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

Saturday, December 3, 2016

No FNWF For Me

I had a lovely day yesterday up a mountain checking out my friends soon to be finished new home....the views are stunning!

Imagine some beautiful bubbles, a candle or two and this view from the end of your tub!
We travelled back down the mountain to the local village for a very nice lunch.
Lots of fun and laughter with my yoga sisters. A very enjoyable day despite the heat.
I didn't get to do any stitching for FNWF as not long after I arrived home I became really ill with a vertigo type attack...couldn't stand or lie down and the world wouldn't stop spinning.....horrible!!

Finally got some Stemetil to knock me out! I have low blood pressure normally and not sure whether it is connected! All I know is I didn't much like it!
Still feeling very ordinary today...erk!
Sorry to be such a killjoy.
I shall go for a visit to check out all your Friday night stitching when I feel better.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx


Thursday, December 1, 2016

'Tis The Season

The Christmas Season has begun and I seem to have little reindeers in my head.
So I have put pen and pencils to paper and have a sweet little reindeer freebie to share with you for the festive season.
You will find it under my "Sketchpad" on my sidebar and he is free for you to download to stitch.
I hope he blesses you with as much joy as he did me when I was drawing him.
I have no stitching to share as I have really had need of pencils and paper of late.
So I thought I would bore you with a progress shot of my art WIP.....
We have sky and LOTS of rust! I always knew I loved rusty old things but it is interesting to be able to render some in coloured pencils. Can't wait to work more on sweet Major Mitchell but he will get all his finishing details done last. So more dirt, more rocks, bits of vegetation, loads of shading and some more rusty still to work on.
That's all from me today. I have the post office to visit and a Christmas tree to assemble.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Some Old and Some New

I am happy to have my secret sewing done and too be able to get back to my regular stitching. In particular my Blessings blocks.....appliquing the circle down on block 8
And the last block, block 9 is all prepped and ready to go.
This is such a lovely design and I have really enjoyed it. I am a big fan of Robyn Falloon's designs. They are all beautiful. Even though the blocks are nearly done, there are a myriad of scrappy tongues to applique around the final borders.
As you know I have caught the clamshell bug...wonderful scrap buster! Well as I am doing them the EPP way I wanted to make sure that I could successfully get the rows together.....so I  decided to just stop wondering and see!

It did take me a while but was easy and now that I have a solid base to work from I think the future rows will be much easier. Question answered...I can take my time now. It is going to be fairly big 20 clamshells by 42 rows....that's a lotta clamshells!!
My drawing has been sorely neglected of late and I have been itching to get back to it. So in true domestic (NOT) goddess style I just made room on my messy dining room table and went for it....
I have been keen to combine elements from a couple of photos I took whilst away.
A rusty old holden ute, rusty star pickets and a Major Mitchell Cockatoo.
First some prelim sketching.

A bit more rearranging . ..
On to the nice new paper I bought and layers of coloured pencils are started.
And now the fun bit begins.....all those lovely layers of pencil to hopefully bring it to life. I know it's hard to see much at the moment.
Must get back to it. I hope you are enjoying whatever it is you are doing on this glorious Sunday.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx 

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Found at Last!

Many of you who have followed my blog for a long time will remember the sad little trio that was my Nans favourite day time cuppa choice.
It had been a gift and even though the other pieces had gotten broken during one of their many house shifts, she couldn't part with it. Likewise when she died I couldn't part with it either. It started more as curiosity than anything that I would check the odd plates and saucers in 2nd hand stores and collectables stalls looking for the matching plate and saucer. I got lucky several years ago and found the plate but the saucer always eluded me.
That is until we visited Queenscliff in Victoria on our trip. I did my usual wander through, checking the odd plates.....and bingo! There was  2 saucers and a plate! For $8. I gathered them up and asked if I could buy just the saucer...NO you must take all 3. I couldn't leave them behind....so Nans set is now complete...I know she would be thrilled....
And we have spares whether we want to or not! Queenscliff you made me very happy!
Yesterday I decided to bite the bullet and print out the Splendid Sampler blocks that came out whilst I was away.....holy smoke! Looks much worse than I anticipated lol!
I also took previous ones that I had prepped with me all around the country on a lovely holiday and did nary a stitch!
As I am busy with secret sewing, progress will be slow. The good thing about stitching is that it will wait for you! So it will be one stitch at a time!
Must fly still lots of chores need doing before a quiet stitch is in order.
Have a lovely day.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx


Saturday, November 19, 2016

Finally a Stitching Post!

Well sort of. Still unpacking, trying to get back into the old routine....some resistance happening! However, I just wanted to show how my little clamshells have grown. I was the happiest little person when I discovered that I could baste them as we travelled in the car...tried gluing but ended up in a sticky mess. But basting suited me just fine.
Even though I plan to use lots of my stash for the  880 + clamshells I need for this quilt, I could not wait until home time to begin. So I bought a charm pack to give me some variety straight away....trouble is, there are left overs...hate waste! When I visited lovely Karen on Bellarine she showed us some pretty little pentagon circles she was making....problem solved! Little Pentagon's from the left overs...plus I will get some teeeny hexies out of their left overs....it's a sin to waste French General fabrics !
Aren't they cute! I am at present working on secret stuff and a couple of my Aussie Christmas Decos...
I am also searching high and low in my "sewing cave of chaos" for the binding fabric so carefully put aside for my Roma quilt . 
I am longing to see this quilt finished as I love it!
My garden only had a few casualties due to my DD giving it a drink on those hot days.
I bought a couple of little pieces for the garden on our trip.
Let me introduce you to "Don"
We saw so many emus this trip...must be the good grazing conditions. We called him Don because we bought him in Mal-Don Victoria ......yes I know bad lol!
The other little critter we seemed to see everywhere we went was the sweet fairy wren. This is a lovely reminder....I love rusty old things.
Ok folks....must fly....chores to do.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx



Friday, November 18, 2016

The Last Hurrah

You thought it was  over didn't you lol! Almost! We dropped  into my birthplace for a night stopover...
Set out early for our last stopover. We chose the historic  Jondaryn Woolshed which has a small camping area set amongst the precinct.

It was lovely and quiet. In fact I was feeling relaxed and enjoying the tranquillity ....
Even made a new friend.
The large posters in the amenties...... instructions for an encounter with Eastern Brown and Red Bellied Black snakes unnerved me somewhat! Mr R refused to piggyback me around to check things out...most unfair I thought!
However I found some courage and set out to explore. Snapped a few piccies to share. Just to complete my travel journal .
The old shearing sheds.


The shearers quarters.
You have to have a Smithy!
They have a cafe if you fancy a day trip. Outside a lovely waterfall with beautiful kangaroo paws...


Such a beautiful colour....I can imagine a Country Garden Thread in this colour lol!
I loved this old church way over on the hillside.
I have a thing for rusty old iron and weathered timber, so this just a collection of things that took my fancy.







The thing that has been renforced to me this trip is that even though she is a harsh Mother at times, we live in an amazingly rugged, diverse and wildly beautiful country.....sure I hate bugs and snakes and being a tad chilly. But would I go again? In a heartbeat! Even if camping is not your thing or circumstances prevent you from going to far explore what's around you. There is so much to see and wonder at.
Our last hurrah was this truly stunning sunset across the paddocks through the gum trees.
Doesn’t get any better than that.
Except home and loved ones.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx