....ohh and pencils and paper

Friday, March 24, 2017

Pencils and Pretties

Do you feel like I do....that some good friends are just like.....
Well two of my "friends family" are celebrating birthdays very soon....Jan and
ROBYN FROM PIDGEON PATCH who is having a "big girl" birthday, so what better reason do you need to go for high tea and to be together. We chose Devon Pixies our local Tea House.

Pretty teacups.....
Pretty table and lovely setting....

and of course lovely friends....the food was delicious but it went down the rabbit hole before I got a photo lol!


Diane and birthday girl Jan
Theresa listening intently. 

Of course you always get those that can't behave lol!
Sarah, Robyn and Monica

On our way out the door we espied this beautiful, old and very unusual sewing machine. Apparently it is a Janome....says so right on the machine. It's called Jasmine and is so pretty! I have never seen one like it have you?

Great fun. Enjoyed it all.......thanks girls!
And Happy Birthday!
Ok! That was the pretty and now the pencils.
Yesterday I went to an art workshop held by my art teacher Sandra Temple. I am amazed at just what I didn't know about making art until I began classes 3 years ago.
So the opportunity to focus on one aspect in depth is so very helpful.
It was a really interesting day and I hope some of the "learning" went in....anyway I was able to successfully compose another project which I am really pleased with.
It is now in the preliminary drawing stage and hopefully will become a fully fledged piece. I came home with a very full, tired but happy brain.
Well folks that's been my busy two days..... I have been stitching. Working away at my Baltimore Quilt borders but nothing exciting to show you.
Enjoy your weekend and my thoughts are with my North Queensland friends.....stay safe folks.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017


After the push to finish Splendid Sampler I have had a little break from stitching....well a couple of days lol! I have caught up with my favourite mags...
Worked on my art journal prompts challenge  (52 weeks) a different prompt each week.....I found that cute picture on Pinterest.
Very interesting exercise......hmmm! It always puzzles me.....I can draw but my handwriting is come? Learning never ends....
Last week I collected my drawing "Lady Mitchell of Lightning Ridge " from the framers and hung it on the wall....just a little chuffed!
My little Kingfisher friends found a frame as well.
Like most of the East Coast of Australia at the moment its a bit damp and very humid!
My poor Cooktown Orchids don't know what is going on and have decided to send out some flower spikes...crazy! They usually flower in my garden around June. So they are a wee bit early. I will enjoy them just the same.

Due to the damp, I am going with the flow today, enjoying the showers and getting back to my UFO, and working on my Baltimore Quilt borders some more.

I wish you a lovely day.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx 

Monday, March 20, 2017

Ta Da!

I am one happy little version of Splendid Sampler is finished!!!
I managed 97 blocks which included quite a few bonus blocks....I am happy I hung in for most of the blocks......especially considering my aversion to machine sewing!
Even happier that I have a completed quilt. I do love the blocks around the centre block and of course my favourite French General fabrics. You would thing my scraps would have decreased but the  bin seems just as full!
I  can at least say that I did Block 1...

and Block 100...
There were just a couple missing in the middle lol!
Huge thanks to Pat Sloan, Jane Davidson and all the other designers  for all their hard work and sharing their creativity with us  throughout the year.
So now back to my other projects.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Good Fun

Yesterday we celebrated my Dear Daughters birthday....a little belated but worth the wait.....I make no apologies for loads of photos.
The Birthday girl.
The venue was Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre at The Gap and the theme was "Boho" lots of pretty dresses and flowers etc. The company was exceptional and the table was so pretty and the food delicious.
The cake was scrumptious and the flowers on top just set it off beautifully.
We all indulged in Henna tatooing....

Lots of props for crazy pics....
DD and her bestie Danielle who took a lot of the photos, getting their groove on...

DD and DIL....such wonderful young women.
I piked out but love this photo with my girl.
We giggled over memories....

Laughed over the above photo as DD is rarely without her camera lol! We should have known.
Love this photo Danielle took of DD. Her dress was just gorgeous!

Our lovely photographer Danielle.
My lovely DIL
Such a beautiful day with beautiful women.....almost forgot I was old enough to have a Daughter of such an age lol!
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx 

Saturday, March 18, 2017


March's .....
was last evening. WENDY over at Sugarlane Quilts was our hostess.
I had a "day"as well as a"night" sew in. It was going to be a Splendid Sampler sew in.
I was determined to get my top finished. I began with getting borders on the centre.
I joined both sides of blocks and top and bottom. As I wouldn't have this amount of time available again for a while I very naively thought I could get it together and then stitch the hexagons to the inner border....
Hexies made....
Well things are quite often better in took me the rest of the night to get one row of hexies appliqued down. It was so ungainly an uncomfortable to hold.
So I almost got it finished. But not quite! I will save the reveal until I have the other sides done.
We have finally had some quite heavy showers which the garden has loved. I love the little puddles of water on the leaves of this succulent.

Well my personal Barista has my coffee ready (he has a new toy) so I best be away.

A little something to ponder from Tiny a lovely weekend. 

Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx