Saturday, 4 April 2020

LAHFA Block Two!

Good morning everyone! Now THAT'S a greeting not often read here, since I'm definitely a Night Owl rather than a Morning Fowl! 😜 However, the Lovely Libby Richardson obviously IS an early bird & has already uploaded her block as part of our Love & Hugs From Australia Stitchalong for you all to keep stitching your way through the zombie apocalypse. πŸ˜‰ Libby has two versions of her block, one appliquΓ©d & one stitched & it features one of her signature cute teddies. Pop over to the Stitchalong page to find the link to download.

I hope you all have a great weekend ... There's pattern writing in my near future ... Surprise, surprise! πŸ™„πŸ˜œ Take care. Til next time ...

BEAR HUGS!

CHEERS!
KRIS



Friday, 3 April 2020

WOO! HOO! It's Time To Stitch!

Are you ready to ... GET STITCHING!! 😁 The lovely Natalie Bird, our fearless ringleader for the Love & Hugs From Australia Stitchalong has posted the very first block ... WOO ! HOO! To get started, Click on this link to Nat's website to download the block HERE.

Check out our free event on Facebook and join our group Love & Hugs from Australia Stitchalong.

BEAR HUGS!

CHEERS! 
KRIS

Thursday, 2 April 2020

One More Sleep!

Yep ... Just one more sleep before the stitching fun gets under way with the Love And Hugs From Australia Stitchalong  ... WOO! HOO! 😁
So what's the Go Daddio?! 😜 Well ... The lovely Natalie Bird has rounded up a group of Aussie designers (including yours truly! 😁) & invited us to design a 6" block to share with our fellow Stitchers around the globe to cheer them up in our current gloomy world. Starting tomorrow (Friday April 3 - Aussie time) each designer will take a turn at sharing their block for you to stitch or appliquΓ©. Are you excited now?! 😁 You can use the blocks however you like, in small projects (some designers will show suggested ways to use the blocks) or you can collect all of the blocks to create a quilt ... You're limited only by your imagination. 😁

Starting tomorrow, there will be a block released each day, all you have to do is visit the designer-of-the-day's Facebook page, blog, web site or Instagram page. Natalie is getting us started tomorrow & the full schedule is ...


So many of my favourite Aussie designers are on that list & I'm honoured to have met a number of them in person, too. 😁 You can see my block is scheduled for release on Tuesday April 14. 😁

To add to the fun & help us all stay connected during this unsettling time, a Stitchalong group page has been set up HERE  Members are welcome to share photos of their blocks & how they're using them, as well as projects they've made from patterns by any of our group's designers ... But please stick to posting pics & projects that meet these guidelines, not just general projects ... There are other forums more suitable for that. I can't wait to see everyone's blocks! 😁

With our TVs & social media so full of negativity at the moment, won't it be great to see happy blocks starting to appear?! 😁 A huge shout out to Natalie for organising this fun Stitchalong. 😁 So get connected, round up your stitching supplies, tell all your friends & prepare to stitch your way through the zombie apocalypse! πŸ˜‚

But right now, I can hear my pillow calling, so I'll sign off. Stay safe & stay well. Til next time ...

BEAR HUGS!

CHEERS!
KRIS



Wednesday, 1 April 2020

It's Almost Time!

WOO! HOO! I'm finally allowed to tell you some exciting news! 😁 Remember the sneaky-peeky I showed you the other day?



Well ... I still can't show it to you ... Sorry to be a tease. πŸ˜‚ But ... I CAN tell you what it's for. I'm so excited to have been invited to be part of a fun stitching event that launches of FRIDAY ...


Are you excited now, too??! 😁 I'll be back with more deets as we get closer & will also have updates on my Facebook page, so stay tuned! There is also a special FB page HERE that you can pop into to interact with others who are playing along. Trust me ... You don't want to miss this! 😁

I'll keep you in suspenders for now ... But just a couple of days to go! 😁 Take care, stay safe, stay well & keep stitchin' ! 😁 Til next time ...

BEAR HUGS!

CHEERS!
KRIS 



Sunday, 29 March 2020

Brightening The Zombie Apocalypse!

Hello to all of my blogland buddies! I hope you're safely tucked up at home to ride out the zombie apocalypse. 😁 Apart from a quick trip into our nearby town (thankfully a small country town, so not many people) to vote in our local government elections, I've been enjoying a quiet weekend at home. That doesn't mean I haven't been busy, though! 😜

I'm knee-deep once again in some Secret Squirrel stitching on a fun project  ... Want a sneaky-peeky???


 Cheerful coloured threads brightening my weekend. I'm excited to be part of something special that will be happening very soon, so stay tuned for something fun coming to brighten the zombie apocalypse. 😜 I can't tell you more yet, but if you're on social media, this is the hashtag to watch for ...

#loveandhugsfromaustralia

Trust me ... You'll want to keep an eye out! 😜 But right now, it's back to the sewing machine for me. Take care of yourselves & stay home & stitch. πŸ˜‰ Til next to me ...

BEAR HUGS!

CHEERS!
KRIS

PS OPAMers ... Time to update your sidebar lists & email your finishes through to me. 😁

Friday, 27 March 2020

Significant Silliness!

Well ... Aren't we living in topsy-turvy times? I hope you're all staying safe & well ... And positive! The power of positivity cant be forgotten. And to help with that, I thought I'd share a bit of fun, silliness & positivity with you all. Not sewing related, but does involve some of my stitching sistas. 😜 There're also quite a few pics so get a cuppa & make yourself comfy. 😝

You see, in the midst of all this craziness, I celebrated a 'significant' birthday last weekend ... Yep ... I joined the Nifty Fifty Club. πŸ˜‰ And although I didn't want a big fuss (just as well, in the circumstances!) I DID want to mark the milestone with a small celebration. So ... I invited a handful of my 'tribe' to a '20's themed high tea at Edwa d House. (AKA the Meares' Madhouse! 😜) And it wouldn't have been a milestone without my Bestest-Buddy-Since-We-Were-Nine Lynette ... Especially since she toodled up the 'hill' from Brisbane a day early to help with the cooking/baking. I say 'help', but in reality she was the chief cook! 😜

Ta Da! Fairy cakes. YUMMO!


And she even made the birthday cake ... Here she is, deep in concentration. 😜 And since it was a 20's theme (I was turning fifty in the 20's, after all. 😜) there had to be costumes ...


Ta Da! As close to 'properly ladylike' as we ever get! πŸ˜‚ You should have seen us the night before as we had a 'dress dress-rehearsal'! There was a LOT of giggling & clip-clopping up & down the hallway ... I'm sure GB thought he had a couple of 10 year old school girls in the house! πŸ˜‚ And then there were more lovely friends to help celebrate ...


Aren't we a glamorous lot?! 😜 Time for tea! 😁 Lynette & I had fun pulling some of my pretty china trios, cake plates & sandwich plates out of their display cabinets ...


Here's everyone ready for tea ... Nice & spaced out. πŸ˜‰ With some savoury nibblies added to Lynette's & my sweetie-treaties, we had no excuse to walk away hungry. 😜


And pretty as a picture. 😁 Not to mention Lynette's birthday cake creation ...


WOW! Better than a bought one! πŸ˜‰ Lime & coconut cake with buttercream frosting & decorated with shards of freeze-dried strawberries, pistachios & coconut brittle ... & macarons. 😍 Add incendiary devices ...


... And you've got a birthday cake worth celebrating. 😁 For a couple of hours, we sat, chatted, munched & giggled ... A lovely respite from the serious situation & negative news bombarding us at the moment & a chance for me to be exceedingly grateful for the wonderful, loving, supportive, encouraging tribe I'm privileged to be a member of. A huge thank you to my friends for making my milestone birthday special. Special thanks to Mum & Lynette for their kitchen magic ... & to Lynette for the decades of friendship, fun & love ... She's the sister of my heart who has seen the good, the bad & the ugly & continues to love me anyway! 😍😘 And a big thank you to my Sweeie for putting up with the invasion of my tribe ... First time a husband has retreated to the sewing room! πŸ˜‚

So ... That was a bright spot in the recent gloom, though a few girls who couldn't be with us have said they want an extension to my birthday celebrations once life settles down so they don't miss all the fun ... So does that mean I'm not actually 50 until after the last party?! πŸ˜œπŸ˜‚

In the meantime, my grown up job is continuing, as I work in the aged care sector. There is little face-to-face contact right now (& my office has never been so clean & sanitised) but I'm still a contact point for our retirement village residents to report any maintenance issues to or to contact just for a chat in these uncertain times.  GB will be working predominantly from home as of next week & has been working hard to help other of his workmates get set up to work from home. And proving that there is indeed no rest for the wicked (& even less for the saints! 😝) my design table has several new projects on it, as well as working my way through the instructions for my BOM. Strange & busy times. 😳 

Whatever you're up to, please stay safe, well & positive. If you're struggling with anxiety or just need to receive a silly email to distract you for a while, please reach out to me ... I excel at silly emails. 😝 And wherever possible ... Stay home. I know that apart from work, that's what both of us are doing, as well as checking in regularly with other members of our tribe. Til next time ...

BEAR HUGS!

CHEERS!
KRIS









Friday, 20 March 2020

Belated Girls' Stitch In Check In!

OK ... I haven't just LOST this week, I'm pretty sure I go RUN OVER by it! 😝 I've been busy getting ready for a special event THIS Weekend , whilst still recovering from LAST weekend. As those of you who visit regularly know, I was chuffed to be invited by the Marvellous Marion & Stupendous Steph of The Quilters Angel  to join Natalie Bird as a guest designer for this fantastic weekend of stitching. And what a weekend it was! If ever I'm hosting a social event for the Queen, or invading a small country, I'm putting Marion & Steph in charge because they think of EVERYTHING! 😜 

I confess to forgetting to take many pics (I was kept pretty busy! 😜) but I'll share a bit of a roundup for you ...


... The tables were decorated with mini chandeliers, the chairs were covered & tied up with bows ...


... The shop was set up, tempting everyone with pretty sewing 'necessities' ...


... I set up a display of some of my design projects ...


... & so did the lovely Natalie. It was then time to unveil our project designs, the patterns of which participants received in their giftie bags, along with a pre-transferred stitchery & fabric pack for one project. Natalie' projects ...


... A cute drawstring dilly bag featuring some stitchery, as well as some boro boro stitching, a thread wallet & mini pin cushion. And FINALLY I can show you MY projects ...


...a large tote bag featuring a pretty stitchery ... AND ...


... A pretty tablet pouch featuring some watercolour pencil highlighting in the stitchery. I had such pretty Tilda fabrics to play with. 😁😍 I didn't get to catch up with Natalie very much ... We were both kept hopping with mini demonstrations & tutorials ... But I did get to catch up with some familiar faces, as well as meet many new ones ... & put a face to a name when OPAMer June joined the fun. 😁

A HUGE THANK YOU to Marion & Steph for once again organising a fabulous sewing weekend where we were all spoilt rotten. It was particularly timely for us to take some creative time to unwind, amidst the disruptions, concerns & stress facing the world at the moment. This is my favourite photo of Girls' Stitch In 2020 ...


... Marion, yours truly, Natalie & Steph. And it's appropriate that the sign in the background says "Family", because I think of these lovely ladies as part of the extended family I've chosen for myself ... They're part of my tribe. 😁 

If you couldn't make it to Girls' Stitch In, you might like to join us for Stitchers Dream Day Out in September for more fun & stitching. Check out the Quilters Angel website for deets.

PHEW! No wonder I'm still recovering! πŸ˜‚ I'm not as young & resilient as I used to be ... As of an hour ago! 😝 And on that note, I'm off to keep an overdue appointment with my pillow to rest up for THIS weekend. 😜 Stay well, be wise, be kind & keep your tribe close ... Even if it's virtually. Til next time ...

BEAR HUGS!

CHEERS!
KRIS 









Friday, 13 March 2020

Lost In Space!

Although, I think the space may be between my ears! 😝 Somehow the days have gone zooming past me & I've been slack in popping in here to say g'day. My grown up job continues to be busy, I've been scrambling to finalise everything I needed to have ready for this weekend's Girl's Stitch In event, starting preparations for a special event next weekend & making a quick trip to Kingaroy for GB's uncle's funeral. Suddenly I'm seeing how my days have slipped by. 😜

I'll have lots to share with you after the weekend, but I thought I'd better let you all know who the February OPAM random draw winner is. There were ...

110 FINISHES!

WOW! Well done everyone! I was especially pleased to contribute three finishes to the tally ... & I'll be able to show you two of them after this weekend. 😁 Well done to everyone who added finishes to their tally or made some good progress on longer term projects. The draw winner was ...


Congrats Bev! Drop me an email & I'll send you a copy of the PDFprize pattern to play with.

But right now I need to head off to bed so I'm ready & rested to share lots of stitchy fun with the gals tomorrow at Girls' Stitch In ...can't wait! 😁 And just because a post is boring without a pic, here's a sneaky-peeky of one of the projects the GSI gals will receive the pattern for ...


Full reveal next week. πŸ˜‰ In the meantime, I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Stay safe, stay well & stay kind. Til next time ...

BEAR HUGS!

CHEERS!
KRIS

Friday, 6 March 2020

Fab Friday!

Hello to all you lovely Bloggy Buddies! I hope your week has been wonderful. 😁 It's been another busy one for me, at my grown up job as well as at home. When I'm finished my grown up job each day, I've been spending many hours here ...


Yep ... I'm doing my absolute FAVOURITE thing (NOT!!) ... Writing instructions ... SIGH! My BOM design-in-progress quilt is FINISHED! YAY! 😁 But ... As my first BOM, I'm finding it a little challenging to wrap my head around the best way to put the instructions together. There are a LOT of elements to each block (almost as many elements as a whole quilt!) & working out how to put the instructions on paper is definitely a challenge for this logic-impaired gal. 😝 But I'll just keep muddling along. πŸ˜‰

Since my neck & shoulders start to cramp up after an hour or so hunched over the computer (I really need to work on my posture! 😝) I try to remember to get up & stretch out with some of my Gumby yoga exercises (that's yoga for Gumbies, in case you're wondering! πŸ˜‚) or go for a stroll around the garden. And I just had to share a pic of some of our crepe myrtle trees. These trees are supposed to flower in November/December ... In fact, growing up in North Queensland my Mum called them Christmas Trees, as they flowered around Christmas time. Due to the extended drought in our area, our crepe myrtles didn't flower last year, but with rain falling in the last month, they've decided to put on a show ...


I'm certain the photo doesn't do them justice, but it gives you a glimpse of their show. The one on the right is so heavy with flowers that the top branches have started to bend. 😜 These two are outside our kitchen door along our side verandah, but there are half a dozen or so more smaller trees in the front garden, all putting on a show ... & do you see that strange green stuff on the ground??! 😝 It's the first time in almost a year that we've had a "lawn" rather than a "yard". 😜 The magic of nature! 😍

And speaking of colourful magic ... OPAMers ... Have you updated your sidebar list of finishes for February & emailed your tally to me? Better get in quick, as I'll do the spreadsheet update & random prize draw on the weekend. But for now, I'm gonna play Polly & then get back to my instruction writing with a cup of tea to soothe my boggling brain. 😝 I've got an uplifting essential oil blend in the diffuser & the calming music of Enya playing in the background to help get my head in the game ... What do YOU do to help you relax & focus? I'd be interested to know. Til next time ...

BEAR HUGS!

CHEERS!
KRIS

Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Quilt Bondage!

Do you ever wonder what non-quilting people imagine when we tell them we've spent the afternoon binding a quilt? It occurred to me this afternoon as I was, indeed, binding a quilt that they possibly think we've been bound up in some strange, possibly kinky fashion! Or perhaps that's just my wayward & wacky overactive imagination! πŸ˜œπŸ˜‚ My mind wanders onto some strange & winding paths when I'm sewing on binding ... You may have already gathered! Tee! Hee! Hee!

Strange & slightly twisted imagination aside, I've turned into the home straight on my BOM design-in-progress ...


It was pretty exciting to get it back from my Quilting Fairy, the Fabulous Fiona  yesterday. As usual, she has done a MAGNIFICENT job of turning my flimsy into a quilt. Now it's time to stitch the binding down & ET VOILA! It will be FINISHED! 😍 Well ... Apart from the instruction writing, of course ... GROAN! Stay tuned for the next instalment. πŸ˜‰

So ... With cup of tea beside me & a fave movie playing, I'm off to indulge in a little quilt bondage! πŸ˜πŸ˜‚ Til next time ...

BEAR HUGS!

CHEERS!
KRIS

Sunday, 23 February 2020

Preparations & Play Dates!

Hello to all my Bloggy Buddies out there in blogland! I hope you're having a great weekend. I have to confess to having a bit of a "Sunday Slug" day today ... It's overcast, cool & showery, so after an in-laws drop-in visit my Beloved Geek Boy & I are curled up with books ... Well ... iPad kindles. 😜 It's a nice balance to the busyness & deadlines we've had over the past couple of weeks.

Part of my busyness & deadlines has been preparation for the upcoming Girls' Stitch In hosted by Marion & Steph of The Quilters Angel on March 14 & 15. I've now handed over my project to these lovely ladies, along with the pattern instructions ... YAY! I can't wait to share my projects with everyone who comes to play in a few weeks' time! There are a few little preparations yet to finish for some mini demonstrations, but I'm giving myself today to be a slug before tackling the new week. πŸ˜‰

I've also managed to fit in a play date this week with my Bestest-Buddy-Since-We-Were-Nine Lynette. I toodled down the 'hill' so we could go hunting for pretty collectibles & enjoy a tasty lunch ...


Lynette had Vietnamese pork lettuce cup thingies that I can't remember the name of 😜 ...


... & I had koftas & a berry frappe ... YUMMO! And the best part about lunch was that it was tasty but light ... Which meant we had room for ...


CUPCAKES! We discovered Sweethearts Cupcakes at Paddington, handily situated between the antique shop we were visiting & where we parked the car. We figured walking up the STEEP Paddo hill meant we'd earned a sweetie-treatie! 😜


MMMMMMMMMMM! Butterscotch White choc macadamia cupcake with a mug of French Earl Grey tea. Lynette had a gluten free passion fruit custard cupcake ... But she ate it before I could take a pic! Tee! Hee! Hee! I'd recommend a visit to this pretty shabby chic sweetie shop if you're in Brisbane. I reckon it would be dangerous to live/work too close, though ... Too tempting! 😝

So what have you been up to? Whatever you've been doing, I hope you're enjoying it. Just a few days to go before we run out of month again, OPAMers. I'll actually have some finishes to record this month ... WOO! HOO! In the meantime, I think the kettle is playing my song, so I'm diving back into my book ... "The Collector" by Nora Roberts, my fave author. What a shame we have to go back to being grown ups tomorrow! 😝 Til next time ...

BEAR HUGS!

CHEERS!
KRIS


Friday, 14 February 2020

A Special Treat & Looming Deadlines!

HAPPY VALENTINES'S DAY EVERYONE!

Although maybe we should go with the "Galantine's Day" option ... Wishing all our gal-pals hugs & mooshy stuff. 😜 My Beloved Geek Boy & I don't go overboard for Valentine's, but usually arrange a little treat for each other. This year ... Proving that (despite a plethora of evidence to the contrary! 😝) he DOES in fact listen to me occasionally, GB treated me to some choc-coated freeze-dried strawberries & raspberries from The Source shop that I had seen on FB ...


They are YUMMO! And I could trust Mabon Bear not to snaffle them ... Even though it is well known that bears have a sweet tooth! 😁 So I've just enjoyed a couple of these sweetie treaties with a cuppa during a break from some deadline stitching. Yes ... I'm the Queen of Procrastination & my deadline to finish my Girls' Stitch In project snuck up on me amidst the rush & flurry of this year's first two months. EEP! The machine sewing is in progress, but the hand stitching is all finished ... Would you like a sneaky peeky??


Cheerful flowers ... I can't give away TOO, much about the design, you know. 😜 If you want to see more ... You still have time to book your seat for Girl's Stitch In! 😝 Give Marion & Steph a call at the Quilters Angel to come along & be spoilt on March 14 & 15. Natalie Bird is the other guest designer & I know she's been stitching up a storm, too, so ... Come & play! 😁

But that's my tea break over, so I'd better get back to the sewing machine to have any hope of meeting my looming deadline. Well ... Maybe just ONE more White choc-coated raspberry to help my creative juices flow. 😜 Til next time ...

BEAR HUGS!

CHEERS!
KRIS


Tuesday, 11 February 2020

Madly Stitching & OPAM!

It was a dark & stormy night ... Well ... It's afternoon & not THAT dark ... But there ARE storms thundering around. 😜 So I've settled in with a cuppa, lit my "Aussie Bush" BOC & Co candle, am listening to the soothing Celtic tones of Enya & madly stitching on my Secret Squirrel design for Girls' Stitch In on March 14 & 15. 




If you'd like to come & enjoy being spoilt in good company by Marion & Steph of The Quilters Angel  book your seat quickly. πŸ˜‰ Stitching events organised by Marion & Steph are always fabulous & you get to catch up with Natalie Bird who is one of the guest designers, along with yours truly. 😁 I'm madly stitching away to have the embroidery elements of my design ready to be sewn into the final project on my day off this Friday. I know what I'm going to do (mostly! πŸ˜‚) I just need the uninterrupted day at home to DO it. The start of my year seems to have been a wee bit muddled & busy ... Surprise, surprise! πŸ™„

And speaking of muddled & busy ... I'm finally getting around to doing the January OPAM prize draw. 😜 I usually do a double-whammy draw for January/February at the end of February to give everyone a chance to sign up & get into the swing of things but most of you were quick off the mark to email your tallies, so we had ...

164 FINISHES!

WOW! Clearly some of you were far more organised than me! 😝 And the winner of the random prize draw is ...


Congrats Karen! Drop me an email & I'll send you a PDF copy of the prize pattern. Well done to everyone who had finishes on their tally for January ... Think of the space you now have in your sewing cave that you can fill with new fabric! πŸ˜‚

Now I'm off to sip more tea, listen to more Enya & stitch some more before the storm hits or I have to stop to make dinner ... Whichever comes first! 😝 Til next time me ...

BEAR HUGS!

CHEERS!
KRIS

Monday, 3 February 2020

SHHHHH! Secret Squirrel Stitching!

Secret Squirrel stitching is happening here at the moment. 😁 I'm working on my project for Girls' Stitch In hosted by The Quilters Angel on March 14 & 15. Are you gonna come & play?! 😜


I'm fortunate enough to be one of the guest designers, along with Natalie Bird of The Birdhouse, & I'm having fun with a stitchery design that's just a little different from my usual ... But I can't show you yet. Aren't I a terrible tease?! Tee! Hee! Hee! If you want to join the fun of a stitching day where you'll be extremely spoilt & enjoy fabulous company, then make sure you book a spot before it's all booked out. I'll look forward to seeing some of you for the play date. 😁

I hope your week is off to a fantastic start & that it includes lots of creative time. Don't forget ... If you think you need a little nudge to help you along to finish more projects, sign up for OPAM is open & details are in the previous post. Thanks to all the lovely gals who have signed up so far ... It's wonderful to see repeat offenders playing along again. 😜 And thank you to those who have already sent their January finish tally ... You're all so keen! 😁 I'll do a random prize draw in a couple of days, so stay tuned. Til next time ...

BEAR HUGS!

CHEERS!
KRIS

Sunday, 26 January 2020

OPAM 2020


Here we go again! 😜 Yes, OPAM (One Project A Month for the uninitiated!) is back for another year of encouraging we creative types to ... Well ... CREATE! πŸ˜ 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. 😁 And do you see that rather large number on the badge? That's how many projects have been recorded by OPAMers since we started! Over 51,000 finishes! WOWSERS!! Are you ready to add some more to the tally by playing along? Let's keep it simple ... 

HOW DO I JOIN OPAM 2020?
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  2020 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 a random prize winner 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. 😁
6. Tallies should only include soft crafts ... Sewing, quilting, embroidery, cross/long stitch, crochet, knitting ... Again, if you're uncertain, email to check.
7. HAVE FUN CREATING!

There won't be a cut off date this year for sign up, people can just keep joining the fun as we go along. 😁 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. 😁 (I didn't get around to doing this last year but will try to remember this year.) 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! 😁

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?! 😜 ) to create & finish projects. Some of us are SERIAL STARTERS! Tee! Hee! Hee! 

Right now, though, I have to go & get ready for a Christmas gathering with the in laws ... So ... We're running late! πŸ˜‚ Have a fantastic week! Til next time ...

BEAR HUGS!

CHEERS!

Monday, 20 January 2020

Dropping In Quickly!

Hello all! I hope your week is off to a fantastic start. Mine didn't start too badly ... For a week that DIDN'T involve me winning lotto over the weekend! 😝 But ... Almost as good as winning lotto was listening to some lovely rain falling on our roof ... WOO! HOO! Over the last four days, so far ( ... She says optimistically! 😜) we've had 62mm & could happily accept twice that again without blinking. Other areas close by have had a LOT more rain, but others have had less, so we accept it gratefully ... & keep praying & rain dancing to bring more. 😜

And the showery weekend weather meant it was the perfect weather to curl up with some stitching ... Which saw me complete the hand stitching part of my BOM design-in-progress ... WOO! HOO! Now I need to add some sashing, borders, write instructions, work out the requirements list ... SIGH! So ... Still a bit of work to go! 😜

While GB & I were enjoying some rainy day movies (The Mummy, The Mummy Returns, Goldeneye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough, Dante's Peak ... No chick-flicks for this chick! 😝) we heard an ominous grunting/roaring noise that sounded like a restless demon from the depths had moved just outside our back door! EEP! NAH!! 😜


... Just our resident male koala! πŸ˜‚ We call him "Keith" after a character in a children's tv series & our neighbours call him "Spot" ... As in "spot the koala in the tree". 😜 This photo was taken from our back deck ...


... But he let us get quite close without fussing ... We just got that disdainful look as though to say, "What are you hoomans doing in my dining room?!" 😜 We usually hear Keith at night or spot him in the late afternoon, but he announced himself around lunchtime & stayed in this small tree all day, munching on leaves & snoozing ... When he wasn't doing his demon-from-the-depths mating call ... I sure hope female koalas find the noise sexy! πŸ˜‚ We feel pretty blessed to have Keith & his fluffy kin in our 'backyard' .

And speaking of backyards ... Some people's 'backyards' have been in drought for several years & when you add in the devastation of recent fires, there are a lot of people around Australia who are doing it tough. An initiative that I stumbled across a little while ago on Facebook is giving a helping hand to lots of rural-based businesses. Buy From The Bush works along the lines of, "give a man a fish & you'll feed him for a day; teach him how to fish & you'll feed him for a lifetime ", by setting up a network to promote businesses based in rural areas, some of which have been set up to provide an alternative income to traditional farming in drought affected areas. There are all sorts of products, services & even unique accomodation destinations being promoted by this fantastic enterprise & after stalking ... Er! ... Following 😜 a few of these on FB for a while, I decided to treat myself to a little something ...


Here is what I bought. 😜 Can't guess? (Cute packaging, though, hey! 😝)


Ta da! I LOOOOOOVE a nice scented candle to add ambience to the lounge room when we're relaxing at night. 😜 Boc & Co makes high quality scented soy candles, room sprays, reed diffusers etc with a range of scents with something for every shnozz to enjoy. Boc & Co  is based in the South Burnett region of QLD, just a few hours from where I grew up & I was impressed with the speedy, efficient delivery of my candles, as well as the quality of them. My candle scent choices were "Lemon Myrtle" & "Australian Bush" & while I love them both, the Aussie Bush scent is my fave, because it smells like a bushwalk after rain has fallen ... Without the blisters & bugs! Tee! Hee! Hee! I would highly recommend Boc & Co & encourage you to take a look at the many interesting & innovative businesses that are being brought to our attention by the Buy From The Bush initiative. You'll end up with unique purchases & help battling bush businesses keep on keeping on. (No ... I wasn't paid to promote either of these ... Just sharin' the love! 😁)

That's it from me today, I'm off to start putting sashing on my BOM blocks. 😁 Oh ... Just a heads up for those who are starting to ask ... OPAM sign up opens on SUNDAY JANUARY 26 ... Australia Day seemed like a good kick-off date. 😜 So stay tuned for sign up deets & the new badge designed by GB. 😁 Til next time ...

(KOALA!) BEAR HUGS!

CHEERS!
KRIS

Friday, 10 January 2020

Beginning With A BANG!

Well ... So much for 2020 being a quieter, calmer year!! 😳 My Beloved Geek Boy & I were back to our grown up jobs this week & hit the ground running to keep up! GB has spent the week coordinating LOTS of AV jobs that need to suddenly be finished YESTERDAY 😜 & my boss has spent the week in hospital, so I was holding the fort in the office amidst the usual start of year avalanche of phone calls & office drop-ins ... Nice to know I'm missed, right?! 😝 

Add to that craziness that my recurring niggly back has decided to seize up & you can see why I'm REALLY glad it's now the weekend. 😜 If you're looking for me during the next few days, you won't have to look far ... I'll be ensconced on the lounge with cold packs, hot packs, movies & stitching. 😜 I just have to remember to crawl off the lounge from time to time (NOT an easy or pretty feat! πŸ™„) to stretch & move to try to release my pinched nerve. SIGH! And I'm not even FIFTY yet!! πŸ˜‚

The highlight of my week was a fun stitching play date yesterday afternoon, after I finished my grown up work week, with the Fabulous Fiona & Sweet Kim from our Friday Night Nutters group. Isn't it lovely just to spend time with some low-stress friends & stitching to relax! 😊 Thanks for lending your lounge room Fiona  😁 I did a bit more stitching on the final block of my BOM design-in-progress ... Which will continue to keep my mind off my niggly back for the weekend. 😜 I don't have a pic of that block, but thought I'd share the recently finished block with you so you know I really have been stitching. πŸ˜‰ 



I think this is my favourite block! 😍 Although ... GB pointed out that I've said that about EVERY block! Tee! Hee! Hee! I'm so looking forward to sharing this block of the month quilt pattern with you all! My goal is to have it ready for mid-March, so stay tuned! Fiona continues to be my Jimminy Cricket ... The voice of my conscience nudging me along. 😜 Since I'm the Queen of Procrastination ... I NEED IT! πŸ˜‚

Many of you lovely OPAMers, however, seem to be much better organised & productive than me, with ...

228 FINISHES!

... recorded for December! WOW! Well done everyone! And well done to all of you that are like me & persevering with longer-term projects ... Just keep stitching! 😁 And the winner of the December random draw is ...


Congrats Britta! Drop me an email & I will send you a copy of the prize PDF pattern. If there is anyone else who has been a monthly draw winner who hasn't received their prize pattern, please drop me an email & I'll send it to you. I can only send it from my laptop, which I don't switch on very often, so I may have missed someone.

So ... I've had a few lovelies ask if I'll run OPAM again this year. After a bit of thought, I've decided ... YES! I WILL run OPAM 2020! 😁 I know there are less people signing up for the fun, with some people leaving blogging, or just not having as much time to create, but some of you have played along with me since the beginning & have told me you find it helpful to give you a bit of encouragement to finish projects ... And I confess I do too. 😜 So ... I'll be sweet-talking GB into designing a new OPAM badge for us & will open sign up towards the end of January ... To give GB time to do the badge & set up a new spreadsheet for me ... What would I do without him! 😝😍 so keep an eye on my blog here to catch the sign up for OPAM 2020. πŸ˜‰ 

But right now, I need to get up for a stretch & find a cold pack for my dodgy back, so I'll sign off. Hope you all have a relaxing weekend. Til next time ...

BEAR HUGS!

CHEERS!
KRIS

Friday, 3 January 2020

Holiday Bliss!


Cricket on the tele ... Cold drink on one side (only iced water, I promise! 😜)  ... My Sweetie on the couch beside me on the other side ... French doors open to reveal the entertaining show of the local bird life visiting our feeders & birdbaths ... Ceiling fans revolving to keep us cool ... Stitching in hand. My definition of Holiday Bliss! 😊

BEAR HUGS!

CHEERS!
KRIS

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