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.
Here is my progress on Day 10 of Prairie Schooler's Santa's 12 Days of Christmas, the Sunday SAL I do with my dear friend, Linda, every Sunday.
My aim is to get this finished next Sunday, 31st so I can reach my goal of finishing it by end May.
Next up is a Happy Dance, a knitting one - some wrist warmers.
Just perfect for these cold mornings waiting for a train to work.
Well, not much else to report - I have been unwell all week (fluey, gastric buggy thing) and so off work for most of last week and so we had a quiet weekend. Still not feeling 100% but I had better go back to work today or they won't remember who I am! lol!
.... yes, I have gone Wool mad this winter! Since rediscovering my passion for knitting - which, don't worry, is fitting in quite nicely with my cross stitching - I have been enjoying sourcing some wonderful yarn.
This pile of beauties is going to make three scarves and some wrist warmers.
Not all for me, a couple of the scarves will be for friends. I can't wait to get started!
It is time for my Gifted Gorgeousness SAL update for May. For those of you who are not sure what I am talking about.....
The Gifted Gorgeousness SAL is run by the wonderful Jo from Serendipitous Stitching. The idea is that every month we link toJo's GG blog postto 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? I have quite a few things to show you, so, here is my May update: First off, when I got home from work last night, I found a surprise package waiting for me, from my dear SSF, Kim from Wisdom with Needle and Thread. I have been a bit down lately, 2015 has been a very emotional year for me so far, starting on a high with DS1's wedding (which we planned and executed in less than two months), then the unexpected death of my DFIL only six days later after having lived with us for over sixteen years, finishing with all three of our children moving out/interstate within less than a month of the wedding, my dear Dad is going blind (which is a great worry, naturally) and there have been some unsettling and disappointing things happening at work - so, I have not been sleeping well and, overall, I have not been my usual, cheery self. In fact, I feel that I have lost my natural resilience and I do not know how to get it back. (Any ideas, anyone?) Well, Kim picked up on all of this and decided to send me a "cheer up" package. Well, cheer me up, she certainly did! Sending me gifts that reflect two of my great passions: Kitty cats and the Tudors! Do you want to see?
Look, a Henry Viii and his six wives mini cushion kit (love it, love it, love it)
A kitty cat purse (how adorable):
... and inside it a decorated Tudor tin.
.. and inside that a sweet tiny needle minder cushion.
Inside of the tin:
Tudor fabric on the back of the needle minder....
Some Tudor cards....
Kim, I cannot express how special a friend you are to me and how much this surprise gift meant to me! All I can say is thank you, thank you, thank you, my dear SSF.
Now, for some more kindness, this time from some neighbours. These neighbours live diagonally across from our back fence and we do not see them that often, just out in the street occasionally. Well, TraderVic ran into Theresa last week after quite a long time, she asked after my DFIL and TraderVic had to tell her that he had passed away in January. Well, she was quite shocked and saddened to hear this news and last night she dropped by with these gorgeous flowers for us - aren't they lovely? And so thoughtful of our neighbours.
Well, I did create some Gifted Gorgeousness of my own. This is another Ombre Cowl scarf (in quite a different colour way to mine) I knitted for my dear friend Marita's birthday. She wears a lot of these strong colours, so it will match a lot of her wardrobe.
She was delighted with it, as you can see by the big smile on her face as she models it for you all.
Lastly, here is my FNSI from last night, which also fits into GG as I am stitching it as a baby gift for a friend. The design is called American Baby, I am probably about one-third of way through it now.
Anyway, that is all from me for now, I am off to check out everyone else's FNSI and GG.
Well, after the excitement of our Anniversary evening, we managed to stretch it out to the next day when we went up to the Yarra Valley for the day with our good friends, Tony and Marie (of Sunday morning walk fame) - it is their anniversary exactly a week after ours and the same number of years, so the last several years we usually have some sort of joint celebration and lots of fun together.
So, what can I tell you about our day? Well, the Yarra Valley wine region is heaven on a stick, especially for foodies and wine lovers.
We visited a dairy, two wineries (we had a delicious lunch at one and bought wine and freshly picked apples at the other), a gerbera farm (with llamas - not sure about the connection between gerberas and llamas!), the White Rabbit brewery and the famous Beechworth Bakery.
Then on Sunday, Mother's Day, DD took me out to lunch and a movie "While we're young" and DS2 sent me some gorgeous flowers.
Do you want to see some pics? Silly question, of course you do and I am going to show them to you anyway - lol! Here they are in random order.....
So, in all a marvellous weekend, but very tiring! In fact, when I got home on Sunday after the movie, I went to bed for a nap at 4.30 and then got up, had some soup and was back in bed by 8.30!
Too much gallivanting as my dear Mum would have said.
Anyway, it was just great being out and about with family and friends all weekend. However, this weekend is going to be much quieter. I plan to do lots of stitching, reading, visit my dear Dad and run a few, gentle errands. How about all of your plans?
It is FNSI tonight, so the stitching will start tonight - you can sign up here.
Have fun everyone, my next post will be my GG post, so please come back to see what I have been doing.