Friday, 23 July 2010

Holiday Preparations!

Do you find that sometimes you need a holiday just to recover from all of the things you do BEFORE you go on holiday?!?! That's a bit how I'm feeling tonight ... and I'm only halfway through that list of holiday preparations! EEK!! :0)

In between the usual washing and list-writing of things that can't be done until the last minute, I got a little side-tracked. I know ... that's not at all like me ... MUCH! :0) Do you remember I showed you my holiday supplies last post?

Well, I decided that I REALLY wanted to make a pretty cover for my sketch book ... one that included a tie to keep it shut so I can slip things into the pages and not have them fall out every time I pick it up ... in theory! So ... I raided my stash of fave fabrics ... yep ... more Aviary being used!! And put together a strip-pieced cover. Hmmm ... OK ... pretty, but it just needs a little SOMETHING. So instead of packing my bag or tidying the house so the house sitter doesn't think the place has been burgled before they even get here, I was playing with appliqué designs. I had FUN! :0) And I was pretty pleased with the result ...


Ta Da! Look at those gorgeous Aviary fabrics. I'll be very sad when I eventually run out of them in my stash ... good thing that won't be for a while, cos I stocked up! :0) And open up the sketch book ...


... ready to sketch and play! :0) I had a wee bit of trouble convincing the sketch book that it really DID want to fit into the cover ... a slight miscalculation that didn't take the wadding into account ... but I've taken note of that, cos I'm thinking of including this in a combination pattern later in the year. Oh dear! Add another thing to that "To Do" list!! :0)

Now, when I'm not sketching or lazing around in the coastal sunshine during our two-week beach break, I'm hoping to get some stitching done to catch up with my "Gardener's Journal" blocks. So today I cut, measured, traced, attached stabiliser ...


... and I'm ready to do some serious stitching over the next two weeks!! We'll be tripping around a bit, doing some sight-seeing, catching up with family and even having dinner with a fellow-designer (who could it be?!?! Tee! Hee! Hee!) but honestly ... I really DO intend to do some stitching ... I've promised Chookyblue! :0)

Of course ... side-tracking myself with the sketch book cover kind of ate into my day of packing and holiday preparations, so as soon as I post this ... I'm off to pack a port ... or two ... oh and my sewing bag ... and my books ... and ...! :0) I'll still be keeping up with my emails while we're away, though I may not get to answer them as quickly as usual, so if you usually email me your OPAM finishes, that's still fine and don't forget to update your sidebar finishes lists in case Peg and I come blog-hopping before you get to email us. Which reminds me ... I must go and add my sketch book cover to MY list to set a good example! :0) WOW! Just had a look at my list and July has seen me finish more than double the number of projects I recorded for the last two months - YAY! About time I got my mojo working! :0)

OK ... time to stop side-tracking and procrastinating. I'm off to write a couple more lists, search for the ones I wrote this morning but haven't crossed everything off and pack some holiday gear. Hope you're looking forward to your weekend as much as I am and that you find some time to kick back and relax. Til next time ...

BEAR HUGS!

CHEERS!
KRIS

13 comments:

Chookyblue...... said...

gosh women how many times do you have to tell me your going on holidays for 2WEEKS.........such a tease..........have a great time and make sure you get some new designs in that journal and some stitching done..........

Wickedly Divine Creations said...

I'm jealous ;) I SO need a holiday. Hope you have a great relaxing time and get all your stitching done :D

Dawn said...

Oh how wonderful... a holiday to wind down nd sit and enjoy... some time for you and your man ...lovely....have so much fun... x x x x

Kerryanne English said...

Getting side tracked... nah, doesn't sound like you MUCH!!
Oh Kris, you do make me laugh. Have a wonderful and relaxing time on your holiday.
Hugs ~ Kerryanne

Love Bears All Things said...

Two whole weeks? I've never had a holiday that lasted that long but I could really get into it...I like the cover you made for the sketchbook..you didn't say how large it is...would make cute gifts, too...or part of a give away...Have fun on your holiday and think of us.
Mama Bear

Mistea said...

Love the way you dressed your notebook.
Enjoy your break - the change of scenery should see the notebook full of lots of new ideas when you get back.

Stina said...

Your Note book became sooooo LOVELY..:o) You have the best ever two weeks... and good luck with your GJ block... which reminds me of to REALLY REALLY start over with them... Have just made ONE stitchery.. and this is BAD!!! :o) Take care and Enjoy your selves!! :o)

Narelle said...

Wow! You've certainly been busy since I last had a chance to check in.
Those snow peas are looking great, must be a good spot for them.
Enjoy your holiday!

Jindi's Cottage said...

Cu-ute notebook cover...so glad I'm not the only one who has to convince notebooks to go into covers because I've forgotten to consider that wadding takes up space...
Hope you got that list crossed off but most of all...have a fantastic holiday.

julia said...

Hi Kris!
How come that you think you're getting sidetracked? To cover your notebook is an important task...how could you expect to make the best of your sketches in a NAKED book ;o).
You did a wonderful job with it, it really speaks 'KRIS' (I totally understand that you love 'Aviary'...beautiful fabrics!!).
Have fun with your Gardener's Journal blocks...they're soo cute and if I hadn't about a hundred projects going on I definitely start on this one too...
Good luck with your lists & packing...I don't like packing my things at all...I rather would make a notebook cover, too! (or two) ;o)
Hugs, Julia

Scottish Nanna said...

Hi Kris I love your note book looks great.I hope you have A good time over the next two weeks you lucky girl.
Hugs Mary.

Laurie said...

I think I'll do one of those next month! Great project. I finished 1 in July; vacation sure cut into my productivity :)

Bec said...

Gosh I have missed a few posts! Love your new bear quilt, very cute! Your sketch book cover is just divine! I hope you have a lovely holiday and get lots of R&R AND stitching done!

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