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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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Friday, 31 July 2015

Smalls SAL/Hallowe'en Ornie SAL update...

Well, here is my Smalls SAL update - a couple of days late, I am afraid!  As is often the case, my Smalls this month are related to my Hallowe'en stitching.  I am just scraping in for my July Hallowe'en ornie for the Haunted House theme but I am a day early for my August Hallowe'en ornie for the theme Black Cats, although my cats are not quite black but there is a ghost cat! lol!

July: Haunted House from the Side Panel of  "Halloween Days sewing basket" by Simona Bussiglieri of Mani Di Donna on page 89 from JCS Halloween Ornament Magazine 2015.

August: Halloween Cats - freebie from Kreinik, which you can find here.

I am very pleased with my finishing on both of these cushions.  I think that maybe I am finally getting the hang of creating a nice finish.


TraderVic keeps asking me why there is so much stuff in my sewing room but, of course it is full of my stash so that I can always put my hand on the perfect fabbie or ribbons or buttons or beads for finishing.  For my haunted house I found some gorgeous reproduction fabric in different shades of lilac and the perfect ribbon - do you like the pretty little purple bow underneath the haunted house?



Furio approves....


I love the ghost kitty and do you see how Furio has snuck onto the top of the right column and Milo has crept underneath the ghost cat?


I finished it with little black cats on a ribbon.


And the bottom and backing fabric is black kitties on black!


For both of these designs I used overdyed 28 count fabric from my stash, plus various DMC and specialty threads which I chose myself.

Click on the wee ghostie below to check out what other people stitched for this month's Hallowe'en SAL.


... and you can check out everyone else's Smalls SAL update, here.


New SALs update:

I am so thrilled, I have had a wonderful response to my Christmas Ornie SAL blog, which you can check out here.
Also, I have had some good interest in my other two new SAL blog ideas: Americana and Prairie Schooler, which you can read about here if you are interested in joining.

Plus, watch this space for a new idea coming from me and my SSF, Kim from Wisdom with Needle and Thread.

hugs,

23 comments:

Mii Stitch said...

Cute Halloween kitty finish :)

KimM said...

Love you finishes, Kaye!
xxx
SSF

Cricket-bug Corner said...

Adorable!

Cricket-bug Corner said...

Adorable!

Carol said...

Such cute finishes, Kaye--you're really doing well with your smalls this year. I just love that black cat border ribbon!!

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

Love these two finishes. The house one is definitely on my list now I have the magazine. The cats are cute too, especially the Furio kitty.

Kate said...

Congrats on two wonderful finishes, Kaye! I love the kitties; thanks for the link. The house came out great, too.

sew.darn.quilt said...

Wickedly Wonderful!

Sandra die Puppenhexe said...

Both Halloween embroidery I find great . Especially the haunted house it did to me , the border as a bow fits perfectly . A creepy nice cushion . The cats are very well done and you make great on the role . Congratulations to two great processed work . Greetings Sandra

stitchersanon said...

Gorgeous finishes..I think they are all perfect

Jennifer M. said...

Too cute! Love them both.

Bea said...

Wonderful finishes Kaye, especially the cats! lol

Linda said...

Congrats on the super cute finishes Kaye.

Linda

Tiffany Pincombe said...

Great finishes! I love your extra little touches.

Stitching Noni said...

I love your two cushions.... especially the kitty one! Good to see that both cushion have the kitty seal of approval :o)
Hugs xx

Margaret said...

Both are wonderful! Great finishing too. Love that kitty one especially. So cute! Yay for getting your kitties in there!

Kate said...

Congratulations, Kaye! You're the winner of my giveaway! I just posted about it on my blog. When you get a minute, can you please email your mailing address to bookworm187@earthlink.net?

Barb said...

You really are doing a wonderful job of finishing!

Sarah in Stitches said...

Beautiful finishes! Awesome Halloween stitching. Can't wait to see what you stitch up for next month! :D

Astrids dragon said...

They both look fantastic, great finishes! I think I might have to make the cats, they are too cute!

Brigitte said...

The finishing bug seems to have bittgen you, lol. Both little pillows are gorgeous.

rosey175 said...

I went to save the Halloween cats freebie (how could I resist that) and here I already have it! I think that may be a sign to stitch it if I like it so much I save it twice. :) Your finishes look great, especially the kitties. That little ribbon and fabric is so perfect for that piece!

Steph said...

Beautiful stitching.xox

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