Sunday, July 26, 2015

Super Saturday

Yesterday I was asked to join some lovely blogging friends at the Full Moon Hotel Sandgate.
The meeting was to meet Holly from Nimble Thimble-Stitchery Do all the way from Canada. Holly is so delightful and has been enjoying her trip down under.
It was such a fun get together....I was keeping a little secret under my hat.....Chooky from Chookyblue was coming to. I was so excited to meet her after all this time. Almost had to sew my lips together to stop from spilling the beans.....the next big surprise was Lynette Anderson.....I have always loved Lynette's work and one of my favourite quilts is one of Lynette's designs.... thrilled is a word that comes to mind....and they bought gifties! How lucky were we.
Chooky's lovely cards and Lynette's newest fabric range in a sweet charm pack.
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 Never ever thought that I would be discussing one of "MY" quilts or projects with Lynette Anderson. Took about surrreal! Lynette was so lovely and encourging about my book too.....still smiling!
I was under strict instructions to bring extra books and my quilt from the book...so I happily obliged.
Lots of lovely people wanted me to sign their copies....felt like a bit of a celeb. LOL!
We were a very jolly bunch....
Huge thanks to Susan from Susan's Sewing Space for organising it. Thanks so much to Teresa from All Things Vintage for the photos....some silly person left her camera on the table at home.
And thanks so much for asking me, I had a wonderful time.
Ok back to reality....I think some quiet soothing hand quilting is in order to restore balance.
Namaste and Blessings,
Michelle xxx

Thursday, July 23, 2015

It's Time To Reveal?????

Finally I can reveal to you what my "Secret Sewing Long Term Project" is......you see over the last 2 years I have been designing, drawing, stitching, quilting and consolidating lots of projects for this!
My very own 42 page Christmas Book! So I am so thrilled to finally be able to share with you
"A HOLLY COTTAGE CHRISTMAS" My inspiration for the little cottage came from our travels though South Australia and Victoria. I was smitten when we chanced upon them in little country towns. I also wanted a little Aussie flavour too.
 The book contains 9 projects including a quilt and a table topper. The designs are all full size so no enlarging on copiers etc. 2 of the smaller projects have an alternate design and there are 6 gift tags...plenty to keep you stitching your heart out.
Plus a bonus tree ornament and 3 quilt label designs. All the applique blocks in the quilt would be lovely used individually too.....of course there had to be birdies!
And who doesn't love pudding?
My partner in crime in this venture has been my lovely brother Ross.... he took my chaotic work and turned it into something that I am really proud of. Thanks so much little brother for telling me over and over that it will all be fine....
I really hope you love it as much as I do. If you are interested in a copy you can email me to order it.
The cost will be $32.00 AUD plus $3.50 postage here in Australia. I am always happy to quote for overseas postage. Wholesale enquiries are also very welcome.
So there you have it folks....secrets revealed. Having my very own book has been the little shiny star at the top of my wish tree for myself for a very long time. So it just goes to show you that you can always chase a dream and catch it.
Namaste and Blessings,
Michelle xxx

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

FHFS etc.

Oh my goodness I have been very spoilt with my parcel in the FHFS ruler cover swap. This lovely parcel was waiting at the door....
Lots of goodies inside from my lovely swap partner dear Kate from Show and Tell.
My new ruler cover is beyond beautiful...
Kate has sewn tape measure trim on the cover and the handle. The flap has beautiful punch needle segments on it....oh love it! It is so beautifully done.
I just loved the notepad and the special "Chookyblue" card....

Thank you so much Kate for that lovely spoiling xxx Such a lovely group of ladies!!!!
I have been diligently hand quilting away and I am on to the second border...sorry the photo is a bit erk, but it is very cloudy and grim here today...
I even have 2 needles going at once lol! More action on it today!
Yesterday I finally finished my Cape Barren Goose. My cousin who is a Ranger very kindly sent me a photo he had taken. I chose to place it amongst the Poa grass where they make their nests....this meant lots more hours of work lol! But I am pleased with it.
Time for a snack and a cuppa....bit miserable here today but the garden is loving the drizzle.
It also means....great quilting weather!!!
Namaste and Blessings,
Michelle xxx


Saturday, July 18, 2015

FNSI

As I was joining my online friends for our monthly stitching evening I thought I  would  dress for the occasion. ....you know colour coordinated and all that!

Well my socks match m
Minnies bow! I was nice and snuggly in my pj's by the fire. 
I decided I would have a bit of a break from the hand quilting and just relax with some stitchery...

I managed to get a little done. I do like this one...an oldie but a goodie!
I turned in early as I had an early start today. I booked in for a workshop on drawing flowers in Coloured Pencils.  I  enjoyed it very much. I have been really wanting to  get up close and personal with some of our native flora....but I was a great old scaredy cat. Today I jumped in both feet...
Beautiful Grevillea.
A bit more tweaking but overall I feel much more confident now.
We received some wonderful news last night.  Lucas our son got clear pathology results from all his surgery....insert huge *sigh*. Lots of checks will always be his life but we are so relieved.
Thank you everyone for all your kind words, thoughts and prayers.
Thanks Wendy for hosting us again for FNSI. I will be off visiting later to see everyone's efforts.
Namaste and Blessings
Michelle  xxx

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

In Our Neck of the Woods

Saturday we had an early birthday celebration for our son as he is in hospital today for it after undergoing major surgery. Not a fun way to spend your birthday. it was a great family day full of noise, chatter, kids, very nice food and laughter.
We of course had to have cake.....and cupcakes even better!
It's always good to have help blowing out your candles...
and doing a bit of a taste test...yep! All good!
Thanks Aunty Melissa for the piccies!

Happy Birthday Lucas...love ya lots xxx
On the sewing front, lots of quilting still and a little bit of red work. I haven't stitch this one for a very long time and I am really enjoying it.
When I visited Fiona up on her mountain, she was telling us she was off the air with computer issues and how awful it was. We all commiserated and teased her just a teensy bit.....I got home and.... my tablet had died lol! That'll learn me!! Much moping took place.....and then...
My lovely husband bought me a very early birthday gift (secretly I think he was sick of looking at the saaad face lol)....it is so nice and takes piccies too! Yay! I was never totally happy with the one before but not knowing anything about them....but I now know better....love this one!
Isn't she pretty? Yes I know that is just the case.
Thought I would tease you just a little more about the "Michelle's Secret Stitching Long Term Project".....won't be too much longer!
Intrigued???? I hope so! LOL!
I hope if you are here in Oz that you are managing to keep snuggly and warm. It's blowing a gale here today.
Namaste and Blessings,
Michelle xxx

Friday, July 10, 2015

A Little Road Trip

Yesterday I took my lovely Kiwi friend Raewyn who is over here on holiday from Love to Stitch up the mountain to Highfields outside Toowoomba for a visit with Fiona from BubzRugz.
After a very nice coffee reviver and get to know you chats we had a delightful wander around The Quilter's Angel. We had a special little tour to see where Fiona has those special cakes and stitching on some Friday nights.

The fire was going and we were surrounded by all manner of gorgeousness....such a lovely place. I had bought a list and was very chuffed to have crossed everything off....can't show you though...sorry! However just when I thought I was home and free, you know...thinking of others and all that... some beautiful Christmas themed French General fatties fell into my bag.....restrained is what I was!!! Only 2! Why oh why do they keep bringing out more gorgeous fabric??? I cannot resist!
Murmurs of "I don't need anything and I am just looking" were soon forgot by all three once inside.
Fiona then took us down the highway a little to the Danish Flower Shop for a very nice relaxed lunch with Kris from Tag-a-long Teddies. Most of you will know Kris from OPAM. Kris is such a fun date and much fun and laughter took place....and all manner of other naughtiness!
We were visited by this very handsome gentleman. He came to see what all the ruckus was about.
We were also visited by several beautiful fairy wrens pursuing a very pretty girlfriend...alas they were too quick for my old camera....I have borrowed a piccie from google for those of you were don't know what they are...my overseas friends I mean. They are so tiny and I just love watching them.
We sat in the warm sunshine to have our lunch and there were even some lovely roses out in bloom.
A lovely, lovely day.....just what I needed. Such great company too. Thank you girls.

Turn away footy haters now!!! I just had to say....
Our mighty Maroons defeated NSW on Wednesday night by a small margin hehehe!
Just for posterity mind!
Pleased as punch in our household!
I wish you all a lovely weekend,
Namaste and Blessings,
Michelle xxx

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Lovely Mail

Good morning everyone. Beautiful sunshine streaming in my windows this fine Brissy winter morning....a bit cool by Queensland standards. I don't have a lot that I can show you stitching wise but I hope to continue on with my "quilting a little each day" in my chair in the sunshine later today.
I received some lovely mail today. These gorgeous buttons...

from the very clever Yvonne from Yvonne W. Designs Yvonne makes and hand paints the sweetest little buttons and brooches as well as designing stitcheries to showcase them. I think they are perfect to finish off that special project or to give as a gift to a "stitchy" friend. You should pop over for a visit and a look around. I just can't pick a favourite, they are all sooo cute! I will definitely be visiting again. LOVE them Yvonne!
Just in case you wondered I am still flinging my coloured pencils around but my projects are taking a little bit longer as I am learning a lot about backgrounds and with coloured pencils there is no easier way..you just have to do the layers. These are the two WIP...one is nearly finished and one is managing by the skin of his teeth to avoid the recycling bin....
I recently had my 3rd try of pastels....ahh nope! I couldn't scurry back to my pencils quick enough....not saying NEVER but not now! My friends will laugh when I say that I never knew I was such a details person and control freak...apparently they did! Pastels were just tooo loose and free for me! Between you and me I think it may have been the person in charge of them actually.
Enjoy your day,
I am off to enjoy one of these....
Namaste and Blessings,
Michelle xxx