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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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Monday, 20 February 2012

IHSW update plus lots else

I am so pleased with my progress on Cinderella, here is my photo from Saturday morning (after FNSI progress)
and here she is after IHSW:


I also mentioned in my last post that I had been lucky enough to win a giveaway but I have more good fortune to share with you.  First, here is the lovely surprise which I received tonight when I got home from work.  It is from my Love and Friendship Exchange partner, now she is a secret partner.  So, thank you, whoever you are.  See all my wonderful goodies.  My favourite is the beautiful little pink and green cushion - two of my favourite colours.  Thank you, thank you, thank you, Oh, secret friend.



Then I have won these wonderful patterns from Joyce of Random Ramblings. Now, I thought that I had only won Blueberries but no, generous Joyce sent me four lovely Amish quilting patterns - I just love them.
Blueberry Homecoming, Raspberry Homecoming, Blackberry Jam, and I am not sure what the last pattern is called (as I am sitting typing this with Furio on my knee and I don't want to disturb him). Thank you so much, Joyce, you are so lovely and generous.


Then Nicola of Stitching by a Cornish Seashore was kind enough to gift me the pattern of And they sinned (Sorry, I couldn't get a big photo but if you click on the link you can see a bigger image)
She was also generous enough to send me some lovely Gentle Arts threads to start me off.  Now, as Nicola stitched on this I had been lusting after it, so I am so excited to have the pattern.  But I am going to have to wait until I get back from my U.S. trip before I start it. But I think that it will be a lovely piece to look forward to starting when I have those post holiday blues.  Thank you so much, Nicola, I am so excited to have this pattern to stitch in my future.


Nicola, is also having a fun competition about the weird positions pets and family sleep in.  Now, here are my two entries.  The first one is Milo who loves to sleep in my large white china bowl (which I can now never use again).  For some reason he finds this comfortable - go figure!
 The other photo is Furio the other day, as you can see, he is sleeping twisted right around - how funny is that?
Wish me luck for Nicola's competition - isn't it fun?

love to you all,

20 comments:

cucki said...

wowwwwwwwwww graet progress on cindrella..looking so sweet..
great gifts..i love the chart so much..super sweet..
big hugs for you xx

Chris said...

Great stitching progress this past weekend!
Congratulations on all the lovely things that you have received.
I love your cat pics! Good luck!

shez said...

lovely post Kaye and congrats on your win.xx

Nicola said...

Gosh you have got so many stitches in on Cinderella, it is looking good.

Thank you for participating in my little competition.

Cheryll said...

Wow..lots of good luck at your place. Some nice work too by the look of Cinderella! :)

SoCal Debbie said...

You have made great progress on Cinderella! The new chart certainly looks like a big nice project to come home to. Thanks for telling me about Nicola's contest!

Heli said...

Great progress on Cinderella! Her skirt is really pretty.

beagleAnnie said...

Congratulations on all the beautiful gifts to you. And great progress on Cinderella's dress, Kaye.

Shirlee said...

Furio should win the competition Kay! You received some great gifts! Congrats on making so much progress on Cinderella! Blessings, Shirlee

Lesleyanne said...

Great progress on Cinderella. Love the sleeping positions of your cats, good luck with the competition. Lovely new charts.

Linda said...

Cinderella looks great. Congrats on all the wins.

Linda

valerie said...

Wow! You have gotten so much done on Cinderella already. Amazing! And congratulations on your recent wins. :)

Shelleen said...

Cinderella is looking good and you have some great goodies that you received.

Kate said...

Wonderful stitching! and what lovely giveaways, congratulations! :)

Anne said...

Ooh Kaye! Your kitties are so cute! I love how Furio sleeps all twisted up like that!! I've yet to catch Titus sleeping to post a pic for Nicola's competition. I think Furio has it hands down though!! Wonderful exchanges you received! And that massive pattern! Wowza! That will take awhile, but it will be amazing to see you stitch it! Great progress on Cinderella and lovely charts from Joyce!!

You've been a lucky gal :D

Hugs!!

Kim said...

Nice progress! Thanks for sharing.

♥ Nia said...

great progress on your stitching!! :D

Joysze said...

Cindy looks great, Kaye!!!! Awesome gifts all of them, and I don't know the name of that last chart either. HAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!

Mangogirl said...

beautiful stitching :D and lovely gifts to get in the mail.

Ewa said...

Cinderella is looking better and better! And nice stash additions :) Pumbaa used to sleep in the sink. It startled any guests I had forgotten to mention - especially if they had done using the bathroom and would turn around to find that a cat had been staring at them the whole time.

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