Sunday, 17 February 2019

A Quiet Weekend!

Aaaahhhhh ... The bliss of a quiet weekend at home! I think that's when you start to feel you might be getting old! Tee! Hee! Hee! It's a rare & appreciated thing when both my Beloved Geek Boy & I can just stay home, mooch around, catch up on chores (YUCK!) & tackle some of the projects on our "one day" lists. So while GB disappeared out into the shed to do manly things with noisy power tools, I settled in to play with some fabricky goodness. :0) Remember I started playing with these ...


Well today they grew to ...


This. Yes ... They will one day (soon, hopefully!) be a stacked coin quilt, a gift for a special someone later in the year. I've joined three of these rows since I took this photo. It was good to make some progress. :0)

So what have you been up to this weekend? I hope it has included some fun stuff, some kick-back-and-relax time or some productive time. :0) And I hope you have a fantastic week ... Even if we have to be grown ups. :0) Til next time ...

BEAR HUGS!

CHEERS,
KRIS


Sunday, 10 February 2019

A Bit Of This, A Bit Of That!

Hello to everyone out in blogland! I hope you're having an amazing weekend. Mine has been a bitsy sort of weekend. You know ... You get a few things done, but don't really achieve what you'd hoped to. Ah well ... ! :0)

During the running of errands yesterday, I managed to sneak into The Quilters Angel  where a lovely layer cake that had been calling my name for weeks hurled itself off the shelf & into my arms & wouldn't let go ... So I HAD to adopt it! :0P 


It's right up my shabby chic/country cottage street. :0) I love the soft & pretty colours ... & my Beloved Geek Boy likes that he now doesn't have to think about a Valentine's Day gift for me ... WIN-WIN!! Tee! Hee! Hee! I've got a project in mind for this one, but I think I'll just pat it & stroke it for a little while first. :0)

I DID make a start on a special gift that will be needed later in the year ...


Can anyone guess what I might be making?? And I've done some more stitching on my Secret Squirrel project ...


Hmmm ... What could it be?? :0) I know ... I'm such a tease! Tee! Hee! Hee!

In OPAM news ... It's been lovely to have so many "repeat offenders" signing up for OPAM again this year. Some of you lovelies have been with me from the start, so it's especially lovely to have you playing along again. :0) So many of you have said that OPAM is the little nudge you need to get you into creating mode, which is great to hear. I love seeing the clever projects you all work on ... It's always encouraging to see so many finished projects & hear of good progress on longer term projects. And it's been wonderful to have a few "newbies" join the fun, too. Welcome! :0) If you haven't signed up yet but would like something to give you a bit of a creative nudge, send me an email & you can join the fun. The first random prize draw will be at the end of February for a combined January/February draw ... so get creating & remember to send me your tallies at the end of the month.

Right now, though, I'm off to have a cup of tea & psych myself up to go back to being a grown up tomorrow again ... SIGH! Have a fantastic week. Til next time ...

BEAR HUGS!

CHEERS!
KRIS




Sunday, 3 February 2019

Damp Sunday Update!

Hello to my lovely blogging buddies out there on this overcast, cooler slightly damp Sunday. I hope you're having a relaxing one. As all of my regular visitors know I am DEFINITELY a hot weather chook, but after several weeks of humility with no relieving rain, we're rather enjoying the cool cloudy day. And what would you guess we'd decide to do on a cool damp Sunday? 



Well ... Of COURSE we'd choose to have a picnic lunch with my folks! :0) The four of us attend church services at a little church in nearby Ravensbourne & Mum had decided a picnic was a good idea ... Before the weather did its backflip. Can you see how misty it was? And the fine rain was blown in on us by rather strong winds, but we did enjoy the change from hot humidity. Sadly for our very dry region, the rain only amounted to a millimetre or two ... We are getting rather desperate for some good, soaking rain. Unlike our North Queensland friends who have had double their annual rainfall in the last few days ... & it's still raining! We would gladly take some of the rain from them ... But thoughts & prayers are sent to those people struggling with rising floods. Please stay safe.

In other weekend doings, I have managed some good, uninterrupted designing time ...



The project is still in the Secret Squirrel stage, but I'm enjoying working on it so far. I can say its a quilt & includes blanket stitch appliqué, embroidery & watercolour pencils. I'll keep you in suspenders a little longer. :0)

Thank you to the more-than-20 gorgeous gals who have already put their hands up to join me for OPAM again this year. :0) I'm looking forward to seeing what all of you clever clogs creative types get up to this year. It's particularly nice that most (if not all??) are repeat offenders ... It's wonderful to know people find OPAM helpful to encourage them to finish projects. If anyone else would like to join the fun, see my previous post to find out how. Oh ... For those who've wondered ... I'll do a combined random draw for January/February at the end of February, so you can either send your January finishes to me now or at the end of the month 

Right now though, I'm off to make myself a cup of tea & do a bit more stitching on my Secret Squirrel project. Have a fantastic week! Til next time ...

BEAR HUGS!

CHEERS!
KRIS

Monday, 28 January 2019

It's BAAAAAAAAAACK!!

Yes, OPAM (One Project A Month for the uninitiated!) is back for another year of encouraging we creative types to ... Well ... CREATE! :0) And hopefully get some of the projects on our "To Do" list crossed off & added to our "Finishes" list. OPAM is all about taking some time out of busy schedules to recharge our creative batteries by playing with fabric, threads, wools, cottons & needles of all sorts. The goal is to finish at least one project per month for the year, which will give us a minimum of 12 finishes by the time we next sing "Auld Lang Syne" ... Or we will have made significant progress on some longer-term projects.

For a new year of OPAM, we need a new logo button ...


Thanks to my Beloved Geek Boy, we've got one. :0) And yes, it's the tenth year of OPAM! WOW! Doesn't time fly?! And do you see that rather large number on the badge? That's how many projects have been recorded by OPAMers since we started! Almost 50,000 finishes! WOWSERS!! Are you ready to add some more to the tally by playing along? Let's keep it simple ... 

HOW DO I JOIN OPAM 2019?
1. Send me an email to tell me you'd like to play along. Please make sure you include: Your NAME, your BLOG ADDRESS, your EMAIL ADDRESS. My email address is: kris@tagalongteddies.com.au
2. Right click on the new OPAM logo & "save as" to your files. Add it to your blog sidebar with a link back to my blog ... In case others who visit your blog would like to play along.
3. Under the OPAM badge on your sidebar, add a list of 2019 FINISHES which shows your finishes each month. You can add this as a blog page if you prefer ... As long as it's clear which finishes you've added each month.
4. At the end of each month, update your list of finishes (a blog post with photos is great to share & encourage others, too) AND email me your final tally for the month. Each month I'll choose two random prize winners who will receive a PDF copy of a Tag Along Teddies pattern I've designed as a fun, quick project.
5. Projects must be COMPLETELY FINISHED before being added to your tally ... Quilts have to be quilted & bound, cross stitcheries have to be framed or made into a project etc. if you aren't sure whether your project counts ... Email me & ask. :0)
6. Tallies should only include soft crafts ... Sewing, quilting, embroidery, cross/long stitch, crochet, knitting ... Again, if you're uncertain, email to check.
7. HAVE FUN CREATING!

There won't be a cut off date this year for sign up, people can just keep joining the fun as we go along. :0) After a few weeks, I'll add a list of this year's OPAMers to my sidebar so you can hop around visiting & encouraging each other. It means we'll all have a world-wide cheer squad. :0) And remember this is a LOW STRESS challenge, so if you have a month(or two or three!!) where life gets in the way or you're working on long term projects & don't have a finish to record ... IT'S OK! :0)

I think that covers the basics ... If questions come up as we go, I'll share them in a blog post. Other than that, I hope you all enjoy playing along with me again this year ... It's a nice, low key nudge for us all (me included, since I should set a good example, right?! :0) ) to create & finish projects. Some of us are SERIAL STARTERS! Tee! Hee! Hee! 

Right now, though, I can hear a cup of tea calling my name. :0) Have a fantastic week! Til next time ...

BEAR HUGS!

CHEERS,
KRIS

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Treasures Have Stories!

Hello all you lovely creatures out there in blogland! I hope you're having a fantastic week. I'm pretty sure someone stole a few days from my last week ... Which isn't a great start to the year. By the time Christmas rolls around again I'll be missing a few months! :0)

Last post, I promised to tell you the story behind my newest treasures ...


These lovely trio sets. Don't you love all the pretty flowers? Well ... Each year when the Marvellous Marion & Stupendous Steph of the Quilters Angel  host Stitchers Dream Day Out, a lovely lady called Jean is driven up our 'hill' from Brisbane by her husband to attend. She's a real sweetie & the sister of one of the ladies who is a resident of the retirement village I work at as my 'grown up' job. Last year was the first time in many years that Jean couldn't come to Stitchers Day ... Because her husband & driver was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) last year & has had to give up driving. So I missed catching up with Jean last year ... Or so I thought! On my last work day before Christmas, I got a call from Jean's sister Joyce to say that Jean & her husband were visiting thanks to their daughter driving them up & wondering if I'd like to see her. An hour later I finally hugged her goodbye after a lovely catch up. :0)

So what does that have to do with teacups, I hear you ask? Well ... During our chat, I mentioned that my Bestest-Buddy-Since-We-Were-Nine Lynette & I collect pretty vintage treasures & Jean said she was in the process of downsizing ... Would I like a few pretty pieces if she couldn't keep all of her china collection? Do fish swim? Is the Pope Catholic? Does my Dad love pavlova??! You bet your bippy, baby!! Tee! Hee! Hee! Fast forward a few weeks & Joyce rang me in my work office to say Jean had sent a few things for me ...  16 trio sets & a selection of pretty mis-matched treasures! WOW! Talk about Christmas all over again!


And every time I look at these pretty treasures, I'll remember the sweet lady who allowed me to adopt them. :0) I think that's a big part of the appeal, for me, of collecting vintage treasures ... They come with a story. Sometimes they're not perfect, sometimes they might be a bit worn, sometimes they're a bit damaged & show the years they've seen, but they remain uniquely beautiful ... to those willing to see beyond the imperfections! And wouldn't the world be a much nicer place if we remembered to apply that same principle to the people we meet?! :0)

So that's the story of my new teatime treasures. Of course ... Now I have to find somewhere to display them ... I think Lynette & I need another play date to find some vintage storage for my vintage treasures! Tee! Hee! Hee!

Oh ... A big thank you to everyone who emailed & commented after my last post to wish me a quick recovery from my nagging headache. I felt very loved! :0) Sorry I didn't reply to everyone. It turned out I'd been sideswiped by a tummy bug & spent four days feeling like I had a head full of concrete & a tummy that was on the high seas, as well as having zero energy ... One of the reasons it's taken me a while to pop into the blog again. All recovered now, though ... With a new appreciation of how my Beloved Geek Boy feels when we travel by boat. :0)

Righto ... I'm off to play Polly & put the kettle on for a cup of tea. There are some who can't understand how a cup of hot tea can be enjoyed in mid-30's temperatures we've had consistently for the last three weeks but I say ...

It's ALWAYS a good time for a cup of tea! :0)

Til next time ... When I'll have an OPAM launch announcement ... 

BEAR HUGS!

CHEERS,
KRIS 
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