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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

Thursday, 29 August 2013


My Dear Dad turned 94 yesterday!  I know, amazing, isn't it?  Especially considering he spent 3 and a half years as a POW in WWII in the infamous Changi prison in Singapore.

 My Dear Sister 2, my DS1 and I took him out for dinner at a local Italian restaurant.

The food was delicious and beautifully presented.

DS1 had lamb shanks

I had Duck pilaf

Dear Dad had eye fillet steak

Dear Sister 2 had Chicken Caponata

Dad really enjoyed his steak!

My Dad is one of the most marvellous people that I know and I love him dearly.

Happy Birthday Dad, I love you.


Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Check out Kim's great giveaway...

Kim from Wisdom with needle and thread is having a 6 month blogaversary giveaway.

Look at this gorgeous dish she has handpainted as her giveaway prize.

Please go visit Kim and tell her I sent you.  You can enter the giveaway here.

cheers, Kaye

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Too ambitious an idea?

I saw something on Facebook, an absolutely wonderful stitchery that someone had completed of LHN designs and I just cannot get the idea out of my head. I think that I am going to have to attempt it myself.  It will be a humungous work to undertake but oh so worth it if it works out.

Do you want to see?  This is the completed work of Pascale Bruchet which I saw on FB - I do so hope that she doesn't mind me showing it to you - you can also see it Shared on my FB timeline. (Please click on it to enlarge it)

It is lots of LHN designs of various shapes and sizes all stitched onto one large piece!

I just cannot stop thinking about this - of course, if I do it, mine would not be exactly the same as I would start with the LHN designs I already have and see how it all works out.

What do you all think?  Some words of wisdom would be really appreciated! Is it just madness to even think about starting this!!!!!!!


Monday, 26 August 2013


I did promise to show you all photos of my DD's graduation from Melbourne University.  I hope that you enjoy them.

The graduation was held in the historic Wilson Hall at Melbourne University.

Here she is receiving her degree.

 A proud DD afterwards.

DD and her lovely longtime boyfriend.

 Aren't the archways gorgeous?

 One of my DD's childhood friends graduated at the same time - aren't they beautiful girls?

 You can't half tell that TraderVic and I are proud parents!

 It was a very special happy time, one we truly needed in this stressful year we have been having this year.

Love you, my DD, your Dad and I are so proud of the beautiful, clever and independent woman you have become.

.... and love to all of you too, my bloggy friends.  I thank you so much for all your support and friendship, it truly helps sustain me through the tough times.


Sunday, 25 August 2013

Look what else came in the mail....

Another dear bloggy friend, Valerie from Fee le point has sent me another LHN design in the mail - this one is Strawberry House.  I am going to send her Strawberries when I finish with it - which will be soon.

She also sent me some lovely spotty red fabbie and some cute little buttons - lovely!

Of course, I couldn't wait to start it (even though I have so much other stitching to do)...

Doesn't look like much yet but it will get there!

Take care everyone,


Friday, 23 August 2013

Look what I won.....

.... I was lucky enough to win this great Just Nan design "Queen of the Needle" and scissor keep in a giveaway held by Kim from Wisdom with Needle and Thread.

Lucky me!

Isn't it pretty?

Thank you so much, dear Kim.


Thursday, 22 August 2013


I must tell you how I have been overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity of one of my very best blogging buddies, Linda from Stitching with my furbabies.  We share a love of all things stitchy but particularly of LHN and Prairie Schooler designs and Bothy's Cut Thru designs - so Linda has kindly sent me lots of her finished patterns plus a number of other great goodies.  She has been so extremely generous that I do not know how to truly express my thanks!  I am planning to send her back a box of goodies, so hopefully I will be able to show my gratitude to her.

Would you like to see?

The Box arrives!

Pulling out some goodies...

Furio checking out "our" new lapghan.

Isn't this crocheted lapghan gorgeous?  A while back I won Linda's giveaway of a specially made lapghan - she has done a beautiful job.

She also crocheted a wash cloth...

.... amd a gorgeous scarf in deep pink, brown and cream.

Look at all these wonderful Cut Thru designs.....

.... and Linda kindly sent me 10 skeins of white and 10 skeins of black - always such useful colours to have.

Lots more to see here - lots of LHN designs plus a couple of bonus Lizzie Kate designs.

Take me out to the Ballgame and Robin Hood are my favourites, I think.

But then I cannot go past The Library either...

Then Linda kindly slipped in some fabric for me - you can never have enough spare in your stash, can you?

Then look at all these lovely Prairie Schooler designs...

How did Furio get into their designs?

 Furio felt the need to check out the huge pile of patterns....

Luckily, he approved!

Thank you again, Linda, you are a truly wonderful friend.  I am so lucky to have met you through the blogging world.  Love you, my dear.

hugs to you all,
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