Monday, 9 January 2012

Cold Turkey!

I'm not talking about leftovers from Christmas dinner.  I'm talking about 'going cold turkey'!   I have a serious addiction and there is only one solution to my problem..... BOM Boot Camp!

I have got to reduce my stash of BOM's by at least 50% before the heap collapses and I'm crushed under the weight!     Tall order I know but I'm going to give it my best shot.    I'm making a start with Leanne Beasley's Butterfly Garden.   Ok... it's a bit of a cheat because I'm close to finishing it anyway but I think the satisfaction of ticking one off my list quickly will provide enough instant gratification to spur me on to tackle the others.... and there are plenty of them!

This is how my second from last block looks tonight.....


These are the mini blocks I need to finish....


The daisy needs a centre.   The pink spot needs to become an applique heart and the blue fabric a butterfly.  A few words to stitch then I can put the block together and start on Block 9.... the final one!   

Now I admit... you've seen it all before.    Remember ages ago I made a pledge with Nicky to finish Butterfly Garden along with her and to start A Gardeners Journal (that isn't really a BOM but I did promise to do it).    This time it will be different.   This time I will prove that I'm not just all mouth and no trousers.....(fingers/eyes/toes crossed).

I'm going to make a list of all my sins (the BOM kind) and put it up on this blog for you all to see.  Maybe you'll find one or two of your guilty little secrets there.  Feel free to confess.

OK.... now I have to ask you.   Is this the ugliest teddy bear in the world?


He's called Big Ted(!) and he belongs to Mac!    He's was brought to my little operating theatre for a much needed nose job.   Not that it's made much of a difference to his looks.  I didn't take any before pictures but I can tell you that his snout had lost all of it's stuffing.   Flat as a pancake it was.  Made him look like he'd just lost an argument with a brick wall.

Now the 'after' photo.......


Be honest..... have you ever seen a teddy bear with such a long hooter?    His flat head doesn't do him any favours either but I can't improve that..... it's already stuffed to busting.   A toupee could improve his looks but I don't think they make whole body ones.

Surgery was declared a resounding success.   Both patient and Mac are very happy with the end result.... bless em!! 

Well... it's January and I'm nesting!!    Don't worry I'm not pregnant.  My eggs are way too far over the use by date for that.... phew!!    Spring has sprung early in my soul and I have an insatiable urge to clean and re feather my little abode. 

As I didn't want a personal Christmas present this year Mac agreed I could choose 'home' gifts instead.   Off I went on a little shopping trip and came home with...... a Grecian Urn.  A Shabby Chic Clock.  A Tiffany Lamp.  An Arabian Rug.  A tin of paint and a picture of Chickens!!    All I can say is.... there is no accounting for taste.... or lack of it!! 

I couldn't resist these chickens.  They remind me of Mac and me.... strutting our stuff! 


I have high hopes for the 'Fresh Stem' paint too.  It's for my kitchen makeover.... on the cards for Wednesday. 

Better leave you in peace now.   I have a date with the TV and a glass of Aussie Red tonight.  While I was sick I couldn't be bothered with television  and now I find I have  66 episodes of ER to catch up on!!   That's right 66!!  This could take a while.  Thank goodness it's a good 'stitching' programme.

I'll get to work on that BOM list tomorrow so don't forget to pop back and check it out.   Confess your sins to me and I promise I'll accept you for the fool dedicated albeit misguided stitcher you are.   It takes one to know one!

Have a stupendous week....

See ya soon...

Josie

14 comments:

Michelle said...

He may not be the cutest bear but he certainly looks well loved and isn't that what teddies are for... :O)

Khris78 said...

Good luck :) I need to do the exact same thing I have lots of BOMs that I need to get through:)
I keep buying more and telling my husband I'm stockpiling fur retirement !!!!

Lynda said...

Oh I love a good clean out and finish it up party. I've been working on getting quilts quilted that have been taking up room on my counter just patiently waiting for me to pick them. Good luck to us all!

Tonya said...

Poor Big Red! Looks like someone loved the stuffins right out of him! Good luck on finishing off the BOM's!

Janet said...

Good luck on finishing your BOM. I have several that need attention as well, but January is my organize, clean and purge month (and last year's was skipped unfortunately). I'll be joining you as soon as I can find a path to my sewing table (it gets buried when I'm really busy).

marina said...

He is a teddy only a mother could love. Is that unkind?
does the confession go something like "bless me for I have sinned, I have neglected my stitcheries, deferred my bom's, and coveted the fabric of others"?
he he
ps hope you will be stitching while watching those er episodes!

shez said...

great post Josie and good luck with your finish.xx

Farm Girl said...

I love the new and improved teddy, fantastic, and great to get the approval of patient and owner. lol

You must have picked up some vibe all the way from NZ about Butterfly Garden, because I got half a dozen more miniblocks stitched up at Christmas time too, must take some pics though!

What a perfect opportunity to get some stitching done in front of ER, have fun.......

Kris Meares - Tag Along Teddies said...

Hey Josie! Hmmm ... I'm not going to confess my sins because they are too numerous and varied to list ... and that's just of the fabricky kind! :0) I will, however, confess to having Butterfly Garden started ... two blocks ... and Gardeners Journal just needs borders, quilting and binding. They're on my "To Do" list ... which is also numerous and varied! :0) Will enjoy seeing your progress, even if my projects languish a little longer - have fun! Bear Hugs! KRIS

Diane-crewe said...

Big Ted may not be pretty...but, he is loved xxrealian

Karen said...

The blocks have such a light spring look. Very pretty.

rosie said...

Oh my Miss Josie, I went through my to-do list yesterday and I am so ashamed!! It's so long and there are three BOM'S at least in there!!
I really love your butterfly garden. Would love to do it some day..
Love the chicken picture...xx

Pam said...

Oh dear Josie I even seem to have the same BOM as you to finish plus a few others AND I confess a Lynette Anderson one started last week,,,,,,,,,,IT IS PRETTY

Sasha said...

Oh good Lord Josie! Your post made me list my BOM's and I'm just as BOM crazy as you are!!! I knew there were alot but I am shocked at the official number!!! Good for you on the "diet". I must say I'm a true addict and I'm not ready to stop yet!!! Good luck!!!