Monday, 31 May 2010

Stitching, Veges & OPAM Reminder!

Here we are, the last day of autumn and our weather on top of the 'hill' is DEFINITELY wintery!! No fair!! I thought we were supposed to EASE into winter ... but apparently not, as temperatures drop and wind speed climbs. Add lots of grey overcast skies and it really is a miserable day outside. In fact, it was the perfect day (after work!) to curl up under a flannel quilt in front of the heater with a good book. Aaaaahhh!! BLISS! Of course, it DID mean that I didn't finish the project I'd thought I would be able to add to May's OPAM list at the eleventh hour - DRAT! Lucky for me, I DID manage to finish another project on the weekend ... in between unscheduled visitors. Do you ever have times like that?? No one drops in for visits for AGES, then in the space of one weekend (when you have a LONG list of jobs you want to get done!) LOTS of people want to catch up?! Don't get me wrong ... it was lovely to catch up with people, but that "To Do" list didn't get much attention! Ah well ... as I said, I DID finish one project ... a late birthday giftie for my Grandma ...


A pretty and practical tote bag ... that turned out to be big enough to run away from home with! Tee! Hee! Hee! But wait ...there's MORE!! :0) Now, my Grandma and some of her 'girls' head off to the cinema fairly regularly for movie days, so I organised two movie tickets for her to pop in the bag, along with a packet of Twisties (life's pretty straight without 'em!!) and a packet of Jaffa's ... hopefully she'll refrain from rolling them down the isle! Tee! Hee! Hee! Don't know about you overseas gals, but here in Australia when I was growing up, there was a bit of a tradition when you went to the movies that the 'naughty' kids sat at the back of the cinema and rolled Jaffa's (orange flavoured balls of chocolate with an orange candy coating ... just in case you don't have 'em OS!!) down the isle. Cinema seats are usually on a slant or in tiers, so those suckers could get quite a speed up ... and they sting if someone flings them instead of rolling!! But that's a whole nother story from my mispent youth! Tee! Hee! Hee!

So ... I've added Grandma's bag to my OPAM finishes list for May and emailed my list to myself! :0) Thanks to the gals who are on the ball and have already been emailing finishes to Peg and I and a reminder to everyone to make sure you update your sidebar list, even if you don't have a chance to email Peg or I by tomorrow when we will be starting our blog-hopping. There have been some gorgeous projects finished this month, so if you haven't done so for a while, why not do a bit of a blog hop yourself to visit and encourage other OPAMers.

Now, since it's Monday and the weather was wet and icky last Monday, causing me to miss my Monday Vege Garden Update photo ... I thought I'd better brave the inclement elements today to get a photo or two for you. So, after four weeks of growing, this is my vege patch ...


As you can see, everything's getting a bit of a grow on, especially the snowpeas on the left there. I took a photo from the side to show you ...


Hmmm ... actually that doesn't really clear things up much ... the peas have reached the second wire on the trellis and are looking very happy. The cauliflowers are growing nicely too, though one seems to have been targeted by the Hungry Caterpillar from the children's story book ... GRRRRRR!!

On that note ... I'm off to start getting early dinner ready ... Monday night is After Five Vocal Ensemble rehearsal night, so no stitching tonight. Hope you all had a lovely weekend and that your new week as we begin a new month (if anyone finds out what happened to May, let me know!!) is a fantastic one full of adventures. Til next time ...

BEAR HUGS!
CHEERS!
KRIS

12 comments:

Kerryanne English said...

The vegie garden is taking off now Kris, just need to keep that hungry caterpillar away or you'll have nothing left next week.

Having said that, I'm now in hiding cause I haven't finished anything for OPAM (again). Thought I might tag along with someone elses blog and pretend I helped them - oh look, you have tag along in your name and there's this gorgeous recently finished bag... oh yeah, I helped make that. Put me down for a finish - one beautiful bag fit for my (new) grandma [giggle].
Hugs ~ Kerryanne

ittybittyandpretty said...

aaahhh toowoombrrrrr, my hometown living up to its cold foggy memories. we have even felt a little nippy here in brisbane! i cant believe that it is the end of may, that 5 months went super fast.
your vegie patch looks mighty impressive, hope the frost doesnt eat too much of your spoils.
xxrosey

Grethe said...

Lovely,summerly bag,and big enough for important things!!
Happy Stitching to you:)

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Hey Kris I wonder what happened to May too!!! Cute bag too...Dzintra♥x

Maria said...

Your bag for Grandma is lovely and you put in some great things too.


the garden is looking good. I just love your RED pot. Oh yes Hungry Caterpillars are not good.

I have just posted my finishes for this Month. Hope June lasts a bit longer.

Elizabeth said...

Wow! Your gardens are so charming! I love growing things! And the bag you made for your grandma is so cute and very thoughtful. Thanks for sharing!

Rachel's Quilts said...

I just emailed you my last 2 finishes for May! I had a lot of finishes (12 or 13 I think) this month and am so happy I joined OPAM. It has really motivated me.
I really like the bag you made your grandma.
We didn't plant a garden this year as we are moving. I miss it. Yours is looking good.

Anna Rosa Designs said...

Hi Kris,
Well done on that great OPAM for this month.
That vegie patch is looking great.
I love the idea of the lemon tree in the middle.
I can remember my Mum putting washed egg shell over the vegie patch-Maybe you could try it!
Hugs,
Anna

Kerryanne English said...

What... Rachel has 12 or 13 finishes. Put me down for a couple of hers too Kris - she won't miss 1 or 2 surely... LOL

Polly said...

Hi! i just posted my OPAM finishes for May! thanks, Polly
http://auntpollysporch.blogspot.com/2010/05/cgqc-and-opam-finishes-for-may.html

2ne said...

I love your colourfull bag. Nice garden too :-) Have a great and kreative week

kerrykatiecakeskeb43 said...

I managed two projects finished for OPAM this month - whee!
Hugs,
Kerry
kerrykatiecakeskeb43@gmail.com
http://kerrykatiecakes2.blogspot.com/

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