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Friday, April 12, 2024

It's Official...I Am Crazy!

 Hello friends. Hope you are all well. As the post title suggests I have doubted my sanity in wanting to tackle my latest little slow stitching project. It started with a vintage wooden spool that had silken crochet cotton attached to it. I had used this in other projects and was left with this.

As you can see next to the tape measure, it's quite small.
Plus had a bump in the middle. So why I thought a strip of slow stitching would be nice, I have no excuse. But here it is....
I secured it with a bead from my Mum's button and bead can see how tiny it is amongst the others.
Obviously not a lot could be fitted on this fat little spool but this is it unrolled.

Yes crazy I know....but such delightful fun!
I am thinking now about my next Slow stitching project. My dear friend Fiona sent me a most gorgeous parcel of lacey goodness in the post * sigh The possibilities. Oh my!
My brain is in overdrive lol! Whilst I patted and pondered these beauties I finished Block 3 of Caswell. This one gave me a bit of a tussle. The makers issue entirely....but I got there eventually!
I do love this quilt...
I have now finished my drawing of the Rusty Hebel Heap and Galahs.
So I fancied something pretty....a yellow rose.
People ask me often if I draw freehand and the answer is yes I do. The only tracing I do is from my original sketch to the " good" paper. Getting all the petals and folds on this beauty got the grey cells firing I can tell you. These two pics are the layers going down in coloured pencil.

It will really pop when the leaves and buds are done. I love a project such as this because I become totally immersed in it....blocking out all those depressing thoughts on dark days.
I  have also added a bit more to my framed hexie quilt. I needed more framed hexes as I had used them all. So a new little pile is ready to be sewn on now.
Another row is now begun.
My little possum juvenile is still not venturing too far from Mum. I think he needs to find a girlfriend lol! He is so cute though.
Speaking of wildlife you may recall that last year I participated in an art protest regarding our endangered shore birds down in our bay area, in particular the Eastern Curlew that spend the summers here by our bay. They travel thousands of miles to get here.
This lovely piece was stitched by friend Fiona @bubzrugz for me. Fiona also participated. So friends keep everything crossed and write our Environment minister if you feel you can because she has proposed DENYING the application for the huge development planned there at Toondah Harbour which would destroy this RAMSAR protected fragile habitat. We aren't over the line yet but we all now have a little hope....people power folks! OK I best get down off my soapbox before I fall lol! But as I have always told my children....stand up for what you believe in!
I best away as I have an arborist coming to work on my 50 year old Jacaranda tree. I am very sentimental about it and he is sympathetic to my feelings.
Take care all and I wish you a very pleasant weekend doing something you love.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx 

Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Easter Weekend

 Hello friends. I hope you enjoyed your Easter weekend. 

I had a nice quiet 4 days seeing family and relaxing. Happily disposed of some chocolate and Easter Hot Cross buns. I also had quite a readathon. And Stitchathon. Pure indulgence for me.
This one I really enjoyed. The cover grabbed me from the beginning....
And the inside cover....beautiful William Morris design. I loved the mystical tale.
I have been wanting to use the small spool my friend Fiona gave me last birthday. Because I LOVE French General fabric I can never quite throw scraps away. I have tried but failed. So I have a little container of snippets and I felt they would be perfect to save on a Snippet Roll and the little spool would be a good match.
So when I wasn't curled up reading I stitched my new little roll. I came to the conclusion that I would need a dozen to feature all my French General favourites lol!
It was really difficult to photograph so I hope you get the gist.

I think friends I have a bit of an addiction to these lol!
I finished my 2nd Caswell block before I began the spool. I only had a little bit to do on it....looks nicer in real life. Looks all wrinkly in that photo * sigh
Block 3 is underway....just. Such a nice project to stitch.
With all the showery weather we've had lately my Blue Ginger has decided that it would honour me with 3 flower spikes. The Bluebanded bees love the flowers!

OK time for me to be off....sun is shining so laundry awaits.
Thank you to those of you that I cannot reply to for your lovely comments. Each one appreciated x
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx 

Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Easter Decorating

 I thought I would share with you my Easter decorations on this damp old day. My little white twig tree has some sweet hanging ornaments...

Oldies but this pair!

New Bunny on the block....couldn't resist last year....50% off.
Little groupings of bunnies. I love bunnies....sadly they are not native here and cause huge destruction to native habitats. So having a little collection of pretend ones makes me happy.

This girl is very old and a precious gift from a friend. LOVE her!
My Mum bought me these sweeties many years ago on a trip to the UK.
My little collection of bunny tins.
So there you are. Do you decorate a little spot for Easter? 
I hear the sports haters growling lol! BUT! My Grandson won his basketball Grand Final and Most Valued Player.....was a great game, great group of young blokes and I was nearly hoarse from cheering! 
We can all calm down now until the Winter comp starts lol!
Sewing has been a bit of needleturn. I find it so relaxing and even better there is no deadline....just as the mood takes me.
Another Sashiko block is done. Starting to find some rhythm stitching these finally.
I have started a new tale...I love this author. 
Kept up in my sketch book....feathers suffered in my time limit but I did enjoy this Pacific Black Duck and it is supposed to be a sketch.
Well it's coffee time for me. I would like to wish you all a safe and blessed Easter. Mine will be very quiet but that's just fine by me.
Namaste and Blessings,
Michelle xxx

Friday, March 22, 2024

Owl and Hare

 Good morning friends on this cloudy old breezy day in my little corner of the world.

Yesterday I got the borders on Owl and Hare.

 The first border was a scrappy one and I chose a grey/white spot for the final one. I have used the grey spot throughout the quilt. So felt it might tie it all together. 

It's not a great photo because it's so overcast but.....the finished top. Happy dance here to have a flimsy top.

This week I hosted my friends for our regular stitching day. I figured it was close enough to Easter for a few little chocolate eggs. I love getting out the pretty cups. I don't save them for special because how much more special does it get than tea with friends!
We had a lovely day and some show and tell.
My friend Lorel, my partner in Owl and Hare had two lovely quilt tops to show us....first a Basket quilt with pretty Tilda fabrics and her almost completed Owl and Hare. Lorel is on the right. Her version is just gorgeous!

Sorry blogger has swapped the photos around.
I took part in a little Easter postcard swap at Sunday Stitchers which we exchanged last weekend at our meeting. There was only four of us that participated. Our completed postcard was then wrapped in some Easter fabric. I received mine from Cheryl....
Cheryl received mine. 

I really enjoyed making another postcard.
Still on Sunday Stitchers I completed my Seasons project for Autumn. I am slow stitching mine and making 3 mini quilts to utilise a triple mini quilt stand I have. The doiley on the 1st and 3rd minis I bought in a recent trip to an op shop with friends Fiona and had damage to I could cut it up guilt free.
Another Sashiko block is done. So I am ahead in my WIP project lol! At least for now.
My latest read is....
I quite enjoy this author, I've read several of her other titles. I am very spoilt by my dear friend Bev who knowing my difficulties with sleep these days keeps me supplied in lovely books.....if you have a few good friends you are truly blessed. Quality trumps quantity every time and mine are 100% quality. 
Enjoy your weekend folks. 
Something to ponder. Love this.....
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx