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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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Saturday, 29 April 2017

Gifted Gorgeousness SAL_April Update

I know, I know, my blogging mojo seems to be in a bit of a hiatus!

If you look at my sidebar, you will see that I started the year racing, straight out of the blocks - with 19 posts for the month, the next few months were less than half that and this post is only my fourth one for April and the month is nearly over!  


Oh dear, I wish I knew where my blogging mojo has gone but I am still stitching A LOT, however I am finding that I am using Instagram a lot more (and then I share to FB and Twitter).  If you would like to follow me on social media, my user name is Kaisievic (or you can see some links in my sidebar)


Lately, I have also been posting more on two of my other blogs - Kitten Stitching and Friday Frolics and the Americana SAL - so you can check out what I have been up to there, as well.

Anyway, I had better get on with the post - there is lots to catch up on


So, here is my very late (fourteen days and counting) Gifted Gorgeousness April Update.

Now, if you do not know what I am talking about ...

Gifted Gorgeousness (or GG) is a SAL run by the wonderful SAL Mama, Jo from Serendipitous Stitching.  Basically, on the 15th of each month, we post anything which is stitchy gift-related.


.... and I have so much Gorgeousness to show you - I really don't know where to start!  

But start I will, with the Tea Cup and Mug Exchange, organised by the wonderful Stephanie from the The Enchanting Rose.

This was the Tenth Tea Cup and Mug Exchange that Stephanie has hosted and I decided to enter into both.

First of all I received this gorgeous tea cup and other lovely gifts from sweet Libby.  



Thank you so much, dear Libby, I l love everything and thank you for your lovely letter, too - I promise to email you very soon.

Then I received this great mug package from Augusta - more lovely goodies, thank you, my dear.




And this is what I sent...

My Mug package for Janae.


... and my Tea Cup package for Tanya. 
(sorry for the sideways pictures)




Such a wonderful exchange, thanks for organising it, Stephanie.  Click here to see the big reveal post on Stephanie's blog.


Next up is the Easter Exchange, which I hosted.  Not sure if I will host one again, as I am not sure I have the time to commit to the administration of it.

I sent my Easter gifts to Ariadne.  


This is what I received from dear Carmie (no blog)- I love the needle book, thank you, my dear.


I also have a couple of other GG projects....

This is my progress on "Afternoon in Paris" by CCN, which I am stitching for a friend's 60th birthday.


and here is my progress on "Nutcracker Sampler" (the design was gifted to me by my dear friend Melinda.)


I have nearly finished the Santa nutcracker.  I am thinking that I will back stitch each nutcracker when I finish him - that way the back stitching won't be too overwhelming.  What do you think?




Okay, I am finally done with this post.

If you would like to check out all of the other wonderful GG posts for this month, please click here.

Have a great weekend, 

hugs, 












Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Lest we forget!

Thank you for your service to our country, Dad.

I love you so much and I am so proud of you.  You are an inspiration.  

You know, Dad told me recently that, despite his few troubles when he was younger (three and a half years in the infamous Changi POW camp) and losing my mother at the end of 2013, he was a very lucky and contented man!  An inspiration indeed.

Then:


Now!  97 years young.



hugs, Kaye

Sunday, 9 April 2017

A very late Smalls Update_March...

Hello, Hello, a very late Smalls Update for March for me, I am so sorry!

But here is my Smalls finish:






                                     Do more of what makes you happy
Abbey Rose Designs
32 count grey spot linen
A mixture of suggested floss and my own choice of overdyed.

Phew! Just made the link up with three hours to spare!

Stitching Lotus Ornament SAL

The Smalls SAL is hosted by Stitching Lotus

If you would like to see everyone else's Smalls, please click here.

hugs, 


P.S. I just realised that this is my first Smalls SAL post for the year - but I don't want to miss the Link up, so April will have to be a catch up post. lol!


Sunday, 2 April 2017

The Alphabet Club_Saturday Detention for U

                        

                              









 

                     IS FOR 

                       ULURU

Yes, that great big rock in the middle of Australia!




 And as you can see from this rather fuzzy diagram below, it is HUGE!

I have been privilege enough to visit Uluru in September/October 2014 and it is absolutely amazing!  Here are some more pics to show you (not mine but from the internet).






Beautiful, isn't it?

But did you know that recently, Uluru was like a waterfall?



Quite amazing, isn't it?

Of course, Uluru is a sacred site to the original inhabitants of this land, the Anangu people and the National Park is jointly managed by the Anangu and Parks Australia.

If you want to read and see more about this amazing place, please follow this link to the Parks Australia site - it is well worth having a look at.


Anyway, that is all from me for the Letter U but let me explain what The Alphabet Club is all about ....

  It is the brainchild of Chiara from The Grey Tail and Jo from Serendipitous Stitching and is loosely based on the premise of the movie "The Breakfast Club" - you can see the button for The Alphabet Club on my right sidebar.

On the first Saturday of each month, members of the club have "detention" and have to post about something that will enlighten others about their culture (as blogland is so diverse).  Of course, there should/could be something stitchy in there, if possible (although I seemed to have moved right away from that premise as the months have gone by, instead focusing on boring you all with quirky facts about Australia - lol!)

Each month will be a different letter of the alphabet - hence the club's name - and, of course, we started with "A" and now we are up to "U".

The Alphabet Club

You can see everyone's Alphabet Club posts, here.


hugs,
 








Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Check it out.....

My progress on my Down Home ABCs by Jean Farish on the 

In the meantime, here are a couple of kitty cat pics - Nobu and Furio (I think the latter is trying to suggest a new variegated floss colour).



hugs, 



Monday, 20 March 2017

Gifted Gorgeousness_March Update...

I must begin this month's update with an apology to a dear bloggy buddy, Sharmayne from Country Fragrance, as last GG post I forgot to post about the wonderful exchange gifts she sent me for the Initial Heart Swap, which is run by dear Cheryll every year.

But first, in case you do not know what I am talking about ...

Gifted Gorgeousness (or GG) is a SAL run by the wonderful SAL Mama, Jo from Serendipitous Stitching.  Basically, on the 15th of each month, we post about anything which is stitchy gift-related that we have been up to that month.

Anyway, dear Sharmayne sent me the most gorgeous journal cover, some jelly beans and a sweet crocheted heart.



In turn, I sent her a little pillow, with the year and her initial on it, a bear tin and some chocolates.


With a cat postcard, of course!


Great swap, Sharmayne, thank you so much, I love my new journal.

Next, I have a languishing WIP, which I stitched on for Friday Frolics a week or so back ....


"Noel Blanc", the design was kindly gifted to me by my dear Jo, from Serendipitous Stitching, of course!


Noel Blanc
Designer: K
Designer: A  Mon Ami Pierre
Fabric: 28 ct Willow (I think that is what it is called.)
Floss: Suggested DMC threads

The true colour of the fabric is closer in the second pic. I must say it looks much prettier in real life

 The last time I stitched on this piece was in August 2015!  So sorry, Jo, I could not believe that so much time had gone by before I touched it again but now it is definitely back in my rotation (which seems to get bigger by the day - lol!)

Next up is a sweet Easter stitch all finished for a friend.

Spring Celebrations design by The Primitive Hare.  It is a freebie which you can find here.




... and this is another FFO for a friend from my Book Club (the stitching was completed in September 2015)


Lastly, I have started on this gorgeous nutcracker Christmas design, kindly gifted to me by the delightful Melinda from Family Business.


It is a really sweet design from an old magazine and features five different nutcrackers standing to attention all in a row, with an alphabet above and surrounded by a candy cane and heart border - just adorable - all in time-honoured Christmas colours.

Thank you so much, dear Melinda.

Well, that is all my GG for this month.

Please check out this link for all the wonderful work of the other GGers!



hugs, 







Wednesday, 15 March 2017

February WIPocalypse Update....

Hmmm, I am thinking that my WIPocalypse is going to be even more of an epic fail this month but let's see....



WIPocalypse
WIPocalypse is hosted for us by awesome SAL Mama, Measi's Musings.

Each and every month we have to share the projects we want to complete before the End Of The World.  

Following dear Jo's lead, I have chosen my "17 in '17" which are the 17 projects I want to focus on this year.  You can see the full list on this post here.



I have finished both January and February (and February is actually framed - by me).





Project 2: Imaginating - Halloween Happiness



A bit behind on this design, I seem to be struggling with this drunken witch - I am going to go try to get her into some sort of order shortly!


Project 4: The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery - The Twelve Days of Christmas






Now, this is one project that I am on target with - yay!

Hmm!  Only three WIPocalypse projects worked on this month - yep, EPIC FAIL! 

.....and I can tell you, March is not shaping up to be any better - what is wrong with me?????  Oh, I know, I have a very serious condition called Startitis!  lol!

Oh dear, maybe I am not cut out to be a WIPocalypse type of gal?????

Okay, see you soon, off to work in a minute or two...



                                                    hugs,









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