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My name is Kaye and I am 58 years old. Unbelievably to me, at my age, I have now just embarked upon my third career - as a History Education Consultant! I love to cross stitch and quilt, especially with my kittens, Furio and Milo "helping" me. I also love to read, I have a passion for history and I have been cooking since I was about 12 - move over Junior Masterchef! So, this blog, which started out as a cross stitch blog sometimes morphs into a reading journal or a history lesson (sorry, I used to be a secondary teacher before I became a publisher and now a consultant) or a post about my cooking mojo. Whatever it is, this blog is alway about me, my family and my life here in Eaglemont, Victoria. I have been happily married for over 30 years to the most wonderful man and we are blessed with three beautiful grown up children.

My fellow stitching kittens

Monday, 21 May 2012

IHSW and TUSAL update

I had a great weekend this past weekend.  I was really productive with my stitching goals and did some other fun things, too.  How did you all go?

These were my three stitching goals:

  1. Stitch some more on Cinderella - DONE - See progress pics below (not sure why the photos look so green)
  2. Finish three stitching gifts for my winners of the Packing Advice Giveaway so I can post them this week - DONE - but can't show photos because they have yet to be posted and received by my last Giveaway winners, so you will all have to just wait!
  3. Work on my 12 Days of Christmas SAL - DONE - See progress pic below

Her dress is really taking shape now.

The frogging problem was solved!
This is really taking shape - I really like the little pear.

My Tusal jar is staring to fill up, mainly with all that green thread which I had to frog three times!

I just wanted to finish by showing you the cockatoos which visit us once a year.  In the front garden we have an enormous cedar tree and once a year, when the pinecones are ripe the cockatoos descend in great flocks, make a raucous noise and strip the pinecones from the tree.  I hope that you can see, I had to zoom right in to get any pictures of the birds.

Bye for now, 


Saturday, 19 May 2012

FNSI, IHSW and a Great Giveaway

Last night for Friday Night Sew in I worked on solving my Cinderella frogging problem.  I am happy to say I have nearly solved the problem - Yay!

Today and tomorrow for IHSW I intend to:

  1. Stitch some more on Cinderella
  2. Finish three stitching gifts for my winners of the Packing Advice Giveaway so I can post them this week.
  3. Work on my 12 Days of Christmas SAL

Now, I must tell you that Jo from Serendipitous Stitching is having a 250 followers giveaway.  The prize is generously sponsored by Yiota's Cross Stitch Kits.  Please check out both Jo's blog and Yiota's Cross Stitch Kits website - she has some lovely designs.

Off to have a massage at the Day Spa around the corner (Mother's Day present from the kids).


Thursday, 17 May 2012

No stitching tonight as I have been....

... out spontaneously for a drink or two at a cool bar, Bar Nancy with my GF from work.  We hardly ever do this but we both looked at each other at the end of the day and said "Hey, let's go for a drink".  As I knew that TraderVic only had to heat leftovers for dinner tonight (I made a great cottage pie last night) I didn't have to feel guilty at getting home at ...wait for it... 8pm!

Bar Nancy
So, as I have had a couple of glasses of a very nice New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and I have all of that frogging to do on Cinderella, I am staying away from the stitching tonight.  Just doing some blog stalking and watching some TV - Madmen is on tonight - yay!

But I do want to show you some pics of my beautiful DD and her brand new car - a Mazda 2.  I am so proud of her - she has worked really hard at her part-time job to save up the money to buy it herself.  Not bad for a nearly 21 year old to be able to afford to buy her own brand new car!

Doesn't she look so happy?


Wednesday, 16 May 2012

I hate frogging!

Now I am not talking about taking out a few stitches here and there - that I can deal with easily.  But when you are merrily stitching away, smugly thinking to yourself "Oh, Cinderella is such a joy to stitch - I am doing so well" and then bang!  You find that you have totally messed up somewhere, miscounted and whole sections do not match!  Aaaaaghhhhh!

Here is Cinderella before The Frogging Incident:

[Thanks to Julie for telling me via her last post about being able to jazz up your photos with a free online programme "picmonkey" - Check it out at www.picmonkey.com - it is free (for the moment anyway) and really easy to use.]

And here is Cinderella today:  (sorry, I didn't have a chance to iron her)
And I have zoomed into show you my problem - the green is just not meeting up with the pinks!  Double Aaaaaghhhh!

Oh well, back to the frogging!

Here is a picture of Furio to finish off:


Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Another belated or catch up post from before my trip

As I am sure you all know by now, I am really behind on my blog "housekeeping", so this post is another attempt to catch up on my housework!

Just before I left I was lucky enough to win second prize in Margaret from A Sampler of Stitches 200 followers giveaway.  Here is the link to her giveaway post.

The lovely prize arrived just before I left for the States but I didn't have any time to post about it or to even thank Margaret properly.

So, I would like to thank Margaret very much for sending me this lovely present - a gorgeous hand stitched coin purse, and a needlebook and little calendar.   
And as you can see Furio helped me open my wonderful gift.

I am so lucky!  Thank you again, Margaret.

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