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Friday, May 10, 2024

Monoprinting in Maleny

 As promised a post about my recent workshop up in the mountains at Maleny. I stayed with my friends overnight for a quick getaway on the workshop day. I love the peace of their rural perch on the ridge above Samford Valley. 

Perfect spot for a coffee and a chat.
Monoprinting with Botanicals for beginners was our workshop with the very generous and talented Kim Herringe. 
This is Kim imparting her knowledge in her Studio.
Our tools and supplies were ready to go!
Here we all are working and sharing our results. 

These were my prints all laid out. 
We had our lunch looking out over the dam and country side and I couldn't help but snap some pretty Camelias and Grevillea.

Kim has the most interesting powder room. The walls are covered with inspirational and funny quotes....we all linger in there lol!

I was a little bit at sea as to what colours I wanted to create but was happier with the blues and oranges.

I fell in love with what they call the "ghost print" this is what is left on the gell plate after your print is pulled off.....and you print again.

I loved how delicate they looked. We all had a scrap page for pressing over the plate....some were crazy little works of art.
So it was a wonderful day and I am all signed up for an extension workshop in a month...looking forward to it already!
I spent today drawing up some ideas to use as masks over the gell plates.
Looking forward to playing with these. 
This Bromelaid in my garden was like a firestick it was so bright.

If you are still with me I appreciate it.
Have a lovely weekend everyone.
Namaste and Blessings,
Michelle xx


Monday, May 6, 2024

Quilting and Visitors

 Good morning. Today is a public holiday here. The last for us until August. The skies are brilliant blue with lovely sunshine streaming in the windows at the moment. It's supposed to rain later so I popped out and took some photos of my pretty orchids now in flower,  seemingly having dodged that horrible beetle and my Croton bushes which have brought forth bright yellow and green new foliage. It seems to be since the Jacaranda was pruned. They are just stunning!

I haven't done a lot of stitching of late, instead concentrating on hand quilting Where We Love is Home in between lovely craft lunch with friends, Grandies sports, Anzac Day commemorations and music displays. It's slow going as I have a dicky shoulder and rest is the cure. Easier to say than do!

I am doing very simple quilting as I don't think it needs anything fancy.
I had such lovely visitors yesterday. Did you have a favourite Aunt? I did and still do. My Aunt moved to be closer to her family a while ago and where as she was 30 mins from me is now 2 and a half hours away. And I found it difficult to visit whilst caring for my husband. So what a great day we had together with my cousin-in-law when they visited. We talked and laughed the day away. Tripping down memory lane and catching up on current family doings.

My Aunt is a keen gardener and she bought me some lavender from her garden both fresh and dried....ohhh it smells divine. The soaps are handmade by a friend of hers....did I mention homemade cakes.....bit spoilt!
I have always felt blessed to have this beautiful lady in my life. There is something special about having someone who has known and loved you all your life.
My friend Katie is also my hairdresser and she recently adopted another Tenterfield Terrier to keep her other pup Annie company.....this is Max....who is simply adorable. He is so tiny with these huge ears...needless to say it was fun having cuddles. Just had to share.
OK friends that's about it. Not a lot of sewing to show this post. I am now off to stay with friends and get ready for another printmaking workshop tomorrow....excited much! Hopefully I will have some interesting things to share....fingers crossed xx
Take care, be gentle with yourself and others.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx 

Monday, April 22, 2024

Stitching Out and About

 Hello. Before I get to the stitching as it's EARTH DAY today I am thrilled to tell you our beautiful TOONDAH HARBOUR is now protected and the development is not going happy! So if you helped in anyway, spoke about it, shared about it on social media, wrote to the pollies or protested....thank you!

I went to lunch and a day of stitching at friend Bevs this past week. Always a treat. We had a delicious lunch and I got to bring home some fresh figs. So spoilt.
I had a photo of a sweet quilt Bev had made for a new Grand baby but somehow my fat finger ruined it. It was made out of this gorgeous May Gibbs fabric which I did get a pic of.
Bev has a lovely garden and a treat to have a wander in. We enjoyed lots of chatting and blessed to have kind friends.
Sunday Stitchers was yesterday. Although a very soggy,  rainy day....a lovely day was had by all with lots of quilty inspiration. I snapped a couple of pretty things to show you.
Susan's sweet cross stitches....
Helens lovely Sue Spargo quilt...
2 beautiful quilts by the "sparrows"

Last year for our birthdays we all put a little kit together and you got to chose one from the stash for your special day. You then had to make something with the kit by your next birthday. This was my kit....
Sandi received it and made a cute drawstring bag which she showed us this meeting.

I was on morning tea with Helen this month and was on sweets. I had a little oops with a couple of the patty cakes I made because I was impatient for the patty pan tray to cool....seriously!
Thankfully I did have some decent!
They disappeared so must have tasted fine.
I worked on my framed hexie quilt which has been what I have mostly been stitching this past week...that's the lovely Sue beside me.
I watched my Granddaughter play netball over the weekend too and I managed a walk by the duck pond on the way.

You may remember on a previous post I had a pic of Mother Dusky Moorhen on her nest...well they've all hatched and it's now empty....
Such a lot of work in that nest! 
I had a lovely catch up with my little brother also this week and we had cheeky feathery company trying to steal cake crumbs while we lingered over our coffee......

These are Bluefaced Honeyeaters and they are very cute and very chatty. I have loads visit my Jacaranda tree in October when it flowers. 
I think that's me all caught up. It's been a lot cooler thankfully so I think I may give Caswell a rest and get some hand quilting done while I can.
Take care friends.....hug your loved ones!
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx