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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

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Oh, how nice it is to win a Giveaway... or two!

Well, my life is on the improve, for as well as receiving Cheryll's lovely PIF the other day, I also won and received two giveaway gifts.  Lucky me!

But first I must say a BIG thank you to all of you for the lovely supporting comments you have made - it has made me feel so much better. I love my stitchy friends in blogland. Now, on to sharing my great pressies:

The first was from the lovely Rahenna, when I won her "Oops" giveaway:

Isn't this such a pretty pattern?  I love Little House Needlework designs.

The second gift was some absolutely gorgeous metallic threads which I won in the lovely Karen's giveaway.  I especially love the purples.

Now, just to finish, I have my very late TUSAL jar - it is really starting to fill up.  So, I must be getting some stitching done. lol!

Thanks for visiting,


P.S. Don't forget to enter your name in my PIF if you are interested on this post.http://kittenstitching.blogspot.com.au/2012/08/on-happier-note.html

Monday, 27 August 2012

On a happier note ......

.... I have been lucky enough to receive a Pay It Forward (PIF) from Cheryll of Gone Stitchin'.

A PIF is when someone sends you an unexpected handmade gift.  Well,  I was lucky enough to be one of three people chosen by Cheryll and the other day I received this in the mail:

Aren't I lucky - I have been using all of the pieces like mad - so useful and so beautifully made.  I love the scissors - so me!

Now, part of the PIF scenario is that I in turn PIF  three of my wonderful bloggy, crafty friends.

So, if you would like to receive a handmade gift made by me, which will be sent sometime during the next twelve months, then please just leave me a comment on this post and I would love to make you something special.

Then, if you feel so inclined you can do the same for three more wonderful friends.

If I have more than three takers than I will pull names out of a hat - in the time-honoured way.

Lots of stitchy hugs,

P.S. I will keep the PIF open for at least a week.

Sunday, 26 August 2012

Oh Dear!.....

[Warning: long post]

Oh dear, I have not blogged for what seems the longest time (24 days now!!!!!)  and I have really missed it.  I have had a chance to catch up with a few blogs but my blog reading has been sporadic at best - not like me at all - and it has taken me a week to write this post!!!!! There have been a number of reasons for my absence from blogland and if you  are interested please read on, I promise that there are a couple of stitchy pics at the end and, of course, a Furio pic!

Here we go:

1. My DFIL (nearly 86 - who lives with us) collapsed when he was out visiting some friends and was taken by ambulance to the hospital where he was diagnosed with dehydration and a urinary tract infection.  Apparently because he had the UTI he had stopped drinking water as it was painful to urinate and this is a real worry as he only has one kidney.  TraderVic and I are finding it increasingly difficult to look after DFIL as he is becoming more and more difficult in his behaviour and about dealing with his health properly and this puts a lot of pressure on us as we both work full time.  However, luckily, DFIL was only in hospital for a couple of days and is home again but we are still very worried about him and what the future holds and what the best way of caring for him is going to be. [And you might remember that only a couple of weeks before that my DM (90 yo) was in hospital with pneumonia - so I am quite exhausted with worry and concern.]

2. My arm was burnt by a hot cup of tea.  DS2 kindly made me a lovely cup of tea but then proceeded to spill some on my arm!  As it was freshly made the tea was boiling hot and my skin blistered almost straight away - it was very painful for well over a week.

3. Work has been frantic - I have had to forensically analyse a number of our publications to get them ready for a new concept which we have been working on - this involved very close scrutiny on my computer screens (I work with a double screen) - the pressure was really on to get it done within a very short time frame - so it has been very intense and absolutely exhausting and makes it very difficult to face getting onto a computer to do any blogging, no matter how enjoyable it is.

4. Plus at work we have had the removalists in as the part of the business which is in Port Melbourne and the part that is elsewhere is being brought together into one, new, state of the art building in the DBD (yay! I will be able to train it in, in less than half an hour rather than a one hour or so drive through peak hour traffic!).  However, we have been culling our shelves and reducing our storage for over a year now and now it has really heated up as the move is only a couple of weeks away so as we sit and work the removalists are packing up boxes and removing shelving, etc.,  around us!  Necessary but quite disruptive!

5. Olympic fever hit the house - my family are SPORTS MAD!  We Aussies love a good Olympics and my family is no exception!  DD is planning to be a Sports Journalist so it was Olympics, Olympics, Olympics all day and nearly all night.  This was really disruptive to my sleep patterns as even though I might go to bed, everyone else was up half the night, which made it hard to get a good night's sleep - so I would lay there worrying about my parents, DFIL, how to get all of my work done, what we were having for dinner tomorrow night, how on earth am I going to fit any exercise into my day/week/life?  you know, all the usual stuff.  However, they do all now they all have Olympic hangovers - lol!

6. I "bought" a new toy - using my flybuys points from supermarket shopping at Coles - an ipad!  I am loving it, but playing with it and learning how to use it has taken up more of my very little spare time.

7. Lastly, all of this stress, worry, overwork and lack of sleep has led me to develop a skin condition on my face called Rosacea.  You can read about it here but I warn you, at its worst the pictures of sufferers are quite upsetting if you do decide to follow further links.  I am finding having this condition (I have a sore, red rash plus acne type pimples - DD and DS2 say that I have some sort of medieval disease - I used to teach both of them medieval history at High School - it made me laugh, did they mean leprosy or the plague? lol!) rather stressful in itself as it is right in the middle of my face and whilst I have lots of body flaws (being overweight for one) I have always been praised for my beautiful skin and whilst I try not to be vain I am finding it hard to deal with this condition.  The doctor has put me on antibiotics for SIX MONTHS! and an antibiotic cream, as well and I have been told that it will be a slow process.  And, of course, one of the triggers is stress and as I said,  I am under a lot of stress at home with DFIL, worried about what will happen with my mum and dad (at their age they will not be able to live on in their own home for much longer) and now I think that I am back where I started!

Thank you so much for "listening" if you have read this far - now for a bit of a reward - some stitchy and Furio pics:

I have been working on my Secret Santa Swap and whilst I cannot tell you what I am doing, I can show you some sneak peeks.

I am also doing the Lizzie Kate Mystery Halloween SAL and here is my progress so far.  Lots of stitchers are doing this one and it is a fun stitch so far:

And to finish off, here is a pic of my darling Furio.  One of my colleagues came to my home to work with me the other week.  Furio, of course, needed a cuddle and here he is snuggling into my dear colleague.  She, of course, was trying to get some work done!  But she did love the cuddle and tried to smuggle Furio home with her!  lol!

Well, I am finally done.  Thank you so much for listening - it means a lot to me.


Thursday, 2 August 2012

Furio in disgrace!

I came home from the supermarket yesterday and as I went up the spiral staircase to my bedroom I noticed this one little feather on the step.  I thought to myself "I wonder where that has come from?"

 Then I turned one twist of the staircase and saw this, with Furio looking rather sheepish (but he ran off by the time I got my camera):

Then I got to the top of the stairs and this is what I found ..... feathers everywhere!  But no sign of a bird?.....

Then I went back downstairs to find Furio guarding the corpse (it is in the little blue cat igloo on the left, not in my basket of clean and dry washing, thank goodness)

I think that he had been trying to bring his prize to me as a gift, as our bedroom is at the top of those stairs but luckily I had closed my bedroom door or else our bed would have been covered in feathers!

Needless to say, Furio knows he is in disgrace and he is skulking around the house somewhere, just trying to lay low until he is forgiven.


Wednesday, 1 August 2012

An amazing Dollhouse.... Weekend away in Olinda Part 4

This is my last post about our weekend away in Olinda (which seems so very long ago now - sigh!) but I just had to share with you this amazing dollhouse which we saw in the village of Sassafras.  It belonged to the much married (for her times) Dame Zara Bate nee Dickens but whose second husband Harold Holt was seventeenth Prime Minister of Australia.  Harold Holt was the Prime Minister who tragically drowned on the Mornington Peninsular, his body was never found, allowing all sorts of outrageous conspiracy theories to form.  For example, he was really a spy and he had been collected by a submarine and taken off to live a life of luxury in some other country.  

Anyway, Dame Zara obviously had a privileged childhood as you can see from this magnificent dollhouse.  Enjoy! 

Isn't the detail amazing?

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