Monday, 17 January 2022

Happy New-ish Year!

Well ... there’s nothing like starting the year as you’re likely to go along, right?! 😜 We’re already two & a half weeks into 2022 & I’m just getting around to wishing you a happy new year. Why do I get the sneaking suspicion that I’m likely to be two & a half weeks behind for the rest of the year! Tee! Hee! Hee! I hope you all had the best Christmas & New Year period that you could have & that 2022 is being kind to you so far. Let me catch you up on my start to 2022 a little bit ...

GB & I both had some much-needed time off over the holidays (though not as much as we would have liked! 😜) & I think we left the house twice in 10 days! 😜 Apart from catching up with our parents, we were quite happy to stay away from everyone for a bit to sleep, read (me), binge watch favourite tv shows (GB), watch cricket (both of us) & generally recharge our batteries. By the second half of our break, we were even ready to tackle some jobs around the house, including ...

... painting our sitting room. When we bought our house seven years ago, it had all been painted in neutral taupe tones with white trims. While I love looking at photos of shabby chic neutrally decorated homes, it turns out I’m too much of a colour freak to live with neutral colours for too long. 😜 I’ve previously shared pics of our bedrooms as they’ve been updated, so ...above is GB in painting action & ...

... the same wall completed. The colour in the first pic is closer to the reality ... the second is taken at night with the new fairy lights on, so has a bit of a gold tone to it.

Another wall, looking through the arch, down the hallway that’s been painted the same dark sage-y green, towards the front door.. I love how it’s come up ... it makes me smile every time I walk through. πŸ₯° It feels so much cosier in there, now & the white trims really pop, as do the colours in my quilts & pretties. 😍

I also started working on a new Secret Squirrel project during my break for an exciting event coming up soon. I can’t give too much away, but this was the bundle of goodies I was given to design with ...

Pretty fabrics & some yummy Cottage Garden Threads! 😍 Can’t give too much away, though! 🀣 Stay tuned for updates. 

And switching from interior design to sewing stuff ... I’m finally wrapping up last year’s OPAM tally. I think there must have been a lot of people receiving handmade gifts for Christmas last year, because December was our largest tally for 2021 with ...


WOWSER! Well done everyone! There might have also been more of us enjoying some time at home over the holidays so we had more opportunities to create. πŸ˜‰ Thank you all so much for playing along with me for OPAM 2021! I always feel so privileged to be part of your creative journey & hope the monthly check-in encourages you to spend time relaxing & creating. πŸ₯° And the winner of the December random draw is ...

Congrats Judy! Drop me an email & I’ll send you your PDF pattern prize. Judy has been playing along with OPAM since it kicked off in 2009 & she knits the most GORGEOUS socks ... amongst other things. 😜 For those of you who (like me!) find OPAM a helpful nudge to get creative & FINISH some projects, you’ll be pleased to know that I WILL be hosting OPAM again for 2022! 😁 Sign up will be in early February ... it’s a bit later start this year because besides running late to wrap up OPAM 2021 & chasing a design deadline, I’m working more hours at my grown up job for a bit while we’re short-staffed, so need a bit longer to get organised, so stay tuned for signup announcement! ☺️

 But right now, I can hear the kettle playing my song, so I’ll sign off & make myself a cup of tea. 😊 I hope you are all staying safe, staying well, keeping on stitching & keeping on smiling! ☺️ Til next time ...



Friday, 31 December 2021

As The Year Winds Down ... !

Well ... 2021 is almost over & for most of us it was NOT the year we planned. However ... despite the plan-changes, event cancellations & challenges, we made it safely to the finish line. Thank you to my ‘tribe’ for your support, encouragement & love. Let’s see what adventures, mischief & stitching 2022 holds. πŸ˜‰ Til next time ...



Saturday, 25 December 2021

Christmas Peace!

It’s the wee hours of Christmas Day 2021 & only the night owls are still cruising FB & blogs. 😜 Which seems like a good time to enjoy the Christmas peace & quiet after another roller coaster year. It’s nice to finally have a chance to stop the busyness & craziness to take some time to count our many blessings.

I’m grateful for the blessing of good health for myself & loved ones. I feel blessed to live in a country that has been impacted much less than so many places around the world.  But at the top of my list of blessings is the crazy, creative, caring, supportive & loving 'tribe' I have around me, made up of family-by-blood & family-by-heart. Thank you one & all for the richness you add to my life. You make the colours a little brighter, the music a little sweeter & shine light into my life even on the dark days. πŸ₯° I AM BLESSED!! πŸ₯°

Wishing you all a happy, safe & restful Christmas period. May your blessings outnumber your troubles & may you have the wisdom to recognise them. πŸ˜‰πŸ˜˜ 



Thursday, 23 December 2021

Cheeky Chimpies’ New Home!

Hello everyone! Have you been caught up in the end-of-year crazies like me? My batteries are so flat that the Energiser Bunny just bounced all over me! πŸ˜‚ Thankfully, today was my last grown up work day for the year & I’m on holiday for 10 blissful days! YAY! πŸ₯³ I’m planning on doing some serious sleeping in, some sewing, some reading, some gardening, watching some cricket & spending some quiet time with my Beloved Geek Boy. AAAAAHHHHHH!! BLISS! 😊

And speaking of sewing ... which I did in a roundabout kind of way! 😜 ... do you remember me sharing my “Cheeky Chimpies” quilt with you? Let me refresh your memory ...

Well ... it went off to its new home last week when my Sorta-Sister Tiffy brought her own cheeky chimpy to visit his Sorta-Family. 😜 Little Mr was NOT in the mood for a quilt photo shoot, but Tiffy sent me some pics when she arrived home. Brace yourself for some cuteness πŸ˜‰ ...

AAAAAAAWWWWW! King of the cute Cheeky Chimpies. πŸ˜‰πŸ₯°

I love this pic ...his cheeky grin matches the Chimpies! 🀣 Apparently, he loves the Chimpies & his Mum loves the colours, so I’m calling that a success. 😁 I’ve got the pattern half written & hope to get more done in the next 10 days ... stay tuned if you think you need some Cheeky Chimpies in your life. 😜

And that’s it from me for today. Tomorrow is tidy-the-house-so-it-doesn’t-look-like-Ghenghis-Khan-&-his-marauding-Mongol-hordes-have-been-roughhousing Day, so I think I need some beauty sleep. 😜 Whatever you’re up to I hope you take care, stay safe, stay well, keep stitching & keep smiling. 😊 Til next time ...



Friday, 17 December 2021

Christmas Craziness!!

EEP! How has it been three weeks since I posted?! And how is it only a week til the chubby bloke in red starts his round-the-world delivery trek?!! Clearly someone has been stealing days from my weeks again. πŸ™„ Sorry, bloggy friends! The only excuse I have is that Christmas craziness has been in full swing here at the Meares Madhouse for the last few weeks & I’m running behind. Hmmm ... behind-er?!?! 🀣

I HAVE managed a little bit of sewing in the midst of festive frivolities  ...

One of my favourite-to-make items ... a pretty drawstring lingerie bag to keep your knickers & bras tucked away in your suitcase. This was for our stitching group’s Secret Santa & the lovely Chriss was the happy recipient. Like me, she loves French General fabrics & travels quite a bit ... when the zombie apocalypse allows. πŸ™„ So this will be handy for her. And this is our group of crazy stitchers celebrating ...

There were a few of our tribe missing, (& being missed!) but we had a lovely catch-up. My other finish (one for November & one for December ... YAY! ) was another of my go-to gift projects ...

An across-the-body bag that’s just the right size to hold purse, phone & keys for a walk along the beach or a fun night out. I’ve got a version I use for evening outings (I usually carry a dotty backpack rather than a handbag, which isn’t very’classy’ for a night out. 😜) & have made my Mum a couple of different colour versions. This one hasn’t been gifted yet, but is for a lovely friend who’s a bit of a bohemian/hippie like me, so a batik daisy is right up her alley. πŸ˜‰

Now on to other finishes ... OPAM for November. There has definitely been a lot of sewing & creating going on amongst our OPAMers with ...


... for November! WOW! Well done everyone! And I also saw lots of project progress pics when I was doing my blog hopping, so well done to those who may not have any finishes to record, but made some headway on some longer term projects. And the winner of the random draw is ..

Congrats, Cheryll! Drop me an email & I’ll send you your PDF prize pattern to play with. Thanks to everyone who emailed their totals ... it gives me a good head start to collecting the totals each month. 😁

Right now, though, I think I hear the kettle playing my song. 😜 Ooh! Speaking of songs ... I started a little challenge over on the Quilters Angel Tribe FB page for us to put together the 12 Days Of Christmas for Quilters & had some fun results! 😁 I’ll try to remember to share it next post, but you can pop across to peek if you can’t wait. If you’re not yet part of this FB group, just visit the Quilters Angel FB page & look for how to join. It’s a fun, supportive tribe of stitchers. 😁 And that’s me done for today. πŸ˜‰ Take care of yourselves, keep stitching & keep smiling. Til next time ...



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