Saturday, October 18, 2014

FNSI & Show & Tell

Last night  was
with the lovely Wendy as our hostess. I had planned lots but didn't get very far! You see we have always had a resident Mama Brushtail possum but since our gorgeous boy went to doggie heaven...well to put it bluntly...
Mrs Poss has been taking liberties and bring home unsavoury types....lots of ruckus at all hours and having babies and then fighting with them and generally making a big mess everywhere and getting into spots under our house which are not desirable. Now as an avid lover of wildlife no harm could be permitted to come to Mrs Poss but we did need to find out where she was getting in an block it we had to sit in the dark and do a spot of Possum Wrangling.Wait for the exit of Possum and Co. and then hit the hammer and nails to seal up where they were getting in. All these took a bit of time. They are soooo cute but I wish they would leave home.

Consequently I didn't achieve much after all of this but a little bit of stitching counts. Right?
I finished putting together my little Frosty design...
So it ready to quilt now. I really wanted to get the antennae stitched on my butterflies on the Hexie Garden quilt but only managed 3 sets...
I hope you enjoyed your stitching if you joined in last night....I will be checking in later. Thank you so much Wendy for having us at your place again....even if mine was a flying visit.
Now to the "Show & tell"....Daniela (no blog) sent me a photo of her beautifully stitched version of "Good Friends warm the Heart" which featured in Country Threads a while ago. I love these good friends.
Such a lovely it! Thanks so much for sharing it Daniela  and for your lovely email x
A lot of you have made good use of my little freebies from "My Sketchpad" on my side bar which makes me so happy. Lynn B from Happiness is Cross stitching made a lovely wall hanging from my little Angel for a swap she was taking part in.
Do you see the lovely tags? Aren't they cute? Lynn has made them from the design. Here's a better view...
Well Lynn asked me if she could offer them as a free PDF for you to download from her lovely blog. If you click on her name above it will take you there. I said yes. So nice to keep the circle of giving and gratitude going.
Thank you Lynn. I just loved where my little Angel took you and thank you also for sharing with us.
I have started my weekend with a lovely walk up in the bush this morning...
Loved this and wanted to share it. This is for you Pat C.
I wish you all a wonderful weekend.
Namaste and Blessings,
Michelle xxx

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Pounding the Keyboard.

Today is a typing day....yes instructions! For this little lady and her friends....
Thank you to all of you that have expressed your affection for them...hopefully I will have some news about them shortly. So keep yours eyes peeled. I have yet to discover what it is about a wee furry bear face that makes my heart all a flutter but they do....I have even tried to "grow myself up" and away from them but have never had any success. I am afraid I am a card carrying Arctophile....yep that's what we are called us little Bear lovers! Nothing makes me happier than to see a new little fur person emerge from my pencil on to the paper ready for stitching or to  hug a gorgeous handmade bear....I recently had a request from a friend to draw a couple of specials that she could stitch....what fun I had!
That in turn resulted in another request for a bear Alphabet.....still pondering??? Tell me what you think! Are you sick of my Alphabets or do you feel there would be room for a Beary variety???

OK thanks for the chat and break.....back to those instructions!

Namaste and Blessings,
Michelle xxx

Monday, October 13, 2014

Good Morning

I hope you all enjoyed your weekend. I did and it was nice to be out and about in such lovely Spring weather. After our little road trip we relaxed on our front patio and watched the display put on by our local footy club to celebrate their end of season...
Having an almost front row seat we enjoy it every year...
I did a little bit of stitching and playing yesterday while Mr R. watched those fast cars go around and around on that track at Bathurst.....
Very relaxing...
A little show and tell to start the friend Robyn has been stitching my "C" is for Christmas.
Look how pretty it looks all finished.
Jeanette has made the sweetest bunting from my baby alphabet for her dear little Grandson.
Thanks so much for sharing girls.....loved seeing them.
A little show and tell from me too...
For all my "Gingie" fans out there, my new Christmas Gingie Banner is in the latest Country Threads Magazine...
I was really excited about this one and loved creating it.....very hard to keep my trap shut and not spill the beans!
Hope you like stitching it as much as I did.....I know a couple of little Christmas stitchers all ready with needles threaded....he he!
That's it from me as my Yoga mat is calling me,
Wishing you a beautiful day.
Namaste and Blessings,
Michelle xxx

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Road Trip!

We just love a little road trip and today I satisfied my hankering to visit the Tweed River Gallery which encompasses the Margaret Olley Gallery. Margaret Olley has long been an Australian artist that I love. Her beautiful work always fills my heart with joy! Her home/studio with a myriad of her possessions was bequeathed by her to the gallery and has been reconstructed in the gallery just as she left it.
You would swear that she had just left the room. She was a woman after my own heart...who cares about housework when there is creating to be done!
Her only interest was having close at hand things, that she could make a pleasing grouping of to paint.
The photos I took of her "Yellow Room" which she painted many times was too blurry...sorry!
Unfortunately no photos allowed of her art but I took a couple from my book. I adore her riot of colours!
and oh oranges!!!
The lady herself in her Yellow room....
The Gallery and Cafe sits atop a hill...
with marvelous views across the Tweed River and Mt Warning...
This was our view from our lunch table in the Cafe... yours truly feeling very happy with herself!
Unfortunately because of burn offs in the valley Mt Warning was not too clear.
I really loved this bird sculpture in the grounds...
as well as beautiful native blossom...
and just to show you I did not actually go beloved rocking out on the way in the car LOL!
This was a truly lovely experience and our lunch was so very delicious.....if you feel like a visit you can find it at 2 Mistral Road Murwillumbah...Just follow Tweed Valley Way off the M1.
Loved you Margaret and you have left us such a beautiful legacy.... hope you have enough light wherever you are now xxx
Namaste and Blessings,
Michelle xxx

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Spots! Spots! Spots!

I am seeing "Spots" but in such a lovely way. Today I received these in the post...
My friend Karen was my lovely swap partner in FHFS...spots being the theme. Oh boy! What gorgeousness was in those packages...
Karen was perfect in every choice she made for me....oh sooo me!
A beautiful table topper...
 The cutest, most beautifully stitched notebook cover....and the notebook is so cute too!
Karen makes the loveliest creations using ribbons which I had long admired. Now I have my very own spotty one..
You know how I love a pretty tin?
What about pretty spotty/dotty charm squares? Wait until you see inside the tin!
Frosty and Christmas ribbons! The cutest tags and M&Ms. Karen knows one of my other loves is Art Journalling and so she included some gorgeous papers to add to my stash...
Thank you so much Karen. Your generosity has touched my heart......L-O-V-E everything!
Thanks to the awesome twosome Shez and Peg for organising this lovely swap.
Namaste and Blessings from one very spoilt girl,
Michelle xxx

Quilts, quilts and more quilts!

Yesterday I spent the day with my dear friend Ann at the Brisbane Craft and Quilting show.....we wandered chatted oohed and ahhed over all the goodies....bought a few! We then met up with some other lovely friends for a rest, a chat and a cuppa. Later three of us met up to view the quilts... You may recognise these faces.
Yes Fiona from Bubzrugz and Marilyn from Mardi Meanderings and yours truly. The quilt behind us was amazing....
Edging the binding was metres and metres of very fine piping....
I got a headache just thinking about how you would do that! Another one that I really loved was this one which was needle turned applique...
I took a close up of this one too because it was gorgeous..
For all your fevered Lucy Boston fans...good news apparently you can get a quilt finished!
Speaking of EPP, I so want to play with these chubby little sawn off Dresden blades (I tried to buy some papers at the show but couldn't)
 Love it!
Fiona and I both loved this one....a vintage tea cloth appliqued to a background and quilted so beautifully and hiding 10 wee pussy cats in the quilting. It was one of the challenge quilts.... the theme was 10!
Here are some I just fancied....
At the end of the display was this wall of gorgeous fabric Icons all the same design but embroidered individually....
I very poor photo of the explanation of it all...
So beautiful! Each and every one!
This one with the pearl buttons was a favourite of mine.
I hope you are still with me....I have a couple of piccies left over but I will save those....besides I gave to go and do a special post about a BEEEEautiful parcel I received today!
I just want to say to our very lovely Cheryll Happy Birthday xxx

Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx