Saturday, 20 May 2017

Twenty-one ... AGAIN!

Well ... It sure is a weekend of socialising for me this week. Yesterday a blogging buddies catchup & today a 'recycled 21st' party. :0) 

One of our Friday Night gals, Julie, said she got to a particular age (she didn't say & we didn't ask!) & then started counting backwards. Well, this week she was 21 ... AGAIN! :0) And of course that called for a party ... Or at least a lunch gathering.

Here's the birthday girl, complete with inflatable party crown. :0) And of course there was cake ...

... And candles. Action shot of Julie's candle-blowing skills. :0) And there were gifties ...

I think this is the shortest amount of time I've ever taken to design & make a new project! I started playing with sketches last night at about 7pm & finished stitching the binding down as my lift was pulling into the driveway this morning at 11:30am! Nothing like a tight deadline to motivate one! :0) 

Here's a closer look at the little hanging. I wanted to incorporate a key, since it was a "21st" giftie, but wanted it to have a bit more meaning, so incorporated the word "Friends" into the shank of the key & wrote the explanation on the back ... 

"Friends are the key to a happy life."

Thankfully, Julie loved it. :0) And Julie was giving out gifties as well ...

Cute giftie bags that Julie & her daughter made & inside was some yummy chocolates, a fat 1/4 & a cute light-flashy-hangy-thingy ... That's the technical name, of course! :0P You've probably guessed that I forgot to take a photo of the goodies. :0)

Big thanks to Julie for sharing your 'recycled 21st' with us ... And may there be many more birthdays so you can finish counting down, then count back up to 21 again. :0)

I'd like to say that tomorrow will be a quiet stay-at-home day to balance out the last two days of socialising ... But it won't be! :0) I'll check in with more pics ... Unless I end up all socialised-out. Tee! Hee! Hee!

Til next time ...








Friday, 19 May 2017

Bloggers ROCK!

 I MIGHT have met up with some blogging buddies for brunch (sounds positively posh, doesn't it?!?!) at the Park House Cafe in Toowoomba today. PERHAPS there was a BIT of chatting & laughing.

And MAYBE we all piled into the Fabulous Fiona's cosy little car for a mini patchwork shop hop. And I MAY have adopted a FEW pieces of fabric ... To give them a good home, you understand! :0)

UNLESS ... You're talking to my Beloved Geek Boy ... And then it's all rumour & innuendo & a big fat fib!!! Tee! Hee! Hee!

So much fun to catch up Fiona, Chookyblue, Susan & Maree! Thanks for a fun day ... When none of us spent ANY money! :0)

Til next time ...




Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Some Sewing At Last!

Hello to you all out there in blogland. I hope you're all well and enjoying your week so far. Life here at the Meares' Madhouse is still a wee bit unsettled. Grandma is improving - thank you all for your lovely messages wishing Grandma well and checking up on us ... your friendship and concern is so VERY much appreciated! :0) We made another quick trip up to Bundy again on the weekend to see Grandma and bring Mum home. There's definitely some progress happening with Grandma, but she's got a bit of a ways to go before she's back to her fighting-fit self. Good thing she's a "tough old bird" in her own words. :0)

In amongst the trips to Bundy and sqishing our grown up chores into shorter amounts of time, there hasn't been a lot of time for sewing, but I did manage to have some quality time with my trusty Husky last Friday to work on a new quilt design. In fact, I've made TWO versions of it, as one will be a giftie for nephew number three and the second version for the pattern sample ... as soon as I write some instructions ... GROAN!!!

The first version has been off to my amazing Quilting Fairy the Fabulous Fiona and I'm part way through sewing down the binding. Version two is currently visiting Fiona's quilting cave ... can't wait to get it back! Fiona always does such an AMAZING job of bringing my quilts to life!! :0) OK ... so what have I been working on? Here's a peek ...

My what big teeth you have, my dear! :0) Raw edge applique is so much fun to play with. And the finished top for the pattern sample ...

Ta Da! "Dinosaurs Go RAAAH!" This quilt was inspired by my brother's three boys and their love of dinosaurs. I remember having a phone conversation with my brother and he was telling me about a recent visit to the museum ... he said the boys liked the dinosaurs best. Suddenly, in the background there came a little (or not so little!) voice saying, "RAAH!!" My brother's response was, "Yes, dinosaurs go 'RAAAH'!" And so the quilt name. :0) Stay tuned on when the pattern is available ... after the instructions are written ... GROAN! :0)

No other sewing has happened, but I'm pretty happy with what I've managed to acheive ... considering. ;0) I hope your weekend was productive, too, and that your week is off to a great start. I'm off to try to catch up on some sleep ... I've got another busy weekend coming up ... I promise to report back. :0) Til next time ...



Sunday, 7 May 2017

A Week To Forget!

Just popping in for a quick visit before I keep a long overdue, much needed date with my pillow. 

We've had a "week to forget" here at the Meares' Madhouse. It started with a horrible phone call to say my lovely Grandma was not doing well and any family who were able, were encouraged by her Dr to gather. So random items were thrown in an overnight bag and we headed for Bundaberg. It was probably the longest trip ever!

THANKFULLY ... when we arrived, Grandma had rallied but it has been a week of ups and downs as she improved, slid backwards, seemed to have developed severe dementia, was finally diagnosed with a raging urinary infection that was causing a lot of the problems. The good news is, she seems to be mostly moving forward in her recovery now, but she sure has given us some scares.

Throw in several short weeks and we're feeling a bit scrambled around here. Needless to say ... not much sewing has happened this week. Hopefully this coming week will be a wee bit calmer all round and more condusive to creativity. To everyone who has commented on blog posts recently or emailed OPAM finishes through to me ... I have received them ... thank you! :0) I just haven't had much time at home to reply. I'm hoping I'll get to play catch up, but hope you'll forgive me if I don't.

Thank you to all of you for your well-wishes for Grandma ... I'm sure the prayers on her behalf and having family around her helped pull her through. And thank you for your care and concern for me too ... I've made such lovely, caring friends through blogging. :0)

Right ... off to keep that pillow date. I promise to share some sewing photos soon. Enjoy your week and make sure you take the time to tell your loved ones how much you love them. Til next time ...



Sunday, 30 April 2017

Another Try!!

I know it seems like forever since I posted, but over the last two weeks I've written five posts ... It's just that none made it to the blog ... SIGH!! A couple were somehow erased before I could save or post them, a couple went to the wrong blog (sorry Chookyblue!) and the last try said it posted ... But it never showed up on my blog, so goodness knows where it ended up!

I confess that after the last mishap, I threw up my hands in disgust & defeat & SULKED! :0) Then life got a bit crazier than usual & blogging went on the back burner. Today I thought I'd give it one more shot before resigning myself to having to post only from my laptop rather than the convenience of my iPad. Fingers crossed! :0)

I can't quite bring myself to write about our Easter adventures for the sixth time, but thought I'd share some pics of an actual sewing finish - yay me! :0) The life stuff that happened last week was my 94 year old Grandma having a fall which broke her leg & hip. Thankfully, she moved into supported living in December so a nurse found her pretty quickly & got her off to hospital. 

Here's Grandma & my aunt having a celebratory birthday drink back in March.  So, after her fall, Mum & Dad did a quick reshuffle of commitments, packed their bags & headed to Bundaberg to be with Grandma. She has since undergone surgery to pin the damaged leg & faces a pretty lengthy hospital stay, so I wanted to send something special with Mum to cheer Grandma up a bit & maybe help her stay be a little more comfortable. So, I made her a new peanut pillow ...

Here it is sitting on our bed ...

It's made from some pretty pink floral fabric that was tucked away in my stash. As well as making a nice giftie for Grandma, it's also a finish for my OPAM tally. I've done quite a bit of sewing this month, but not complete finishes, so it was good to add a finish. OPAMers, we've run out of another month, so please remember to update your sidebar lists & email your tallies to me or my GORGEOUS Partner-In-Crime Sweet Peg.

 I'm now off to have a cuppa & a bit of a read before hitting the machine again to work on a new quilt design ... Stay tuned! :0) Hope you're having a great weekend whatever you're up to. Til next time ...



PS. Apologies to all who've left comments or emailed in the last couple of weeks & haven't heard back from me ... I'm way behind in answering but will get caught up ... One day! :0) xx



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