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My name is Kaye and I am 54 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

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Ballarat the Beautiful!

... as you all know by now, I am sure, I have a very dear Uncle and Aunt (my mother's brother and his wife) who live in Ballarat (a large town in country Victoria about 1 and 1/2 hours from Melbourne).  It is a charming town with a great goldrush history and we love going to stay with them for the weekend, usually because they spoil us so much - lol!  This weekend was no exception. (Warning: pic heavy!)

Here I am, all rugged up for a winter's walk, if you look hard enough you can see my aunt in the background.

Ducks on the pond....

...Later I went for a drive and there were swans on the road....

When I got back into my car, this swan would not let me pass.....

My Uncle is an excellent French cook and he made this special Beef Bourgignon pie for me, with the initials of his nickname for me on it - K M for Kaye Marmaduke (do not ask me why he calls me Marmaduke!)

It was delicious.....

Over dinner, my aunt showed us this fossil she found in England, many years ago.  It was officially tested and it is 80 million years old!  Can you imagine?  Can you see the shape of the sea urchin?

We were spoilt with a yummy dessert, made by my aunt, as well ... Apple Sponge with custard...

.... aha, the next day we went for a longer walk, through the Botanical Gardens and along the lake...

These next few photos are of Aboriginal poles - a good use of old telephone poles, I thought.

The gardens are so beautiful, even in winter....

I loved the sign on the gates...

A very cool water stop along the walking/running track around the lake....

Look at these fascinating mushrooms, my aunt and I thought that the one on the bottom left looked like a miniature swan, can you see it?

There are some very old, Heritage listed trees in these gardens....

Well, I am going to leave it here for now, or else I will never get this post finished, more to show and tell next post.


Monday, 21 July 2014

Epic giveaway....

Mel from Epic Stitching is having two great giveaways to celebrate the awesome fact that she and her blog will be featured in Cross Stitch Collection magazine.  You can enter here.

Pretty cool news, hey?

Well done, Mel.

hugs, Kaye

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Christmas in July packages arrived.........oooohh so tempting!

I have taken part in two Christmas in July swaps this year, one run by Cheryll and one by Kim, they have both been awesome Swap Mamas, thank you so much, ladies for all your hard work.

So, both parcels have arrived safely and oh, boy, I have been spoilt!

This package arrived from Iowa, U.S. on Wednesday.....

With lots of goodies inside for me to fondle and squish!

Then on Friday, this package arrived from a mystery Aussie elf...

oooh, so many lovely gifties, I have been spoilt!  Lucky me!  But can I wait until the 25th July to open?


P.S.Off to Ballarat this morning to visit my Uncle and Aunt for the weekend - what fun!

Friday, 18 July 2014

Such a tragedy.....

My heart goes out to all 295 victims of flight MH17 and their families.

... on a more personal note for me as an Australain - 27 Australians killed senselessly by Ukrainian rebels.  Why, oh why, are people so cruel to others?

One just has to hope and pray that it doesn't spark an international conflict.


hugs from a very sad,

Friday, 11 July 2014


Hi all,

Oh, how do I love having a good stash pile.  I am doing some finishing on my Christmas in July swap pieces. Yes, I know, taking it to the line but I will get there! I had hoped to get more done on Wednesday when I was recuperating after my dental surgery but I just didn't feel up to it, not surprisingly!  However, I am picking up the pace on my finishing now.

So, I was looking for some Christmas fabbie in my stash boxes.

.... and oh, ever so quickly, I put my hand into the second one I looked in and found these two great pieces of Christmas fabric.

The top one is a lovely flannel piece and the other is cotton.  Both are perfect for my plans.

Then, on the stitching front last night, I finished all of the cross stitching on my fruit wreath and started on the back stitching.  Doesn't it make the bow pop?  I am very pleased with how this is turning out.

Well, have a fabulous day everyone, another busy day for me - writing contracts for authors for a new project, meetings, checking one of my eBooks for errors, and a morning tea (someone going on maternity leave), lunch with my Dad and sister (she is kindly bringing Dad into see my awesome office and then I am taking them out to lunch at the new restaurant in my building) and then two afternoon teas - maternity leave one again (someone else) and a Smith family fundraiser!

Hmm, doesn't sound like I am doing much work but I can assure you I work very hard!


P.S. Thank you so much to everyone for your good wishes re my recovery after my dental surgery - my mouth still feels rather bruised but it has stopped throbbing so much.  I just have to be very careful about what I eat and how I eat it.

Thursday, 10 July 2014

A cosy recuperation.....

.... I had some dental surgery on Tuesday (the implant was placed for my eventual new tooth) - the dental surgeon was excellent, very gentle but, oh boy, I did not feel so good after the anaesthetic wore off! It is my front tooth, so the area around it is all bruised and my face puffed up and I kept feeling as if my whole face would just fall off!

However, my dear, stitchy friend, Anna (no blog), came around to sit and stitch for a while yesterday whilst I was recuperating.

She brought me some restorative chicken soup, which I ate with nice soft crumpets - delicious!

... and I stitched on this little cutie - I am really enjoying it although I need a very good light to stitch on this fabbie.

 Pattern: Sprintgime Messenger
Designer: With they needle and thread
Fabric: 28ct Gingham Straw/Grey linen by WDW
Threads: Speciality threads as recommended (WDW and GAST)

Then in the afternoon, my comfy stitching chair beckoned.
A sweet kitty cat
A good book to read
The Foxtel remote so that I could watch Masterchef Australia
My stitching

What bliss!

So, as well as stitching on Springtime Messenger, I stitched on this fruit wreath for the upcoming Tutti Frutti swap.

This is a freebie I picked up from somewhere but I am really pleased with how it is turning out.  I have swapped out a number of the threads for variegated ones for ease of stitching (less thread changes) and to create more depth and interest in the piece.  Nearly finished the cross stitch but there is a heap of backstitch to do yet.

Anyway, it is back to work for me this morning.  Catch you all later,