Monday, 19 October 2020

Still Kicking!

Hello, hello! Yes ... I'm still alive & kicking, despite my unplanned absence from my blog. Please excuse my slackness, life has been rather hectic in the last few weeks & my head is spinning trying to keep up. Grown up job has been keeping me hopping & I now have a new boss to break in. 😜 I'm really hoping things settle soon so I get some of my sewing mojo back, because at the moment, it's as AWOL as I have been from blogging. 😝

My creative energies have been channeled into a different direction since the spring weather brought my Beloved Geek Boy & me out of our winter hibernation ... We've been gardening. GB gas been working his way around the garden to install a watering system to make the most efficient use of our precious water & we've been seeing what has survived the drought conditions we've been experiencing & spreading more of those plants around. Still a lot of work to be done ...once we get some desperately needed rain. SIGH! One part of the garden that is thriving, though, isn't actually IN the garden ... It's on our side verandah ...

Here's my little pot of Tuscan tastiness. 😜 Two different varieties of tomatoes, purple basil & oregano. I'm starting to suspect the tomatoes are actually triffids. 😝

And my happy herb corner. I think the mint is plotting to compete with the triffid tomatoes for world domination. Tee! Hee! Hee! I've got mint, lemon balm, parsley, sweet basil & sage growing here & two clumps of chives in the vege garden. We have been enjoying delicious herb-flavoured scrambled eggies for weekend breakfasts. πŸ˜‰

After doing the OPAM blog hop this month, I think others have been as distracted from sewing as I have been, as September gave us our lowest tally so far for the year. But ... Finishes or not, the goal of OPAM is to get us creating, & many blogs I hopped to showed progress on bugger projects, so well done. 😁 And the winner of the September random prize draw is ...

Congrats, June! Drop me an email & I'll send your PDF pattern prize. Although I don't have any pics of projects to share at the moment, I do have a sewing related pic ...

A couple of weeks ago, I hosted a relaxing sewing play date for a few of our Friday Nutters group. A day of chatting, giggling, munching & a bit of stitching was balm for busy Stitchers. Oh ... & do you see Julie's teddy-in-progress! She was making my "Holly Bear" pattern & picked up a few tips. 😁 The pattern for Holly Bear is available from The Quilters Angel online store HERE.

And that us it from me tonight. I promise to try to get back here a bit sooner next time ... It's almost time for the NEXT OPAM check-in ... EEK! Where is the year going?! Whatever you're up to, please take care of yourself & your loved ones. Keep stitching & keep smiling. 😊 Til next time ...



Saturday, 3 October 2020

N.W.S.A Project.

Happy Saturday to all of you, my Bloggy buddies from around the world. I hope you've had a fantastic week. Mine has been a bit frustrating. After a busy week at my grown up job, I finally got to enjoy some stitching time yesterday ... Only to discover that I had a N.W.S.A. Project on my hands. If you've been creating for a while (especially if you're a designer) you will have found yourself with one of these. You know, a ...

Not Working Start Again 

... type of project. SIGH! Sometimes, what seems like a good idea on the design sketch just doesn't LOOK right when you start stitching. The colours don't work, or the balance is wrong ... Or you just don't like it. So this was my N.W.S.A. dilemma ...

What was supposed to be a colour-graduating feature is just way too strong against the softer colours of the writing above it. Both elements look great ... Just not together. 😜 So it's back to the beginning to retrace, re-colour & re-think the thread colours. Good thing it's a long weekend here & I have an extra day to 'play'. 😝

And speaking of playing & creating ... OPAM gals ... It's the changeover to another month, so if you haven't already, please update your sidebar tally lists & email me your September tallies to add to our spreadsheet. Even if I don't get the chance to reply to your emails or comment on your blog posts, I love seeing everyone's finished projects each month. There are just so many clever-clogs crafters out there. 😁 If you're looking for some inspiration, make yourself a cuppa & hop your way around the blogs of fellow OPAMers listed in my left sidebar. You'll be amazed at the variety of projects & hopefully, inspired to create more yourself.

As for me ... It's back to the drawing board for a colour re-think. 😜 Enjoy your weekend & if you're traveling, stay safe. Til next time ...



Saturday, 26 September 2020


I know 2020 has been a mixed up kinda year, but now our seasons seem to have muddled themselves up. 😳 We went from lovely Spring days with temperatures in the mid to high 20's to today ... A "feels like" temperature of FIVE degrees with 50km/hr gusty winds! EEP! Spring! Come back!!

And since you know how much my Beloved Geek Boy & I LOOOOOOVE cold weather so much - NOT!! - we're snuggled down in front of a fave movie ... Or two ... Or three. 😜

Can you guess what we're watching? πŸ˜‚ Some Secret Squirrel stitching to keep my hands occupied & it's not a bad way to ride out a weird weather swing ... Though I hope Spring returns soon!

What are YOU up to today? Whatever it is, I hope you're keeping safe & well. I'm off to keep stitching & helping to save the universe. 😜 Til next time ...



Monday, 21 September 2020

Exciting News!

Hello everyone & happy Monday to you all ... Even if you're like me & Monday signals having to go off to a grown up job to impersonate a responsible adult for the week! 😜 Well, to help add a splash of colour to your Monday & get your week off to a creative start, I'm popping in to share some exciting news that I hinted at last post. Are you ready for it?! 😜

Marvellous Marion & Stupendous Steph of The Quilters Angel have announced that plans are already underway for their next fantastic stitching event ...

WOO! HOO! Girls Stitch In 2021 is already taking bookings & even MORE exciting for me ...

I've been invited to be one of the guest designers!!

This wonderful stitching weekend will be held on Saturday & Sunday March 13 & 14, 2021, so if you love gathering with other creative stitchers, love to be spoilt & get excited about being amongst the first people to stitch two brand new projects designed especially for the day, then sign up! 😁 Lauren Wright of Molly & Mama is the other guest designer, so you'll get to chat & stitch with us both. For full details head over to The Quilters Angel website HERE. Let me know if you're coming to play so I can say g'day. 😁

So I'm off to start playing with some sketches & stitchery ideas. πŸ˜‰ Have a wonderful week. Stay safe, stay well, keep stitching & keep smiling. 😁 Til next time ...



Wednesday, 16 September 2020

Catching Up ... A Bit!!

Hello! Hello! Yes, I'm still here & haven't been abducted by the invading aliens that I suspect are the next thing to be thrown at us on the 2020 Apocalypse Bingo Card!  πŸ˜œ I've just been super busy with my grown up job, madly writing pattern instructions for a deadline (will share soon - promise!) as well as the usual craziness that is life in the Meares' Madhouse. But ... The best thing that's kept me busy in the last couple of weeks was getting ready for the annual Stitchers Dream Day Out, hosted by the Marvellous Marion & Stupendous Steph of The Quilters Angel  And since it took place last weekend, I can now share some pics. So ... Brace yourself, Chookyblue  & everyone grab a cuppa, cos there are quite a few photos to share.

Stitchers Dream Day is my favourite stitching event for the year & with the zombie apocalypse continuing, it wasn't a certainty this year, but Marion & Steph were determined to provide a big splash of stitching happiness in the midst of 2020's upheaval, so they spent WEEKS jumping through all the hoops needed to run the event in a Covid compliant way, while still making it fun & full of surprises for us all. And what a fantastic job they did! 😁

Everything was a bit more spread out thus year, but still pretty & fun.

And of course my Bestest-Buddy-Since-We-Were-Nine Lynette came up the 'hill' to play. 😁

And repeat offenders Felicity & Bec were back to join the fun ... & they brought show & tell! Both had finished the project I designed for Girls' Stitch In back in March! WOW! They did a lovely job ... & it was great to catch up with friends from away. 😁

Another familiar face, Michelle, brought her finished version of my "Old Ted" wall hanging to show me. Doesn't it look great? Michelle & her daughter have made a few of my designs now & it's always fun to see their versions in different colours with little variations that personalise
 them. And speaking of different fabrics ...

... Kerrie-Anne made her version of my "Spread Sunshine" bag from Girls' Stitch In up in more Autumn-y colours ... Isn't it fun to see how different fabrics change the look of a project?

Another familiar face, the Lovely Lesley, brought her version of my "Life Is Good" bag for show & tell. This was another Girls' Stitch In project from a few years ago. I use my own version as my sewing bag because it's really roomy ... & pretty. 😁

Loretta brought her "Life Is a Good" bag, too. 

I can't remember this lovely lady's name (Sorry!!) but she had done a wonderful job of creating "Spread Sunshine". (Did I mention how much I LOVE that range of Tilda fabrics?!)

Bev got a little creative & turned her "Spread Sunshine" stitchery into a project folder ... I should have taken a photo of the inside. And she also changed the accompanying tablet pouch into ...

... A tablet cover. I so enjoy it when people use my patterns as a starting point for their own creativity.

Designers for SDDO this year were Debbie McGee & Nikki Tervo. Sadly, Debbie had to pull out at short notice due to illness, though she sent her projects along to keep people stitching. And it was great to catch up with Nikki & her hubby John over the weekend. 

A HUGE THANK YOU to Marion & Steph for persevering through extremely difficult circumstances (fabrics not arriving until a week before, threads not arriving at all & having to be changed, pages & pages of forms & outlined plans filled out to meet Covid guidelines, restrictions on food serving, bottles & bottles of sanitiser ... To name just a few challenges!) to host this fun & relaxing weekend for us to enjoy.

Now ... usually this is where I'd share photos of the projects that were designed especially for SDDO ... BUT ... I'm not going to! 😜 You see, Marion & Steph know that lots of lovely stitching friends were unable to come & play this year due to travel & border restrictions so ... They are offering two Mystery Packs over on their website. One of the fun elements of SDDO is knowing that your gift bag will contain four bot-yet-released patterns, the pre-printed stitchery design for one of those patterns & the fabric pack to make it up, as well as a few little gifties & goodies. And that's what the mystery packs include. So, if you'd like a bit of stitching mystery & fun surprise in your life, pop over HERE to check the packs out ... But be quick because packs are limited. And I won't share pics yet because it would spoil the surprise. πŸ˜‰

WHEW! So ... That's my reason for being a bit absent from blogland & why I'm late with the August OPAM roundup. At least that's my story & I'm sticking to it! 😜 Thank you to everyone who emailed their tallies through ... Much appreciated. So after adding & blog hopping, the August tally was ...


WOW! Think of all the space there is in sewing cupboards around the world now. πŸ˜‚ And the random draw winner is ...

Congrats Joanne! Drop me an email & I'll send your prize. Well done to all of you who had finishes for the month & to those who made some progress on longer term projects. Right now, though, I think I've earned a cup of tea, so I shall sign off ... But I'll be back soon with some VERY exciting news ... So stay tuned! πŸ˜‰ Stay safe, stay well, keep stitching & keep smiling. 😁 Til next time ...



PS. The patterns for "Spread Sunshine" & "Life Is Good" bags available from The Quilters Angel online store. 😁

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