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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, 25 May 2017

FNSI for May....

Last night The other night was Friday Night Sew In (FNSI), hosted by the wonderful Wendy from Sugarlane Designs.

Unfortunately, I seem to have missed the last few months (oops!  I actually haven't had a FNSI post since January!!!!!) but I actually managed to get my act together this month!  And now, I have a bit of a serendipitous story to tell.

Once upon a Friday, it was time for May FNSI and as it was a Friday, it was also Kitten Stitching and the Friday Frolics night, so I went to my Girls Nest and pulled out this UFO project.  I started this at the beginning of 2015.  My dear friend, Marie (of Sunday walks fame) was doing some clearing out and she was going to throw out his gorgeous wooden photo storage box.  Now, I thought to myself, I can do something with this and I started stitching like mad to create a memento or personalised sewing box for myself.  (Good idea, hey?)  I managed to finish five "windows" before the project somehow ended up on the back burner.

(I just checked back and the one and only, very brief, mention of this project was at the end of this post way back in March, 2015!!!!!)

Anyway, here is MY box as it is looking now:

 Now, as luck would have it, that very morning, I was reading dear Carol's lovely blog, Stitching Dreams, where she showcased a very special piece that she had stitched for her dear Mother's 90th birthday.  

It was a gorgeous freebie from The Snowflower Diaries.  Now, this design (sans border) looked perfect for my memento box, so I quickly printed the design and off I went.

However, I did change the word "loved" to "blessed" and added a third baby bird to represent my third child.


... and every fairy tale has a happy ending (or dance), so here is my finished piece.

I am so pleased that FNSI and FF inspired me to get this project out again - who knows, maybe it will be a FFO very soon?

Thanks for visiting, everyone and if you would like to see what everyone else got up to for FNSI, please click on the pic below:


P.S.  As I am super busy the next three days (doing fun things, of course) - there is still time to join in my Merry Xmas in July Exchange.  Just click on a present below to sign up.

Friday, 19 May 2017

Friday Frolics Update.....

I thought it was about time that I updated you on my latest Frolicking on Kitten Stitching and the Friday Frolics.  My SAL blog, where you can join me on any given Friday to stitch away on a UFO or WIP or even a new start, if that is what takes your fancy!

So, here are my two latest FF stitchy projects..... 

(Last Friday and the Friday before and here it is Friday again!  I wonder what I will find in my WIP/UFO pile today?????)

My Seventeenth Frolic (Friday, 5th May) was a real bust!  I picked up an old UFO from a few years ago - Bothy Threads Cut Thru' Castle and I did start stitching on it again BUT!!!!!!!

I had to face reality - I had made a bad error right at the start, in the background stitching (making a cross stitch over three threads, not two - rookie mistake, I know) and instead of biting the bullet at the time and pulling it out when I found it - I kept trying to fudge it.  But, of course, I knew that the mistake was there, but I kept compounding it by trying to stitch around it and so the project was abandoned.
When I picked it up for Friday Frolics the other week, I just couldn't ignore the mistake any longer and I started frogging it - which was a thankless task.  I think that now I am going to abandon it altogether - I will use the unused portions of the fabric for smaller designs and just ditch the stitched part. 

A shame really but I have so many other things that I want to stitch that it seems to be the best plan, really.  Maybe one day I will return to it, maybe not - who knows?

(The mistake is somewhere in the light blue background, to the right of the red and white striped pole.)

My Eighteenth Frolic (Friday, May 12th) was a lot more successful - a new start!

   Walk through our Village by UB Designs.

... And this is my progress pic.....

Don't you just love the red roof?

So, that is all for me for now.

I  do wonder what I will choose today?

If you are interested in joining the Friday Frolics with me, just click on the image below to get to the SAL blog and check it all out.


P.S.  I would like to invite you to join in the fun of my Merry Xmas in July exchange. Joining up closes by end of day today (19th May)  Just click on a present below to sign up.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Gifted Gorgeousness SAL_May update ....

Before I tell you about my two only entries on the GG front this month, I would like to thank everyone for their great advice on going bold on my next project which I posted about last post - everyone was so helpful - I love my bloggy, stitchy friends, thank you so much!

So, onto GG - my first piece is "Afternoon in Paris" by CCN, which I am stitching for a friend's 60th birthday.  Last month I was up to here:

This has now had quite a bit more love and attention and I am now up to here:

My other GG piece is the wonderful Nutcracker Sampler (the design was gifted to me by my dear friend Melinda.)  Here is last month's progress pic.

And now I am up to here, not as much progress as I would like but I did have to frog that red in the border on the right hand side as I discovered that I had used the wrong red!  Anyway, it is growing!


Now, if you do not know what I am talking about ...

Gifted Gorgeousness (or GG) is a SAL run by the wonderful SAL Mama, Jo from Serendipitous Stitching.  Basically, on the 15th of each month, we post anything which is stitchy gift-related.  If you would like to see everyone else's GG for May, please click here or on the pic below.

2017 GG

P.S.  I would like to invite you to join in the fun of my Merry Xmas in July exchange. Joining up closes by end of day tomorrow (19th May)  Just click on a present below to sign up.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Some advice please......

I am thinking of making a "brave" fabric choice for stitching a LHN design but I would love everyone's opinion.

This is the design, which came with the suggested CC floss.

And this is the fabric I am thinking of stitching it on - Colours of Australia, 32 count Evenweave.

What do you think?
Too bold? Too brave?

But I am thinking that maybe it will look stunning!

I would truly value all of your opinions, please.


P.S.  I would like to invite you to join in the fun of my Merry Xmas in July exchange.  Just click on a present below to sign up.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

My Fair Lady update.....

Here is my update for you of my outing to the Regent Theatre to see My Fair Lady, directed by Dame Julie Andrews, which I blogged about last post.

Oh, it was glorious!  Such a beautiful performance - the singing was great, the sets were fabulous and the costumes so absolutely gorgeous!

The only, little, disappointment was that Julie Andrews did not make an appearance as we had hoped (probably having her Nana Nap before the evening's performance - lol!).  However, the dress rehearsal raised a lot of money for Brain Cancer research, so that was great.

Of course, I had to buy a bit of memorabilia, as this is the 60th Anniversary season of the musical.

I also made a bit of a day of it in town and did a bit of shopping before the show...

First stop was the gorgeous L'ucello, a vintage haberdashery shop in the city of Melbourne.

I couldn't resist these beauties, some silver and gold lace to put in my bits and bobs drawer for use when I do some finishing of projects; some gorgeous au ver a soie silk (just because I couldn't resist the pinks); I have been doing a bit of beading on the odd project or two lately, so I bought a couple of little jars of pink and red beads; a vintage needle book and a stitched fob, which I put on a gorgeous wooden book mark that a friend's husband made for me.

I also visited one of my very favourite shoe shops, Edward Meller, where I indulged myself by buying two pairs of "dressy" runners. I couldn't make up my mind which pair to buy, so I bought both! Both pairs will be suitable to wear to work with long pants or trousers (my work believes in sensible, comfortable clothing in the office as we are not customer-facing, although, obviously, when I go out to schools to present, I dress quite formally).  What I like about them, also, is that they are pull on and very comfortable to walk in (Plus I love the bling on the black pair!)

Last stop was the big Dymock's book store on Collins Street, which I just love going to for a good old browse.  I managed to pick up the next two books in the Traitor Son Cycle by Miles Cameron (the pseudonym for Christian Cameron, who normally writes historical fiction), which I have been trying to find for several weeks now, so I was very happy to find them.  I also had a very nice lunch of quiche and salad in the cafe there and as the book shop was just down the street from the Regent, it was a short stroll to My Fair Lady.

So, you can see that I had a fabulously indulgent day on Friday, one which I feel that I can easily justify by the fact that I have been so very sick with Bronchitis (I had almost a week off work with it and the second week, when I was still feeling quite unwell, I had to do a lot of travelling around Victoria to present at schools - there was a lot of driving) -  it really took a lot out of me, so it was lovely to be so indulgent!

Thanks for reading, 


P.S. I would like to invite you to join in the fun of my Merry Xmas in July exchange,which I am running on my main blog, Kitten Stitching.  
Just click on a present below to sign up.

Friday, 12 May 2017

So excited!!!!!!

I am off to see the dress rehearsal of  My Fair Lady this afternoon at The Regent Theatre in Melbourne, with my Aqua Aerobics group and there is a very good chance that this wonderful lady will be there (she is the director).

I am so very excited and I will take some pics if I can!


P.S.  I would like to invite you to join in the fun of my Merry Xmas in July exchange.  Just click on a present below to sign up.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

The Alphabet Club_Saturday Detention for V....

is for

Yes, the mainstay breakfast spread of every Aussie kid....

It is yummy, delicious and best spread on toast!

Yum! Yum!

However, if you are a novice Vegemite eater, it is suggested that you start slowly.

Believe it or not, a lot of research goes into how best to eat Vegemite.

... and, of course, Vegemite was immortalised in one of our de facto Australian Anthems ...

.... Downunder by Men at Work....

If you would like to read more about the history of Vegemite, check out this website.

Anyway, that is all from me for the Letter V but let me explain what The Alphabet Club is all about ....

  It is the brainchild of Chiara from The Grey Tail and Jo from Serendipitous Stitching and is loosely based on the premise of the movie "The Breakfast Club" - you can see the button for The Alphabet Club on my right sidebar.

On the first Saturday of each month, members of the club have "detention" and have to post about something that will enlighten others about their culture (as blogland is so diverse).  Of course, there should/could be something stitchy in there, if possible (although I seemed to have moved right away from that premise as the months have gone by, instead focusing on boring you all with quirky facts about Australia - lol!)

Each month will be a different letter of the alphabet - hence the club's name - and, of course, we started with "A" and now we are up to "V".

The Alphabet Club

You can see everyone's Alphabet Club posts, here.


P.S.  Lastly, I would like to invite you to join in the fun of my Merry Xmas in July exchange.  Just click on a present below to sign up.

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