Sunday, 30 May 2021

Square Dancing!

Hello to you all out there in blogland! 😊 And greetings from the top of our chilly ‘hill’ this sunny Sunday. I know that ‘chilly’ & ‘sunny’ don’t seem like they should go together, but that’s winter on top of the Great Dividing Range, our ‘hill’. 😜 The calendar may say it’s not winter yet, but our weather is getting a head start, with the last two nights down in the lower single digits ... so it’s almost time for the Meares’ Madhouse to go into hibernation ... we wish! Tee! Hee! Hee!

Since I can’t hibernate, I’m doing the next best thing ... Sunday sewing. And I’ve been playing with my favourite teal/aqua/green/blue stash again, doing some square dancing ...

I’m making a quilt for a blue baby due to our extended family later in the year & while I’m kinda making it up as I go along, I’m starting with some nine-patch blocks. They’re going to be interspersed with some appliquΓ© blocks ... once I decide what I’m appliquΓ©ing. 😜 Stay tuned! πŸ˜‚

And it’s also that time of the month that I remind all of you lovely OPAMers to update your sidebar list of finishes for May & email me your final tally for the month. I’m looking forward to seeing where your creative journey is taking you at the moment. 😊

While my next step with my blue quilt may still be a mystery, my next step today is ... you guessed it! ... to make myself a cup of Tambourine Tea! πŸ˜† Mmmmm ... I think I’m in a Summer Night’s Dream mood. Wishful thinking, perhaps! πŸ˜‚ Whatever you’re up to today, I hope it includes something creative. Special shout-out to those of you in Melbourne who are locked down again. Stay safe, everyone & keep smiling! 😊😘 Til next time ...



Friday, 21 May 2021


Hello, hello! Greetings to you all from the top of our ‘hill’ this sunny-but-blowy Friday. 😊 It’s my official day off for the week & I’m happily spending the day at home, puddling around doing a few chores (my Mum would be proud! πŸ˜†) , indulging in a little fantasy fiction reading & having another play with ...

... my favourite colour stash. 😍 There’s a blue baby due in our extended family in a few months, so I’m starting to think about quilt ideas ... simple squares, half-square triangles, appliquΓ©, stacked coin ... Oh! The many choices that lay before me! Maybe I need to have a cup of tea to help me think about it. Tee! Hee! Hee!

While I’m waiting for the kettle to boil, I thought I’d share a few quick pics I took last weekend when my Bestest-Buddy-Since-We-Were-Nine Lynette & her Sweetie came for a drive up our ’hill’ to check out the annual Hampton Food Festival. It had to be canceled last year due to the zombie apocalypse, but it’s a great day of showcasing the many food & beverage producers that are thriving in our High Country Hamlets area.

After navigating the sign-in & lining up for a while in the large crowd in attendance, we rewarded ourselves with a yummy raspberry muffin from Bakers Duck ... they have a cafe/bakery in Toowoomba if you’re looking for sweetie-treaties. πŸ˜‹ We also stocked up on ...

... our favourite olives. 😍 Previously Bunnyconnelon olives, that part of one of our favourite local businesses has moved into the hands of Coolbardie Olives. Whatever name they’re sold under, they’re DEEEEELISH!! The Dorset ones are my favourite, with Bush Barbie close behind. The chili Cha Cha Cha bottle is GB’s pick ... I won’t fight him for those ones. πŸ˜† Our other splurge was to help us grow our own local food ... a couple of herbs to replenish my back-door herb pots, a couple more residents for my veggie patch & ...

... a couple of native finger limes. These will be potted up this weekend ... after we discovered we’d used the last of our potting mix. We MAY have also introduced Lynette to our favourite gin & vodka distillery, Pechey Distillery. They are literally just down the road from where we live ... five minutes down the road - how convenient. πŸ˜‚ No purchase for us, as we have already been enjoying a tipple purchased at a cellar door visit last year, but Lynette adopted a bottle to give it a good home. πŸ˜‚ We rounded out our play date with a late lunch picnic at one of our local dams ... also just down the road from our house. πŸ˜‰ Pechey really is a great spot to call home & share with our friends. πŸ˜„ We munched on some of our olives, some Bunya cheeses (also purchased at the food festival) & some crackers while we soaked up the serenity ... & commented that some good soaking rain is still desperately needed in our catchment, as the dam levels are still very low. All in all, it was a relaxing way to spend a Sunday & if you’re looking for a fun foodie experience, keep a weekend in May aside next year & come & check out the Hampton Food Festival. They have a FB page you can follow to keep up with news.

Right now, though, I think I hear the kettle calling my name, so I’ll sign off. Have a wonderful weekend no matter what you’re up to. Til next time ...



Friday, 14 May 2021

An Outing & Catch-up!

Greetings to all of you lovelies out there in blogland! I hope your week has been wonderful. Mine has zipped by in a bit of a blur that included GB being away for a few days for work, a lovely lunch with a friend & a relaxing stitching catch-up with a couple of other friends. And it kicked off with an outing for Mother’s’ Day last Sunday ...

Here’s me with my Mama. πŸ₯° And she’s modeling her Mothers’ Day gifties ... a colourful new scarf to brighten her winter wardrobe & a pretty new bag for when she’s playing ladies & just wants something to carry purse, keys & phone in. Then it was time for a Mothers’ Day outing ...

About 15 minutes drive from our home is the beautiful Ravensbourne National Park. Mum is pointing to the walking track we thought about checking out ... but decided lunch was better. πŸ˜‚

It was busier than we’d thought it would be, but we snagged a table for our outdoor feast. Definitely a lovely way to spend time with Mum for her special day. πŸ₯°

And Mother’s’ Day motivated me to hit the sewing machine, which means I actually added something to my OPAM tally ... FINALLY! πŸ˜‰ After doing the end of month blog hop this afternoon, I can see that many others have been more productive than me, with ...


... recorded for April! Well done, everyone! And some of you reported progress on longer-term projects, too, which is great to see. The random draw winner for April is ...

Congrats, Narelle! Drop me an email & I’ll send you your prize PDF pattern.

Right now, though, I hear the kettle calling my name, so I’m off to make a cupcake ... my order from Tambourine Tea arrived last week, so I’m enjoying Mango Tea, Black Tea with Lemon & Ginger, Summer Night Dream tea & Apple & Cinnamon tea. The hardest part is deciding which one I feel like. πŸ˜‚ I wish you all a relaxing & enjoyable weekend. Til next time ...



Friday, 30 April 2021

Missing Mojo!

So many pretty fabrics, so many projects & designs in various stages of creation ... so little focus or motivation! SIGH! πŸ™„ Do you have periods of manic creativity followed by times when your sewing mojo absconds to the Bahamas without you?? Or is that just me? πŸ€” How do you get your mojo to give up it’s holiday in an island paradise to come home & get your groove happening again? I’ve decided to try lighting my creative fire by spending some quality time wallowing in my fabric stash. I’m not sure if it’s working, but the pretty colours are giving me a rainbow on a grey, overcast & dreary ‘hilltop’ day. 🌈πŸ₯°

For those of you whose mojo hasn’t decamped to tropical destinations, here’s your end-of-month reminder to update your OPAM finishes list for the month on your sidebar & email me your April finish tally. Hopefully some of you have had more luck corralling your creativity than me. πŸ˜‰ But ... it’s another long weekend here ... three in a row is messing with my mental calendar, but the sleep-ins are welcome! ... so I’m hoping to jumpstart my mojo again. I’ll let you know how that goes ... stay tuned! πŸ˜† Whether you’re enjoying an extended weekend or just making the most of a usual one, I hope you enjoy it & find time to enjoy some creative pursuits. Til next time ...



Sunday, 18 April 2021

Autumn & OPAM

Hello there! I hope you all had a relaxing Easter. GB & I enjoyed the quiet time at home, though I confess the public holidays & short weeks have scrambled my mental calendar & derailed my sewing mojo ... but the extra sleep-ins were nice! πŸ˜†

As a result of the missing mojo (sounds like a Nancy Drew adventure! πŸ˜‚) there hasn’t been much sewing, stitching or designing going on, but the mild autumn weather has seen GB & me out in our garden. While a lot of our energy has gone to weed-taming after our recent lovely rain, we have also been enjoying the abundance of colour & growth in our back yard. With no sewing pics to share, I thought I’d share some garden sneaky-peekies instead. πŸ˜‰

The marigolds have sprung up in huge numbers & are currently spreading autumn cheer near our back steps. Some people aren’t fond of marigolds because of their pungent scent, but I love the cheerful splash of colour they bring to the garden & that they attract beneficial insects to our yard. These have all grown from seeds Mum collected for me from her garden, along with some nasturtiums that are a bit overshadowed by the marigolds. I’m hoping that now they’re established, these cheerful chaps will come back season after season ... I love self-seeding cottage garden flowers. 😊

The Mexican Sage is so pretty at the moment, with its grey foliage & bright pinky-purple flower spikes. Best of all, it’s survived our extended drought period & is tough as old boots ... pretty boot, though! πŸ˜†

And proving you can be productive wherever you find yourself planted ... we have a very healthy pumpkin vine emerging from our compost bin that has about 10 pumpkins of varying sizes on it. This is the biggest & it should be ready to pick just in time for pumpkin soup cooking. πŸ˜‹ Funnily enough, the two pumpkin vines I purposely planted in our fruit & vege patch haven’t yielded any pumpkins ... go figure!

And our strawberry plants have thrown out some runners, which have been snipped & planted out according to Gardening Australia instructions. There are even a few fruiting flowers on the older plants ... hence the mesh covering to keep the were-rabbits out ... Wallace & Gromit fans understand! πŸ˜‚ Actually ... the mesh is more to stop our resident persnickety possum, Percy, & the cheeky king parrots ... but that doesn’t sound as exciting as were-rabbits, does it?! 🀣

And as spent plants are pulled out or given a hard prune back, I’ve collected some seed for next season. Do you save seeds? I’m new to doing so, so it will be interesting to see my success ... or otherwise. πŸ˜† We’ve also dug over the vege beds & planted some snow pea seeds, with hopes of adding some more crops next weekend ... rain & other commitments meant it didn’t happen this weekend.

So that’s been taking my time in recent weeks, rather than sewing ...but I know many of YOU have been playing in your creative spaces because I’ve just completed the March OPAM hop around. There were ...


... for March. WOW! Well done everyone! And well done to those who made some progress on some long term projects, too. The winner of the random draw prize is ...

Congrats, Christine! Drop me an email & I’ll send your PDF pattern prize. But right now, I think it’s time for a hot drink to stave off the cool air that’s drifting in as the sun starts to go down, so I’ll wish you all a wonderful week. 😊 Til next time ...



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