Monday, 7 January 2013

Friends & Finishes!!

Well ... it was back to reality today ... back to work after two weeks' break ... SIGH!!! What is it about holidays that they always seem to be one week too short?! :0) We had a lovely five days at Blacks Beach and even though it was raining when we arrived and raining the morning we left, the days in between were perfect Aussie summer days ... sunny and hot. Yes, I realise that I am one of the few people who go looking for hot weather. :0)

While we were away, I lined up my buddy Lynda and her son Jayk to house and dog sit. (the house is way less bother than the dogs! Tee! Hee! Hee!) Imagine how I felt to return home to find this sitting on my kitchen bench

A lovely bunch of native flowers and a note welcoming us back from holidays. Aaaaaawwww!!! Thanks Lynda!! :0) How spoilt am I to have such wonderful friends who spoil me in so many ways!!
And since I've been spoilt, I guess it's that time where I get to spoil a couple of people. Yes, it's time to let you know the OPAM random draw winners for December's tally. Can I firstly say ... WOWSERS!!! We had a HUGE ...
877 FINISHES!!!!
That is our BIGGEST monthly tally for the year!! You gals must have been super busy sewing bees in the lead up to Christmas! :0) And that monthly tally takes our yearly tally to ...
7,710 FINISHES!!!!

Can you believe that!! There sure was some activity in sewing rooms around the world last year!! :0) As we wrap up OPAM 2012, I'd just like to take a moment to say a few thank you's. The first thank you is a SUPER DUPER one to my Partner-In-Crime, the Co-hostess with the Mostest, Sweet Peg. Not only does Sweet Peg share the workload behind the scenes of OPAM, she is a wonderful friend who encourages me to be creative, inspires me to set myself stitching goals (she finishes SOOOOO many projects!!!), surprises me with 'just because' gifties  and makes me smile! :0) Thank you, Sweet Peg and here's to another year of exciting OPAM adventures!! :0)
Thank you, too, to all of you who have been part of OPAM 2012. Some of you have even been playing along with OPAM since May Britt and I launched it four years ago. Without your willingness to share your creative adventures and how it fits into your life's journey, OPAM wouldn't be the encouraging, inspiring, creative forum that it is ... THANK YOU!!
Right ... on to what you're all waiting to read ... the draw winners are ...
Congratulations gals!! Please contact me with your snail mail addresses and I will pop something special into the mail for you soon. A big congrats to all of you who added to that huge monthly tally, too. I hope you are all very proud of your achievements for 2012. And even if you didn't finish quite as many projects last year as you planned (and lets face it ... who DID?!?!), but you took time out of your busy schedule to sit, relax and be creative, then you're a winner too, cos that's what OPAM is all about. :0)
So ... those of you starting to ask about OPAM 2013 ... it is DEFINITELY happening and Sweet Peg and I are looking forward to lots of creative clever clogs' joining us for more fun this year! :0) Sign up will be at the end of January to give us a little rest and we will both post details and guidelines on our blogs, so stay tuned. Sign up will be open for just a week, so make sure you don't miss out ... you might like to add Sweet Peg and Me to your list of blogs you follow so you're ready to jump in.
PHEW!! After all that, I think I'm ready to head off and keep a long-overdue date with my pillow!! :0) I hope you're all having a great start to 2013 so far and that your week is off to a brilliant start, too. Til next time ...

PS. What is with blogger making crazy changes that only seem to make things more complicated for us poor non-technical bloggers?!?!?! GRRRRRR!!!!


Borboleta Serrana said...

OPAM 2013!Yupi!!!
I'm in;)

rubyslipperz said...

That is soooo wonderful that you two GREAT gals have motivated and encouraged soooo many finishes in the past 4 years! I know I've said it hope you don't mind me saying it again?

I thank you from more than the bottom of my's from my WHOLE heart!!! I've been making quilts for...ummm, probably over 35 years. I've not finished so many in all the years combined than in the last 3 years due to OPAM!

Love you!!

Julimond said...

Fine, i am awaiting OPAM2013.

Blogger pictures Problems?
They don't like Internet explorer. They want,that every blogger will use Google Chrome and push it forward;-))
I use Firefox and it works fine.
Greetings from Germany

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

I am doing a happy little jig! Lucky me!
Thankyou Kris and Peg for organizing Opam. I have needed that extra shove sometimes ...
I look forward to opam 2013 :-)

Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

So glad you had a lovely time away... nice way to start 2013.
Happy New Year.
Hugs ~ Kerryanne

Christine M said...

Thank you to you and Peg for running OPAM. I was amazed with how many things I made during the year. I think signing up was a great way to keep me inspired. I'll be back for 2013! Hugs, Christine

Christine M said...

Thank you to you and Peg for running OPAM. I was amazed with how many things I made during the year. I think signing up was a great way to keep me inspired. I'll be back for 2013! Hugs, Christine

Fiona said...

welcome back.. glad you had a good time.. and well done to you and Peg for doing the opam and all of us for sewing so much... we are keeping the fabric economy going!!!
See you soon I hope...

Michelle Ridgway said...

Happy 2013 Kris. Congrats to your winners and great effort by you and Peg.
Hugs xx

Marilyn said...

Wow, that was an amazing tally for the month and year. There must have been lots of sewing machines and fingers working overtime in December.Thank you so much to both you and Peg for keeping our sewing such fun. Look forward to joining up again this year.
So pleased you had such a lovely holiday - even though a week too short (I agree with that.)
Hugs xx

Susan In Texas said...

Whoo hoo, OPAM!!! Awesome number of finishes. This year I hope to contribute LOTS more. Elder care issues consumed most of 2012; we were hardly ever in town on the weekends. 2013 is shaping up to be a bit less hectic... I hope!

Good luck with all those bushfires. I hope they are far far away from you!

Take care,
Susan in Texas

Sheila said...

Thanks for another great year and looking forward to OPAM for 2013 !

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Wow Kris what a great tally for the year! And thank you to you both for running OPAM...what a hit it is xo

Wendy B said...

You gals have been amazing encouragement...don't know where I would have been without you and OPAM....probably nothing would have gotten done!!! LOL Thanks heaps guys!!!!!.....and
what a great finish...very satisfying to's to another successful year, that's for sure...can't wait!
xox sugary hugs
wendy :O)

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