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My name is Kaye and I am 56 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

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Lest we forget.......


Today is ANZAC Day here in Australia. It is the day when we honour our soldiers for their sacrifice and commitment to our wonderful nation.

This year is especially important as it is the 100th Anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli in Turkey in 1915 during WWI.

You can read more about ANZAC day at these posts in previous years, here and here.

My photo above is from last night's AFL game, as it was ANZAC eve, there were a number of ceremonies before the game.  Traditionally, at the start of every game, the official cheer squad for each team make a large banner for the players to run through. They are a massive undertaking and usually have some pithy saying on them.  Last night, there was only one banner, uniting both teams under the words "Lest we forget" - it looked amazing!

Also amazing, were the crocheted red poppies at Federation Square in the city.




On the way to the MCG we saw the Eternal Flame from the Shrine of Remembrance being escorted to the ground by a troop of Lighthorse. It was a wonderful sight.




 Then, at the ground, the Flame was ridden around the ground before lighting a large bowl, which flamed throughout the entire game.






It was quite moving, especially when the Last Post was played.

Our footy team is the Richmond Tigers, can you see all of the clever light play on the side of the stands?





 The Tiger prowling around was particularly cool.

I hope that you enjoyed this year's ANZAC pics,

Thanks for stopping by everyone,


hugs,

Monday, 20 April 2015

It was a great success!

For me, IHSW this month was highly productive.  It really helped that TraderVic and I had a very quiet weekend planned and the weather was miserable - most inducive to staying indoors and stitching.

For those of you who do not know what I am talking about......

"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."


It is hosted by the lovely Joysze from Random Ramblings and you can see who else signed up here.

So, why was it such a great success for me?

Well, I finally finished both of the designs for the round boxes for my Swapaway Gifts!  You know the ones, I was having trouble working out what to do?  You can read about that here.

I am so thrilled with how they turned out:






Modified Tall Sheep
Shepherd's Bush Designs
Stitched on 28 Ct Country French Linen - Spring Meadow
Using a variety of speciality and DMC threads.

I cannot express how happy I am at how they have finally turned out - at last I am satisfied with what I have accomplished!

I also found time on Sunday to stitch some more on my Sunday SAL with my dear Linda, Santa's 12 Days of Christmas.  Day Nine is one more Sunday away from being finished, I think!

 

Lastly, I have had some success in the garden, too, as my pansies have started flowering.  I just love sweet, little pansies.



So, I hope that your weekend was as productive as mine.

Love to all and stitchy hugs,

Sunday, 19 April 2015

I blame it on Margaret...

... for me taking up knitting again.

Now, in my teens and over my twenties, I was an avid knitter.  I used to knit so much of an evening that when I went to bed my fingers would ache!  So much so, that TraderVic was very worried that I would get arthritis in them when I was old (so far so good). So, in the end, as life got busier with the children and work and as patchwork and quilting and cross stitch was kinder on the fingers, knitting somehow got left behind.


I used to knit quite intricate garments such as this christening gown (with matching bootees and cap) which all of my children wore to their christenings.  It was knitted in very fine 2ply and a row was hundreds of stitches (it was knitted in the round).




Anyway, my dear friend, Margaret from Days of a Sampler Lover, has been knitting like crazy the last several months.  Her great progress pics have been whetting my appetite.

I especially love this scarf, called the Walking Tour scarf, which she knitted. I adore Fair Isle knitting.





Isn't it gorgeous?  You can buy the pattern from The Feral Knitter via  Ravelry.

So, while I haven't quite committed to starting this as a project yet (it requires 36 colours!), I did visit Morris and Sons  and bought some gorgeous wool to knit an ombre cowl scarf.



I am about halfway through and I only started last Monday evening.  I am really enjoying knitting again. It is a bit like riding a bike - it has all come back to me.

Anyway, enjoy your Sunday everyone.  It is a wet, miserable morning so far here in Eaglemont so a good day to stay in and stitch and knit away!

love from me to all of you,

hugs,

P.S. Margaret, I don't really blame you - I am actually very thankful for you giving me back my knitting mojo!  Love to you xoxoxo

Saturday, 18 April 2015

It is a new moon....

.... so it must be TUSAL time...


This is when we totally sane stitchers, show off how many ORTs (Old Raggedy Threads) we have collected over a month of stitching - from one new moon to the next.  Click on the image above if you want to find out more.

So, here are this month's ORTs - home on the left and only a very few train ORTs on the right (that is due to some train knitting the last few weeks but more of that in another post).



... and here are all of 2015's ORTs so far.....



hugs,  

P.S. Don't forget to check out my FNSI post here.

FNSI_ April update

Last night was FNSI - an evening where many stitchers  from all around the globe set aside some time for a virtual SAL of whatever project they are working on.

It is hosted by the lovely Wendy of Sugarlane Quilts.

So, last night I worked on my fourth attempt at a design for those darned round boxes - you know the ones - so far I have tried a butterfly, an amorphous pink bloom and a some redwork but nothing was working for me.  So, after lots of frogging, I have finally found the right design (Oh, I certainly hope so - this is starting to do my head in!).

I managed to get all of this done in one evening - still a little bit to go yet but I have IHSW this weekend to inspire me to finish it quickly.


This is part of Tall Sheep
Shepherd's Bush Designs
Stitched on 28 Ct Country French Linen - Spring Meadow


Last evening, I also did the Finishing for another of my Swapaway pieces - Life's a Stitch.  I turned added it to a sweet green and white check drawstring bag I had.  I think it will be perfect for keeping little stitchy knick knacks.  What do you think?





Can you see how tricky and quirky I have been with the buttons?  Do you like it?

Anyway, don't forget to check out Wendy's blog to see what everyone else got up to last night.  That is what I am going to do right now!

hugs,


Friday, 17 April 2015

Gifted Gorgeousness _April update

.... Bloggy friends are the best!

I am a bit late posting these gifts (seems to be my usual refrain at the moment) but I have been sent some lovely gifts from wonderful bloggy friends over the past month. So, in the end it seemed best to showcase them in my Gifted Gorgeousness SAL post for this month.

Just to remind you:

The Gifted Gorgeousness SAL is run by the wonderful Jo fromSerendipitous 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
?

So , here we go:

Firstly, my SSF (Stitching Sister Forever),  Kim sent me these gorgeous gifts as part of our Swapaway (you will notice from my sidebar, that one of my April goals is to finish my gifts for Kim and June for the swapaway but I am having trouble with deciding on a pattern for the next gifts I am making). I hate being so indecisive but I want the stitchy gifts to be just right!

The idea is that the gifts spell the word  "FRIENDS". I can tell you, Kim really spoilt me!











... and this is what was inside - oh boy! Kim is such an exquisite stitcher and finisher!














Sorry, I do not know why some of these photos are sideways!

Thank you, thank you, dear, dear Kim.  You are indeed my SSF!

Secondly, I sent the lovely Sarah a Little Sheep Virtue pattern as a gift as she did not have it for our LSV SAL.  Well, she is truly lovely as she sent me all of these gifts in return (I can promise you, the pattern was originally sent with no strings attached!).


A gorgeous, gorgeous bookmark, a small Janlynn kit (which I posted about last GG SAL update), a needleminder , a book from an author whom we both like (Sarah Addison Allen) and some camel soap.


Unfortunately, my photos are playing up on my camera so I only have a pic of the gorgeous book mark to show you:



Thank you so much, dear Sarah. I absolutely adore this book mark and all of the other gifts, too.  The novel was a great read and I have already lent it to my sister!

I have done some GG stitching but no time for that this month.  I will reveal all next month.

Take care and don't forget to check out everyone's GG stitching at Jo's blog.


hugs,