Sunday, 23 June 2019

One Thing & Ten Others!!

Well ... Here I am, finally getting back to tell you who the winner of the May OPAM draw is & it's almost time to remind you to send your June tallies! SHEESH! It just seems that June has been a month where if it's not one thing keeping me from sewing & blogging, it's ten others!!

Nasty head cold, dental visit, funeral, major toothache which hadn't been solved by the first dental visit, second dental visit & extraction of said problem tooth & resulting sulking & rocovery time. Throw in internet issues for the last two days, some more changes at my grown up job & some yucky cold weather that you know I just hate & all in all, I'm ready to see the end of June! The only high point is ... June will end with some sewing therapy next weekend when our Friday Nutters gather for a mini retreat. YAY! I just have to find time this week to edit & prep the next block of my Secret Squirrel project so I have something to stitch. :0)

So ... I hope June has been kinder to you than me & that you've enjoyed some quality crafting time. Some of you must have because there were ...

134 FINISHES!

Well done to everyone who contributed to that tally ... Which included my first finish for the year ... FINALLY! :0) And the winner of the random prize draw is ...


Congrats Narelle! Drop me an email & I'll send your PDF prize pattern for you to play with. :0) And a big pat on the back if you're like me & not getting many finishes logged this year, but have been making some good progress on a longer term project. As Dory in "Finding Nemo" would say ... "Just keep swimming!" :0) And to thank you all for being so patient with this slacko blogger, I thought I'd share some sneaky-peakies of my Secret Squirrel project with you. This is the block I've just finished ...


I'm really happy with how it turned out & think I'd like to buy some flowers from this pretty cart. :0) I'll also let you in on a little bit of my secret ... The blocks I'm working on will come together as my very first Block Of The Month design! :0) So you can imagine I'm pretty excited about that, as well as a little bit terrified. :0) And a sneaky-peaky at the block I'm working on now ...


Bottoms up. :0) I'm enjoying working on this project but it is very time consuming so I'm like Dory ... "Just Keep Stitching!!" :0)

But right now I'm off to put the kettle on & hit the design desk (A.K.A. The dining room table cos it's close to the fire! Tee! Hee! Hee!) to start sketching the next block. I hope you're having a fantastic weekend & that your week is full of little blessings ... Cos the little blessings in every day add up to a very blessed life! :0) Til next time ...

BEAR HUGS!

CHEERS!
KRIS



Friday, 14 June 2019

Sick Of Being Sick!!





Hello all. Just popping in with a quick explanation & apology for why I've been missing in action & haven't done the last OPAM prize draw yet. I seem to have had a run of health issues in the last few weeks. First a nasty head cold jumped on me & that set my asthma off. And just as I was starting to get over that, I developed a toothache. So after putting on my big girl panties & taking myself off to the dentist (did I mention I'm a big spooky-la-la & completely phobic about dental visits?!) the dentist couldn't find a problem. Trust me to have a mystery dental issue! Well, yesterday the mystery was solved when one particular tooth became so sensitive that even the lightest bump or tap sends me through the roof. So it's back to the dentist this afternoon. SIGH!! I'm hoping he will just chop off my head & be done with it! But if he doesn't, I'll be back as soon as I feel human again. Til then ...

BEAR HUGS!

CHEERS!
KRIS

Sunday, 26 May 2019

FINALLY! Some Sewing!

Hello all you lovely Bloggy buddies! I hope you've had a fantastic week. Yet again, my week seemed to disappear in a puff of smoke ... BUT!! ... This week I actually have evidence to show I've been sewing! YAY! :0) Remember last time I popped in I shared a little teaser sneaky-peeky ...


Well ... I can now show you the finished project ...


Ta! Da! A new version of my "French Shopping Spree" bag pattern. The original looked like ...


... This. It's fun to see how projects can look quite different when made up in different fabrics. The new version will soon be available as a kit from The Quilters Angel  It's a simple, quick, fun project & the bag is a great size to hold all the necessities for a day out shopping with your gal-pals. :0)

The other sewing I've managed to squeeze in is for a special gift that will be needed later in the year ...


An oceanic stacked coin quilt top ... All finished & ready to go off to my Quilting Fairy, the Fabulous Fiona  These fabrics are some of the 'leftovers' from one of my patchwork skirts I made a couple of years ago & I just love them! They remind me of the many colours & moods of the ocean & look so fresh framed in white. It makes me want to sit on the beach watching the waves roll in, whilst nibbling gelato. :0)

I'm also plugging along with my new design-in-progress as my hand stitching project. I'm really happy with how it's coming together, but it will have to stay a Secret Squirrel project for a bit longer. At least this month ... For the first time this year! ... I can add a finish to my sidebar list for OPAM ... YAY! :0) And speaking of OPAM ... The end of the month is creeping closer again, so don't forget to update your tally on your sidebar list & email me your finishes for May.

But right now, I think it's time for a cup of tea before I tackle a few more chores ... SIGH! This grown up gig just won't quit. :0P Have a fabulous week! Til next time ...

BEAR HUGS!

CHEERS!
KRIS




Friday, 17 May 2019

Bonjour!

Bonjour mes amis! :0) There's a whiff of France in the air here today ... In case you hadn't guessed! :0P It's Friday, I'm home ALL DAY & I'm SEWING! YAY!! :0) Want a sneaky-peeky at what's on my trusty Husky today??


Making a new sample for an old favourite. It's fun to see how this pattern is looking in her fresh new Paris-inspired fabrics. If you can guess which pattern I'm re-making you might just win a copy. :0)

And now I'm off to boil the kettle for a cup of Rose & French Vanilla tea (it seems appropriate!) before I get back to sewing. Til next time ...

AU REVOIR!

KRIS

Friday, 10 May 2019

Pixilated!

Hello everyone out there in blogland! I hope you're having a great week. Once again mine seems to have disappeared in a blink & I don't seem to have achieved much ... SIGH!! And to add insult to injury, the temperatures have taken a noticeable dip into single digits this week & you KNOW how much I hate being cold! If only I could win lotto so I could hibernate in front of the fire for the next few months sewing, reading & watching movies. :0)

While the lotto fairy hasn't seen fit to wave her magic wand for me, I have spent my morning working on the next block of my Secret Squirrel project. Want a sneaky peeky??


I know! I'm a tease! :0P But this has been my morning's viewing ... I'm in the process of editing my rough sketch in Photoshop to iron out the kinks from an unsteady, impatient writing hand. :0P This process takes hours ... But it gives me a result I'm happier with than my hand-drawn image, so it's worth it in the end ... Even if I do end up feeling almost as pixilated as this screen! Tee! Hee! Hee! And once I've finished this part of the design process I'm going to reward myself with some time playing with ...


... This yummy stack of pretties! :0) I'm making a new sample for one of my patterns. Stay tuned to see which one. And it will be rather nice to actually have something to add to my OPAM finish tally for the first time this year! Obviously many other OPAMers are madly creating away in their sewing caves, though, as I've finally done the April tally & there were ...

141 FINISHES

... Recorded ... YAY!! Well done everyone who contributed to that number. And if you're like me & working on longer term projects ... Well done if you've taken some steps (or should I say STITCHES!) forward. Sometimes it's hardest to stay focused on bigger projects because we don't have the encouragement of a finish to spur us on. But ... Rome wasn't stitched in a day! :0) And the winner of the April random draw is ...


Congrats Tone! :0) Drop me an email & I'll send your PDF pattern prize for you to play with. Speaking of playing with prize patterns ...  Karen M was the February draw winner & she has made a GORGEOUS version of my Daisy Drawstring Bag pattern! Pop over HERE to see it & say g'day to Karen. I've been a bit remiss in not getting the list of OPAMers up on my sidebar so you can all visit & encourage each other, but I promise to try to get that up soon. But right now, I think it's time for a cup of tea before I go back to staring at pixels. Have a fantastic weekend everyone! Til next time ...

BEAR HUGS!

CHEERS!
KRIS


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