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A very special surprise...

I have thought so long about how to share this very exciting news with you.
Over the past 2 months, I've come up with many versions of "a title" for this post... as I've meandered through the many and varied emotions that come with "the unexpected".

"Best laid plans... OR... This wasn't on my project list for 2012!"
"A little spanner in the works."
"Where has my creativity gone?"
"Is there such a thing as sleeping toooo many hours in one day?"
"I'm no good at secrets! Can I tell you yet?"
"My biggest project yet!"
"One Day In October..."

January 1st, 2012, I decided this would be my year of organisation. I knew it was going to be a busy year ahead. I set off with a determination to "have a plan". Yep, I had a list.
These are the things I'll design this year.... not too many... not too few... a lovely collection with great variety. Some dimensional projects, some lovely embroidery, a quilt or three.


Blues and greens ~ One Day In May

I had teaching retreats organised, deadlines nicely spaced out. And, I actually thought I had a pretty good idea of where I was headed and that I had a great shot at meeting my commitments and goals.

HAH! Someone must have been listening... someone must have been thinking this "planning/organisation stuff" was all pretty funny to look down on, knowing exactly what 2012 had in store.
Now, I even think it's comical!

You see we have been blessed with a
"Spanner in the works"/"Surprise"/"Beautiful Gift".

One day this October, Andrew and I will be welcoming this little bundle into our lives, and our almost grown children will have a new brother or sister!

Baby blessing ~ 12 weeks

This happy snap was from our 12 week scan, earlier this week. Very exciting!

Our little one is a real squirmer. : ) It was a very wriggly scan indeed... I think that might be a hand up in front of bub's face. It truly is a joy though to see that little heart beat and to hear those priceless words..."All is well".

Over the past weeks, I've had the joy and privelege of sharing the news with a few friends and fellow quilters. I've been truly blessed with encouragement from the women around me. I'd like to thank those very special friends (you know who you are) for helping me get through the waves of surprise, disbelief and self doubt. You've helped me come through to the other side... to feelings of "how wonderful"!

Needless to say, the symptoms over the first trimester have been a trifle overwhelming, so project completion (of the crafty variety) and pattern writing have been a little slower than usual.

I do have two new pattern releases though and there will be my usual celebratory giveaway very soon!!

A Doily for Annabelle Pattern Cover sm~ One Day In May  A Doily for Bessie Pattern Cover sm ~ One Day In May

Thank you for reading today and sharing in our news.

Melissa  x


Happy Easter!

Wishing you and your family a joy filled Easter!


Over the first 2 days of this lovely, long weekend we've had a little time for gardening, a little time for visiting a collectibles fair, a spot of time for a hot-cross bun or two, an hour or two for a lovely drive in the hills, a smidge of time for stitching... and lots of time for pattern writing.

Sneaky Peek

Today we are reflecting on the wonderful life provided for us through the sacrifice and ressurrection of our Lord.

Oh and there is chocolate to celebrate, of course! (There is one very tired little bunny out there somewhere!)

  A long night for one little bunny

Happy Easter everyone.

Melissa  x