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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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Sunday, 30 April 2017

Smalls SAL _ April 2017



Stitching Lotus Ornament SAL

The Smalls SAL is hosted by Stitching Lotus

First up is a Small which I forgot to post about in February (although I did post about it here on my March GG post).  It was the initial heart pillow which I stitched for the Swap organised by Cheryll for Valentine's Day.  This was sent to Sharmayne.





This is a modified Blackbird Designs piece.

This is most my recent Smalls finish - it the scissor fob design for Barbara Ana's A Snooty Parrot Sampler SAL (which I started in 2014!)



I have a sweet photo frame that was my mother's (we found a box of them when we cleaned out Mum and Dad's house in January - my DDIL persuaded me to keep the box of them for my stitcheries and I am so glad that I listened to her as they have been useful already), so I am thinking of framing it instead - maybe keeping it on my desk at work as it is such a sweet finish.

Next up is a FFO of my March Smalls SAL finish and the FFO of another long finished stitchery - both into cushions.

With the top cushion - I again, literally checked out my fabbie stash and pulled out this gorgeous paisley fabric which matched the design perfectly and when I didn't have enough for the back, I went back and pulled out the plain burgundy fabric - I think that this shows that I have way too much fabric!


I also found the perfect pearl ribbon floating around in my bits and bobs drawer!


I also found the perfect pearl ribbon floating around in my bits and bobs drawer!


I also finished stitching and FFOed March for the 2004 Cross Stitch Surprise series (January to December) 


... and I am very happy to report that I am way ahead on my "Smalls" finishes for both the  Hallowe'en Ornie SAL and the Christmas Ornie SAL.

February: Witchy Poo


March: Creepy Crawly Spiders


April: Winged Creatures


May: The Witch's Familiar, the Black Cat




Day Three: Three French Hens for March.


Day Four: Four Calling Birds for April



... and Day Five: Five Gold rings for May (although to be fair, this block was finished in January for a FB challenge).


And here is the whole piece so far - lots of border to keep me busy over the next few months until it is time to finish Six Geese-a-laying for June.



So, I am feeling very, very happy with all of my Smalls achievements!

If you would like to see what everyone else has stitched this month for the Smalls SAL, please click here.


hugs, 













20 comments:

Margaret said...

Wow! You should be very very happy with all your smalls. So nice!

Mary said...

Your finishes are beautiful and your wips are wonderful.

Lesley said...

Lots of lovely stitching and finishing.

Linda said...

Awesome projects and beautiful finishes Kaye.

Linda

Kay said...

You have been busy. By the way, no one can ever have too much fabric, or stash of any kind for that matter!! x

Mii Stitch said...

Just love the little parrot!!

Sheryl S. said...

Lots of pretty stitching Kaye, love that parrot design and the gorgeous cushions

Vickie said...

Well you are no slacker that is for sure! Great looking finishes Kaye!

Carol said...

What a wonderfully productive month, Kaye! Such cute finishes and I'm sure that box of old frames will come in most handy in the future :)

cucki said...

Wow love all your stitching
Well done for the finishes
Love you x

Daniela Bencúrová said...

Dear Kay, You have shown us many beautiful designs!
I really like a pillow, it looks so decent!
Hugs!

Mary H said...

You've been busy! What a lot of beautiful work! But what I LOVE is the parrot motif. That is absolutely darling!

Barb said...

WOW Kaye, you have done some wonderful stitching!! That Halloween one is one of my favorites. it will be fun to see how you use the little frames!

butterfly said...

Wonderful smalls lots of lovely designs and stitching.
Have a lovely week .

Julie said...

Well done Kaye, such a lot of lovely and delightful things to see in this post. The pillows are super, the paisley fabric looks so perfect,

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

Wow, you have been busy! Love the paisley fabric, perfect for the pillow finish.

Astrids dragon said...

Oh my, you have been very busy! I love all your pillows, I have yet to attempt to make one.

Stitching Noni said...

Oh wow! What a great post Kaye! All those beautiful finishes :o) Well done on getting ahead on the Halloween and Christmas pieces!
Hugs x

Kerryp77 said...

Oh my word...so many gorgeous projects. Love the parrot!

Sarah in Stitches said...

Amazing Smalls stitching! Congrats on all the finishes, they're gorgeous :D

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