Friday, 11 October 2019

Busy Week & OPAM Draw,

Hello everyone! I hope you've had a fantastic week! Mine has been busy, busy with my grown up job as my Beloved Geek Boy & I are getting ready to hit the road at the end of next week for another of our road trips ... WOO! HOO! 😁 ... And before I go, I have to try to think ahead to what will be needed at my work while I'm away because nobody does my job when I'm not there. In fact, I have one of those jobs where nobody knows what I do until I'm not there to do it! Tee! Hee! Hee! Add in that it was a short week due to Monday being a public holiday in QLD for the Queen's Birthday, & I didn't have a lot of time or energy left to sew ... BUT ... I DID have a finish over the long weekend. Remember theses squares?

Well, they have now been sewn together to make ...

... A carry pouch for a yoga mat. It's for a giftie, but I'm thinking I might just have to make myself one, too. I still have plenty of my ocean coloured fabrics left, despite having now made two patchwork skirts, a stacked coin quilt & a yoga mat carry pouch. They're the fabricky equivalent of the Biblical loaves & fishes! πŸ˜‚

So ... I already have a finish for my sidebar list for October, which is a good thing since we'll be on the road for the end two weeks of it. And speaking of sidebar lists ... Thank you to all the lovely OPAMers who emailed their finishes for September through to me and/or updated their sidebar lists to make it easier for me to collect the OPAM tally for September. Once again, there were some GORGEOUS projects finished & more had some progress made on them, so well done everyone! The tally was a little lower, but quite a few of us have been working on longer term projects, which explains that. There were ...


... For September! Fantastic! 😁 And the random draw winner was ...

Well done June! Drop me an email & I'll send you a PDF copy of one of my Tag Along Teddies patterns. Thank you to everyone for playing along with OPAM again this year ... Your creativity & cleverness is inspiring to me. 😘 

But now, I'm off to put the kettle on for a cup of tea (Mango Twist today, I think! πŸ˜‰) & send myself a little cross eyed with some pattern outline editing. SIGH! It's tedious & time consuming, but does give my pattern outlines a sharper, smoother look that makes them more user friendly, so it's a labour of love. 😁 Have a fantastic weekend ... I'll be counting down to the start of our road trip! Tee! Hee! Hee! Til next time ...



Friday, 4 October 2019

I'm So Excited!!

And I just can't hide it!
I'm about to lose control & I think I like it!

OK ... I may have gone a little overboard there as I flashed back to the 80's! 😜 And we're all gonna have that song stuck in our heads for the rest of the day, right?! Tee! Hee Hee! But ... I AM very excited to share some news with you that I've been keeping under my metaphorical hat for the last month ... The Marvellous Marion & Stupendous Steph of the Quilters Angel are re-introducing a fantastic event next March ...


It's a lot like the September Stitchers Dream Day out, but a bit more glammed up. 😜 And the REALLY exciting part for me is ...

I've been invited to be one of the guest designers! WOO! HOO! And I'll be joining Natalie Bird of The Birdhouse.

Marion & Steph go all out to make their events an experience to enjoy & remember with the main goal of encouraging ladies to step out of their busy/hectic/crazy schedule & take some time just for themselves. There will be delicious food, giftie bags, prizes, lovely like-minded ladies to chat with & yummy fabricky fun & stitching. You also receive two fun patterns, along with the pre-printed stitchery & fabric pack to get stitching on one of the designs straight away ... If you can stop chatting & drinking coffee long enough to stitch, that is! Tee! Hee! Hee! 

I'm excited to be designing for this special event again ... I had so much fun last time I did! The project I designed last time was ...

My "Life's Good" tote bag & accessories.

But to give you the full run down ... In case you want to come & join me having fun! 😁 ... Here's the rundown from Marion & Steph ...

We're so excited to bring back the GIRLS STITCH IN!
Our Special Guests for 2020...
Natalie Bird (The Birdhouse) & Kris Meares (Tag Along Teddies)

Our ‘Girls Stitch In’ is all about treating yourself and celebrating womanhood! Take time out for YOU, be surrounded by all things girlie and hand stitching (which we all know is FABULOUS for the soul!) The ‘Girls Stitch In’ is an annual event, with new designers each year.

• A lovely day out with the designers who have created special projects for the weekend. Each day will be relaxed, as the guest designers will be giving demonstrations with their specialty, mingling with the participants and giving any help you need.

• A special lunch, morning and afternoon tea. Coffee, Tea & Cool Water available all day.
(Please advise at registration if you have any food allergies as catering is prepared offsite)
• Prizes and Giveaways

• A beautiful gift bag filled with goodies, patterns for all event projects AND a mystery kit (stitchery already transferred) to start hand stitching on the day.

• Special Pop Up Stores for shopping!
Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th March 2020
9.30am till 3.30pm(arrivals from 9am)
$150 per day ($75 deposit required to secure your spot 
which is strictly non- refundable )

For more information, or to book, please contact us in store or visit our website here -

So ... Mark it on your calendar & come & spoil yourself. And me? I'm already starting to cook up design ideas for my project. 😜 But in the meantime, I'm off to do another happy dance ... "I'm so excited ... !!" 😍 Til next time ...



Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Hip To Be Square!

Helloooo all you lovely cyber buddies! I hope your week is off to a great start. The weather here on our 'hill' today is a bit ordinary ... Grey & gloomy, but no rain so far & a gale force wind blowing. Aaaahhh ... Spring! 😜 But it's good weather for sewing, so I'm being hip & playing with squares (all who grew up in the 80's now have Huey Lewis & the News singing away in their head! Tee! Hee! Hee!) ...

Yep ... Playing with more of these ocean hues to make a giftie for someone special. I have, however hit a snag & need to do a bit of reverse stitching, so it seemed like a good time to stop for a break & remind all OPAMers that it's time to update sidebar finish lists & email your September tallies through to me.

As for me, I'm going to have a cup of tea then tackle the reverse stitching ... Just what every stitcher loves to do ... NOT! Will share pics of my project once I finish wrestling with it. 😝 Til next time ...


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