MY SOUL IS FED BY NEEDLE AND THREAD
....ohh and pencils and paper

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Pencil Action

My pencils are very busy at the moment and I seem to be spending lots of time sharpening them.
I have tasked myself to do a couple of special pieces which I will hopefully elaborate on at a later date. My first subject is our poor koala....whose homes are disappearing at a fearful rate. This little person was snapped a number of years ago.
Looks a bit messy my rough drawing doesn't it. But it has now been transferred on to beautiful Archers paper and is starting to look much better.
I haven't totally neglected my stitching.....inside that folder are lots of Splendid Sampler blocks all prepped and ready to pickup and stitch.
I am also going to be taking a little blogging break.....time to recharge,  ponder and rest.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Show and Tell

As promised yesterday a very pretty show and tell from my friend Monica. This gorgeous box is a gift for someone very special.
It is a beautiful Faeries in my Garden pattern. Monica is an exquisite embroiderer and this is completely hand sewn. The embroidery is all worked in one strand of thread......oh my! So beautiful!
There is also a very special label inside worked by 3 generations....Great Grandmother, Grandmother and Mother.....such a treasure!
It never ceases to amaze me, the beauty a needle and thread and a clever needle woman can create. Thank you so much Monica for allowing me to share your exquisite work. You know where I live so just pop it on the doorstop...that will be fine lol! I know its true recipient will adore it xx
Bit of art from me to finish.....
I seem to be stuck in branches with little birdies at the moment. Loved drawing this beautiful creature. Loten's Purple Sunbird. Unfortunately I couldn't quite get the hint of purple iridescence with my pencils but I am happy with it.

Short and sweet today.
Enjoy your day.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Some Stitching at Last

Well, sort of! Today I had a lovely day stitching and wiling the day away with very nice friends. It was fun catching up with our returning travellers, solving the worlds issues, talking stitching, laughter and having some delicious treats too. Thank you Robyn P.
I worked on my Splendid Sampler block and almost completed it. I  have 3 finishes.
I still have a few to catch up on....2 of the above are bonus  blocks that I liked.
I  also have some show and tell from friend Monica but will save it for next post.
My birthday is continuing on...which is delightful!
Today the girls spoilt me rotten with these gorgeous gifts. Love my new Fairy Wren teacups, teabags in a gorgeous tin, devine fabrics, threads, buttons and books....plus a handy compact iron for caravanning.
Thank you soooo very much Monica, Diane, Robyn and Jan mwah xxx
Last week my dear friend Fiona sent me a delicious parcel of goodies too.
So many pretties to play with. I loved my parcel.  Thank you Fiona xx
Tarnyia from Birthday Club sent me some nice creamies and yummy treats. Don't you just love red ric rac! Thank you Tarnyia.

AND today the postie bought me another giftie, from my lovely friend Cheryl.
I love dragonflies.....such pretty fabric and my fav DMC 816. Thank you Cheryl. So folks feeling truly spoilt rotten around here. Thank you all, gorgeous friends.
"Time spent with a friend over a cuppa is time well spent" I have spent my day very well indeed!
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Time Away

We took a long weekend visit to Warwick to try out our new van. Circumstances have not permitted it until now. It was a  very nice trip with our new wheels. I have to say the new abode was luvverly!
The weather was quite mild, which I didn't expect. Mostly beautiful blue winter skies.
Mr R and No. 1 Son had a wonderful day at the Superbikes at Morgan Park (the reason for our trip) and were given the VIP treatment by my lovely friend Rhonda of Team Yamaha. Dear Son is still shocked his Mum knows cool people lol!
They got to check things out behind the scenes.....
They got a piccie with their hero Chris Vermeulen CV7....much excitement!
No 1 son very chuffed.
Thank you so much Rhonda xxxx They loved it!
The rest of us mere mortals? Well we went to the Darling Downs Zoo.....
Croc wranglers....
Met a pretty local...
All in all a fun day and a very nice break away.

No sewing to speak of.....lots of catching up to do! Yikes!
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Little Hexie Flowers

I have been playing with my teeny 3/8 inch hexies but didn't get to show you until now. I love them to pieces....so cute!
I have a plan to make them into a little wall hanging.
I have an urge to make some little French General ones after this.
My dear friend Gaye recently had a wonderful Outback Adventure and being the generous soul she is, she bought us all home a beautiful piece of fabric featuring our indigenous art.....I love mine!
Ok just a quickie today.....I have a little feathered friend to put the finishing touches to with my pencils. I have loved working on the last few "birdie" drawings.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Birthday Club Spoilings

I belong to a lovely group of ladies deightfully wrangled and organised by Cheryll from Gone Stitchin' We nominate a colour or theme of fabric we would like to receive fat quarters of for our birthday. This year I chose cream small print fabric to use for backgrounds. We also get to make and receive a lovely handmade gift. My sweet Angel this year was Simone. I  received a  beautiful runner. It fits perfectly on my coffee table.
It is beautifully stitched and I don't even know how you would do all that fussy cutting....you are very clever Simone. I am in awe! Thank you soooo much I love it.
My other little fatties.....from Cheryll
From Julie...
From Asta...
From Illene...
From Dzintra..
Thank you so much girls for your lovely parcels and all your little extra gifts. Looking forward to using my new fat quarters for some applique.
Your kindness made my heart very happy.
Thanks to Cheryll for organising this wonderful group.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

I Had a Birthday

I have had a birthday and I share my birthday month with a favourite lady...
Beatrix Potter....its her 150th!
I love her artwork and beautiful tales...I have a few little treasures in a collection.
So happy birthday Beatrix xx I am not quite a 150 yet lol! Although my gift from Mr. R. is definitely many birthdays worth.....heart still palpitating!
This has been my dream (as in ...in your dreams) machine. I never thought I would ever have one. I need to learn how to drive it now. Lessons are coming up plus I have several Bernina owning clever friends.
So terribly spoilt here. My art fund has been topped up by family...thank you!
All I wanted was a lazy day which I got and enjoyed so much....
Bliss!
I received some lovely mail which included my Birthday Club girls...I will do a separate post about that.
My dear friend Shez sent me this pretty parcel and I had to look at it for ages!!!

Inside a gorgeous hand stitched lavender Hankie sachet....with a pretty hankie. I love pretty hankies and have some beautiful ones but never had anywhere to put them. Divine smelling lavender bath crystals and yummo peanut brittle which is now reduced in size considerably! I just love the Mum Ellie and baby card too.
Thank you so much Shez for spoiling me so xxx
My lovely friend Lorel also knows the way to my heart.....a beautiful piece of vintage china...complete with pretty bluebird, gorgeous French General fabric and a sweet beautifully stitched little bird which is a very sentimental piece.

Thank you Lorel xx
No sewing to speak of accept more little stitches on Blessings.
Have an enjoyable day everyone xx
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx