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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

Monday, 20 October 2014

TP: Who's next?

I had a productive weekend....

On Saturday I finished my Christmas Ornie from this post.

I am so pleased with how this has turned out and I even had the perfect star button in my stash!

It is called "Home for Christmas" by Gentle Pursuit Designs and is on p. 22 of the JCS Christams Ornament 2014 magazine
I used 28 ct "Flax" Linen and mixed the threads up as I didn't have most of the suggested threads.

Then yesterday, I finished the Travelling Pattern, Lizzie Kate's "Life's a Stitch".  You can read all about where this TP has been in this post here.

I am so pleased how this has turned out.  This, too, has been stitched on 28 ct Flax Linen and, again, I have mixed up the colours, using threads from my WDW, Crescent Colours and Gentle Arts stash.

Now, as this is a Travelling Pattern, it needs to travel onto someone else.  
So, who would like to be the next lucky stitcher of this beautiful piece?
Please comment on this post to let me know, 

[Update: If you are interested, can you please specifically say if you would like the TP in your comment ? So that I know who to add to the draw. Thx, Kaye]  

It can travel anywhere in the world.
I will keep this open for a week (ie until next Monday, 27th October).

Have a great day everyone, 


Sunday, 19 October 2014

Heide Museum of Modern Art ... Part 2

[Warning: even more pic heavy than my last post!]

... this post follows on from my last post on Cafe Vue, which you can read by clicking on the link or scrolling down.

So, after lunch we visited the Art Gallery, which is made up of three separate buildings, with a number of different artist's exhibitions in each.

Here is a little bit about the history of the gallery at Heide, from their website.

"Heide Museum of Modern Art began life in 1934 as the home of Melbourne couple John and Sunday Reed and has since evolved into one of Australia's most important cultural institutions.

Heide, as it is affectionately known, is built upon the compelling lives of the Reeds and their central role in the development and promotional of modern art in Australia. Inspired by the Reeds’ nurturing of the young artists of their generation – including Sidney Nolan, Albert Tucker, Joy Hester, John Perceval and Charles Blackman – Heide continues to support the contemporary art of today through its collection and exhibition program.
For tens of thousands of visitors each year, Heide Museum of Modern Art offers an inspiring, educational and thought provoking experience of modern and contemporary art, architecture, gardens and social history.

 and a bit more information:

"Soon after purchasing the fifteen acre property on which Heide stands in 1934, founders John and Sunday Reed opened their home to like-minded individuals such as artists Sidney Nolan, Albert Tucker, Joy Hester, John Perceval and Danila Vassilieff. They nurtured a circle of artists, writers and intellectuals who contributed to Heide becoming a place for discussion, creation and promotion of modern art and literature.

John and Sunday made a lasting contribution to Australian culture through their support of creative endeavours in the visual arts, literature, architecture, gardening and food culture. In the mid-1950s the Reeds established the Gallery of Contemporary Art and in 1958, with the assistance of friend and entrepreneur Georges Mora, they re-launched the gallery as the Museum of Modern Art of Australia. This eventually led to the formal establishment of the museum.
Amassing an outstanding collection of the contemporary art of their time, the Reeds outgrew their original farmhouse, now known as Heide I, and in 1964 commissioned the construction of a ‘gallery to be lived in’ from David McGlashan. This modernist architectural icon eventually opened as a public art museum in November 1981 following its purchase by the State Government on behalf of the people of Victoria. Although the Reeds lived to see their vision fulfilled for Heide to become a public museum they both died shortly afterwards in December 1981, ten days apart. They are remembered as champions of modern art, music and literature and remain two of Australia's most important art benefactors."

So, here are some pictures of what I saw yesterday - wonderful works of art:

I hope that you have enjoyed the art show - I especially loved the cats painted on the tiles.


Cafe Vue at Heide Museum of Modern Art.... Part 1

[Warning: pic heavy post]

I had the best day yesterday!  Two of my dear friends, Heather -

and Franca - 

.... took me out for a belated birthday lunch at Cafe Vue at Heide Museum of Modern Art in Heidelberg.   Now, this is no ordinary museum cafe as Cafe Vue is owned by the famed Melbourne chef, Shannon Bennet whose restaurant in the city, Vue de Monde, is one of Melbourne's greatest restaurants.  So, needless to say, this was going to be a special lunch.

So, this was our lunch....

Quinoa and mushroom salad - oh my goodness, so delicious (there is foamy goats cheese in there and  edible petals)

... then it was grilled rainbow trout with a freekah salad and greens - also delicious.  These two courses were washed down with a reasonable amount of  a French white wine, Sancerre.

Then Heather and I lashed out and had dessert, too.  I, natch, opted for the Lemon Meringue Tart

.... Look, the top of my latte is a teddy bear! So cute!

Heather opted for Banana and coconut cake.  I don't like bananas but she says it was yum!

We were actually restrained in the dessert department as we could have gone for the dessert buffet which looked gorgeous.

... but we resisted.

... and of course, there were presents.... (lucky me!)

I was given this great book on everyday life in the Middle Ages:

plus scent for the house - you know the ones, where you put the bamboo rods into the scent and it diffuses around your room.  This is in one of my favourite scents, vanilla.

Okay, off on my Sunday walk with Marie and my Sunday dog now.

I will bore entertain you with pics of the gallery later on, plus I have a finish to show you and more roses from my garden.

Have a great Sunday,


Saturday, 18 October 2014

FNSI update

Hello fellow FNSIers,

What did you get up to for FNSI this month?

I stitched on this Christmas Ornie from the JCS Christmas Ornament 2014 magazine.

It is called "Home for Christmas" by Gentle Pursuit Designs and is on p. 22 of the mag.
I used 28 ct "Flax" Linen and mixed the threads up a little lot as I didn't have most of the suggested threads.  I am very pleased with how it is turning out, should get this one finished today, I think.

So, off to the Linky party to see how everyone else spent their Friday evening.


Friday, 17 October 2014

Postal goodies, a winner, FNSI and IHSW?

Look what the postie brought me last night!

Elizabeth Lamb plus all the gorgeous NPI silks.  This is going to be stitched in honour of our dear SoCal Debbie who passed away suddenly recently.  It will be one of my 59 starts with Linda for the Debbie's Super Duper Ultimate Crazy January/February 2015 challenge - Linda, how do I let you talk me into these things?  59 starts?

The postie also brought Something wicked mystery sampler - with fabbie and threads.  Now, I just have to remember to order Parts 2 and 3. This may be added to the challenge as, obviously, I cannot get it finished by this Halloween.

Now, for some fun, the winner of my My Favourite Film Giveaway is


Jo,  I will search out a selection of patterns for you to choose one  from over the weekend and email you.

Congratulations, my dear.

Now, tonight is Friday Night Sew In (FNSI), you can join in the fun here.

And, according to my calculations, it is also International Hermit and Stitch Weekend (IHSW), normally you can sign up at Joysze's blog but the sign up doesn't seem to be up yet.  I do know that her Dad has been ill, so she has most likely been very busy looking after her dear Dad.

Anyway, we can all still stitch like mad over the weekend.  

So, what are you going to be doing?

Me, I have lots of plans - I just hope that I am not too tired when I get home from work tonight.


P.S. Still no sign of my "stolen" stitchery from last post.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

The tale of the missing stitchery.....

I am hoping that one of you is an intuitive Sherlock Holmes type,

who can help me track down my missing Christmas Ornament - the stitching is nearly finished on it but it has gone AWOL.

These are the facts:

Yesterday I was merrily finishing the last of the stitching on a Christmas Ornament from the latest JCS Christmas Ornie Mag:

When I had to stop as I had to go out to an appointment.  So, I put it down where I was sitting and stitching and went out, quite happily.

BUT, when I returned a few hours later, my nearly finished Christmas Ornie was GONE!

I have searched high and low.

... but it seems to have vanished into thin air!

Now, I cannot show you a picture of the missing Ornie:

          1. Because it is for an exchange
          2. Because I hadn't got around to taking any pics yet!
... however, I have some theories, which I would love your input on:

Theory No. 1  - The Culpable Cats or Furio the criminal mastermind.

Did Furio, my sweet little kitty cat 

and his nefarious offsider, Milo, steal my Christmas Ornie?  Why, you ask?  Because he is jealous of the time I spend stitching rather than adoring him.

They look guilty of something in this photo, I think.

Theory No 2 - Aliens took it!

Or was it all part of an Alien plot to find out more about how people in Australia spend their leisure time?

Hmm!  I wonder what they will think of it?

Theory No 3 - I have early onset Alzheimers...

... so I put it down somewhere safe and cannot remember where.

Theory No 4 - Either the gremlins or the fairies took my Christmas Ornie ...

... the former because they love to make mischief, the latter because my Ornie was so beautiful that they wanted it for themselves ......

So, what do you think?  I would love to know which of my theories you think is the most plausible or if you have another one, please let me know.

I am a great believer in misplaced items turning up eventually, so hopefully that will be the case and I can get it finished before Christmas!

Thanks for reading my nonsense,