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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, 14 April 2016

Midweek stitchy update....

Just thought that I would update you with what else has been going on in my stitchy world....

1.  Outlander (and more....!)

The day after I purchased my two new samplers - Song of Solomon and the Skyros ship - see this post here (scroll down).

These goodies arrived in the mail:

Outlander Sampler by The Sampler Girl


and the first two designs in the To the Beach series by Hands on Design.


Now, as I had the first episode of Outlander all recorded and ready to go and TraderVic was out last evening!  I decided that I would stitch on the sampler every time I watched the show.

So far I have stitched the "F".


So, this is Season 2, Episode 1

28 ct overdyed linen
Floss: GAST Purple Iris

Then, I had a brainwave - Season 6 of Game of Thrones is about to start - wouldn't it be cool to stitch something for that while I watched?  

So, a quick internet search later, I was the proud owner of:


(See, that phrase "instant download" gets me every time!)
I have until April 24 to get my ducks in a row on this one.

2. America, Land that we love ...

Monday night was 'Merica Monday, so I stitched on my American Sampler for the Americana SAL blog.

I finished my second state - Alaska

... North to the future  (State motto) ....

49th State to join the Union - January 3rd, 1959.


I am so enjoying stitching on this every Monday, however  I would like to pick up the pace a little as it would be wonderful to finish this sampler by the end of the year.


"Alaska, northwest of Canada, is the largest and most sparsely populated U.S. state. It's known for its dramatic, diverse terrain of wide-open spaces, mountains and forests, with abundant wildlife and many small towns. It’s a destination for outdoor activities including skiing, mountain biking and kayaking. Massive Denali National Park, home to Denali (fka Mt. McKinley), North America’s highest peak, is a site of animal-viewing tours."
Area1.718 million km²
Population736,732 (2014)




Stunning, isn't it?  One day I would like to go there to view the calving of the icebergs - I am sure it would be a majestic sight.


3. Lizzie and Lizzie's Dad....

Dear Lizzie has returned from the Framers and I am so pleased with how she turned out.



I chose a triple mount and I am so glad that I did - it came up beautifully!

... and my prediction two week's ago that Lizzie's Dad would be finished in one more evening of stitching was so wrong!  He is still a WIP but I am hopeful that next Tuesday will see him finished!  Fingers crossed.


So, that is it for me for today, have a good one!

hugs, 

17 comments:

Melody said...

You always have such fabulous ideas. I love the idea of linking a stitching project to a TV show. I think I will do the same. I haven't watched Outlander Season 2 yet but I have it ready to go and as for Game of Thrones, I'm very excited. I'll have to work out what I'll stitch with both of the projects.

shez said...

Hi Kaye your work is always amazing,thankyou for sharing and i hope your day is a good one

Tiffstitch said...

Beautiful work and yes, instant download is so dangerous!

Linda said...

Beautiful finishes Kaye. Have fun with your new starts.

Linda

Cath said...

wonderful post Kaye.....you make me want to start a cross stitch.....as if I haven't got enough to do!!! I like the look of the GOT one.

Bea said...

Wonderful new stash! Love the idea of connecting your stitching to what you are watching, might have to think about that myself. And as usual, your stitching looks lovely.

Heather said...

I'm hoping to go to Alaska this summer! Great post I loved the outlander books but haven't seen the show. Lovely stitching :)

Lesley said...

Lovely stash acquisitions.I like your Westeros map!
Elizabeth I is beautifully framed.

Brigitte said...

Oh Kaye, how gorgeous, another haul of new charts. Yes, instant download is a real temptation, a trap. But a wonderful trap, I think. I have never seen that Sampler Girl chart before. Is it an older one or has she started to design again?
Great to see the pictures of Alaska. Your Monday stitching shows real progress on the America Sampler.
Framed Elizabeth looks gorgeous

Vickie said...

I too want to make it to Alaska one day. Dear Lizzie is gorgeous!

Melinda said...

I am an Outlander Freak.... I lost my self in those Novels and the TV show does a great job - I must have that Sampler Thank you for sharing Lizzie Looks Great. I did read Games of Thrones, but not watching the TV Show. Enjoy your stitching - what great ideas to stitch as you watch

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

You have been busy! I love the Hands On Cottage by the Sea and the map of Westeros. I haven't stitched a map before but I do love drawing them. It's a very convenient shaped land for a cross stitch!
Great work on 'enry too!

Ariadne said...

Oh so much stitching you have done and will be doing!We will love looking at it! Love all the sea themed projects and so well photographed on sea glass!AriadnefromGreece!

Daniela Bencúrová said...

Wow, dear Kaye, many hundred great job done! And new plans are great embroidery!

Barb said...

You are doing some great stitching. I love the Outlander series. I have yet to read the last book they are so long! I do love the sampler. I had not seen it before your blog!

Sarah in Stitches said...

Gorgeous stitching! I love that Outlander sampler - the theme song is beautiful. Enjoy! :D

Stitching Noni said...

I haven't got into Outlander... not sure why I read the books and enjoyed them but just can't get into the show... but GoT... that is a different matter! I am so hanging out for next week! Looking forward to seeing you stitch Westeros :o)
Lizzie looks gorgeous all framed up - well done a beautiful finish :o)
You have some great stitching plans ahead... going to enjoy seeing your progress over the weeks/months to come! :o)
Hugs xx

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