MY SOUL IS FED BY NEEDLE AND THREAD
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Monday, September 23, 2013

Catching up with Spring & a Bit of Excitement

Good morning all and welcome to Monday. I finally got around to changing my mini over to the Spring version. I thought I better to do before Summer is knocking on the door.
Speaking of Spring, a wander around my very neglected garden over the weekend revealed that I had missed some of my old faithfuls coming into bloom. Like for instance all my Azaleas which never let me down. However I was thrilled to see some pretties...my 2 bouganvilleas.

The other one is the most beautiful reddish orange..
Miss Clivia was not to be out done...I always get a thrill to see this one bloom.
Do you have little plants that were given to you by friends as cuttings that when they flower make you happy and bring them to mind...like my 2 geraniums.
I think even a tiny bit of garden can lift your spirits.
Now to all things stitching.
After finishing my little "Frosty" fellow I placed him with his friends while I think of how to assemble them. Stitching him did make me feel all 'Christmasy' in the sewing sense and I felt like I wanted to make a Christmas tote bag so I pulled out my fabrics and chose 2 I liked and then looked through some recent drawings and chose a sweet little birdie. I have taken complete artistic license with this little bird. He is supposed to be a little Robin but we all know they are not all red...more orangey even. So I hope you will forgive me for that....what do you think?
Perhaps I should just call him "Holly Birdie" a new species.
I am now going to wax lyrical so just warning you..
Everyone is so busy these days and also dollars have to go a bit further than they used to, so I am always very grateful, delighted and humbled when you lovely stitchers out there take the time to like my designs enough to then stitch them. When you design it is also like exposing a big part of yourself out there for people to critic. So you can just imagine how I have felt this past weekend when my lovely blogging friends who meet regularly at Millrose Patchwork in Ballan, Victoria for a stitching fun day chose my designs for their swap theme....ooh eee! Very excited!
These are all the projects the girls made...I was so thrilled to see them. I have borrowed these photos from Christine of Macdonald's Patch. Here are all the lovely girls outside the store.
Thank you so much ladies for choosing my designs for your swap, you made my day....can't believe I missed being there by 2 weeks!!! Having visited this gorgeous place so recently I could imagine you all there having fun. So glad you all had a wonderful time. Heartfelt thanks once again xoxoxo
Lunch awaits and a little bit of quiet time in my favourite chair with my needle and thread.
Blessings Michelle xxx

27 comments:

  1. Lovely garden pics! You can make your little birdie any colour you like - it is very sweet, no matter what colour. I can imagine how thrilled you must be about the Ballan gathering, what a shame you were there just a wee bit early.

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  2. Beautiful garden pics there Michelle, the blooms have welcomed you home!
    What a thrill indeed for your designs to be chosen for the Mill Rosie Girls, I have seen a lot of them around on the blogs lately, now I know why...
    I have twice stitched your Winter Mate recently, both times so loved.

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  3. Beautiful flower pictures Michelle - love your bouganvillea's. Also the little birdie stitchery is looking especially gorgeous :-)
    How exciting for you that the Mill Rosie Girls chose your designs, can imagine what a compliment that was to you. Have a great week, Julie x0x

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  4. It must be lovely looking out your window to see all those beautiful flowers. It was a unanimous decision when we were picking our themes and your name came up. I really enjoyed making your Feather Your Nest bag. How lovely would it have been if you had actually been there. But it was lovely to talk to you when you called. The next best thing!

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  5. Your garden photos are beautiful and I love your new holly birdie, such a gorgeous design. How exciting seeing all your beautiful designs made up in a group. :)

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  6. Your garden looks lovely - even our neglected one is OK. I can imagine it is really heart warming to see a group of people all do something of yours...they all looked lovely and such a shame not to still be there and see them all!!

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  7. You would of been welcomed with many open arms Michelle...we did have a fab time and your garden blooms look gorgeous.

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  8. we all had so much fun making your designs up Michelle and it was so much fun talking to you as well.Love those flowers and your robin is just the cutest little bird,have a lovely week my friend.xx

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  9. It is a wonderful time in the garden Michelle. Yours is flowering beautifully. Love your little birdie, very cute. Hugs......

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  10. I have always loved boganvilleas... always give such a happy display... we have one (actually the neighbours) and the birds just love it in there...
    your little fat bird is gorgeous.. and I agree that it can be whatever colour and species you like...
    so fun to have seen all your designs being used... I have a dream to get to the Millrose catch up one day...
    Hugz

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  11. Lovley little birdy stitchery. He is so cute. Can't wait to stitch him!

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  12. Your designs made by the girls were amazing....your garden is stunning...cute birds..

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  13. Love the beautiful flowers in your garden Michelle. This time of year is so great in the garden. My azaleas and little native orchids are a show at the moment. Can't wait to see your new snowy design finished and love Holly Birdie - I need a xmas bag lol. We love your designs, so it was a very easy choice to have you as our swap designer for this month. Did you see on Mel's blog my lovely set I got

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  14. Well, I for one want a holly birdie, asap! He is totally cute. Your flowers are looking lovely, and a big thrill to be chosen for the Mill Rosie Girls.

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  15. Well, I for one want a holly birdie, asap! He is totally cute. Your flowers are looking lovely, and a big thrill to be chosen for the Mill Rosie Girls.

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  16. Well, I for one want a holly birdie, asap! He is totally cute. Your flowers are looking lovely, and a big thrill to be chosen for the Mill Rosie Girls.

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  17. Well, I for one want a holly birdie, asap! He is totally cute. Your flowers are looking lovely, and a big thrill to be chosen for the Mill Rosie Girls.

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  18. Your garden is lovely, not too neglected at all. I'm sure it gives you a lot of inspiration for your designs. How exciting to be the Millrose theme....the girls made beautiful gifts with your designs.

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  19. Love Holly Birdie..so cute
    Miss you Friend..

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  20. what a wonderful compliment Michelle......but your designs really are gorgeous!!!!!! Holly bird is just wonderful......I'm inspired with the Christmas spirit already! and yes, I agree...a little bit of garden is such a wonderful thing for the soul!
    xox big sugary hugs :o)

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  21. A beautiful Spring mini to match your gorgeous garden.
    The ladies at the GTG made beautiful projects from your designs.

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  22. Love your Spring mini Michelle.It's darling.

    I think your robin looks wonderful done in brilliant red. Thankfully in our crafting we don't have the colour constraints of nature because I think he looks perfect.

    Thanks for showing us snippets of your garden. I love seeing what other people plant!

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  23. Holly Birdie is gorgeous, Michelle, and definitely can be what colour you would like. I have enjoyed seeing the projects the girls made for their swap, and they are all beautiful. Gorgeous flower pics too.

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  24. Love your new little bird and the garden photos. It was wonderful to have you as our designer this time. All the Mill Rosie girls love you.

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  25. And why wouldn't everyone stitch your designs Michelle... they're fantastic! Sorry I wasn't home for you to call into my home while off travelling about. Perhaps another time! :)

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  26. Your little Holly Birdie is gorgeous Michelle! Definitely a design I would love to stitch myself as I love all things Christmassy. Well done. Cheers, Tracy xx

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  27. Lovely to see the colour in your garden - always lifts the spirits.
    And I think it is wonderful that the group chose your designs! Excellent choice!

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