Sunday, December 21, 2014

I am a Bit Late - FNSI & Thank You's

I am so late getting around to all my FNSI friends. A big thank you to "Wonderful Wendy" for looking after us so nicely throughout the year. It has been a while since I was able to chose a summer project and just work away quietly on it. After a crazy morning on Friday a very cold one of these was consumed to cool me down.....they are one of the nicest Queenslander's I know!!

 I popped a DVD on "Miss Potter" to be precise and stitched away on the applique I have wanted to add to my Dresden Plate quilt.
This is definitely a "fly by the seat of your pants" project and see how the next bit will look. I like it so far...
I am using some of my lovely Birthday club French General fabrics for the applique. I added another birdie up the other end last night. I just love this quilt and I am so happy I hatched it and stroked it until just the right design came along for it. I am trying to get around and catch up with you all and see what you were up to.
I also have some thank you's. Thank you Karen for this gorgeous handmade card....I love it!
To Christine for the cutest little scissor fob.....thank you so much.
Dear Fiona created this gorgeous little ornie, that still has me scratching my head....clever people!
You have all added to my Christmas Joy....thank you xx
FHFS Days 7 & 8 ( I hope that's right lol)
This cute little fellow popped out of the package to say hello!
Has to he Rudie with that nose!
This package has had me intrigued from the get go....so today I gave in!
and?????
sooooooooo cute! I now have a gorgeous little Christmas family!
Thank you Keryn.....I just love them, they are perfection! You are so very clever xxx
Lastly if I am not talking to myself...you know there should be an award for "EXTREME" blog posting! I really do try to keep it short but never happens...anyway I am waffling. I wanted to show you  how beautiful my new table topper looks on my table.
  I just noticed Santa in the kitchen holding the Mango up on his tray.....LOL! Yep! It's Queensland!
Our City Hall in Brisbane.
Enjoy your Sunday,
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Friday, December 19, 2014

New Little Tree & FHFS Day 6

Good Morning everyone.....sooo much cooler here today after yesterday's storm.
Remember I said a couple of posts ago that I needed a bigger tree for my Blogging friends ornies? Well whilst I was visiting Ann her lovely hubby (maybe bribed with choccies...not admitting anything) gave me one of the wooden trees that he makes for Ann. I love them and already have one which is filled with my wooden hand painted ornaments. It was unfinished but that was absolutely fine with me. So yesterday I set to work.
and although I could not buy any spray gloss finish anywhere and decided I would do that before I pack it away, it came up a treat.
It is now beautifully dressed with my blogging friends gifts and looks wonderful!
Thank you so much Mr. H. you're a champion! What do you think?
Once again I received a beautiful hand made card from my friend Ann. I treasure these and have them all.
Ann's gift was so neat...3 special glass cylinders with a recess for a candle in the top. You can decorate inside the cylinders to suit the occassion. I have decorated only two because I could make them match.
Aren't they lovely! The candles are cinnamon and even without lighting them the scent is delicious. I am saving the other one to pop all my crystals in...well you know I am a card carrying hippie...so that should not come as any surprise to you.
Day 6:
Being a Jim Shore fan my heart more than skipped a beat when I opened Day 6.....Oh My Goodness!
It is handcrafted and features a scene of Santa and his sleigh skimming over the rooftops. A very special gift indeed. Thank you so much Keryn....you knew I would adore it! I shall always treasure it.
The postie bought me some lovely mail too but I shall share it tomorrow.
I cannot believe another week as flown by and Friday is with us. I am joining Wendy  and my other on line friends for our last..
for the year. I am going to be working on some applique on my FG Dresden Plates quilt. This is my summer, just for me project.
Have a lovely weekend all.
Love this ladies artwork...beautiful!
Namaste and Blessings,
Michelle xxx

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Little Roadtrip and Days 4 & 5

For all my lovely overseas friends I thought you might like to see some photos of our beautiful Queensland coastline. Yesterday I went on a bit of a little roadtrip to visit my bestie Ann who lives up at the Sunshine coast for Christmas hugs and to check on how she was doing after recent surgery. I also snaveled some piccies of Ann's decorating (lots of piccies folks). Thought you might be a bit bored with mine.
First I swung by Coolum Beach....so beautiful!
This is specially for those of you who are a little bit chilly right now to warm your thoughts..
Glorious white sand and surf.....love the headland too!
This lovely lady (preparing me a delicious lunch)
in my opinion (we differ here)is absolutely to blame  for getting me so totally hooked on all things Christmassy many years ago. She says it was the other way around! Want to see a liitle bit? Gorgeous tree...
Oh wait! Then there is the 'handmade' tree....one of my favourites!
Ann is very widely travelled (hence my lovely collection of overseas ornies) so has some exquisite pieces..
Who doesn't love Santa helping with the baking?
Now this tree, if I could have got out of the house and away with it I would have  lol!
A beautiful wire tree.
The tree and all the gorgeous cross stitched ornaments are gifts from another friend and severe Christmasaholic Sherri!
I Love the entry display above. There was much much more....
So nice to sit and remember outings had together where treasures were bought, oohed and ahhed over and times when we made treasures together....I had the best day. Sometimes you really are blessed and the day Ann and I became friends is was one. I hope you enjoyed my little road trip and are still with me....
Because I am continuing to be spoilt by gorgeous Keryn....
Yesterday this little fellow came to stay...
He knew exactly where he wanted to spend Christmas and I could not argue with his thinking!
this morning this adorable little person popped out of here..
Too cute for words....
These little fellows are handmade by Keryn. I feel so lucky to have some of her beautiful Christmas folk at my house now. Thank you xxx
Ok I now go and leave you in peace,
Have a great day all
You know "it is not the presents you receive during the festive season but whose presence you share it with"
Namaste and Blesssings,
Michelle xxx

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

FHFS Day 3, Nice Mail and Something Different.

Good morning everyone. Today when I dived into my box of goodies this one jumped into my hands.
Inside beautiful threads and a length of gorgeous fabric that would make a perfect table runner.
That thread on the right is just so Christmasy....the photo doesn't do it justice. I am going to have to think of something extremely special for this gorgeous group. LOVE!!!! Thank you Keryn xxx
I also received lovely mail yesterday...
a lovely "gingie" card and great magnetic bookmark from fellow "gingie" love Joy....
Thank you Joy it will be perfect for my Summer reading xxx
I also received the sweetest teeny tiny Angel from Liz from Village Quilters and a beautiful Dresden Plate card...
Thank you so much Liz...she is lovely xx You are all so very kind.
A little purchase that I made a while ago and been languishing in my cupboard and so I decide yesterday to have a little play.....coloured pencils! I had some very inferior ones from years gone by and decided to buy some "Artist" quality ones (sounds very highbrow doesn't it lol) but they were lovely to use.
Now the subject I decided would be something festive and what better than one of my favourite things.
The blending and shading need a lot more work but I am sure there are ways and means when you explore deeper....anyway it all amounted to FUN!!!
I am off to do some making of applique templates as I am going to play with my Deux Rouinerres Dresden Plates border.....some little birdies involved!
Remember to hug those you love.
Michelle xxx

Monday, December 15, 2014

FHFS Day 2

Day 2: I dove into the box of goodies and chose this one..
Inside the wrapping was a smaller version of what all the gifties came in...
Nestled inside the cute little box was a very cute little person waiting to surprise me..
One of Keryn's gorgeous little reindeer ornaments!
He is already gracing my little friends tree...
Thank you Keryn...I love him xxx
I wish you all a wonderful week.
Namaste and Blessings,
Michelle xxx