Thursday, 22 April 2010

Still Here ... Still Stitching!!

Hmmm ... I suddenly realised that it's been a few days since I checked in with my blogging buddies, so I thought I'd better make a quick stop in on my way to bed to let you know I'm still here and still stitching! :0)

Firstly, I'm VERY happy to show my first finish for April. It is a mug bag that my Mum asked me to make for her Heart Sister. A group of ladies in Mundubbera signed up for the Heart Sister program ... basically, you are assigned a Heart Sister, but she doesn't know who YOU are. Throughout the year, you spoil her in little ways with cards, treats, little gifts, birthday wishes ... you know ... all those lovely things we all WISH someone would do for US ... but they rarely do! :0) Then, at the start of the next year, a luncheon is held and the previous year's partners are revealed and new ones assigned. Mum saw the sample for my "Girl Stuff" pattern when we visited my home-away-from-home together recently ...

The bag on the left is just the right size to pop your favourite mug or tea cup in to take to sewing days, workshops or even to work with you and Mum decided it would be the perfect thing for her Heart Sister. Now, I modified the pattern just a little .. you know me!! :0) And this is what I'll give Mum for her Heart Sister ...

A very girly version of my mug bag, mimus the stitchery panel pocket, due to time constraints. Don't you love that giant rick-rack though!! I found it at Quilters Angel on one of my many visits. This bag, without the stitchery panel, takes only a few hours to whip up, so perfect for a quick gift idea. I'm off tomorrow to find a pretty cup to pop in it, cos the one in the photo was a birthday gift from a friend last month, so I'm not going to give THAT one away! :0) And of course ... there's one of the gorgeous Kerryanne's DELICIOUS faux cupcakes ... I just love these!! Oh ... in case you haven't heard the news, Kerryanne has decided to release the previously-super-secret recipe for her faux cakes as a pattern packet, so if you want to whip up some delicious treats that have NO calories, pop on over to her website and check it out. Oh ... a little warning ... there are LOTS of GORGEOUS things on Kerryanne's site, so you may end up ordering way more than you meant to! Or is that just me?!?! Tee! Hee! Hee!

Let's see ... what else have I been up to?!?! Oh ... more stitching on my Gardeners Journal quilt ...

I've 'painted' the garden shed and am presently 'painting' the door! :0) I'm having fun with these little stitcheries, in between my 'have to do' projects. Long weekend coming up, so perhaps more stitching, though I DO have to get stitching on that baby quilt I showed you a preview of a couple of posts back. The applique is in place, just have to blanket stitch it now.

So, that's what I've been up to this week so far. Hopefully I'll get a couple more finishes added to my OPAM list, but you know how the days just disappear ... it will be the end of the month before we know it ... EEEEKKKK!!! :0)

But right now, I can hear my pillow calling my name, telling me I am WAY overdue to keep a date with it, so I shall toodle off and put my jim-jams on now. Hope you're having a stithin' good week so far!! Til next time ...




Maria said...

You are a lovely Daughter. Making such an adorable cup bag for your Mum to give her Heart Sister.

Hope you have a great sleep, nigh nigh!!!

A Bite of Country Cupcakes said...

That is a gorgeous idea....I never have heard of mug bags. But it is fantastic!!!
And sounds like it has kept you busy,The whole heart sister idea is very special!

Anna Rosa Designs said...

Hi Kris,
Wow, that sounds like a lovely idea(heart sister)
How sweet of you to make a such a pretty mug bag for your Mum!

Oh yes, Kerryanne's designs are great!
Oops, I must get onto my OPAM for this month.
Happy stitching,

Bec said...

Gorgeous mug bags! Wow, you are almost done with the shed for GJ! Looking good...I'd better get a move along with mine.

Chookyblue...... said...

lovely bag for your Mum's secret pal.......hope those ladies aren't reading your

Mistea said...

Beautiful mug bag - such a pretty and useful gift.

Gotta Love those calorie free cup cakes!

Happy Painting.

Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

The mug bag turned out great and your mum will be so thrilled. Glad to see you making time for your own stitching too - that Gardener's Journal quilt will be finished in no time!!

Hugs ~ Kerryanne

Joy said...

Heart Sisters ... what a wonderful idea!!! The bag you made for your Mum to give is just gawjus ... not quite as gawjus as the one you made for me though ... I just love mine ;o)!!!
Hope you get to stitch a lot over the weekend!!!
Joy :o)

ittybittyandpretty said...

i am so far behind everything, sleep being one of them. i cant seem to find the time to sit and catch up on my daily blog reading routine so i am so far behind that i cant catch up! and sleep never happens until well after 11pm which is so bad as i have 3 annoying children who wake early and never leave me alone for the rest of the day!
anyhow love the idea of a heart sister and love what you whipped up! it is sort of like kris kringle only all year round rather than just at christmas.

have a great long weekend..we might be stitching at the same time!

Anonymous said...

Just lovely, as always Kris! Hope you got some sleep :-> toni xxx

Anonymous said...

What a great idea, the whole Heart Sister idea is great too.
Nice to see you're still getting some stitching/painting done too. I'm been "painting" the BIG house for a couple of weeks now. Phew! Onto the fence now so nearly finished. LOL!

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