Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Using Some Favourites

A very long time a go my friend Ann bought me back these beautiful fabrics from the US. It is a range called "Dominique" by Moda...
It is just gorgeous and right up my street so to speak...beautiful vintage style fabrics. I loved it so much and didn't want to split it up....I wanted it used all in the same project. Nothing ever came to mind that I liked or that suited the fact that there were a few the same just a different colourway.
Well I decided enough time has gone by and the time to be precious with them had passed and I am going to make them into large hexie flowers.
I also decided that I am not going to put a background around them. I am going to link them all like a carpet of lovely blooms.....first one done!
Thank you everyone for your fantastic support of my book "A Holly Cottage Christmas" you are all wonderful xx

Have a great day.
Namaste and Blessings,
Michelle xxx

Monday, August 3, 2015

Tea and Cakes at City Hall

One of my fondest childhood memories was on a very special occassion I would accompany my Grandmother for a very special morning tea or lunch at a quaint Tea and Cake shop called The Shingle Inn. I always had a chocolate malted milk (in a huge glass) and a butterfly cake. It was a Brisbane icon. I in turn took my own daughter as a special treat. Several years ago due to redevelopement in the City precinct it was closed. We were so sad to see it go. Thankfully all the furniture, fittings and accompaniments were saved. So when it was decided to recreate it in it's original form within the refurbished City Hall I was thrilled....and accepted my daughter's invitation for a little birthday celebration on Saturday with joy.
 It was delightful. So many memories came flooding back. I was truly spoilt with High Tea.
We also took a tour up the clock tower...something I always wanted to do.
Right up there where those columns are.....loved the view.
DD giving me I- phone photo taking instructions...think I failed and took about 20 in one go lol!
We toured the Museum which was great...especially seeing all the old photographs of the city and surrounds...apparently the display changes periodically. We couldn't view the domed roof as unfortunately there was a function on....next time! I bought a little gift for myself as a memento...very sweet earrings and a book mark....love the spotty bag that they came in.

There was only one thing left to do and that was to give one of the big bronze lions which mark the entrance to City Hall a pat....I remember being hoisted up there as a child...they seemed huge then..lol!
Just a little boring fact. Mr R. and I used to meet here when we were courting and both worked in the city. I can remember rushing to get there and not be late....ain't love grand! Such a lovely day.
Not a lot of stitching has been going on but I have been very diligent with my hand quilting.
Not long until I can quilt the final border which will probably end up a large meandering design because I will be getting over it by then.
Happy Monday everyone.
Namaste and Blesssings,
Michelle xxx

Saturday, August 1, 2015

A Quick Post of Show & Tell

I just popped into to show you a lovely quilt made by Michelle from All Things Rusty and Fabric Michelle purchased my "Gingerbread Kisses" stitchery pattern..
Michelle stitched all the designs in the pattern into one lovely quilt......
She then turned my Christmas project from last year in Country Threads Magazine sideways and used it as the top of her quilt.....love it! So clever.....Michelle is a "gingie" fan like myself and I loved seeing this.
Thank you so much Michelle for letting me share your very cute quilt.
Must fly....getting ready for a little bit of "pretty teacup" action.
.....ooh and cake!
Enjoy your weekend,
Namaste and Blessings,
Michelle xxx

Friday, July 31, 2015

Birthday Club

I belong to a lovely group of ladies who participate in a Fat Quarter Birthday Club. It is overseen and organised by dear friend the fabulous Cheryll of Gone Stitchin'
We get to nominate a colour range or flavour of what we may like to receive by way of a fat quarter.
This year I nominated anything vintagey from Moda. You also get to make a special gift for one on your list. My Angel was Claire from ClaireBear Quilts. Poor Claire is very unwell but she has still managed to spoil me so much with this beautiful parcel.
A lovely fabric project basket, the sweetest little tissue holder, Not 1 fat quarter but 4! Two of the yummiest charm packs, one of which is Christmas, lovely perle threads and a delicious chocolate which may/maynot be still in existence. Thank you so much Claire. I love it all!!! I wish you a very speedy recovery. Take care of you xxx
The other lovely fat quarters all came with a pinch of extra spoiling too I might add. Thank you Barb, Anthea and Sharon....all gorgeous!
Thank you Tarnyia, Chookyblue and Dzintra...
 I wish you could smell the soap Dzintra added to my parcel....oh it is just devine. It was called Ocean. I am going to have lots of fun playing with all my new little fatties.
Thank you lovely ladies for helping make getting another year older so much fun.
There has not been too much stitching going on around here....however a lot of hand quilting is taking place.
Have a lovely weekend all.

Namaste and Blessings,
Michelle xxx

Many Happies to Me!

Good morning all. It appears that yesterday morning I turned another year older...such a blessing.
I have been totally spoilt by my tribe which includes many of you. This post is photo heavy so don't say I didn't warn you but gratitude and saying thank you is important to me.
As you know without Mr R's early wonderful gift (my new tablet) we may not be even having this conversation....thanks dear! I spent the day with my dear friend Ann who travelled down from the Sunshine coast to be with me. Ann was well enough to travel on her planned overseas holiday...awesome news! So we had to catch up about that too.
Miss Erin popped into say hello too.
She was not keen on being interrupted from her important conversation for a photo. My friend always spoils me rotten and this time the birthday spoiling came all the way from Canada.....you know how I hate Jim Shore's work......lol!
Insert *Squeal* here! Gorgeous! I had been eyeing this fellow off on his website and drooling! Now he lives with me....I just love all the little creatures, especially the snowy owl.
Ann also made sure I had a tree decoration from her trip to Alaska....now you know who has led me into the path of obsession with all things Christmas don't you.
and a beautiful 2016 calendar full to the brim of gorgeous feathered friends...
and I was so happy that Ann has been making her lovely cards again (even though she is far from satisfied) I love it.
We did lunch...oh and had cake! Maybe a bit of retail therapy, definitely lots of talking lol!
It was just perfect! Makes my heart so happy to have my friend doing so well.
The postie has been very busy dropping off parcels over the past week and it makes me wonder how I got this very blessed with my friends. One such parcel came from my dear friend Fiona from Bubzrugz. Fiona knows me soooo well!
Inside a beautiful birdie.....oh love it!
It is very happy in it's new home.
Thank you so very much Fiona xxx
I was very spoilt by my friends at Stitching group as well....thanks so much girls x
Another parcel was from my dear friend and LGS roomie Cheryll talk about spoilt!
Beautiful sewing caddy so beautifully stitched and the yummiest of fabrics....thank you Cheryll. You are very naughty xxx
I also belong to a Birthday Fat Quarter club and received some beautiful fabrics but I am off to do a separate post because they deserve to have their own.
DD is taking me out for afternoon tea on Saturday which I am looking forward to very much....so it is stretching out this birthday.
Thank you so much for all the lovely gifts and messages....a beautiful thought goes such a long way and I appreciate each and every one.
Namaste and Blessings,
Michelle xxx

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Super Saturday

Yesterday I was asked to join some lovely blogging friends at the Full Moon Hotel Sandgate.
The meeting was to meet Holly from Nimble Thimble-Stitchery Do all the way from Canada. Holly is so delightful and has been enjoying her trip down under.
It was such a fun get together....I was keeping a little secret under my hat.....Chooky from Chookyblue was coming to. I was so excited to meet her after all this time. Almost had to sew my lips together to stop from spilling the beans.....the next big surprise was Lynette Anderson.....I have always loved Lynette's work and one of my favourite quilts is one of Lynette's designs.... thrilled is a word that comes to mind....and they bought gifties! How lucky were we.
Chooky's lovely cards and Lynette's newest fabric range in a sweet charm pack.
 Never ever thought that I would be discussing one of "MY" quilts or projects with Lynette Anderson. Took about surrreal! Lynette was so lovely and encourging about my book too.....still smiling!
I was under strict instructions to bring extra books and my quilt from the book...so I happily obliged.
Lots of lovely people wanted me to sign their copies....felt like a bit of a celeb. LOL!
We were a very jolly bunch....
Huge thanks to Susan from Susan's Sewing Space for organising it. Thanks so much to Teresa from All Things Vintage for the photos....some silly person left her camera on the table at home.
And thanks so much for asking me, I had a wonderful time.
Ok back to reality....I think some quiet soothing hand quilting is in order to restore balance.
Namaste and Blessings,
Michelle xxx

Thursday, July 23, 2015

It's Time To Reveal?????

Finally I can reveal to you what my "Secret Sewing Long Term Project" is......you see over the last 2 years I have been designing, drawing, stitching, quilting and consolidating lots of projects for this!
My very own 42 page Christmas Book! So I am so thrilled to finally be able to share with you
"A HOLLY COTTAGE CHRISTMAS" My inspiration for the little cottage came from our travels though South Australia and Victoria. I was smitten when we chanced upon them in little country towns. I also wanted a little Aussie flavour too.
 The book contains 9 projects including a quilt and a table topper. The designs are all full size so no enlarging on copiers etc. 2 of the smaller projects have an alternate design and there are 6 gift tags...plenty to keep you stitching your heart out.
Plus a bonus tree ornament and 3 quilt label designs. All the applique blocks in the quilt would be lovely used individually too.....of course there had to be birdies!
And who doesn't love pudding?
My partner in crime in this venture has been my lovely brother Ross.... he took my chaotic work and turned it into something that I am really proud of. Thanks so much little brother for telling me over and over that it will all be fine....
I really hope you love it as much as I do. If you are interested in a copy you can email me to order it.
The cost will be $32.00 AUD plus $3.50 postage here in Australia. I am always happy to quote for overseas postage. Wholesale enquiries are also very welcome.
So there you have it folks....secrets revealed. Having my very own book has been the little shiny star at the top of my wish tree for myself for a very long time. So it just goes to show you that you can always chase a dream and catch it.
Namaste and Blessings,
Michelle xxx