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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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Thursday, 29 October 2015

October Smalls SAL report.....

Hello my dear fellow stitchers, as you will see, I have a few Smalls to show you this month:

First up is Liberty Starburst by Summer House Stitche works, this was stitched as part of my Americana SAL blog.

Now, I did make one change, if you look at the original pattern:

you can see that there is a piece of blue felt blanket stitched in the centre - well, do you think I could find that piece of blue felt when I was ready for it?  No way, Jose!  Nowhere to be seen, so I improvised:

... and made up my own centre, which I am actually really happy with.  I hope that you all like it, too.

Now, of course, as soon as I wasn't looking for it, I found it! lol!

Now, I have offered this pattern as a Giveaway on the American SAL blog and if you follow this link, you can find out who won!

Next, we have my Friday Frolics SAL/ FNSI/Prairie Schooler SAL finish from this post (love to double or triple dip! lol!)

Day 11 of PS's Santa's 12 Days of Christmas

I especially love Mr Fox in the bottom right hand corner.  Plus I have finished Day 12, as well, so now the set is complete:

... and lastly, I finished two Hallowe'en pieces:

Moon and Cider Apple Cider
Needlework Press
28 ct overdyed fabric
Floss: as per designer

My second Hallowe'en stitch is "Bump in the Night".  Again, when I saw this cute row of tipsy houses, I just knew that I had to stitch this one, too!

Bump in the Night
Tempting Tangles Designs
JCS Hallowe'en Ornie Mag 2015
28 ct overdyed blue fabric
Floss: I chose my own overdyed threads from my stash

I must admit that I am thrilled with both of these finished pieces - each have their own special brand of spookiness.

So, there you go, a very productive month of stitching.

If you want to see how everyone else went with their Smalls this month, you can check them out here:  Stitching Lotus



butterfly said...

What great stitching Kaye you have been busy.
Every thing looks Fab.

Pull the other thread said...

Wow fantastic stitching and lots of amazing finishes/

Jacquie Morris said...

You have been a busy stitcher!! All looks wonderful :)
Your santas look great all together finished..... Brilliant.
Love the Halloween stitching, fun!!
Wondering what your stitching next...
Smiles :)

shez said...

Hi Kaye ,your work is always stunning xx

Mii Stitch said...

Great stitching & finishing!
Love Moon & Spider!!!

Vickie said...

Liberty Starburst is really something special!

Carm said...

Busy month for sure! Lovely stitching and so many finishes. Have a great week-end! By the way your link to me to Halloween Ornies. Loved looking at all of them.

KimM said...

WOW! Have you been busy, or what?! Lovely, lovely - as always!

Sandra die Puppenhexe said...

There are so many beautiful things to see with you again . Every embroidery is very beautiful you succeeded . A great mix , especially like today the moons .
Greetings Sandra

Bea said...

Liberty Starburst is so pretty - love the colours. The Halloween designs are really cute - especially the houses.

Marie said...

So much lovely stitching. I especially like your PS pieces! I like what you did in the center of Liberty Starburst.

Carol said...

What a productive month you've had, Kaye!! I really love the Halloween designs--especially the moon and spider piece. It's always a good feeling to look back at your small finishes at the end of each month :)

Maggee said...

Love what you did with Liberty Starburst--it is a nice piece! And I especially like the Moon and Apple Cider one... never saw anyone do that one before--it is cute! Hugs!

Linda said...

Oh wow Kaye. Congrats on all of the lovely finishes.


Heather said...

Lots of lovely stitching. I like the center you made better than the original :). My favorite piece is the moon and cider the moon looks awesome!

Daniela Bencúrová said...

Wow, dear Kaye, a month have managed a lot!
All the great work!

Thoeria said...

You have been busy busy busy Kaye!!!! I love them all....especially your Halloweenie stitchies :) And the Santas all together.....just gorgeous!

Tiffstitch said...

Great finishes!

Margaret said...

I love all your finishes! Those Halloween ones take the cake though. Fantastic!

Barb said...

So many wonderful finishes. You have been very busy stitching!

Maria del Valle said...

Beautiful finishes!! I love the colors!

Brigitte said...

What a productive month you have had. And a month full of finishes. So great for the Santas and the Americana piece, and even two Halloween finishes, yeah! Both are so different, fantastic!

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Gorgeous stitching, you've had a very productive month. The SALs are obviously good for you!
I like your changes to the first piece.

Sarah in Stitches said...

Wow, look at all these finishes! That's amazing. They all look amazing. I particularly love Liberty Starburst! You did a great job with the center :D

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