....ohh and pencils and paper

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Sunday Part 2 Sunday Stitchers May

We gathered for our May Sunday Stitchers meeting on Sunday. Mothers Day was our theme. The morning tea girls did a beautiful job and we all bought a shared plate for lunch.
Our birthday girl was Tatyana....that cake was pretty terrific!
Sandi gave us a sweet gift.....almost too pretty to unwrap.
But I  forced myself lol! A gorgeous notebook.....
May was also our meeting for gathering our supplies together  for our toiletry bags we had made for a women's shelter for the homeless.
Packing and filling the bags.....
The completed bags....
My bag....we also bought along undies and socks to pop in side.
Show and Tell for our UFO CHALLENGE No. 5
Finally my Ruth's quilt is together!
Helen's lovely bucket and pin cushions.
Susan's baby quilt and Alison's quilt for her hubby.
Inca's very cute and lovely little was like a tapestry stitching on the front.
Once again a very enjoyable day and one that we  can hopefully cheer others with.
Thanks girls!
Which for me is working on my Clamshells.
If you have made it to the end thank you....bit of an epistle this time.
A Nana Carter Quote to finish.......
"Never look down on anyone unless you are extending your hand to help them up"
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Sunday Part 1 Brisbane Bike Ride

This post is mainly for me and to record for posterity. These are some photos captured of my Son's charity ride Sunday morning in the Great Brisbane Bike Ride.
Bleary eyes and very early start.
Slogging it up Mt Cootha!
Nearly there....
Over the line at last. Took about 5 and a half hours.
Over 1800 riders took part in the ride. Circle of "Smiling for Smiddy" group reflecting on the reason they all rode.
And two of his biggest supporters.....
Job well done!

Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Out and About

It's been a week of being out and about. Hubby and I took advantage of a Mother's Day gift and headed off to the movies early in the choice!
Which was....
Lovely film and we enjoyed the music and seeing landmarks in the Northern Territory that we had visited.
Other here and there's happened, that took time but not very interesting enough to share.
Today we hedged our bets with these moody clouds looking threatening....
And joined our family for fish and chips down at the Bay to celebrate Mr R.s birthday.
I made cupcakes and we sang happy birthday much to his embarrassment lol!
The kids loved it!
Lots of fun....photopbombers and playground action.
We also got a walk in out along the jetty....I do love the mosaics along the way.
This may seem not a terribly exciting place to some.....but to us it's our special, happy family place and we always love being together here. The weather held and we even had a few rays of we were blessed!
I have been stitching....working away on my Clamshells and trying to catch up on my Postcards....last one for April....just finished and the first one for May just started.
Tomorrow our Son is doing another bike ride for cancer research.
Which involves riding up and down Mt easy feat over 100kms. We would like to thank all of you who have once again supported his efforts to raise funds for this cause that he is so passionate about. Once again thanks to family and friends generosity he has exceeded the entrance donation level. So if you happen to be awake tomorrow morning at stupid o'clock please give him a thought and a prayer.
That's it from me. A nice hot cuppa (all I can fit in after lunch) awaits.
Enjoy the rest of the weekend folks.
 Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Slow Stitching

Seems to be my way of being of late....I am really enjoying focusing on my little girls
Hearts I Spy and my Clamshells.
The piles of cute hearts are growing...
Some the same...
Some different and individual....
And I am sure that Batman never expected to be in a 'love heart' as they are referred to lol!
All this wonderful variety is thanks to very generous friends, sharing.....making for a much more exciting quilt for each little girl.
It occurred to me whilst working on my Clamshells, the incredible amount of choice of beautiful fabrics available to us today. I am working in only one style....vintage/reproductions and the variation in amazing. This variety that keeps me so interested is also due to the generosity of lovely friends....this quilt is definitely a FRIENDSHIP quilt.
As you can see the length is growing! 30 rows under the needle.

Ok I am off to enjoy a coffee with my new magazine. Which you can read about on my Art Blog **Here**
Have a lovely weekend.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xx

Saturday, May 4, 2019


It was that time again. Time to join CHERYLL at GONE STITCHIN' and our blogging friends in a night of stitching.
I had a very relaxed evening showing my Clamshells some love.
I was able to add another row to the quilt whilst catching up on some TV shows that were recorded earlier in the week.
With my recent addition of 3 rows I had run out of clamshells and so I finished off my evening by basting some more and joining another row together ready to applique in place.
So not terribly exciting for you to see but I did have a very nice time and hope you did as well.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Catching Up

 It's been a bit of a mixed bag around here of late......
Birthdays.....our eldest Granddaughter Miss C. Lovely celebrations and one with the family too.
Sunday Stitchers meeting for April happened.
We had 3 birthday girls......

Noreen, Sandi and Marilyn....ohhh in case you were wondering.....the cake was extremely delicious.
A belated Easter and Anzac theme was the order of the day, and sweet treats as very spoilt!
Helen was making sure we were all working!
I worked on my Clamshells....but had to wait until much later to start another row as I left all my threads at home....hmmmm!  Senior moment! Still I got a couple more basted.
I missed the lovely show and tell as I went home early....a tooth extraction on Friday was giving me lots of pain and making me feel very yuk! Not a happy stitcher!
I did however get to see Lyndas lovely gift from Raewyn at Scrub Stitchin retreat. Lynda just loved it and I can see why.
It's a neat sewing travel kit that opens into a little bucket. Then zips back up into a little pouchto keep your stitching things cute!
I did get my NO.5 done in the UFO CHALLENGE. My Beyond the Garden Gate top's visiting my Quilting Faerie FIONA at present.

This month is .....
Which is Ruth's quilt assembly. So as I am half way there hopefully achievable.
A few more hearts are ready for adding to the growing pile for my I Spy quilts.
I managed half a postcard short of my April four deadline....this is number 3.
Well that's me all caught up....there are a couple of Art Posts **HERE** if you are interested.
Ok I am off to the dentist again as it appears that I have  developed an infection....yay!
Take care of you and yours.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx