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Wednesday, September 6, 2023

Spring Days at Last

 Good morning friends. Well it appears that I have missed August altogether. I don't know exactly what I have been doing, only that I have been busy doing it. There have been a lot of ups and downs.....more of those firsts without my husband....which folks don't seem to get easier. I am very happy to have warmer days and throw open my windows for the soft favourite time of year.

This happened!  I still cannot believe that number on the cake......I certainly don't feel older!  I was very spoilt by my wonderful family and friends.

I've had Grandies singing and dancing and was so lovely to have the opportunity to go and watch them xx

Every year my Art teachers students are able to join her and another teacher and students for an exhibition. I received a lovely surprise when one of my pieces was awarded a Highly Commended. I loved drawing this piece and it was extra special as friend Michael gifted me his fabulous photograph for reference....thanks Michael x

A celebration was in order by way of a delicious pancakes brunch with youngest GD and DD.
Stitching wise, I have been all over the shop. Doing a bit of this and then jumping to something else.....currently working away on Owl and Hare.
I have once again opted out of the pieced blocks...whimpy I know but the truth is that I cannot be bothered forcing myself to do things that I don't want to do at present. I will show you my options in another post.
I am however very pleased with my slow stitching project. I have a little collection of BEATRIX POTTER cards and postcards and a from UK friend Sue and my dear friend Bev from her trip to the Lake District. If you read my blog regularly you will know that I am a huge fan of Beatrix Potters art....her Botanical art was so underated. I do wonder if it had been recognised would we have had Peter Rabbit ?? So I decided to make a designated folder to hold my treasures.....I  drew and stitched a little Peter Rabbit for the front and back.

The inside.....
Everything fits in beautifully and I am so happy to have them out of a box. It was so satisfying to use lots of treasured bits to make the folder....I enjoyed it a great deal.
In the garden I have orchids blooming......the most amount of spikes I have had from this one so far....I also have a cream one but sadly no flowers yet.

And my pink bottlebrush is covered in gorgeous gold tipped brushes!

First time flowering for this dusty pink Crucifix orchid. 

My King Orchid this year only threw 2 spikes of flowers but I am always thrilled to see it. Their teeny tiny delicate little orchid flowers are amazing!
And my lovely Honey Gem Grevillea that was struck by lightning a couple of years back has finally sprouted (doesn't look that aesthetically pleasing...but I don't care) and has several blooms on it.....yay Honey Gem comeback. The resident hooligan Rainbow Lorikeets are loving it once again.
I find Grevillea flowers so intriguing!
Oh almost forgot. I shouted myself a lovely, totally frivolous and outrageously expensive gift for my in exchange rate and postage. A little box of vintage snippets from UK business The Dollshouse Vintage.....I had salivated for a very long time over Debs gorgeous vintage finds. I thought if not now? When? came beautifully packaged and even smelt beautiful. 

I can see a whole snippet roll dedicated to these treasures. 
Well folks I think thats about it. I hope wherever you are you're well. Also a big thank you to those who leave me comments that I am unable to reply to.....I appreciate you all taking the time to read and comment.....and to my blogging friends who tolerate my infrequent posts.....thank you xxx
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx 


  1. Lovely celebrations for your birthday, tinged no doubt with sadness but also a special time. Mine is next year and I too can't believe it! Your Peter Rabbit folder is lovely and such a nice way to store special things. Looking forward to seeing what you create with all those gorgeous snippets. Your flowers do look beautiful. xx

  2. Dearest Michelle, I so loved this post. What beauty surrounds you. Happy 70th and you look fabulous in green, with the family joining in. The Peter Rabbit folder is just the most gorgeous thing, Museum quality - but do not give it away :) Our little orchid has done well this year too, but our King orchid has gone backwards, from 12 spikes last year to just 4. It must not like the weather. A pink crucifix orchid? I have never seen one, and it is just beautiful. Now I will not rest until I track one down - off to the nursery for me. They grow well here and I have three other colours. I too have been longing for a Dolls House Vintage pack, and know someone else who bought one. They are tdf! What a super gift to self, and the snippet roll you make will be a triumph. Happy happy stitching! xoxox

  3. Muchas felicidades por tu cumpleaños y me han gustado especialmente tus labores.
    Disfruta mucho de tus flores y BESICOS.

  4. Wishing you belated birthday wishes, you have been celebrating a very special birthday indeed. These big ones seem to sneak up on us, don't they!

  5. a lovely selection of birthday pictures you have... special family. How gorgeous is your Peter Rabbit folder - I always loved BP detail on drawings. I have some red crucifix from Marina for you... we have planted it and hope to remember to bring it in one day! I have never seen a dusty pink one. A lovely vintage pack gift for yourself.... I'm looking forward to seeing what you use all the bits for....

  6. Your Beatrix Potter folder is beautiful Michelle. The orchids are blooming well and looking stunning, you deserve your special delivery from the UK. Wonderful birthday photos, I hope it gets easier for you as time passes. Well done on your highly commended!!

  7. Happy belated birthday wishes, Michelle....and now you are another member of the 'Fabulous 70s' club! Yes, Beatrix Potter was a wonderful botanical illustrator; her Peter Rabbit books were very successful, but as you say they overshadowed her other work. Some of her illustrations were shown on an episode of 'Antiques Roadshow' and were given a very high value - not at all surprising. You certainly deserve a spoiling for your birthday, and I'm so glad you had it.

  8. Lovely to have celebrated your special BD with your family.
    You've worked on many beautiful projects.
    Cute Peter Rabbit folder for your treasures.
    Lots of beautiful blooms to enjoy.

  9. Happy birthday. Our birthdays must be very close. Spring is such a lovely time of the year. Your Peter Rabbit folder is just exquisite.

  10. Congratulations and Happy Birthday. This seems to be the years for lots of 70s. Great to see you celebrating with family.
    Well done on your prize, too.
    Love your Peter Rabbit folder. Beautiful work and a lovely way to keep your collection.
    Spring has really kicked in for your garden. A beautiful time of the year.


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