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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.

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Saturday, 15 February 2014

Grow Your Blog Party Winners Announced, a Happy Dance and So Much to Catch up on Part 2....


Well, today is the day to announce my Grow Your Blog Party Winners which was organised by the wonderful Vicki - you can click on the pic below to get to the Party.



I elected to have two winners - one from Australia and one from Overseas.

So, drum roll please..... The Overseas Winner is



Your gifts are:
a cute little Babushka scissor fob, a nail file which looks like a ruler (useful on two counts), some fabbie from my stash and an Aussie home kit from Juniper Designs.  I hope that you enjoy these gifts.





Congratulations, Kim, please email me with your snail mail address and these goodies will be winging your way soon.


Second drum roll..... The Aussie winnner is......


Noni, I think I have your snail mail address but maybe email me with it again, just in case?

You have won:

A book called "The Hand-Stitched Home" which I hope you will enjoy browsing through, also a nail file which looks like a ruler and a Babushka scissor fob as well as some fabbie from my stash.





Now wait!  We actually have a third drum roll!  As Cath  from Bits'n'Bobs was the first person to guess that I am the middle sister (most people chose my baby sister!) she will also win a small prize - some more fabbie from my stash and maybe a couple more surprise items.

Cath, I am not sure I have your snail mail address so please email me with it.


Now, here is my Happy Dance - This is my Day 6 Crazy January Challenge - my first finish for that Challenge and my second Happy Dance for the year - Merry Cat'smas!  This is a freebie design from Terri Carl but I am not exactly sure where I got it from. This was a train stitching piece - so I stitched a bit on it each morning on the way to work.  This was finished between Jolimont and Flinders Street Stations yesterday morning.



Now, to tell you some more of my adventures.  Last Sunday, I went to the city with DS1's gorgeous girlfriend who comes from Taiwan.  She had been intrigued by my stories of the 19th century shopping arcades of Melbourne and my tales of marvellous lunches at the Hopetoun Tea Rooms in the Block Arcade and of Gog and Magog in the Royal Arcade.

So here are some of the marvels we saw - we had such a great day together, it was just lovely.





















Sorry, the photos are all a bit jumbled but that was a bit like our day as we wandered at will through the arcades and laneways of Melbourne.

Well, off to do a little bit of stitching,

hugs, 

20 comments:

Sarah in Stitches said...

Congrats on the finish, Kaye! Those pictures are great, it looks like a fantastic place to visit :D

Ariadne Skyrianidou said...

Congrats to the winners! Oh I want to eat that sweet!AriadnefromGreece!

CJ said...

Lovely photos, looked like a great day out.

TFS.

CJ

Gill - That British Woman said...

congrats to the winners, I take a slice of each of those desserts!!

Margaret said...

I saw pics of this shopping area while I was watching the Australian Open and wished I could go there. Now I wish so even more. Wonderful! Glad you had a nice time!

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Congrats to the winners and thank you Kaye! Great post, I love the Block Arcade!

Kevin said...

What nice prizes! Congrats to the winners!! Those pastries look SOOOOO GOOD!!!

Michele Hebson said...

Congrats to the Winner! And Lovely work progress too. And now I am so hungry for some desert! XD

Linda said...

Congrats to all the winners. Cute finish Kaye. Looks like you had a fun day out.

Linda

Christine M said...

Congratulations to the winners. The Block Arcade is just beautiful, isn't it!

AnaCristina said...

Good weekend!

Simply Victoria said...

Congrats to the winners.
Looks like such a fun day out with some awesome sites!

Thoeria said...

Well done in your finish Kaye! And congrats yo your winners :) Looks like you had a marvelous day indeed! Those peacocks intrigue me....and that cake...oh yummmmmm!!

Brigitte said...

You must have had a great time out with your son's girlfriend. All these pretty views and all the great food - makes me want to discover this shopping area too, lol.
Very nice little finish!

SoCal Debbie said...

Congratulations to the lucky winners! Those are wonderful prize packages! What a wonderful shopping day you had. The desserts look amazing!

KimM said...

Kaye - I can't thank you enough for sharing.
KimM

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

Congrats to the winners, the babouska look lovely!

Seems like you had a lovely day, gorgeous desserts do appear on this blog quite often!

Valma said...

what a great place to visit !!
it seems you had a wonderful day shopping =D
So great
congratulations to lucky winners =)
wonderful packages !
big hugs
xxx

Stitching Noni said...

Oh Kaye, thank you so much for choosing me as the Aussie winner :) such lovely prizes....
Will email you my snail mail address as the PO box has changed since I last sent the details to you :)
Thank you again for choosing me as a winner... :)

Catherine said...

Great prizes, sweet finish, anda fun day!