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Monday, December 11, 2017

Pleasant Valley Sunday

Yesterday we were invited to lunch with friends who live amongst the treetops in a beautiful spot overlooking the Samford Valley.....our view as we ate our delicious lunch.
 Currawongs seranaded us and we watched in delight as two pale headed rosellas perched in the treetops close by....beautiful!
My friend has a fondness for purple. So of course your Christmas tree ornies would then have to be purple! Not great pics but such a pretty tree.

It is so nice to catch up with old friends. I, however definitely have "view" envy lol!
I treated myself to a new ornament this year when I visited the recent Craft and Quilt show here. Beautiful cross stitched Santa....loved it! Made by a womens group trying to be self supporting.
Not a single stitch to show you  today I am afraid......toooooo tired!

But! Recently I shared one of my Christmas Frosties that I made with some friends a number of years ago....turns out you all loved it as much as I do! I searched high and low for the pattern and designer to no avail.....and then lovely JULIE FROM SIMPLE STITCHES came to the rescue....
Thank you so much Julie.  So perhaps check your back issues. The designer was Sandra Paull. I  do love my chilly chappie.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Stitching and Sausages

Our last Friday Night With Friends for the year on Friday night, with our lovely hostess CHERYLL from Gone Stitchin' sailed home especially to host us.
I had Nana duties earlier on but settled down in the evening to work on the stitchery on my Sophie block from Angels Story. Very pleased to have finished it.
Bit hard to photograph!
Earlier in the week I got the first border on my "Wings" centrepiece.
And prepped for the next row....

Yesterday my Mister and I volunteered for this...

Our son Lucas is cycling 2 legs in the Tour de Cure from Mackay in April next year, raising much needed funds for cancer research.
Being currently on life saving immunotherapy for stage 4 Melanoma its a cause close to his heart and ours.....hubby cooked snags from 7am - 3pm with lots of help from wonderful volunteers. Even his local member came down and gave a hand.
Yours truly served lovely customers for 4 hours and then did a handover of the Grandkids from there other Grandparents......
Home to Nanas to meet up with the cousins for a very welcome swim!
Nana included lol! We raised a lot of dollars which Lucas and all of us were thrilled about. We are all tired but happy and definitely.....ALL SAUSAGED OUT!
Thank you also to my lovely stitchy and art friends....I recently rattled a donation tin before them for this cause and $160 came out of that little tin....wonderful!

I'm going to check out other Friday night stitchers later today.....we are off to have lunch with some lovely friends first though.....
I even baked Macadamia and Cranberry cookies amongst the chaos....
As a challenged baker I was pretty impressed lol! Now to pop them in a pretty box!
I do hope you are enjoying your Sunday.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Thursday, December 7, 2017


I  have climbed down off my little soapbox of yesterday and as promised have the rest of my decorating to share.
Decorating the Christmas tree is always such it!

Love my collection of Jim Shore Christmas collectables.

Some old decos and some newer ones....
Favourite festive quilts....
Santa is in place too.
Favourite Christmas reading for young and old....
And just in case it slips my mind what month this is....
Now just need to get the art supplies off my dining room table and clean up the renegade tinsel bits....where are the elves when you need them!
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Circles and Trees

I am kind of pleased with my centre block of my new design....which incidently is going to be called "Wings and Pretty Things "(c) The central Dresden Plate is surrounded now by little circles and all corners blooms are on too.

I am cutting into some of my French General stash of Josephine to use throughout the design as well....used this one on the little circles and will use it for the first border frame too. Even though I am hoping for the scrappy look, I still want a bit of cohesion if I can.
So whilst I wait for a block of time to get to my machine, I shall continue working on my Angel's Story blocks....
I caved and put out some of my favourite Gingies.....

They make me feel happy!
I have a little collection of Christmas mugs....I am sure a lot of you do too!
I have just about  finished my decorating...just a few little touches here and there  so I will save that for next post.......a little you love to decorate at Christmas?
You know over the years I have been asked why do I bother with so much decorating at Christmas? Well it looks lovely for one thing! But I think perhaps it's because as a child my Christmases were fraught with anxiety and stress and I so did NOT want that for my children and so I treated my children and my much younger self to safe and very Christmasy Christmases. My children both embrace decorating for thecSeason. Now when I see the joy on my Grandkids faces it is such a blessing for me and so worth the effort.
I don't dwell on those past childhood Christmas times......I have been so thoroughly blessed in my life but it did make me aware that someone somewhere finds the festive season a very difficult time......missing loved ones, ill health, in a bad life situation. Whilst you can't always change their experience you can always be kind and thoughtful and be grateful for your own blessings.
Just a little food for thought.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Saturday, December 2, 2017

It's Beginning to Look a Little Bit Christmasy

With uncomfortable humid showery weather of late it's hard to feel energetic about anything that requires exertion. However with the air on I have begun my decorating for Christmas. Several years ago I came to the conclusion that I was over the commercialisation of this time of year and that I was going to embrace the treasures and memories that family and friends had created in years gone past and to look forward to ones yet to be made......these cannot be bought. Don't misunderstand me.....I LOVE Christmas decorations! But unless they have a personal connection for me....I can live without them. The handmade and hand chosen mean much more to me these days.
It nevers seems like Christmas until I have our Family Tradition wall hanging up.

I made it many years ago and it now bears the names of all in our little family. Seeing the Grandies check for their name each year is just delightful......not sure if they think they will disappear off it throughtout the year or what? But so nice just the same.
My Holly Cottage Christmas quilt recreated for me by my beautiful friends usually has a bear guardian.....but she went on holidays and has entrusted her duties to these two...

Also long time Christmas favourites......I am taking my time putting out my treasures...

Enjoying the memories......tree still to come.
My new project is underway......getting a feel for colour choices....
Applique planning underway.....
I wanted a brighter look but still in the reproduction to make it all work together......I definitely see a bit of needleturn in my future, what with Angel Story as well.......
Uncomfortable weather or not......a bonus of this season are these.....
Delicious Mangoes! This lot are fast disappearing......yum!
That's all folks.....with Hubby glued to the cricket, corned beef cooking..... stitching here I come!

Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

A New Project

An idea has been rolling around in my head for ages and as is with most designs that isn't always at a convenient time. But I am always grateful and usually do as I am bid and get it down on paper. Particularly as my creativity in this area has been missing in action of late. I was a bit reluctant also as it was not my usual stitchery type design. But I just went with it.
After loving designing and working on my "Remembering Roma" quilt, I really fancied working on another needleturn project.
So sketchpad, paper, pencil and pen have been hard at work with my missing mojo.....felt very nice indeed I must say.
I now have a not too rough plan and have all the 12 applique blocks drawn up.  The applique blocks although designed for needleturn would lend themselves quite easily to the fuseable type applique as well. The centre block has some EPP and applique....bit of a loose plan compared to the rest. So I am really keen to try it out in fabric to get a feel for how it will look.
So fabric choices have been made....
Now to get to stitching and see how it works....or doesn't! Meanwhile row 15 has been sewn on my clamshells quilt. I shan't bore you with a photo.
A little "show and tell" for you.
Lovely lady Joy sent me a piccie of what she did with my recent FREEBIE I shared and Joy  agreed to share cute! A lovely Christmas cushion!
Quite made my day.....I love it when others enjoy stitching my designs. Thanks for sharing Joy. If you would like to stitch the design too, the stitchery drawing is on my sidebar under my Sketchpad. Just click on it to download it.
I can feel my fingers itching to get at this new I shall say hooroo!
Happy birthday to our lovely Daughter In Law today.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx