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Thursday, June 13, 2024

June is Busting Out All Over

 Hello friends.  Life has kept me busy and away from blogging. A lot has revolved around family. I was recently very proud of our youngest Grandson who and 3 mates took part in a 48km hike (actually was 51kms) to raise funds for disadvantaged youth in the Kokoda Youth Challenge.

To pass the time, his Dad, Sister and I  had dinner out at my footy teams clubhouse. The Brisbane Broncos. Lovely meal and company eased our nerves.

They completed the trek in just under 15 hours. They were also held up for an hour waiting for an injured walker to be rescued. He hit his pillow at 1.30 am the next morning. Along with his poor Mum who volunteered as a check point person. Biased but awesome effort I say!
I have also attended the extension workshop for Gel Printing with my friend Alan. Really enjoyed this one and felt more confident at the end. Plus exploding brain with ideas lol!

We got to play with a big gel plate which was interesting. I loved how much more Botanicals we could play with on the bigger plate. 
But the "ghost" prints still were my favourites.

This delicate blue ghost is beautiful and so detailed in its may not be able to see it very well....LOVED this one! Feathers of course!
We are hoping to go back to Kim's for more adventures in this medium. The beautiful drive up into the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast is a lovely bonus!
Now as well as fun there are chores. After 3 years of neglect I finally am tackling my disgusting sewing cave.....I now have a clean art and cutting space, tidy machine area and clean and tidy shelves.

Lots of charity bags, rubbish bags and recycling have happened. I still have to sort a big cupboard....arrggh! And sort and place paper and art supplies in their new containers! But looking MUCH better. 
Stitching has been slowly working away on my hand quilting of Where We Love is Home.....shoulder permitting.
I've made some pretty papercraft tags....

And attempted....not terribly attractively a junk journal from those nasty bill envelopes that come in the mail...but it has been fun.

The purpose being to try out ideas for a lovely mixed media journal my husband bought me before he passed away.....that I haven't attempted to know keeping it for goodness knows what....he would be telling me to just get on with it and use it! So that's my intention!
OK lovely folk that is it for now. 
Take care.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx 

Friday, May 24, 2024

Nature's Journey

 Good morning friends. I had hoped to get back here sooner but life just gets busy. So of course this will probably be another novel lol! So grab a cuppa.

I recently received 2 quilts back from my clever friend Fiona @bubzrugz. And both have been quilted beautifully. I have attached the binding to Nature's Journey, another favourite Anni Downs design. I loved stitching this one. I left off the last 2 borders as I wanted it for a particular space but sadly my Maths was well and truly off and it's still too it will just have to shine from my quilt stand. The centre piece of this quilt grabbed me straight away (as did Gossip in the Garden) and made me want to make it.

There were lots of my favourite things depicted also.... birds, bees, butterflies, dragonflies, hexies and pears and lots of lovely blooms.

Fiona has quilted it beautifully. 
So pleased with this finish.
I completed it with a label that I made from an extra block I made through over enthusiasm lol!

As Nature is the subject of this post I thought I would share a little project I did to utilise some of my paper eco dyeing. I decided to make a little pamphlet style booklet to showcase the prints. I added an extra piece on the front and sketched a bluebanded bee and some gumnuts to the cover.
I also added little sketches and tiny stitched pieces throughout. I kept them tiny and in places where there was a space so as not to detract from the eco printing. I  intend to include more nature quotes throughout (even though I have terrible writing but was told to get over it recently lol) Here are the little stitcheries I made and insitu in the book. 

Here is a little wander through the other pages.

I added a pocket at the back by sewing it on the machine, to hold some tags and info about the workshop and some feathers picked up on one of my Wanders.
I added a tie and a tag to close it.
I am finding that I am really enjoying working with paper especially making small booklets.
Still on Nature, I finished my Yellow Rose drawing. What a treat this beauty was to draw.
On a personal note I was thoroughly spoilt on Mother's Day...treated to delish morning tea by my Daughter and children along with beautiful flowers. 

And my Son and his family made me a wonderful roast dinner complete with apple pie and a book voucher.....perfect....such a lovely day.
Our youngest Granddaughter celebrated her birthday recently with her favourite thing a fabulous cake....cake is her thing! And she was pretty pleased with this year's offering lol!
Still with me? Thank you. I must add a thank you also to the lovely comments those of you who are noreply bloggers leave me. I appreciate each and every one. 
Well I guess I am finally done. I shall leave you with some more of my orchids which are blooming their heads off. They're making me very happy. 

Hug your loved ones.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx