Tuesday, 12 January 2021

New Year, New Design!

Well ... It seems the new year is behaving like the last & just ZIPPING by at a great rate of knots! This does not bode well for me achieving everything I'd like to in 2021. 😜 However, they say (I've yet to work out who THEY are, just quietly?! 😝) that the first step to take in achieving goals is to ... Take the first step! 😝 So I've spent quite a bit of time in the last couple of weeks working on a new design ...


... You didn't REALLY think I was going to reveal too much yet, did you?! Tee! Hee! Hee! It's actually my project that I'll be sharing at this year's Girls Stitch In weekend hosted by the Marvellous Marion & Stupendous Steph of The Quilters Angel in March. 


This is always a fantastic time of fun, friendship, food & of course, stitching. Places are limited so book quickly so you can come & play. With so many events being cancelled last year, I think we all deserve to treat ourselves. πŸ˜‰ Lauren from Molly & Mama is my fellow guest designer who is not only a talented stitcher, she's also a lovely person. 😊 For more details or to book your spot, go HERE.

And while that's my first project START for the year, we need to wrap up the last of the FINISHES for last year. I've finally tallied the December finishes & there were ...

133 FINISHES!

YAY! Well done everyone! There must've been quite a few handmade Christmas gifties given! 😜 And the winner of the random draw is ...


Congrats, Maria! Drop me an email & I'll send your PDF prize pattern. Thank you to everyone for playing along with me for OPAM 2020. I always feel privileged to share your creative journeys. I hope that in what was a crazy ol' year last year, OPAM helped give you some positive goals to keep you creating. I found a great quote over on what my blogging buddy Chookyblue calls "The Dark side" ... Facebook! 😝 It said ...

"To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it!" (Kurt Vonnegot)

I think it also makes your soul sing & that positivity then splashes into all parts of life to lift us up, as well as those around us. Which is one of the reasons that I'll be running OPAM again this year. 😁 Sign up will open towards the end of January, so start making a list of projects you'd like to see on your list of finishes by this time next year & join the fun of aiming to finish at least One Project A Month in 2021. Stay tuned! 😁

But for now ... I need to go & rustle up something tasty for dinner, so I'll sign off. Wherever you are, please take care of yourself & those around you. Stay safe, stay well, keep stitching & keep smiling. 😊 Til next time ...

BEAR HUGS!

CHEERS!
KRIS



Friday, 1 January 2021

Easing Into 2021!

Hello, hello! How are you today? Have all of you recovered from your wild NYE parties ... Or were you like GB & me, seeing in the new year from the comfort of your lounge chair, in your comfy jammies sipping a cup of tea? Yeah ... We're all party animals, aren't we?! πŸ˜‚

Somewhere along the track, someone once told me that however you spend the first day of a new year determines what you'll be doing all year. Now I'm not sure if that's true ... But why risk it by spending the day doing housework?! πŸ˜‚ So I treated myself to a little sleep in, a yummy home cooked brekkie of eggs bene, some non-thinking reading (a bit of dragon fantasy fiction 😜), a bit of designing & pattern editing and ...


... A nice cup of tea sipped from a pretty cup whilst munching on a couple of Christmas giftie sweetie-treaties. You just KNEW there'd be a cup of tea, right?! 😝 And if that sets the standard for my 2021 ... I'm more than  fine with that. 😁

And since I know lots of you started the new year with a needle & thread in your hand ... Here's your reminder to update your sidebar finishes list with your December finishes & email me your final tally for the last OPAM draw for 2020. And for those of you wondering ... YES! I will be running OPAM again this year to encourage us all to keep taking time to create. Stay tuned for signup if you think you'd like to play along. πŸ˜‰

But right now, I'm going to finish the first day of the year in a way that won't surprise you ... Sipping a cup of rose & French vanilla tea! πŸ˜‚ However you're easing into the new year, stay safe, stay well, keep stitching & keep smiling. 😊 Til next time ...

BEAR HUGS!

CHEERS!
KRIS

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