....ohh and pencils and paper

Monday, April 23, 2018

Angel Blocks Done!

My April UFO CHALLENGE  was No.9 and my Angel  Story blocks.....
The last two blocks have been completed. Sweet pair of hearts.
And FRAN'S FLYING I just snuck in before our next number draw.

I laid out the you do  but they don't look much without all their sashings and little squares......
With the several that I have together, I am excited to see it all assembled.
Next months UFO no. is....
But my list is looking a bit of a mess lol!
Because I was a bit easy on myself on my list and got some things spaces have appeared. No. 7 is Angel Story again but as rotary cutting is out for me for awhile.....a little fudging may have to happen. Or I may have a holiday and please myself lol! But it will have to be more hand work.
I have loved doing this challenge and it has really helped me focus on what I had squirreled away and get some kind of order with my projects.
Well I do hope you have understood all that waffle lol!
There is also a post HERE on my Art Blog if you want to visit.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Saturday, April 21, 2018


Thanks to WENDY from Sugarlane Designs for hosting our April bloggy get together.
I was not feeling great so had a very early night. I did however have a Fri-DAY morning sew in.
I had a teeny bit left on Angel Story block Sarah to stitch.....all done!
I also have wanted to try out a one colour variable to use on a new stitchery. Somewhere in the cobwebs of my mind I remembered one of you clever stitchers using DMC 840. So I tried it out.....
And I really liked it and will be perfect for what I wanted.
The other thing I wanted to sort was a border dilemma on my design "Wings and Pretty Things".....I am happy with that decision too.....ready to get back to shortly.
Happy weekend all.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Rainbow Scrap Challenge

It has taken me a little while to get to my April blocks for Rainbow Scrap Challenge. This month it's YELLOW. ANGELA at So Scrappy gives us our colour each month.
My blocks of choice are circles.
I was so happy to use that gorgeous bee fabric. I acquired that when I was looking to add to a giftie for my good mate FIONA for her special day. I do love a theme lol!
I have forgotten to share my foray back into doing a little cross stitch. It has been years since I had done I stitched a bee themed sewing book...
I chose the "Queen Bee" because my friend is the Queen Bee of quilting!  So I was thrilled when I found these Bee fabrics to go with it.
Of course being a fan of bees, some had to 'bee' for me too. I enjoyed the cross stitch and I think I may do a little more of it at some stage.
This week I have been in whingey whiner mode as I have had a misbehaving tooth and still have pain in my shoulder....needle tomorrow hopefully that will help!
But I can still sew and rotary cutting but Angels are still moving along at a nice enjoyable pace.
Sarah is getting some stitchery attention.....
I just had to give her hot pink specs....after all we quilters are hip and happening....even if our hips have already happened lol!
In my garden the orchids just keep coming.....

These were on the ground this morning. I suspect my fat bottomed Mum possum is the I popped them in a vase so as  not to waste their beautiful blooms.
That's all from me....enjoy your Thursday.

Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Monday, April 16, 2018

Good morning folks. I wasn't sure which blog to post this on as it's relevant to art and stitching. On Friday I did my roster at the Logan Art Gallery for the Queensland Wildlife Artist's Society Exhibition. I did a bit of demonstrating.
And whilst there had some lovely visitors.
You may know this lady...
Chooky from CHOOKYBLUE popped in to see me and the very nice to spend some time having a good old natter. Also extremely lovely of Chooky to come out of her way to come visit on her Commonwealth games journey.
My Grandies came also to check out what I was must have been riveting going by the concentration on their faces lol! Thanks family xx

Chooky recently organised and hosted with a friend a retreat at Barrandine in NSW. The lovely SUSAN from Susan's Sewing Space arranged for the retreaters and a couple of extras to make a block each from this pattern.
As a surprise for Chooky....she told me she was thrilled to bits with all the blocks and gave me permission to share them and my block. So here we are....some of you will have already seen them.
All the blocks gathered....
And my little block who I think was called Helga....
Very cute chooks! And perfect for a lady who loved this pattern and loves chooks!
I have finished 2 more Angel Story blocks.
TILLIE The Tealady.
And CHARLOTTE The Shopper.
Sarah the Quilter is ready for stitchery and the last block is all cut out....nearly there!
I received some lovely mail too.....I had ordered a new book and it had sold I was not really....for it to come back into stock.....yay!
Well that's what I have been up to.
Enjoy your day.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Stitching Day

Yesterday I had a really nice day spent stitching with friends over at ROBYNS From Pidgeon Patch at her new residence......and I did stitch! We were all very industrious. Robyn has lovely trees around her...
Where wallabies and free range chooks come for a visit....Robyn allowed me to take a couple of piccies.....I loved this plaque on a fence on the property.
Robyn and her hubby have lots of wonderful quirky memorbillia and I love the old dunny that used to hold the horse feed...
Adore this Kitchen dresser.....and she has TWO!
I think someone I know made the mini hexie quilt.
Look at this cute little machine...
Lovely stitching around too.....

I wished I had bought my bigger bag to take home a few items lol!
What you may not know about our blogging friend Robyn is that she is also a lovely artist.....this is one of her gorgeous pieces....
Just beautiful! We have a selfie tradition if Robyn is here it is lol!
You can see work on the Tillie Angel block is coming along nicely.
A lovely day had by all.....missed a few friends......thanks Rob xx
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Everything Old is New Again

Nothing makes me happier than a piece of worn furniture from yesteryear! I don't need it bought back to pristine condition. I love the marks of its life on show. For that means stories and my imagination takes flight. The Mister groans as they seem to find me....definitely no shiny things for me lol!

I have been trying to work out where I can have a tiny art space in my home that suits my needs and the size of our had eluded me until I had seen an old school desk and I loved it. I knew that it would fit in a little nook off our living room.....but where to find one?
Expressing my thoughts to friends not long ago, a friend told we with great delight that she had one in storage...old and very well loved that she would love to find a home for if I would like it......very happy bunny dance here!
I got to put it in place today and try out my me crazy but I LOVE it!
I have paired it with my Grandads old Bentwood chair and they seem quite happy together.
The lid lifts up and is perfect to store my tins of pencils together all in the one place inside.....bliss!
So happy to now have a little space dedicated to my scribbling addiction...just need to stock my new art trolley with my supplies and I am all set.
When my dear friend dropped off the school desk she surprised me with the most extra special gift.....
An antique quilt block......wowee! Its so delicate and I loved seeing the tiny stitches.
It's from a family members collection and she thought I would like wonderful!
I shall treasure it always! It is amazing what some days reveal! Thank you so very much my lovely friend xxx
Now back to sewing related things.....
I have a little pile of YELLOW circles ready to stitch. This months selection for Rainbow Scrap Challenge over at So Scrappy
Also another little Angel Story block is waiting in the wings...Tillie the Tealady.
I now have the rest drawn out and templates made....just need to decide on who's wearing what! Always a difficult decision lol!
Enjoy your evening folks.

Namaste and  Blessings Michelle xxx