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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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Thursday, 30 April 2015

Smalls SAL April update, plus, plus, plus....

... a Super Crafty Sunday and April Hallowe'en Ornie SAL update and a Santa's 12 Days of Christmas SAL update.  

Warning: Pic heavy and lots of stitching!

I had a super Sunday this weekend, in terms of being super productive that is.  I finished my  April Smalls SAL piece, my April Halloween Ornament plus some other finishing.

Let me show you....





First off the rank is, my Smalls SAL piece.

The Smalls SAL 2015 is hosted by the lovely Heather, from Stitching Lotus. On the last Wednesday of every month you sign into the sign in post on her blog, here and link to your Smalls SAL post. 

Basically, we....
"Stitch a small every month. You get to decide what a small is for you. 50×50 stitches? 100×100 stitches? It’s up to you."

This is my finish for April.
It is Tall Sheep (again!), slightly modified (again!) as I decided that the butterfly and the bee and flower buttons were going to make it too fussy.




I decided to be a bit adventurous in my finishing, so I hot glued some pretty ribbon to the front and the back and added an antique button to the top right corner.


I adore this backing fabric, I like to think that Miss Grace is the shepherdess of the Tall Sheep - lol!


Tall Sheep
Shepherd's Bush
28 ct Flax Linen
Mixture of CC and DMC threads.


Next up is my Halloweeen Ornie SAL, hosted by the wonderful Jo from Serendipitous Stitching.

Every month, a group of us post a Halloween Ornie based on that month's theme. April's theme was tombstones, can you see my tiny tombstones on the left hand side - a bit of a long bow re the theme but I just had to stitch that castle!







Happy Halloween
32 ct Belfast Linen 
Hand dyed "Evening Sky"
GAST Royal Purple

I have used this leftover quilt backing for the back.


You can check out everyone else's tombstones, here
Next month's theme is Pumpkins and I have already found a design I like from La Comtesse, so that is a good start.

Then I finished "Counting" as a long cushion for my Friends Swapaway.  I used the same leftover backing fabric for the front and back of the cushion.


Then, on Monday night I finished Day 9 of my Santa's 12 Days of Christmas SAL which I do every Sunday night with my lovely friend, Linda.

I think that Day 9 is my favourite Day so far.



On Sunday, I felt like Baking, as well, so I made some gorgeous peanut butter and choc chip cookies, named Outrageous cookies and some lentil soup - yum!



Earlier in the week, I had tried my hand at homemade crumpets.
Terribly fiddly to make but delicious with some blackberrry jam.


Lastly, I meant to show you my ANZAC biscuit tin last post.  Every year, Unibic, put out a limited edition tin of ANZAC biscuits for ANZAC day. The tins commemorate Australian soldiers in some way. This year reflects the 100 year anniversary of the Gallopoli landing.



Well, that is all from me, don't forget to follow the links to see what everyone else has been up to.  Maybe next post will see a pic of my finished scarf!

hugs, 



32 comments:

Justine said...

Super productive! Your finishes are so inspiring.

Faith... said...

Great finishings on your finishes! That is the part I never seem to get to.

Tiffany Pincombe said...

Wow! Excellent finishes and stitching. I love that castle, I think I need to go download that one. Thank you for the link!

Margaret said...

Beautiful finishes! I love the Tall Sheep especially! Your baking and cooking looks so good too!

Gill - That British Woman said...

I love the Tall Sheep one the best and the soup and cookies look so good!

shez said...

Hi Kaye you have lots of beautiful finishes there,well done my friend xx

Barb said...

You have been very busy stitching! What a great collection of finishes! The food all looks good too.

Marie said...

You certainly were productive in your finishing of all of those beautifully stitched designs. I am a fan of SB so I especially love the sheep design.
I've never made crumpets, yours look quite tasty.

Allie said...

My have you been busy - stitching such beautiful creations!!!! I love them but especially the sheep!!!

Frances N said...

You have done a lot of work! Everything looks so nice--I love the Prairie Schooler, too!!
Your food looks yummy!

Frances N said...

You have done a lot of work! Everything looks so nice--I love the Prairie Schooler, too!!
Your food looks yummy!

Marexstitch said...

Wow Kaye you did pack a lot of more in this post! Those cookies are making me hungry all the way in NJ. Love the Halloween piece, I have done a few of her designs and she is so skilled. Your stitch and finishing all looked great. I haven't done much baking lately since it is warming up but you may inspire me to make some lentil soup. It's about a month or so since I last made some. So productive Kaye!

Pamela said...

Beautiful stitching!

Deb said...

Welldone on your gorgeous finishes!
Food looks absolutley yummy!

thegreytail said...

oh my goodness, so many adorable things going on here!
I LOVE your sheep, absolutely LOVE it!
and that Hallowe'en design?! thank you for the link I'm definitely stitching that too! and Santa, and Counting! and the baking!
oh my!!

Sarah in Stitches said...

Beautiful stitching, Kaye! I love the Santa. Congrats on all the finishes, they look fantastic! :D

Susan said...

You've been very busy. They are lovely finishes. Then sheep is so cute.

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

You did have a productive weekend! I love the Castle, I felt the same way when I saw it. I love her designs.
I also like your sheepie pillow, nice finishing.

Mii Stitch said...

YOu have been so busy!!! Love your finishes, they all look lovely :)

Vickie said...

The biscuit tin is awesome! How many do you have? Can we see more?!
Oh yes, your stitching and finishing are lovely too Kaye. ;)

rosey175 said...

Doesn't a super productive day feel good? :D

Your finishes looks so nice, and I can see the appeal in that castle! I think I could live in a haunted castle.

Lentil soup always makes me feel good. So do cookies haha.

Bea said...

Wow, that's impressive. Love the stitching pieces and am very impressed that they are finished finished - that's the part I always have trouble with. That castle looks delightfully haunted. Food looks yummy - especially the cookies. I have such a sweet tooth (jaw?).

Linda said...

Congrats on all of the awesome finishes Kaye. Me thinks that you weren't suppose to work on Santa on Monday. lol

Linda

Dani - tkdchick said...

You have been super productive this month they're all wonderful!

Carol said...

Wow! You've had such a busy month, Kaye, and lots of great finishes... Really love the sheepie one with the pink ribbon and button!

Aren't those Outrageous cookies delicious? I've been making them for a few years now and we all love them!

Peggy said...

Pretty stitching and finishing.
Thanks for sharing.
Peggy
peggy_verdongibbs@att.net

sharine said...

Busy busy. Everything looks so pretty:)

Angela P said...

Lots of lovely finishes!

KimM said...

Oh my gosh, Kaye! Such pretty finishes - you've been a busy girl. Love them all.
xxx
SSF

Brigitte said...

Great finishes, Kaye, and all of them are already finish-finished. I love your little pillows and I think when I will be doing some finishing next time I'll have to make such a long pillow. It's looking so pretty.

Miamina said...

Wow, such beautiful finishes! Well done, they all are stunning!

That food looks really yummy too :)

Cricket-bug Corner said...

Love the stitching - I might have to try your crumpet recipe!

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