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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 March 2013

Mornington Easter Farmer's Market

Today, Easter Saturday, TraderVic and I and our Dear Friends, Linda and Terry, took a short hour's trip down EastLInk to Mornington on the Mornington Peninsula to the Farmer's Market.  We had such fun visiting all the stalls.  Here is TraderVic (in the foreground) and Terry (just behind him) ordering a coffee a the Red Rocket Espresso caravan, isn't it cute?

There were so many fascinating stalls, here is a sampling of just a few:

These are pet dining stations - can you imagine?

 These lovely ladies made the gorgeous greenware above.

 Look at these amazing play tents.

It was busy but not too crowded, thank goodness.

I did buy a few things; some Greengage jam, a new hat for the train trip to work on those cold days to come, some gorgeous strawberries and some French cakes - yum!

Now, I am home, writing this post, doing some Blog hopping and watching some TV all with Furio on my knee.

Happy Easter everyone,


Friday, 29 March 2013

Easter Treasure Hunt Blog Hop

Well, I am taking part in Jo's Easter Treasure Hunt Blog Hop, however, I have just had a nice sleep in (my first for ages) and just come downstairs to take a new photo for the blog hop to find that my camera battery is dead!

So, I will have to go with the photo of my one and only stitched chick!  (My plan was to get this piece finished by today but it was not to be!). Once my camera is charged, I will try to take some artistic photos of Easter chocolates - yum!

My letter for the Blog Hop is 


(that is a capital 'i')

The next blog you need to bunny hop to is the lovely Astrid's

Have fun everyone and Happy Easter.


Monday, 25 March 2013

Belated FNSI...

Not a lot done this FNSI or this past weekend, for that matter, I have been busy with stuff to do with my elderly parents plus a great day out to the Yarra Valley yesterday (pics to come in my next post).

Here is my progress on Autumn in New York by Primrose Designs:

... and Black Oak Lane by Full Circle Designs:

Have a good week, everyone,


Friday, 22 March 2013

A very Old Happy Dance and check out this Giveaway...

I was going through my linen cupboard the other day and way down the bottom of the pile I found this very old stitched hand towel (sorry yet again about the lack of ironing).

One end has Scottie dogs on it and the other end hearts.  Guess when I stitched this forgotten beauty?

That's right - in 1991.  This hand towel has done a lot of service in 22 years!

Also, I just wanted to tell you that McKenna of Chic Crafting is giving away another cute little octopus, her giveaway closes March 31st.

Love to you all, hugs,

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

One little chick....

Well, one little Easter chick is done just two more chickadees and Mama Hen and then it will be Happy Easter!


P.S. The wonderful Nancy of Victorian Sampler Motto Shoppe is having a wonderful Spring Fling Giveaway, make sure you enter and don't forget to mention my name if you go there from here.

Monday, 18 March 2013

IHSW progress....

A little bit of stitching here and there - how did you all go?

I have finally picked up one of my favourite projects again - Cinderella by Mirabilia Designs.  I do love working on her.  The blue fabbie is a dream to stitch on and the colours are so sweet.  I did a bit more of her dress and lots on the background castle (second pic). (but sorry about the lack of ironing - I took these pics this morning just before I dashed off to work.)

I also did some more  satin stitch on The Faerie Queene and the little bit of brown where the needle and thread are is the start of some one over one stitching.

Lastly, I started this Easter freebie design from sub rosa, she has some lovely free designs on her blog, well worth a visit!

Can you believe that I stitched about a dozen stitches on this and still had to frog!  So, this is Start #2. lol! (Not sure if I like this fabbie - it has a strange open weave).

Well, that is all from me for now,


Sunday, 17 March 2013

Farmer's Market

 TraderVic and I happened to stumble over a Farmer's Market at a local primary school yesterday morning.  This is the bounty of the Earth which we came home with:

Look at the size of those tomatoes!  And some Nicola potatoes to bake tonight!

 Last night we had this Crostata Mezza Mezza which is a frittata on a pizza base.  We had it with the lovely lettuce we bought.  Yum!

Well, the view out of my bedroom window is just getting wetter and wetter!  You know that heatwave I was complaining about the other day - it has broken and now we are having torrential rain! Careful what you wish for!

The final piece of news I have today is that Barbara of To Stitch or not to stitch is having a Happy Birthday Giveaway, you can check it out here.

Well, that is all from me, I hope that IHSW is going well for you all.


Saturday, 16 March 2013

My first attempt at "Designing"....

This is my first ever attempt at designing, with inspiration from other items I have stitched.  Somehow, Furio managed to sneak in!  lol!

This first figure is my DS2, with her long hair:

... and this is myself with my short hair and Furio:

I have plans to vary the design somewhat and stitch other versions for RAKs, I think.  


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Friday, 15 March 2013

Marvellous Melbourne....

In the 1880s, Melbourne, capital of the Colony of Victoria was one of the richest cities in the world, its wealth based upon the great gold rush of the 1850s.  Today much of that heritage remains in this great city, that I call home.

The view from my hotel room at the Grand Hyatt in Collins Street (this is when I was at my Company conference a few weeks back).

The sun rising over the legendary MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground):

Beautiful buildings along Collins Street:

An interesting wall water feature and a cute dog bronze statue at City Square, Corner of Collins and Swanston Streets:

More great architecture:

The cupcake shop (had to put that one in! lol!:

A family of statues:

The new Age (Melbourne's quality newspaper) building

The Yarra River (the river which flows upside down!)

The Polly Woodside:

I hope that you have enjoyed this mini tour of Melbourne.


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