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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, 12 August 2016

Mad, senile and batty...

.... yes, it is official, I am
  mad, senile and batty!

Okay, I hear you say, yes, she must be off her rocker, because what on earth is she rabbiting on about now?????

Well, I have foolishly embarked upon tidying up my Girl's Nest (aka The Black Hole of Kaycutta aka My Sewing room) and whilst I was sorting and organising my mountains of craft fabrics (did I ever tell you that I used to do a lot of quilting?), I picked up on old pink dishraggy-looking piece of linen, it was all crumpled and was nearly just thrown in the bin without a second glance (sorry, forgot to take a pic of it at that stage).

But then, I spied a Homespun Elegance pattern beneath it and I took a second look, gave it a quick press and found this treasure......



.... and can you see it is very nearly FINISHED??????

... and that I started it in 2002?

.... so it has been languishing,  
forgotten and unloved in the cupboard for FOURTEEN YEARS??????

I told you, right at the start of this post, I am MAD, SENILE and BATTY!

Seriously, I must be because why else would I have abandoned it so close to finishing it?

Anyway, long story short ... one evening of stitching later  (two and a half hours to be precise) and 

VOILA!








"In a Garden"
Homesun Elegance
Unknown pink over-dyed linen
Unknown floss (I know that I changed some of the threads from the suggested palette)

Then, of course, I had another play with Fotojet and PicMonkey.....




So, that is all for me today!  Off to dive back into my fabric stash - who know what other treasures I will find?

hugs, 



21 comments:

Barb said...

I'm so glad you found it! It is so pretty!

Anna van Schurman said...

I'm glad you found it and didn't throw it away! Nicely done.

gracie said...

Love it. I use PicMonkey but never tried Fotojet...

Annie said...

What a great find! Way too pretty to have been in hiding all those years!

KimM said...

Oh my gosh! What a happy find, a happy day for a happy dance, Kaye! It's so darned cute.
xxx

Vickie said...

Yay! Now that is a happy, happy surprise! :D

Lesley said...

Great find.Congratulations on your finish ans happy stash diving:)

Melinda Forbes said...

This is so much better than finding $$$ in your pockets!. What a beautiful finish and I just love it when people do things that remind me of me.

Linda said...

Congrats on finding the beautiful treasure and getting if finished Kaye.

Linda`

Xeihua (Sara) said...

The piece is gorgeous. You should see it as a very lovely gift you left yourself :) hugs

marly said...

Welcome to the club Kaye! How exciting to find this darling (but forgotten!) piece.

Cricket-bug Corner said...

What a find!!!!

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

Oh my goodness, what a find! And so close to a finish too. It's a lovely sampler and far too nice to live in a cupboard!
Nice use of the collage maker again.

Bea said...

Poor neglected project! It must have been despairing over the lack of love. Seriously Kaye, what a beautiful piece. I'm so glad you rescued and finished it.

Margaret said...

I think we all do things like this. lol! You are not senile and batty! What would happen to me, is that I would find the stitching, but not the chart or the floss. Or some combination thereof. Sigh. Yup, I'm definitely senile and batty. lol! Love the finish! Hooray for finishing it!

Mii Stitch said...

A lovely find and you've finished it too.... great news all round :)

Heather said...

I'm glad you looked at it! Congrats!

Sarah in Stitches said...

LOL... Amazing find! Congrats on the finish :D

Stitching Noni said...

Oh wow! What a lovely find! Imgine it being hidden away for so long and so close to being finished! Love the fabric that you chose to stitch it on :o)
Well done on lovely finish!
hugs xx

Justine said...

What a find! So glad you didn't throw this pretty stitching away.

Brigitte said...

OMG, this is so beautiful. It would have been a shame if it had landed in the bin.

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