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Friday, November 24, 2017

Lunch With Friends

Visited one of my favourite little Cafes with friends for coffee and lunch today......
Green Frog Hollow.....about a 40 minute drive from home. I used to love this drive out into the rural countryside but I was shocked to see the roadworks and development most of the way there now.......made me a bit sad to see it.
Thankfully a little oasis was waiting with some peaceful green spaces!
I love the calming water features you cross over to enter the Cafe....


The Christmas tree was up and decorated....
And the tables looked so festive and pretty. Perfect setting for our final meeting for the year.
We had a delicious lunch and lots of chat and laughter. We just leave the group shots to friend ROBYN now, our expert selfie taker lol!
We missed our absent girls but managed to cope.....just! Lol!
2 naughty elves delivered sweet gifts.....some of Dianes delicious baking and a pretty felt rose from Monica.....very naughty!
Such a lovely way to end the week....thanks girls!
My footnote is this gorgeous Magnolia trying to steal the show!
I wish you an enjoyable weekend.......whether it be simple pleasures or grander pursuits.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Thursday, November 23, 2017

A Stitchy Kind of Week

Sunday saw me catching up with the Sunday Stitchers girls for our monthly get together. A very nice time was had by all. I worked on my hand quilting and over the last couple of nights got it all done....
Only a sneaky....I will show you when it goes to its owner.
We had two birthdays Susan and Alison....
Alison had show and tell......her first blocks in Ruths quilt stitch along.
Yours truly flashing my Angel quilt...
A very nice day!
I have put all my RSC blocks out to see what they look like together.
Borders need contemplation now.
Yesterday was stitching day and I worked on my clamshells at friend Kays. I now have 14 rows done....
So today with the men in the family off to cheer on the Aussie cricket team (except our poor SIL....England supporter) I continued making clamshells.
The next row ready.....
All pinned on and ready to applique down...
My perfect companion for a little DVD watching.
My gift for SSCS is ready, wrapped and going on Santa's sleigh tomorrow.
Finishing up todays post by sending love and healing hugs to my dear friend Lorel.
Get well soon! We have stitching to do xxx
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Rainbow Scrap Challenge

My friend Lorel and I have enjoyed our last 2 years of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  We only did one block per month in the designated colour way. We made our own choices for November and December as these months are usually assembly months.
November's choice was an ode to the mass blossoming of the Jacaranda trees in our city at this time of year....Jacaranda mauve. It was also a butterfly month.
December was a bird month so we decided on Christmas green for the block. The birdie is NOT that bright....crazy photo!
The next job is how to combine last years Dresden Plates and this years butterflies and birdie 4 patch blocks to make a pleasing quilt......hmmmmm? Next year for those decisions I feel!
A second block in Angels Story has all its stitchery done....

I am loving these beautiful fabrics......so sweet.
After searching for a while I have finally found border fabrics suitable for my Gardener's Journal blocks.  I think they work really well together. I was really pleased that what I had in my minds eye could be almost replicated.
I wanted something floral to reflect the garden theme but not to dull......
We have been having a bit of wet weather here of late and it seemed perfect weather for a spot of hand quilting on some secret sewing (its ok the recipient doesn't read my blog) I do love this French General Christmas fabric.
Well as they say......"that's your lot"
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Wednesday Roundup

Sunday saw hubby and I take a little road trip up the M1 to Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast. We went to meet friends to visit the Art Gallery there.

It is a lovely gallery with a lush little tropical garden and walkway. The reason for our visit....the  Holmes Art Prize for Realistic Bird Art. 39 exquisite pieces of art.
I am sharing it on this blog because sometimes 2 loves come together. One of the finalists was Bernadine Hine. Her beautiful piece was a textile mixed media.....
"Bush Stone Curlew"
My photos don't do it justice.  A bit of a close up. It was amazing and so lifelike!
The winner was this piece by Brett Jarrett "The Prospectors " I could not take my eyes off the tree. Amazing!
My teacher was also a finalist and it was great to see it hanging there.....
"Family Gossip" by Sandra Temple.
It was very hard to chose a favourite but this one was close.....the feeling you got looking at it was amazing....you could almost feel the cool and damp! Little delicate dew drops on the ferns and the birds.....beautiful!
"Sanctuary " by James Hough
I would have taken many more photos but I was trying to be sneaky, thinking it was not permitted......found out later....it was lol!  Serves me right! It is such a wonderful space and sadly we found out that the 'powers that be' have decided they don't want to support Realistic Art here next year....so sad as it is always well supported.......*sigh* It appears people aren't interested, or so the story goes......so I don't know what the steady stream of visitors were doing there with us, in awe of the gorgeous art???
We finished off our time there together with a delicious lunch not too far away. A very enjoyable way to spend the day.
I have been stitching my Christmas ornies for our arty Christmas event which may or may not come to fruition but I am stitching just in case. I have a few finished. I used several designs.....some from my POCKET MINIS, some from my AUSSIE CHRISTMAS DECOS and a couple I drew up to suit my purpose.
I have also made some tiny hexie ones about 1 inch hexie.....these I just drew up to fit.
I have a couple of felt ones cut out to do next. I can feel the Christmas spirit slowly overtaking me and it feels very nice!  I have resisted jinglingso far. Might have to dust off the tree soon.
I hope you are enjoying your week so far.
I loved this graphic by Red Tractor on Facebook this week. Don't know why....just did!

Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Friday, November 10, 2017

A Little Christmas Freebie and Show and Tell

It seems that this year my designing mojo has gone on a very long vacation without me. I have no idea if it's coming back but I get a glimpse every now and then. It reappeared briefly when I wanted to gift you all a little drawing for the Christmas season. I loved doing it and I hope you enjoy stitching it.
If you look under my sketchpad on the sidebar and click on the drawing you should be able to download it. Please be aware it is for your personal use only.
Happy stitching! I am planning on stitching it myself too.
I have some very Christmasy Show and Tell from friend Joy in Bundaberg. Joy stitched my "CHRISTMAS MEMORIES" Quilt and it is just lovely. I have her permission to share it with you all.
Lovely work..
Thanks Joy for sharing your lovely quilt.
Christmas deco stitching continues here.....
Making a nice little pile. Nice and relaxing to do.
Secret sewing.....a bit of binding coming up.
Love that birdie fabric and love the project.
Very nice mail came this week.....a managed a great bargain on these books from a legendary Australian artist,  William T. Cooper. Sadly no longer with us but his fabulous legacy and inspiration remains.

Loving devouring these pages......art has been happening. You can check it out OVER HERE
A showery afternoon here.....very nice for a curl up and some reading.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Back to Stitching

It was quite a week last week and one I enjoyed immensley. I love our Botanical Gardens and after arriving early on Sunday morning for the last day of demonstrating at Australia Wild Art exhibition (you can see my piccies HERE) I took a quick wander through part of the gardens. I thought I would share some photos with you.


I love the peace down at the lake.

Little juvenile Water Dragon was enjoying the peace too....
I also love this sculpture outside our Planetarium.


Lots of striking textures along the path too....




Pretty Ginger bloom peeping out.
I never encountered another soul and it was just lovely.....

It was such a joy to wander past the Lotus and water lilies each day too....

Now believe it or not I have managed some stitching....well just a teeny bit.
Christmas stitching is well under way. These are Christmas decos for a later in the month.....better stitch faster lol!
That's me caught up.....time for a cuppa!
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx