Thursday, 30 July 2009

Haven't Left Town!!

I know I've been a bit absent from blogland this week, but I haven't left town - can't afford to and besides ... we just put in a new kitchen, so I'll be staying to make the most of that!! :0) I've just been struggling with the 'misplaced camera' issue and have been sulking about not being able to take photos. "How can I blog if I don't have a camera??" was my lament. To which my Beloved Geek Boy responded, "There's a 'point-and-shoot' setting on the SLR, you know." Hmmmm ... NO, as a matter of fact, I DIDN'T know that!!! Grrrrr!! Could have saved on the grumbling!! Ah well ... the main thing is ... I'm back and able to blog and share photos with you! After a few minor 'ISSUES' with said SLR, of course! :0)

As the end of the month crept towards me, I kept looking at my sidebar list of OPAM Challenge finishes and the big fat ZERO for July was making me sweat!! Thankfully, I managed to get my act together this week and finished two projects - YAY!! The first was my "Fairy Bears & Butterflies" quilt. I got it back from Rosalie and once again, she has done a FANTASTIC job on the quilting!!! So then I had to fight my way into the sewing room (still piles of kitchen 'stuff' piled in there waiting for the kitchen to be completely finished!) and stitched on the binding. Wanna see the finished result??? If not, you'll just have to scroll past, cos I'm going to show you anyway! Tee! Hee! Hee!

Ta Da!!! I got Rosalie to again use the butterfly meander in the centre of the quilt, since butterflies crept into this design, too (Rosalie says I have to pick something different next time or people will think she can only quilt in the butterfly meander pattern and she has 100's to pick from! Tee! Hee! Hee!) and she quilted a cool, loopy daisy along the borders that looks GREAT!! Thanks Rosalie!! The binding is a pretty stripey fabric I got from Marian at my home-away-from-home, Quilters Angel and picks up several of the colours from the quilt fabrics. I LOVE how it's come up and now just have to write the destructions ... er ... I mean the INSTRUCTIONS! Tee! Hee! Hee! As I said to Marion, I may self-DESTRUCT before I finish writing the INSTRUCTIONS! :0) Will make a start on the weekend, so stay tuned for the pattern release and, of course, a give away in the next couple of weeks.

The second finish for July was a little wall hanging from my "Love Bears All" pattern, which features a cool laser-cut timber button that Lisa at Button Bliss made for me from one of my little signature bear sketches. Here it is ...

This was a little house-warming gift for Miriam of Bubba Chenille because she and Mr Bubba have bought a new house down the range a bit and in amongst her running around to craft markets, Miriam will be packing and re-locating in the next little while. And I got to give it to her today when we met up at our favourite lunch destination, the Chocolate Cottage at the Village Green. Oh! What do you know ... the Quilter's Angel is at the Village Green too - what a COINCIDENCE! NOT! Tee! Hee! Hee! Miriam and I had a FABULOUS time! We both enjoyed a bowl of YUMMY seafood chowder with fresh toasted crusty bread while sitting in the sun chatting and sipping on drinks - a very civilised way to spend a lunch hour ... or two or three! Tee! Hee! Hee! No photos cos we were too busy chatting ... and the SLR camera isn't exactly COMPACT, so doesn't fit in my handbag like my little lost point-and-shoot.

It was lovely to catch up with Miriam again and hear all the exciting Hand Made Expo news and THIS time, we allowed enough time for a browse through Marion's shop. I was a good girl and resisted temptation ... TODAY!! :0) But I think there are some yummy new fabrics there that have my name on them for next visit!! Thanks for a WONDERFUL lunch play date, Miriam!!

So ... that's what I've been up to, but I dare say the next couple of days will be full of blog-hopping as I check side-bar lists for monthly finishes, since it's my turn to choose the end-of-month winner for the One Project A Month Challenge. All OPAM gals need to make sure their sidebar lists of finishes are up to date, cos if your finishes aren't on the list ... they won't be counted! You can also send me an email with your list if you have time and that will save me going too cross-eyed from staring at the computer screen.

Right now, however, I need to go and write a shopping list, cos it's that exciting time of the week again where we go GROCERY SHOPPING!! Did you hear GB groan (even though he's not here!!) Tee! Hee! Hee! He's really not fond of grocery shopping, but I drag him along with me to drive the trolley - they never go where I want them to go! My justification is: if he wants to eat, he can help me shop! :0) Meanie, aren't I! Tee! Hee! Hee! Hope you have fun things planned for your weekend - I think we're tackling the painting in the kitchen, so I may have more reno photos to share next week, but I'll be back in a couple of days with the OPAM draw winner, so ... STAY TUNED!! Til next time - Bear Hugs!



jannimary said...

Your new projects turned out just terrific. I can never get Mick to the supermarket. He always came when we lived in town, but now he justifies staying away by saying "Why should there be one extra person, who doesn't want to be there, cluttering up the aisles?"

bubbachenille said...

Oh you say the nicest things, I so love my housewarming gift, It's gorgeous and thanks again soooo much :) X X
Yes you did do the big resist in the fabric shop didn't you ? I am so weak aren't I ? Oh well, didums!

Anne-Lise at Rag, Tag, Bobtail said...

Love the quilt! I usually do my shopping alone - whip round as fast as I can (hate shopping for groceries). My dearest loves dawdling in the fresh meat/fish/deli departments.....but can't get him near a clothes shop...(sigh)

i cant sew said...

lovely, simply lovely :0)
i cant turn those silly trolley things either but taking my husband means that the 3 kids have to come too so i would rather have a fight with the trolley than with my rat bags.
hope you are enjoying your spring like days up on the hill.
my side bar should be up to date.
smooches rosey

Joy said...

Lovely to see you back Kris :o). I just figured you were cooking up a storm in that lovely new kitchen of yours LOL. Glad to see your beautiful quilt all finished and looking simply stunning :o)!!!
Your little wall hanging is darling ... Love the button too- Lisa's so clever isn't she :o)!!??!
Joy :o)

Kerryanne English said...

You sound very busy Kris and I know just how much you hate writing the instructions - hope they come together easily for you.
Hugs ~ Kerryanne

Carin said...

Kris I adore your fairy bear quilt its adorable. Wonderful job on the stitchery as well. I am glad to hear you have a new kitchen to bad it means no vacation I know the feeling.

Anna Rosa Designs said...

Hi Kris,
Oh, the "Fairy bears and Butterfies" quilt is fantastic.
You must be very proud of yourself.

Rosalie has done a great job on quilting your quilt, just tops it off.

I also like the gift you've made for you friends new home.

Now, I'm off to check out Button Bliss.


Sheryl said...

well done Kris! finishing the quilt and wall-hanging, hope you find your point and shoot soon, your lunch sounded delish....
as much as it's nice to have a hand shopping the constant "do we need that...when will we eat that" drives me crazy so I go on my own....

Anonymous said...

Hiya Kris, your Fairy Bears & Butterflies quilt is gorgeous! Congratulations! Don't you wish the instructions would write themselves!?

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