Two days ago I had to have my lovely and faithful companion Charlotte helped over the Rainbow Bridge. For a few weeks she had been having trouble with her back legs then suddenly she could not walk at all. I am devastated by the decision I had to make but Charlotte celebrated her 20th birthday 6 weeks ago so I knew I wouldn't have her much longer. Love you Charlotte and already miss you so much.
Charlotte now joins her sister Emily who died 2 years ago and they will be together again. And like Emily, Charlotte will have a private cremation and her ashes will be placed with Emily's in a family grave.
Daughter S visited to offer her sympathy and gave me a lovely bunch of yellow flowers.
Now I have no cats and I don't think I ever will again. The trauma of their passing is just too hard to take.
Another amazing design from Teresa Gil. This one is based on the dress princess Diana wore on her visit to Thailand in 1988. The colours are so pretty and this design will be easy to stitch. I think an enthusiastic beginner could attempt this with no trouble. Teresa loves half stitches but there are not too many and also some sparkly threads and some beads to make the finished sampler even prettier.
Princess Diana is wearing the dress the design is based on.
I have started my cross stitch and am using my favourite 14ct Aida in white.
Teresa charts her own designs and then stitches them herself. So you know she has already found any problems and sorted them out before she releases a chart. Unlike some computer generated charts that no one has ever test stitched and can be almost impossible to stitch.
I am no good at links but if you want to buy this design just google Teresa Gil cross stitch designs.
Remember this Teresa Gil design? The Queen in her Coronation robes, it was my challenge for last year but I think only took 8 months to complete. The Diana sampler should take less than half that time. I will give regular updates.
As for William and Kate-I was becoming so bored with the wedding dress stitching I was only too happy to pack it away for now (forever? who knows). For now I am happy with Diana and my pink threads.
This famous photo is called The Sun Baker and was taken by well known Australian photographer Max Dupain in 1937 at a beach not too far from here I live.
This similar pose was taken about 1990 and the photo was taken by Anne Zahalka and belong to the Art Gallery of N.S.W collection. I am showing these photos as a dreadful warning especially to the young boy with pale skin and red hair. I hope he put a shirt and hat on and went straight home after this pose.
This is a photo of Mr Linens aged about 19 long before his face and body became scarred from skin cancer and melanoma. Sadly Mr Linens died on 2nd February of squamous cell carcinoma. I wrote on this blog 3 years ago about his operation and radio therapy treatment but the cancer spread and nothing could be done. His brother died 20 years ago of melanoma. Growing up shirtless, shoeless and hatless under the Australian sun killed them both.
I don't like the first two photos, I don't want to see anyone on the beach trying to get a sun tan, IT Will Kill You.
Having got that message off my chest I will now grieve in private and my blog will return to happier things.
Hard to believe but true. Charlotte is 20 years old today. I thought she was going to spend the day under the cover in my bed so placed her gift and cake with candle on top of her on my bed.
When the day became too hot to stay under the covers Charlotte moved to a cooler room. Meanwhile she was able to take a phone call and listen to family members singing Happy Birthday. Still no telegram from the Queen? next birthday for sure Charlotte.
A quick demonstration of her birthday gift which I admit she tried out a bit early. It is a head massager for human heads but Charlotte loves being brushed, combed and then massaged. There are rubber tips on the end of the prongs and I think she would sit all day for this to be run through her fur.
Happy Birthday my sweet Charlotte and hope you have many more. Apart from sleeping a bit more Charlotte is in good health and shows no sign of her age.
On this day we also remember Charlotte's sister Emily who died 2 years ago and say a big thank you to Margaret who allowed me to adopt Charlotte and Emily 7 years ago.
Charlotte and Big Ted join me in sending Happy Christmas Wishes to all. Ted is wearing a new outfit and Charlotte loves the net skirt Ted is wearing so they are both happy.
The worst/funniest Christmas gift ever?? That's me on the left, my sister on the right and we are wearing the sun hats given to us by our paternal grandmother many years ago. The hats really can't be considered the worst ever gift if we are still laughing about them so many years later. My grandmother had so many grandchildren we were lucky to get anything at all. Some cousins in the same age group would have received the same gift.
Some sad things have been happening in my blog world and 2015 might not be much better but I am determined to do lots more posts next year. One exciting event to look forward to is Charlotte's 20th birthday in February. Still waiting for your party guest list Charlotte!!
Found on eBay, a Royal Visit 1954 cushion cover. Haven't seen this design before and I've framed it but it can revert to a cushion cover any time as I did not cut into any of it. I bought the frame at an op shop sale months ago, knew It would be perfect for something one day. By a bit of shuffling around I even found space on the wall for this treasure.
Love these little embroidered coronation brooches and the one on the far right is new in my collection. Top left is not embroidered. I could stitch some of these brooches myself as I have old embroidery transfers. It's on my 'to do' list. The brooch bottom right has a loop for a chain so could also be worn as a necklace
A compact from the Silver Jubilee still has the Max Factor face powder intact. I could use it but the shade is a little too dark for me. I've had the other compacts for a while, one even has an embroidered cover.
This little collection of coloured cups and beakers is growing and I know there are more colours out there to collect. The two on the far right are from the 1937 coronation and are made from Bakelite the rest are plastic and are either coronation 1953 or royal visit 1954.
My William and Kate wedding cross stitch is coming along slowly though I have been working very hard at it. Trouble is there are so many odd stitches and I keep losing my place. Now I have to mark off every stitch as it's worked. I had even thought maybe I could just do William and not Kate but her hand is already in the crook of his arm so she will have to be stitched too. Do not attempt this sampler unless you are a real lover of Royalty like me.
Now I have 3 dressmaker models. The first were bought at the op shop and were not cheap to buy. I found the latest one at the side of the road put out for rubbish collection. It was in my car in the blink of an eye and dressed in a T shirt I already had. I also had some more Charles and Diana wedding panels and quickly made a skirt. The skirt now matches the curtains and bed quilt in that room.
The models are perfect for displaying aprons. The latest apron with the scalloped edge was bought from an Etsy shop in Canada, Vicki over at Saffron's Strawberry Patch alerted me to it.
Can you believe it? Edward VIII abdication speech printed on a silk scarf. I have seen two of these of different colours so perhaps they weren't so rare in 1936 but I am pleased to have one in my collection.
Next post I will give an amazing household hint of how I am displayng this scarf and the Queen Victoria one from the previous post.
Prepare to be amazed and no the ceiling is not being used.
Great news from the Palace, I'm sure this baby will equal Prince George in being so cute.
Charlotte shares my excitement.
There will be more samplers to stitch and souvenirs to collect for the new baby. Meanwhile I have taken on a huge stitching challenge. William and Kate in their wedding clothes. This will take me a year or two to finish and there will be more baby samplers to stitch. Charlotte I wish you could sew and help me.
Beautiful new apron arrived today for my collection. Hand embroidered of course. I think this is the one I will choose to wear on 'Tie One on Day' ( an apron I mean) November 26th.
An interesting scarf is now in my collection, made for the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria it shows a lot of detail about her family and the highlights of her reign. On the 9th September 2015 Queen Elizabeth II will pass Victoria's record reign
I know the house is becoming a bit crowded Charlotte but the swans stay. Don't worry I will find space for new Royal Baby souvenirs.
Went to a cat show on Sunday. The judge has declared this British Blue a winner.
Oh No. Shock Horror. I think a flea was found on this cat. The shame of it all. Will the owner ever recover. I think the cat is receiving counselling to cope with the disgrace. Cat and owner will never be able to show their faces in public again. But I still love you White cat.
Life is a bit stressful and busy right now and not much blogging is being done but I must show a few new treasures in my collections. This beautiful Coronation 1937 cushion cover arrived today. I have framed it but it is still a cushion cover, the excess fabric is taped to the back of the frame. I think it will display much better on the wall. When I find space for it that is.
From the same seller this pretty apron. A bit like Bo Peep looking for her sheep.
Another lovely apron in striking colours, both aprons expertly embroidered.
This eBay apron advertised as 'quirky' and it is that. An old apron but someone at a later stage has edged it with black nylon lace. An interesting addition to my apron collection.
Went to my craft group today and found I had won this very pretty and warm rug crocheted by a clever member who produces a lot of these rugs for raffle prizes.
I had to move a display of 'royal' bears from this table so Charlotte could have her bed there on a day with no sun. The hot air from the air cond. comes right down on the spot where she is sitting.
Charlotte and I were admiring this rainbow from the back door and while we were arguing about which one of us us should go and pick up the pot of gold rumoured to be at the end of every rainbow it disappeared.
Your fault Charlotte.
A while since my last blog post but I have been busy and I have met a new blog friend. Vicki from Saffron's Strawberrypatch lives not far from me and has an amazing collection of Australian pottery. Vicki invited me to her lovely home and trusted me to open her cabinets and touch her precious collections.
I love the Kookaburra jugs Vicky has in this cabinet, you can see them on the left.
Lots of Pokerwork on display again my favourite was a Kookaburra. Pokerwork was very popular in the 1930's.
Another cabinet with some Aboriginal designs on the pottery, very popular in the 1950's.
Vicki also paints and this is some of her work. Then we had a cup of tea together and though our collection are so different we had a lot to talk about and soon Vicki will come to my house to see my collections.
This is my small collection of Australian pottery. I love lustre ware and Vicki kindly gave me the lustre vase with flowers you can see in the middle. Thank you Vicki, I love it. I stopped at an Antique Centre on the way home and bought the small lustre vase on the right.
My growing swan collection most of them lustre ware.
Today would have been the 80th Wedding Anniversary of my parents. Stanley Oliver and Ella Kate. The others in the wedding party are the younger brother and sister of the groom, Les and Elva, and the flower girl is Joy, a niece of the bride. I love the long train mum has which I think is coming from her veil, not the dress. Wish I knew the colour of the bridesmaids dress but if I ever knew I can't remember.
The wedding was held at the local Methodist church with the reception at the bride's parents house. There was no honeymoon, they moved straight into a nearby rented cottage.
Remembered with Love.
UPDATE: A family member had a newspaper report of the wedding.
The bridesmaids gown was apricot georgette with cape to match. She carried a bouquet of blue lupins and sweetpeas with tulle and streamers to match.
Arrived in the mail yesterday, a pretty mug rug made by Gina over at 'Patra's Place of Stitching and Vintage Linens'. Gina mentioned on her blog that it was being made for someone who loves cats and London and I thought then that it has to be for me. Thank you so much Gina, I love the musical cats.
The mug on the rug is a Saturday bargain from the Salvos. A queen Victoria mug, perfect. The daffodils are from the supermarket and my first bunch of the season.
The other side of the mug rug shows views of London and also the other side of the Queen Victoria mug.
The rug is expertly made, thank you so much for thinking of me Gina, I won't know which side to use first.
Charlotte still hibernating.
While at the Salvos on Saturday morning I spotted these Damart shoes, brand new and just my size a bargain at $4
The first stitches are in my William and Kate wedding outfit. So far it's all shades of white and cream, looking forward to stitching William's red jacket.
Cat lover, collector of British Royalty memorabilia, Anglophile,avid reader and cross stitch addict. Keen op shop, market, collector fairs and ebay shopper. Mother of 2, Grandmother of 2 and I have one Birman cat Charlotte and mourn the loss of her sister Emily.
Not very tall, not very slim and more bad hair days than good. Don't like cooking or gardening so recipes and gardening hints will never appear on my blog.
To sum me up, think minimalist, I am the opposite.