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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.

My fellow stitching kittens

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Summer Postcard Blog Hop

As usual, the wonderful Jo from Serendipitous Stitching always makes blogging so much fun for us all with her Blog Hops.  The current one is the Summer Postcard Blog Hop.

My postcard is from Sharon of Shebafudge:

 "Our garden has always been important to us.  When we lived in a 2 up, 2 down terrace with a tiny back yard, we filled it with pots to bring colour.  When we moved to our current address we cut all the conifers down and planted clematis, honeysuckle and climbing roses against the fence with all sorts of things in the one bed we had.  The yard has filled over the years with a variety of pots, plants, bulbs and baskets. 

Colin used to enter the Gardening Competition run by the local council and won 2nd prize one year and 1st prize the following year.  Sadly this fell foul of cuts and is no longer run.  Then we branched out into growing our own fruit and vegetables whilst we waited for an allotment to become free - 3 years we waited for our allotment!  

My favourite flowers include fuchsias (probably my most favourite EVER!), sweet peas, carnations, roses, lilies, irises and clematis to name a few.  I love anything that is highly scented.

This year our garden has gone absolutely mad!  There is one area on the way to the car whereby you can only JUST get through without brushing past the plants.  Considering this is supposed to be the full width of the house, that's not bad!  My favourite plant in the garden at the moment is the Potato Tree. This has grown this year, boy has it grown!  It is now the same height as the garage roof and about 8 feet across and probably 6 feet out into the garden.  It is covered in a mass of little blue flowers with bright yellow centres (http://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/97176/Potato-tree-Glasnevin/Details)"

Ooh, I wonder who will get mine?  My garden is in Winter at the moment so no beautiful flowers to show in my garden like Sharon's.  However, Spring is around the corner!


RIP Deborah

I am so sad today as a dear blogging friend to many of us, Deborah Faris Bryant has sadly passed away.

Debbie you will be greatly missed by us all.  Condolences to your family and to all of your friends,  both those who know you in person and those of us who were your online friends.

Blessings on you all and take care of yourselves.


Monday, 18 August 2014

Taking a little break from blogging .....

I am taking a little blogging break as I have been so busy at work (I have a new book going to press this week) plus I have finally caught the office cold/flu (thank you to all my dear colleagues, who are just so willing to share - lol!) and my Mac is playing up as it needs a good house cleaning (it has finally decided that I have too many photos and too many ebooks sitting on it clogging up the hard drive) as it is on a bit of a go slow at the moment.

I promise that I have been stitching and finishing some pieces for giveaways, etc, and I am reading and commenting on blogs, but I am finding it hard to add photos to iPhoto at the moment, so until I can get my laptop spring cleaned, I will leave the blogging for a while.

Promise to be back soon, with some finishes and my stitching progress, once my Mac and I are well again

Love you all,


Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Buttons, Buttons, Buttons....

I was in Sydney last week/weekend on a work trip but lucky for me, one of my lunch time meetings was in the Historical Rocks area.  And in Nurse's Walk there is this marvellous button shop called, aptly, Buttons, Buttons, Buttons.

So, naturally, a little bit of Button Stash Empire building took place!  Now, as you scroll down through the pics, you might notice that there is a bit of a theme occurring - can you guess what it might be?

Yep, you guessed it!  Lots of cat buttons - I am not obsessed, am I?

Have a great day,


Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Fantastic Giveaway

Hi everyone, Chris is stitching this lovely piece for her 6th Blogaversary:

 Isn't it lovely!  Who wouldn't want to win this piece, handstitched by the gorgeous Chris?

Well, hop on over to her blog, to join in the fun!

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