....ohh and pencils and paper

Friday, May 25, 2018

New Adventure

I am a bit worried about this post as I fear it may result in several good friends passing out in absolute SHOCK.  Hope you are sitting down Diane W.
Yesterday I got really brave and began to get to know the wonderful gift my hubby gave me TWO years ago.....I know shocking!
I am not a mechanical type person and whilst I was thrilled I with my gift I was also terrified to touch it!  I kept promising myself I would have a go but couldn't find the courage. But yesterday  I got out the big fat instructions manual.....
Had a little read.....well actually a BIG read and turned her on. Evidence of straight sewing.....
Not game to attempt anything else until I familiarise myself some more. I am going for a proper lesson soon.....hubby was laughing as it took me over an hour to work out the accessories box lol!
Still I took my time and slowly got my Rainbow Scrap Challenge Quilt blocks from 2016/2017 together.
This is on my UFO CHALLENGE list which this month is number
I missed last months due to holidays but hopefully I may get to work on it as well.
Trying to keep to the challenge of using your stash for borders.....well its a....challenge!
That's todays job to come up with something.
So back playing with the big girl! Wish me luck.
Before we went away I ordered 2 of Carrie Bickmores "Beanies for Brain Cancer" and they were here when we got home.....I love them and such a great cause too!

Don't think hubby will be wearing his until after State of Orgin though lol! I however will  be just fine!
Well hopefully my friends have picked themselves up off the floor by now lol!
Ok sustenance is required. Have a great day.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Cake and Circles

I have had birthdays at every turn of  late.....some very nice people are born in May.
Hubby celebrated another turn around the sun....
As did our youngest Granddaughter.
NOBODY enjoys cake with such delight as our little girl....cracks us up!
When Miss E was a baby and suffering those terrible seizures, we were told her physical abilities would be at 5 to see her having a ball in the school colour fun run made our hearts sing with gratitude!
She even made it into the paper lol!
So happy big Number 5 sweet girl xxx
We also celebrated our friend Theresa's special birthday.
It was lovely to be all together from near and far for a very nice lunch.
It was a glorious Autumn day....the locals loved the sunshine too....

I stitched Theresa a little needlecase and scissor fob to pop in her projects.
I used my very own STITCHERS ALPHABET spots.
I have made the MAY deadline for Rainbow Scrap Challenge which was PINK/ROSE.
So some Rosy circles...
I am also stepping right out of my comfort zone and sewing some quite bright ones which I will explain later down the track.
On the subject of bright, my eldest GD was thrilled about gifting me my "ruby slippers" proper name "slumbies" I was informed for Mother's Day in my favourite RED....I love them.
Well I think I may be done. I shall leave you with a bit of naughtiness us "mature" ladies had a giggle over at lunch yesterday.....
Oh dear! Girls will be girls lol!
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Home Again

Well all good things must come to an end....that is the way of vacations. I had a very relaxing time, making a concerted effort to have a bit of a break from the online world.....mostly succeeding. Slowing down and taking each moment as it came.
The odd treat and disappearing between the covers of 7 wonderful books was just bliss.
I also did some slow stitching, enjoying adding extra rows to my Clamshell quilt. I am over halfway now.
Lots of watching the locals and the ebb and flow of the river estuary and beach walks.
We did go a-touristing, firstly  into the hinterland to beautiful Minyan Falls.
And managed to get lost as we always do lol! But such a pretty place.
Secondly we dropped by the Byron Bay Lighthouse for coffee, cake and the views.
Some silly (me) decided it would be good to walk off our cake and go out to the point at Little Watagoe Beach......mainly stairs going down.....which meant....coming up!
Beautiful walk but I was shattered by the time I got to the carpark....and my calves screamed for days.....but I  figure you don't see things in your do it if you are able.

Hubby experienced the lament of most fishermen......only 2 keepers! So "fishy" dinners were mostly from the local fish 'n' chip shop! But I suspect paddling around in his kayak was a treasure in itself.
I hope you are enjoying your weekend.....we have birthday people.
Hubby's today and little Granddaughter early in the week.
It's nice to be back and I have lots of blog reading and news to catch up on.
There is a new Art Blog post also....HERE if the mood takes you.
I have a blog approval in place at the moment to try and combat a whole lot of spam I was getting....just in case you wondered.

Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Indulge Me

The weather has been a bit ordinary in our favourite camping spot but relaxing is the name of the game and that is being achieved....
Reading and stitching ......
Or just watching the locals going about their day.....

Our Son has finished his part of the Tour de Cure 2018 ride. He rode from Mackay to Midge Point through to Airlie Beach and had the most amazing and emotional experience. These photos are for my book of memories.
Beginning Day 1

Some of Lucas Mentors....he rates them fairly highly because trying to find motivation to train when you have had treatment that week or worked a full week was at times challenging.

And his destination and goal achieved!

Very proud of our boy and our family. Supporting him in lots of different ways.
Lucas said several moments stood out.....a little boy hugging him and giving $30 donation from his classmates. Giving a young cancer survivor is TDC wristband and having his wife and kids there to see him finish! They are now heading north on a bit of a holiday and then will be there to cheer the team in to Cairns at the finish.
So if you see the Tour de Cure team up north give them a toot of gratitude or better still thow some pennies their way!
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Little People

Yesterday was Anzac Day. A special day of rememberance for Australians and New Zealanders of those of our armed forces that lost their lives in war and conflict .
I was very proud of my Grandchildren who all marked the occassion at school ceremonies.....our eldest Grandson sang in the choir and played in the band.
And our youngest Granddaughter laid the rememberance wreath, made by her classmates at the school service.
Great job!
Our oldest Granddaughter is having a special birthday today and as she is away we had an extra early cake for her.

Miss C is a lover of unicorns and all things Bling** and part of her gift was a unicorn shoulder bag.....
Its a big hit and has gone on her trip with her and is appearing in all her photos lol!
I am taking a little blogging break.....have packed a few supplies.
Tomorrow also our Son begins his 2 legs of the Tour de Cure from Mackay.
He and the team have trained extremely hard and I wish them a safe and successful ride. I am a very proud and nervous Mumma!
To all of you wonderful and generous friends and family who have donated and supported Lucas in his bid to raise funds for Cancer research through this ride....a huge heartfelt thank you.
If ordinary people do little things with great love, amazing feats can be accomplished!
See you all in a bit.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx