Sunday, 22 May 2022

Foggy, Soggy Weekend!

Greetings to my blogging buddies from the top of our foggy, soggy ‘hill’. 


Believe it or not, this foggy view of some of our gorgeous eucalyptus tres is a SUNNY shot … compared to the rest of the weekend. 🀣 (the pic doesn’t really show how thick the fog was, but gives you an idea) It’s been miserable outside, so GB & I have lit the fire & we’re staying INSIDE. 😜 So it was perfect timing that I picked this up from my quilting fairy godmother the Fabulous Fiona  …


It may just look like a mesh drawstring bag, but this is my treasure sack. 😁 Fiona gifted this to me a few years ago to transport my quilts to & from her place for quilting … I think she got sick of my random plastic bag transporters. 🀣 It’s always exciting to get this bag back from Fiona because it means she’s woven her quilting magic on another of my quilts. Wanna have a sneaky-peeky??


If you look closer you can see Fiona’s clever quilting swirls. I love the Goldilocks balance Fiona finds when she quilts for me … not too little, not too much … just the right amount to add some zing & frame special features … like …


… appliquΓ©. Love the corner features & swirls. 😍 Thank you Fiona!! So putting some binding on this quilt is today’s task … a good way to spend a drab ol’ Sunday … it will be even better with a cuppa … but I bet you knew I’d say that! Tee! Hee! Hee!

Whatever you’re up to this weekend I hope you’re staying safe (& DRY if you’re in eastern Australia!!) & finding time to create. Have a fabulous week. Take care, stay safe, keep stitching & keep smiling. 😊 Til next time …

BEAR HUGS!

CHEERS!
KRIS 




Friday, 6 May 2022

March & April OPAM Update!

FINALLY! Here I am, checking in to catch up with OPAM for March & April! It’s been a hectic couple of months … thank goodness you clever clogs OPAMers have been creating up a storm, cos I don’t have much to show for my time. πŸ™„ And the designing & stitching I HAVE been doing is … you guessed it! … Secret Squirrel! 😜 But I’ll show you teasing sneaky-peeky before I share the OPAM results. Some of you who’ve been visiting me for a while will be shocked to hear that (brace yourself, Kerryanne! 🀣)…


… I’ve been thinking about Christmas!! I know, I know … I’m usually in Christmas denial right up til December 24, but I’m joining the lovely Steph & Marion at the Quilter’s Angel to cook up a Christmas treat. You’ll have to wait a while longer to find out about this one. πŸ˜‰ And yes … I’ve been playing with Cottage Garden Threads again! πŸ₯°πŸ˜ They really should make me an ambassador, shouldn’t they … I could be bribed with pretty threads! πŸ€£πŸ˜‚

OPAM … well … lots of creativity happening in the last couple of months. HUGE thanks to those of you who emailed their tallies to me. Even if I didn’t get to email you back m I really appreciate you sending your finishes through … it saves me a lot of time when I’m updating the spreadsheet. And the totals were …

172 FINISHES for MARCH

&

88 FINISHES for APRIL 

YAY! Well done everyone who added to those tallies … & pats on the back, too, for those like me working on Secret Squirrel or long term projects. And although we’re ALL winners if we take some time out to create, the two random draw winners are …


&


Congrats, gals! Drop me an email & I’ll send you your PDF pattern prize to have fun with. 😁

Right now, though, I think I hear the kettle playing my song, so I’m off to make a cuppa … & have a piece of rainy day cake …


MMMMMMMM! Cake!! πŸ˜‹πŸ˜ It’s a 4 Ingredients recipe that was super quick to make & (funnily enough! 😜) has just four ingredients. It was just a bit crumbly, so I think I’ll add a bit more liquid next time I bake it, but it’s pretty yummy with a splodge of butter & a cuppa. πŸ˜‰ Whatever you’re up to for the weekend, take care, stay safe, keep stitching & keep smiling. 😊 Til next time …

BEAR HUGS!

CHEERS!
KRIS 


Friday, 29 April 2022

Recharging The Batteries!

Hello everyone out there in blogland! I hope you’ve had a great week. Mine has gone by in a bit of a blur & I find myself at Friday again … how does that keep happening?! 😜 On the positive side (cos we should always accentuate the positive! πŸ˜‰) part of the reason for the week speeding by was that last weekend was a long weekend for ANZAC Day., so fewer work days … YAY! 🀣 

It was pretty tough to come home after our mini-holiday … for the first time in months GB & I both felt like we stopped the hamster wheel & got to take a breath. I thought I’d share a few more pics of our adventures with you. We had purposely NOT made a lot of plans because the main aim of the weekend was to relax, but I had been so looking forward to catching up with a gorgeous stitching buddy who recently moved to one of our favourite towns, Montville …


Here’s the GAWJUS Gail & yours truly. 😁 We spent hours chatting over copious cups of peppermint tea & listening to the rain … yes … our beach-visit-bring-the-rain record now stands at 99%! 🀣


Yep … it rained on & off ALL weekend. 🀣 Not that it stopped our adventures … we’re too used to wet weather beach trips to let it deter us. 😜 Sunday saw us venture forth to do some special hunting & gathering …


A quick stop at Diablo Co distillery to buy some grown up ginger beer (alcoholic ginger beer we first discovered a couple of years ago), followed by a visit to the fresh seafood market …


… (don’t let the snippet of blue sky fool you! It only cleared a bit for about 15 minutes! 😝) and we had …


… Dinner! YUMMO! πŸ˜‹ We also tried to enjoy …


… Nibblies on the balcony to enjoy the view, but had to abort due to gale force winds … you know it’s pretty bloody windy when your crackers start blowing off the plate! πŸ€£πŸ˜‚ A lovely break … even if we found it VERY hard to make ourselves come home at the end of it. 😝 Big thanks to my Aunt & Uncle for letting us crash their unit while they were away. 😊

Another long weekend here in Queensland this weekend … three in a row!! As much as I love the extra sleep-ins, it’s not half messing with my ability to keep track of what day it is! Tee! Hee! Hee! No travels for us this weekend, though. Just playing catch-up with the grown up chores at home, but intending to sneak in some reading & designing time. πŸ˜‰ OPAMers … another month has almost run out, so update your sidebar lists & email your tallies through … don’t forget there’ll be a double draw for March & April finishes. Whatever you’re up to this weekend, I hope it includes some fun stuff. Take care, stay safe, keep stitching & keep smiling. 😊 Til next time …

BEAR HUGS!

CHEERS!
KRIS 






Friday, 22 April 2022

Not Dead - Just Busy!

Hello everyone! Sorry to drop off the page for so long. Life just seems to keep being insanely busy & I’m WAAAAAAAY behind with my OPAM hostessing duties. So, I’ve decided it’s easier to do a double March/April roundup & draw at the end of this month. Thanks to those of you who sent your March finishes through & haven’t heard from me … I do appreciate it & your emailed tallies save me some time in the roundup. I promise to get back to par soon.

As a bit of an antidote to our hamster-wheel existence over the past months, we’ve snuck away for a few days. Sorry to anyone planning outdoor activities on the Sunshine Coast this weekend … we’re not AT the beach, but we’re close, which guarantees rainy weather! 🀣 In fact … it’s already been showering on & off! Our beach-visit-rain-bringing record stands at about 98% consistency! πŸ€£πŸ˜‚ It’s to the point where we almost feel obliged to put out wet weather warnings whenever we go anywhere near the beach. 😜

So … we threw a few things in the Triton & hit the road for a road trip …


… down the winding road to adventure. πŸ˜‰


… a lunch stop with a view …


… Siri tells us we’ve reached our destination. Not a bad view. 😁


… being made to feel welcome … even though our hosts are currently off on their own adventures. Spoilt! πŸ₯°

There’s some sleeping in, reading, stitching, chillaxing & catching up with a lovely friend on the agenda for the weekend, so we’re looking forward to it. I’ll share some more pics when I pop back in here. Whatever you’re up to this weekend, I hope it makes you smile. 😊 In the meantime, take care, stay safe, keep stitching & keep smiling. Til next time …

BEAR HUGS!

CHEERS!
KRIS 




Saturday, 2 April 2022

April Already!

It’s April … already?!? How did that happen?! I’m sure it was Christmas just last week!! 😳 The year really does seem to be getting away from me … SIGH!! Ah well, I guess we just have to buckle up & hold on for the ride. 😜

So … March has been another busy month in the Meares’ Madhouse … grown up jobs, design deadlines & even a birthday snuck in there. 😜 In fact … yesterday saw me head down our ‘hill’ to meet up with my Bestest-Buddy-Since-We-Were-Nine Lynette for a belated birthday play date. Due to her crazy work rosters & other interruptions to life for us both, it had been almost five months since we’d caught up! EEP! But we more than made up for it. πŸ€£πŸ˜‚


Here we are enjoying a glass of birthday bubbles with high tea in Newstead at The Matriarch. This was a new-to-me spot & I loved its shabby/industrial chic vibe, great service & seriously scrummy food. Highly recommend a visit if you’re in Brisbane … & happy for you to take me with you. 🀣 As you can imagine, after five months apart, there was some EPIC chatting & giggling enjoyed. 😁πŸ₯°

Going back to my design deadlines … as I mentioned last post, I was privileged to once again be invited to be a guest designer for Girls Stitch In hosted by the Marvellous Marion & Stupendous Steph of the Quilters Angel. This fun stitching event is being held virtually again this year (which means you can join from anywhere in Australia! πŸ˜‰) & the kit packs were sent last week to the early birds. Some gals have already received their goodies & have started stitching! How exciting! πŸ₯³ I’m so looking forward to seeing their progress via the exclusive Girls Stitch In Facebook page that participants get access to! It’s one of the fun parts of this stitching event. Steph & Marion will also be sharing some giveaways, video catch-ups & I’ll be sharing some short videos on tips & tricks to help people create their own versions of my projects. All this plus TWO exclusive patterns, TWO kits that include fabrics, notions & pre-printed stitcheries ready to get stitching, as well as a couple of other little surprises from The Quilters Angel. And the best part … it’s mailed to your door! 😁 Numbers are limited, but there are a few packs left if you want to join the fun -but get in quickly! Here’s a sneaky-peeky to tempt you …



In full colour this time. 😜 I LOOOOOOVED playing with these pretty fabrics & am chuffed with how the projects (yep … more than one! Talk about bang for your buck! 🀣) turned out. If I’ve tempted you into playing along, pop over HERE.

And with the calendar flipping over to April  … it’s time for all good OPAMers to update their sidebar tally lists & email their monthly totals to me. 😁 I hope you’ve all been able to enjoy some creative time-out this last month. But right now, I’m off to play Polly & put the kettle on, then it’s back to the design board (AKA the dining room table! πŸ€£πŸ˜‚) to work on my next Secret Squirrel project. πŸ˜‰ Have a wonderful weekend, whatever you’re up to. Take care, stay safe, keep stitching & keep smiling. 😊 Til next time …

BEAR HUGS!

CHEERS!
KRIS 

Tuesday, 22 March 2022

I’m So Excited!!

... And I just can’t hide it! I’m about to lose control & I think I like it! 😁 Admit it ... some of you totally sang that in your head sounding like the Pointer Sisters! πŸ€£πŸ˜‚ I confess I did! 🀣 But that’s because I AM excited ... super excited to once again be a guest designer for ...


... Girls Stitch In 2022, hosted by my favourite Angels, the Marvellous Marion & Stupendous Steph of The Quilters Angel. This is what my Secret Squirrel stitching has been for. 😁 

With so many retreats & stitching events having to cancel in the last couple of years, this clever dynamic duo have come up with a way to let stitchers from all around Australia enjoy the suspense, anticipation, creativity, joy & fun of GSI from the comfort of your own lounge room. πŸ˜‰ What is Girls Stitch In? Well ... 



I have had so much fun designing a project (or THREE! 😜) for GSI & I can’t wait to see how everyone enjoys stitching along. I’m also looking forward to ‘chatting’ to participants in the VIP Facebook group to share some tips & tricks I’ve picked up along the way. To give you just a little tease, here’s a pic of part of my project ...


Are you intrigued? Tempted? Excited? Chomping at the bit to join the stitching fun?? Well, head across to the Quilters Angel page HERE to sign up ... you won’t regret it, I promise! πŸ˜‰ Tell them the crazy bear lady sent you! Tee! Hee! Hee! Why not grab a few friends to sign up, too, then plan a stitching play date together. I’d love to see photos of your gathering. 😊

Right now, though, I’m off to put the kettle on & plan what I’m going to share on the GSI FB page. πŸ˜‰ Take care, stay safe, keep stitching & keep smiling. 😊 Til next time ...

BEAR HUGS!

CHEERS!
KRIS 


Wednesday, 16 March 2022

Hamster Wheel Life!

Hello, hello! Yes, it’s the missing-in-action Kris reporting in, FINALLY! πŸ™„ Life in the Meares’ Madhouse is feeling suspiciously like a giant hamster wheel where we seem to be running full-pelt trapped in a busy loop, wanting to get off for a bit, but knowing it’s not on the cards anytime soon ... SIGH! This grown up gig is a rort, isn’t it?! 😜

Both GB & I have been crazy busy with our grown up jobs & hanging out for a break ... & although that’s sadly not going to happen any time soon, we DID have a change of scenery last week ... which has contributed to my tardy blogging. 😜 GB had to head north to Bundaberg for work & was going to be away for possibly two nights, so I took a day off, threw a few things in a bag & jumped in the car with him. It wasn’t a ‘holiday’ because GB was working, but sometimes even a change of scenery helps. And it did. 😁 While GB was working, I camped out in the air conditioned motel room with my kindle library for company. I also did a bit of ...


... stitching on the final part of my Secret Squirrel project ... more on that in a special post soon! I also rediscovered reruns of a couple of TV shows I watched in the’90’s ... & remembered why I avoid daytime television. 🀣 Sadly, we didn’t have time to do relaxing things together, but we DID eat our lunch with a lovely view before hitting the road to come home ...


It’s not as obvious in this pic as it was in person, but it was super windy & the water was really choppy ... not to mention pretty muddy due to storm water runoff from recent heavy rain events, so we weren’t tempted to go swimming. 😜 Nice to listen to the waves, though. 😊 

And now for the OPAM draw for February ... I won’t do a January draw as not many people reported finishes, but for February we had ...

101 FINISHES!

YAY! Not a bad start to the creative year. πŸ˜‰ Thanks to everyone who emailed their finish tallies through ... much appreciated. And the winner of the random draw was one of our repeat offenders ...


And what a lovely repeat offender she is! πŸ˜‰ Congrats Raewyn! Drop me an email & I’ll send you your PDF pattern prize. Thanks to all of you who have joined the OPAM fun again this year ... I love seeing your finished projects & hearing how stitching, quilting, knitting, crochet etc. releases happy hormones in your hearts. πŸ₯°

Now it’s time for me to get my nose back to the grindstone & finish writing the instructions for my Secret Squirrel project ... GROAN! It’s my least favourite part of designing, but it’s worth it when people give me feedback to say they enjoyed making up one of my patterns because they could follow the instructions easily. Enjoy the rest of your week & remember to set at least some small pockets of time aside to be creative to recharge your batteries. πŸ˜‰ Take care, stay safe, keep stitching & keep smiling. 😊 Til next time ...

BEAR HUGS!

CHEERS!
KRIS 


Tuesday, 8 March 2022

Pop-In. Visit!

Sorry I’m running late with the OPAM roundup ... life has been a wee bit hectic & I’m chasing a design deadline that I’ll share more about very soon. So of COURSE some of my afternoon was spent ...



Aaahh ... yes ... the bane of every stitcher! πŸ™„ I eventually got it sorted ... after a LOT of muttering & bad words! 😜

I promise to be back on the weekend with the OPAM draw & some exciting news ... STAY TUNED! 😁 Til next time ...

BEAR HUGS!

CHEERS!
KRIS 

Friday, 25 February 2022

Jeepers Creepers!

... Where’d you get those peepers! No ... I haven’t lost the plot ... well ... maybe! 🀣 I’m just tucked up inside today, listening to the rain bucketing down & working on my Secret Squirrel project.



You guessed it! Adding peepers around the stitchery. My design process is kind of organic. I might have a vague idea of how it will look when finished, but I start with one element, then add another ... then stop & live with it for a bit to work out what comes next. And as you can see, I’ve learned to take notes of measurements & construction directions as I go to make the instruction writing process a bit easier. I’m enjoying seeing this project growing & can’t wait to share it with you. Stay tuned. πŸ˜‰

Do you take the time to enjoy the process of creating? I hope so, because as overused as the phrase is, “it’s not just about the destination, it’s about the journey.” We can sometimes get so focused on aiming for perfection or finishing a project that we lose some of the enjoyment & fun. That’s part of why I’m hosting OPAM again this year ... not only to give us all a little nudge to finish projects, but to remind us to take time to enjoy creating. For those of you who have managed both goals this month πŸ˜‰ it’s time to add your tally to your sidebar finishes list & email me your February totals. 😁

For now, though, I’m off to make myself another cup of tea as I contemplate what comes next in my Secret Squirrel project. πŸ˜‰ I hope you all have a relaxing & creative weekend. For those of you in south-east Queensland & nearby please stay safe in this mega-wet weather & take special care if you have to be on the roads. Take care, stay safe, keep stitching & keep smiling. 😊 Til next time ...

BEAR HUGS!

CHEERS!
KRIS 

Friday, 11 February 2022

Antidote For A Hard Week!

Hello to everyone out there in blogland! I hope you’re all keeping well & that your week has been a bit kinder to you than mine has been. I’ve had one of those “BLAH” kinda weeks ... you know, where no one particular thing is hugely wrong, but a lot of little things just get on top of you a bit. That was my week.

It started with a couple of days of cramped neck & shoulder muscles causing nasty headaches after GB & I got our booster shots. (Still preferable to the effects it’s guarding against!) Then at my grown up job I seemed to have everyone’s complaints, frustrations, problems & negativity dumped on my desk during a transition period where I’m already juggling more tasks & responsibilities than usual. Next challenge was GB having to be out of town for his grown up job ... he’s been out of town almost as many work days as he’s been IN town so far for 2022. And it’s all just hit me this morning, so I’m feeling a bit BLAH! 

So ... my antidote to the BLAH? ...

... pulling out my sewing pouch to work on my Secret Squirrel project. I can’t give you too many hints yet, but now you know there’ll be Cottage Garden Threads & cake - sounds like my kind of party. πŸ˜‰πŸ€£

Add a fave action flick & a cup of Tambourine Tea’s “Mango Tea” & maybe I’ll survive this week after all. 😜 What’s YOUR go-to remedy for a tough week? Would love to hear how you cheer yourself up. I hope you find time this weekend to do something that makes you smile. 😊 In the meantime, stay safe, stay well, keep stitching & keep smiling. Til next time ...

BEAR HUGS!

CHEERS!
KRIS 

PS. Have you emailed me your deets to join this year’s OPAM fun? We’re gathering our tribe to stitch, encourage & cheer each other on to finish (or work towards finishing) some of our projects, so why not join us?! 😊 


Thursday, 3 February 2022

Personality Colours!

Hello lovely blogging buddies! Just popping in to share a bit of my creative randomness with you. 😜

I was fondling my ever-growing addiction of CGT Cottage Garden Threads  ... er ... that is ... I was thoughtfully contemplating my collection of CGT to choose threads for a new design πŸ€£πŸ˜‚ ... & I let my eye wander to choose some thread colours that I feel best represent my personality. And what do you know ... 


... my eye was drawn to teals, turquoises, emeralds, sages, mints & aquas ... I must have been channeling my inner mermaid! (I’m a Pisces Mermaid ... which is much more glamorous than the traditional fish symbol, right?!) 🀣 Which colours represent “YOU”? Are you a green mermaid girl? A pink girly-girl? A sexy sky-blue girl? A bold burgundy girl? A racy red girl? 😜  We could start a new “thing” ... The Thread Colour Personally Guide! πŸ€£πŸ˜‚

I told you it was a bit random ... but I do LOOOOOOVE my CGTs! πŸ₯°πŸ˜ They really should make me their head cheerleader! Tee! Hee! Hee! Hope you’re all taking care of yourselves. Stay safe, keep stitching & keep smiling! 😊 Til next time ...

MERMAID BEAR HUGS! 🀣

CHEERS!
KRIS 

Tuesday, 1 February 2022

OPAM Is On Again!

 Here we go again! 😜 Yes, OPAM (One Project A Month for the uninitiated!) is back for another year of encouraging we creative types to ... Well ... CREATE! πŸ˜ And hopefully get some of the projects on our "To Do" list crossed off & added to our "Finishes" list. OPAM is all about taking some time out of busy schedules to recharge our creative batteries by playing with fabric, threads, wools, cottons & needles of all sorts. The goal is to finish at least one project per month for the year, which will give us a minimum of 12 finishes by the time we next sing "Auld Lang Syne" ... Or we will have at least made significant progress on some longer-term projects.

For a new year of OPAM, we need a new logo button ...





Thanks to my Beloved Geek Boy, we've got one. 😁 And do you see that rather large number on the badge? That's how many projects have been recorded by OPAMers since we started! Over 54,299 finishes! WOWSERS!! Are you ready to add some more to the tally by playing along? Let's keep it simple ... 

HOW DO I JOIN OPAM 2022?
1. Send me an email to tell me you'd like to play along. Please make sure you include: Your NAME, your BLOG ADDRESS, your EMAIL ADDRESS. My email address is: kris@tagalongteddies.com.au
2Right click on the new OPAM logo & "save as" to your files. Add it to your blog sidebar with a link back to my blog ... In case others who visit your blog would like to play along.
3. Under the OPAM badge on your sidebar, add a list of  2022 FINISHES which shows your finishes each month. You can add this as a blog page if you prefer ... As long as it's clear which finishes you've added each month.
4. At the end of each month, update your list of finishes (a blog post with photos is great to share & encourage others, too) AND email me your final tally for the month. Each month I'll choose a random prize winner who will receive a PDF copy of a Tag Along Teddies pattern I've designed as a fun, quick project.
5. Projects must be COMPLETELY FINISHED before being added to your tally ... Quilts have to be quilted & bound, cross stitcheries have to be framed or made into a project etc. if you aren't sure whether your project counts ... Email me & ask. 😁
6. Tallies should only include soft crafts ... Sewing, quilting, embroidery, cross/long stitch, crochet, knitting ... Again, if you're uncertain, email to check.
7. HAVE FUN CREATING!

There won't be a cut off date for sign up, people can just keep joining the fun as we go along. 😁 After a few weeks, I'll add a list of this year's OPAMers to my sidebar so you can hop around visiting & encouraging each other. It means we'll all have a world-wide cheer squad. 😁 (You can still see last year's participants list on my sidebar) And remember this is a LOW STRESS challenge, so if you have a month (or two or three!!) where life gets in the way or you're working on long term projects & don't have a finish to record ... IT'S OK! 😁

I think that covers the basics ... If questions come up as we go, I'll share them in a blog post. Other than that, I hope you all enjoy playing along with me again this year ... It's a nice, low key nudge for us all (me included, since I should set a good example, right?! 😜 ) to create & finish projects. Some of us are SERIAL STARTERS! Tee! Hee! Hee! 

Right now, though, I'm off to put the kettle on for a cup of Mango Tea. πŸ˜‰ Til next time ...

BEAR HUGS!

CHEERS!
KRIS

Monday, 17 January 2022

Happy New-ish Year!

Well ... there’s nothing like starting the year as you’re likely to go along, right?! 😜 We’re already two & a half weeks into 2022 & I’m just getting around to wishing you a happy new year. Why do I get the sneaking suspicion that I’m likely to be two & a half weeks behind for the rest of the year! Tee! Hee! Hee! I hope you all had the best Christmas & New Year period that you could have & that 2022 is being kind to you so far. Let me catch you up on my start to 2022 a little bit ...

GB & I both had some much-needed time off over the holidays (though not as much as we would have liked! 😜) & I think we left the house twice in 10 days! 😜 Apart from catching up with our parents, we were quite happy to stay away from everyone for a bit to sleep, read (me), binge watch favourite tv shows (GB), watch cricket (both of us) & generally recharge our batteries. By the second half of our break, we were even ready to tackle some jobs around the house, including ...


... painting our sitting room. When we bought our house seven years ago, it had all been painted in neutral taupe tones with white trims. While I love looking at photos of shabby chic neutrally decorated homes, it turns out I’m too much of a colour freak to live with neutral colours for too long. 😜 I’ve previously shared pics of our bedrooms as they’ve been updated, so ...above is GB in painting action & ...


... the same wall completed. The colour in the first pic is closer to the reality ... the second is taken at night with the new fairy lights on, so has a bit of a gold tone to it.


Another wall, looking through the arch, down the hallway that’s been painted the same dark sage-y green, towards the front door.. I love how it’s come up ... it makes me smile every time I walk through. πŸ₯° It feels so much cosier in there, now & the white trims really pop, as do the colours in my quilts & pretties. 😍

I also started working on a new Secret Squirrel project during my break for an exciting event coming up soon. I can’t give too much away, but this was the bundle of goodies I was given to design with ...


Pretty fabrics & some yummy Cottage Garden Threads! 😍 Can’t give too much away, though! 🀣 Stay tuned for updates. 

And switching from interior design to sewing stuff ... I’m finally wrapping up last year’s OPAM tally. I think there must have been a lot of people receiving handmade gifts for Christmas last year, because December was our largest tally for 2021 with ...

128 FINISHES!

WOWSER! Well done everyone! There might have also been more of us enjoying some time at home over the holidays so we had more opportunities to create. πŸ˜‰ Thank you all so much for playing along with me for OPAM 2021! I always feel so privileged to be part of your creative journey & hope the monthly check-in encourages you to spend time relaxing & creating. πŸ₯° And the winner of the December random draw is ...


Congrats Judy! Drop me an email & I’ll send you your PDF pattern prize. Judy has been playing along with OPAM since it kicked off in 2009 & she knits the most GORGEOUS socks ... amongst other things. 😜 For those of you who (like me!) find OPAM a helpful nudge to get creative & FINISH some projects, you’ll be pleased to know that I WILL be hosting OPAM again for 2022! 😁 Sign up will be in early February ... it’s a bit later start this year because besides running late to wrap up OPAM 2021 & chasing a design deadline, I’m working more hours at my grown up job for a bit while we’re short-staffed, so need a bit longer to get organised, so stay tuned for signup announcement! ☺️

 But right now, I can hear the kettle playing my song, so I’ll sign off & make myself a cup of tea. 😊 I hope you are all staying safe, staying well, keeping on stitching & keeping on smiling! ☺️ Til next time ...

BEAR HUGS!

CHEERS!
KRIS 




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