Grow Your Blog Party

Today's the day! For the 2014 party and a Mystery Giveaway! (Sorry to those of you who visited me for the party last year, as I have borrowed a little bit from that post!)

For the Grow Your 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 had this blog, Kitten Stitching for nearly three years now and I absolutely love it!  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 and I started a FB group called Tudor Tuesday SAL - if you are on FB, love the Tudors and would like to join, just let me know - here is a link to the FB group.

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 - in 2012 I read 120 novels, in 2013 I planned to read 150 but as my mother was very ill last year (she passed away on November 25th) I read far less than this.  So,  this year I am aiming for 120 again - I have already read 11 books this year so I am on my way.  If you are on Shelfari or Goodreads you can see what I have read/am reading there or  you can see what I am reading on my Shelfari shelf on the sidebar of my blog, if you like.  I always read several books at once but my main book at the moment is the wonderful "The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak but more of that in another post.
6. This year (as every year) I am trying to be more organised with my stitching.  I am involved in a number of SALs and PIFs and two exchanges so far.  I find that I am one of those people who the busier they are usually the more they can achieve!  

Now, I thought that you might like to see a picture of me as a young girl, with my sisters:  (Can you guess which one I am?)

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 comment on THIS POST only, telling me that you would like to be entered in the Giveaway.
  2. 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.
  3. The Giveaway closes on Feb 14th, winners' names will be drawn on  Feb 15th.
So, thanks for visiting, enjoy the Blog Party and good luck for the Giveaway.



newfie princess said…
Hello :)

Just found your blog through This and That's Blog. I would love to be entered in your give away! I am overseas (Canada). I am your age and love stitching too. My blog is here and my email is

Hope you get lots of people to the party!
another Canadian here!!! I would love to be entered into the draw.
KimM said…
Kaye - Please count me in - I'm an overseas follower.
Hugs to you -
Lisa V said…
I've been following your blog for a while now as I also cross stitch and quilt now.
I am an Aussie blogger and all my details are in my profile.
Would love to be entered in your giveaway please.
Linda said…
Hi Kaye. Enjoyed reading a little about you. I am going to say that you are the little one on the right. I would love to be entered in your giveaway. I live in California.

Anonymous said…
Hi Kaye i am a happy follower and i think you are the littlest on the right,i am aussie and would like to enter your giveaway.xx
Barb said…
It was fun learning more about you and what a cute photo! I would love to enter your give-away and as you know, I'm overseas in the US.
Melody said…
I'd love to be in your giveaway and as I'm lucky enough to have met you in person, you know I am a Melbourne girl.
Cath said…
Hello Kaye, I am a Queensland follower and I too love all things Tudor! I was thinking you were maybe the sister in the middle. :)
Cath @ Bits 'n Bobs
Hi Kaye - I would love to enter your giveaway as you know I'm an aussie and a frequent visitor to your blog but it's good to know a little bit more about you ♥ I'm guessing you're the youngest.
Christine said…
I think you are the little one in that photo.
Please enter me for the draw (overseas version as I'm in England)
Wendy said…
Hi Kaye. I'd like to enter please. I'm from New Zealand - do you class that as the third island of Australia or overseas? thanks.
Vickie said…
Hi Kaye! Fun to learn a bit more about you today. I am guessing you are the youngest sister? Please count me in your overseas giveaway. Thank you.
P.S. I am praying for the "two fathers".
Jewells said…
G'day Kaye... great blog... I am an Aussie and I would love to be in your giveaway.
Kate said…
Nice to meet you, Kaye. I am visiting from Canada.
Kay said…
The Grow your blog party is fun. I occasionally drop in as I love cross stitch too. I live in England and would love to be entered for a surprise.
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What a great blog presentation!
Congratulations for reading so many books! I can't make it over 30-40 every year and I thought I was good. I have that thing though not to start one unless I have finished the previous one!
So I'd love to be in your giveaway, I am a follower and live in Greece!
And you are the little sweet girl the youngest of all in the photo, right?
I had to delete the previous comment I left as I had forgotten to add my e-mail
and blog
Tazzy said…
Hi! long time lurker here from the USA, and while I don't leave as many comments here as I use to, I still enjoy looking at your blog and see what's going on in your side of the world.

I'd love to enter your contest.
gracie said…
Wonderful introduction about yourself. Glad I was able to visit with you today.
Donna Heber said…
Hi Kaye,

I'm visiting from the Grow Your Blog party. It is nice to meet you. I plan to look around a bit more and then be on my way to visit the others. I do hope you will stop by for a visit and enter my giveaway. Have a wonderful weekend! Hugs – Donna
KimM said…
RATS! I'm so sorry I missed signing up for the Grow your Blog Party! Hopefully I'll catch it next time -
Tami Von Zalez said…
Gifts, did you say gifts? Hi there, I'm an overseas blogger from northern California. Puhleeze enter me in your giveaway.

Give me a holla at tvonzalez at

Visiting from GYBH - come on by for a visit.
Lynne said…
Hi! I just stopped by via the Blog Party. It's great to meet you. I'm a cross stitcher too.
Jan Gartlan said…
Lovely to read more about you. What a fabulous job you have. I will definitely join your FB group after I finish a few WIPs as I love tudor designs also. I am an Aussie (Taswegian). Are you the youngest sister? Such a cute photo.
Christine M said…
I'd like to join in your giveaway, Kaye. Having been lucky enough to meet you in person, you know I am a local girl! Hugs, Christine
PS I think you are the youngest in the picture!
lynda said…
Hi Kaye...just stopping by to say hi from the Party. Love reading your blog always. I would love a chance in your giveaway too...overseas.
Anonymous said…
Nice to meet you Kaye, love your stitching ♥

yes we're moving, house will be on the market in February and we are moving into town into a smaller place when we find one. I wrote about it here:
Angela P said…
Lovely post, so nice to learn more about you :)
hi there. i'm Beth from E. Lizard Breath Speaks - so nice to meet you through the Grow Your Blog get together/party. ( :

we love Canadian - been there 2 times hoping to get back soon.
sew.darn.quilt said…
Hi Kaye.It's a pleasure to meet you. Your stitchery is lovely, I've never seen Tudor character charts before, they look wonderful.
I've become a new follower from Canada :)
Dear Kaye,

I would like to participate in your giveaway with my new blog.
I am from Serbia.


Claudette497 said…
I'm glad to learn about Tudor stitching! I'm a history fan too, it's fun to see that there really are patterns out there for every interest!
I loved reading this post, Kaye! I'd love to be entered into your giveaway. I'm an overseas follower, as you know :D
Chris said…
Great post Kaye! So nice to know more about you :)
Sharmayne said…
Hello Kaye, Its lovely to visit you here and find out a little more about you through the GYB post. I see you also love cats. I am an Aussie with 2 blogs you might like to visit at some point in time.....

Big Hugs, Sharm
creations.1 said…
Hi kaye - I am already a follower - it is lovely to learn more about you and I would love to be in the giveaway -;
Emily C said…
I would love to be entered into your giveaway. I live overseas.
Claire said…
Hi Kaye, thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a lovely comment :)
It took a while to find the GYB post - you have A LOT of blogs listed on your profile :D
But I'm here now, and I'm an overseas blogger in the UK - lovely to meet you!!
I'd love to be entered in your giveaway! I'm from overseas all the way from Sweden!
Valma said…
Obviously you are the young little sister ...
are you on the right of the picture ? =)
If possible I'd love to enter your giveaway =D
big hugs from France
Caitlin Jordan said…
Hey kaye I'd love to be entered I live in Queensland so I'm in the Australian draw :-D
Stitching Noni said…
Gutted that I completely forgot about the big event!!! Oh well, I can still have fun going around the blogs on the list :)
Lovely to see you as a little girl - I suspect you are the youngest one - but I could be wrong as I am so not good at picking people out from their childhood photos!!
Would love to be entered into your Aussie draw :)
Hugs xx
Sarah and Dan said…
Overseas blogger friend, and your swaps are so creative!
AnaCristina said…
Hi! from Brazil! I would like to be entered in the giveaway.

Nice introduction! Are you the cute little one on the right of the photo?

As you know I'm overseas and you have both my email and my blog address!
Good Morning Kaye....I popped over to see what the party was all about and lucky for me you have a giveaway happening! Wow, how do you read so many books in a year, full time work AND stitch...that is amazing!

Of course this Aussie Chick would love to be in your giveaway! My email is

blog is

Thank you Kaye...and Happy Reading!
Dawn Castrova said…
Hello , my name is Dawn your my one stop on the blog party, Hope that I soon will be friends with all of you cyber neighbors. I just say that 600 plus bloggers that sign up to the Party and I am only up to 107 whew a lot of good read and great giveaways. Thanks for this opportunity to join friends with you and be apart of your giveaway. Can't wait to see more of your great projects in the making. My site
Parsley said…
I'd love to be entered. I've overseas. :-) You knew that LOL
Cheryll said…
I'm your aussie friend and follower... fingers crossed for good luck in your giveaway! :)
Fiore said…
Kaye, I'm Fiore from Italia. Do you remember me?
I think you're the younger sister, aren't you?
Very interesting post about you. And please count me in for your overseas friends giveaway.
Baci e abbracci dall'Italia
SoCal Debbie said…
Hi Kaye, I'd love to be entered in your giveaway for Overseas bloggers! My blog is and my email is
KimM said…
Kaye - I'd love to be included in your give away!
I'm overseas (USA) -

Thank you - and Cheers!
Dasha said…
Hello Kaye, visiting via GYB party. Its been a great party, and it is taking me a while to visit everyone. I live in Australia and I would love to be included in the give away. Thanks
Patty Antle said…
Hi! I would like to be in your giveaway. I'm overseas. It's nice to meet you!
Greetings from St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada. Very nice to meet you. I'm an overseas blogger. Please include me in your giveaway.
Simply Victoria said…
What a great get-to-know-you blog post! I am guessing you are the cutie on the far right? I'd love to be included in your giveaway. I'm a U.S. girl.
Diana Petrillo said…
Hi Kaye--thanks so much for visiting me via the GYBP :) So nice to be making so many new friends and followers (I'm one of yours now!). Please enter me in your give away.
Blessings, Diana
Thoeria said…
No idea how I missed this post Kaye! What a lovely intro to yourself :) Way back when I used to read that much! Now I'm happy to get through a book a month!
macmillanmarie said…
Your blog is a delight - I have really enjoyed my time reading a few of our posts. Thank you for sharing.
Lija Broka said…
Hi Kaye! Just like me ... my giveaway was a mystery to me until recent too. I am from England.

Interesting reason for joining the blogging world!

Hope you are enjoying the party! (and it is not causing you as much stress as it me).

Wendy said…
hello nice to meet you! I live in England and would like to be entered in your giveaway. Cute picture of you and your sisters! I like what you said about the more you have to do, the more you achieve, I think I'm the same!
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