Thursday, January 19, 2012

spoilt ......

Such a lovely, unexpected surprise in my mail last week!!!!  My online friend Robin has made up this little gift of wonderful hand dyed fabrics and ribbon for me.  Beautiful old damasks dyed, lovely flocked organza's.  I cant wait to use them.  Amongst the fabrics were three of Robins beautiful scrappy moons (maybe they are flowers, rosette's.... to me they are moons)  and a funky hanging heart!  Thank you Robin for such  beautiful gifts and your lovely words.



Close up of the funky heart and raggedy moons .....


Already one of the raggedy moons has found its way onto my cloth, click for a closer look.  This week I have been stitching my cloth again....Horses are a big part of our life, so this Magic Pony made an appearance under Robin's beautiful moon.  And above the moon, hovers a rainbow bird, another reference to Aboriginal art. (It is not quite finished in this pic.  but he is in real life).  Lots more stitching has been added to the background this week too as I have been following the TAST blog.....

Also,  my dear friend Dot had organised to take me for a special lunch at http://www.heavengastrolounge.com.au/.  We met early and went for a walk around the beautiful old gardens close by.  It was a hot day,  so we stopped and had a lovely cool Lemon Lime and Bitters in the gardens of  an old beer house before we headed across to the restaurant. 
Amazing food......delicate prawn fritters with Asian salad for entree,  my all time favourtie Pepper Steak for main with the most subtle horseradish cream, leafy greens and wonderful baked potato cube.  But the best was last... the lightest lemongrass pannecotte with fresh berries and lychees.  Beautiful food and a day out with a lovely friend.... spoilt rotten.

Last weekend I spent the weekend with my lovely sister Lee.  Part of my Christmas present from Lee was a one day workshop with one of my favourite artists  Sarah Gabriel at the St. Agnes Homestead in Kyneton.  Bliss.....make sure you click on the link to view her drawings and paintings...just beautiful and the most wonderful teacher.  It was so nice to do the workshop with my sister Lee.

Lee and her husband have just bought a little house in Trentham (close to Kyneton) where we stayed, so prior to the workshop we visited some lovely shops, galleries and eateries close by.  We had some lovely sister time.  Pop on the link above to see some of Sarah's gorgeous art and then over to Lee's blog to see some photos of the homestead where we spent the day.  Next post I will have some photos of the class to share (and maybe a snippet of our art).


WHEN  I  LET  GO
OF  WHAT I  AM,
I BECOME
WHAT I MIGHT BE.

LAO TZU

Enjoy your week.

Jacky xox

19 comments:

grrl + dog said...

what a treat to get
something in the mail.

I admire your stitching tenacity, now that it's so hot, sitting to stitch seems a huge task..

Emma said...

Wonderful gifts & what a fabulous opportunity to do that workshop!

deanna7trees said...

gifts in the mail are always a treat.

kathyd said...

what a wonderful gift . i love the horse . a class with a sister is my favorite thing . look forward to more photos.

Janet Ghio said...

Your stitched piece is really great! I love your horse!!

helen said...

Such a wonderful surprise ~

Jenxo said...

oh jacky, the surprise parcel is such a treat, you will enjoy using them so much... love your quilt too...sounds like you enjoying life to the fullest... :)

Els said...

You are a lucky girl Jacky (but I sure knów how that feels ;-) !!!)
Love to see you stitching again ...
remember the left bottom piece ! and that little horse is so sweet ...

Elizabeth said...

All of your stitching is so delightful and I adore the Moons or moon blossoms that your friend sent on to you!! Beautiful! So glad that you had a nice lunch with dear Dot- hug her for me the next time you see her and a wonderful workshop day with Lee. Sarah has a wonderful wispy spatter style and I just love !!!
Art On my friend!!!

Hoola Tallulah said...

You deserve to be spoiled! I am totally head over heels in love with your magic pony, it is SO adorable!

Robin Olsen said...

I'm thrilled to see my raggedy moon find its way onto your beautiful cloth. And such fabulous company too--a magical horse and a rainbow bird! Your lunch and workshop sound wonderful--it's good to be spoiled now and then!

woman with wings said...

Jacky, so much goodness here. The gift bundle is just beautiful and how cool that you could use the moon piece right away. Don't you love that? Looking forward to see what you made in the class and am going to visit your links now!! xo

woman with wings said...

P.S. I love the pony! You should write about your horses. I love horses but haven't ridden for a long time. Do you use them for herding or pleasure?

handstories said...

thank you for sharing your lovely days...missing my sister.

Tammy said...

Oooh, such a delightful treat! The colors are yummy!

Dot said...

Oooooh....what a bountiful post Jacky! You deserve to be spoilt. What a treat in the mail from your friend Robin. Such gorgeous fabrics. The scrappy moon looks perfect with your magic pony. Cant wait to see this in real life. We did have a lovely lunch didn't we? I am looking forward to seeing your art from your painting day. Love you. Dot xx

Marilyn Rock said...

What a lovely gift! And; your stitching is amazing! xxoo

Lisa Graham Art said...

What a colorful pile of wonder from your friend.

I love your stitching...such patience that must take!

karen said...

wonderful images on your sisters blog Jacky and your meal sounds delicious. My mouth was watering at the mention of prawns....