Friday, 14 June 2019

Sick Of Being Sick!!

Hello all. Just popping in with a quick explanation & apology for why I've been missing in action & haven't done the last OPAM prize draw yet. I seem to have had a run of health issues in the last few weeks. First a nasty head cold jumped on me & that set my asthma off. And just as I was starting to get over that, I developed a toothache. So after putting on my big girl panties & taking myself off to the dentist (did I mention I'm a big spooky-la-la & completely phobic about dental visits?!) the dentist couldn't find a problem. Trust me to have a mystery dental issue! Well, yesterday the mystery was solved when one particular tooth became so sensitive that even the lightest bump or tap sends me through the roof. So it's back to the dentist this afternoon. SIGH!! I'm hoping he will just chop off my head & be done with it! But if he doesn't, I'll be back as soon as I feel human again. Til then ...



Sunday, 26 May 2019

FINALLY! Some Sewing!

Hello all you lovely Bloggy buddies! I hope you've had a fantastic week. Yet again, my week seemed to disappear in a puff of smoke ... BUT!! ... This week I actually have evidence to show I've been sewing! YAY! :0) Remember last time I popped in I shared a little teaser sneaky-peeky ...

Well ... I can now show you the finished project ...

Ta! Da! A new version of my "French Shopping Spree" bag pattern. The original looked like ...

... This. It's fun to see how projects can look quite different when made up in different fabrics. The new version will soon be available as a kit from The Quilters Angel  It's a simple, quick, fun project & the bag is a great size to hold all the necessities for a day out shopping with your gal-pals. :0)

The other sewing I've managed to squeeze in is for a special gift that will be needed later in the year ...

An oceanic stacked coin quilt top ... All finished & ready to go off to my Quilting Fairy, the Fabulous Fiona  These fabrics are some of the 'leftovers' from one of my patchwork skirts I made a couple of years ago & I just love them! They remind me of the many colours & moods of the ocean & look so fresh framed in white. It makes me want to sit on the beach watching the waves roll in, whilst nibbling gelato. :0)

I'm also plugging along with my new design-in-progress as my hand stitching project. I'm really happy with how it's coming together, but it will have to stay a Secret Squirrel project for a bit longer. At least this month ... For the first time this year! ... I can add a finish to my sidebar list for OPAM ... YAY! :0) And speaking of OPAM ... The end of the month is creeping closer again, so don't forget to update your tally on your sidebar list & email me your finishes for May.

But right now, I think it's time for a cup of tea before I tackle a few more chores ... SIGH! This grown up gig just won't quit. :0P Have a fabulous week! Til next time ...



Friday, 17 May 2019


Bonjour mes amis! :0) There's a whiff of France in the air here today ... In case you hadn't guessed! :0P It's Friday, I'm home ALL DAY & I'm SEWING! YAY!! :0) Want a sneaky-peeky at what's on my trusty Husky today??

Making a new sample for an old favourite. It's fun to see how this pattern is looking in her fresh new Paris-inspired fabrics. If you can guess which pattern I'm re-making you might just win a copy. :0)

And now I'm off to boil the kettle for a cup of Rose & French Vanilla tea (it seems appropriate!) before I get back to sewing. Til next time ...



Friday, 10 May 2019


Hello everyone out there in blogland! I hope you're having a great week. Once again mine seems to have disappeared in a blink & I don't seem to have achieved much ... SIGH!! And to add insult to injury, the temperatures have taken a noticeable dip into single digits this week & you KNOW how much I hate being cold! If only I could win lotto so I could hibernate in front of the fire for the next few months sewing, reading & watching movies. :0)

While the lotto fairy hasn't seen fit to wave her magic wand for me, I have spent my morning working on the next block of my Secret Squirrel project. Want a sneaky peeky??

I know! I'm a tease! :0P But this has been my morning's viewing ... I'm in the process of editing my rough sketch in Photoshop to iron out the kinks from an unsteady, impatient writing hand. :0P This process takes hours ... But it gives me a result I'm happier with than my hand-drawn image, so it's worth it in the end ... Even if I do end up feeling almost as pixilated as this screen! Tee! Hee! Hee! And once I've finished this part of the design process I'm going to reward myself with some time playing with ...

... This yummy stack of pretties! :0) I'm making a new sample for one of my patterns. Stay tuned to see which one. And it will be rather nice to actually have something to add to my OPAM finish tally for the first time this year! Obviously many other OPAMers are madly creating away in their sewing caves, though, as I've finally done the April tally & there were ...


... Recorded ... YAY!! Well done everyone who contributed to that number. And if you're like me & working on longer term projects ... Well done if you've taken some steps (or should I say STITCHES!) forward. Sometimes it's hardest to stay focused on bigger projects because we don't have the encouragement of a finish to spur us on. But ... Rome wasn't stitched in a day! :0) And the winner of the April random draw is ...

Congrats Tone! :0) Drop me an email & I'll send your PDF pattern prize for you to play with. Speaking of playing with prize patterns ...  Karen M was the February draw winner & she has made a GORGEOUS version of my Daisy Drawstring Bag pattern! Pop over HERE to see it & say g'day to Karen. I've been a bit remiss in not getting the list of OPAMers up on my sidebar so you can all visit & encourage each other, but I promise to try to get that up soon. But right now, I think it's time for a cup of tea before I go back to staring at pixels. Have a fantastic weekend everyone! Til next time ...



Monday, 29 April 2019

Adulting Is Hard!

Hello to all my lovely blogging buddies out there in cyberspace! How are you all today? I have to admit that I've had trouble getting my butt into gear today ... I think my "Adulting" function (which is a bit iffy at the best of times!!) has been completely scrambled by our spate of public holidays. :0P Don't get me wrong ... I LOOOOOOVE a public holiday, but after a few scrambled work weeks in a row & another coming next week, I'm completely bamboozled. Then add in that instead of working my usual four day week at my grown up job this week, I'll be working FIVE days ... And it's all too hard! :0P

And what have I been doing with all of the extra time I should have with all of these public holidays? Darn good question! Tee! Hee! Hee! I did spend some time sketching, inking, scanning & editing the next block of my Secret Squirrel design-in-progress ... But can't show you that. And yesterday I spent a lot of time in the kitchen making quince paste ... Which is a bit of a marathon effort.

I confess to being ignorant of quinces before we inherited a quince tree when we bought our house ... I thought they were furry apples! :0) But after a bit of googling, I am now a fan of quince paste with my cheese & bikkies. :0) While it's not difficult to make quince paste it's very time consuming because it's a long, slow cooking process.

Step one ...

Rinse quinces & rub off the fur. :0)

Step two ... Core & dice the quinces ... Not easy as they're almost as firm to cut as pumpkin & the slippery little suckers quite often get away. :0P Step three ... Stew the quinces until soft ... About three quarters of an hour. Step four ...

... Purée the stewed quinces in a food processor & pour them into an uncovered slow cooker. Add sugar & lemon juice ... & let them bubble for about five hours! The tricky bit here is that the mix needs to be stirred every twenty minutes or so to prevent a tough skin forming on the surface, so not much gets achieved when you're popping up to stir the pot every twenty minutes! Though there are some who would say stirring the pot comes naturally to me! Tee! Hee! Hee!

It's actually pretty cool to watch the process ... The fruit purée changes from a creamy colour to a deep burgundy colour through several shades of pink & rose. You know it's done when it's a nice dark burgundy. Then it's into containers to set ...

Before finally ...

... Providing the perfect accompaniment to your favourite cheese & crackers for a delicious gourmet snack. :0) It just needs a nice glass of adult beverage to go with it & we're set. :0) So we're stocked up on quince paste for the rest of the year now.

It did mean, however, that there were no sewing projects completed again ... SIGH! But for those of you who HAVE been busy stitching beavers, it's time to update your OPAM sidebar lists & email your April tally through to me. I'm looking forward to seeing what you've all been up to. :0)

But now it's time to head back into the kitchen to work out what's for dinner. Then again ... That sounds like adulting & that function is on the blink! :0P I wonder how GB feels about boiled eggs & toast?! Tee! Hee! Hee! Til next time ...



Thursday, 25 April 2019

Lest We Forget.

To those who served their country in conflict or peacekeeping missions & didn't come home ... Thank you. We will remember you. To those who served their country in conflict or peacekeeping missions & did come home & live with the physical, mental & emotional scars ... Thank you. We will remember you. To those who continue to serve their country in conflict or peacekeeping missions ... Thank you. We will remember you.To those who have lost family & loved ones during or as a result of their service ... Thank you. We will remember you. 

The peace & freedom we enjoy & so often take for granted has been fought for & sacrificed for. As we commemorate ANZAC Day, we aren't glorifying war, we are acknowledging that for evil to win only takes good to sit back & do nothing & thanking those who willingly step between us & evil & say, "Not on my watch."



Monday, 22 April 2019

Relaxing With Friends!

Hello to everyone out there in blogland! It's been a while since I've popped in to visit with you. (AGAIN! OOPS!) Life just seems to keep getting busier & busier, but this Easter long weekend we took some time out to relax & catch up with some wonderful friends.

When I started blogging just over ten years ago, the first blogging buddy I made was Kerryanne at Shabby Art Boutique & the second was the lovely Linda of Lilly Cottage (now Claudette & Hester Handmade ). Not only am I still in contact with these gorgeous ladies, the three of us have become good friends & had a number of real life play dates over the years. And this weekend my Beloved Geek Boy & I were excited to have the Lovely Lilly Linda & her beloved, the Terrific Tim, come & visit with us at Edward House ... AKA the Meares' Madhouse! :0P YAY!!

It's always fun to catch up with Linda & Tim & was especially nice to know we had a couple of days to enjoy each other's company. We had lots of plans for what we would do & where we would go ... Most of which had to be rearranged due to showery weather ... But at least it wasn't a cyclone! :0) (Long story but an ongoing joke between the four of us after we visited them & got stranded due to flooding caused by a cyclone. :0) )

But ... What a truly lovely time we had ... Despite the changes in plans. We went for a walk through Queens Park in the sunshine when it peeked out ...

Linda is much better at selfies than I am! :0) We took them to visit a favourite farm shop to stock up on olives so we could enjoy yummy lunches ...

We chatted, had cuppas, ate chocolate, chatted some more, enjoyed adult beverages, chatted some more & laughed lots. There was even some stitching done ... Well ... A little bit! :0P It was just such a fun, relaxed time of catching up & we were a little sad that we had to wave goodbye this morning as they headed for home ... But we're already making plans for them to come back again ... Maybe when we need more rain! Tee! Hee! Hee!

I hope you have all had a great weekend & that the love & hope of Easter has touched your heart. Have a wonderful week! Til next time ...



Tuesday, 9 April 2019

OPAM Winner And A Sneaky Peeky!

Helloooooo! Yes ... I'm still here & haven't fallen off the edge of the earth. :0) The days just seem to keep getting away from me & my "To Do" list grows ever longer ... SIGH! We've just started to catch a glimpse of Autumn in the air here on top of our 'hill' so that has meant more time in the garden than at the sewing machine on weekends ... But I've been plodding along with stitching my new design-in-progress & am loving how it's evolving. I can't show you too much at the moment, but thought I'd share a bit of a sneaky peeky with you so you know I'm doing SOMETHING when I drop of the radar. :0)

This is a small part of block 3 that I'm almost finished stitching ... Just a few last fiddly details to finish, then it's on to block 4, which is prepped & ready to start stitching on. I've got a couple of long weekends coming up, so I'm hoping to get some more blocks designed. I'm really excited about this project! Stay tuned! :0)

And although my designing & sample stitching have meant no finishes added to my OPAM list again for March, many of you merry OPAMers have been very busy because we have a total of ...


... Recorded for March! WOW! Well done everyone! And well done if you're like me & plodding along on a long term project. Remember ... Every step forward is a step closer to a finish ... Even if it's a baby step. :0) And the winner of this month's random draw is ...

Well done Cheryll  Drop me an email & I'll email your PDF pattern prize to you. Thank you to everyone who emailed their tally through to me & updated your sidebar list ... It's REALLY helpful to have those ... Especially since there's just me doing the hopping this year. I'm running behind in responding to those emails but will try to get back to everyone over the next few days. Thank you for being patient with this queen of procrastination. :0)

Right now, though, I can hear the siren's call of the kettle, so I'm off to enjoy a cup of tea. I hope you're having a great week so far ... & that you're doing less procrastinating & more stitching than I am! :0) Til next time ...



Monday, 1 April 2019


All good things must come to an end ... So they say ... Though why that is I don't know! And today marked several endings ... The end of the month (OPAM tallies ready??), the end of the warm weather as our overnight low temperatures suddenly became our high temperatures (Darn it!) as we experienced the coldest overnight March temperature in the last 11 years and saddest of all ... It marked the end of our week's break ... SIGH!! 

Tomorrow my Beloved Geek Boy & I both have to go back to work & pretend to be responsible adults. We've enjoyed our week, though it's gone by way too quickly & of course we didn't manage to do all of the things on our holiday "To Do" list. I think however long your holiday, it's always a week too short! :0)

One thing that was on our holiday "To Do" list that we DID get to do was visit a favourite winery while we were staying near Bundaberg for our beach break. We discovered the Ohana Winery some years ago when staying near Childers & this beach break gave us the opportunity to revisit, since the winery's cellar door site relocated recently to Bundaberg. 

We enjoyed a tasting selection of Ohana's Cheeky Tiki cider range this visit ...

Bottoms up! GB in scruffy holiday mode. :0) If you're visiting or passing through Bundy you really should visit Ohana.

So ... It's back to reality tomorrow. SIGH! I hope you've all had a great weekend & that your week is fabulous. OPAMers ... Don't forget to update your sidebar lists, email me your tally for March & stay tuned for the random draw result in the next few days. But now ... I'm off to keep a date with my pillow & snuggly doona. Til next time ...



Sunday, 24 March 2019

Beach Break!

Hello everyone! I hope you've had a great weekend. Ours has included long walks, waves, sea breezes & family catch ups. Yep ... We're at the beach for a short break. And do you want to know something surprising? It's NOT RAINING!! :0P That's somewhat of a record for us, as it ALWAYS rains when we go to the beach. While we could actually use the rain ... At home as well as here at the beach ... We've enjoyed the cloud-free views ...

... Beautiful blues ...

... Radiant reflections ...

... & verandah views. Not a bad way to spend a few days. :0) I'm not sure we'll want to go home! :0)

Have a wonderful week ... We sure are! :0) Til next time me ...



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:
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 ... 


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