Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Playing Ladies!

Hello everyone out there in blogland! I hope you're all having a great week so far. I meant to pop in before now, but that time thief has been here again & I seem to have lost another couple of days. Before I know it we'll be singing "Jingle Bells" again ... SHEESH!

While my current sewing is part of my Secret Squirrel project & being kept under wraps for now, I thought I'd share some pics of my latest play date with my Bestest-Buddy-Since-We-Were-Nine Lynette. 

With a birthday looming on the horizon, we decided on a special pre-birthday treat ... A day of playing ladies & high tea! :0) So after some research, we took ourselves off to Dinmore Cottage. What a FABULOUS decision that was!

We arrived to find it is indeed a pretty cottage decorated with lots of pretty china, vintage treasures & bits & bobs. We were shown to a table by the friendly hostess & found lovely china ready for us ...

You just KNOW the tea is going to taste better when sipped from pretty cups. :0) And the tea was even more special ... It was BLOOMING tea. It started like this ...

It's a bit hard to see in the pics, but each pot had what looked like dried flower petals scrunched into a wad about the size of a golf ball floating in it. As we watched (glued to the unfolding spectacle like a Master Chef addict to the tv screen!) the balls unfurled to form ...

An underwater flower! WOW! And ... It tasted good, too. What more could you want? Tea & entertainment! :0) But wait ... There was MORE! As well as a nice selection of general menu items, Dinmore Cottage offers three different types of high tea ... Since we were celebrating, we went with the Decadent High Tea & it surely was!

Look at all those tasty treats! There were sandwiches, salmon mini wraps, petit fours, scones with jam & cream, sweeties & fresh fruit. WOW! We made a pretty good dent in this lot ... But had to admit defeat & took our scones home with us. :0) Here's Lynette trying to decide what to try first. :0)

And did I mention that the decadent high tea also includes celebratory bubbles? :0) Definitely a lovely way to spend a day ... Decadent deliciousness & a Bestest Buddy to chat & giggle with. Thanks for a lovely celebration Lynette! :0)

That's been the highlight of activities since I last popped in to visit with you all, the rest of the time has been taken up with grown up chores & work ... Sadly we still haven't been given the chance to prove that we would make benevolent millionaires with a lotto win. Tee! Hee! Hee! We're madly getting our grown up jobs in order this week (hence the even busier than usual state of things) as we're off on a little road trip this weekend, followed by a week's staycation to tackle a few jobs around the house ... & to catch up on some sleep, hopefully! :0P I'm looking forward to some relaxed time with my Beloved Geek Boy & some designing time to tackle the next block of my Secret Squirrel project. I'll pop back with some road trip & staycation updates, I promise.

But for now, I can hear the kettle singing my song, so I'll sign off & wish you all a wonderful rest of the week. Til next time ...



Sunday, 10 March 2019

Down The Rabbit Hole!!

Hellooooooo! Yes ... I'm still here & haven't forgotten that I need to do the January/February OPAM prize draw ... In fact, I had intended to post several days ago, but as my title says, I fell down the rabbit hole! :0) No ... We don't have giant rabbits burrowing in our yard (although I now have a rather funny mental picture of Wallace & Grommet's Were-rabbit burrowing away in our garden! Tee! Hee! Hee! ) Falling down the rabbit hole at our place means spending time at the computer ... You know ... When time somehow disappears between when you open the computer & when you surface again. I blame Dr Who's wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey theory! :0)

Sometimes falling down the rabbit hole involves YouTube clips of funny dogs or favourite musical groups, or cruising through Pinterest for inspiration, but for the last three days it's involved hours & hours of editing the next block of my Secret Squirrel design-in-progress. I know a lot of designers don't spend as much time editing their sketches as I do ... Their hand drawn sketches are ready to stitch as soon as the pen ink is dry. Sadly, my handwriting/penmanship skills are lacking ... Something my year 1 teacher told my Mother all those years ago! :0) ... I think I'm just too impatient. :0P So photoshop is my friend, but it's quite exacting & time consuming. I'll show you a little example. Here's part of my current sketch at the hand drawn stage ...

You can see the wibbles & wobbles. Now the edited version ...

Aaahh! Nice straight lines, even curves & no wibbles or wobbles. :0) It's worth putting in the time ... But it sure makes a weekend disappear quickly!

But ... Here I am now ready for the double prize draw. A big thank you to everyone who emailed their tally through to me ... It's a wonderful time saver for me! And thank you also to those who have their tally listed clearly on their sidebars ... This is another great help to me. Well ... Our OPAM numbers may have shrunk this year, but there's obviously still lots of crafting & sewing happening out there in blogland, because we've recorded ...


... for January & ...


... for February. Well done everyone! Sadly I haven't contributed anything to those tallies, what with falling down rabbit holes. :0P The prize this year is one of my Tag Along Teddies designs ...

The Daisy Drawstring Bag is a really handy project that is quick to whip up & can be used for all sorts of things ... Project bag, lingerie bag, shoe bag, toiletries bag ... The uses are many. :0) I'll email a PDF version of this pattern to the draw winner each month. And our first two winners for 2019 are ...


Congrats, gals! Drop me an email & I'll send your prize. But right now, I need to go & contemplate the contents of the fridge to find inspiration ... & ingredients! ... For dinner before GB starts gnawing on the furniture. Tee! Hee! Hee! I hope you've all had a fantastic weekend & wish you a wonderful week. Til next time ...



Friday, 1 March 2019

Buried Treasures!

Being a bit of a Dr Who fan (Tom Baker & Christopher Eccleston ROCK, but they lost me with Matt Smith!!) the concept of time & time travel fascinates me ... Whilst sometimes doing my head in a bit! :0) I always seem to be losing time ... My theory is that a crack in the universe leads to at least an hour or two leaking away each day, so by the end of the week I've lost a day or so, by the end of the month I've lost a week or two ... And by the end of the year I've misplaced a couple of months! Well ... This is MY reasoning for why I never seem to achieve as much as I plan to. :0)

Today time was on my mind after Mum rang to ask a favour ... Dad needs some sheet music to play for an ANZAC Day sing-along . Yes ... We're getting in a little early, but given my above theory on time, we need to! :0P Mum knew that when they were moving house a few years ago I had rescued a box of Dad's old sheet music & asked me to have a look to see if there was anything he could use. So, donning my Indiana Jones Fedora & tying myself to the door frame so I didn't get lost ... I bravely ventured into the depths of our sleep out (where all things with no definite home go to languish in limbo!!) & uncovered ...

... Buried Treasures! A shoebox time capsule! :0) Dad used to play piano for Saturday night dances in his home town of Mackay, so the contents of this box represent the music of the 50's/60's. I had fun rummaging through ... Here's a selection ...

... Some of the legends of music ... Roy Orbison, Louis Armstrong, Bill Halley & The Commets, Peter, Paul & Mary, The Seekers, Elvis & The Beetles ... To name a few. It's kind of the ultimate 50's/60's party mix, isn't it? :0) I didn't find much to help Dad out for his sing-along, but I had fun. Tee! Hee! Hee! If I was putting together a similar time capsule of music for myself, it would be hits of the 70's/80's ... Bon Jovi, ACDC, Billy Joel, the Eagles, KISS, Queen, John Farnham, U2, Pat Benetar, Cindy Lauper, ABBA, The Rolling Stones, INXS ... Ah ... The ultimate driving music soundtrack ... You know, where you turn the music up to eleven & sing along at the top of your voice! :0) Who would be on YOUR ultimate time capsule playlist?

And speaking more of time ... It's time for all good OPAMers to update their sidebar list of finishes for January & February & email tallies through to me. I'll be doing a double draw for January/February in the next few days, so stay tuned.

Right now, though, I'm off to have a cuppa then tackle the things on today's "To Do" list that was put on hold while I traveled back in time ... & have now lost half a day! See! My theory on time is RIGHT!! Tee! Hee! Hee! Til next time ...



Sunday, 24 February 2019

Wizards & Desserts!

Hello to everyone out there in blogland! I hope you've had a fantastic week. It's been a bit of a funny one here in SE Queensland as we've waited to see what cyclone Oma was going to do. While most cyclones to the east of Australia form in the northern tropics & head south then west out to sea, Oma came in low, headed east & then was set to head north. With everything being so dry, everyone hoped it would be low on the damage scale & high on the rain delivery. What it turned out to be was a fizzer! No rain, lots of wind, high seas  ... The only ones doing a happy dance were the surfing fraternity! SIGH! So we keep waiting for rain. As my Bloggy Buddy Chookyblue says ... Every day is a day closer to rain. 

However, fizzing weather patterns aside, I finished my week with a fun play date with my Bestest-Buddy-Since-We-Were-Nine Lynette. In a move that surprised nobody who knows us, we went in search of antiques & collectibles. :0) It's funny how rummaging through these kinds of places leaves us feeling hungry ... So next stop was lunch at a little place we hadn't tried before, The Flying Nun  at Samford. It was a lovely, quiet spot with excellent food & service. I suspect we'll be making a return visit. :0) 

And while we were enjoying our lunch, the shop next door caught our eyes ...

Good thing we were there on a Friday! :0) So you know we had to investigate!

Here's Lynette trying to entice the owl back into the cage. Actually ... Here's Lynette laughing & asking why she's always the one pretending to do silly things for photos! Tee! Hee! Hee! Now any Harry Potter fans out there are already guessing what we found inside this shop ...

You guessed it ... All things Harry Potter & Hogwarts. 

Lynette being a good sport in the library corner ...

Both of us under the sorting hat (& beside another) sampling some Butter Brew ... Which was rather delicious! Lots of fun! There were also other HP themed sweetie treaties, so if you or a friend are Harry Potter fans, I'd recommend a visit to the Store Of Requirement at Samford.

We then meandered back across Brisbane to search for afternoon tea treats at Madder Brothers Patisserie  Oh dear! So many CHOICES!!

Mini desserts to die for!

How do you choose?? In the end we each chose two & decided it's a good thing we don't live or work closer to this delicious dessert spot or we'd have to spend the rest of our time at the gym!

Here's our selections ... I chose mango cheesecake & Turkish delight cheesecake & Lynette chose macadamia mousse & blood orange something. :0) We then waddled back to Lynette's place for a cup of tea before I had to climb the hill home again. Thanks for a fun play date, Bestest-Buddy! :0)

And although I don't have any finishes to share, I have done a little bit of sewing this week, too. I've made some progress on both my Secret Squirrel stitchery project & the special stacked coin quilt. I'm hoping to get some more done on both this afternoon & evening, too. So ... OPAMers ... How are your finish tallies looking for January & February? The month has nearly run out on us again, so don't forget to update your sidebar lists & email me your tallies for both months. I'll be doing a double prize draw at the end of the month.

But right now I have to go & hang my last load of washing & finish a few chores before I can sew this afternoon so I'll sign off. Have a fabulous week & Til next time ...



Sunday, 17 February 2019

A Quiet Weekend!

Aaaahhhhh ... The bliss of a quiet weekend at home! I think that's when you start to feel you might be getting old! Tee! Hee! Hee! It's a rare & appreciated thing when both my Beloved Geek Boy & I can just stay home, mooch around, catch up on chores (YUCK!) & tackle some of the projects on our "one day" lists. So while GB disappeared out into the shed to do manly things with noisy power tools, I settled in to play with some fabricky goodness. :0) Remember I started playing with these ...

Well today they grew to ...

This. Yes ... They will one day (soon, hopefully!) be a stacked coin quilt, a gift for a special someone later in the year. I've joined three of these rows since I took this photo. It was good to make some progress. :0)

So what have you been up to this weekend? I hope it has included some fun stuff, some kick-back-and-relax time or some productive time. :0) And I hope you have a fantastic week ... Even if we have to be grown ups. :0) Til next time ...



Sunday, 10 February 2019

A Bit Of This, A Bit Of That!

Hello to everyone out in blogland! I hope you're having an amazing weekend. Mine has been a bitsy sort of weekend. You know ... You get a few things done, but don't really achieve what you'd hoped to. Ah well ... ! :0)

During the running of errands yesterday, I managed to sneak into The Quilters Angel  where a lovely layer cake that had been calling my name for weeks hurled itself off the shelf & into my arms & wouldn't let go ... So I HAD to adopt it! :0P 

It's right up my shabby chic/country cottage street. :0) I love the soft & pretty colours ... & my Beloved Geek Boy likes that he now doesn't have to think about a Valentine's Day gift for me ... WIN-WIN!! Tee! Hee! Hee! I've got a project in mind for this one, but I think I'll just pat it & stroke it for a little while first. :0)

I DID make a start on a special gift that will be needed later in the year ...

Can anyone guess what I might be making?? And I've done some more stitching on my Secret Squirrel project ...

Hmmm ... What could it be?? :0) I know ... I'm such a tease! Tee! Hee! Hee!

In OPAM news ... It's been lovely to have so many "repeat offenders" signing up for OPAM again this year. Some of you lovelies have been with me from the start, so it's especially lovely to have you playing along again. :0) So many of you have said that OPAM is the little nudge you need to get you into creating mode, which is great to hear. I love seeing the clever projects you all work on ... It's always encouraging to see so many finished projects & hear of good progress on longer term projects. And it's been wonderful to have a few "newbies" join the fun, too. Welcome! :0) If you haven't signed up yet but would like something to give you a bit of a creative nudge, send me an email & you can join the fun. The first random prize draw will be at the end of February for a combined January/February draw ... so get creating & remember to send me your tallies at the end of the month.

Right now, though, I'm off to have a cup of tea & psych myself up to go back to being a grown up tomorrow again ... SIGH! Have a fantastic week. Til next time ...



Sunday, 3 February 2019

Damp Sunday Update!

Hello to my lovely blogging buddies out there on this overcast, cooler slightly damp Sunday. I hope you're having a relaxing one. As all of my regular visitors know I am DEFINITELY a hot weather chook, but after several weeks of humility with no relieving rain, we're rather enjoying the cool cloudy day. And what would you guess we'd decide to do on a cool damp Sunday? 

Well ... Of COURSE we'd choose to have a picnic lunch with my folks! :0) The four of us attend church services at a little church in nearby Ravensbourne & Mum had decided a picnic was a good idea ... Before the weather did its backflip. Can you see how misty it was? And the fine rain was blown in on us by rather strong winds, but we did enjoy the change from hot humidity. Sadly for our very dry region, the rain only amounted to a millimetre or two ... We are getting rather desperate for some good, soaking rain. Unlike our North Queensland friends who have had double their annual rainfall in the last few days ... & it's still raining! We would gladly take some of the rain from them ... But thoughts & prayers are sent to those people struggling with rising floods. Please stay safe.

In other weekend doings, I have managed some good, uninterrupted designing time ...

The project is still in the Secret Squirrel stage, but I'm enjoying working on it so far. I can say its a quilt & includes blanket stitch appliqué, embroidery & watercolour pencils. I'll keep you in suspenders a little longer. :0)

Thank you to the more-than-20 gorgeous gals who have already put their hands up to join me for OPAM again this year. :0) I'm looking forward to seeing what all of you clever clogs creative types get up to this year. It's particularly nice that most (if not all??) are repeat offenders ... It's wonderful to know people find OPAM helpful to encourage them to finish projects. If anyone else would like to join the fun, see my previous post to find out how. Oh ... For those who've wondered ... I'll do a combined random draw for January/February at the end of February, so you can either send your January finishes to me now or at the end of the month 

Right now though, I'm off to make myself a cup of tea & do a bit more stitching on my Secret Squirrel project. Have a fantastic week! Til next time ...



Monday, 28 January 2019


Yes, OPAM (One Project A Month for the uninitiated!) is back for another year of encouraging we creative types to ... Well ... CREATE! :0) And hopefully get some of the projects on our "To Do" list crossed off & added to our "Finishes" list. OPAM is all about taking some time out of busy schedules to recharge our creative batteries by playing with fabric, threads, wools, cottons & needles of all sorts. The goal is to finish at least one project per month for the year, which will give us a minimum of 12 finishes by the time we next sing "Auld Lang Syne" ... Or we will have made significant progress on some longer-term projects.

For a new year of OPAM, we need a new logo button ...

Thanks to my Beloved Geek Boy, we've got one. :0) And yes, it's the tenth year of OPAM! WOW! Doesn't time fly?! And do you see that rather large number on the badge? That's how many projects have been recorded by OPAMers since we started! Almost 50,000 finishes! WOWSERS!! Are you ready to add some more to the tally by playing along? Let's keep it simple ... 

1. Send me an email to tell me you'd like to play along. Please make sure you include: Your NAME, your BLOG ADDRESS, your EMAIL ADDRESS. My email address is: kris@tagalongteddies.com.au
2. Right click on the new OPAM logo & "save as" to your files. Add it to your blog sidebar with a link back to my blog ... In case others who visit your blog would like to play along.
3. Under the OPAM badge on your sidebar, add a list of 2019 FINISHES which shows your finishes each month. You can add this as a blog page if you prefer ... As long as it's clear which finishes you've added each month.
4. At the end of each month, update your list of finishes (a blog post with photos is great to share & encourage others, too) AND email me your final tally for the month. Each month I'll choose two random prize winners who will receive a PDF copy of a Tag Along Teddies pattern I've designed as a fun, quick project.
5. Projects must be COMPLETELY FINISHED before being added to your tally ... Quilts have to be quilted & bound, cross stitcheries have to be framed or made into a project etc. if you aren't sure whether your project counts ... Email me & ask. :0)
6. Tallies should only include soft crafts ... Sewing, quilting, embroidery, cross/long stitch, crochet, knitting ... Again, if you're uncertain, email to check.

There won't be a cut off date this year for sign up, people can just keep joining the fun as we go along. :0) After a few weeks, I'll add a list of this year's OPAMers to my sidebar so you can hop around visiting & encouraging each other. It means we'll all have a world-wide cheer squad. :0) And remember this is a LOW STRESS challenge, so if you have a month(or two or three!!) where life gets in the way or you're working on long term projects & don't have a finish to record ... IT'S OK! :0)

I think that covers the basics ... If questions come up as we go, I'll share them in a blog post. Other than that, I hope you all enjoy playing along with me again this year ... It's a nice, low key nudge for us all (me included, since I should set a good example, right?! :0) ) to create & finish projects. Some of us are SERIAL STARTERS! Tee! Hee! Hee! 

Right now, though, I can hear a cup of tea calling my name. :0) Have a fantastic week! Til next time ...



Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Treasures Have Stories!

Hello all you lovely creatures out there in blogland! I hope you're having a fantastic week. I'm pretty sure someone stole a few days from my last week ... Which isn't a great start to the year. By the time Christmas rolls around again I'll be missing a few months! :0)

Last post, I promised to tell you the story behind my newest treasures ...

These lovely trio sets. Don't you love all the pretty flowers? Well ... Each year when the Marvellous Marion & Stupendous Steph of the Quilters Angel  host Stitchers Dream Day Out, a lovely lady called Jean is driven up our 'hill' from Brisbane by her husband to attend. She's a real sweetie & the sister of one of the ladies who is a resident of the retirement village I work at as my 'grown up' job. Last year was the first time in many years that Jean couldn't come to Stitchers Day ... Because her husband & driver was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) last year & has had to give up driving. So I missed catching up with Jean last year ... Or so I thought! On my last work day before Christmas, I got a call from Jean's sister Joyce to say that Jean & her husband were visiting thanks to their daughter driving them up & wondering if I'd like to see her. An hour later I finally hugged her goodbye after a lovely catch up. :0)

So what does that have to do with teacups, I hear you ask? Well ... During our chat, I mentioned that my Bestest-Buddy-Since-We-Were-Nine Lynette & I collect pretty vintage treasures & Jean said she was in the process of downsizing ... Would I like a few pretty pieces if she couldn't keep all of her china collection? Do fish swim? Is the Pope Catholic? Does my Dad love pavlova??! You bet your bippy, baby!! Tee! Hee! Hee! Fast forward a few weeks & Joyce rang me in my work office to say Jean had sent a few things for me ...  16 trio sets & a selection of pretty mis-matched treasures! WOW! Talk about Christmas all over again!

And every time I look at these pretty treasures, I'll remember the sweet lady who allowed me to adopt them. :0) I think that's a big part of the appeal, for me, of collecting vintage treasures ... They come with a story. Sometimes they're not perfect, sometimes they might be a bit worn, sometimes they're a bit damaged & show the years they've seen, but they remain uniquely beautiful ... to those willing to see beyond the imperfections! And wouldn't the world be a much nicer place if we remembered to apply that same principle to the people we meet?! :0)

So that's the story of my new teatime treasures. Of course ... Now I have to find somewhere to display them ... I think Lynette & I need another play date to find some vintage storage for my vintage treasures! Tee! Hee! Hee!

Oh ... A big thank you to everyone who emailed & commented after my last post to wish me a quick recovery from my nagging headache. I felt very loved! :0) Sorry I didn't reply to everyone. It turned out I'd been sideswiped by a tummy bug & spent four days feeling like I had a head full of concrete & a tummy that was on the high seas, as well as having zero energy ... One of the reasons it's taken me a while to pop into the blog again. All recovered now, though ... With a new appreciation of how my Beloved Geek Boy feels when we travel by boat. :0)

Righto ... I'm off to play Polly & put the kettle on for a cup of tea. There are some who can't understand how a cup of hot tea can be enjoyed in mid-30's temperatures we've had consistently for the last three weeks but I say ...

It's ALWAYS a good time for a cup of tea! :0)

Til next time ... When I'll have an OPAM launch announcement ... 



Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Still Here & OPAM Wrap Up!

Hello lovely Bloggy Buddies! How are you this rather warm Tuesday? I hope you're more alert & awake than I am! I just can't seem to get out of my own way today. I think it's because I woke up with a headache that I can't seem to shake ... Not a migraine (thankfully!) just one of those dull hangy-ony type headaches that sap your energy. Frankly, I don't have a lot of energy to spare, so I wish it would go away! :0)

However ... I'm overdue in popping in to visit with you all, so here I am, catching up. I meant to post on the weekend but someone stole it! :0P This does not bode well for my year if I'm already losing days & it's only January! Tee! Hee! Hee! And that means I'm overdue in doing the last OPAM draw for 2018. December must've seen some hustling & bustling in craft caves all over the world because we had our biggest tally for the year with ...


WOW! I guess lots of us were making Christmas gifties. :0) The really amazing part is that takes our total number of finished projects for 2018 to ...


WOWSERS! What a creative lot we've been! :0) So I guess there must be a lot of craft caves with empty stash cupboards now, right?! Yeah ... I'm snickering here too! Tee! Hee! Hee! Well done to everyone who has contributed to that tally, even if it's only been one finish. In a world where we all seem to be constantly busy & made to feel we're not reaching our full potential if we're not ... It's good to take some quiet time out to be creative, which is what OPAM is all about. I hope you've enjoyed playing along with my GORGEOUS Partner-In-Crime Sweet Peg & me. :0)

So ... The final prize winners for 2018 were ...

Congrats ladies! Drop me an email so I can send you the PDF stitchery pattern for you to play with. 

BUT WAIT! THERE'S MORE! Right back at the start of last year Sweet Peg said she wanted to make a special quilt that will go to ...


All of our 2018 participants will go into the draw & Sweet Peg will announce the winner on her blog soon, so STAY TUNED! :0) 

So ... Some of you have been asking whether OPAM will run this year. In a word ... YES. BUT ... I'll be flying solo to host OPAM 2019, as my truly GORGEOUS Partner-In-Crime Sweet Peg will be hanging up her Hostess-With-The-Mostest hat. :0(  Sweet Peg joined me to co-host OPAM in its second year & we've encouraged you clever crafters together for 8 years. (Year 1was co-hosted by May-Britt & myself) Sweet Peg was about the fourth blogger I 'met' when I stepped into blogland & she has always amazed me with how much she fits into her busy, busy life, juggling full time work, family, sewing & lots of other activities, but she's decided she needs to make a few changes & slow down a little to have some more Peg Time.Thank you Sweet, Sweet Friend for not only co-hosting our world-wide crafting circle, but also for being a gorgeous, generous friend. I know we'll still catch up with each other in blogland, but I'll miss my Sweet co-host. Big Squooshy Bear Hugs to you lovely lady!!

It will take me a little while to get set up for OPAM 2019 ... And sweet-talk my Beloved Geek Boy into designing an updated badge for us. :0) ... so sign up will start near the end of January ... Stay tuned for the date & details! I hope lots of you will join me again for a year of striving to finish some of our craft projects, whilst having fun, taking some time out for ourselves & encouraging fellow crafters. :0)

Since I think that's more than enough from me for one post, I'm off to see if a cup of tea will kill my headache. Maybe if I use one of my lovely new teacups it will help ...

I'll share the story of how this pretty collection came to live with me next time. :0) Til next time ...



Friday, 4 January 2019

Aaaaaah! Holidays!

Happy New Year to all of my lovely Bloggy Buddies out there! I wish you all a 2019 full of fantastic new adventures, fabulous friends & ... Of course ... FABRIC! :0)

I've been enjoying my staycation over the Christmas/New Year period, though I haven't crossed off many of the things on my holiday "To Do" list. However, I HAVE spent some time playing with a new quilt design ... Quite a LOT more time on the editing stage than I'd anticipated. When I'm working on a new design, I do a pencil sketch, then go over it in felt tip pen, then tidy it up in Photshop to neaten wobbly lines etc. Apparently there was a bit of a hiccup when I scanned my rough sketch into Photoshop & it required a LOT more editing time than I counted on. Whoever thinks pattern designers just scribble a quick sketch & sell the pattern for quick & easy money has not spent several days staring at a computer screen fine tuning a sketch to get it ready for others to easily use. Good thing I enjoy what I do ... Mostly! :0P But today I'm reaping the rewards of my computer time ...

Today I'm STITCHING in front of a favourite movie ... Can you guess which one?? :0) 

In preparing my stitching, I've also had another little play ...

... With my watercolour pencils. I'm pretty happy with the results, but don't want to reveal too much yet ... My new design is still Secret Squirrel.

Stay tuned. :0)

In other news ... I'm a bit behind in the end of month OPAM gathering, so if you haven't already emailed your list of December finishes to me or my GORGEOUS Partner-In-Crime Sweet Peg  you'd better hop to it. The hop around will happen over the weekend. As for OPAM this year ... Our numbers have dropped quite a bit & I've noticed a few people who signed up this year haven't followed through ... They haven't blogged, haven't added the badge or a tally list or been emailing tallies ... So ... Do we keep going? Are many of you interested in playing along with OPAM still?? Let me know what you think.

But for now ... I'm off to put the kettle on & get back to my stitching. Enjoy your weekend! Til next time ...



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