Monday, 22 August 2016

Holiday Girly Day!

A big "G'day!" to everyone in blogland this fine Monday morning. I can be cheerful on a Monday this week cos I'm still on holiday! :0) Mind you ... the time is going so quickly that I just know I'm going to run out of holiday before I do everything I'd been planning. SIGH! Isn't that always the way?!

Although last week seemed to disappear rather quickly, I DID manage to finish two and a half of the three projects that will be included in my new pattern release. It's all still Secret Squirrel at the moment, but I promise to share soon. I'm also about half way through my FAVOURITE (NOT!!) part of the designing process, the writing of instructions. For some reason, if people buy a pattern they don't appreciate just being told to "Fudge It Til It Fits!" Tee! Hee! Hee! More work on that this afternoon ... this morning was for sleeping in, reading a little and a blog catch up. :0)

One of the other things I've managed to do during my holiday was to enjoy a girly road trip with my Mum and her Partner-In-Mischief Marg. I've told you before that Mum coordinates packing Christmas shoe boxes as part of the Samaritans Purse Operation Christmas Child ... well, when I passed through Laidley a couple of months ago, I spotted a cheap shop that would be a great source of items for the boxes and promised Mum I'd take her for a drive. (Most cheap shops have closed in Toowoomba.)

So last Friday, I gathered up Mum and Marg and off we went. It was a bit of a mini-tour through the Lockyer Valley. :0) We stopped off for morning tea at Cafe Sorella in Forest Hill. After a browse through their lovely and unusual range of giftwares (a pretty scarf came home with me!) we enjoyed a coffee and some delicious cheesecake for me and pecan pie for Mum and Marg. YUMMO! Thus fortified, we hit the road again for Laidley.

My pretty new scarf. It made me think of Monet's gorgeous, dreamy paintings of his garden and water lilies. :0)

Once in Laidley, we visited the cheap shop, a couple of op-shops (second hand shops) and a couple of craft co-operatives. At which point, we decided we were a bit peckish and lunch was in order. I have to say, visitors to Laidley are rather spoilt for choice when it comes to places to eat ... several lovely cafes, as well as a couple of bakeries offered yummy food. Since we were only looking for something light, we chose the pretty "Rustique Rose" tea rooms and florist. OH! It was so PRETTY!!

This is what you see as you walk in the door.

More of the florist side of the shop ... I loved that window frame display cabinet.

And here are my charming road trip companions ... Mum and Marg. You can tell just by looking at them that they get into all sorts of mischief together, can't you?! :0) And people wonder why I end up in mischief!! Tee! Hee! Hee!

After a lovely day out, finding some treasures, stocking up bits for the shoe boxes and enjoying our spinach and fetta scrolls for lunch, we were ready to head home ... but Mum spotted a shoe shop! So of course we HAD to visit it. :0) It was well worth it! Can I tell you, Laidley Shoez had a wonderful range of good quality shoes at great prices ... and they were DIFFERENT to other stores. I get so frustrated that, even shopping in a city as big as Toowoomba, there is little variety to be found in so many things ... all the stores seem to have the same-ol-same-ol choices. So ... after searching all winter for a new pair or red shoes ... a lovely, comfy pair came home from Laidley with me! :0)

And then we really were all shopped out and ready to head home, which we did ... stopping along the way at a fruit barn to stock up on fresh fruit and veg - YUMMO! :0)

So you can see that even though I haven't GONE on holiday, I'm managing to squeeze in some fun stuff during my break. :0) But right now, I think it's time to make myself a cuppa and get back to my pattern instruction writing ... GROAN!! I hope you all had a lovey weekend and that your week is off to a wonderful start ... and may it continue to be wonderful! :0) Til next time ...

BEAR HUGS!

CHEERS!
KRIS




Sunday, 14 August 2016

Birthdays & Holidays!

Two things we all love, right? Even if we handily forget just how many birthdays we've had! Tee! Hee! Hee! This particular birthday was as close to my heart as my own ...

My Beloved Geek Boy celebrated another year on the 11th and we had a lovely lunch out today with the In-Laws and the Outlaws ... his parents and mine. :0) Delicious food was enjoyed in good company over fantastic views ... though he didn't wear a tie as in the above photo of an earlier birthday celebration! Tee! Hee! Hee!

And ... I'm on HOLIDAY!! WOO! HOO!!!! There have been many happy dances danced, many bootie shakes shaken and many cheeky grins grinned at the half of the Meares' Madhouse who ISN'T on holiday. I know ... I'm not a nice person ... but then, I've never pretended to be! Tee! Hee! Hee! I'm not going anywhere and haven't got big plans, it's just time for a break away from the everyday routine to give myself a chance to recharge the batteries, to sleep in a little, relax a little, sew a LOT ... and write some pattern instructions ... GROAN!! There is a LOOOOOOONG list of things that I want to achieve during this next two weeks ... I'm ever optimistic! :0)

And even though it's not the official first day of my holiday until tomorrow, I've already made a start ... on a Secret Squirrel project, so I can't show you just yet. But ... I CAN tell you it's a little out of my comfort zone, in terms of the type of project it is ... AND the colour. To keep you guessing, I can show you that it will need this ...

Yes, I'm playing with some more of the chalky, painty goodness that comes in a can from the lovely Julianna at Canterbury Blue EZ2 Paint. Do you see that little colour dot to the left of the paint label ... and the name of it? Told you it's not my usual. :0) Add some ageing wax and some clear glass knobs and you'll have ... a SURPRISE! :0) I promise to share pics of the finished project when I can, but for now, it's under wraps.

So ... what have YOU been up to this weekend? Are you painting? Sewing? Gardening? Lazing around? I'd love to hear how you spent your weekend. :0)

Before I head off to enjoy a cup of Moroccan Mint tea before bed ... OPAMers ... There was a tally of  184 finishes for July - WOO! HOO! :0) Well done to you all. My GORGEOUS Partner-In-Crime Sweet Peg has done the prize draw, so hop across and see if you were the lucky winner. I hope you're all enjoying being part of the OPAM fun ... I know Sweet Peg and I enjoy seeing all your wonderful projects ... those you've finished as well as those long-term projects you're all working on. Such clever clogs crafters you all are. :0)

Right ... that tea is calling my name. :0) Enjoy you week ... I know I will! :0) Til next time ...

BEAR HUGS!

CHEERS!
KRIS


Sunday, 7 August 2016

And It's Sunday Again!

How did that happen?? Surely it was just Friday night and I was rubbing my hands together with glee over a weekend. SIGH! :0) Still, I have managed to acheive a bit during that time that's whizzed by ... including some sewing AND ... finally getting a photos of my finished Beetle Boogie Quilt. :0) Wanna see?? Really??? :0) OK!

My Quilting Fairy the Fabulous Fiona has done a MAGNIFICENT job quilting my beetles. I especially love how the echo quilting around them makes them look like they're jiggling along. Can't you just feel the summer sun beaming down as you cruise down to the beach with some funky 60's music playing on the radio while you and your friends sing along loudly? Or maybe that's just my mid-winter wish for a beach break! Tee! Hee! Hee!

Now begins the procrastination ... er ... instruction writing phase. :0P Can you tell how excited about that I am?! I've got a couple of weeks off work starting at the end of this week, so guess what I'll be doing during that time. :0)

OPAM gals ... last call for your July finishes ... the blog hopping is just about finished, so email your tally to me or my Gorgeous Partner-In-Crime Sweet Peg ASAP. Have you been popping around to visit fellow OPAMers? If you haven't, I can recommend a hop ... you'll see all sorts of gorgeous projects

But right now, I'm heading off to keep a date with my pillow so I'm as ready as possible to cope with Monday ... if anyone is every really ready to cope with Monday. :0) I hope you've all had a relaxing weekend ... and that Monday doesn't throw too many curve balls at you. :0) Til next time ...

BEAR HUGS!

CHEERS!
KRIS


Sunday, 31 July 2016

MMEEP! MMEEP!

Hello to you all out there in blogland! I hope you're enjoying your weekend. Mine seems to have zipped by in a bit of a blur and I'm not sure that I achieved many of the things on my "To Do" list ... SIGH! However, the weather has been lovely and warm again, so I have had a bit of energy for some gardening and sewing ... though I suspect the nasty cold winter weather will be back again in the next few days ... SIGH!! There's a bit of sighing going on here, isn't there?! :0)

So ... to my post title ... MMEEP! MMEEP! Nope ... not the Road runner ... another block finished for my design-in-progress. :0) I'm having a lot of fun with the bright batiks and black backgrounds ... wanna see a sneaky peeky?? :0)

 It's an electric blue Vespa. :0) Now I'm dreaming of tooling around the streets of some pretty Italian fishing village, looking for a cosy ristorante that looks out over the sapphire blue Mediterranean to sit back and take in the view whilst munching something tasty. Yes ... my overactive imagination DOES get me into all sorts of trouble. :0) But ... don't you now want to come with me?! Tee! Hee! Hee! 

There's one more block to design and applique for this new quilt and I know what I want to do ... it's just a bit tricky to get it right. That will be this week's task. :0)

And speaking of tasks, sewing and finishes ... OPAMers ... it's the end of another month. Have you remembered to update your sidebar list of finishes? Have you dropped me or Sweet Peg a quick email with your tally for July? Well ... hop to it! :0) Don't forget ... if you email your finishes through to me, please check that you've got the address right ... A few emails have gone astray since my Beloved Geek Boy made some changes to the server my emails are routed through ... just double-check that you're sending to: kris@tagalongteddies.com.au .

Right ... I'm off to have a relaxing cup of peppermint tea before I head to bed. Have a fantastic week, everyone! :0) Til next time ...

BEAR HUGS!

CHEERS!
KRIS


Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Beatling Along ... Still!!

Hellooooooooo! To all of you lovelies out there in blogland! I seem to stay away for longer than I intend to, but somehow the days keep leaking into each other and before I know it, I've lost track of a few and I find a week or more has passed - Oops! :0)

While it's hard for me to remember, as I sit huddled under my blankie, waiting for the fire to get going so it warms things up a bit, we had some lovely 'spring' weather last week. And since my Beloved Geek Boy and I are both hot weather chickens, there was a flurry of activity around the house and garden as the warmer weather recharged our energy batteries, which meant no blogging ... and I've been rather slack in answering emails, too. SORRY!! I shall try to do better, I promise. :0)

However ... amidst out-of-season spring cleaning, gardening and enjoying only having one layer of clothing instead of three ... I DID manage a finish last week. My Quilting Fairy, the Fabulous Fiona finished weaving her quiting magic on my "Beatle Boogie" quilt and it is FANTASTIC!! I just love that I can hand over a pretty, but 'flat' quilt top to Fiona and tell her to do whatever the quilt calls her to do ... and I'm handed back a living quilt full of movement and texture. Thanks Fiona!! :0)

Now, I haven't managed to get a good overall photo of the beatles yet, but I took a couple of close-up shots to share with you ...

Don't you love Fiona's echo quilting?!!! :0)

Not only does it remind me of the very early 60's/70's music video clips that relied on slightly psychedelic special effects, it gives the beatles movement and looks like their beatling or boogying along the road on their way to the beach or a really groovy party, dude! Tee! Hee! Hee!

I promise that as soon as we get a nice sunny day without gale force winds, I'll take a pic of the whole, finished quilt. Now of course comes my FAVOURITE part of the design process ... NOT!!! Yep, I need to write the instructions ... GROAN!! Still ... it's nice to have something to add to my finishes list for July.

And speaking of July finishes ... OPAMers!! Are you ready to update your sidebar lists and email your tallies through to me or my GORGEOUS Partner-In-Crime Sweet Peg? Don't forget!! And while you're chatting to Sweet Peg ... be sure to congratulate her on the safe arrival of grandie number two ...Wren Olivia. Congratulations Moo Moo! :0)

And now I'm off to stoke up that fire and get it to roaring-bush-fire-heat level so I can thaw out my fingers and toesies ... none of which seem to have been truly warm today ... SIGH!! I am SOOOOOO counting down to spring!! :0) Hope you're all having a fabulous start to your week and managing to schedule in some "YOU" time to be creative. Keep BEATLING and BOOGYING along my funky friends! :0) Til next time ...

BEAR HUGS!

CHEERS!
KRIS


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