Sunday, 21 February 2021

Sunday Stitching!

Hello, hello! How is everyone this warm & sunny Sunday? Well ... It's warm & sunny in my little corner of the world. 😜 And I have to say, a cheerful, sunny afternoon that I'm about to spend at the sewing machine is a nice end to a bit of a "BLAH!" Week. You know ... Those weeks where nothing BIG is wrong, but lots of little niggles all build up until you end up feeling like the poor camel who has just had the final straw dumped on his already overloaded back? Yeah ... That was our household this week as both GB & I hit the wall of crazy-busy grownup jobs colliding with too-long-since-we-had-a-proper-holiday. SIGH! But ... With a sunny rest day at home, we're doing our best to Taylor Swift it ... You know ... Shake it off. 😜

And my remedy will be some quality time with my trusty Husqui, making up part two of my Girls Stitch In design. Want a sneaky-peeky?? OK! πŸ˜‰


Ta da! The BACK of one of the stitcheries for this fun project. 😜 Hmmm ... Don't look too closely at some of my cheaty thread jumps. 😝 I've had fun stitching this project & can't WAIT to share it with everyone who's joining us for our epic virtual Girls Stitch In! The numbers for this fun event are limited & filling fast, so why not grab a few friends, book your spot & arrange to meet up with each other to work on your GSI projects. Part of the fun you're invited to join when you pay is joining our exclusive FB chat group. My fellow guest designer, the Lovely Lauren of Molly & Mama, & I are both sharing sneaky-peekies, short video spots & tips & tricks over there ... & having a blast! 😁 To join us, pop over to The Quilters Angel online shop HERE to sign up. Just be careful you don't get too sidetracked by all the other goodies in their shop! 😝

But now, I'm off to sew. Have a fantastic week & remember to be kind ... It costs you nothing & may have a lasting impact on the people around you. 😘 Til next time ...

BEAR HUGS!

CHEERS!
KRIS

Friday, 12 February 2021

Reverse Stitching ... SIGH!!

GAH! Don't you hate it when you measure twice, cut once, join seams & STILL find you've miscalculated by quarter of an inch?! πŸ™„ 



Working on my Secret Squirrel project for Girls Stitch In, so can't show you too much, but I can tell you that the GSI kits are going like hot cakes, so if you're an Aussie stitcher wanting to be part of the fun, hop over to The Quilters Angel to book your kit so you don't miss out. 

Meanwhile ... I'm back to reverse stitching ... I think I need a cup of tea to fortify myself! 😝☕️ Til next time ...

BEAR HUGS!

CHEERS!
KRIS

Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Technical Problems!

Hmmmmm ... Something went a little skewwhiff with my post below that ... For some reason ... I can't fix. πŸ™„ So ... Here is the sneaky-peeky of my Girls Stitch In project ...


Well ... I couldn't show you TOO much, could I?? It would spoil the surprise. Tee! Hee! Hee! If you would like to join the fun of Girls Stitch In pop over HERE.

I'm SOOOOOOOO excited to be part of this fun stitching event ... I can't wait to see who joins us. 😊 Happy stitching! 

BEAR HUGS!

CHEERS!
KRIS 

Sad-Happy News!

Hello all! Sorry to be a bit MIA. Life just seems to be flashing past at the moment ... Busy grown-up job, working on Secret Squirrel projects & great M bling about a cranky back & a broken tooth ... SIGH!! But I'm finally dropping in to share some sad-happy news.

The sad part is ... Girls Stitch In won't be held in the big school hall in Highfields where it usually takes place. There won't actually be a face-to-face event THIS YEAR (all will revert to usual format next year). BUT ... Girls Stitch In IS going ahead ... In a digital kind of format ... YAY! You see, Marvellous Marion & Stupendous Steph of The Quilters Angel who host this fantastic stitching event were hearing from lots of lovely stitching gals that they were unable to come as planned due to the uncertainty caused by state border closures & other Covid measures. So instead of just cancelling our fun stitching weekend, they've put weeks of research & planning into taking GSI to a new place. It's easiest to explain if I borrow the official announcement:

This is how it will work:  
We will have a limited number of 'Girls Stitch In Packs' available for purchase, which will include:


•    2 Brand new patterns created by our guest designers Lauren from
      
Molly and Mama, and Kris from  especially for this event.
•    Both of the project kits which contain 3.5 metres of fabric, both designs pre-printed onto fabric, embroidery thread packs containing DMC and Cottage Garden Threads and embellishment packs – just as at the event,  these projects remain a mystery until you receive your pack! We will be sharing sneaky  peeks but the full project won’t be revealed until the original event date in March.
•    Exclusive access to a private Girls Stitch In Facebook Group where you will have
     direct contact with Lauren and Kris as well as fun and interesting behind the scenes chatter, information and live videos.
•    Exclusive tutorial videos from our designers on their projects, along with their favourite tips.
•      Discount Vouchers from a variety of online shops
•      A selection of special gifts

And all this comes in a one-of-a-kind Bag!

By doing the event this way,
we can all feel safe by not having to travel, we can still surround ourselves with a bunch of likeminded stitchers, and we can celebrate womanhood by taking time out for you and embrace all things girlie and stitching! 
 
Please be assured – this online format is not forever, and will not be replacing our future events. We are all in an extra ordinary time, and although we know many love  attending our events in person, just as we love hosting them, for the time being, this is our best option.

Pre-orders of the Limited Edition Girls Stitch In packs are available now and will be posted out on the original GSI date (13th March).
The packs will contain all information regarding the exclusive Facebook Group and video tutorials, but these will also be emailed to you using the email address you purchase the pack with.

So ... Wherever you are in Australia (sorry overseas friends ... Postage & linkups OS is just too tricky at the moment) you can join the fun of a unique Girls Stitch In event. I know a few of you have already pre-booked your special pack & I am SOOOOOO EXCITED!! πŸ€— I'll share a bit more as we get closer, but I'll leave you with a sneaky-peeky of my project starting point ...

Til next time ...

BEAR HUGS!

CHEERS!
KRIS

(P.S. I'm having some issues with my blogging program so sorry for odd layout or giant photos. πŸ™„)


Tuesday, 26 January 2021

OPAM 2021 Is A Go!

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 at least 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 53,000 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
2Right 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  2021 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. 😁 (You can still see last year's participants list on my sidebar) 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'm off to help my BBL cricket team win an important game. πŸ˜‰ Til next time ...

BEAR HUGS!

CHEERS!
KRIS

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