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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

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Christmas is Coming, 2016 .... Part Two

My dear friend, Linda, has lent me this book to read for Christmas:

How Mrs Claus saved Crhistmas by Jeff Guinn

Doesn't the book cover look so pretty with my red and yellow roses?  Together, they make a lovely Christmas display.

On a further Christmassy note, I had a lovely seafood lunch on Sunday by the Yarra River at Waterfront Restaurant with my "Tennis" Group or Mother's Group.  We have been meeting for over twenty-six years now.  We don't really play tennis, we just used to meet as a playgroup in the club rooms of a tennis club - hence the name - but we do get teased a lot about our lack of tennis prowess and playing!

.... and to continue the Christmassy theme, I finished-finished my Baby's First Christmas Ornament - as you know, I am always very anxious about my finishing ability but I must admit, I am pretty pleased with how this one has turned out.

What do you think? Will it past muster?

On another note, we have had the 'cat wars' here as DS1 came home on Friday night (yay!  So lovely to have him home) with their cat, Nobu (DDIL is due to arrive this Saturday).

Best to say that Furio and Milo are feeling a little put out and Furio and Nobu are duking it out for who is Alpha Cat! lol!

Now, guess who is trying to get close to me whilst I am doing some authoring for a publisher??    Furio, of course!



Ooops! Mum has got cross with me and pushed me away.  Okay, I will go stick my head in under the monitor - that should be comfortable! lol!

Okay, that is it for me for now, 


P.S. Sorry, no pic of Milo this post, he is very skittish with the new cat in the house - next time, I hope!

Monday, 5 December 2016

The Alphabet Club_Saturday Detention for Q


Which is actually not always so sunny!

As actually the other day Queensland experienced a hailstorm with hail the size of tennis balls - you can read more about it here.

Queensland is the pointy state in the north-east of Australia, it is one of the biggest states (much bigger than Victoria where I live, as you can see).

It is so big, that the distance from Melbourne to Brisbane (the capital of Queensland) is almost exactly the same distance as from Brisbane to the last biggish town in Queensland, Cairns!

Quensland also likes to celebrate its large size by having lots of Big attractions...

Now, for some more serious information about Queensland....

European History of Queensland (named after Queen Victoria, of course, just like my home state of Victoria - she was a bit greedy or vain or both, really, wasn't she? lol!)....

Queensland was first seen by Europeans in the 1600s. Dutch explorer Willem Jansz landed on the Cape York Peninsula in 1606, and in 1623 Jan Carstens explored the Gulf of Carpentaria. An Englishman, Lieutenant James Cook, is acknowledged as the first European to encounter Queensland's east coast in 1770 in HMS Endeavour.
Europeans settled in Queensland in 1825 when Brisbane was selected as a penal settlement for the more difficult convicts. The penal settlement was officially closed in 1839 and the land was prepared for sale for permanent settlement.
Queensland was originally part of the British-administered colony of New South Wales. This occupied a large part of the Australian continent.
A desire to separate from New South Wales began to emerge as Queensland's economic significance increased and its productivity and population expanded. The people of Queensland began to realise the importance of Brisbane as a port and urban centre.
The physical remoteness of Queensland from the centre of government in New South Wales and concern about the maintenance of public infrastructure, contributed to a desire for independence.


In 1851, a public meeting was held to consider Queensland's separation from New South Wales.
Queen Victoria granted approval and signed Letters Patent on 6 June 1859 to establish the new colony of Queensland. On the same day, an Order-in-Council gave Queensland its own constitution.

Queensland became a self-governing colony with its own Governor, a nominated Legislative Council and an elected Legislative Assembly.

Of course, one of the famous places in Queensland is the Gold Coast....

... and the Great Barrier Reef ...

It has spectacular scenery.... 

But you do have to worry about these fellas!  

Where is Crocodile Dundee when you need him?

Whenever I go up to Queensland, I look out for the beautiful old Queenslander homes, built high up on stilts (for the flooding) and with wonderful verandahs which surround the whole house (to catch the breeze).

Unfortunately, a lot of these houses are disappearing now....

Anyway, that is all from me for the Letter Q 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 "Q".

The Alphabet Club


P.S. If you want to see what the other detainees got up to this month.  Please click on this link here.

Saturday, 3 December 2016

FINAL FNwF for 2016...

Hello lovely stitchers, 

Here is my final Friday Night with Friends post for the year... and it is a Happy Dance - Yay!

This is a very sweet Freebie design from Designs by Gloria and Pat on the Candy Cane Stitchers Group on FB, just scroll down to October 18 (although you do need to be a member of the group, I think, to see all of the pics.

I stitched it on 28 ct Ivory linen, using my own choice of floss.

Thank you, dear Cheryll, for hosting such a wonderful SAL each month.  Please click on the link below to see what everyone else stitched.

Merry Christmas to all of the FNwFers.


Friday, 2 December 2016

Smalls SAL_November Update

Hi all, I have quite a few Smalls goodies to show you this month.  

Quite a few of them are Prairie Schooler designs, one of my very favourite designers.  I find that they are perfect designs for travelling.  Just enough colour changes to keep it interesting but not too many to make it difficult whilst stitching in a car or on a plane and no half or quarter stitches and very little backstitching but oh, such wonderful designs. I love them!

#1 November Small:

This gorgeous PS Christmas Tree   Now, Prairie Schooler designs do not usually use beads but I could not resist blinging up this design from Book #150, "December".

... and here it is all finished up and gifted to my dear friend, Lisa.

Actually, she moved it from the spot above and it now lives with Santa in her dining room (much better pic, anyway)...

#2 November Small:

Trick or Treat What's to Eat?' from Prairie Schooler Book #188 Trick or Treat.

This was an absolute dream to stitch, I started it on a Friday and finished it just before midnight the next Saturday night.  So, a very quick stitch for me.

#3 November Small:

Prairie Schooler Skeleton!

See his right shoulder (on the left)?  Well, it should be sitting at the same level as the other shoulder but I didn't notice the discrepancy until after I had stitched all of his arm and the two keys.  At first I thought to myself, 'oh no! All that frogging!' But then the more I looked at it, the more I quite liked my unintentional change to the design and I have decided that the poor skeleton has a dislocated shoulder - poor lamb!

Skeleton from 
"Boo Moon"
Prairie Schooler Book #189
Fabric: Mystery orange (yes, it is actually orange, much brighter than the pic shows) lugana 
Floss: DMC 3371 and 720

#4  November Small:

Here goes, another PS design, of course (because it was stitched whilst travelling).

Black Cat from PS Book #140 Pumpkin Patch
28 ct Orange Lugana
Floss: DMC 3371 and 720 plus WDW Fiesta for the moon

#5  November Small:  (this one is actually an October Small that didn't quite make it into last month's post)

This is my version of Bad Fairies for the September theme for the Hallowe'en Ornie SAL  

I adapted the design from a French design book, which seems to have fallen through a black hole on my book shelf - not sure where it has got to, very strange! - so I can't even tell you what it is called! 

[Update: Still haven't found the book but I have found its title: it is a French book of design motifs
"Pointe de croix couleurs"

#6  November Small:

This is my very latest Christmas Ornament finish and it is, of course, for a relatively brand new baby (he is three months old now).  I am delighted with it.  I love the colours and the changes that I made.  I added his name and the year.  It is from the JCS 2016 Christmas Ornie Magazine.

#7  November Small:

Xmas Hearth
A Christmas stitch for my dear niece, Jade.

#8  November Small:

Old Glory
Designer: LHN

.... and lastly, three and a half years in the making!

#9  November Largeish Small:

Look carefully, at the last pic, can you see the mistake I made, again?  Another one that I intend to keep, as it sort of fits in with the theme of the piece.

Witchy Remedy
Silver Creek Samplers
JCS Halloween Ornie Mag 2011
Fabric: Unknown
Floss: Suggested DMC

Well, that is it for me, for this month's Smalls SAL.


P.S. This is my third post for today - must be a record!  If you want to check out my two earlier posts from today, please click on the links below:

P.P.P.S. Also, don't forget to visit dear Jo's Online Advent Calendar each day up until Christmas.

He's coming home!

Yes, DS1 is on his way home to Melbourne from a two year teaching stint in Roma, Queensland - hurray!  He is road tripping with their kitty cat, Nobu and all of their worldly goods. 

He looks happy to be coming home, doesn't he?

They will be living with us for the foreseeable future (three or four months at least), which should be fun!  Although I am not sure how Furio and Milo are going to take to having a new 'brother' - last time Nobu stayed with us, there was an uneasy peace between them all - lol!

It is taking two days for DS1 to drive down to Melbourne, so he should be home by dinner time tonight.  Although it may take longer if he keeps getting held up by Bulls on the road!  He and about three other cars were held up for about forty-five minutes by this beast below. The men in the other cars were all locals, who advised against going around the bull as it would most likely charge the car and to keep the motor running so that if it did charge them they could all reverse away!

DDIL is staying on for an extra week as she is a tree in the local ballet school concert - lol! But she will be with us soon, too - double hurray!


P.S. Please come back to visit me later today when I hope to have my Smalls SAL post up (also a few day's late - oh well!)
P.P.S. This is my second post for the day, please feel free to check out my TUSAL report.

P.P.P.S. Also, don't forget to visit dear Jo's Online Advent Calendar each day up until Christmas.

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