Thursday, 2 April 2009

Wondering Who Won?!?!


Here we are into a new month and I bet you're all wondering who the winner of this month's end-of-month prize for our OPAM Challenge is. Well ... you almost didn't find out!! You see, I decided that it would be a good idea to print out my spreadsheet of OPAM Challenge participants to go through to find the winning number that the random number generator thingy spat out. It would be easier, I thought, to do so on paper rather than on the screen where I kept losing my place whenever I had to scroll down. I WON'T be making THAT mistake again anytime soon, let me tell you!!! Note to self: with 277 people on the list, not all of them will fit to print out on an A4 piece of paper!!! Not only THAT ... by the time the spreadsheet has a name, blog address AND three columns of month finishes, it doesn't fit on an A4 sheet WIDTH WAYS either! Can you see where this is going?!?! I, in my blissful ignorance hit "Print" and the printer started humming and spitting out pages ... and humming and spitting out pages ... and humming and .......!!!!!! Pretty soon, this is what my desk started to look like ...


I felt like shouting, "AVALANCHE!!!" I was drowning in a sea of paper!! So I did what any wife of a super-techno-geek would do ... took the paper out of the printer and turned it off! Tee! Hee! Hee! However, once I'd clawed my way out of the pile of pages, I found this month's prize winner and it was ...

SIGRUN!!!

Congratulations, Sigrun! Now, Sigrun only registered one finish this month (One's all it takes to win, right!!) but her lists for January and February were quite a bit longer, so she's really making a dent in her WISP pile ... plus a few new projects sneaking in there! :0) So as soon as Sigrun emails me with her postal address, this ...


... will be winging its way to her door! There's a GORGEOUS quilt pattern by Material Possessions (one I myself have been eyeing off!), a handy notepad featuring some of our Australian birds, a cute Koala laser-cut timber button (created by Lisa at Button Bliss) which you can just see down near the frog on the notepad, a handy mini Sharpie pen and a matching lollipop for a sweet-treat energy boost so Sigrun can get stitching again for April. Hope you enjoy your goodies Sigrun!

Once again, thanks to everyone who emailed with with a list of or the final tally of their month's finishes - this was such a BIG help to me. As much as I love flitting around your blogs for sneaky visits to see what everyone is stitching, 277 is a LOT of blogs to visit within a day or two, so I can use all the help I can get! :0) Between us all this month, we completed 577 projects!! WOWSERS!! How impressive is THAT!! Well done to everyone who crossed at least one WISP or "To Do" item off their list. And for those of you who didn't have any finishes - don't despair!! There's always next month!! Not only does life interfere to stop us stitching from time to time, I know some of you are working on bigger projects that will take a while to finish, so if you've made even a little bit of progress, that's terrific!! I hope you're all enjoying being part of the OPAM Challenge - I know May Britt and I love to see how clever all of your creative, clever chooks are!!

Just a little reminder to keep your sidebar lists up to date for us - I update mine after each finish, just in case something happens close to the end of the month and I get side-tracked - we ALL know how THAT is, right!! There were also some "No-bloggers" that I didn't hear from this month - we're happy to have you involved in our Challenge even if you don't have a blog, but remember we don't know how to find you to check your progress, so you need to email me or May Britt with your list. I'm still receiving photos from a couple of No-bloggers from time to time, so will soon have a few to show you again. In the meantime ...

HAPPY STITCHING!!

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In other news ...! I found a photo of another birthday present that I forgot to share with you! Now, all chocoholics, get a firm grip on your chair and you may want to put a plastic cover over your keyboard so the drool doesn't damage the keyboard! Tee! Hee! Hee! This is a photo of something my Grandma gave me when we went to dinner. You've all seen chocolate freckles, right (though they may be called something else overseas) the flat chocolate disk covered in hundred-and-thousands ... well I bet you've never seen anything like this ...


GIANT FRECKLES!! The bus tour Grandma was on included a visit to a small hand-made chocolates shop, so she bought me a freckly birthday treat! Now when I first took a photo of these giant freckles, it occurred to me that you might think I'd found a really small tray to display them on. (actually, it's one of my gorgeous Kerryanne English originals!!) So ... I put a ten cent coin on the plate for comparison. I didn't think to measure the diameter of the freckles (too busy thinking of all those yummy hundreds-and-thousands!!) but the coin is an inch across! Mmmmmmmm ... FRECKLES!! Why am I suddenly feeling like the Cookie Monster from "Sesame Street"?!! Tee! Hee! Hee!

Well, that's all from me today, but I've been doing a little bit of stitching on the sample for a new pattern and I'm hoping to share some sneaky peeks on the weekend, so stay tuned! Til next time - Bear Hugs!

CHEERS!
KRIS

7 comments:

Joy said...

Yay for Sigrun the lucky winner :o)!!! And HUGE congratulations to the OPAMers for 577 finished projects!!! That's truly amazing!! Kris, you'll be pleased to know that I started stitching the binding down on Ross and Alicia's quilt today - it will definitely be on my April OPAM list :o)!!!
Hugs,
Joy :o)

i cant sew said...

god i love visiting your blog and damn sad i didnt meet you in person on the weekend. my little family are excited by the fact that at some stage the babies are going to be christened so we will have another (or two)reasons to visit toowoomba in the next few months! if that happens i will line you up for a cuppa and a visit to that quilting place....
i can picture you acting just like cookie monster with those giant freckles, yummmm

i also have no idea how you manage to do the opam and work at the same time.
big smooches mmmwwwaahh rosey

Linda said...

Hi Kris,
Finally caught up with the last 14 posts that I have missed, great I noticed that I missed your Birthday so a very Happy belated birthday to you, looks like you got spoiled, yum I love freckles, the fabric that you used for the quilt and bag are just beautiful, looks like you had loads of fun having high tea and congrats to Nara for making the cover of Bear Creations.
Cheers and best wishes.
Linda

Jantine said...

DO you think we overseas (like in the Netherlands) have any idea how big your 10 cents coin is ;-)? Well, I haven't a clue, but I will take your word for it!
And again thank you for the challenge, it helps me getting things finished! Wonder how long my list will be at the end of the year!

julia said...

Hi Kris (hope this time I am able to post...I already immolated to the BIG BLOGGER BOD...eh GOD *giggle*)!
Hmmm...giant freckles...sound yummy...you're lucky to have such a loving grandma...
Congrats to the March winner! I'm determined to have more than one finish for April {shouldn't say that too loud, should I?}.
Bear hugs,
Julia

Kerryanne English said...

WOW... those are GIANT freckles.

I bet they have already disappeared into a cuddly bears belly!!
Hugs ~ Kerryanne

Lurline said...

Must admit I've been a Slack Tart and haven't kept my OPAM up to date - congrats to the winner! Love your freckles!
Hugs - Lurline♥

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