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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

Sunday, 31 May 2015

Dreamtime at the G

... after a couple of weeks of doing nothing much at all - at home or at work - due to this dratted bacterial infection, last night I went with TraderVic to the footy for the Dreamtime game at the G.

This is part of the indigenous round to honour our great indigenous footy players and to honour the first people of Australia.

If you want to know what Dreamtime means, please click the link and to read more about Dreamtime at the G, please click the next link.

It was really great to see and a great time, especially as the might Tigers won!

My gorgeous niece was also at the game with a friend, but they were sitting in a different section - so we sent each other selfies. (My niece is the gorgeous girl on the left).

Okay, off for my walk with Marie soon, 
More stitchy news next time, 


Saturday, 30 May 2015

Halloween Ornie SAL - May update ...

.... well, I didn't think I was going to get an ornie done by the end of the month, which is tomorrow.  But my quality controller got on my case, so I made a concerted effort last night to get my Pumpkin ornie finished: 

... and here is the result:

"King of Halloween"
Freebie from 
28 count Waterfall Blue Lugana 
(the photos do not do the colour justice - it is more a mint green)
Pumpkin: WDW Fiesta (my favourite colour for Halloween pumpkins)
Rest of design: various DMC threads

Anyway, that is this month for me - off to choose my June design.

Click on the wee ghostie below to check out what other people stitched for this month's SAL.


Thursday, 28 May 2015

May Smalls SAL update....

Well, here is my Smalls SAL update for May, nothing that you have not seen already this month, but here we go:

"Counting" by The Primitive Hare

You can check out everyone else's Smalls SAL update, here.

Happy Stitching everyone, 


Monday, 25 May 2015

Quick update....

... and a Happy Dance before I go to work.

Here is my progress on Day 10 of Prairie Schooler's Santa's 12 Days of Christmas, the Sunday SAL I do with my dear friend, Linda, every Sunday.

My aim is to get this finished next Sunday, 31st so I can reach my goal of finishing it by end May.

Next up is a Happy Dance, a knitting one - some wrist warmers.

Just perfect for these cold mornings waiting for a train to work.

Well, not much else to report - I have been unwell all week (fluey, gastric buggy thing) and so off work for most of last week and so we had a quiet weekend.  Still not feeling 100% but I had better go back to work today or they won't remember who I am! lol!

Have a good week, everyone, hugs  

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Wonderful Wool, Wool, Wool ....

.... yes, I have gone Wool mad this winter!  Since rediscovering my passion for knitting - which, don't worry, is fitting in quite nicely with my cross stitching - I have been enjoying sourcing some wonderful yarn.

This pile of beauties is going to make three scarves and some wrist warmers.

Not all for me, a couple of the scarves will be for friends.  I can't wait to get started!


Tuesday, 19 May 2015

IHSW and TUSAL update...

.... only a couple of days late.

First of all, here is my TUSAL update - as you can see, lots of wool ORTs this month.

Here are my year to date ORTs, next to my first camellia of the season.

... and here is my May IHSW update ...

I stitched some more on my Prairie Schooler Santa's Twelve Days of Christmas SAL which I do with my dear friend,  Linda.

Then I finished stitching my pink version of "Counting"  I used some antique buttons and found some perfect material to complement it in my patchwork stash.

Furio seemed to like the finished product.

... and just to end, here is Furio "watching" Outlander" - lol!

Well, that is it for me tonight, off to watch some more Outlander.


Sunday, 17 May 2015

Sunday Dog...

Thanks to everyone for their kind words of support after my "down in the dumps" sort of post yesterday.  That, along with the kindness of dear bloggy friends such as Kim, have cheered me up immensely.

Something else that cheers me up immensely is a walk around Princes Park on a fine, crisp late Autumn Sunday morning with my Sunday Dog, Poochie (and my DF, Marie, of course).....

Then an afternoon of blog hopping, knitting, stitching, reading, a few chores and a little TV - now that is a slice of heaven!

What are you all up to on this lovely Sunday?


Saturday, 16 May 2015

Gorgeous Gorgeousness Galore and May FNSI...

Hi lovely, stitchy, bloggy friends,

It is time for my Gifted Gorgeousness SAL update for May.  For those of you who are not sure what I am talking about.....

The Gifted Gorgeousness SAL is run by the wonderful Jo from Serendipitous Stitching.  The idea is that every month we link to Jo's GG blog post to show off whatever we are stitching that is Gift-related.  It can be something we are making for someone special or a chart or threads with which we have been gifted or basically anything else we can shoehorn into the basic premise.

It is such a good idea, as we all have something we are doing in at least one of those categories, don't we

I have quite a few things to show you, so, here is my May update:

First off, when I got home from work last night, I found a surprise package waiting for me, from my dear SSF, Kim from Wisdom with Needle and Thread. I have been a bit down lately, 2015 has been a very emotional year for me so far, starting on a high with DS1's wedding (which we planned and executed in less than two months), then the unexpected death of my DFIL only six days later after having lived with us for over sixteen years, finishing with all three of our children moving out/interstate within less than a month of the wedding, my dear Dad is going blind (which is a great worry, naturally) and there have been some unsettling and disappointing things happening at work - so, I have not been sleeping well and, overall, I have not been my usual, cheery self. In fact, I feel that I have lost my natural resilience and I do not know how to get it back. (Any ideas, anyone?)

 Well, Kim picked up on all of this and decided to send me a "cheer up" package.

Well, cheer me up, she certainly did!  Sending me gifts that reflect two of my great passions:  Kitty cats and the Tudors!  Do you want to see?

Look, a Henry Viii and his six wives mini cushion kit (love it, love it, love it)

A kitty cat purse (how adorable):

... and inside it a decorated Tudor tin.

.. and inside that a sweet tiny needle minder cushion.

Inside of the tin:

Tudor fabric on the back of the needle minder....

Some Tudor cards....

Kim, I cannot express how special a friend you are to me and how much this surprise gift meant to me!  All I can say is thank you, thank you, thank you, my dear SSF.

Now, for some more kindness, this time from some neighbours.  These neighbours live diagonally across from our back fence and we do not see them that often, just out in the street occasionally.  Well, TraderVic ran into Theresa last week after quite a long time, she asked after my DFIL and TraderVic had to tell her that he had passed away in January.  Well, she was quite shocked and saddened to hear this news and last night she dropped by with these gorgeous flowers for us - aren't they lovely? And so thoughtful of our neighbours.

Well, I did create some Gifted Gorgeousness of my own. This is another Ombre Cowl scarf (in quite a different colour way to mine) I knitted for my dear friend Marita's birthday.  She wears a lot of these strong colours, so it will match a lot of her wardrobe.

She was delighted with it, as you can see by the big smile on her face as she models it for you all.

Lastly, here is my FNSI from last night, which also fits into GG as I am stitching it as a baby gift for a friend. The design is called American Baby, I am probably about one-third of way through it now.

Anyway, that is all from me for now, I am off to check out everyone else's FNSI and GG.

Love to you all, 


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