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My name is Kaye and I am 58 years old. Unbelievably to me, at my age, I have now just embarked upon my third career - as a History Education Consultant! 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 and now a consultant) 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.

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Monday, 11 June 2012

A Happy Dance and Stash Empire Building

  
I would firstly like to say a big Aussie hello to my new followers - Welcome to my blog, I hope that your enjoy visiting me here in Eaglemont, Victoria.  It is so lovely to make new stitchy friends from around the world.  

I am getting excited - only 8 days to my first Blogoversary - who would have thought that I would still be going strong nearly a year later! Please don't forget to enter my Giveaway - I would love for you all to have a chance to win!

I have had a pretty good stitchy week this past week and long weekend (it was the Queen's Birthday Public holiday today).  I have a HAPPY DANCE.  I finished my second version of "here lie my needles".  I am really pleased with it - the variegated thread has turned out well, I think.  Sorry, the fabric is actually a dusty pink but it hasn't quite turned out like that -  not sure why.
"here lie my needles"
The Sampler Girl free pattern
28 count Dusty Pink Linen
Threads:
Cottage Garden Threads: Raisin
Olde Willow Stitcher Quaker Colours: Medallion Black
On Saturday, I went to visit my LNS, Lazy Daisy and, of course, I had to engage in some Stash Empire Building:

1. A kit for an Australian cushion  - I am going to do the Home Sweet Home version.  I do not normally like AIDA but on the stitched sample in the shop it looked fantastic.
                                      


                                         

2. Then I saw this sweet little French birth sampler - I couldn't resist as one of my friends at work is having a baby in about a month.  I am stitching it on 28 count Natural Quaker Cloth, which is gorgeous to stitch on, using Weeks Dye Works Garnet. It is stitching up really quickly, as you can see from the last photo in this set.  This is only three days stitching:

                                      








3. I had ordered this great design from Diane Arthurs, which I am going to stitch using Waterlilies variegated threads.



 4. I also picked up a Little House Needleworks Christmas Ornament and a Cottage Garden Needleworks May Cottage of the Month.

5. Then I couldn't resist this Needle book and Scissor Keep from the Stitching Girl - I am going to use the soft pastel colours.


6. This is the reason I went in the first place:  to kit up this cute design from a magazine - I have been planning to kit this up for ages.

 I have chosen a soft lilac fabric (sorry, I just do not seem to be able to get the fabric colours to show up right) and here is the floss toss.


7. Another impulse buy:  a kitty cat key ring to stitch.

8. Couldn't resist these cute scissors - a steal at $5.00!

9. Lastly, I bought some more Cottage Garden Threads - some for me and some to send to my stitchy friend Shirlee.

Noah's Ark is beckoning, so have a good evening everyone,

hugs,

15 comments:

Chris said...

Congratulations on your finish!!
Wow, that is some fabulous new stash.
Have a great week.

Peggy Lee said...

Love all your new stash! I usually end up spending a bundle if I should get to a shop. I very rarely get to one since I don't have one close to me.

You made wonderful progress for three days stitching! Love that design.

I stitched Birdhouse Row a few years back. I used a blue linen with white threads. It's one of my favorites.

Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful week!

robindefender said...

Sounds like you had a great stash enhancing trip. I really like how that little noah's ark piece is starting to look!

Mouse said...

ooo nice stash haul and well done on your finishes and that wee noah's ark will be perfect for you friends new wee one :) love mouse xxxxx

Bea said...

Great stash! The Noah's ark is looking good and I really like all the other patterns you've chosen. Nothing beats time in an LNS!

Brigitte said...

Your finish is so nice, I love the variegated thread you used for it.
My, my, my, your stash building came out great. Lots of wonderful charts and some extras - you're a girl right after my taste, lol. Enjoy!

sharine said...

Wonderful new stash. Two by two is going to be so cute.

Linda said...

Congrats on the finish Kaye. It turned out great. Wow, great new stash. I have that Diane Arthurs chart. She is my favorite designer and have about 95% of her designs.

Linda

milly said...

Your finish is lovely.
Lovely new stash too.

SoCal Debbie said...

Home Sweet Home is so pretty! Noah's Ark looks great. You really did get lots of wonderful stitchy stash! What a lucky girl you are!!

mdgtjulie said...

Wow, you came home with all kinds of things, didn't you? Grats on all the new acquisitions, and on the progress. You've really gotten a lot done.

Veronica said...

LOL! I love the sound of that... Stash empire building. I'm in the same boat too. Not as much stitching as I'd have like but tons of stash acquiring.

Cute Noah's Ark design. Pretty red you've used to stitch it.

Hugs,
Veronica.

Catherine said...

Wonderful stitches and stash!!

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

What a great collection. I love the Noah's Ark chart. I need something for my new Great-Nephew, my original choice will take too long with my reduced stitching time now!

Mangogirl said...

wow you have been busy :)

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