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My name is Kaye and I am 57 years old. 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) 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, 23 January 2017

First IHSW for 2017 .... Woo Hoo!

So, for my first International Hermit and Stitch Weekend (IHSW) for 2017, I continued with my FNSI and FF piece by Abbey Rose Designs.

After Friday night I was here:

And by the end of the weekend, I had made some great strides with it (despite a couple of visits by the Frog Prince - Grrr!)

Design: Do more of what makes you happy
Designer: Abbey Rose Designs
Fabric: 32ct Grey-spotted
Floss: Mixture of suggested and own choice over-dyed threads

And, our chosen snack for the evening was this surprisingly delicious, Kale and Quinoa popcorn!  (and yes, it is a bit green -that's the Kale bit, I think).

And, in case you are wondering what I am rabbiting on about re IHSW, here is an explanation from our SAL mama's blog, the darling Joyce from Random Ramblings.

"International Hermit and Stitch Weekend takes place every 3rd full weekend of each month, from Friday till Sunday. In our very busy and hectic lives, IHSW is a chance for us to squirrel some time away for ourselves and "Hermit and Stitch." It is a time set aside to take care of us and our love for stitching."

So, that is my first IHSW report for the year, have a great week everyone, 


Sunday, 22 January 2017

Rose Street Artist's Market...

Last week, I went with my dear friend, Franca and her gorgeous daughter, Anne (who is one of my DD's closest friends) to the Rose Street Artist's market in Fitzroy to buy a birthday present for our dear friend, Heather.

It was such a lovely morning ....

We bought her this gorgeous vintage Japanese kimono paper to put on her wall at her home.

... and there were lots of other lovely items to buy...

Then we went for brunch at Young Bloods Diner (strange name but lovely food) but managed to resist this gorgeous looking coconut cake!

That's all for now, folks, 


Saturday, 21 January 2017

Gifted Gorgeousness_ January Update.... PLUS FF and FNSI....

But first, in case 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.

Kitten Stitching and the Friday Frolics (or FF) is a SAL blog run by me to help us  work our way through some of our WIPs and UFOs, each Friday.

Friday Night Sew-In or (FNSI) is a monthly SAL, run by another wonderful SAL Mama, Wendy from Sugarlane Designs, again to help us get some of our stitching goals accomplished.

Let's get started with GG.  So, for this month I have a very big Happy Dance - DD's London Blanket is finally finished.  Yay and Double Yay!  Can you see me doing the Fandango all over the house????

Way back on my last GG post (in November last year - where oh where does the time go?) I had stated that I hoped for a finish soon on the blanket but alas! It was not to be and it was still two more months before it was done but here it is at last.....  (It has only taken me SIX months to knit it - lol!)

It will be winging its way to DD later today, alongside her "shopping list" of Aussie foodstuffs:
  • Smiths Crinkle Cut Salt and Vinegar chips
  • Burger Rings
  • Twisties
  • Double-coated Chocolate Tim Tams
  • Vegemite 
  • Milo (the drink not the cat!) 
She is obviously on a health diet, not!

My next Gifted Gorgeousness piece, also doubles up for FF and FNSI.

This pretty design was a gift to me from a dear friend - isn't it pretty?  I am in love with the 32ct spotted grey fabbie (the first pic shows the correct colour).

Design: Do more of what makes you happy
Designer: Abbey Rose Designs
Fabric: 32ct Grey-spotted
Floss: Mixture of suggested and own choice over-dyed threads

Pretty happy with my progress on this piece.

If you would like to see everyone else's stitching for the various SALs, please click on the following links:


P.S. I do have some other GG stitching and bits and pieces but they are parts of exchanges, so I cannot reveal them yet .... Next Month!


Friday, 20 January 2017

Just a Quick, Quirky Post ...

... just because I found it so fascinating and interesting .... and I am a history and Americana buff.  Click on the photo below:

Fascinating, isn't it?  

I can't stop thinking about the shrunken First Ladies - lol!


Tuesday, 17 January 2017

More January Friday Frolics...

I was a bit tardy with my second Friday Frolics post for the year but my sisters and I have been clearing out my Dad's home (now that he is in the nursing home) and boy, is it a big job - not only physically but emotionally, too.  Thank heavens for my stitching and all of you, my dear Stitchy and Bloggy Friends, I could not do it without you all.

Anyway, as usual on Friday, I went to my Girl's Nest to find a random WIP to stitch on that day.  Well, that was the plan!

So, anyway I found this languishing WIP .... Antique Rose Sampler (a DMC kit) ... but I have found no record of when I started this or any posts on it either on this blog or on my Friday Frolics blog, Kitten Stitching and the Friday Frolics. Oh well, at least I am blogging about it now.

As you can see, very little progress had been made, whenever it was that I did last stitch on it.

But then, much to my disappointment - not much was actually achieved on Friday night at all (and I am not sure why the fabbie is now looking green in this pic below).

So, vowing to remedy this over the weekend, by Sunday night, I am happy to say that some good progress was made....

This is what the final sampler will look like (one day!)

However, I must say, I am not thrilled with the "New Linen Thread", as advertised on the front, it is a bit like Danish Flower thread as it lack the shine of the usual DMC floss but my issue with it is that it is fraying quite easily and so is a bit tricky to work with.

Hopefully, I will get back to this sweet design one Friday Frolics again, soon.

If you want to see what everyone else got up to for this weekly Stitching event, click on the link below:


Saturday, 14 January 2017

Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner....

I am happy to announce the winner of my first giveaway of the year.....

"A Margaret Sherry Card Set (a freebie from a Cross Stitch Crazy Mag) plus some other little goodies (but they are a surprise!)"

.... and the winner is.....

Vickie from A Stitcher's Story

Congratulations, dear Vickie, if you could please send me your snail mail address, I will send you your Margaret Sherry kit and your surprise goodies as soon as possible.

Now, I am about to dash off to visit The Rose Street Artist's Market with a friend  (to buy a gift for a mutual friend's birthday) but please tune in either later today or tomorrow to see what my next giveaway will be.


Thursday, 12 January 2017

Terrific Tassie .... Day Three of Five

Okay, I have been "threatening" you all with some more posts about our Tassie adventures, so here we go.

This is a view of the sunrise over Launceston from the balcony of our gorgeous apartment.

Day Three was the day that the guys went to play golf whilst Marie and I went exploring the Tamar Valley - we had a lot of fun playing with the panorama feature on the camera of our phones..... 

On the dock at Beauty Point (above) where we went to visit Seahorse World.

Oh, my goodness - I just loved it!  When I was a child, I had this book with full page colour photos about unusual and interesting animals in the world. There was a whole chapter with a story about the Seahorse and how the male seahorses carried the fertilised eggs, which of course was very intriguing to me and the pictures were so beautiful.  So, ever since then I have had a bit of a "thing" for seahorses.  I was thrilled to be able to see these beautiful creatures up close and personal.

Pot belly sea horses (apparently the males puff up their bellies as big as possible to show the females that they will be able to carry lots of eggs.  The biggest belly wins the fair seahorse maidens affections.)

Look, baby seahorses!

"Primary School" age seahorses...

"Secondary School" age seahorses, swarming to be fed.

These seahorses are sent all over the world - apparently as long as they reach their new home within 48 hours, all will be well.

... and here I am, actually getting to hold one of these wonderful creatures - such a thrill!

... and just to finish with the sea horses, here are a couple of videos to bore delight you all!



After Seahorse World, we stopped at an antique shop in Beaconsfield (where the terrible mine accident happened all of those years ago now) for a bit of a browse (but did not buy anything - aren't we good?)

... and then it was back over the bridge to the other side of the Tamar Valley to George Town and the Low Head Pilot Station (yes, another lighthouse for me).

As Marie and I were getting a bit peckish, we stopped for morning tea and had the most delicious sponge and cheesecake that I have ever eaten!

Can you tell which way the wind blows?  lol!

Then it was off to pick the guys up from golf and onto another treat - Franklin House

"Built for successful businessman, Britton Jones, himself an ex-convict, this rare colonial building went on to accommodate one of the Colony’s leading private schools which operated from 1842 until 1866.
In 1960, it became the birthplace of the National Trust in Tasmania, which was formed to save it, and is now also home to the Trust’s State Office."
Source: https://www.nationaltrust.org.au/places/franklin-house/

This, of course, was just my cup of tea!

This poster above (not the original) is quite an important one as it was created in 1816 to demonstrate that all people (aboriginal and non-aboriginal) were equal under the law.  

"Often incorrectly attributed to Governor Thomas Davey (1758-1823), the Proclamation Board is actually Governor George Arthur’s (1784-1854) Proclamation to the Aborigines. The Board presents a four-strip pictogram that attempts to explain the idea of equality under the law. Those who committed violent crimes, in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania), be they Aboriginal Australian or European settler, would be punished in the same way."

Source: http://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/stories/governor-daveys-proclamation-aborigines

Unfortunately, this very liberal view did not prevail and over the decades of the 1820s and 1830s what came to be known as the Black War occurred between the British settlers and the Aboriginal people which led to almost the destruction of the entire Tasmanian Aboriginal population, an act of genocide.

So, another jam-packed day of fun in Tassie for us on Day Three.

If you would like to read about my earlier adventures in Tassie, please click on the following link/s:

Terrific Tassie .... Day One of Five

Terrific Tassie .... Day Two of Five


Please don't forget to check out my first little giveaway for 2017. It closes on the 12th Jan - you have just enough time to squeeze your entry in, if you are quick.
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