Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Lovely Mail

Good morning everyone. Beautiful sunshine streaming in my windows this fine Brissy winter morning....a bit cool by Queensland standards. I don't have a lot that I can show you stitching wise but I hope to continue on with my "quilting a little each day" in my chair in the sunshine later today.
I received some lovely mail today. These gorgeous buttons...

from the very clever Yvonne from Yvonne W. Designs Yvonne makes and hand paints the sweetest little buttons and brooches as well as designing stitcheries to showcase them. I think they are perfect to finish off that special project or to give as a gift to a "stitchy" friend. You should pop over for a visit and a look around. I just can't pick a favourite, they are all sooo cute! I will definitely be visiting again. LOVE them Yvonne!
Just in case you wondered I am still flinging my coloured pencils around but my projects are taking a little bit longer as I am learning a lot about backgrounds and with coloured pencils there is no easier way..you just have to do the layers. These are the two WIP...one is nearly finished and one is managing by the skin of his teeth to avoid the recycling bin....
I recently had my 3rd try of pastels....ahh nope! I couldn't scurry back to my pencils quick enough....not saying NEVER but not now! My friends will laugh when I say that I never knew I was such a details person and control freak...apparently they did! Pastels were just tooo loose and free for me! Between you and me I think it may have been the person in charge of them actually.
Enjoy your day,
I am off to enjoy one of these....
Namaste and Blessings,
Michelle xxx

Sunday, July 5, 2015

FNWF

I was pleased with my efforts on Friday night...over at Cheryll's I did finish my little ornament from "Christmas Hearts" pattern. It is safely popped away now for a special someone.
Before my eyes closed on Friday night, I did get quite a bit done on sweet little Teacup Stack bear..
I couldn't "bear" her blank eyes so yesterday I made sure I finished stitching her.
Only 2 more "Tiny Teacup Teddies" to go before I can start to assemble them. The next one is a little ballerina...hope she doesn't turn out to be a bit of a 'diva' lol! Yes I know! I never said I wasn't strange, talking to little bears!
Thanks Cheryll for having us at your place again.
I am off to trace some secret gift stitching which may/may not be this.
Enjoy your day.
Namaste and Blessings,
Michelle xxx

Friday, July 3, 2015

Jolly Gingers

Since my lovely friends Shez and Illene in blogland stitched my "Jolly Gingers Table Centre" so beautifully I have had several enquiries about obtaining a pattern for them. I have now made a pattern for it which you may purchase by emailing me.
The cost would be $14.00 AUD and postage added if you are overseas. You will also notice that the original has prairie points around the perimeter but it looks just as nice the way Shez and Illene did their's with binding. Hope this makes you sweet little "Gingie" lovers out there happy xx
OK! Tonight we bloglanders get together over at Cheryll's for Friday Night With Friends. Our gracious hostess is off on a jaunt but she has generously given us the keys to her castle.....ooh! we better be good! I am still deliberating about what to stitch but I did want to finish my little Christmas Heart ornament to pop away.

I was also going to continue quilting but then this little lass reminded me loudly that I had begun to stitch "her!!!" and she would really like it if I kept going!
And then I daren't look towards my art folder and pencils because I have a lovely goose and a sweet giraffe that I am working on at the moment trying to get my attention...yikes!
You know seriously, I feel really blessed that I have interesting things that capture my attention. Even in my quiet, not doing anything moments I am never bored. I enjoy each in it's own particular time.
So I am looking forward to knowing all over Oz and across the world we stitcher's (knitters, crocheters, embroiderers, quilters etc.) are united in friendship....see ya there or be square!
My "just because I like piccie" is....
Namaste and Blessings,
Michelle xxx

Monday, June 29, 2015

Soooo Close!

Hello everyone from rainy old Brisbane town today. I thought while I had a bit of a break from my mind exploding instructions and such I would pop in and say G'day! You may remember the "Michelle's Long Term  Secret Sewing" project...
Well I just thought seeing as I am getting very excited about it's reveal, I would tease you as well. This is soooo close to being able to be revealed to you that I am finding it very hard to keep quiet. So this was the next best thing lol! Watch this space lovely stitchers!
As you all know there has been a bit going on around here lately but children having fun always make you smile. Our youngest Grandson had his first ever sports day...they were so cute!
Ready for a fast getaway!
Jumping very high in the high jump...you know just to make sure that you clear that bar!
What could be more fun than a chicken relay?
Thank to all my FB friends who shared our pleasure about this little minx...
getting really good developmental results...may they continue!!! Feeling blessed!
Apart from lots of hard work which will become apparent in the next little while, I have found great comfort and peace with my needle and quilting thread...
 I just love the quiet rhythm of hand quilting.
 Thank you lovely friends for all your words of encouragement and support recently. It meant so much. I for one am going to carry on with hope and positivity in my heart that all will be well and get back to more cheery posts.
Have a lovely rest of your day everyone.
Namaste and blessings,
Michelle xxx

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Swan Days

Over the last 2 weeks myself and my close family have been having what my darling grandmother used to call "swan days"....days when it takes all your strength and courage to keep yourself afloat and calm on top of the water whilst paddling like crazy underneath and resisting the temptation to just sink crying into the mud. We had a very frightening health scare in our family and it knocked the wind right out of us. We have since had some positive news and we are praying now that it continues.
This being said, I have had a bit of time spent waiting around and I was very, very thankful that I knew how to stitch and to keep my hands and mind engaged.
I stitched 2 very cute projects from my "Gingerbread Kisses" pattern and a Christmas Heart ornament....
I used Cottage Garden thread "Mistletoe" for 2 of them and the old fav DMC 816 for the other.
I have plans for them when I get a breather.
I am also keeping up with my little timetable and have the next on the list in the little hoop....can't tell you more...it's a bit of a secret giftie thingy!
So that's my lot as they say until next time. If I am not commenting it is because I have family commitments and time is a little short but reading what you're up to when I can is just so nice.
Remember to hug each other, love each other because that's all there really is worth having.
Namaste and blessings,
Michelle xxx

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Flying Visit

I thought I would quickly drop in and share some show and tell and my latest art finish.
Firstly my friend Sandra has this Christmas beauty ready to hand quilt....it is so big it was hard to get it in the picture.
It is so beautiful and such a lot of work has gone into it.
My little Gingies seem to be stealing some hearts at the moment as Illene has made my table topper too. Thanks so much for sharing it Illene xx
I have been doing a lot of quiet stitching but I will share that next time.
Art:
My little cheeky meerkat "The Lookout" thought I would show you my finish....very pleased with him. It's about 11 1/2 inches x 16 1/2 inches and I used a Pan pastel background and Polychroma coloured pencils..
Halfway through..
Mr R. took this photo at the Dubbo Zoo but I have tried to make his surrounds a bit more natural.
The finish...
This little bloke never shirked his duty for a second!
Must fly! Have a lovely day,
Namaste and Blessings,
Michelle xxx

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Scarborough Wedding

As I told you last post we were off to a wedding yesterday of a dear friend. I was a bit worried about the weather as it poured on the way to the venue which was on the other side of town. It was at a gorgeous venue called Reid's Place down on the peninsula at Scarborough. I just ooohed and aahed...2 old Queenslanders which are accommodation for B& B and Weddings as well as beautiful gardens.
 They were married in the chapel on the grounds which was adorable....I had to get a shot after the rose petals were thrown because too much paparazzi to get any good photos lol!
Gorgeous stained glass windows on the sides..
The bridesmaids looked beautiful...
The old vintage car was great for photos.
Love this piccie of my friend and her gorgeous Mum...
As you can see the clouds blew away and the sun shone brightly!
The happy couple......it is so wonderful to see a friend so happy.
We then celebrated with a High Tea....beautiful food and lovely china....oohhh loved it!
The raindrops returned and we were chased onto the large Queenslander verandah.... which didn't matter at all, we were having too nicer a time.....a closeup of the fast disappearing goodies....
My friend Lauren does every thing so beautifully and the whole experience was special and so her.
Cute little sweeties and a thank you from the Bride & Groom to send us on our way...
We are being very good today....fruit and healthy things after our over indulgence!
Namaste and blessings,
Michelle xx