This past week I’ve been at home taking a break between jobs. Unfortunately, the government’s 3% efficiency cuts has affected my job. The unit  where I’ve been working for the last 7 years or so was one of 3 Curriculum Support centres in Western Australia and our role was to provide professional support to private and public training providers. I loved that job 🙂 It was me to a ‘T’ – research, innovation, networking, writing courses, translating technical training language into practical instructional strategies. Our unit closed down on 30 June, and I’ve been on a temporary placement at the Department of Education and Training since then. Last Friday 31 July was my last day there, and my workmates presented me with the most wonderful bouquet of flowers.

Flowers from work

Flowers from work

Pink and white Day Lilies

Pink and white day lilies

chrysanthemums, orchids and carnations

chrysanthemums, orchids and carnations

I’ve been enjoying this bouquet all week as it sits on our large kitchen/family room bar.  While I’ve been grieving the loss of a wonderful job, I do believe that as those doors closed, other doors and oppotunities will be opening up for me. 

In the meantime, I’m having fun  at home relaxing, stitching and getting the garden ready for spring.Today I had lunch with a few close friends and we enjoyed such lovely weather. Feels like spring already in Perth – but I know we will experience  a few chilly mornings yet!

From the stitching point of view, there’s been a very happy ending and some very vigorous happy dancing happening at my house  😆  Kindness is finished and my how I loove it! I can’t help myself…. it’s so beautiful!

BOAF Kindness Sampler with Vintage Mocha Belfast + DMC threads

BOAF Kindness Sampler with Vintage Mocha Belfast + DMC threads


Closeup 1

Closeup 2

Closeup 2

This one is going to be framed very very soon. It would be a crying shame to leave it rolled up in a drawer.

Happy stitching 😉

Certified X-stitch addict and lover of tea, fabrics and beads. I work in the vocational education and training sector and in my spare time potter around in the garden growing roses. I'm mum to two adult children of whom I'm very proud.

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7 comments on “Endings…
  1. Patti says:


    The flowers are just beautiful. I am so sorry about the cutbacks and the loss of your job though.

    Kindess is just gorgeous. But then again I know first hand how beautiful your stitching is.

    Lots of Love

    Patti xxx

  2. Gaynor says:

    I am sorry to hear about your job. I love stargazer lillies…they are beautiful. I hope something turns up soon. ((hugs))

  3. KarenV says:

    I’m sorry to hear about your job Pokua, I hope that you find something else soon.

    Congratulations on your finish, it’s gorgeous!

    Oh and I know this is very belated, but thank you for the friendship award, I really do appreciate it 🙂

  4. Lisa V says:

    Hi Pokua, your finish is beautiful, cant wait to see what you do with it.
    We still must catch up, I dont work on Friday’s, so if you are free on a Friday soon maybe we can make it then.
    I will wait to hear from you.
    Hugs LISA V

  5. Valerie says:

    So sorry to hear about the loss of your job. I hope another great opportunity crosses your path soon!

    Lovely BOAF finish!

  6. Cindy F. says:

    So sorry to hear about your job, but love your attitude! I hope you’re blessed with an even better one very soon:)

    Kindness is soooo beautiful!! Congrats Pokua!! I’m happy dancing with you!!

  7. Pouka, Kindness is stunning! Who is the designer? This is one I NEED to stitch!

    Sorry about your job loss. Something will come along for you soon. I’ll keep my fingers crossed.

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