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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, 12 February 2012

Love and Friendship Exchange

Last blog I showed you all the lovely Initial heart which I received from Shez from Enjoying Life.  My other partner in the swap is still to receive her initial heart from me (it should arrive tomorrow) so I cannot show you any photos yet.  However, I was also in a Love and Friendship Exchange and my partner in that swap, Pam from Confessions of a Southern Stitcher has received her gift - Here is a pic of what I sent her.  I made a  small cushion which I stitched using my Cottage Garden variegated threads (I really love these Aussie threads), in the package I also included a scissor and measuring tape pack, a lucky Chinese mobile phone charm (which I had bought in Hong Kong), some of that fabulous Australian made Udder Cream which I keep raving about, I cute nail file and a little circular fabric box for keeping little bibs and bobs in.

Now, you might have noticed that I have put a hazy border and slightly angled the photo.  I actually did this in Word.  We have just moved to Office 2010 at work and we have been able to buy a very cheap version for our home computers.  Then on Friday I went to a PD on all things Word 2010 and how to manipulate images was one of the things we were taught.  Cool, isn't it?

I have been promising some photos of Cinderella for a week or so now.  So, here are two pics in order of progress:

Isn't it funny, that depending on how you take the photo and the light,  the fabric looks a different colour?  (Sorry, I should have ironed the fabric for the second photo - me just being lazy as my ironing board is downstairs)

Yesterday, I baked the birthday cake for my DF Cathy's 50th Birthday party for our Mother's Group - over 23 years and we still meet regularly.  Isn't Cathy a youthful 50 year old?  The Cake is a White Chocolate Mudcake.

One last thing to show you today - one of my Older Finished Works.  This is a quilt I made for DS2 about 8 or 9 years ago.  It is all hand quilted.  There is also a pic of a flannel cushion which I made around the same time and DS2 appropriated for his own use.  DS2 is now 19 but still sleeps with both of these items made by his mummy! lol!

 Well, off to stitch and watch something light on TV - it is a lazy Sunday afternoon.  I am off to Sydney very early (the taxi is coming at 6, which means that I will be up at 5) for work.  Back on Tuesday night.  So, probably no blogging until then.  Have a good start to the week everyone.



shez said...

lovely post Kaye,love what you sent in the friendship swap,yummy mud cake and how sweet that your son loves his quilt and pillow still.xx

Nicola said...

The cake sounds scrumptious could you share the recipe?

beagleAnnie said...

Your quilt for DS2 is so lovely and the birthday cake looks so yummy, Kaye.

Lesleyanne said...

Lovely exchange sent. Love the photo. Great quilt and cake.

Gill - That British Woman said...

lots of wonderful photos to greet me on a cold snowy Sunday morning,

Gill in Canada

cucki said...

very sweet exchange sent..
aww yummy quilts and cake..i love everything so much..
hugs cucki xxx

gracie said...

Beautiful quilt....
I think I may give Office 2010 photo a try.

Shirlee said...

Great looking things Kaye ... especially that cake : ) Blessings, Shirlee

Sally said...

Beautiful photos Kaye. That cake looks delicious.

Love what you stitched for the exchange. Who is the designer please?

Linda said...

Hi Kaye. I love the cinderella piece. The exchange pieces are great and that cake sure looks yummy.
Thank you, I received the chart you sent and I love the little charm.


Mangogirl said...

gorgeous stitching :D

Ewa said...

I love quilted things! I've always wanted to learn but never have. Beautiful!

Anne said...

Lovely exchange you sent to Pam! I like the experimental photo too :D That cake looked like it was probably gone within a few minutes! Your friend looks fabulous! Gorgeous quilts too!!


Stitching Noni said...

Yummy cake! I am reading this at 7am on the train to work & now I have a craving for cake!
Your exchange gift is lovely and your partner will be very happy to receive it.
Love your quilts & cushions. Can't wait to see more Cinderella. Hope the trip went well

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