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

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