....ohh and pencils and paper

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Happy Days.

Today was my turn to have stitching at my house. We were a small but cheery group.
I worked on my Hettie Angel block.
We needed chocolate eggs to maintain energy levels.
We had 2 birthday girls....Jan and Robyn so Apple cream sponge held a candle to make a wish on.
Nothing nicer than time spent with friends and a needle and thread (or crochet hook) thrown in too. A hot cuppa and lots of chat...perfect!
A few days ago I received the sweetest little gift in the mail from CHERYLL at Gone Stitchin' gorgeous little Sunbonnet Sue needlebook.
And she is a Queenslander in her lovely Maroon! Thanks so much Cheryll she will be perfect to pop in with my projects on the go....I love  her.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Monday, March 26, 2018

Ready for the Rabbit

With a busy week ahead I thought I would dust off my favourite Easter treasures and set them about ready for Easter.....
I love my new Easter mini quilt and it feels nice to have a special change on the stand.
Of course my favourite bunny couple who've been with me for so long.

Do you have some favourite Easter treasures that you love to decorate with each year? We usually have a quiet time with family which I look forward to each year. I am a big fan of 4 unhurried days in a row.... and some quiet reflection.
So there you have it my Easter preparations.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Sunday, March 25, 2018


Millicent block was completed last night....
And she looks a lot happier with a smiling face. This meant she could join the other Angels in her row that I have been working on putting together. 

This block is now complete.
Love how they are looking. I did some more prep on the blocks for the other side but must actually applique another one to complete this set.
And Dimity....
Perhaps if I had read the book better to determine the order I may be further ahead...
But very happy nonetheless. 
Ok! Tillie the Tea Shop lady and some pretty hearts await my attention.
You can read my latest Art Blog post HERE if you are interested. 
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx 

Saturday, March 24, 2018


March FNSI was hosted by WENDY from Sugarlane Designs last evening.
I decided to work on my UFO CHALLENGE No. 9 Angel Story blocks. Before I got started on that I wanted to finish the binding on my Chocolate Bunny mini.
Can't wait to hang it up for Easter....
I then worked on Milly block and got all the needleturn applique stabliser is ironed on and stitchery is next.
Looks a bit strange without the stitchery lol! I have been cutting a charm pack of Paris Fleamarket and other bits from my stash into 2 1/2" squares ready for the assembly of the Angel Blocks....I am eager to see what they look like. Hopefully I will get some work done on them over the weekend.
Thank you Wendy for hosting us this month.
Enjoy your weekend folks. Ours is a little damp.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

My Treasures From Sunday

I promised I would share the treasures from Sundays "Bring and Buy".
Several lovely see I was busy designing when all these lovely things came I am enjoying stitching them now lol! Also a very nice cutlery roll and mat....perfect for taking to stitching and workshops to avoid plastic it!
I seem to have come home with lots of Sandi's gorgeousness.
Honey straight from the hive from her neighbour in the cutest jar.
Dear little needlebook and pincushion.
And this gorgeous little Easter runner that Sandi wasn't happy with.....I adore it!
De gave us our March UFO CHALLENGE number which is...
My number 9 is to work on Angel Story. So that will be very nice.
On Sunday I worked on a little Easter mini quilt for my 12 inch hanger I drew up.
You see I have 2 of these cute hangers but don't have much to put on hopefully I can remedy that and make a couple....starting with one for Easter.
Lastly I wanted to share a family heirloom of sorts. I meant to share when I posted all my orchids.....this teeny tiny unremarkable native orchid belonged to my Great Grandmother and was rescued after her death by my Grandmother who passed it to my Mum who passed it to me......whilst technically its like us new generations of the same family I love having it. No flowers at present but hopefully when it flowers I can grab a snap....the flowers are the tiniest little star orchids. So cute!
Those leaves are no bigger than my thumb nail!
Ok my bed is calling me.....
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Monday, March 19, 2018

Sunday Stitchers

As March is Melanoma Awareness month, Sunday Stitchers had a special fund raising day amongst ourselves for Melanoma Institute and Tour de Cure. Blue and Yellow are their banner we went with that colour scheme too.
Sandi and myself provided raffles...we had blue and yellow themed food and a wonderful "bring and buy" table......a few things may have popped into my bag....I will share in a later post. This made for lots of happy stitchers lol!
The winner of first prize in the raffle was Inca and she was thrilled with her win.
We were very pleased with our efforts and managed to raise $664, which will be shared with both charities......a wonderful day and loads of fun too.
We had 3 birthday girls....Teresa, De and Inca.
And our UFO CHALLENGES have made for lots of lovely show and tell....
My Yoko Saito blocks which was my No. 10 on my list.
Sandi had lots of cute Easter themed projects.....and her table centre is reversable....clever bunny!
Noreen has been stitching up a storm....
De's delightful quilt.
Susan's very useful sewing station....loved it! Plus a lovely wall hanging. Incas wonderful EPP in Tildas and another lovely by Sandi.
Noela's Ruth Quilt pretty!
Maria has also been making progress on her EPP projects and another gorgeous blanket. Lynda's working hard on her hand stitched Trip around the World.
Teresa's beautiful sewing this too! Helen finished a sweet wall hanging and loads of lovely work in Tatyana 's amazing Russian cross stitch.
I always feel so inspired when I get to see all that these clever ladies do.
We had a great day with purpose and fun rolled into one.

When you do small things with can't help but make a difference!
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

A New Week

Well because I think you can't have too much of a good thing, I got to spend another day with friends Shez and lovely!
We visited a fabric outlet very near to where I  live.....which made two little stitchers very happy. I loved watching the choosing lol! And there may have been a bit!
I fancied these 3 pieces together.....for what? I have no clue! But I just like them!
The only stitching is my hand quilting project.....progress is being made around the border.....
Our weather has been very changeable but my orchids are still flowering away like crazy!
I noticed this morning whilst having my breakfast on my verandah, both my Cooktown orchids are getting in on the act too!

Very excited to see the darker one! It is nice to see little pops of colour in my "garden of neglect".....

And my Flapjacks have gone nuts!
Now I live in the heart of it is always a privilege when wildlife come for a wander.....two little ducks have wandered down from the Environmental Park, snacking on all the grass seeds and insects after Mr. R. did the mowing this morning.

I  wish you all a very creative week......I have a new post on my Art Blog HERE if you wish to read it.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx