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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, 21 July 2011

Finally time for a new post!

Hi everyone,

I am so sorry, my last post (over a week ago) blithely stated that I would put some more kitten photos on my blog tomorrow!  Oh well, I did mean it at the time but work and life somehow got in the way.  Anyway,  a lot has happened this week.

Last post I told you about my discovery of Heaven and Earth Designs - well, I bought two designs on the Wednesday of last week:
Henry VIII by Hans Holbein
I chose Holbein's Henry VIII because I am a real Tudor buff and this is such an iconic painting of Henry Tudor.  It is a real contrast to my other Henry cross stitch project Henry VIII and his six wives.  If you wish to see a completed Henry VIII and his six wives cross stitch, check out my friend Ginnie's completed project at http://ginniescrossstitch.blogspot.com  She has done a wonderful job, beautiful stitchng.

12 Dancing Princesses

I chose this design because I have always loved the story of the 12 dancing princesses and it also reminded me of Juliet Marillier's wonderful novel "Wildwood dancing".  Check it out at www.julietmarillier.com/books/wildwooddancing

Then the next day HAED had a SALE!  Oh no, that meant that I had to buy two more designs - both Christmas ones.  Here they are below:
A Long Winter's Nap

Bearing Gifts
Aren't they both gorgeous?  But that is going to have to be enough HAED designs for me for a while!

My baking mojo has still been going strong - last weekend I finally made a perfect lasagne!  Now, to explain, I have been married to an Italian for over 29 years.  In that time I have tried to make lasagne without success, most of my efforts have been met with derision along the lines of "Why on earth would an Anglo be making lasagne?  Stick to Aussie foods!"  But last Sunday I finally got it right! I am so happy!

Now, for a couple of Furio photos:
Furio "helping" me write my blog!

Furio helping me work!
And lastly, a reading update:  This week I have finished "Destiny Kills" by Keri Arthur - it was okay, nowhere near as good as her Riley Jenson series.  I also finished "The Pericles Commission" by Gary Corby, another Aussie author.  This novel was set in Ancient Greece, during the time of the birth of democracy.  Quite a good read.

Well, Furio has come for a cuddle, so bye for now, Kaye xoxox

P.S. I am travelling interstate for work again next week - a road trip to the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and then the Gold Coast to promote my History book - so I probably won't have time cross stitch or blog from Monday to Friday next week.


Ginnie said...

Hey Kaye
Finally managed to comment on your blog ! Thanks for mentioning my Henry stitching.....
I have 2 HAED designs in my stash.... only started one of them.... found it a bit hard going! So good luck.... looking forward to seeing the progress on your HAED Henry.

Gill - That British Woman said...

I remember Ginnie's Henry stitching it was so nice, can't wait to see the one with the 12 princessess, that one looks really lovely,

Gill in Canada

Stitching Noni said...

Hello, just found your blog while blog "stalking". I see you have a very helpful kitten as well. Look forward to keeping up with all your stitching and kitten updates!


Kaisievic said...

@ Ginnie, glad that you can finally comment. Happy to mention your Henry. Which HAED designs do you have?

@Gill, Oh, I am in love with them all - 12 dancing princesses is very special, isn't it?

@Noni, Glad that you have dropped by, please visit often and I love your blog, too.

love to you all, Kaye xoxox

MysteryKnitter said...

Keep stitching.

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