Tuesday, January 31, 2012

OPAM…last of the blocks…






these are my final three blocks, I have been in a block swap with Maree over the past 12 months….I have really enjoyed this swap and the blocks Maree has made for me are just stunning….


OPAM 2012….we are going to close signups today…so, it is not too late for you to become an OPAMer…so please pop HERE if you are interested..

Happy Tuesday

Take Care Peg

Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Lots done ….




I did achieve heaps yesterday….in my dedicated ‘me day’……did you get to have a bit of ‘me time’, I hope so…I need to do a few hours work, so no me time at the moment…

Happy Sunday…..

Take Care Peg….

The most important trip you may take in life is meeting people halfway.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Beautiful People….and a declared ‘me day’……..



Generous friends……this little stash of patterns has been sent to me by my lovely friend Jan…to be used as OPAM prizes…so very generous and thoughtful, massive sloppy mwah is coming your way Jan from Kris and I….xx


A little project I am working on today, the stitchery was designed by the so very talented Cheryl – from her Under the Sea BOM..

You know it is still not too late to become and OPAMer…………….so if you are keen please have a read …..HERE

I have just declared today as…….”a me day”…..and that is just what I am doing….LOL….so I hope you can as well…..

Happy Saturday to you all….

take care Peg….

Put a grain of boldness into everything you do.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

I am proud to be an Aussie….

Today I thought I would share with you a poem that was written about my home town of Narromine by

Banjo Patterson….

The City of Dreadful Thirst..

THE stranger came from Narromine and made his little joke —
‘They say we folks in Narromine are narrow-minded folk.
‘But all the smartest men down here are puzzled to define
‘A kind of new phenomenon that came to Narromine.

‘Last summer up in Narromine 'twas gettin' rather warm —
‘Two hundred in the water-bag, and lookin' like a storm —
‘We all were in the private bar, the coolest place in town,
‘When out across the stretch of plain a cloud came rollin' down,

‘We don't respect the clouds up there, they fill us with disgust,
‘They mostly bring a Bogan shower — three rain-drops and some dust;
‘But each man, simultaneous-like, to each man said, "I think
‘That cloud suggests it's up to us to have another drink!"

‘There's clouds of rain and clouds of dust — we'd heard of them before,
‘And sometimes in the daily press we read of "clouds of war":
‘But — if this ain't the Gospel truth I hope that I may burst —
‘That cloud that came to Narromine was just a cloud of thirst.

‘It wasn't like a common cloud, 'twas more a sort of haze;
‘It settled down about the streets, and stopped for days and days,
‘And not a drop of dew could fall and not a sunbeam shine
‘To pierce that dismal sort of mist that hung on Narromine.

‘Oh, Lord! we had a dreadful time beneath that cloud of thirst!
‘We all chucked-up our daily work and went upon the burst.
‘The very blacks about the town that used to cadge for grub,
‘They made an organised attack and tried to loot the pub.

‘We couldn't leave the private bar no matter how we tried;
‘Shearers and squatters, union-men and blacklegs side by side
‘Were drinkin' there and dursn't move, for each was sure, he said,
‘Before he'd get a half-a-mile the thirst would strike him dead!

‘We drank until the drink gave out, we searched from room to room,
‘And round the pub, like drunken ghosts, went howling through the gloom.
‘The shearers found some kerosene and settled down again,
‘But all the squatter chaps and I, we staggered to the train.

‘And, once outside the cloud of thirst, we felt as right as pie,
‘But while we stopped about the town we had to drink or die.
‘But now I hear it's safe enough, I'm going back to work
‘Because they say the cloud of thirst has shifted on to Bourke.

‘But when you see those clouds about — like this one over here —
‘All white and frothy at the top, just like a pint of beer,
‘It's time to go and have a drink, for if that cloud should burst
‘You'd find the drink would all be gone, for that's a cloud of thirst!’


We stood the man from Narromine a pint of half-and-half;
He drank it off without a gasp in one tremendous quaff;
‘I joined some friends last night,’ he said, ‘in what they called a spree;
‘But after Narromine 'twas just a holiday to me.’

And now beyond the Western Range, where sunset skies are red,
And clouds of dust, and clouds of thirst, go drifting overhead,
The railway-train is taking back, along the Western Line,
That narrow-minded person on his road to Narromine.

Happy Australia Day

Take Care Keep Safe….


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Another little finish…….





This is what I call a mini project holder……the stitchery is a Leanne Beasley design…

have you thought about becoming an OPAMer…..well…if you have please go to this post and have a bit of a read…HERE

happy Wednesday

Take Care Peg…

Dare to reach out your hand into the darkness, to pull another hand into the light.


Tuesday, January 24, 2012






My little wall hanging is completed….I  made this using my “Go Cutter”….I have pulled out some wool, I have a bit of an idea for these flowers and wool….what do you think??

Happy Tuesday

Take Care Peg

We are each of us angels with only one wing, and we can only fly by embracing one another.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Another weekend project…





This is another little project that I was working on yesterday…..the stitchery I used was designed my Leanne Beasley and it was taken from the Vignette Books…

If you would like to become an OPAMer…,please go HERE…

Happy Monday

Take Care Peg…

The shortest answer is doing.

Sunday, January 22, 2012






If you would like to become an OPAMer…, we would love to have you…. it is sign up time, if you are interested please see the post below…

OMG…how good was the tennis last night….well done to Leyton…GO THE AUSSIES… another good game tonight…..

Today I am finishing off my wall hanging….and yesterday afternoon after working in the morning I decided to organize my sewing rooms (I have taken over both the spare bed rooms)…I just shake my head, will I ever use it all……LOL…had fun touching and sorting it…..LOL

Happy Sunday…..

Take care Peg…..

Sunday clears away the rust of the whole week.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Do ya wanna play………OPAM 2012


Hi everyone…..we would love for you to join us in

OPAM 2012

If you would like to become a 2012 OPAMer please just take a moment and have a read of our guidelines below…and then if you wanna play you can email either

Kris   or   Peg

and what  we need from you is….

* Name (first and initial of surname in case of double up names); * Email; * Blog address.

The One Project A Month (OPAM) Challenge Guidelines 2012

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 Peg or Kris an email to let us know. Please read through all guidelines before you sign up.

1. Participants must have an ACTIVE BLOG. 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 Peg and Kris invitations, or we can’t check your finishes list each month.

2. Numbers for won’t be limited for the sign up for OPAM 2012, BUT ... it WILL close on January 31 ... You must sign up before that or miss out on joining in the fun.

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. (a link with instructions will come with your welcome email)

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.) If you can put this directly under the OPAM badge on your sidebar it will be easier for Peg and Kris to find 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. If you can 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!)

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)

Kris and I do hope you will join us again for OPAM 2012

so please email * Name (first and initial of surname in case of double up names); * Email; * Blog address.

Pegs email ….. pegcoen@bigpond.net.au

Kris’s email ….. kris@tagalongteddies.com

Take Care Peg….

Sewing mends the soul.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

New project in the making…





A new project in the making…..this will be, hopefully, a sewing machine cover once I finish…

one sleep until we launch OPAM 2012

Take Care Peg

Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.  ~John Lennon

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Finally used the fabric…




Another Journal cover….I have made two journal covers from these two pieces of fabrics….I purchases this fabric I would say 8 years ago…loving the fabric, but never knowing what to make with it…I am so pleased that I have finally used it….I sometimes wonder why I buy fabric and just hang onto it…I often find it hard to make that first cut….


this great big hunk is my number one son and today he turns 29..happy birthday my darling boy….

2 sleeps …..OPAM 2012 sign up

Happy Wednesday

Take Care Peg

Forgiveness is a funny thing.  It warms the heart and cools the sting.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Making progress…




I have completed the buttonhole work on a wall hanging I have been working on….another project using my ‘go cutter’….

3 sleeps   ……   OPAM 2012 launch…….

Happy Tuesday

Take Care Peg….

The purpose of life is a life of purpose.

Monday, January 16, 2012




First one is completed……this is my version of SKOW…I have decided to do needle turn, I have tried needle turn a few times, but, I have never been happy with it…..My very special friend Helen, gave me lots of advice, tips and she even did a DVD for me, (how special is she)…lots of room for improvement but here is my first block…

thanks Helen…xx

4 sleeps until OPAM 2012 is launched….

Happy Monday

Take care Peg….

He who angers you conquers you.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

My sons……and their girls…


A Night at the Bowlie Club (DH is the manager here)….This lot is part of my family…the two cuties in the middle are my twin sons and of course either side are the gorgeous girls in their lives…

Happy Saturday..

Take Care Peg….

All for one and one for all
My brother and my friend
What fun we have
The time we share
Brothers 'til the end.


Friday, January 13, 2012

My baby……




I am having a day off today….my darling son (he is number one twin, which is number two son) and his gorgeous girlfriend are visiting for a couple of days….they are off playing golf at the moment with his brother and his Dad… and when they return we are going fishing (I am taking some stitching..LOL…..)….and this is another journal that I have completed…

Have the best Friday

Take Care Peg….

Son, you outgrew my lap, but never my heart.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

A ‘Go’ Project




This was my first bash at making something with my “Go” Cutter….I know …it is…a journal cover….LOL…a gift for a friend

Happy Thursday…..

Take care Peg…

Bring the past only if you are going to build from it.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012







The sewing pouch is completed ….as you can see in the first photos the dye run is really not too bad…the colour of the linen I have used does hide it a bit and I think the fabric sort of lightens the run…….I really would like to thank everyone for all there help in what I should do to possibly fix the problem…

…..xx to you all…

Happy Wednesday

Take care Peg

I've got a theory that if you give 100 percent all of the time, somehow things will work out in the end.