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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Home Again

Well all good things must come to an end....that is the way of vacations. I had a very relaxing time, making a concerted effort to have a bit of a break from the online world.....mostly succeeding. Slowing down and taking each moment as it came.
The odd treat and disappearing between the covers of 7 wonderful books was just bliss.
I also did some slow stitching, enjoying adding extra rows to my Clamshell quilt. I am over halfway now.
Lots of watching the locals and the ebb and flow of the river estuary and beach walks.
We did go a-touristing, firstly  into the hinterland to beautiful Minyan Falls.
And managed to get lost as we always do lol! But such a pretty place.
Secondly we dropped by the Byron Bay Lighthouse for coffee, cake and the views.
Some silly (me) decided it would be good to walk off our cake and go out to the point at Little Watagoe Beach......mainly stairs going down.....which meant....coming up!
Beautiful walk but I was shattered by the time I got to the carpark....and my calves screamed for days.....but I  figure you don't see things in your do it if you are able.

Hubby experienced the lament of most fishermen......only 2 keepers! So "fishy" dinners were mostly from the local fish 'n' chip shop! But I suspect paddling around in his kayak was a treasure in itself.
I hope you are enjoying your weekend.....we have birthday people.
Hubby's today and little Granddaughter early in the week.
It's nice to be back and I have lots of blog reading and news to catch up on.
There is a new Art Blog post also....HERE if the mood takes you.
I have a blog approval in place at the moment to try and combat a whole lot of spam I was getting....just in case you wondered.

Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Indulge Me

The weather has been a bit ordinary in our favourite camping spot but relaxing is the name of the game and that is being achieved....
Reading and stitching ......
Or just watching the locals going about their day.....

Our Son has finished his part of the Tour de Cure 2018 ride. He rode from Mackay to Midge Point through to Airlie Beach and had the most amazing and emotional experience. These photos are for my book of memories.
Beginning Day 1

Some of Lucas Mentors....he rates them fairly highly because trying to find motivation to train when you have had treatment that week or worked a full week was at times challenging.

And his destination and goal achieved!

Very proud of our boy and our family. Supporting him in lots of different ways.
Lucas said several moments stood out.....a little boy hugging him and giving $30 donation from his classmates. Giving a young cancer survivor is TDC wristband and having his wife and kids there to see him finish! They are now heading north on a bit of a holiday and then will be there to cheer the team in to Cairns at the finish.
So if you see the Tour de Cure team up north give them a toot of gratitude or better still thow some pennies their way!
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Little People

Yesterday was Anzac Day. A special day of rememberance for Australians and New Zealanders of those of our armed forces that lost their lives in war and conflict .
I was very proud of my Grandchildren who all marked the occassion at school ceremonies.....our eldest Grandson sang in the choir and played in the band.
And our youngest Granddaughter laid the rememberance wreath, made by her classmates at the school service.
Great job!
Our oldest Granddaughter is having a special birthday today and as she is away we had an extra early cake for her.

Miss C is a lover of unicorns and all things Bling** and part of her gift was a unicorn shoulder bag.....
Its a big hit and has gone on her trip with her and is appearing in all her photos lol!
I am taking a little blogging break.....have packed a few supplies.
Tomorrow also our Son begins his 2 legs of the Tour de Cure from Mackay.
He and the team have trained extremely hard and I wish them a safe and successful ride. I am a very proud and nervous Mumma!
To all of you wonderful and generous friends and family who have donated and supported Lucas in his bid to raise funds for Cancer research through this ride....a huge heartfelt thank you.
If ordinary people do little things with great love, amazing feats can be accomplished!
See you all in a bit.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Monday, April 23, 2018

Angel Blocks Done!

My April UFO CHALLENGE  was No.9 and my Angel  Story blocks.....
The last two blocks have been completed. Sweet pair of hearts.
And FRAN'S FLYING I just snuck in before our next number draw.

I laid out the you do  but they don't look much without all their sashings and little squares......
With the several that I have together, I am excited to see it all assembled.
Next months UFO no. is....
But my list is looking a bit of a mess lol!
Because I was a bit easy on myself on my list and got some things spaces have appeared. No. 7 is Angel Story again but as rotary cutting is out for me for awhile.....a little fudging may have to happen. Or I may have a holiday and please myself lol! But it will have to be more hand work.
I have loved doing this challenge and it has really helped me focus on what I had squirreled away and get some kind of order with my projects.
Well I do hope you have understood all that waffle lol!
There is also a post HERE on my Art Blog if you want to visit.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Saturday, April 21, 2018


Thanks to WENDY from Sugarlane Designs for hosting our April bloggy get together.
I was not feeling great so had a very early night. I did however have a Fri-DAY morning sew in.
I had a teeny bit left on Angel Story block Sarah to stitch.....all done!
I also have wanted to try out a one colour variable to use on a new stitchery. Somewhere in the cobwebs of my mind I remembered one of you clever stitchers using DMC 840. So I tried it out.....
And I really liked it and will be perfect for what I wanted.
The other thing I wanted to sort was a border dilemma on my design "Wings and Pretty Things".....I am happy with that decision too.....ready to get back to shortly.
Happy weekend all.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Rainbow Scrap Challenge

It has taken me a little while to get to my April blocks for Rainbow Scrap Challenge. This month it's YELLOW. ANGELA at So Scrappy gives us our colour each month.
My blocks of choice are circles.
I was so happy to use that gorgeous bee fabric. I acquired that when I was looking to add to a giftie for my good mate FIONA for her special day. I do love a theme lol!
I have forgotten to share my foray back into doing a little cross stitch. It has been years since I had done I stitched a bee themed sewing book...
I chose the "Queen Bee" because my friend is the Queen Bee of quilting!  So I was thrilled when I found these Bee fabrics to go with it.
Of course being a fan of bees, some had to 'bee' for me too. I enjoyed the cross stitch and I think I may do a little more of it at some stage.
This week I have been in whingey whiner mode as I have had a misbehaving tooth and still have pain in my shoulder....needle tomorrow hopefully that will help!
But I can still sew and rotary cutting but Angels are still moving along at a nice enjoyable pace.
Sarah is getting some stitchery attention.....
I just had to give her hot pink specs....after all we quilters are hip and happening....even if our hips have already happened lol!
In my garden the orchids just keep coming.....

These were on the ground this morning. I suspect my fat bottomed Mum possum is the I popped them in a vase so as  not to waste their beautiful blooms.
That's all from me....enjoy your Thursday.

Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx