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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

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Just a little bit bad?


I have a confession to make, yesterday I popped into my LNS, Lazy Daisy, to visit the Wonderful Wendy to organise framing of American Baby.  Of course, I was lucky enough that she had just received a shipment of some new designs, some of which went straight into my shopping basket - lol!

Do you want to see?  (Silly question, I know!)

Two CCN designs:  "Afternoon in Paris" and "Afternoon in London"

A new to me, PS design: "Evergreen" (Just perfect for either the PS SAL blog or maybe the Christmas Ornie SAL blog)

... and two gorgeous Rosewood Manor designs: "Peacocks and Posies" (stitched with WDW Bethlehem - gorgeous) and "Twin Samplers", this last one is absolutely delicious with its pastel shades on Shale linen (I have the linen on order).

Lastly, another of my favourite designers, Blacbird Design's "Midnight Watch" - how could I resist that gorgeous black cat?

So, how bad have I been?  You tell me!

(Hmm!  I won't tell you about the three Jean Farish designs I just downloaded as pdfs or the big order I just put into Down Sunshine Lane - no, I won't! lol!)

Have a great day everyone, 

Fingers crossed that I get to work okay as there is industrial action happening with the trains today and tomorrow but I can hear some going past, so maybe I will be lucky!


P.S. Sorry if I haven't replied to your emails lately but I have been swamped with everyone's comments on the four new SAL blogs which I started last month - thank goodness I have finally had the sense to work out how to turn that function off!

Also, watch this space for a Friday Frolics SAL blog sign up!  

Monday, 31 August 2015

Not quite there yet...

Hi everyone,

I had hoped to have a finish of Day 11 by the end of this month but I think I have been distracted by a few other things going on - lol!  For some reason, I am really struggling with Day 11. This is part of the Sunday SAL which I stitch with my dear friend, Linda.  Maybe he will be finished by the end of September?

I am loving all of the wonderful Prairie Schooler Stitching which I see everyone else is doing on the Prairie Schooler SAL blog - so beautiful!

Have a good week, 


Saturday, 29 August 2015


.... Okay, now you probably know by now that I have become a bit of a Queen of SALs (or at least that is what a few of you lovely bloggers have dubbed me) because over the past month I have started four new SAL blogs:

Well, I have had another idea for a SAL for  just myself, this time  .... "Friday Frolics"

The idea of Friday Frolics, is that on any given Friday, I will try to visit my vast empire of WIPs and choose one that has not had any love or attention for a while and stitch on it that evening.

So, last night was my first FF (see, I have an acronym already - lol!) and I pulled out a Nora Corbett design, "K".

The one and only other time I posted on this was way back in July, 2012!

Also I had yet another new start - this is the letter "K". Sorry the first photo doesn't do justice to the lovely green overdyed fabric I am using.  I am really pleased with my progress on this - this is what I have accomplished in a week and a half!

Hmm!  Pity, I didn't keep up with my burst of energy!  Anyway, "K" got some love and attention last night and I have started on the fairy wings, in the top left corner - not much but at least she got a little loving attention last night.

So, what do you think of my new idea as a SAL for myself? I think it just may work and I can always tie FF in with a few more acronyms like FNSI and FNwF - lol!

Have a great weekend, as usual, I am uber busy with family and friends and lots of fun activities (a Spring Fair literally 50m around the corner,  an Engagement party tonight and taking my Dear Dad out for a second birthday lunch tomorrow).

lots and lots of love, 

P.S. For those of you who have emailed me lately to ask to join one of the four new SALs, I am sorry in the delay in joining you up but I am just inundated with emails at the moment.  I will try to do join you up, ASAP. 

Smalls SAL check in ...

.... oh dear, a few day's late... but here are this month's Smalls, some you have seen already, one is new...

Firstly, here is my latest Small finish... American Santa....

This is a freebie from I don't know where stitched on what I think is 32 ct white linen using a variety of speciality threads, colours chosen by me.

I am quite pleased with him - he is going to make a cute ornie.

Secondly, I stitched "S" for Sampler from A Stitcher's Alphabet, a Freebie from Brookes Books, as a birthday gift for a friend and colleague at work. (She loved it)

Please check out Heather's blog Stitching Lotus to see what everyone else got up to for the Smalls SAL this month.


Tuesday, 25 August 2015

August FNSI and IHSW update...

Well, it was another busy weekend for me, with family mostly, and next weekend will be filled again with love and laughter as we are going to the engagement party of my dear friend's son and DD, DS2 and I will be taking my Dad out for a second birthday lunch!  How lovely and blessed I am.

However, this weekend was FNSI and IHSW (follow the links to see what everyone else got up to) and I managed to do a little bit of this....

What will be a Christmas tree biscornu..

and that.... "B" from Brookes Books A stitcher's Alphabet....

and a little more.....  Noel Blanc

What did you all get up to?


Sunday, 23 August 2015

Weekend Round Up (belated)...

... oh dear, I have been meaning to post this all week but have only just found the time now and it is Thursday! Friday! Saturday!!!! oh no, Sunday and another weekend is almost over - lol!

I had a bit of an unexpected long weekend last weekend (as I had worked the Saturday before) and boy, was it a beauty (except my back was playing up a bit, which is no fun! But I worked hard to ignore it).

So, Friday.....

Fabric shopping with my dear friend, Anna, at GJ's discount fabric store, which has moved to the next suburb to me, so about five mins away - they have the most wonderful collection of patchwork fabric, just right for finishing off my Smalls.  Then a yummy lunch at Apte and then after I said goodbye to Anna, I went and spoiled myself with a back massage at Endota Spa which is literally about 50 m from my front door- bliss!  Then, that evening it was out to dinner with friends.

Here is what I bought at GJ's, gorgeous Halloween and Christmas fabbies.  But I tell you, there was so much to choose from that it was very hard to stop with just these ones.

On Saturday, it was off to the Fairfield Farmer's Market with my dear friend, Marie, where I bought lots of lovely fresh produce. We then met the husbands for lunch at M'anoushe in Station St.

Marie and I also had time to check out a new patchwork shop in Fairfield called Cutting Cloth.  Oh my goodness, such gorgeous, gorgeous fabric  and quilts on display but I was strong (after all I had spent all of my fabric money the day before at GJ's.)

Also, in my ramblings I walked past these shoes in the window of a shoe shop in Ivanhoe.  Maybe Elton John buys his shoes here? lol!

Saturday night it was out with some other friends for another yummy dinner and then on Sunday, I took my Dad some lovely lunch and spent some time with him.  I was pleased that I took the time to look after him, especially after I saw this video on FB.

Then, after I got home from spending time with my Dad, I was given the gift of some time with DS2 who was down in Victoria for some skiing but came home Sunday arvo to spend time with me and TraderVic. So, I baked up a storm, potato and leek soup, meat pie and cherry, ginger and apricot cake.  Only a pic of the pie, though - DD popped over for dinner, too, but as she doesn't eat meat, she just had the soup and ate all of the pie crust! lol!

So, a wonderful weekend.

I just want to leave you with this hidden passageway in the CBD which I only discovered walking through the city the other day.  Gorgeous, isn't it?

Okay, have to dash, as TraderVic, my sister and I are taking my Dad out to celebrate his 96th birthday!  Woo Hoo!


Monday, 17 August 2015

Gifted Gorgeousness Post....

... two offerings for GG this month, both of them Happy Dances - yay!

First off, I finished American Baby (just need to get it framed).

Then, over the weekend, I finished "S" for Sampler from A Stitcher's Alphabet, a Freebie from Brookes Books, as a birthday gift for a friend and colleague at work. I hope she likes it (I also baked her a cake).

I chose my own colours and it is stitched on 28 count linen.

Off to work early today, I will try to catch up on a bit of blog reading, as soon as I can.

If you want to find out more about Gifted Gorgeousness, please check out this link.


Sunday, 16 August 2015

Two month TUSAL...

As I forgot to post last month's ORTs, I have a very full tin this month.  Lots of stitching and some knitting yarn has popped in there, too.

... and here is what the yarn has been all about this month - I knitted a cute beret to wear to work.

So, that is all for me now, as I am off to visit my Dad but later today, I will post my Gifted Gorgeousness post where I have a Happy Dance (or two).

Have a great day, everyone,


Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Ebony and Ivory update...

Last night I picked up what has to be currently one of my favourite WIPs.... Ebony and Ivory by Tempting Tangles Designs.  I am loving the delicateness of the whole piece.

Now, I have also been so very busy setting up my new SAL blogs - such a wonderful response to my ideas, I am so thrilled.  I only have one person (a no-reply commenter) who needs to get back to me with her email address and everyone is added, I hope!  If I have overlooked anyone, please get back to me with both your email and blog addresses.

For those of you who do not know what I am talking about, you can check out the new SAL blogs by following the links below:

Have a great day, everyone,