Monday, 2 August 2021

Blessed With The Best!

Hello everyone! Sorry to keep falling off the radar ... life is a little challenging at the moment ... we all have those stretches, don’t we? The ones where life’s ups & downs toss us around a little more than we were expecting. Grown up job is a bit tense & stressful & my Dad has been admitted to hospital to have some tests run after a suspected heart episode. Add the craziness & uncertainty of COVID & lockdowns & my poor brain has been whizzing in circles & turning my tummy into a washing machine. I’m not usually a worrier or stresser but ...

However ... I’ve been reminded in the last few days that I am blessed to have the very best of supportive friends & family around me, checking up on me, checking in with me, giving supportive hugs & passing the tissues when my feelings leak out my eyes. They’re my TRIBE & they’re the BEST!! 😊 I always know & acknowledge how blessed I am to have so many wonderful people in my life, but the bumpy bits really bring it home to me & I am GRATEFUL!

So ... there hasn’t been a lot of stitching happening here (still!!) , though I have made a bit of progress on the baby quilt I’m making for my Sorta-Sister, so that’s a step in the right direction. For all of you other lovelies out there who are part of OPAM, however, I’m sure there’s been some activity in your creative space, so don’t forget to update your sidebar list of finishes & email your July tally through for me. I’ll do the blog hopping & tallying on the weekend.

I hope all of you are doing OK , especially those who are caught up in the current lockdowns. It’s so frustrating & tough for people who are doing the right thing & still have life disrupted because some people don’t think the rules apply to them. Gather your tribe close (zoom, emails & messages count!) & stay safe & positive. Take care everyone & I hope to be back soon to share some actual sewing progress. πŸ˜‰ Take care, stay well, stay safe, keep stitching & keep smiling (even if some days it’s through gritted teeth!) Til next time ...

BEAR HUGS!

CHEERS!
KRIS 


My Tribe of Sassy, Sexy, Strong Wild Women! πŸ₯°

Monday, 26 July 2021

Monday-itus!!

Well ... Monday has rolled around again &lived up to its legend ... SIGH! Not feeling 100%, forced to get up earlier than I like with the temperature below five degrees, a run-in with the boss at my grown up job & cold westerly winds whipping winter to new lows. If anyone is looking for me, I’ll be snuggled under my flannel quilt with a book & treats from a weekend road trip ...

My favourite Mango Tea from Tamborine Teas & some indulgent salted caramel chocolate. It won’t fix most of Monday’s muck, but it might cheer me up a bit. πŸ˜‰ Hopefully your week is off to a better start, but whether you’re off the blocks & running or dragging the chain like me, I wish you all a wonderful week. Take care, stay safe, stay well, keep stitching & keep smiling. 😊 Til next time ...

BEAR HUGS!

CHEERS!
KRIS 


Friday, 16 July 2021

Try & Try Again!

Finally ... here I am, back to catch up with you all out there in blogland & announce the June OPAM draw winner. This is about the fourth try I’ve had at finishing the blog hopping & posting ... I keep getting interrupted & sidetracked ... the story of my life! 😝 Some of the sidetracking has actually been sewing ... SURPRISE! πŸ˜‚ I’ve made some progress on my blue squares ...

I’ve now got five nine-patch blocks together. There will be appliquΓ© blocks between, but I’m still working out what to do there, so it’s on the back burner while I contemplate. I also made some progress on my new stitchery quilt design-in-progress ...


This is my “Happy Hippie Chick” quilt & I'm having fun with it when I can snatch time to work on it. My brother calls me a leftover hippie ... I object to the ‘leftover’ bit ... but I’ll own the hippie title. 😜 These stitcheries are incorporating some of my favourite things ... Combis, Beetles, mendallas, pretty colours, Cottage Garden Threads, fun & stitching. I’ve got a couple more blocks to design before I tackle how I put it at together ... any suggestions to throw into the pot???

Another slight sidetrack was a visit up the hill by my Sorta-Sister Tiffy for a birthday lunch for Dad ...


Here’s Mum, Dad & I ... can’t half tell we’re related, can you?! 🀣


And Mum & Dad with Tiffy. You can see that Tiffy is the reason for the blue baby quilt. 😜 There was also a trip down the’hill’ in there to help Tiffy celebrate her baby shower. Tiffy boarded with Mum & Dad to finish high school with her class after her family moved from town ... & some 15 years later she’s just been absorbed into our family. 😜

So ... that & a bit of stress at my grown up job have kept me from adding any finishes to my OPAM tally ... but some of you have been busy stitching bees with ...

42 FINISHES 

Recorded for June. Well done everyone! And as I hopped around the blogs, I saw lots of progress being made on longer term projects, too, so that’s fabulous. I also saw some fabulous hand knitted socks that I was envious of ... I hate wearing shoes, so winter often sees me wearing warm socks around the house to stop my toesies turning blue ... & I’m hopeless at knitting anything other than a straight stocking stitch scarf! 🀣 The random draw winner for June is ...


Congrats Karen! Drop me an email & I’ll send you a PDF copy of a Tag Along Teddies pattern as your prize. But right now, I think I’m off in search of lunch ... time seems to have got away from me ... AGAIN! 😜 Wishing you all a safe & restful weekend. Special cyber hugs to those of you in lockdown again. It’s rainy here today with a forecast of the rest of the weekend being freezing, so I’m planning to hibernate in front of the fire with some stitching or a book. Stay safe, stay well, keep stitching & keep smiling. 😊  Til next time ...

BEAR HUGS!

CHEERS!
KRIS 





Friday, 25 June 2021

CRIKEY!!

There went another week! It went zipping past in a blur of busyness, a family visit & crazy catch-up with my grown up job, plus my boss is away for two weeks & we’re a staff member down, too. I’m looking forward to the weekend, even if the weather gurus are telling me it’s gonna be a NAAAAAAASTY weather weekend! 😳 Hibernating in front of the fire with books, movies, stitching & cups of tea sounds like my preferred plan. 😜

So here I am finally getting around to the OPAM roundup for May ... just in time to remind you to update your sidebar tallies for June! Tee! Hee! Hee! I think everyone must have had a bit of a disrupted May, actually, as it’s our lowest tally for the year so far with ...

43 FINISHES 

But ... during my blog hopping I saw that many of you are working away on longer term projects, so that means less finishes, but still enjoying some creative time. The winner of the random prize draw for May is ...


Congrats Janice! Drop me an email & I’ll send you your PDF copy of a Tag Along Teddies pattern to play with.

And really, that’s it from me for today. I’m off to put the kettle on ready to start my weekend ...


A cuppa, some Enya, a scented candle burning & some stitching. My version of a winter survival kit. πŸ˜‚ Whatever you’re up to, stay warm, stay safe, keep stitching & keep smiling. Til next time ...

BEAR HUGS!

CHEERS!
KRIS 



Sunday, 20 June 2021

Holiday Hiatus!

Hello to all of you lovelies out there in blogland! I know I’ve been off the map for a few weeks - sorry about that. It’s been a bit of a holiday hiatus time. A couple of busy weeks at grown up job to cover all the things I’d normally do during the two week break we have then enjoyed! It had been almost a year since my Beloved Geek Boy & I had had more than a few days off in a row, so it was much-anticipated. πŸ˜‰

We started our break with a road trip four & a half hours north to Bargara beach, near Bundaberg.


It was tough looking at this view for four days, but we somehow managed. πŸ˜‚ While we’ve spent a lot of time in Bargara & Bundaberg over the years (my Grandma lived at Bargara until her passing four years ago) there were still places we wanted to visit this trip that we hadn’t managed previously ... apart from the Quilters Shack which is a repeat visit destination. 🀣 Whilst researching his family tree, GB discovered his great-grandmother was buried in Bundaberg Cemetery so we popped in for a visit ...


Sadly, there’s no marker or headstone, but a site map gave him the plot number & a reference photo, so we were able to track it down. Our visit to Bundy also coincided with the anniversary of my Grandma’s passing, so we paid her & Gramps a visit at the crematorium memorial gardens ...


Here’s Mum next to Grandma’s plaque. Gramps’ plaque is on the adjacent wall set aside for retired service men & women, as he served in New Guinea during WWII. The gardens were beautiful & my keen gardening Grandma would approve. πŸ₯° We also finally got around to visiting the Bundaberg Brewed Drinks factory - home of Bundaberg Ginger Beer ... YUMMO! We joined a taste-test tour to try the range of soft drinks produced there ...


And chose our complementary six-pack ... apple cider, blood orange, burgundy creaming soda, traditional lemonade, mango & grapefruit were my picks. I don’t drink a lot of soft drinks, but these are a nice treat that I’m gradually working my way through. 😜 During our time at the beach, we took a day for a mini road trip an hour & a bit to Maryborough where we met up with my Uncle, who drove from the Sunshine Coast to show us through the Military & Colonial Museum, which he is heavily involved with.


I’m not usually a big fan of war-related museums, movies or books (GB has to wait until my sewing night outings if he wants to watch war movies. 😜) , but I really enjoyed visiting this one because the focus isn’t so much on the fighting & battles, but on the stories of the ordinary people who found themselves caught up in extraordinary events.

... like Herbert James, whose medal set this is. We also enjoyed a VIP tour of the “ANZAC To Armistice” walk in the nearby park.


GB & my Uncle with a statue of the first man ashore at Gallipoli, which marks the start of the walk. If you’re ever in/near Maryborough, I can highly recommend the Military Museum for your itinerary. And just across the road is the Port of Maryborough Bond Store. Maryborough in its heyday was one of the busiest ports in Australia & the bond store was where goods were offloaded & stored until the import duties, or BOND, was paid & items collected. Not only are there interesting displays sharing some of Maryborough’s history, the gift shop sells some rather tasty liqueurs ... some vintage port & Turkish Delight liqueur may have come home with us. πŸ˜‚

And that pretty much filled up our beach visit ... which for the first time ever saw our usual rainy weather hold off until the morning we headed home.


Did I mention it ALWAYS rains when we visit the beach?! 😝 It didn’t, however, stop us from enjoying a last walk along the beach ...


And dipping our toesies into the rather cool waves. What the photo doesn’t show is the grumbling from GB about “hurry up & take the photo cos it’s freezing” or the manic giggling of the photographer who actually took the shot three waves ago but didn’t tell him! Tee! Hee! Hee!

It was then home to “the fridge on the ridge”  for the rest of our break which ... sadly for us hot-weather chooks! ... lived up to its name, with most of the last few days’ temperatures barely creeping into double digits .. EEP! πŸ₯Ά And sadly it’s back to impersonating responsible adults again tomorrow ... SIGH! Just as we were starting to feel rested enough to begin tackling the list of things we thought we’d achieve during our break. 😜

I realise I still haven’t done the last OPAM roundup & random draw ... & it’s almost time for the next one! 😳 I promise to be back in the next day or so to do that. But right now it’s time to put the kettle on & round up some firewood because the temperature is already on the decline for the day ... BRRRR! Whatever you’re up to this week, I hope you stay warm (or cool, for those in the northern hemisphere. πŸ˜‰), stay safe & keep smiling. Til next time ...

BRRRRRRRR BEAR HUGS!

CHEERS!
KRIS 










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