....ohh and pencils and paper

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

A New Week

Well because I think you can't have too much of a good thing, I got to spend another day with friends Shez and lovely!
We visited a fabric outlet very near to where I  live.....which made two little stitchers very happy. I loved watching the choosing lol! And there may have been a bit!
I fancied these 3 pieces together.....for what? I have no clue! But I just like them!
The only stitching is my hand quilting project.....progress is being made around the border.....
Our weather has been very changeable but my orchids are still flowering away like crazy!
I noticed this morning whilst having my breakfast on my verandah, both my Cooktown orchids are getting in on the act too!

Very excited to see the darker one! It is nice to see little pops of colour in my "garden of neglect".....

And my Flapjacks have gone nuts!
Now I live in the heart of it is always a privilege when wildlife come for a wander.....two little ducks have wandered down from the Environmental Park, snacking on all the grass seeds and insects after Mr. R. did the mowing this morning.

I  wish you all a very creative week......I have a new post on my Art Blog HERE if you wish to read it.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Up the Misty Mountain

Yesterday I picked up my friends SHEZ and CHERYLL who are in town for the Lets Get Stitched meet up. We went on a girls road trip up to meet our lovely mate FIONA. up on the Darling Downs. We met Fiona at one of my favourite spots along the way to have a cuppa....Spring Bluff railway station.
You never know what kind of clientele you may meet there though lol!
We made poor Shez and her recovering ankle walk up all those stairs to the cafe. It is a lovely cafe which I have always enjoyed.

We had a lovely morning tea out on the front verandah and even had a little sunshine overlooking the gardens. You know......word of warning !
Tour guides should check their facts....yours truly informed her friends...... trains hardly ever come through here. Cheryll crossed the tracks......for a squizzy look see....not long after .....
Might have got that a tad wrong lol! One of three....oops!
I love the old station and the gardens....not at their best with all the recent heat but still pretty.

If you look closely you will see some of the bees that were all over these blooms...
After our sustenance Fiona took us for a little fabric therapy at Highfields....
Very nice indeed.
She then took us off to her lovely home and fed and watered us.....some of us couldn't wait to inspect Fiona's  new sewing chair (with secret compartment )
Ahhh she knows us so well......inside a little surprise each for! Sprung!
So gorgeous! Sweet tin with chokkies and fabric....yum!
As it turns out mine is from the same range that I had treated myself to earlier...
As is the way when you are spending time with special friends, it just flew by way too fast! Filled with laughter and chatter and lovely lunch.....thank you Fiona xxx
The rain had held off all day but we had a misty and rainy trip down the mountain home.
Mr. R. was smiling big-time when he saw my gift from Shez......
Shez 's hubby's green fingers and Shez delicious cooking makes for the best beetroot EVER!
Finding people with whom you can just be yourself is such a blessing.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Random Things

Special day today my DD this pic of her and the family.

Also Happy International Womens Day girls!
I had a lovely day with friends yesterday.....laughing, solving the world's problems a little stitching.....thank you Bev xx
I worked on my Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks for March....light or bright green!
My version......
I am really enjoying these circles.....simple but effective.
As it is cooler I dragged out my poor old Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt and recommenced my hand quilting on it as I WANT IT DONE this year!
This is the last large flower and then I will be on to the border...praying for the cool to hang around so that progress continues!
I came home yesterday with another book by the same authour as The Beekeepers Secret......
Trying very hard not to disappear in between the pages just yet as I have lots to do but it is sooooo very tempting!
Have a wonderful day everyone.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Sunday, March 4, 2018


After a busy day Friday the Mister decided he would cook Tacos for dinner which were very tasty and let me concentrate on what to sew for FNWF. I continued on from where I left off on Block 3 of my Yoko Saito project.....
When I started...
I got the rest of the prep work done and appliqued the little bird in place.
I worked on it most of yesterday and got nearly all the applique done....all the leaves etc.
I still have 1 and a half flowers to go......almost got it done!
It is time for a new colour in RAINBOW SCRAP CHALLENGE for March.
LIGHT AND BRIGHT GREENS......hmmm? Not a lot of that in my *greens* drawer!
Well it is a challenge after all. Lol!
Enjoy your to dig further into that drawer.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Friday, March 2, 2018

Japanese Things

I have had a week of ups and downs with some health issues in our family. As my Mum has taken ill. We humans don't take the waiting and wondering well do we....well I don't. So I have been at the ready to go since last week. Still in that holding pattern waiting for more tests results etc.
So a good serving of stitching to ease anxiety has been the order of the day. No 10 in the UFO CHALLENGE was a single  block from this book.
I am doing the Vase of Flowers quilt from it. Definitely gives your little grey cells a workout not  to mention your fingers and needleturning abilities.
I am happy to say that I have completed Block 2.
I have even begun another block.....
My enthusiasm had slipped but I  adore all the fabrics that I collected for this quilt over time and  I hope to keep it in the foreground now.
I shall work on it some more this evening  with all my other bloggy friends OVER AT CHERYLLS
My little Brother has just had a wonderful holiday in Japan and bought me  home a gift of these 3 gorgeous handkerchiefs. 100% cotton so they may just end up stitched somewhere.
So very beautiful.
On the school pick up run I have a bit of reading time....just finished this lovely book.

The tale is set in and around the Sunshine Coast and somehow it added a little extra knowing the area it was set in. Being a huge fan of our very busy little honey bees added to my enjoyment too. I so loved it! Gotta love a good book!
I wish you a lovely weekend.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx