Friday 31 December 2021

As The Year Winds Down ... !

Well ... 2021 is almost over & for most of us it was NOT the year we planned. However ... despite the plan-changes, event cancellations & challenges, we made it safely to the finish line. Thank you to my ‘tribe’ for your support, encouragement & love. Let’s see what adventures, mischief & stitching 2022 holds. πŸ˜‰ Til next time ...



Saturday 25 December 2021

Christmas Peace!

It’s the wee hours of Christmas Day 2021 & only the night owls are still cruising FB & blogs. 😜 Which seems like a good time to enjoy the Christmas peace & quiet after another roller coaster year. It’s nice to finally have a chance to stop the busyness & craziness to take some time to count our many blessings.

I’m grateful for the blessing of good health for myself & loved ones. I feel blessed to live in a country that has been impacted much less than so many places around the world.  But at the top of my list of blessings is the crazy, creative, caring, supportive & loving 'tribe' I have around me, made up of family-by-blood & family-by-heart. Thank you one & all for the richness you add to my life. You make the colours a little brighter, the music a little sweeter & shine light into my life even on the dark days. πŸ₯° I AM BLESSED!! πŸ₯°

Wishing you all a happy, safe & restful Christmas period. May your blessings outnumber your troubles & may you have the wisdom to recognise them. πŸ˜‰πŸ˜˜ 



Thursday 23 December 2021

Cheeky Chimpies’ New Home!

Hello everyone! Have you been caught up in the end-of-year crazies like me? My batteries are so flat that the Energiser Bunny just bounced all over me! πŸ˜‚ Thankfully, today was my last grown up work day for the year & I’m on holiday for 10 blissful days! YAY! πŸ₯³ I’m planning on doing some serious sleeping in, some sewing, some reading, some gardening, watching some cricket & spending some quiet time with my Beloved Geek Boy. AAAAAHHHHHH!! BLISS! 😊

And speaking of sewing ... which I did in a roundabout kind of way! 😜 ... do you remember me sharing my “Cheeky Chimpies” quilt with you? Let me refresh your memory ...

Well ... it went off to its new home last week when my Sorta-Sister Tiffy brought her own cheeky chimpy to visit his Sorta-Family. 😜 Little Mr was NOT in the mood for a quilt photo shoot, but Tiffy sent me some pics when she arrived home. Brace yourself for some cuteness πŸ˜‰ ...

AAAAAAAWWWWW! King of the cute Cheeky Chimpies. πŸ˜‰πŸ₯°

I love this pic ...his cheeky grin matches the Chimpies! 🀣 Apparently, he loves the Chimpies & his Mum loves the colours, so I’m calling that a success. 😁 I’ve got the pattern half written & hope to get more done in the next 10 days ... stay tuned if you think you need some Cheeky Chimpies in your life. 😜

And that’s it from me for today. Tomorrow is tidy-the-house-so-it-doesn’t-look-like-Ghenghis-Khan-&-his-marauding-Mongol-hordes-have-been-roughhousing Day, so I think I need some beauty sleep. 😜 Whatever you’re up to I hope you take care, stay safe, stay well, keep stitching & keep smiling. 😊 Til next time ...



Friday 17 December 2021

Christmas Craziness!!

EEP! How has it been three weeks since I posted?! And how is it only a week til the chubby bloke in red starts his round-the-world delivery trek?!! Clearly someone has been stealing days from my weeks again. πŸ™„ Sorry, bloggy friends! The only excuse I have is that Christmas craziness has been in full swing here at the Meares Madhouse for the last few weeks & I’m running behind. Hmmm ... behind-er?!?! 🀣

I HAVE managed a little bit of sewing in the midst of festive frivolities  ...

One of my favourite-to-make items ... a pretty drawstring lingerie bag to keep your knickers & bras tucked away in your suitcase. This was for our stitching group’s Secret Santa & the lovely Chriss was the happy recipient. Like me, she loves French General fabrics & travels quite a bit ... when the zombie apocalypse allows. πŸ™„ So this will be handy for her. And this is our group of crazy stitchers celebrating ...

There were a few of our tribe missing, (& being missed!) but we had a lovely catch-up. My other finish (one for November & one for December ... YAY! ) was another of my go-to gift projects ...

An across-the-body bag that’s just the right size to hold purse, phone & keys for a walk along the beach or a fun night out. I’ve got a version I use for evening outings (I usually carry a dotty backpack rather than a handbag, which isn’t very’classy’ for a night out. 😜) & have made my Mum a couple of different colour versions. This one hasn’t been gifted yet, but is for a lovely friend who’s a bit of a bohemian/hippie like me, so a batik daisy is right up her alley. πŸ˜‰

Now on to other finishes ... OPAM for November. There has definitely been a lot of sewing & creating going on amongst our OPAMers with ...


... for November! WOW! Well done everyone! And I also saw lots of project progress pics when I was doing my blog hopping, so well done to those who may not have any finishes to record, but made some headway on some longer term projects. And the winner of the random draw is ..

Congrats, Cheryll! Drop me an email & I’ll send you your PDF prize pattern to play with. Thanks to everyone who emailed their totals ... it gives me a good head start to collecting the totals each month. 😁

Right now, though, I think I hear the kettle playing my song. 😜 Ooh! Speaking of songs ... I started a little challenge over on the Quilters Angel Tribe FB page for us to put together the 12 Days Of Christmas for Quilters & had some fun results! 😁 I’ll try to remember to share it next post, but you can pop across to peek if you can’t wait. If you’re not yet part of this FB group, just visit the Quilters Angel FB page & look for how to join. It’s a fun, supportive tribe of stitchers. 😁 And that’s me done for today. πŸ˜‰ Take care of yourselves, keep stitching & keep smiling. Til next time ...



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