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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

Saturday, 28 February 2015

Smalls SAL 2015 February Check in...

Hi everyone,

Only three day's late with my Smalls SAL check in, although I must admit some of these Smalls may actually belong to January but I just never had time to check in last month.

The same goes for my Halloween Ornie SAL check in - the last day to check in for February and I didn't have a chance to do last month's check in either.

Anyway, here goes, let's start with Halloween....


Summer Witch
28 count Linen
Various threads


Halloween Snow Globe
28ct Linen
Various threads

Smalls SAL:                                    (Of course, both of the finishes above count as Smalls, too)

Love  - Little Sheep Virtues by LHN
28 ct Cocoa
Using suggested threads

Now, these last several made an appearance a couple of post's ago on my GG post but here they are again if you missed that post:

Brook's Books Stitcher's Alphabet "J for Japanese embroidery"

Lizzie Kate's "Life's a Stitch" (this is double GG as it was not only a TP but it will be gifted to a friend).

JBW's "Wedding Bells":

Brook's Books Stitcher's Alphabet "K for Knitting"

"Counting" by The Primitive Hare

Pineberry Lane Freebies:  (sorry, I cannot seem to find the links right now and it is very grey here today but the fabbie is a bit more blue and the beads do sparkle more normally)

So, that is all for February for me!

Now onto March for all my stitching commitments, what will you be up to in this new month?


Monday, 23 February 2015

FNSI and IHSW report....

Hi everyone,

Here is my FNSI and IHSW report, my first for the year, I think as I am pretty sure that I missed January (but who can remember back that far now? lol!)

Basically I worked very hard on this new design I picked up at my local LNS, Lazy Daisy on Wednesday (I went a bit stash enhancement mad but more of that another day).

Leona Adams
Blackbird Designs

I have had to mix up a few of the colours and I have added my first and middle names instead.

"Kaye Leslie"
Blackbird Designs
Mixture of GAST, DMC and WDW threads 
28ct Mocha Linen

I hope that you all like it, I am loving stitching it very much!

If you would like to see what everyone else was up to, please follow these links:


Sunday, 22 February 2015

White NIght Melbourne...

... ... last night TraderVic and I went to White Night Melbourne.  For those of you who may not have heard of White Night (they are held in various cities across the world) it is a kind of all night arts festival where various buildings are lit up by lights on themes and art installations are set up across the CBD.

This year was the first year we had been and we headed into the city at about 7.30pm and didn't get home until about 2am!

It was just amazing, hundreds and thousands of people moving around the city, all of the city cafes and restaurants open and lots and lots of fascinated people looking at these light installations.

The theme on many of the buildings was Alice in Wonderland, it was just amazing!

I hope that you enjoyed these photos.


Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Cats on a hot tiled roof.... .... and my TUSAL report ...

... this morning I went out the front to get the newspapers and when I turned around I saw the cats on a hot tiled roof - Furio and Milo!

Who me? On the roof?

Who or what is Furio stalking?

Milo, of course!

Aha! Cornered him!

Nope, just tricking you. Not interested at all!

... dear, sweet Nobu left for sunnier climes up north, to be rejoined with his true owners, the newlyweds.

Here is a pic of him with Furio, they have both taken over my stitching chair and Nobu has even taken up the craft! lol!

Now, I must show you the delicious lunch I had when I was out with my daughter - it is fried cauliflower with dips, a poached egg and some yummy flatbread.  Yum! Yum!

 ... and lastly, here is my TUSAL report, this is actually two months' worth as I forgot to take out January's Orts before I put them all together. Silly me!

The pile on the left is train/plane stitching whilst the one on the right is home stitching. 

Anyway, my stitching calls me, see you all again,

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