Friday, July 29, 2016

Saying Goodbye

It's been an emotional week here as yesterday we had to say goodbye to Mr. R's Mum. She passed away last Saturday. We were sad for us but relieved for her that her pain was over. It is a strange time....tears, reflections, laughter and memories shared.
Once again we were reminded gently.....people make your life not things or achievements. So I have been with my family supporting where and when I can. Our children have been so caring towards their Dad and Grandad. It was beautiful to witness from a Mother's heart. It's been a difficult time for them all.
Needless to say not a lot of stitching as taken place. That's the great thing about stitching it waits for you very patiently until you pick up  your needle again.
I have 2 completed Splendid Sampler blocks to show you.
Gail Pans lovely block.
As I  needle turned my little squirrel block he and the tree are rather robust looking. I also made an error with the flower stem so I embroidered it. Little bit of a messy beginning but I enjoyed it and I still think he is very sweet.
I am rather behind with my other blocks but thats ok. The gap will close when I  have time.
Blessings has been keeping me company with some easy soothing applique.
Block's growing!
It is a beautiful Queensland winters morning here skies and sunshine. A cool morning just to remind us it is supposed to be winter.
Enjoy your day folks...
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Quick Post

Good morning lovely people. Just a quick post this morning because its "Stitching Day" with my sewing bag is packed and ready.
Pincushion block in Splendid Sampler is done.
I will be working on the lovely Gail Pan block today.
The postman bought me these cute little hexies because I enjoyed them in SS.
I fancied making a little mini perhaps.
Since going to an art teacher who is a renowned Wildlife artist and being surrounded by like minded people, my love of little birds as increased tenfold.
This is my latest effort....Scarlet Honeyeater. I just loved the red. Black and bright coloured birds are a little challenging in coloured pencil as you have to lay down the undercolours correctly so they don't look flat! Anyway I thought this teeny pretty chap was so very pretty in amongst those blossoms.
Ok must fly or else I shall be going in my pj's.
Little thought......"learn to love yourself because you spend a lot of time together"
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Rainy Day at Mt. Tambourine

Yesterday we traveled up to Mt Tambourine to celebrate our Son's birthday. We went to the Bavarian Grill Haus for lunch. Warning: photo heavy!
It was a bit cool and rainy but this lovely fire kept up warm as toast!
Cake and Candles and very bad singing were the order of the day.
Miss E got right into cake eating mode...delicious cake!
A rare quiet moment with these two rascals...
Luckily I have got TWO knees lol! My gorgeous girls.
Great interest in the water feature....
"Is it a real kangaroo Nana?" Lol!
Lovely outlook on to the little lake.
I wanted to bring this rustic table home with me...
Fun time with the family. It was great to celebrate with our Son and not beside a hospital bed! We all went home with very full tummies.
Stitching was called for ...... Blessings no.6 DONE!
Only 3 more blocks to go.
I shall be working on Splendid Sampler blocks today....the prep is done.
Enjoy your Sunday folks.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Friday, July 15, 2016

Brrr! Road Trip.

Whilst we are not nearly as chilly as our southern neighbours it is chilly enough for yours truly. Yesterday with hubby as chauffeur we took a flying visit up the range to damp and very cool Toowoomba so I could collect my quilt from my lovely friend Fiona from BubzRugz  We met for Coffee and a bit of a chat at a lovely cafe....warm too!
Fiona had a surprise visitor for me....Miss Chooky and family. So lovely to catch up ....definitely not long enough as time was short lol! Chooky escaped before a pic so luckily I have an oldie lol!
So nice to see you in real time! Hubby also discovered  that we bloggers perhaps aren't all axe murders after all lol!
Here's a sneaky of what I collected...
Beeeeutiful!  I am thrilled with it. Shame you have to wait a wee while. Sorry!
Stitching has been happening....a little secret stitching...
I am using CGT Dog Rose. Oh it is pretty!
Splendid Sampler block number?....I forget! But I loved it! 2 more lovely ones waiting in the wings and right up my street too!
Rainbow Scrap Challenge for July was Watermelon colours...
Prettier in real life!
I am all set with my 1 inch papers just need to finally decide on the other medallions for Brinton Hall. .......decisions!
Yesterday was also special as it was no 1 Son's birthday...
Happy birthday Lucas and lots of love xxx
Thats it from me.....BTW is anyone else having issues with Blogger taking FOREVER to publish your post. It says its published but unless you go searching for my blog does not appear for ages...interested to know??
Have a great weekend....stay warm and safe if you are here in OZ!
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Sunday, July 10, 2016


Today I caught up on the two pieced blocks from Splendid Sampler.
Block 40 Flights of Friendship....
Block 42....Pencils. Of course I loved this one!
Bit messy but at least my pencils are sharp. Lol!
I chose a day of drawing in my journal Friday as it was the day of the revolving know the kind...drop this off here, pick up the husband here....back out to collect this and that. So my journal was a nice respite in between trips.
I chose a couple of pretties fom my poor neglected garden.
My versions...
The lavender smelled beautiful while I was drawing it.
I am off to prep the Splendid Sampler hexie block and then I will be "almost" up to date....until tomorrow lol!
Enjoy the rest of your day.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Friday, July 8, 2016

"Cosy" Freebie.

I thought that you lovely folks may enjoy a free little friend to warm your heart in this chilly weather we have been having....
His name is "COSY" and he is snug and warm in his little winter mitten.
If you would like to download him, he is on my sidebar under my Sketchpad. I hope you have fun stitching my little cute friend.
Another cute little friend is "Pudding Ted" and he has had his little revamp now and is heading down to my LQS Quirky Quilts at Springwood.
He does look very cute stitched in Mistletoe by Country Garden Threads even though I love him in DMC 816.
My 1 inch papers have arrived so I am trying to decide whether I want to work on them or do a bit of drawing.....gee I love having these blessed!
Have a lovely weekend wherever you may be.
Namaste and Blessings,
Michelle xxx

Wednesday, July 6, 2016


I seem to have been very busy of late attending to chores very sewing unrelated.
We have long wanted several nuisance Cocos palms removed from our back fence area as they are extremely messy, huge and not healthy for wild!
Down they came!
You know I am a huge fan of people who do their job well, with honesty and integrity!  These chaps knew their stuff.
These trees were huge and there is very little room between the back fence and our pool....nothing suffered in anyway! Thanks Murray!
My other job has been decluttering what I had carried halfway around Australia in our old van and repacking our new one....more efficiently I hope!
Took me awhile with more sore knee. Talk about Hop a long Cassidy!
Sewing wise I have been doing a bit on Blessings, so I won't bore you with that.
Thanks so much everyone for your advice and input re gluing hexies.
I have bitten the bullet and glued and stitched the second medallion in Brinton Hall.
All has stalled until more 1 inch hexies arrive. Watching impatiently for the postie!
A very chilly breeze has come upon us so I am off to get the fire alight and cook up some warming pasta for dinner.
Something to ponder. Stay cosy all.

Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx