Friday, 5 December 2008

Takin' It Easy ... Well ... Easier!!



I know I've been a bit quiet this week, but after all my rushing to meet deadlines, I decided I needed - and deserved! - a week of taking it easy - well ... a bit easier than I had been! If you'd been looking for me this week, you'd most often have found me curled up in the lounge room (under the fan, cos it's been VERY humid here, unusual for Toowoomba!!), with a cup of cinnamon tea (YUMMO!) and a book.

I've been re-reading the first two books in a trilogy, because the third one came out this week - YAY! So off I trotted to get me a copy! And while I was there, found that my all-time fave chocolates are out in the lead up to Christmas - double YAY! I'm not really a big chocolate fan and have only a few varieties that I absolutely can't resist - this is one!


Mmmmmmmm ... Almond Roca! And here is the book I was waiting for - can you guess how I'm spending the weekend?!?! Tee! Hee! Hee! Nora Roberts is one of my fave authors. She tells a ripping yarn, has fun and quirky characters and a warped sense of humour - my kind of gal!!

So ... you can guess there's been very little sewing this week, though I have started on LAST month's block for Lynette Anderson's Noah's Ark BOM - Judy's in front of me at the moment, cos I got caught out by last month's deadlines. If they ever put anything decent back on TV, I'll soon catch up, but mostly it's just re-runs ... oh, sorry! ... 'encore' airings!!! SIGH!! Even TV re-runs have gone politically correct!! The other little bit of sewing I've done was to experiment with a little something I saw on Clare's blog. Clare is a clever clogs designer (we have so many here in Australia, must be all our fresh air! Tee! Hee! Hee!) who always has something interesting to peek at. She also posted the little tutorial to make ...


This. No, not the coffee cup, silly - the purse size tissue pocket! Isn't this a great idea for little gifties? Practical and pretty and sooooooooo simple! I found I had to play around with the measurements a bit, but I think I had different size tissue packs to Clare, but once I worked it out, it took about 15 minutes tops to whip one up. As you can see, I'm still in my spotty dotty phase!! Check out Clare's tute here for some quick and easy Christmas gifties that will use up some of your stash off-cuts.

And if you're in Christmas giftie making mode, pop across to Gail Pan's blog, cos she's made the pattern for a cute Christmas stitchery available for download. It looks like this ...


Isn't it sweet? And how kind of Gail to give us all an early Christmas present! Make sure you pop over to take advantage of this generous Christmas offer - Thanks Gail!!

Now, before I head off to put the kettle on for a cup of cinnamon tea to curl up with my book again, I thought I'd show you a couple of photos of a little visitor we had in the big camphor laurel tree we have on our footpath.


He's a little scaly breasted Rosella. (I think - not always very good at the bird naming thing!!) Here's another shot of him ...


Isn't he pretty? I just love his vibrant yellow and blue colour scheme! I sometimes think we should pay more attention to nature when we come to pick our fabric colours for projects!

And now ... I hear the kettle calling my name and the siren's call of a good book! Have a great weekend, whether you're stitching or reading - or just enjoying your favourite chocolate! Tee! Hee! Hee! Bear Hugs!

CHEERS!
KRIS

8 comments:

Jo in Tas said...

Enjoy your cuppa and book, I'm off to Clare's blog, already been to Gail's and got my copy of the stitchery!

Judy S. said...

Thanks for the links, Kris, and the book suggestion! And BTW, I may be ahead of you stitching wise, but you've got me beat hands-down on the borders! Aren't the lions cute? I haven't even traced them, so don't worry!

Judy S. said...

PS Forgot to say thanks for the beautiful bird photo, Kris. Almost all of our birds are plain....brown, grey, or a combo! (To go with our skies, maybe?) How fun to look up and see one like yours!

Dorothy said...

Hi Kris, Hope you're enjoying your book while sipping your cinnamon tea and munching on the Almond Roca. Wish I could join you! It's cold and dreary here, and way too much to be done before Christmas!

Joy said...

I've been known to enjoy a Nora Roberts novel myself :o)!!! Don't get an awful lot of time to read these days - do love it though. There's nothing nicer than curling up with a good book and some choccy!!!
Cute birdy :o), we live backing onto bush and I saw a Cockatoo yesterday ... first one in ages (we used to get heaps), I was wondering where they'd all gone too!??!!
Oh ... how cute is Gail's stitchery!!!!??!!
Hugs,
Joy :o)

clare said...

Kris you are a sweetheart to flog my blog LOL I love the spotty tissue case . Thanks ,speak soon
Clare's Craftroom

Debbie Lane said...

Gee, can I borrow that book set when I's next up (probably in Jan!). And thanks for the heads up about the stitcheries, I'd forgotten it was time again.

Lots to talk about, will email.

bluebird-lyn said...

Hi Kris, sometimes you have to have a break.Life is hectic.Love the picture of the Scaly breasted Rosella, first time I have seen one. I am with you, cannot stand humidity.Take care and put the feet up. Regards Lyn

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