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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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Tuesday, 29 October 2013

A happy dance and finally some progress on Cut Thru Castle....


Yay!  Medusa Lavender Fairy is finally finished!  As you know I struggled so much to stitch her.  She seemed to take forever or maybe it is just that with my family situation there was just no real time to get into it (she is definitely too high maintenance to be Train Stitching).  But now she is done, I love her!






.... and, drumroll please, I actually got back to my Cut Thru Castle for my Cut Thru SAL which I do with loads of other people.  You can check out Debbie's SAL page for pics of everyone's work if you click here.

Before photo:


After photo:

Lots of background going on here, although there is something funny going on with it - it might have something to do with the fact that I was scared witless watching the new season of "The Walking Dead" with TraderVic and DS2 and his girlfriend while I was stitching.  It is a bit hard to be accurate when stitching with your eyes shut!



Just to let you know, the situation with my parents continues to be a great worry.  There is a lot to organise, Mum's health is still precarious although she is not in hospital and my Dad is deteriorating as each day passes - he is losing his memory daily.  It is so sad to see.  (On top of all that, my DFIL who has lived with us for the past 15 years (87 years old on Thursday) is so jealous that my parents are getting so much of our time that he has been playing up to get attention - it is like having a toddler again!)

The company which I work for are being marvellous!  They are so supportive.  Every week for the past  five or so weeks I have had to take at least one sometimes two Carer's Leave days and there has been no questions asked.  They have also asked one of the other publishers to help me with my workload.  I am incredibly lucky as in dealing with nursing homes and all the other institutes you need to,  it all needs to be done during the week.  So, I am very grateful.

I am also so grateful for the wonderful support I have been getting from my friends - online, at work and everyone really - it has really helped.

Anyway, enough rambling,

Blessings on you all,

28 comments:

Christine M said...

Your fairy is beautiful Kaye. How wonderful you work is supportive of you. That, at least, is one thing you don't have to worry about. Sending you hugs. Christine xx

Michelle Ridgway said...

She is so beautiful Kaye. Well done. Such a lot of work.

Bev C said...

Hello Kaye,

The fairy is so lovely, well done. Good luck re the elderly people in your life.

Happy days.
Bev.

Lisa V said...

Such a pretty finish.
Gotta love The Walking Dead, its the best tv show EVER!!! I'm addicted.

Barb said...

The Lavender Fairy is beautiful. So sorry to hear that all is still not well with your parents.

Linda said...

Your Lavender Fairy is absolutely gorgeous Kaye. You did a fabulous job. So happy to see an update on the Castle. You did really good while stitching with your eyes closed. lol My husband likes those kind of shows (he watches that one), but I won't watch them. Yucky!!!!

Linda

Anthea said...

Beautiful fairy progress there Kaye - what with everything that is going on with your parents at the moment, I am surprised that you have even a thought of picking up a needle... big hugs being sent your way x

Denise SA said...

Your fairy is beautiful. So glad your employers are being so supportive you certainly have your hands full. Sending hugs.

Marilyn said...

I love your fairy she is beautiful.love the progress on your cut thru.glad work is so,supportive for you and stitching is a way to cope with stress.

retdairyqueen said...

Love the fairy well done
Take care xx

Chris said...

Lovely finish. Sending prayers that your parents get situated soon.

cucki said...

I love her too..so pretty..
Hugs x

♥ Nia said...

Very pretty :)

Daphne said...

Hi Kaye! Wow, I love your lavender fairy, she's beautiful!
Best wishes!

Daphne

Shirlee said...

My heart goes out to you my dear friend ... & you know I'm praying for you & your dear parents daily. I wish I were there to give you a big hug & help out a bit. I'm glad you are able to do a bit of stitching in the midst of all you are dealing with. {{{HUGS}}}

Vickie said...

Beautiful!
I am still praying for you and your parents. Now I will add DFIL!!

Sarah in Stitches said...

My prayers are with you and your family, Kaye. I hope things get better soon. Your stitching is beautiful! :D

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

Lavender Fairy is beautiful and well worth the time spent on her.

Sympathy for the ongoing parents saga. At least your work are being flexible. We only have Carers Leave here if your children are under 5 or disabled and even then it is very limited and must be booked a week at a time in advance. Oh yes, and it's unpaid! Most firms are most flexible but it's not a right.

marina said...

your lavender fairy has turned out beautifully, so much work!
Hope things settle with your parents and fil. Not an easy time.

Melanie K said...

Beautiful, beautiful stitching Kaye. Your parents are so lucky to have such a supportive daughter and your DFIL will settle down. All your friends in blogland are sending you prayers, love and hugs. ♥X♥X♥

Angie said...

Lovely stitching.

Prayers to your family

Simply Victoria said...

Hugs to you, Kaye! Praying for all your family. Good for you to get some minutes to stitch in the midst of life's trials.

Stitching Noni said...

Oh Kaye, I can only imagine how hard it must be dealing with everything you are going through right now... so good to hear that your employers are being so supportive :o)
Your Lavender Fairy looks great - well done on getting her finished! And well done on getting back to the Castle :o) Stitching is a great stress reliever when you get the time to do that is! Take care :o)
Hugs x

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Lavender Fairy is so beautiful Kaye, well worth the struggles she caused you! Continuing to send you strength and peace as you deal with your parent's situations, wish I could do more to help. {{hugs}}, Deb

Shebafudge said...

Lavender looks beautiful - congratulations on such a pretty finish :)

Sorry to hear that you are having so many issues with mum, dad and FIL. It can't be easy for you at the moment. It's good to hear of an employer being so caring and flexible with needing time off. You would be lucky to get that in the UK!

Catherine said...

Pretty stitches! Sending continued thoughts and prayers for you all ~ so glad to hear your work is being supportive...

Deb said...

Well done! Beautiful work!
Very happy you have some support.

Valma said...

your lavender fairy is just wonderful
a very great stitching
thinking of you & sending you strength
big hugs
xxxxx

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