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 ...



Sunday, 4 April 2021

Easter Greetings & OPAM Reminder!

Easter Greetings to you, my bloggy buddies, from the top of our slightly soggy ‘hill’. With a four-day long weekend over the Easter break, GB & I had been planning to spend time in the garden, trying to win it back from the weeds. The weather, however, has had other ideas & there will be no gardening here ... unless we make use of a snorkel. πŸ˜‚ Still ... we’re just so thankful to have ALL of our tanks full of water for the first time ever, that we’re happily enjoying the rain from the comfort of inside, where we’re watching movies, reading, stitching & snoozing ... that’s GB you can hear snoring! 🀣

I also tackled a bit of machine sewing to make a face mask for GB who has struggled to find something that fits without sliding up under his glasses ... this is the first time QLD has had mandatory mask wearing, so we hadn’t had to worry about masks previously during the zombie apocalypse.

A little disheveled, but cute ... the mask, too! πŸ˜† I have to admit I won’t be mass producing masks ... let’s just say curved seams aren’t my favourite thing. πŸ™„ And hopefully we won’t need the masks for too much longer. At least it was a finish to add to my tally, though.

And speaking of tallies ... she says, segueing smoothly to her next point! πŸ˜‚ ... we’ve crossed over into a new month so OPAMers ... update your sidebar lists & email me your March tally so I can update the spreadsheet. Maybe we’ll all have additions to our April tally after this weekend. 😜

Well ... that’s it from me this wet Easter Sunday, I’m off to make myself a cup of apple & cinnamon tea to sip while I stitch in front of a fave movie ... hmmm ... shall I help save the world from super villains, an undead mummy, or a giant killer shark?!? 😜 Whatever you’re doing today, stay safe, stay well, keep stitching & keep smiling. 😊 Til next time ...




Friday, 26 March 2021

March Madness!

Well, hello there, all you lovely bloggers buddies! I know ... it’s been so long since I popped in here to catch up with you that you thought I’d been kidnapped by a shape-shifting dragon who had whisked me away to some exotic location to keep me safe from an evil sorcerer hellbent on ruling the world. (Just quietly, why would you want to rule the world when it’s such a mess??! πŸ˜‚) OK ... maybe I need to stop reading fantasy fiction for a little while! Tee! Hee! Hee! 

The real reason for my blogging MIA is much more mundane ... March Madness. πŸ˜‰ You see, March is one of our busiest months of the year, so I just haven’t squeezed in time for a blog catch-up ... until now. So, fair warning, this will probably be a long post with lots of pics ... Chookyblue ... you’re gonna need a cuppa! 😜

So ... my last post, I shared a teasing sneaky-peaky of my Girls Stitch In projects ... well ... we had a fantastic time with a live video to launch GSI on the Saturday morning when we would usually be gathering & lots of stitchers from all around Australia grabbed their kits. My projects ...

Ta! Da! “Be Your Blooming Self!”. The drawstring project bag is surrounded by various sized pockets to stash your tools for a stitching day & the matching ruler pouch also features a pocket to store your rotary cutters & scissors.

Here’s the other side of the bag & more pockets, as well as a couple of my signature rosette flowers. 

And a closer look at the main stitchery. The inspiration for the theme of this project was ... as women, we are often made to feel like we have to be & do everything ... we feel we have to have a career, family, look catwalk ready, prepare gourmet uber-healthy meals, spend hours in the gym, keep a perfect house, juggle all of life’s’ balls’ while never breaking a sweat. And we can fall into the trap of looking at those around us who seem to have the “Insta-worthy” life while we feel we’re failing. But if you look around the garden, you’ll see all of the plants just doing their own thing, adding their own unique beauty to the world & never comparing themselves to the plant beside them. This bag is a reminder that we just need to be our blooming selves. 😊 

Huge thanks to Marion & Steph of The Quilters Angel for inviting me to be a Girls Stitch In guest designer this year & for finding a way to keep the event happening even when it couldn’t happen in person. Thanks to Lauren of Molly & Mama for also sharing her lovely talents as a guest designer. Patterns for “Be Your Blooming Self” are available from the Quilters Angel online store & if you’re quick, there may still be a few kits in the luscious Tilda fabrics I played with. 😁

I almost forgot ... before GSI there was time for a lunch catchup with a couple of blogging buddies ...

Fabulous Fiona & the lovely Janice ... & Janice’s hubby Mick who was official quilt-holder & photographer 😜 ... & I caught up for lunch. I’ve been chatting with Janice via blogs for years now & we’ve enjoyed a couple of play dates when she & Mick are passing through our area & I’m lucky enough to catch up with Fiona at least once a month for stitching time. Lots of fun & chats enjoyed. 😁

Next on the busy schedule was an extended birthday weekend for yours truly. 😜 Hey ... if you have to add another number to your age, you may as well enjoy it, right?! 😝 So last Friday saw GB join my folks & a busload of saucy seniors (GB & I lowered the average age somewhat! πŸ˜‚) for a day tour to Brisbane where we headed for the river ...

... for a lunch time cruise on the Kookaburra Queen paddle boat. Lunch was a delish smorgasbord & the views ...

Skyscrapers & sailboats ...

... river panoramas ...

... heavenly historic buildings. And enjoyed with some of my special people ...

Dad (who I don’t at all look like! πŸ™„πŸ˜), Mum, birthday girl & GB. If you’re looking for a a relaxing way to see Brisbane’s river views, I can recommend a cruise on the Kookaburra Queen. Thanks for the birthday treat, Ma & Pa. 😘

So then on Saturday ... my actual birthday ... & the autumn solstice for those aspiring pagans 😜 ... I received a phone call from the lovely Marion to say she was on her way to drop in. When she arrived ...

... I found she’d collected a couple of stitching buddies along the way, as well as Angel-in-training Miss Zoe ... & a rainbow birthday cake. 🌈 So ... I put the kettle on & we enjoyed an impromptu tea party. 😁 Thankfully, they are true friends & fellow stitchers so overlooked the fact that most of the table was covered in sewing clutter. πŸ˜†

Rainbow cake ... enjoyed from pretty china plates & eaten with vintage cake forks. 😁 Thanks Marion, Miss Zoe, Kerry & Rachel for helping me celebrate another successful trip around the sun. 😘 And adding to the birthday fun & calorie count, GB took me for a Sunday drive down the ‘hill’ to Esk for celebratory coffee & cake ...

... or in my case, iced tea & butterscotch slice ... YUMMO! 😍 Add lots of birthday messages on FB, texts & emails & it really was a fun birthday weekend. Thank you to everyone who has helped make the last year a good one ... & here’s to another trip round the sun full of adventures. πŸ˜‰πŸ˜˜

And that’s about it from me. I promise to pop back a bit sooner next time, but hope you’ve enjoyed catching up on my mischief. πŸ˜‰ And now ... I think it’s time for a late lunch, so I’ll sign off. Have a wonderful weekend, everyone. Til next time ...



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