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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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Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Long Easter Weekend FNSI.... and Smalls SAL post...

Our dear hostess for FNSI, Wendy B from Sugarlane Designs, decreed in her wisdom that Friday Night Sew In be postponed by a week and would last all of the Easter long weekend.  And as she decreed, it was so.

So, Friday night I finished my Stitching for Syria piece and posted it off. This is run by Concern, an aid organisation, who have asked stitchers around the world to stitch this little design to be made into a wall hanging to show the women of Syria that stitchers around the world are thinking of them and are aware of their plight.  It is also to give them inspiration for their own craft.  I found out about this via the lovely Jo, who also stitched a block.



Stitched on 28 ct Mocah Linen
Floss: Cottage Garden Threads 1004 Blue Ixia

I was very pleased with how the colourway turned out on this piece and it has been sent to the women of Syria with all of my love.

Then on Saturday and Sunday, I picked up 'Twas the night by Sue Hillis Designs, this is my Start #9 for DUCJFC2016

Before pic:

 After Pic:

I also made this delicious English trifle to take to my friend's place for dinner on Saturday night.


Sunday, I had my first go at baking Hot Cross Buns - I was pretty pleased with the result.


Easter Monday, I picked up my "America, the land that we love" sampler by Jean Farish, I have decided that Monday is 'Merica Monday, to keep on track with my stitching for my Americana SAL blog.  This is piece #10 for DUCJFC2016.

Before pic:


After pic - nearly finished the first two states: Alabama and Alaska - yay!


So, quite a bit of stitching for my extended FNSI weekend - most successful!

.... and now it is Wednesday evening, so I should tell you about my Tudor Tuesday stitching, this is my post from the Tudor Tuesday SAL blog:

Well, I thought that after spending so much time on Lizzie recently, I should pay some attention to her Dad.  So, I picked up this mini Henry Viii pattern which the wonderful Jo, from Serendipitous Stitching, sent to me last year sometime.  Thank you, dear Jo.

This was originally a kit but, of course, Jo had already stitched it so there is just the pattern with the Legend saying only colours not specific floss, so I was able to choose my own fabric and floss. I am stitching on 28ct French Country Spring green fabbie with assorted DMC threads but I have substituted a gold metallic thread for Henry's hat and chain.  I am so pleased with how quickly this has stitched up - this is only one evening of stitching:

So, if all goes according to plan - next Tudor Tuesday should see Henry all crowned, too!

This is #11 for DUCJFC2016;

.... and now, as it is Wednesday evening, here is my Smalls SAL post.
The first piece, of course, is the Stitching for Syria piece above and my other Smalls SAL piece is 'Twas the night before Christmas by Prairie Schooler, which I stitched for the Christmas Ornie SAL.  Here is the post here:

At the end of last month I was scrabbling for what to do for March - Santa and/or one or some of his helpers, when I turned to my old faithful, Prairie Schooler, and found Book #63  Christmas Samplers.


And then my eye was caught by the middle sampler, "The Night before Christmas" and then I saw Santa on his sleigh with three of his reindeers and Bingo!  There was my March choice.

I went to my stash and found some great Crafty Kitten overdyed 32 ct blue linen and two days later I was finished!  Woo Hoo!


This piece, of course, also counts for my Prairie Schooler SAL and forDUCJFC2016.

Okay I am finally done!

Off to Byron Bay tomorrow for a few days for a family friend's son's wedding - the whole family is going. DS1 and DDIL are driving down from Queensland and DS2 is flying in from Sydney, whilst TraderVic, DD and I are flying up from Melbouren - it will be the first time we will all be together for over a year - so I am pretty excited!

So, you may not hear from me for a few days as we are away for a bit of a holiday as well - how lovely!

hugs, 



25 comments:

Mini said...

That is a lot of stitching you did for so many SALs. How do you keep track of them..lol
Enjoy your trip with family.

Lesley said...

Wonderful stitching and so much of it!
Hope you have a lovely time with your family:)

Christine said...

Such a lot of wonderful stitching! Bluff King Hal is looking very good and I love the thread colour in your Syria square

Margaret said...

Love all the stitching! Henry VIII especially! Hope you have a wonderful time with your family -- how great that you will all be together! I know those times can be rare when your kids are grown.

Tiffstitch said...

Lovely work on everything, and you're right, I don't know how you fit in a full-time job before. :)

Vickie said...

You have accomplished a lot lately Kaye. What a great time you will have all together at this wedding.

Carm said...

You deserve a holiday! So enjoy it and time with your family. Great stitching as always!!!

Ariadne said...

I stitched for Syria too. Your colourway is lovely!All of your stitched finishes are!Have fun at the wedding!AriadnefromGreece!

Justine said...

Some lovely stitching - especially the Syrian square and your lovely Henry! Hope you have a fun family break.

Manuela said...

Wonderful stitching.
Greetings, Manuela from Germany.

Melinda said...

Where do I start? Your color choice for Syria is Amazing, Your Hot Cross Buns look popping, Henry VIII looks great with a little Sparkle and Love your Prairie Schooler Santa. Thank you for sharing.

Melody said...

Magnificent stitching, brilliant baking...you are a star

Linda said...

Gorgeous stitching Kaye. I didn't know that you started America by Jean Farish. I stitched that in 2011 I think and loved every stitch.
Have a fun weekend.

Linda

Carol said...

Such great stitching, Kaye--especially love the PS Santa and sleigh. I've stitched that portion twice myself and loved every stitch. I'm so impressed with your baking--wonderful job :)

Heather said...

Lovely progress :). Have fun with your family! Anytime you want to come bake for me just let me know ;)

Barb said...

Lots of wonderful stitching!! Your hot cross buns look just delicious!

Von said...

Wow, Kaye, you've accomplished a lot of stitching! And your hot cross buns look delicious!

Brigitte said...

So much great stitching, Kaye. That portion of the PS chart is so so sweet. I have to stitch that too.
And wow these hot cross buns look delicious, and so does the trifle. I have never eaten a trifle, I think I have to try and make one one day.

Maggee said...

You have been very busy Kaye! All lovely pieces too! Thanks for sharing! Hugs!

Sarah in Stitches said...

Wow, you've been busy! Lovely stitching. Love your Christmas choice, and your Americana piece is looking lovely :D

Bea said...

Wow, you kept that needle hopping and the results are looking terrific! Have a wonderful time away.

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

What a productive week you've had! I'm so pleased that you started King Henry too. He was an elusive little king for a while but he made it to Australia at last!

Stitching Noni said...

Wow! you have been busy cooking and stitching! Love your Henry stitch; your Americana piece is coming along beautifully!
Hugs xx

Diane Prenatt said...

I did a stitch for Syria piece for SAL, too. Yours is so pretty! Love your 'Merica Monday!

ANGIE said...

Hi Kaye, so nice progress! Happy stitching!

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