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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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Saturday, 18 June 2016

Overdue, overdue, overdue.....

That seems to be the story of my blogging life lately - lol!

So, let me see if I can catch up a bit with this post - I am going to update you on my June TUSAL and June Gifted Gorgeousness (GG) and Friday Night Sew In  (FNSI).

Let's start with my TUSAL report.  Hmm... Only 13 days late!

Home ORTs on the left, travel ORTS on the right.


The TUSAL jar so far this year.




Next up is GG (only three days late),  with some FNSI mixed in.

Gifted Gorgeousness (or GG) is a SAL run by the wonderful SAL Mama, Jo from Serendipitous Stitching.  Basically, on the 15th of each month, we post anything which is stitchy gift-related.

Friday Night Sew In (or FNSI) is run once a month by the lovely Wendy from Sugarlane designs, and it is exactly what the name suggests - staying in on a Friday evening and "sewing". This, of course, runs in tandem for my with my  Kitten Stitching and the Friday Night Frolics SAL blog (or FF) which runs every Friday night.

I have a few things to show you this month.

First up is my Kitchen Kapers swap for the No Fuss Swappers blog group.  I sent to the lovely Helen of Helbel's World of Craft.  Unfortunately, silly me forgot to take photos before I sent my package (so, I have "borrowed" them from Helen's blog).






... and I was the lucky recipient in the swap from the gorgeous Cheryl from Cheryl's Stitchings.






Aren't they all gorgeous?  I am going to make the beautiful embroidered tea towel into an apron, I think - much too nice to use as a tea towel.

Thank you so much, Cheryl, I love it all.

My next GG item is a gift from the lovely Jo, sent to cheer me up as I happened to mention on a recent blog post that my daughter is moving to London soon for an indeterminate length of time.  It is a gorgeous design of Galahs, called aptly "What a Galah"

Floss toss....

First progress pic...


Second progress pic....



... and then for FNSI and FF, I stitched some more and now I am here....



Thank you, Jo, I truly love it and stitching it is giving me a lot of joy.

Next up is the knitting and soft toy ornaments I made for a family friend's upcoming baby.  The baby shower was today.

I aimed for a sophisticated, hipsterish colour palette for the baby blanket.


These soft toy ornies I made in a day (pretty proud of myself, if I say so myself)


Here is the mum-to-be, Hannah, opening the gift this afternoon - she was thrilled, so that made me very happy.


So, there we are, finally a stitchy post from me.

If you want to see what everyone else did for these SALs, click on the following links:




Off to a Trivia night shortly - wish me luck!

hugs, 


25 comments:

Lesley said...

Lovely stitching,such a sweet design.
I love your tea towel it will make a great apron.

shez said...

Hi Kaye ,wow love what was sent and received in the kitchen kapers swap .
And how lovely was Jo to send you a happy parcel,hope your mouth is feeling better now my friend :)

Bev C said...

Hello Kaye,

Love seeing what you have been stitching so much variety. Great swap gifts given and received. Love that galah cross stitch, plenty of those around here lately. Have fun at the Trivia night.

Happy days.
Bev.

KimM said...

Hi, Kaye! Guess the trip to the dentist went well? Like ve all your stitching....and what a great swap - love the tea towel. Friday Night Frolics....how did I miss your weekly party?! I need to check this out.
Hugs
xxx

Kerryp77 said...

Love the Galah's stitch, beautiful blanket too

Daniela Bencúrová said...

Kaye, and it appears that toothache is gone! And that's good, I'm glad that your teeth do not bother!
Many beautiful things we now imagine!
Nice Sunday!

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

Thanks for taking part in GG this month. So pleased that you liked your Galahs! Etsy keep showing me different Galahs in their emails now, they think I have an obsession!
Great swaps too.

Tiffstitch said...

Hope you're feeling better and excellent work on everything!!

Tiffstitch said...

Hope you're feeling better and excellent work on everything!!

Heather said...

Good luck have fun! I love all of the gifts and stitching! I adore the baby blanket :)

Linda said...

Lovely post Kaye. Everything is beautiful. Good luck.

Linda

Julie said...

A lovely post filled with delightful gifts and goodies

Barb said...

This is a post filled with really nice things. I imagine that young lady will always treasure the baby blanket. I love the sophisticated colors you chose!

Margaret said...

Everything looks great! Love the colors in the stitching you did from your gifted G. The blanket is lovely -- and so are the stuffies! Bet the mom to be loved them all! Hope that abscessed tooth toothache is cured by now....

Bea said...

Sounds like you're feeling much better - YOORAY! The swap goodies are lovely, both going and coming and that will be a very pretty apron. Beautiful baby blanket - it will be cherished for sure, along with the ornaments. Love the colours on the Galahs.

Susan said...

What a lovely batch of goodness you've posted. I came for FNSI and got so much more!

Mouse said...

ohhhh well done on the stitching front and the gifts too ...love the blanket ... and hope your toothache has gone by now ... love mouse xxxx

Justine said...

You have been busy! I love the baby blanket - sophisticated colour choice which will no doubt be treasured for many years. Love the colours in your Galahs stitch too - what a sweet gift from Jo.

Mini said...

Both the gifts received and sent are lovely. How did you make those soft toys? Sweet gesture from Jo!

Cheryl said...

Lots of lovely things in this post Kaye. Your gorgeous galahs are very cute. so glad you loved your kitchen goodies and loved what you put together for your partner also

Carla said...

Beautiful makes. Is the blanket a seed stitch? Love the texture

Karen's Korner said...

You have been super busy. Such lovely things happening at your place.

Sarah in Stitches said...

Lovely swaps and gifts! Jo's package is so sweet. I love your baby gifts too - those toys are incredibly cute, and the blanket looks cozy and gorgeous! :D

Elfie said...

You have been lucky and creative this month - well done!

Brigitte said...

Great post, Kaye, covering so many events.
Wonderful what you made for Hannah. And the chart that you received from Jo is so beautiful. It must be a real fun stitch with the two funny birds and the bright colours.

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