Wednesday, September 17, 2014

More Christmas!

Yes more Christmas stitching! Can you stand it? Well I am working on this little project. Just a sneaky mind..
I am also been to the post office to post patterns away....thank you lovely stitchers and to post my offering in my FHFS "spotty" swap.....hope she likes it! I loved this swap...spots and dots, what's not to love!
It is a glorious Spring day here today....not a cloud in the beautiful blue sky. Shorts and T-shirt the uniform for the day. Flowers blossoming everywhere.
That's all folks!
Namaste and Blessings,
Michelle xxx

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Patterns are Done

Well folks as promised **4 NewPatterns** I have even surprised myself at how hard I have been working. See Christmas stitching will do that for you. So here they are.
Firstly, "Christmas Sentimentals" a set of 4 hanging ornaments for your Christmas tree.
This pattern costs $12.00 AUS plus postage & handling for overseas customers.
Next is "Merry & Bright" wall hanging...perfect for your entry as a Christmas welcome or as a gift for friends. 
This pattern costs $13.50 AUS plus postage and handling for overseas customers.
I love this next one and so enjoyed creating "Blessings & Ginger" cushion. An offering for all my mad "Gingie" friends out there.

This pattern costs $13.50AUS plus postage and handling for overseas customers.
Lastly but definitely not least is "Amongst the Holly" tote bag. So nice to make for a friend or use as a special gift bag or take your gifties to that Christmas lunch.
 
This pattern costs $13.50AUS plus postage and handling for overseas customers.
I accept payment through Paypal. If you wish to order any of these patterns please email me.
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Last evening I completed the other 2 bags in the goodie bag set...
They just need some little buttons on the side of their handles and instruction writing can commence. I did warn you a while ago that I had lots of little offerings coming. Do you think my secret obsession about creating Christmas projects is out of the bag....he he!
I can now get back to the "Calendar Bears" who are almost quilted....love this little girl!
She could care less what anyone thinks of her "beach body"! I adored her from the moment she appeared out of my pencil. Stitching her was so much fun.
Yesterday I had several non-reply bloggers comment for the giveaway. I just wanted to assure you that your names are in the draw but unfortunately I could not reply to tell you so.
Well that is all from me today except to say, how wonderful it was receiving all those very supportive comments on my last post. Special thanks to Pat for your phone call and Cynthia from Digby for your beautiful comment.
Namaste and Blessings,
Michelle xxx

Monday, September 15, 2014

Marvelous Monday and a Giveaway

Monday is here again and I trust that you all enjoyed your weekend. Mine was spent hunched over the computer trying to sort out our holiday snaps and get them off to the nice people who will turn it into a book for us before my 'on sale' voucher ran out. Talk about square eyes. But I got it all done so I am looking forward to seeing how it turned out and if my very tired and deranged mind made the right choices.
Apart from that I got quite a bit of stitching done.
I have a lovely friend who adores Angels, white ones in particular. So as I was playing with some felt anyway I decided to see if I could make one with some embellishments....
I just love embroidery on felt. I think she will be very much appreciated when her new owner receives her.
On my trip last year I had a day out with the lovely Shez and she took me to Gail's Patchwork Emporium which was beautiful. I spied this lovely ric rac braid which I bought and have been wanted to use it in a project. So........
Out of this little bundle of chaos I managed to make this little goodie bag.
Do you like it? Two more still to come! Hopefully I will get the others done today.
Another finish was "Amongst the Holly" tote bag. Perfect for all those gifts you take to your Christmas parties. I drew this design last year on the road and found the fabric too (can't remember where) and loved stitching it....want to see?
I have written instructions for 4 new patterns and I should have them for you this week.
Speaking of patterns. I thought it was time for me to share a little gift with you in the form of a giveaway.
Please excuse the photo but I have 2 of my Christmas patterns and a cute piece of fabric.
I am sorry but it is for Aussies only due to postage cost restrictions :( If you would like to be in the draw just leave me a comment saying so. I will draw it next Monday.

Ok! I always endeavour to keep my blog a happy place but I feel as if I need to say this. So I am hopping up on to my soap box for a little rant....so look away if you need to.
I am on Facebook, somewhat sparingly as my heart lies with blogging. Mainly I think because I am a gasbag and can't fit in everything I want to say. LOL! I know we are very fortunate to live in a Country where any uniformed idiot has the democratic right to voice their opinion but I am so sick and tired of ignorant people making uninformed comments about children with special needs just needing the strap or being badly parented. We have had many difficulties in our family with just these issues and let me just say the parents are so dedicated, committed and loving under very trying circumstances sometimes. So folks unless you have first hand experience ( and how very fortunate you are if you don't) please think before you make these rude and hurtful comments because there are real families, parents and children out there doing the very best that they can. Show a little love and compassion. There are many more wonderful things to share than this.
As a family we wouldn't have missed knowing and loving our special child just as they are.
Just saying!!! Right jumping down off my soapbox now.
Lastly wanted to share a special moment. Our Grandson completed his very first Soccer season, scored his first goal too. He celebrated with a fun day with his mates and a trophy. Well done Lachie xx
I wish you all a wonderful week.
Namaste and Blessings,
Michelle xxx

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Sewing Binding

Good morning to you all. I finally have the binding on my Secret Sewing Long term project's last item. Yipee! Is a word that comes to mind. So today I am taking it with me to sit with my friends and hand sew it in place...love that bit.... having your hand pass over all those little hills and valleys of quilting that you have stitched. Reviewing the design created. Do you feel this way too?
This project was such fun to do as it contained lots of things that I love e.g. needleturn applique, embroidery and some English paper pieced little Dresden plates....not to mention a spot of hand quilting.
Do you remember this little blue bird?
Well you will find her in the latest issue of Country Threads magazine.
She became a folder for your needlework projects.
I am in such good company this month with a lovely article all about Vicki Knight and her quilts, sweet projects from Jennifer Reynolds and Vicki Collumbine. Fee from Fee's Shabby Shack also has a lovely photo taken at the Sydney craft and quilt show. So lots to enjoy.
Well that's it from me today.
Namaste and Blessings
Michelle xxx

Monday, September 8, 2014

More Previews and Show & Tell

Good morning or should I say afternoon. I have been tap, tap, tapping away writing instructions today.
Don't you hate it when your printer ink runs out aarrgghh! So no printing until I get to the shops tomorrow! I thought you might like to see another little preview of what is coming up.
My little set of tree ornaments are finished and I have called them "Christmas Sentimentals" Like to see
one?


Simple but I think quite cute! The next one is my new favourite....I loved it from the drawing stage and love how it has turned out....Blessings and Ginger!
Amongst the Holly is still needing some work and this little cutie will not tell me what he wants to be....
Not to mention this pair who told me what they wanted to be but just not how to finish them.
So as you can imagine a little crazy around here.
Now to the Show and Tell. A lovely lady by the name of Kerryn at The Country Yard across the waves  in Maungatapere, Northland New Zealand has been very supportive of my designing endeavours and actually was the inspiration behind my Country at Heart Alphabet. Kerryn has given me permission to share with you a couple of the samples of my designs from her gorgeous shop.
This first one is the cover of Country at Heart, stitched beautifully by Raewyn from Love to Stitch  who is lucky enough to work there....
She then stitched several of the letters to make this lovely cushion.
I really love it in the sage green. It is so nice to see how creative they have been. The girls also did a version of my "C" is for Christmas table centre. they made a very cute runner.
Thank you so much Kerryn for allowing me to share your photos. It made my heart happy.
Ok gotta fly....coffee is definitely needed before I continue on.
Namaste and Blessings,
Michelle xxx

Saturday, September 6, 2014

FNWF & a Bit of Excitement

Happy Saturday to you all. Firstly I wanted to share with you a bit of excitement (well actually I am a LOT excited). Have you seen or purchased your copy of Homespun Magazine's New very pretty Diary for 2015?
Isn't it pretty? The Diary is full of tips and tricks from all our much loved designers. Lovely Tilda fabric designs just add to it's loveliness. I am very excited to add my "Cupcake Capers" sewing set is featured on one of the pages along with a couple of tips from yours truly. Looky here.....
There are so many wonderful helpful hints in it. The diary is so beautifully put together. I think it would be a gorgeous gift for a stitching friend or treat your very own stitching self to one.....love it! Thank you Homespun!
Yesterday I finally got around to putt my little "Spring" mini from  my "Seasons Stitcheries" on the stand and popping "Winter" away.
So! In my house now it is officially "SPRING"!!! I don't care that the sky is full of dark clouds!
Do you want to see a preview of a little wall hanging that was in the pile???
This is called "Merry & Bright" and is perfect to make for friends or family for Christmas.
I sttiched it in Cottage Garden Thread - Mistletoe. I know I shouldn't show you before the pattern is ready but hopefully it will be next week. I am also nearly finished a sweet cushion which I have to say is my new favourite...hopefully I can share that soon.
Now! What did I do last night? Well actually not too much as I was too busy biting my fingernails watching my Broncos get beaten by the Storm...sad face! But I did nibble a couple of these....
and finished 2 little ornie stitcheries which are also in "THE PILE"!
This is what happens when "Christmas" lives in your head all year round and NO I don't want any help to cure me of it either.
It was lovely stitching with everyone last night and I will be coming by for a visit later today. If you pop over to Cheryll's you can go visiting and see what everyone got up to as well. Thank you Cheryll for being our hostess again this month.
To my three favourite Dads, my Husband, my Son and my Son-in-law I wish you a lovely day tomorrow.
Also to all those dedicated men out there who love beings Dads. You are so special.
Namaste and Blessings,
Michelle xxx

Friday, September 5, 2014

Next Pile!

Yesterday I began working on the Christmas pile.....remember this little birdie?
Well I played with those nice fabrics and it looks a bit like this now...
After yesterdays efforts I have this little pile now to work on.
So what to work on tonight because it's....
Maybe more quilting....
or my little set of Christmas ornies that were also in the pile...
Decisions! Decisions! Anyway whichever it is I shall be joining my blogging friends for another virtual stitching evening. You can pop over to Cheryll's and sign up too.
Yesterday I also got the binding on these little items.
Ooops! Could of pressed them nicely couldn't I. I can't show you the front because one of them is for a friend and she is a real nosey parker....you know the type! Can't spoil the surprise now!
Aren't Daisies happy flowers? I just love them.
I wish you a joy filled weekend.
Namaste and Blessings,
Michelle xxx