Friday, 16 March 2018

Testing, Testing! And A Weekend Catchup!

Happy Friday to all you gorgeous creatures out there in blogland! :0) I hope you've had a fantastic week. I'm pretty sure that time thief has been messing with me again, cos here it is ... Friday ... & I'm just managing to get back here to tell you about my LAST Friday. OOPS! :0)

Part of my problem was technical ... For complicated (& annoying!) reasons, I had to reset my Google password ... & that messed with SOOOOOOO many things that I forgot we're even linked to my Google account ... One of which was the blogging ap I had been using on my iPad. Apparently it was no longer compatible with Google, but as long as I had stayed logged in, it had let me keep using it. So my Beloved Geek Boy went looking for an alternative for me & after a couple of false starts, this one is closest to the one I'd been using ... So this is the test. :0)

Right ... So last Friday my Bestest-Buddy-Since-We-Were-Nine Lynette drove up the 'hill' from Brisbane for our first play date in quite a while. We decided to start our day by visiting somewhere we'd found on Facebook ... The Old Dairy , which offers a fun selection of vintage wares, collectibles & nick-knacks in the rustic surroundings of ... You guessed it! ... An old dairy. :0) It was a bit of a drive, but after our recent rain, everything was lush & green, so it was a pretty drive.

Once there, we had a look around & I confess, a couple of pretty things followed each of us home. :0) We then decided to top up our body fuel tanks with the coffee & cake special, which we chose to enjoy in the lovely pottager garden. I had garden envy. :0)

This was our view looking back down to the old dairy. Lots of cute & homey garden beds with quirky additions of pots & odd planters.

Some lovely big gum trees watched over us ... & more vege gardens ...

Looking up the hill ... Vege gardens & a grapevine draped frame ... You can see our little table to the right there, with Lynette pretending she doesn't know I'm taking photos! :0)

And here we are with our coffee & cake. What we both enjoyed about The Old Dairy was that it wasn't flash or fancy, made no claims to being gourmet ... It was as if you'd popped over to a friend's house for morning tea ... They were using their pretty, but mismatched china, had made nice French press coffee & cooked a cake & slice or two. We'll be going back for a return visit next time Lynette comes for a play date. :0)

Now ... Since this was the closest to my upcoming birthday that we would get to catch up, Lynette gave me my birthday giftie ...

... An oil diffuser. I've been looking for a nice, larger size diffuser for a while now & had mentioned to Lynette that I liked the wood finish style ... Et voila! I love it ... & it's making me smile as I type this. :0) The light changes through the whole rainbow spectrum & I'll often find myself mesmerised for ages by the changing colours. It also makes a gentle trickle sound as the water is heated to create the vapour, which I find relaxing. The best bit for this forgetful Pooh Bear is that you can set the timer on it for short lengths of time, or continuously ... And it automatically turns itself off when the water level drops below the set mark. No more scorched oil smells when I get sidetracked sewing & forget to top up. :0)

So ... That's how I spent last Friday. Today I'm hoping to put the finishing touches on the pattern requirements & instructions for the "Keys Of Life" stitchery pattern so it should be available next week. But right now, the kettle is calling my name, so I'm going to make myself a cup of tea & sit & watch the colours change on my diffuser ... I lead such an exciting life, don't I?!? Tee! Hee! Hee! Enjoy your weekend & til next time ...



Monday, 12 March 2018

OPAM Update & News!

Well ... I ran out of weekend before I got around to writing this post and I almost ran out of Monday as well! SHEESH! I'm pretty sure someone is stealing hours out of my days. :0P

So ... Remember how my GORGEOUS Partner-In-Crime Sweet Peg and I said we wouldn't be able to do monthly prizes this year because of the cost of posting prizes? WEEEEEEEEEEELL ... We had a little think, cos we really enjoy encouraging you gals in your creative efforts, SOOOOOOOO ... We came up with a little solution.

Each month Sweet Peg and I will take turns to choose THREE random winners, who will receive ... A PDF copy of an original Tag Along Teddies stitchery design! The stitchery will include the design to trace and stitching instructions and can be made up into whatever project you like. To show you how it can be used, I made it into a pretty and handy drawstring bag ...

It's not the best photo, as the shadows at night make it a bit tricky to get photos, but it gives you a bit of an idea. The wording says, "You are bee-utiful!" I'm looking forward to seeing how our prize winners use this cute stitchery. :0)

But wait! There's more!! :0) Sweet Peg has been playing in her sewing cave and created a special QUILT that she will be giving to a very lucky draw winner at the end of the year. All finishes for the year will go into the mega-draw for that gorgeous quilt from Sweet Peg. Are you a bit excited?? We are! :0)

So our first three prize winners for 2018 are ...

Congratulations gals! Drop me an email and I'll send your PDF stitchery to you to play with. Right now though, after a very busy day, I think I've earned a sit down with a cup of tea. :0) Enjoy your week everyone and happy creating! Til next time ...



PS. Google and I seem to be having some kind of "ISSUE" at the moment, so I'm hoping this uploads OK ... did I mention there are days I'm really unfond of technology?!?! SIGH!!!!!!

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Oops! Sunday Ran Out!!

That seems to be the case most weekends ... The weekend runs out before I'm ready for it! :0) I was supposed to tell you some exciting OPAM news ... But GB & I ended up out in the garden & lost track of time. I'll be back tomorrow night I promise.

I thought I'd share a cute pic to compensate. This little fella was watching us tidy up his home ...

Isn't he cute!! It's the tiniest bearded dragon I've ever seen. We named him "Lou" the lizard. :0)

I hope you had a fantastic weekend ... I'll be back tomorrow to share mine ... Along with the OPAM news. :0) Til next time ...




Friday, 2 March 2018

Laundry Safety Warning!!

Here's a laundry safety tip for you all:

If your front loader washing machine decides that it's gobbled up one too many bra underwires (GRRRR!) & gives up the ghost, refusing to move on from washing ... & washing ... & washing ... 


Cos all that washing & swooshing causes enormous amounts of BUBBLES & just like toothpaste once you've squeezed it out of the tube, once those suckers are OUT ... They ain't goin' back IN!!! 

SIGH! The machine is currently holding my towels to ransom. :0P This is NOT how I envisaged my Friday going. There goes the little cash stash we were saving towards a holiday. SIGH! I know I've said it before, but ... Being a grown up SUCKS!! :0P

I hope YOUR Friday is less stressful ... & that your bubbles are in a glass rather than spilling out of your washing machine! :0P Good thing I'm getting together with the Friday Night Sit N Sew gals tonight to soothe my battered sanity. :0) Have a fantastic ... & laundry-bubble-free weekend! :0) Til next time ...




Tuesday, 27 February 2018

A Bit Of A Catchup!

Here I am again, wondering where the days are going in this year. I'm sure we just had Christmas & now it's almost Easter! YIKES! At this rate, maybe I should just put my Christmas tree back up & be done with it! :0)

To be fair, this last week has been a wee bit busy (which seems to be the norm around the Meares' Madhouse!) with my Beloved Geek Boy away for work for a few days, which then ran into the weekend when I disappeared for a day to play with the Friday Night Sit N Sew gals for a mini retreat. I only went for the Saturday, but managed to pack in a lot of fun & laughs ... If not very much sewing! Tee! Hee! Hee! 

However, others did have their machines humming ...

... Linda finished this cute little bag ... Perfect as a gift for a little girl. Linda also finished a gorgeous quilt top ... But I forgot to take a photo. :0)

Julie finished the this quilt top ... Though she DID have a bit of a head start. One of her workmates decided she no longer had time to sew/quilt, so had a huge clean out, bundled all her sewing projects into a big bag & sold them to Julie. It was just like a stitcher's Christmas wish come true! There were lots of complete quilt kits, some just needing borders, some needing quilting & some like this one had some stitcheries to finish off. We're all always very interested to see what project Julie has found next to work on. :0)

And of course we all know you sew better after a drinkie or two. This was Julie's balanced quilting sustenance ... Balanced, as in ... One glass for each hand! Tee! Hee! Hee! As always, a HUGE thank you to the Marvellous Marion for organising our retreat. We're always completely spoilt with yummy food & treats.

I started working on some of the embroidery elements of my Butterfly Garden blocks, but really didn't make much headway, so no finishes for me to show off ... I'd better get busy tomorrow, hadn't I or that will be two months with no finishes for my OPAM list. Speaking of which ... Have you signed up with me or my GORGEOUS Partner-In-Crime Sweet Peg to play along? There's still room for more people to join us. And those who HAVE signed up ... Have you added your list of finishes under the OPAM badge on your blog & emailed your tally to Sweet Peg or me?? Well ... Get hopping, cos tomorrow we run out of February & we'll be doing our January/February prize draw ... & will reveal a little surprise we've been keeping up our sleeves. :0)

But right now, I think the kettle is calling my name, so I'm off to make a cuppa. Before I do, I've got a question for you ... How many stitchers does it take to wind a skein of thread onto a bobbin card??

Three ... Apparently!! :0) two to hold the thread & keep it from getting tangled & one to wind it on. This was some of our entertainment at our last Friday Night stitching session. Three of my crazy tribe ... Love 'em! :0) Til next time ...






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