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One year on...

Well, it has been a year since I first began dreaming of a new pattern range and indeed a new creative adventure!
One Day In May has taken me on a wonderful journey over the past 12 months... 
One Day In May dragonfly
There has been lots of experimentation and "nutting out" of new things... from figuring out how to design a logo, to beginning a blog.
I've spent lots of hours developing frown lines, while tackling technical things... but it's all worth it, when I can spend the rest of my time playing and experimenting with fabric, needle and thread.

Using dimension 6 One Day In May

Without intending it, this experimentation has resulted in a year that has been quite floral... beginning with a lily.
I have found a small detour now and then, with gathers and wreaths...

Collage One Day In May

and a bird or two

Bird collage One Day In May

But fabric petals seem to persist... and multiply!

Tiny fabric roses - One Day In May

These tiny blooms feature in a new project I have up my sleeve... to be released in a couple of months. Can hardly wait to show you!

By far, the best part of the last year has been the wonderful collection of new friends I have found, through blogging and the lovely quilting community on facebook.
At times I have been thoroughly overwhelmed with the encouragement that they...that you have given.
I can't tell you how much it means. to have so many of you take the time to comment and share.
And it is always a thrill to discover that someone in Brazil, or Denmark, or France, or Norway is reading my little blog or is making their very own One Day In May project.
I've also had the pleasure of meeting some local readers at patchwork stores, craft fairs and retreats... and have enjoyed sitting with some, while demonstrating a waterlily petal or two.
Thank you for encouraging me, for sharing this creative journey and for celebrating this year's pattern releases with me. 

Pattern covers One Day In May2

In the next couple of weeks, I will be releasing 2 Christmas designs, for you to create.
The girls who took part in Quilt Fabric Delights' Christmas In July seemed to really enjoy them. I hope you do too.

Christmas collage One Day In May

I'll be away until the middle of next week... off to spend some time with my parents and sisters in Gippsland.
I'm not entirely sure if internet access will be available. Amazing how attached to it we become (Yikes... will I survive?).

Thank you once again for reading... without you there wouldn't be a "One Day In May" journey for me to take.

Wishing you all a fabulous week ahead... don't get up to too much mischief while I'm away!


Melissa  x

PS. A special thanks also, to my lovely stockists (see list at top left) and my wonderful distributors, Helen and Lori of Pattern Press... for your encouragement, support and generous help along the way. x

My 101 year old, new best friend...

Sometimes, the best treasure is always found when you are looking for something else...

A couple of weeks ago, I spent hours trying to research the story behind Dorcas pins. I really wanted to discover old adverts, a lovely history and some detail about the lives of the people behind the product. I ended up so frustrated after 5 hours of searching. I learnt a little about pin manufacture and the origins of "distribution of labour"... really interesting but not what I was looking for.

But you know, just when I was thinking, "Well, what a complete waste of time", I stumbled across a real treasure... and she arrived in my letterbox today!
I can see myself spending hours enjoying Priscilla's company... yep, she's my new best friend! 

The Modern Priscilla 1 One Day In May

Whenever I go looking for antique needlework tools or notions, I don't find them. I feel very fortunate to have accidentally found a copy of a "Priscilla Fancy Work Catalogue" from 1910. 

The Modern Priscilla 2 One Day In May

This 99 page catalogue is in great condition and was too affordable to pass up... It doesn't feel like treasure unless it's at a great price. Don't you think?

Inside there is page upon page of illustrations, advertising transfers, stamped linen and kits for every kind of embroidered fancy you can imagine... heaven!

The Modern Priscilla 4 One Day In May

The Modern Priscilla 5 One Day In May

The Modern Priscilla 8 One Day In May

The Modern Priscilla 6 One Day In May

I think many an hour will be spent engrossed amongst these pretty pages... they're so very inspirational. 

I hope to learn some more about "The Priscilla Publishing Company" in the next weeks.
I just love history and discovering little details about the lives that people have led. I'm sure there will be lots of interesting tidbits of information hidden within these pages.

The Modern Priscilla 3 One Day In May

The Modern Priscilla 7 One Day In May

This particular issue has been owned or used by someone with the initials "E.B". It's wonderful to find her letter sketches on the cover.
Maybe she's an Elizabeth, Emily, Emmaline... I wonder.

I'm sure this isn't the last time you'll see snippets from this treasure... I'm in love and feel the need to tell everyone! Heehee!

Until next time,

Melissa  x

A Peony or Two ~ a project for Homespun Magazine

Earlier this year, I was invited by Homespun Magazine to contribute to their "Romance Issue".
Well, who can resist the romance of the peony?
With an abundance of large, soft petals I thought they would be the perfect bloom for a romantic project.

A long time ago, I was honoured to have a project in one of the very first Homespun issues. The theme was "Australia" and I decided on a cross-stitch design featuring a verse of the national anthem (Our land abounds in nature's gift of beauty, rich and rare.) The project also used a range of Australian animal, porcelain buttons, which I designed. It was called "Natures Gift"...

Well here we are at Issue No.100 of Homespun and I'm thrilled to be contributing again.

Introducing "A Peony or Two" ~ a One Day In May project, featured in the current issue, Vol 12. No. 9.

Homespun project One Day In May 4

I was so excited this morning, to discover my project on the cover! And what a pretty cover it is.

Homespun Cover 12 - 9

As always, the Homespun designers have created a beautiful backdrop for our projects.
I always look forward to seeing the lovely settings they choose for photography and the lovely editorials they write.

Homespun project One Day In May 3

Homespun project One Day In May 5

Homespun project One Day In May 7

Here are some close-ups that I took a few months ago.
I have fallen in love with hand-quilting this year, and couldn't resist repeating the leaf design in each corner.

Homespun project One Day In May 2

Scalloped fabric winds its way into the peony centre, where you'll find a cluster of glass beads to catch the light.
I've also added threaded back-stitch to the leaves as an additional feature.

Homespun project One Day In May 1

If you would like to create "A Peony or Two", be sure to pop down to your local newsagents or patchwork store for a copy.
You can subscribe to Homespun Magazine here, if you would like it delivered straight to your door.

Today I received a very exciting email from the editor, announcing that Homespun is now also available as a digital subscription... which is wonderful news for stitchers and quilters overseas.
You can find details about subscribing digitally here.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend, filled to the top with creativity.
Until next time,

Melissa  x 

A posy of roses and a lily or two...

This week has seen the arrival of Spring...

There have been roses...
I've picked up the pace on a project I began earlier in the year.
Most of today has been filled with the sketching of small stitchery designs, then stitching them, "unstitching them", resketching and so on... as I try to figure out the best way to achieve the overall look I'm after.
I've been trying to come up with the a very old-world feel for this design. And I think I'm getting there...

Little peek 2

As always, there's a combination of lots of different techniques and notions... just the way I like it.

Little peek 3

There have also been lilies...
I also managed to complete two "Waterlily Dreaming ~ Brooches" over the week, ready to mail out as shop samples.
One in pink and white...

Waterlily Dreaming Brooch by One Day In May 2

and one in pink and cream...

Waterlily Dreaming Brooch by One Day In May 3

I thought this shrub in full bloom would make a lovely backdrop for photos, but I'm not so keen on all the bees.
A wonderful sign of Spring I know, but a dozen or so bees (all a little upset at my presence) make me nervous.

Humming bees 2

Nevertheless, the sunshine has been beautiful and Spring has arrived with a full show of flowers... of the real and fabric variety.

Until next time,

Melissa  x