Today's the day! For a party and a Mystery Giveaway!

For the Grow Your Own Blog party! 

Welcome to all of the party goers - I hope that you enjoy visiting everyone's blog.  Please follow the link above to see who is partying with me.

For those of you who are new to my blog, I will tell you a few things about myself that is not on my header above:

  1. I have been on blogger about 18 months or so and I am absolutely hooked!  I have made so many good online cross stitchy friends who have enriched my life immensely.  Thank you!
  2. My dear online friend Ginny, started me on this blogging journey when we "met" when I was searching for a Henry VIII Cross stitch pattern.  Funnily enough, Ginny doesn't blog all that much anymore but we still keep in touch on FB - Thank you, Ginny.
  3. Now, talking about Henry VIII - I am mad for the Tudors, so I have several Tudor WIPs plus some I am planning to do - so watch this space!

4. Basically, I am a passionate historian and luckily for me, that is what my job is now.  I work as a publisher of History books for a large educational publisher here in Australia.  It is a great job and I love it - although working full time does cut into my stitching time!
5. As well as stitching, I read a lot - last year I read 120 novels.  This year I plan to read 150.  You can see what I am reading on my Shelfari shelf on the sidebar of my blog, if you like.
6. This year I am trying to be more organised with my stitching.  I am involved in a number of SALs and PIFs and one exchange so far.  I find that I am one of those people who the busier they are usuallythe more they can achieve!  

Now, I thought that you might like to see the most recent picture of me:

Lastly, I promised you a mystery Giveaway for reading this post.  Well, the mystery is that I have not yet decided what the Gifts will be!  Yes, I said Gifts.  That is because I am going to have two Giveaways: one for Australian bloggy friends and one for Overseas bloggy friends.  So, here are the rules:
  1. You must be a follower of this blog - new or old, it does not matter.
  2. You must comment on THIS POST only, telling me that you would like to be entered in the Giveaway.
  3. In your comment, please tell me if you are an Aussie or Overseas bloggy friend and please include your email address and your blog address.
  4. The Giveaway closes on Feb 1st, winners' names will be drawn on Feb 2nd.
So, thanks for visiting, enjoy the Blog Party and good luck for the Giveaway.



Renee G said…
I am a new follower of your blog as Renee G on GFC, and would love to be entered in your giveaway. I am from the USA.
Hi Kaye,
I'm an Aussie cross-stitch blogger and would love to be entered in your give-away.
cucki said…
hello deary, its me cucki :)you know me..
please count me in thank you..
love for you and enjoy your day x
Fiore said…
Hi my dear, do you remember me? I'm Fiore, an overseas friend of yours ;-) !
This post is very nice and hope you count me for your mistery give away.
As for me, I have my fingers crossed!
xoxo have a nice day.
Ellen said…
Hi, I'm to your blog. Would love to join your giveaway, thank you. I'm an overseas blogger from Singapore.

Emma/Itzy said…
I feel like I know you better for reading this :)

I would love to be included in the giveaway, I would fall in to the overseas category!

Emma xo -
Anonymous said…
hi Kaye lovely pic,i am aussie and a anonymous follower.xx
Sandie said…
Hi Kaye - I'm a follower of yours from UK. Loving the trail through these Grow your blog links. Please can I enter your giveaway -
Katy said…
Have been a follower of your blog for awhile from the US. I share your love for the Tudor age, though I haven't started any WIP's for that yet...I'll definitely be watching yours!
Cathy Pavlovich said…
I always enjoy coming here, Kaye! Love to see what you're up to.
Catherine said…
Now I can put a face to your name when I read your fun posts! Your job sounds very interesting. My family enjoy history and visiting historical places as well. I am an overseas follower and my blog and email can be found in my profile! Thanks for giveaway chance!
CalamityJr said…
What a fun blogging party! Thanks for sharing information about yourself. I'm a follower from the USA but with no blog of my own. Mystery giveaways are always exciting; thanks for hosting one.
Musicwoman said…
A mystery giveaway is so exciting for me. I am a follower of your blogg and I belong to the overseas follower.
I have no blogg for my own but do enjoy reading bloggs from all over the world. Hopung that you'll have a good year 2013
Wolfie said…
hi kaye, am writing this on my kindle, who has his own ideas on autotext...hope i get it right. :) i am a Swede living in Scotland with my Sri Lankan husband. I do all sorts of crafts, but my first love is cross stitching. Started aged 12. like you i love books, and since i got my kindle, i have read many and collected even I would love to take part in your giveaway:) my blog is x ylva
Hi Kaye,

Count me in as an oversees bloggy friend (USA). I do so enjoy watching your progress.
Linda said…
Hi Kaye. You know me, I'm your SAL buddy. I would love to be entered in your giveaway. I live in California (but you knew that). lol

Yana Hanim said…
Hi Kaye thank you before for the mystery giveaway :) I am your follower and would like to be entered :) I am overseas blogger

Kaisievic said…
How can that be? I know who you are!
Bea said…
Kaye, loved to read the extra info you put in your blog. A mystery giveaway sounds like fun.
Hi Kaye,
That's so neat you found yourself a Henry VIII cross stitch. I also enjoy reading and learning about that time period!
Sarah Beth said…
I would love to be entered in your giveaway:-)
i'm a new follower - from USA, Virginia born & raised & loving it. i love your falling hearts ... so fun. i wish i could catch them. ha. ha!! would love it if you would stop by my blog & say hi. have a great one. take care. ( :
karamino said…
Hi Kaye! I following you near to 1 year (not a good commenter but)) and I enjoy reading your blog! I am overseas blogger from Turkey/Ankara and of course I want to enter to your giveaway) Mystery sounds so mystery:) I have a suprise giveaway for to selebrate blog party)
have a nice weekend
Christine M said…
I'd love to be counted in on your giveaway. I've been following you for a while now Kaye. I'm not really sure how I first got onto your blog but I love seeing your lovely cross-stitches. I'm an Aussie. In fact, I don't live that far away from you!
Cheryl said…
Wow, there's a lot of action at your blog! Fun to visit and see those creative juices at work. I'll be back soon.
EvalinaMaria said…
Are you having fun? I certainly do! I would love to be included in your giveaway.
Hi, lovely blog found you through the party. I'm in England so other side of the world to you. Please include me in you giveaway. Looking forward to more posts from you soon. B
pippirose said…
I`m a new follower, and I`d love to be included in your giveaway. I`m in Canada.
pippirose59 at gmail dot com
SoCal Debbie said…
Hi Kaye, welcome to the party! You know I'm a long-time follower and SAL buddy! Please enter me in your drawing for Overseas bloggers. I'm in the USA.
Terri said…
Hello Kaye, I am here for the Grow Your Blog party...I am happy to meet you!
You have a lovely blog, especially with all those sweet hearts floating around. How cool! Your stitching is divine! And your giveaway....that would be wonderful!
I am one of your newest followers.
MarchAnn said…
Hi Kaye, glad I found you blog its very well set up and I have read many great posts. Your stitching is great.
Please include me in your giveaway.
Valma said…
150...ho my , I'll try to read at least one this year, hehehehe =D
I'd love to enter your giveaway, overseas friend of course =)
happy stitching and reading sweetie
big hugs from France

Nice to meet you in this party.:)

There is a giveaway on my blog,too.

All the best.:)

I am an Overseas blogger...:)
hueisei said…
Greeting from Malaysia!!
Nice to meet you at the party!
Beautiful blog and I love your mystery giveaway...
I am looking forward to more inspiration posts from you :D
Found you through the GYB party! Thanks for the great giveaway.
Shannon Meyer said…
What a great blog. I would like to be entered into your giveaway. I reside in the USA, so I'd be an overseas entery.

Kate said…
Hi Kaye, you know me, I'm a follower from Brissie. Please enter me in your giveaway.
You know mw Kaye, and I am a follower in Canada.

McKenna C. said…
I love mysteries! I am an overseas bloggy friend, and I'd love to be entered!

Parsley said…
How fun! Please enter me.
Laurie said…
Ooh, we have a lot in common! I have a Shelfari, too -- love reading, love history, love writing! Nice to "meet" you!
Gizzimomo said…
I'm a new overseas follower from the UK, love your blog and I share your passion for Henry VIII and all things Tudor! I'd love to be entered into your giveaway!
lynda said…
I already love reading your blog, but wanted to say hi from the's taking me awhile to get through all these wonderful blogs...this has been such fun! I wold love a chance in your giveaway too. Thanks!
ariadne said…
Hi!I just came from McKenna's but I have been here before in the past. I am an English teacher that's why and your love for the Kings of the British History on cross stitch is exceptionally inviting!Please count me in on your giveaway!
Hello Kaye

How lovely to meet you via our dear friend Vicki's Grow Your Blog Party!
Isn't she just the kindest person in blogland.

Happy Australia Day!!!

I live just around the corner really - well you have to jump rather a large ditch first but that's nothing to us in these parts!

Aussies are so very close to the hearts of all New Zealanders especially our ANZACS. As nations we have so much in common – a cousin kind of feeling!

Anyway back to GYB - we have much in common I love history and I like to stitch.

You are a very busy lady and I look forward to see your stitching finishes this year!

I’m your newest follower.
I do hope you'll pop over the ditch and see me too and enter my GYB Giveaway!
Enjoy the party.
Shane ♥
Wagapapa said…
Mistery giveaway, it sounds funny! Please enter my name on the overseas list :D

Have a nice day! xoxo
Ann said…
Hi Kaye,
It sounds fun your giveway so I want to enter your drawing as well! :-)
For me this is also a chance toget to know you a little bit better (I love your stitched pieces b.t.w.).
Kind greetings,
Ann from Belgium :-)
mybearsnme said…
What a lovely blog - and I bet you have chocolate there too! Not that I have a fixation on the stuff here in Canada, lol...I found you through the blog party - if you need a giggle - come and visit me at
retdairyqueen said…
Hi Iam about to become a follower and would love to be entered in youe Aussie giveaway
Your cross stitch is lovely
retdairyqueen said…
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I love the Tudors too! I'd love to chat to you about a book I read on Elizabeth I many years ago. It made many allegations that I've never found anywhere else.

Anyway, I am a follower of your blog. I am a ex-pat Kiwi living in Canada. My blog is and my email is

I've only been blogging for a short while, but I'm loving it so far!
ps - i forgot to add that I'd love to be entered for your Aussie giveaway.
Lija Broka said…
Wow! I remember the time that I could read quite a few books ... but not as many as that. I should probably count how many I manage a year one day.

Can you please enter me in your giveaway. I am UK (so not the shiny country everyone here dreams of living in).
Eek! I hope I'm not too late. I'm trying to catch up to all the blogs and I just saw that you're having a giveaway. If I'm not too late, please include me. I'm a follower and an Overseas blogger :D

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