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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

Friday, 19 December 2014

Gifted Gorgeousness to come...

Hmm, this is going to be another post inspired by the gorgeous Jo of Serendipitous Stitching!

This one is about her Gifted Gorgeousness SAL for 2015.

The idea of this SAL is that once a month we post about any stitching we have done involving anything we have been gifted.

Well, Jo kindly sent me her pattern of Blanc Noel by A Mon Ami Pierre (who has stopped designing) once she completed her stitching on it.  I think her kindness was due to my persistent admiration (and hinting, maybe) of the pattern and the beautiful work she was doing.

So, this will be my first Gifted Gorgeousness start for the SAL.

Thank you, Jo, it was so kind of you to send me the pattern.


P.S. Don't forget it is FNSI tonight, hosted by Wendy of Sugarlane Quilts, you can sign up here.
And this weekend is IHSW, hosted by Joysze of Random Ramblings, you can sign up for that here.

Both of these are the last times for this year.  Oh, where has 2014 gone?

Love, Kaye

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

2014 Online Advent Calendar Blog hop

This year I am taking part in the gorgeous Jo's Online Advent Calendar Blog hop again.  This is so much fun and a great way to spread some Christmas Cheer and to meet friends - both old and new.

We only have two easy tasks to perform as part of the blog hop (Jo is kind to us!).  The first is, of course to show a Christmassy pic, preferably of some stitching or craft.

So, of course, I am going to show off my Bah Humbugs!

Three are completely finished (by the wonderful Wendy and Sue at my LNS, Lazy Daisy, thank you Ladies)  whilst two new ones are waiting for something more to happen to them (plus of course, one has been sent on its merry way to a new owner).

Now, do not let the Bah Humbugs fool you, I love Christmas and strive always for a perfect Christmas (hmmm! Not sure that I have ever achieved that) but there is something about the quirkiness of these designs that I just adore, I am not sure what but I love them!

The second task was to talk about their Best Ever Present.  Well, I have two to tell you about.

The first was given to me one Christmas when I was about 12 or 13.  That year, all I wanted for Christmas was a transistor radio or trannie as we Aussies called them (in our innocence before that word had another connotation).  I remember my excitement as the presents under the tree were given out and I received the 'obligatory' books and pretty things, etc but there was one present that was just the right shape to be a radio yet I couldn't quite work out the name on the label.

Well, you can imagine my joy when I received this:

Now, unfortunately, I no longer have this radio (this pic is from the internet) but I can tell you I had years and years of wonderful times listening to the latest songs on it.

My second memorable present was the birth of my youngest son, NOT happening on Christmas Day of 1991.  I can remember being at my sister's for Christmas lunch feeling most strange and I think that I literally sat all day with my legs crossed, telling myself "I AM NOT HAVING THIS BABY TODAY!".  Well, it worked and DS2 was born on Boxing Day instead - lol!

Here he is with my Dad, a handsome young man about to fly the nest early next year to take up a job in Sydney.  Where have those years since 1991 gone?

Thank you, Jo for hosting such a great blog hop.  So, please just hop along to Jo's blog to check out the rest of the Advent Calendar.

Merry Christmas everyone,


Tuesday, 16 December 2014

I have never been so proud...

to be an Australian.

After the awful events of the Sydney Lindt Cafe Siege, where a madman murdered two innocents: Katrina Dawson and Tori Johnson.  Australians have shown what they are made of - we are strong and we pull together and we do not hate!

When Sydney muslims felt that they may be harassed after the events of the siege, fellow Sydneysiders started a #I'llridewithyou campaign on Twitter, offering to travel with their fellow Australians, no matter their religion or creed as as sign of mateship.

That is what Australia and Australian are all about!

My condolences to the families of Katrina Dawson and Tori Johnson and to all affected by this awful tragedy.

My blessing on you all, stay safe please.


Updated: My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the terrible events in Pakistan and Pennsylvania - sometimes one has to wonder if the world has gone mad?  

Monday, 15 December 2014

Chasing my tail.....

Oh dear, it seems to be the story of my life lately, trying to catch up with my blogging - posting, reading and commenting.

I am so sorry everyone, I do try to keep up and I do read all of your comments and try to visit as many blogs as I can, but sometimes it is hard to keep up.

I feel like that tiger chasing his tail....

Yep, that sums me up perfectly!  lol!

Let's see, the postie has been busy around my house this week.

I was lucky enough to  receive some great parcels in the mail:

First of all, it was my Santa Sack from Lisa V, this is a swap organised by that awesome SwapMama, Cheryll each year.

I wonder what is inside this parcel?
Look, it is a gorgeous stocking but what is inside the stocking?

Wonderful gifts, of course, but for now I am only allowed to squish!

Thanks, Lisa, I cannot wait to open them all.

Then, the lovely Gaynor sent me this very cute design as I was a winner in her Breast cancer fundraiser.

So cute!

Thank you so much, Gaynor, I hope that you are feeling better.

Then I won another giveaway, this one was hosted by Andrea from The Craft Room.
I won this absolutely gorgeous mini pillow - it is so beautifully stitched and finished.  I am so proud to have such fine work living in my home with me.

Of course, I sent off a Santa Sack parcel, too, but no pics until Lisa receives it, in the next couple of days, I hope.

I also sent a Christmas exchange parcel to my very, very dear friend Shirlee, but that also is secret until she gets it.

... and I will be joining in the fun of Jo from Serendipitous Stitching's Advent Blog hop on Wednesday, in the meantime, check it out here.

Okay, gotta dash - work awaits.

Have a great week everyone,


Monday, 8 December 2014

Busy wedding planning....

.... that is me!

I think that we are getting there with it all - less than five weeks to go!

Not much stitching happened on the weekend as on Saturday I had to take Dad shopping for a new suit for my DS1's wedding.

We went to David Jones and I must tell you that the service was marvellous.  My Dad looks fabulous in his new suit and is looking pretty spry for a 95 year old!

There has been stitching stuff happening, but that will have to wait for another post.

Have a good week,


Friday, 5 December 2014

Still reading.....

after 17 years, my book club is still going strong.

Here is our 2014 Xmas photo, although a few ladies were missing due to illness.

Sorry, I am looking a bit stern in the photo, as one of my girlfriends had just been talking about all the sucking in, sitting up, jutting your chin forward, etc. that you should do to make yourself look better in the photo (when you are our age), so I was so busy doing all that, that I forgot to smile and look happy - lol!

We had dinner at the home of one of the ladies, doesn't the table look pretty?

The meal was fully catered by this most amazing cook. First course was a delicious array of canapes (no photo, sorry), ranging from smoked salmon on mini rosti to the most delicious minced lamb filo parcels.

For main I had the poached salmon ....

Whilst the other choice was Duck with Asian salad.

... and dessert was so gorgeous.... Passionfruit souffle!

There was also a choice of a lemon ricotta cake but again, sorry no pic.

Oh, amongst all the laughter and reminiscing, we did manage to talk about the book!  It was Indelible Ink by Fiona McGregor, if anyone is interested.

All in all, a fabulous evening.

Love you, book club girls.  Here's to another 17 years.

Friday, 28 November 2014

RIP Phil Hughes

Australia is reeling at the untimely death of elite Cricketer, Phil Hughes, killed in a freakish accident when batting in a Sheffield Shield match.

You can read about it here.

So sad, my condolences to his family, friends and his team mates.  My heart goes out to the poor bowler as well.

hugs, Kaye


I was blown away by the most wonderful musical!

Last night my dear sister and I went to see Once at the Princess Theatre in Melbourne.

All I can say is that it was wonderful!

Tom Parsons was excellent as the Guy.

I have never quite seen a musical like it, with the "orchestra" actually playing parts on stage and at intermission we were all invited on stage to have a drink! Amazing!

If you have not seen it yet, I can highly recommend it.


Thursday, 27 November 2014

OH NO! There is ....


Yep, Sue Hillis is feeding my addiction with a second book of  those quirky Bah Humbug designs.

So, of course I had to buy it!  Here  is my fun fabbie and my floss toss.

... and here is my first one:  String of Lights on the delightful "Waterfall Blue" evenweave fabric (sorry the colour leached out of this photo).

I am so hooked on these designs - they are just so much fun to stitch!

Well, off to work in a minute and so train stitching, here I come.  After work it is shopping for shoes to go with my dress for the wedding and then dinner at Pelligrini's in the city and off to see "Once".

Big day ahead!

You all have a great one,


Tuesday, 25 November 2014

... and the Bah Humbugs continue....

with Santa's Hat.....

When will it ever end?

When I have finished all five designs, of course!

Only Two to go!  lol!

How is all your Christmas stitching going?


Saturday, 22 November 2014

A bit of a FNSI failure......

... that's me!

I had great plans to stitch two more of my Bah Humbug designs but.....

I ended up getting home late from work as I was asked to go to a book launch for these two novels:

The husband of one of my friend's at work is the author of "Endsinger" and his novel was being launched at Dymock's in the city last evening.

It was lots of fun however I was late getting home so I only had time to stitch a little more on Santa's Hat from Bah Humbug.

Not sure how much stitching I am going to get done this weekend either as today is busy with spending some time with my Dad and then my daughter-in-law-to-be and I have an appointment with the florist for the wedding, then we need to see the wedding cake people.  And tomorrow, my daughter and I are on the hunt for a dress for me for the wedding.

Oh dear, only 7 weeks to the wedding!  Aaagghhh!  Will I make it?

Anyway, how did you all go last night?

Wishing you all a fabulous weekend.


Thursday, 20 November 2014

Bah Humbug Indeed!

Well, I am still fixated on Sue Hillis's oh so cute Christmas Ornies - Bah Humbug!

Here is my latest finish and the start of the next one!

Santa's Stocking:

I have been experimenting with a Christmas variegated thread from Threadworx for the lettering.

The start of Santa's Hat:

Thanks for visiting,


Tuesday, 18 November 2014

.... and the Christmas stitching continues....

... as does my Little Sheep Virtues SAL.

This is the Little Sheep Virtues SAL I am doing with I am doing with Sarah, Lija and Anne. I am now working on "Love"
(sorry, for some reason all of my photos are looking washed out today - must be the grey, old day we have so far today).

Then, I have been stitching on

This is Raggedy Tree - stitched on 28 ct silk/linen and I changed some the threads.

... and then I started on  Christmas Stocking:  again, 28 ct silk/linen and a few thread changes .  This still has some branches, a border and the words Bah Humbug to be added.

Well, that is all from me today.  How is your Christmas stitching going?