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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Tuesday's Treasure with Melody

Today I woke up with the worst headache I have had for a very, very long time and was struggling to think of anything I treasured today other than some pain medication. But as I sat feeling sorry for myself my eyes fell upon my bookcase whose content I consider a great "Treasure"  As a child books were a very welcome escape and one which I took often. So I am sharing some of my all time favourites with you :
"A Fortunate life" by Albert B. Facey a truly inspirational book of an "ordinary life" sprinkled with humour.
I lost my first and very dog eared copy but on a visit to Longreach's Stockman's Hall of Fame  2 years ago I bought a brand new copy.
"Cross Stitch Series" by Diana, love, love these books! I am hanging out for the next book due for release in 2012. I think elsewhere it is called "Outlander" series. I am a sucker for a love story and Jamie & Clare's is one of the best I have read.
"Shenandoah Series" by Emilie Richards is a beautiful series...exciting and quilting pops up in there too.
"The Emancipist" by Veronica Sweeney is an Aussie epic about our Irish convict ancestors. This is one of my favourite stories....loved it from beginning to end.
"Eat, Pray, Love" by Elizabeth Gilbert. Read it 5 times...before they made the movie. You either love it or hate it...I love every line of this book.
"The Secret Life of Bees" by Sue Monk Kidd a beautiful story  of kindness, courage and love...and the movie is pretty good too which is not often the case.
"A Man's got to have a Hobby" by William Mc Innes. How I loved this is set in Brisbane around the same era that I grew up in and I could relate to it so well. I knew a lot of the landmarks he described and I would read excerpts out to my husband and we would literally cry with laughter....Beautiful book!
What are your favourites??? Are any of these amongst them??
Well now that I have probably bored you all to bits ( I am using my headache as an excuse) I'll suggest you visit the lovely MELODY'S  to see what other treasures are to be found.

I have also got block 3 of  "Country Garden" finished so here is a peek of that as well.

For those of you who buy Handmade magazine they are having a giveaway competition with 10 sets of 3 of my patterns...."The Cupcake Series"  (pictured above)you just have to write in and say why you would like to win a set. It's in Issue 29 No 3. for any of you interested.
Blessings Michelle.


  1. This weekend whilst Hubz was away I borrowed the DVD miniseries of "A Fortunate Life".... I hadn't heard of it before.... and of course thoroughly enjoyed it....
    Wonderful stitcheries Michelle and I do hope your headache is gone... or at least well on its way out..... they can be so crippling!

  2. I hope you are feeling a little better now Michelle. Cheers Kaylee

  3. So sorry you are not feeling well today.You have put together a wonderful treasures post. I love to read and haven't read any of these books except A Fortunate Life so it's great to get some recommendations.
    I hope the competition in Handmade brings you lots of new admirers and customers.

  4. lovely post Michelle and thanks for the thumbs up for the competition

  5. I'm so sorry you're suffering hon, I hope it goes away soon - books are among my greatest treasures too, especially books from my childhood. It was so exciting to find them and read them to my own boys when they were small, and for them to love them too. I STILL re-read them.
    Your patterns are just gorgeous hon, what a lovely competition!

  6. Sorry you are not feeling the best , hope the headache has disappeared by now . I have not read any of these books although a couple of them are familar ,thanks for the recommendations , always looking for an interesting read . Love the stitchery , you do such beautiful work. hugs Sheila

  7. Im late to the party as usual..but I do hope you've woken today feeling better.

    I havent read any of those books . I must confess to usually being a prolific reader but this year I have barely read anything! At least I have some great recoemmendations from you if I can find the time to indulge.

    Your stitching really is inspiring Michelle.

  8. I seem to read less as I stitch more!! However we do have a collection of favourite books that we love. All your patterns and sewing look so beautiful!


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