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My name is Kaye and I am 54 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, 15 September 2014


This is a joint blog post from Kaye - from Kitten Stitching and Kim - from Wisdom with needle and thread .

Yep – we’re waving at you!!

(Photo courtesy of the Graphics Fairy)

Hello lovely blogging friends,
The two of us have enjoyed an online stitching friendship for quite a while now.  We have been involved in a number of swaps  and giveaways (“Kim is an awesome Swap Mamasays Kaye).  We love having a chat via email and Facebook. Isn’t social media a wonderful thing when it is used for good and allows you to make friends from all around the world?

A while ago, we mistakenly thought that we had the same Blogaversary, unfortunately we didn’t due to a Blogger error. However, in our initial excitement over this we conceived a plan to do a combined Swapaway. We have decided to go ahead and do this anyway, despite the Blogger mistake.

Now, what is a Swapaway, you ask?

Well, using that old chestnut, the ACROSTIC, we are going to create or source wonderful gifts for each other using the word FRIENDS.  We will send each other a gift for each letter.  This is the Swap part.

But, we are not stopping there. One lucky bloggy, stitchy friend (chosen at random) will receive a gift for each letter of the word FRIENDS, from EACH OF US.  So, they will receive FOURTEEN gifts altogether.

As Kim and I are committing to making or sourcing a lot of gifts for each other and our lucky recipient, this will be a long term swap and we are looking at exchanging the gifts around Valentine’s Day next year (it seemed appropriate to us).

So here are the guidelines for YOU - our Stitching Sisters – and how you could be the recipient of the Swapaway:

-       You must be a follower of BOTH our blogs (we will check ;))
-       Place a comment on the SWAPAWAY POST of BOTH BLOGS if you wish to enter the draw
-       We have to be able to reach you, so you need to have a valid email address.
-       You don’t need to have a blog to enter.

You have until October 1st to enter (but remember you must comment on the Swapaway post on both of our blogs).

Here is the link to Kim's Swapaway blog post for you.

So, please join in the fun,


P.S. Now, don't forget to check out my Travelling Pattern post if you are interested in being the next person to stitch Bent Creek's Land of Liberty, it closes next Sunday, 21st September.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

A couple of new SALs and some Stash Empire building...

.... because I am just not busy enough (lol!) and I am a sucker for SALs, I have started a couple of new ones.

First up is Stitcher Anon's Halloween Stitchalong, we have a FB group where you can check out everyone's progress here.

This is where I am up to.... running a bit behind but that is okay, I don't mind.

Halloween Store
Stitcher Anon
28 ct orange fabbie
Assorted specialist threads (whatever takes my fancy)

SAL number two I am doing with Sarah and Lija and we are stitching Little Sheep Virtues by LHN. We have started with "Hope".

This is going to be a train stitching piece for me, so I am hopeful it will all go quite quickly.

Yesterday, I popped into my LNS,  Lazy Daisy to pick up my copy of JCS Halloween Ornie magazine.  Sometimes it is so frustrating being in Australia, as these mags are so hard to get!

But, of course, whilst I was there I had to pick up some more Stash Empire.....

... some gorgeous Blackbird Designs and some wonderful Prairie Schooler designs to add to my collection.  Hard to choose my favourite but it would probably have to be Cats on Parade and Without a Mouse, I think.

Well, that is all for me - two posts in one day - woo hoo!

Now, don't forget to check out my Travelling Pattern post if you are interested in being the next person to stitch Bent Creek's Land of Liberty, it closes next Sunday, 21st September.


Time for the Travelling Pattern to travel.....

Well, the Travelling Pattern is finished - amorphous stars and all!

Thanks for all the excellent advice re the stars but despite most of you advising restitching in 221, I have been contrary and stuck with Independence (hmm! I was being Independent! lol!).  Now, to decide how to finish it.....

So, this means that the Travelling Pattern is ready to move on to some other wonderful stitcher.  As well as the design,  the winner of the TP will also receive gifts which spell out FLAG.  I have collected a few things already but still working on them (and what they all are will be a surprise until I announce the winner).

So, the rules to win are:

1. Be a follower of my blog,
2. Have an active blog yourself (so you can pass on the traveling pattern!),
3. Leave a comment on this post.
4. Be willing to add gifts which spell out FLAG when you pass the Travelling Pattern along.

If you would like to play with me, please comment on this post by next Sunday, 21st September.

Previous stitchers of Land of Liberty are:

Sarah from Sarah in Stitches (who started the fun)

Penny from Larkspur Lane

Kaye from Kitten Stitching

So, who will be next?


Friday, 12 September 2014

Bad Turtle!

Oh dear, I have been a Bad Turtle this year.  Do you know, this is only my second Turtle Trot post for the year and it is supposed to be posted monthly! ... and this post is late for this month and I only remembered because dear Linda Scott reminded me. lol!

Turtle Trot is hosted by Claudette of BAP Attack, thanks Claudette, sorry I am not a better Turtle.

So here goes, my 10 items are:

BAP Number 1: Joan Elliott Round Robin:  This is actually finished, here is a picture of three of the lovely ladies I stitched for the Round Robin.

BAP Number 2: Snooty Parrot Sampler - no progress.
BAP Number 3: Ravenmoon Hall - no progress.
BAP Number 4: Mary Wigham - progress backwards as some frogging had to take place.

Do I detect a pattern forming here? lol!

Yes, I do!
BAP Number 5: Winter Silhouette - no progress
BAP Number 6: Cherry Tea - no progress
BAP Number 7: Henry Viii and his six wives - yay! Some progress due to my Tudor Tuesdays SAL!

This is how he looked at the start of this year:

... and as of September, 2014:

BAP Number 8:The six wives of Henry Viii  - more progress due to above.

Start of the year:

Now:  (not a lot of progress, but some!)

BAP Number 9: My beloved Cinderella - another one not touched until last night, so only a very littel progress.

Last time:


... and lastly, BAP Number 10: Kings and Queens of England - no progress.

So, I hang my head in shame and declare that I am A BAD TURTLE.  But I promise to be good next month.

Thanks for visiting,


Tuesday, 9 September 2014

An honest opinion, please.....

.... on my stars for Land of Liberty.  I am not sure about them.  I thought that I would mix it up a little, so instead of using the called for DMC 221, I used Weeks Dye Works Independence, which I have been wanting to use for a while.  But, I am a bit worried that they don't quite look like stars now but a bit like amorphous blobs (I did backstitch them to give them more definition).

Anyway, I would really appreciate your thoughts on my stars.  Thanks everyone.

At the rate my train/plane stitching is going on this piece, I may even be finished by the end of the week, so watch out for a post about passing the Travelling Pattern on, you may be next!


Monday, 8 September 2014

Do you want to hear....?

.... all about my jam-packed weekend?

Of course, you do (well, I hope so anyway!).

It started on Friday, when we spent a pleasant evening celebrating our dear friend Terry's birthday by teaching him and my dear friend, Linda, how to play 500.

We had so much fun!

Then on Saturday we (TraderVic, me, and our very dearest friends, Kim and Gino) caught a special, chartered flight with the Richmond Tigers (our footy team) to Adelaide for the first round final game: Tigers vs Port Power (to be held on the Sunday).  Needless to say, the flight was lots of fun with all of the club's famous people on board (not us, though), filming by TV crews and lots of singing of the club theme song - we were on the Tigerland Express!  Hopes were very high!  Richmond had made the finals this year!

Adelaide is a pretty city, with many of the houses made from local sandstone.  This cute beauty salon caught my eye and how cool is this painting on the side of the building?

We stayed in a hotel on North Terrace, just two doors down from where the players were staying and just across the river from the Adelaide Oval.  To say that the atmosphere in the area was electric would be an understatement.  Over 7,000 Tiger fans made the trip by hook or be crook from Melbourne to Adelaide for the game.  A short plane trip for us but an 8 or 9 hour road trip for many others.  It was the largest contingent of fans to every travel interstate for a footy game.

Unfortunately, TraderVic has come down with the flu, so he had to go straight to bed on Sat afternoon but Kim, Gino and I went for a walk along the Torrens River to the Red Ochre cafe to take a gondola ride.  Yes, I did say gondola - it was so beautiful. A calm, warm evening sipping sparkling shiraz - just magic!

As I said, magic!  Did you say the cygnets?  Only 5 or 6 days old, apparently.

Then, it was off to a lovely dinner at Vino's Ristorante, unfortunately, TraderVic was too sick to eat but the rest of us enjoyed a delicious dinner.

On Sunday, it was a relaxing massage for Kim and I in the morning then all the excitement started for the big game!

But alas, the excitement and fun was all in vain.... as the Tigers were thrashed by Port Adelaide!

Oh well, there is always next year as we kept telling each other on the very subdued flight home!

To end on a happier note, I did get some plane stitching done on Land of Liberty (sorry, no time to iron it as it is off to work for me in a minute or two).

Have a great week, everyone,


Friday, 5 September 2014

Look what arrived in the mail.....

.... a Travelling Pattern from Penny of Larkspur Lane, which originated with Sarah from Sarah in Stitches.  I will now stitch it and then who knows where it will go next?  Maybe to you?

The TP is Land of Liberty by Bent Creek and as well as the pattern, I was sent gifts which spelt out FLAG.

So, I received:

F = Fabbie         
L = Linen          
A = Accessoriex
G = Glass Ornie

So, I have spent three nights stitching on it so far, here are my progress pics:

It is coming up really well, I think. Thank you so much Penny (and Sarah), I am thrilled to be stitching this and Penny, I love all of my gifts.

So, if you think you might like to be the next lucky stitcher, to stitch this - keep an eye out, as soon as I am finished I will post about it and you will have a chance to enter.

Have a good day, everyone,