Monday, January 31, 2011

Christmas Through The Year…

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My first finish for “Christmas Through The Year”…hosted by the lovely Allie….a table runner made from a few civil war blocks that I had lying round……..

OPAM…….Kris and I have been busy …..lots of emails, adding names, email and blog addresses to our spreadsheet….but, we have made the big decision to close off  OPAM on the 1st Feb, we still have a few spots left so if you would like to become an OPAMer, please send either Kris or I an email……January Finishes……please email them thru, and don’t forget to update your sidebars……because we are still adding names, we have decided to have 6 prizes for Feb…..we will take into account all January and February finishes….I will add all your names to my sidebar once we have closed off…..

Happy Monday

Take Care Peg….:>)….

A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

It is another one………




Another one has been done….it is stippled, the bind is attached….now all I need to do is sew it done….

So much to do……this sleeping and working thing…..why do we have to do that……LOL….

We still have a few spots left in OPAM…..if you would like to join…please see our post here….

Happy Sunday

Take care Peg….:>)..

Chase down your passion like it's the last bus of the night. 

Saturday, January 29, 2011

A bit of free time….





I should be doing come bookwork….but, I have some slack clients, and they haven’t dropped anything into me….so…..I am in the sewing room….here are a few projects I am working on….Enjoy your day

Happy Saturday

Take care Peg….:>)..

A smile is a powerful weapon; you can even break ice with it.

Friday, January 28, 2011

And ….”Sew Its Finished”…


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“Sew Its Finished”……..another one bites the dust…..I must admit I am really enjoying quilting my little pile of quilts, but I am doing  all the easy ones first… has been so hot….43 on Wed and yesterday was 42…..just so draining….

Please see my post here if you are interested in joining OPAM 2011

Happy Friday ……………..

Take Care Peg :>)….

I love this one…

Some things have to be believed to be seen.  ~Ralph Hodgson

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Another one….and OPAM…




Here is another one of my quilts under the machine….I did this one so many years ago on one of our Cottage On the Hill Retreats at Nundle….(oh dear it looks like I should tidy that shelf in my top picture…)


Wow……we have had an awesome response to OPAM 2011…..we still have a few spots available….so if you want to join in…please just read the guidelines on my previous post…and sign up…we would love to have you play along with us…

Could Elizabeth, who made a comment about joining OPAM…sorry you are set as a no-reply comment blogger….could you contact me again please..

And we have a new blogger amongst us…..Lyn has become an OPAMer as well…..please take a moment and pop over and say Hi to Lyn….


I didn’t get to do a post yesterday….I hope every one had a wonderful “Australia Day”…..I am so proud to be … Aussie…

Happy Thursday

Take Care Peg….:>)

One moment of patience may ward off great disaster.  One moment of impatience may ruin a whole life.


Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Sign Up Day…..OPAM 2011


OPAM 2011……..

One Project A Month….

Would you like to play?????

Do ya wanna become a

OPAM er….

We would love for you to join us, but we do have some guidelines…so please have a read…..

and then sign up……

The idea of the “One Project A Month Challenge” is pretty simple ... To try to finish at least ONE craft project by the end of each month. This can be something you’ve had partly done for a while (a Work In Slow Progress WISP), a pattern you bought ages ago that you finally get around to making up, or a completely new project. This is meant to be a low-stress challenge - if you don’t finish a project every month - that’s fine! We understand sometimes life interferes with our plans. We also realise some projects are meant to be long-term and have a LOT of work involved, like a quilt or a cross-stitch. The main aim of the OPAM Challenge is to give us all a bit of a motivational boost and to give us all a big cheer squad to encourage and inspire us.

However, there is quite a bit of time and work involved in running OPAM, so Kris and I have some guidelines we ask people to take note of AND please only sign up if you intend to follow through. If for some reason during the year you decide you don’t wish to remain part of the OPAM Challenge, just drop Kris or Peg an email to let us know. Please read through all guidelines before you sign up.

1. Participants must have an ACTIVE BLOG. (sorry non-bloggers, it was too hard to keep track of people who didn’t have a blog and dropped out of contact.) If you change your blog address, drop us an email telling us your old address and what you’ve changed it to. If your blog is already, or you change it, to invitation only, please send either Kris and I invitations, or we can’t check your finishes list each month.

2. The number of participants in the 2011 OPAM Challenge will be limited to 200 - first in best dressed!

3. Participants can sign up via email to Kris or Peg, or via a comment on EITHER blog AS LONG AS it includes all asked for information.

4. Participants MUST provide all info asked for. * Name (first and initial of surname in case of double up names); * Email; * Blog address.

5. Participants MUST have the OPAM Challenge badge on their blog sidebar and link it to either Kris’s or Peg’s blog.

6. Participants MUST keep a list of each month’s finishes on their blog sidebar and update it BEFORE the last day of each month. (This is easiest if you add each project as you finish it.)

7. Only ‘soft’ crafts are included in the OPAM Challenge, ie. Projects made from fabric or wool. Some examples are: embroidery, patchwork, quilting, cross-stitch, knitting, crochet, practical sewing (curtains, clothes etc), long stitch, appliqué.

8. QUILTS: A quilt will only be counted as a finish if it is COMPLETELY finished ... Quilted and bound. Flimsies/tops won’t count as finishes.

9. BOM’s: Blocks that are part of a BOM (Block Of the Month) program will only be counted as a finish when they are joined, quilted and bound. Individual BOM blocks DO NOT count as a finish.

10. OPTIONAL: If you are able to email Peg or Kris your list of finishes each month BEFORE the end of the month, this would be appreciated, as it cuts down the amount of time it takes to check finishes for the month. (and save Peg and Kris from getting square eyes! Tee! Hee! Hee!)

11. Lastly, participants MUST ... Have fun! After all, the reason we craft and create is to relax, have fun and take some time away from the “Have to” tasks to do the “Like to do” ones! :0)

Details for the button and link will be emailed to you after you have signed up…..thanks a lot

Happy OPAM sign up day….

Take Care Peg….:>)….

To think creatively, we must be able to look afresh at what we normally take for granted.



Monday, January 24, 2011

It’s finished….







New Beginnings ..QLD Floor Appeal…..another sewing bag completed…I have a pin cushion and needle holder made, I just need to do a bit of hand sewing to finish them off…..

And tomorrow is sign up day for……………..


Happy Monday

Take Care Peg….:>)…..

Patience is the ability to count down before you blast off.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Two more………





Friday night I sandwiched together two of the small quilt tops that were in my little stash of 20….and yesterday after doing a few hours work I was able to quilt them, because they were small it didn’t take long at all to stipple them and add a bind…The top quilt has to be one of the oldest ones I had sitting there and the next one at least that was only made last year…

Happy Sunday

Take Care Peg….;>)………..

Sunday clears away the rust of the whole week.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

OPAM 2011……



So…..whaddathink……do ya like it…..our new button for OPAM 2011…….designed by Kris’s very talented GB….please take note, on the bottom of the button as we update our spreadsheet with finishes the total number of completed projects will be updated…..(you are awesome Scott thanks so much)…..

As you can see, since OPAM started in 2009, the hosts being, Kris and May Britt ,(who did a most amazing job, thanks May Britt for making it so easy for me to step in) the total number of finishes since then has been 12,890, which is mind boggling….

You'll also see that we have added a count-down to our sidebar sunder the new logo, (Also done by Kris’s GB) …sign up doesn't start until January 25, Eastern Australian time and some of you were a bit worried you'd miss it, so the time has been set on the countdown for midday ... ……Sign up will begin AFTER Kris and I post on the 25th with the guidelines for OPAM 2011. Please….no sign ups before that, as we won't be adding names until then to keep it fair. Places will again be limited to 200, so first in best dressed…so please keep an eye on our blogs…… both Kris and I are just so excited about OPAM 2011 and we do hope you will join us again….and it would be so nice to see lots of first timers also join in on our 2011 journey…..

Have a fabtabulous Saturday…

Take Care….Peg…..014F96~1[5]

Most smiles are started by another smile.


Friday, January 21, 2011

Snap Happy…





Two more of the “Snap Happy Bags”…….just love making these…

Happy Friday

Take Care Peg……:>)…..

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. 

Thursday, January 20, 2011

More time…





This is one of the sewing bags I have made for Gum Tree Designers  QLD Flood appeal…The stitchery design is Daisy Do by Jen…I still need to make a needle case and pin cushion to match…..

Happy Thursday

Take Care Peg….:>)…

Everybody needs a hug.  It changes your metabolism.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

This makes number three….



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“Sew Its Finished”……this is number three quilt…for the life of me I cannot remember the name of this fabric….It will come to me I am sure….the little patches I have added will become more shaggy as I wash it…….but it is a good feeling to have it completed…well my list did grow to 23….but now it is down to 20..…

Happy Wednesday…

Take Care Peg….:>)…

 The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011







Two more little finishes… of the little “Snap Happy” bags and another mug rug….


and this little fellow…..was one of my better creations….my eldest son Luke, who turns 28 today….Happy Birthday Dookie Dook….

Happy Tuesday…

Take Care Peg…..:>)….

You don't raise heroes, you raise sons.  And if you treat them like sons, they'll turn out to be heroes, even if it's just in your own eyes.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Sew Its Finished..

 Sew Its Finished….this is my second finish…but…..I have a confession….I have found two more quilts…so that is 7 extra I have found….oh dear….so that brings my total of tops to 22…….well it is now 20 to be completed…..the fabric is Charisma…by Moda……I have added a peeper to this one…
Happy Monday
Take Care Peg….:>)…
Trust that little voice in your head that says "Wouldn't it be interesting if..."  And then do it.