Saturday, January 31, 2015

Still time……..


Would you like to become an OPAMer….

if so…

Please have a read….


The One Project A Month (OPAM) Challenge Guidelines 2015

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 Gorgeous 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 me 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.

2. Numbers won’t be limited for the sign up for OPAM 2015, BUT ... it WILL close on February 1 ... 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.

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. You may also choose to have a separate OPAM 2015 page on your blog.  That’s fine too as long as it’s clearly labelled.

7. Only ‘soft’ crafts are included in the OPAM Challenge, ie. Projects made from fabric, thread 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 Kris or Peg 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 Kris or Peg 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)



Do you think you might like to join us…..

if so we would love to hear from you….

Happy Saturday…..

take care, keep safe



Friday, January 30, 2015

just stuff


Slow progress…but I am back working on more LB blocks….


I have just competed this little stitchery and I think I have an obsession with variegated thread!!!!!…

Happy Friday, take care, keep safe



Thursday, January 29, 2015

Just a couple……




I did actually do some SKOW blocks…from the previous SAL…these are the last and I have made them into… of course a couple of mug rugs!!!!!…

Sorry about the photos I had the sun in the wrong spot…

Happy Thursday, take care, keep safe


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

I have made a start….SAL



My Goal is to finish my SAL…this year… gotta have goals……LOL

The needle turn is not the best…..lots of improvement needed but I am hoping the more I do the better it will be…I think I have said this before and given up….

but not is time….(I hope)

still not too late to become an OPAMer…!!!! go HERE and have a read if you are keen please sign up….

Happy Wednesday

Take care, keep safe


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Julie has done her magic again





I made this quilt well over 10 years ago…maybe even longer…it was a BOM from the Fat Quater Shop…

A couple of weeks ago I sent the quilt to the amazing Julie to be quilted and she has done a totally awesome job once again…

Thanks so much Julie…..xx

Not too late to become and OPAMer…..if you are keen please check out this post

Happy Tuesday, take care, keep safe



Monday, January 26, 2015

Have a good one….




Friday, January 23, 2015

Special Friends and ONE

Truly thoughtful blogging friends have touched my heart….again


Sent to me by my gorgeous friend Maree…. 2 yummy patterns…and a card filled with beautiful words….


Last week I asked about linen…where can I get some!!….and my very dear friend Cheryl sent me a gift of these gorgeous pieces….can’t wait to cut into these………

massive hugs to both of these very thoughtful friends…….xxxxx



As you can see by the year to date total 39,276…OPAMers are amazing….

Kris and May Britt started the event in 2009…..and I joined my lovely partner in crime Kris in 2010….

So it is only one sleep

Happy Friday

take care

keep safe


Thursday, January 22, 2015

Project Folder….Diary Winners




I finished this last weekend…Using a Lucy Boston block…another project folder…

Thank you or all the comments made on my little giveaway of the covered diaries….

the winners are

Vicki Reed

Kim (Quilting With Kim)


Ladies, please can you  email to me your mailing address and I will get the diaries in the post to you

thanks again

Happy Thursday….

2 sleeps till OPAM signup

Take Care, Keep safe


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The pattern is here…..




SAL……The pattern is here….woo hoo and I am thinking I might use these Riley Blake Fabrics….purchased a while ago from the lovely Fee….


Speaking of the  Lovely Fee, last week, Fee sent me a “Just Because gift” and in the parcel she included some very yummy fabric….

I have made myself two new tea towels for my Kitchen….

thank you again Fee for being so caring…

3 Sleeps till OPAM 2015 SIGNUP….


is the big day….

My little giveaway….last day if you want to go in the draw just go

here and say HI…

Happy Wednesday take care, keep safe


A friend is someone...

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Jen’s BOM



I have made a start…

Jens’ BOM….Vintage Kitchen…..


OPAM Signup for 2015

4 sleeps…..

If you would like to go in a draw to win one of my covered 2015 diaries please see previous post….

Happy Tuesday, take care, keep safe


Good friends

Monday, January 19, 2015

Bits and Pieces…



Our very dear Wendy shared this really cute stitchery with the FNSI ladies….mwah Wendy and this is what I have done with the stitchery, I made this little candle mat…



Working on a couple of UFO blocks…nearly done…..


Of you would like to win one of my 2015 diaries….please pop over to this post and make a comment….just a little “Hi” Is all you need to say…

Happy Monday, take care, keep safe



Sunday, January 18, 2015

A little giveaway



I seem to have gone a little mad and made a couple of extra 2015 Diaries….

So I will have a little giveaway….if you would like to maybe win one of these, please,  just make a comment on todays post and your name will go into a draw….

Sorry Aussie Bloggers only….

I will draw the winners in a couple of days…thanks a lot


Happy Sunday, take care, keep safe



Saturday, January 17, 2015

I have been spoilt…again



Yesterday I received a parcel from the very generous amazing Fee….she called it a “Just because gift”…..a gorgeous  decorated tea towel she has made plus some very yummy fabric, I will show you in a day or so what I do with the fabric ……so very thoughtful……massive big coming again to you Fee…..xxxx



And I think I have mentioned I have two Bosses….I have my day job at the local Ford Dealership…

and then I call into the Shed….and do a bit of work for Pete….this year I have worked for Pete for 40 years,  yep, a very long time….LOL

Pete does a lot of travelling these days and my DH is my offsider when he is away…Besides a very generous bonus each year Pete  always picks up a little something for me when he is away, this year he spent Christmas in England with is daughter…he Visited Windsor Castle and found these yummy Liberty Fabrics there for me as well as this lovely tea towel…he is  treasure, this year he turns 76….

Happy Saturday, take care keep safe


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Cottage Garden Thread Holder





My version of a Cottage Garden Thread Holder….

I do love linens and my stash is getting is getting low….

Can any one suggest a place online that may be able to help me out with a good arrangement of colours…

If so, I would really appreciate it..thanks heaps

Happy Wednesday

Take Care, keep safe,