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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, 31 October 2012

Happy Halloween Blog Hop!

Happy Halloween everyone!

If you are taking part in Jo of Serendipitous Stitching's  Hallowe'en Blog Hop, then you will want to know what the mystery letter is.... here we go....  It is ......


Now, I am going to vary the blog hop a little (I hope that you don't mind, Jo) but one of my friends at work made this amazing skull cake for another friend's birthday.  It is just right for Halloween.

A progress pic.

The finished cake - isn't it stunning?
Now, please go visit Heather at "It's Geek to me" for the next letter.

Happy Halloween everyone, and I hope that all our friends in the U.S.A have all survived Hurricane Sandy.  My prayers and thoughts are with you all.


Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Too Blue.....

Oh dear, I am feeling SO BLUE at the moment that I didn't even feel like stitching last night and I had been so looking forward to working some more on my MiddleEarth Map SAL.  (Sigh!)

I am just TOO BLUE, instead of being my usual TRUE BLUE (which is a phrase we use here in Australia for being Dinky Di or All Right, Mate).

Hopefully, I will be out of my Funk by tonight and get some good stitching time in on one of my many projects.

Anyway, I wish everyone a good day, and my prayers and thoughts are with everyone on the East Coast of America - I hope that Sandy blows herself out soon.


Sunday, 28 October 2012

So clever.....

One of my History authors sent me this great picture of a poster from the London Underground - isn't it clever?   (.... and you all know how passionate I am about the Tudors)

...and here is a kitten pic. No, not Furio, but this is Chili. Chili is the fur baby of one of my work colleagues.  You must agree that Chili has quite a commanding presence!


Saturday, 27 October 2012

Ta Da! The Winners are....

It took me ages today to work out all of the winners of my 11 Days of Kaisievic's Birthday Giveaway but it was great fun!

So, without more ado, hang onto your hats, here we go......

Day 1 Gift: "Coming Home" by Cathy Armstrong

Winner: AnaCristina

Day 2 Gift: "Appetando" by R and P (3 cross stitch designs)

Winner: Catherine

Day 3 Gift: Hand Hottie

Winner: Chiara

Day 4 Gift: Fabbies and mini soap

Winner: McKenna

Day 5 Gift: A trio of pinkness

Winner: Gill

Day 6 Gift: Alphabet Sampler by Thea Governeur

Winner: Kate N

Day 7 Gift: 3 magazines (2 x Homespun, 1 x Donna Hay)

Winner: Fiore

Day 8 Gift: Lucas' pawpaw ointment and Udder hand cream

Winner: Queen of the Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries

Day 9 Gift: "50 Quick and Easy Crafts" Magazine + 2 fat quarters

Winner: Gill, that British Woman

Day 10 Gift: Wooden Ornament Cross Stitch Kit

Winner: Shez

Day 11 Gift: 3 x Christmas Magazines

Winner: The Gingerbread Gem

Could the winners please email me with their snail mail addy at KayeDeP@gmail.com

If I don't hear from you in a day or so I will follow up by email.

Please be patient, it might take me a week or two to get all of these parcels sent out around the world.

I wish that all of you who had "played" with Kitten Stitching could have won a prize but don't worry, there is always next time.  So, please keep visiting my blog.  I do appreciate each and everyone of my followers and visitors.  I am nearly at 250 followers - so I can feel another Giveaway coming up very soon.....

Have a great weekend everyone, I am having a Furio cuddle whilst having a nostalgia moment watching the original Star Trek TV series with a cup of tea, some chocolate teddy bears and about to start some stitching.


Monday, 22 October 2012

IHSW update...... and a Happy Dance

For IHSW I worked on a few different stitchery projects:

  1. Some Christmas projects 
     2. A new start - aaaaghhh! I must be mad! -  Another HAED start:"All the world's a stage"

     3. Day 1 of Santa's 12 Days of Christmas (my SAL with Linda and Debbie) - FINISHED! and

     4. Day 2 of Santa's 12 Days of Christmas  - progress made!

Here are some pics:

I hope that everyone has had a productive IHSW, too.

Don 't forget to check out my 11 Days of Kaisievic's Birthday, Giveaway on my previous posts.  closes on Friday.

I would also like to thank everyone who has joined in the fun so far.  I wish you luck and I apologise if I have not had a chance yet to answer your comments/emails.


P.S. Don't forget to check out the other great Giveaways listed on the sidebar of my blog - you never know, you may be extra lucky!

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Day 10 and 11 Gifts of 11 Days of Kaisievic's Birthday Giveaway....

Oh dear, not quite sure where yesterday went... well, I do because I actually did lots of errands and had a nice lunch outing - but anyway, the day disappeared and all of a sudden I had forgotten to post my Day 10 Gift!

So here we go - Day 10's GIFT:

A wooden ornament cross stitch kit - 6 different designs.  Something a bit different, I thought.

And here is my FINAL GIFT - Day 11's GIFT:

Three Christmassy magazines:

Realistically, I cannot see me getting organised to work out all of the winners until next weekend.  So, this 11 Days of Kaisievic's Giveaway will be OPEN UNTIL FRIDAY, 26th OCT.  So, don't forget to join in the fun!  Just check out my other posts for the Gifts for Days 1 to 9.

I mentioned that yesterday I went out for lunch.  My DF, Anne, and I almost share birthdays - we are a day apart and a couple of years apart, too.  So, each year, we like to have a birthday lunch.

We usually go to this lovely cafe attached to a nursery, called Town and Country Gardens in North Balwyn.

We had a lot of fun.

Have a good day, everyone,


Friday, 19 October 2012

DAY 9 of 11 Days of Kaisievic's Birthday Giveaway

Hi everyone,

I hope that you are having as much fun with is Giveaway as I am?  It gives me a lot of pleasure to choose Gifts to offer to you all.

Here is DAY 9'S GIFT:

A craft book and two complementary fat quarters.

Comment on this post if you would like a chance to win this Gift and don't forget to check out the Gifts from Days 1 to 8 on my previous posts - you can enter for any or all Gifts but you can only win one.

Last night TraderVic and I went to the movies.  It is such a pleasure to now be working in the City, as we can now make spur of the moment decisions like this to go out.  I just walked (4 km) from my office to the historic area of Carlton (our Little Italy) where we met up and had a bowl of pasta and then went to see the film.  We saw "Beasts of the Southern Wild" - a really interesting film, I can recommend it.

Have a great day everyone, I am going to finish my latte, read a few blogs and then it is off to work I go.


Thursday, 18 October 2012

Days 7 and 8 of the 11 Days of Kaisievic's Birthday Giveaway....

Oh dear, I seem to be running  a day behind with my Gift-giving - not quite sure what has happened.  So, here we have Days 7 and 8's GIFTS:

Just comment on this post to let me know which Gift/s you are interested in receiving and don't forget to check out Days 1 to 6 on my earlier posts.  Remember you can enter the draw for any or all but can only win ONE Gift.


A trio of Australian magazines (not recent).  I thought that some of my overseas Followers might be interested in these.  Donna Hay is one of our most famous foodies and Homespun is a lovely quilting, with some stitching, magazine.


A tube of Lucas' pawpaw ointment - great for chapped lips and other minor ailments like minor burns, etc and some of my favourite Udder cream - this is a great handcream for stitchers as you can literally put some on and then stitch as it is non-greasy.  Two more great Australian products.

Must dash to catch my train...

Have a great day everyone,


Wednesday, 17 October 2012

A Winter Wonderland Giveaway...

Please check out the Winter Wonderland Giveaway at The Rusty Thimble.

Below are some of the great prizes which you can win!

hugs, Kaye

DAY 6 of 11 Days of Kaisievic's Birthday Giveaway

Well, here we are at Day 6 - only 5 more days of Giftgiving to go after this.....  (Update:  Sorry this is a little late but blogger was playing up last night! - Day 7 will be posted later today)

Don't forget to check out Days 1 to 5 Gifts on my earlier posts - you can enter for any or all of my Gifts (but you can only win one)

Here is my DAY 6 GIFT to you all......

It is an Alphabet Sampler Kit by a Dutch Designer - Thea Gouverneur - it contains the design, black Aida and the thread that you need to complete the design.  Rather stunning, don't you think?

Well, my birthday celebrations go on and on - isn't that fun?
Last Sunday night two of my dear friends (pic below) took me to the St Kilda Sea Baths where we had a great swim in the heated pools and then onto a yummy dinner at the restaurant next door where we had a great view of the setting sun over Port Philip Bay.
Whilst we were there this brightly lit vehicle came along and a Michael Jackson look alike did a dance for us.

Me (left) and my DFs Franca (back) and Heather (right)

Here is this month's TUSAL jar:  Filling up nicely!

Monday, 15 October 2012

DAY 5 of 11 Day's of Kaisievic's Birthday Giveaway

Hi everyone,

Here is DAY 5's GIFT:             (Just comment on this post telling me if you would like to win this gift).

A trio of pinkness:
 A sweet little notepad:
 A pale pink fat quarter:

 A very sweet cupcake soap (made in Australia):

Don't forget to check out Days 1 to 4 on my earlier posts (just scroll down) and to read the rules.  Remember: you can enter for any or all of the 11 Gifts but you will only win one Gift (gotta share the love).

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