Sunday, March 1, 2015

Bits and Bobs and Show and Tell

Good morning all. I hope you are enjoying your weekend. We are having a quiet weekend and I have been very diligent and working on my French Garden Dredsen Plate quilt. I am trying so hard not to get distracted and have so far appliqued all my birdies in place and after deciding they would need some sustenance in this garden I have been madly appliquing little berries for them..
It is a bit tricky when you are doing the creating and have no one to ask or a pattern to follow (or someone to blame lol) but I think it is going to work our ok. Anyway I never could colour inside the lines!
Speaking of colouring. I loved the thought of just a pop of colour in a graphite drawing I was doing. I have loved it when I have seen it in black and white photos where they have a little something in colour.....maybe it will work in my drawing too!  So with beautiful little Marigold as my model I set to having a good old play with my new coloured pencils and ooohh they were just gorgeous! I think Marigold is quite pleased with what we achieved.
 She is going to be a gift for a friend.
I have lots of  show and tell from stitching group last week. Last year the girls had a little stitch-a-long and stitched my "C" is for "Christmas" pattern.
Mary finished hers and it is just beautiful...love it!
Robyn P. was very chuffed to have the binding on a very old UFO.....just how old? A secret! What's shared at group stays at group...no spilling the beans here Rob! *wink*
This year as you know the girls are stitching my "Country at Heart" Alphabet for their stitch-a-long and progress is being made.
Robyn P. has made a great start on "A"
Jan is up to "B" with "A & C" all stitched up...a girl after my own heart. Who says you have to stitch them in order...not me!
Monica is chasing me and is up to "E"  lol! Monica does the most beautiful teeny tiny stitches.
So is my other friend Lorel from my daytime friends group...motoring along I mean with her blocks. I will get some piccies of hers next time. Great work girls! Love all these girls, they are so much fun. Diane opted for stitching my Baby Alphabet as she has a need to so piccies there later too. Looking very nice.
Sandra from my Wednesday day group has made a beautiful quilt from a panel for her niece her married recently in Hawaii. Sandra is beautifully hand quilting it and the backing was bought in Hawaii while she was there for the nuptials.
Isn't it gorgeous!
Well I think I have caught you all up with my doings and show and tell. Thanks everyone for letting me share your work xx

Remember to put some "heart" in your day.
Namaste and Blessings,
Michelle xxx

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A New Little Set of Patterns

You will remember I mentioned I had been hard at it with my pen and pencils...
I have for ages wanted to design a little set of minis that you could say pop in a stitching friends birthday card..
So I did! They are called "Pocket Minis"
There are a series of 6 little stitchery patterns, sold individually -
1. A Frosty one
2. A Stitching one
3. A Country one
4. Lavender
5. Christmas No.1
6. Christmas No.2
You end up with the cover drawing to stitch, 2 on the inside and a little wee one on the back. Well you know I can't waste a spot to pop a drawing.
And they do individually fit inside a regular size card and envelope. Each little pattern costs $6.00AUD plus postage if you live overseas. Payment is through Paypal. Just email me to order them.
I think they are extremely cute and hope you do to!
Before I go, as I won't be posting for a couple of days I wanted to take this opportunity to send my most beautiful best friend Ann all the love and healing I can muster for some upcoming surgery on Thursday...if you believe, we would appreciate your thoughts, prayers and Reiki too!
Namaste and Blessings,
Michelle xxx

Monday, February 23, 2015

"D" is Done!

"D" is for Dolly, Duckling, Daisies...oh and DONE!
"E" is begun!
A friend gave me some pieces from the Lillies in her garden and they have all struggled with the humidity and heat over our summer so I was very surprised to see this...
The hard bit was waiting to see what she looked like....worth the wait!
Isn't she pretty! I am really glad too that at least one of them has not held it against me that I am no green thumb! LOL! I hope the others take her lead now.
Enjoy your day,
Nmaste and Blessings
Michelle xxx

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Jumping in Puddles and FNSI

After the effects of Tropical Cyclone Marcia we had quite a few big puddles around our garden.
We were left thankfully unscathed and my heart goes out to my northern neighbours around Rockhampton and Yeppoon that suffered damage and loss. Apart from watching and releasing water from the pool often..
All was well. So there was nothing for it but to stitch and do a little designing too.
I shall tell you more about that in the next couple of days.
I joined lots of lovely bloggers on Friday night over at Wendy's for
You can pop over if you like and see what everyone got up too. I was really resisting the temptation to play with my "Rememering Roma" blocks but I was feeling very guilty about neglecting the borders on my French General Dresdens....so I was very pleased with myself in that I cut and pinned all the bias stems around the remaining 3 borders...
I then stitched and stitched (which I really enjoyed btw...very relaxing)
and got it all on bar one border which I finished Saturday. So I am now doing the extra fun bit of deciding where my little birdies will go and appliquing them in place....love this spotty one!
I hope all my other Friday nighters enjoyed their stitching too.
Mr R. and I agreed if the rain had ceased this morning we would go up in to the bush for a walk, mainly to see the creek flowing as it had been a bit sad and dry. It was lovely hearing the water rushing by over the rocks and down the gullies and the Magpies warbling away. I took my camera which I usually forget to do. So here are a few piccies from our walk.
All the ferns were looking green and lush as the water wound it's way through them and over the rocks.
Look at these huge mushrooms that have popped up.
It all made for a very enjoyable walk although yours truly is going to be feeling the rock clambering a bit later on I think.
Enjoy the rest of your Sunday.
Namaste and Blessings
Michelle xxx

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

BUSY!!!

Good afternoon almost Good evening! I have been trying to get to do this post for a couple of days but am a little busy or as we say down under "flat out like a lizard drinking"! Don't get me wrong ...love it!
I have a couple of new commissions that needed some attention so lots of scribbling and tracing...
Bet you can't guess what season it's for LOL! My poor alphabet is a little neglected...
But at least "D" has a couple of stitches present. My lovely friend Fiona from Bubzrugz has been stitching my "Bear Hugs" Alphabet and even if I say so myself they are stitching up might cute! Fiona lovely stitching helps of course (click on Fiona's name above if you want to check them out)
Before the Inspiration Faerie came calling and demanded my attention I was working on a secret little giftie...for a secret someone.....want a peek?
There may or may not be somebody's initial there! Ain't a-saying! Hope she likes it!
Ok! Pencils have been getting quite a work out around here. Two more drawings from class. I had quite a lot of homework to do as well.....
 I photographed this pretty little mama up at Carnarvon Gorge last year. I know why they call them 'pretty faced wallabies".....homework was the damn rocks!!!! Who knew! Still not 100% happy but hey!
Yesterday was one of those days where I could not get my head around anything so after encouragement from my patient teacher, this pair was mostly completed at home....
 More #@!* rocks! Love Mama Bear's expression! Despite all that I cannot wait to get there each week.
I have had lots of enquiries about Calendar Bears so just wanted to give a little info.
Firstly I wanted to say a big thank you for all your very generous and lovely feedback about them....the "Bears" and I are extremely chuffed xxx Ok...
1. I am sorry but I cannot sell a pattern for this quilt until 1 month after the stitch-a-long is completed in Country Threads...it's illegal! And very unfair to those folks who subscribed or purchased the issues to enable them to take part in the stitch-a-long.
2. There is a Bear block  (some themed for that month)for every calendar month of the year.
3. A monthly stitch-a-long means just that...1 block will be featured every month.
I hope that answers a couple of questions you may have. I have found that Feburary is now in the shops. A friend also purchased hers from Coles!
For those of you stitching them I hope you are enjoying my little Bears.
That's it from me...must dash! Domestic Goddess duties await!

Namaste and Blessings,
Michelle xxx

Sunday, February 15, 2015

A Sunday Stroll

I had a lovely Sunday stroll down by our lovely bay with Mr R. today. It is one of our favourite things to do.
 Of course what is a stroll without a very nice coffee...
 Oh and nice company...

Ahh! I feel better now!
Last evening while watching a very good movie called "The Judge" I finished off "C"
For some reason I have always loved black chooks and marmalde cats.....must be time to trace out some more letters.

Namaste and Blessings,
Michelle xxx

Saturday, February 14, 2015

A Busy Week.

This week has just flown by with somewhere to be and something to do every day. But Thursday I took myself off to the Sunshine Coast...
To visit this gorgeous lady...
My best friend Ann. We had such a lovely day talking about all manner of things and I think Ann is actually visiting from the "Dark Side" (card making) and doing some stitching which is lovely. Although I have to say that she did make me the most gorgeous card for a swap I am in. I shall show when it gets to it's recipient.
Ann also gifted me the most beautiful Art Journal.
Which I intend to fill up with lots and lots of sketches....first page has a new friend.
The postie bought me some lovely new coloured pencils that I treated myself to that I need for a workshop later in the year. Hopefully I can add some colour to my lovely journal....the pages are soooo lovely!
Where is the stitching I hear you shouting???? Well! I have RR's centre together.
I'll whisper in your ear....I am quite chuffed it actually resembles the picture in my head!
The next step working out where these blocks will go.
......oh and make 25 more! Thinking cap on!
I am off now as I am on morning cuppa duty.
Enjoy your weekend everyone.

Namaste and Blessings,
Michelle xxx