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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, 20 April 2015

It was a great success!

For me, IHSW this month was highly productive.  It really helped that TraderVic and I had a very quiet weekend planned and the weather was miserable - most inducive to staying indoors and stitching.

For those of you who do not know what I am talking about......

"International Hermit and Stitch Weekend takes place every 3rd full weekend of each month, from Friday till Sunday. In our very busy and hectic lives, IHSW is a chance for us to squirrel some time away for ourselves and "Hermit and Stitch." It is a time set aside to take care of us and our love for stitching."


It is hosted by the lovely Joysze from Random Ramblings and you can see who else signed up here.

So, why was it such a great success for me?

Well, I finally finished both of the designs for the round boxes for my Swapaway Gifts!  You know the ones, I was having trouble working out what to do?  You can read about that here.

I am so thrilled with how they turned out:






Modified Tall Sheep
Shepherd's Bush Designs
Stitched on 28 Ct Country French Linen - Spring Meadow
Using a variety of speciality and DMC threads.

I cannot express how happy I am at how they have finally turned out - at last I am satisfied with what I have accomplished!

I also found time on Sunday to stitch some more on my Sunday SAL with my dear Linda, Santa's 12 Days of Christmas.  Day Nine is one more Sunday away from being finished, I think!

 

Lastly, I have had some success in the garden, too, as my pansies have started flowering.  I just love sweet, little pansies.



So, I hope that your weekend was as productive as mine.

Love to all and stitchy hugs,

32 comments:

gracie said...

Those sheep look marvelous! Good job. Glad your weekend was successful.

Gill - That British Woman said...

LOVE those sheep and the frames that they are in.

Barb said...

You did have a very successful week-end! I love the way you framed the cute sheep! I like pansies too. They have so many pretty colors. Mine survived the winter and are blooming now.

Clare said...

Your sheep boxes are so cute. Well done. Happy Stitching.

Claudette497 said...

The sheep are adorable! Congratulations on such a cute IHSW!

sharine said...

Love the sheep. They look great in the boxes:)

Brigitte said...

These little sheep are adorable. And what a nice finishing idea.
Day Nine is coming along great.

Maggie said...

Ooooo I love those little sheep and the way you finished them :-)

Great progress on your other stitching too, very productive weekend :-)

Vickie said...

Oh fantastic! You know I love those colors. ;) I was rather successful myself this weekend also.

Mii Stitch said...

Love your little sheep! So cute!!

Miamina said...

Very productive! Well done on those lovely finishes :)

Margaret said...

Hooray for the sheep! Love how they look in the boxes. Love your Santa progress too! And the pansies -- so pretty!

Lumiruusu said...

Ijust love,love love the sheep finishings -so lovely colours and finishing!

Angela P said...

Love the sheep finishes!

Angela P said...

Love the sheep finishes!

Linda said...

You did a fantastic job at finishing the boxes Kaye. Day 9 looks great but you gotta let me catch up.

Linda

Sarah in Stitches said...

Beautiful stitching! I adore those sheep, they look fantastic in the round boxes. Great job! :D

Daniela Bencúrová said...

Congratulations, Kaye, it looks great!
Pansies is so sweet!

Tiffany Pincombe said...

Great finishes and progress, and beautiful pansies!

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

You found the perfect designs for these boxes. They look great.
I worked on Saturday so I took Sunday and Monday as the weekend and got lots done! As you'll see on my blog post today.

Bea said...

Your boxes look wonderful. Also love the colour of your pansies.

Von said...

What wonderful projects you've done this weekend! I didn't do any stitching, but did get lots of gardening in, planting four new rose bushes. :D

Ruth said...

Lovely. Absolutely lovely. Congrats! Don't you think pansies out to smell? They are so pretty I think they deserve an aroma :)

Allie said...

The sheep are absolutely perfect - I'm going to have to join in on that next time, you got so much done! Love your stitching, hon!

rosey175 said...

Yay, the design worked out great! :D I'm gonna take a wild guess and assume you're quite happy not to frog another design haha.

I just bought so pansies that were on sale. They're such bright and cheery little flowers but I have no idea what I'll do with them. :)

Faith... said...

The boxes turned out beautifully!

Anna van Schurman said...

The boxes came out so CUTE!

Thoeria said...

Doing a super blog reading catch up! You have been busy Kaye! Love the boxes....beautiful!
Oh.... the knitting .....more delicious eye candy :)

Sheryl S. said...

Beautiful stitching. Love the sheep

Maggee said...

Great finishes for the boxes! They are perfect!

Stitching Noni said...

Wow, what gorgeous finishes! Well done you :o)
Hugs xx

Caitlin @ Naughts Cross Stitches said...

Beautiful stitching and that singer is awesome

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