from Petals & Patches in black ... With Marion to the right of the pic, looking fabulous. Each designer was given fabric packs of fat eighths in two different colourways to create two new project designs ... Though Kate & Lesley took one each as they stepped in close to the eleventh hour when another designer had to pull out for family reasons. Wanna see the projects??

Lesley's journal folder. Gorgeous embroidery on the front ...

... Inside has two pockets that will fit a paper journal or an iPad ... Or you could make it your sewing pouch.

Kate's sewing set featuring a hexie pin keep, a needle book & a lidded basket ...

Pretty & handy.

Leanne's manicure fold out case ...

... With pockets to store everything ... Could also be a sewing pouch. :0)

And I think my favourite (despite it featuring my least favourite colour ... PINK!) Leeane's reading cushion with a pocket for a book. Love the cute bunny! Then it was time to socialise ... Er ... Stitch! :0)

Lyn & Julie got Stitching ...

Blogging buddies Robin & Fiona played on their phones ... Who said it was just Gen Y that did that?! :0P

Another familiar mother & daughter team.

Then there were mini workshops & demonstrations ... Leeanne showing watercolour pencil techniques ...

Lesley showing how to stitch grub roses (I need to practice!)

And Kate sharing more embroidery tips. Then it was time for show & tell ... So many gorgeous projects that people had created ... But one that caught my eye was a version of my "French Amour" pattern ...

A lovely bright, happy version for a daughter who loves all things French. And there was show & tell from the designers, too with lovely pattern samples on display ...

I LOVE Leeanne's mermaid quilt! A friend & I who are both March gals, so star signed Pisces, call ourselves mermaids ... More romantic than being fish! :0) 

More of Leeanne's lovely work.

Some gorgeous embroidery projects by Lesley & Kate.

And the lovely ladies who made the day happen ... Marvellous Marion on the left, Stupendous Steph on the right & the guest designers Kate, Lesley & Leeanne. Thank you to you all for creating gorgeous projects & a fabulous environment in which to enjoy a day of stitching indulgence! :0)

I discovered that Leeanne has popped into my blog from time to time & we've 'seen' each other on Facebook, so it was fun to catch up in real life ... Looking forward to more cyber chatting, too. :0)

And it wouldn't be Stitchers Day without a visit from my Bestest-Buddy-Since-We-Were-Nine Lynette ... Pictured chatting to Lesley.

So ... There you have a wrap up of my busy weekend last week. I think I've kind of sleep-walked through the work week & am looking forward to a quiet catch up weekend with my Beloved Geek Boy. We're heading off on an exciting adventure in three weeks so there's lots to do before then ... Though I'm hoping for some sewing time, too. :0) Whatever you're up to this weekend I hope it includes some time to relax with your special people ... & maybe some sewing time! :0) Til next time ...



Saturday, 8 September 2018

Still Alive And Kicking!

Hello to all you gorgeous creatures out there in blogland! Yes ... I'm still alive & kicking ... & wondering where the heck the last couple of weeks went! I can't believe it's September already ... Though our weather up here on our 'hill' hasn't exactly been Spring-like.

Life here continues to be crazy busy, but things at my grown up job are starting to get sorted a bit. After four & a half months of co-managing the retirement village where I work, after the abrupt departure of our manager in April, we welcomed our new manager this week & I have a feeling he's just the right person for the job. There's still the settling in period while we all work out the new team dynamic, but I have a good feeling about it. :0)

And this week saw something else exciting happen ... I got to spend some quality time with my sewing machine!! YAY!! Between one thing & a dozen others, it had been over a month since I'd had some sewing time. Better still ... I FINISHED a project! DOUBLE YAY! :0) Remember I shared a pic of my gloomy day movie-watching project!

A little painted stitchery project designed by the lovely Libby Richardson. Well ...

It's FINISHED! :0) Now ... Those of you who know me well & have been visiting my blog for a while now will NOT be surprised to hear that I didn't make up my project by following the instructions ... I went rogue! Tee! Hee! Hee! I wanted to show off the pretty fabrics so put wider borders around my stitchery & made it as a 'book' rather than a tri-fold folder ... Which meant I had to redesign the inside of the folder, too. :0) But ... It's still a thread holder ...

... With a swatch of pretty green wool to store needles & pins.

It's turned out to be a very handy size. It can store 12 embroidery thread cards & scissors along with needles & pins. I'm thinking about making a couple more of these so I can have one per project. Of course ... It's taken me a year to finish this one, so who knows! :0P And ... It's the first ever Stitchers Dream Day project that I have FINISHED! I've finished the stitcheries for a few in the last 11 years, but never before have I managed to finish a whole project. Just in time for next weekend's Stitchers Dream Day! :0) Are any of you coming to play next weekend? Let me know so we can catch up. And if you haven't booked yet, I believe there are a few spots left for both the Saturday & the Sunday, so act QUICKLY if you want to join the fun ... A FABULOUS day is guaranteed! :0)

And as well as being the first Stitchers Day project I've ever finished, it's an early finish for my OPAM list for September ... To balance out the goose egg on my August tally. :0) I think quite a few of us were busy with non-sewing things in August, or were working on long term larger projects, as our tally was a bit lower ... But there were still 118 finishes recorded, so well done to everyone. And the August random draw winners of the OPAM stitchery pattern are ...


Congrats to you both! Drop me an email & I'll send you the PDF stitchery pattern so you can get stitching. Have any prize winners stitched their version of the prize stitchery yet? I'd love to see them if you have.

But right now I think it's time for a cuppa & then maybe some more sewing ... I have a few gifties that I need to work on so will get started while my mojo is in residence. :0) I hope you all have a fantastic weekend. Til next time ...



Sunday, 26 August 2018


Rain has been so rare in our neighbourhood for the last four or five months that we don't want to frighten it away! We have only had a few millimetres but at this stage we're grateful for anything we receive. We rely on rainwater, with no town or bore supplies to back us up & since we're down to our last half a tank, we'll have to buy water if we don't get some good rain soon.

And despite that ... We know how very fortunate we are to not have stock to feed & water & we're not reliant on crops for our income. So many farmers & property owners are doing it so much tougher than we are. If you have a little bit in your budget to spare, why not support one of the organisations providing support for our farmers. We've donated to Drought Angels, but Chookyblue has shared a few more suggestions ... She & Mr Chooky are some of our farmers who are struggling to keep things going. 

Here on the Homefront things have been pretty quiet ... Hence no blog updates. My Beloved Geek Boy & I have been battling off the last of the nasty virus that jumped on us, so have been laying low in between working our grown up jobs. But today, after finishing my grown up chores (well ... MOST of them! :0) ) I've decided to treat myself to some rainy-day stitching in front of a movie or two ...

This is a little project started at last year's Stichers Dream Day hosted by the Marvellous Marion & Stupendous Steph of the Quilters Angel. It was a mini tutorial by the Lovely Libby Richardson in her fabric painting techniques. I just LOVE Libby's teddies! :0) The pattern is a needle & thread case that I've set myself the goal of finishing before this year's Stitchers Day (September 15 & 16). If I finish it, it will be the first ever Stitchers Day project that I've FINISHED! Yep ... I confess ... My Bestest-Buddy-Since-We-Were-Nine Lynette & I have attended 11 Stitchers Days & NEITHER of us have FINISHED a project ... OOPS! :0) Stay tuned to see if I meet my own challenge. :0)

Speaking of Stitchers Dream Day  .. If you haven't already booked & paid to come & join the fun, time has just about run out, so contact Marion & Steph so you don't miss out on the fun. It's always a fantastic day of friendship, yummy food, chatting, learning, relaxing & laughing ... & apparently SOME people stitch! Tee! Hee! Hee! Check out the Quilters Angel website for more details.

Righto ... I've got a cuppa beside me, an uplifting citrus oil blend called "Bliss" in the diffuser, a disaster movie on Netflix & a showery afternoon to stitch away, so that's what I'm going to do. :0) Have a fantastic week & til next time ...



Stitchers Dream Day

Monday, 13 August 2018

Monday Blues!

Hello to everyone out there in blogland! I've got the Monday blues today ... I've been ambushed by the third head cold this winter & I'm over feeling yucky! SIGH! It's only a cold, but it's getting me down. Everything is stuffed up, I'm wheezing & coughing, but the junk I can feel on my chest isn't budging, my ribs hurt from coughing & I've got a stinker of a headache. All of which means I'll survive, but I'm just feeling miserable. The headache means I can't even stitch. SIGH!

So to stop myself from wallowing I thought I'd share a couple of photos from our weekend away. It was This cutie's birthday on Saturday ...

And we celebrated with a weekend away, renting a townhouse from friends at Sandstone Point with this view ...

The water was Pumicestone Passage & that's the bridge from the mainland over to Bribie Island. There was a shopping play date with my Bestest-Buddy-Since-We-Were-Nine Lynette on Friday, a bit of fun driving Saturday morning, massages Saturday afternoon (not quite as relaxing as hoped since I had a bit of a panic attack when I lay face down & felt like I couldn't breathe with both sinuses & chest clogged up with cold. Very patient massage therapist found a way around it, though.) and Saturday night was time for a special dinner date ...

... With two very special friends & their hubbies. The gorgeous Kerryanne & lovely Lilly Linda were my first two Bloggy buddies ... In fact, it was Kerryanne who encouraged me to start a blog to promote my Tag Along Teddies designs. Linda was the second blog I started following & I visited the shop she was running at the time & became friends. After lots of three way chats, we all met in person about six years ago for a weekend at Mt Tambourine and although we had a blast & said we'd do it again, three busy schedules hadn't allowed it until this weekend. So much fun to catch up & chat in real life ... Even if I was starting to feel pretty crumby thanks to my head cold. And since it was my Beloved Geek Boy's birthday, there had to be candles ...

Thank you for a fun catch up Kerryanne & Linda ... We'll have to do it again sometime ... When I'm feeling a lot better.

Then it was home to our freezing 'hill' & I decided to take myself out of the mix today to try to kill this cold. Can't say I'm feeling much better, but maybe a nap or two will help. Hope you all had a wonderful weekend & that you're feeling better about Monday than I am. Til next time ...



Friday, 10 August 2018

Count Down To Fun!

Another super busy week has rushed by in a blur. My grown up job hours have officially extended for the foreseeable future until our head office decides what it's doing about replacing the manager. In the meantime, I'm picking up a lot of the office workload ... Which in some cases is just doing a bit more of what I had already been doing but in other things, the learning curve has been vertical! :0) 

So I'm extra excited to be heading off for a weekend away with my Beloved Geek Boy this weekend to celebrate his birthday, to rest up a bit & catch up with some friends I haven't seen for a while ... How exciting! :0) I promise to share pics. The weekend of relaxing might also kick-start my designing mojo that seems to currently be buried under a pile of adulting ... After all, I recently treated myself to something special ...

 Isn't it YUMMY!!! It's Bunny Hill & I'm thinking it will be a quilt when it grows up. I've started playing with some ideas, but this weekend might be a good time for some more thinking on it.

In the meantime, I'd better hit the hay to store up some sleep ... I've been counting down to the fun all week ... One more sleep! :0) Have fun & take care. Til next time ...



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