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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

A Fresh Page

Happy 2019 lovely people. Hope you celebrated your way. I managed to keep my eyes open and welcome the new year into being. I am not a person for resolutions. Life over the years has taught me each day is a blessing and full of promise. Some days may seem unremarkable but the very fact you are able to take part is such a gift.
I do however reflect on how I can be more at peace with myself and take action where I can. Saying NO is a big one for me and making time for the treasured and true and letting go of what doesn't nourish me.
 I have had such a wonderful year stitching without pressure now that deadlines are no longer a part of my life.....slow stitching has been a joy...and continues to be so.
I have enjoyed and learnt so much with my art and the learning continues. Thank you to all of you that pop over to my art blog and leave me lovely encouraging comments.....A few of my projects this past year.
I feel so blessed to have stitching and drawing in my you meet the nicest people! Very blessed in that department.
I have been having a very nice relaxing time over the Christmas break, being with family, reading and working away on my 1797 Revisted rushing for me!
My Sunday Stitchers UFO list remains blank....
I will get to it. After lots of thought I think I may go for progress rather than finishes.
I enjoyed the NO FUSS STITCH ALONG last year so much (even if I got a very late start) that I am joining in again.
We are stitching another lovely Leanne Beasley design from her book Road trip.
I am using the same fabric range I used for Ruth's quilt because I had  a jelly roll and it requires lots of 2 1/2 inch squares. I didn't use a lot of fabrics  in the jelly roll from this range for Ruth's quilt so it should hopefully look different. Plus I  love it and want to use it up!
I am tweaking the postcard designs to suit our travelling journeys and I am making it for our "chateaux 'de wheels"......eventually. So some tracing has occurred and threads purchased. I have gone for regular DMC as I figure it may take awhile and I want to be able to obtain more when I  need it.....especially if I am away in my van.
Excited! I am also looking forward to working more on my "WINGS AND PRETTY THINGS " with my friends Fiona and's also a no pressure project. My new Mantra...
I would like to thank all of you who read my words, leave comments or just visit my blog. Also the other bloggers out there that I visit, some of whom are now dear friends. You constantly inspire me with your creativity, resourcefulness, kindness and friendship. Women sharing....... I love seeing others sharing their lives and experiences often from all over the world. World leaders need to stitch and blog....We may then have a chance for world Peace lol!
Anyway I wish you a year of good health, happiness, creativity and peace. 
Ohhh and be gentle and kind in and with Nature.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx


  1. Yourpostcard stitcheries are a great idea. Did you just draw them up with the places you have visited then once stitched will be put into a quilt.

  2. A really lovely post Michelle....I'm with you, no pressure is the go which is why the No Fuss stitch-a-long suits me down to the ground.

  3. Such a lovely post to start the new year on the right foot, Michelle.....and yes, the "no" word can be hard to say, but oh so satisfying to the soul when you do.

  4. I think your attitude and approach to the year is very realistic. Good luck with all your quilting plans.

  5. Hi my lovely friend,great post,i am tossing up whether to do the postcards quilt,but then i havent put the other one together yet and i have 2 xmas quilts to finish off and there maybe another couple waiting to be finished too,lol.
    I think the postcard quilt will look wonderful in your caravan hmm now you have me thinking,lol. i love your wings and butterfly quilt,beautiful design Michelle.Namaste and blessings my friend xx

  6. a lovely post and I hope I can maintain the same things.... looking forward to sewing 2 quilts with you (so far... but there may be more????)


  7. Lovely new header..
    You worked on both beautiful stitching projects and art last year. Enjoy the some again this year Michelle.
    Nice fabrics for your new No Fuss Stitch Along project.

  8. Such a lovely post. I find when I need to have something finished on a time limit I lose enthusiasm but when I am just stitching for the sake of stitching I am far more motivated. May your stitching and art continue to bring you joy. Your blog is such an inspiration to me. Angel blessings.

  9. Wow you have done so much in 2018, good luck with 2019. I love the "no pressure" idea, that will be my motto for this year. Thank you and I look forward to your makes, art and thread xx. Guida.

  10. Slow stitching is where I naturally live...the whole deadline must get it finished now thing does my head in...great idea to tweak the postcard designs to reflect your own travels, enjoy revisiting as you stitch...

  11. I agree with the others - lovely post - I hope all your dreams for 2019 cute true.. x

  12. I don't often comment, but your art work leaves me in awe. It is just stunning. As for your stitching, I couldn't agree more re deadlines.
    We have enough of them in our real world, not to have to have them in creativity, which should be relaxing. Continued good health and I, too, look forward to viewing your progress.

    1. Thank you Jill. So happy you pop in for a visit. Happy New Year to you too xx

  13. Great thoughts for a new year. I love the idea of enjoying the journey of our projects. Mind you....I do like finishing something occasionally.

  14. A lovely post Michelle
    Happy New Year to you and yours. Look forward to seeing the results of your talents again this year xx

  15. It’s always peaceful to read your blog.....hope the new year has loads of happiness for you and your family.

  16. Wonderful post Michelle, lovely to read. Always inspiring to see what you are doing here. Lovely things to look forward to this year.

  17. You have done some wonderful work over the past year. So satisfying to look back. Your new project will be perfect for your van, and great to work on while travelling, if you get the opportunity. I agree, no pressure is the best way for stitching. It is so much more satisfying. All the best with your stitching and drawing in 2019.


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