Tuesday, July 17, 2018

July TUSAL

It's new moon so soon and we have crossed the mid-year mark!

Here's a picture of July ORTS and also progress on Rose
ORTs outside are from June-July stitching. The ones in the jar are year-to-date

I love the way Rose is shaping up and how the colors are really working together. As I near the end of this piece, I have begun looking for a good and simple design for my next project. That is going to be a gift as well to another one of my cousins

That's the update from this side of the globe today friends. Till next time.. take care.. keep stitching.. be happy.. Au Revoir!!

Monday, July 9, 2018

Framed up and A new start

I got 3 of my most recent finishes framed last week

It took me about a year to finish stitching this!! I remember starting this in the first week of Jan 2017 and put in the last few stitches on 2018 New Year's eve (31 Dec 2017)!!!
The BookShelf by Little House Needleworks

Being a coffee lover that I am, I have been wanting to stitch a coffee pattern for ages and was hunting for a good pattern. I found this pattern on Pinterest and fell in love with it. Here's the pattern - https://pin.it/3tcd4dlwrjw2l3
This is a gift for a very dear friend. She loves coffee as much as (if not more than) I do and our friendship grew over cups of coffee. We met in June 1998 and this year, as we celebrate 2 decades of friendship, what's a better gift than a perfect cup of coffee!!

 This was a no count long stitch kit from anchor. I worked on it for more than a year definitely and I have absolutely no clue when I finished this
I found this finished piece hidden in my crafts chest while searching through my stash for threads!! I had to get it framed. I gave this as a gift to my parents

Isn't it an absolute pleasure making things for others and what happiness we feel when we see the happiness on the receiver's face. 

I have started working on Rose, which is also a pattern from Pinterest. Here's the link to the pattern - https://pin.it/g2g7fwp6b2psjr

I am stitching this on perforated paper and using all threads from my stash. This year I am trying to use up as much material from my stash as possible and put them to good use
The original pattern was a blue rose. But as I did not have any of the called for shades of blue, I swapped to a Red Rose. I think the shades are really working out well together, and I am very happy with the change. I was really scared how this would turn out as this is the first time I am ever changing the shades so drastically
This is going to be a gift to one of my cousins, who has been asking me to stitch something for her

That's all from me today friends. Signing off on a happy, high, satisfied note. Till next time.. Take care.. Be happy.. Keep stitching.. Au Revoir

Monday, July 2, 2018

Some Beading & What's next

After a long time V and I had a marathon beading session over the weekend!! My beads stash is much bigger than my cross stitch stash and I have been wanting to get cracking on them for eons now, so finally got down to actually doing it

Here's what we did
This one is a gift for a very dear friend



This is V's bracelet and ear-ring set


I am really happy about the way they all turned out!!

My first choice for next project was this kit below which I bought in 2001 during my first ever trip to the USA. I picked this up several times only to put it back safely
The black background is all completely stitched and not black cloth! When I opened the kit, I only saw the black threads required for the background and all the other threads missing!! Then I remembered that during one of the times I 'picked up' this kit for stitching I sorted out the threads and out them 'safely' in an envelope. Now I am unable to find that envelope, it's really safe even from me!!! I turned my craft chest upside down and found several things that I did not even know I had stored in there, making me highly nostalgic!!

So, after a whole lot of rummaging through my patterns library, books and pinterest I have finally zeroed in on my next project

It's going to be this simple rose pattern that I got from Pinterest
I do not have the shades of blue called for in the pattern. So, I am replacing all the blue with shades of red. This is the first time I am ever making such a huge change and deciding on colors myself!! Hope it works out well. This is also going to be a gift to one of my cousins, so fingers crossed that I am able to finish this in a timely manner and the colors work well

That's it from me today friends. Till next time.. take care.. be happy.. keep stitching.. Au Revoir!!

Monday, June 25, 2018

Coffee Finish!!

Can you believe it, I certainly am not able to believe it that I already have 2 finishes this year!!

I simply loved working on it and love the way it has turned out. This is going to be a gift to a very special friend and so makes this all the more special for me :)

I am still trying to decide what my next project is going to be. Till next time.. Take care.. Be Happy.. Keep Stitching.. Au Revoir!!

Sunday, June 17, 2018

June Tusal & Coffee Progress

I have made quite some progress on Coffee

Here's the TUSAL for the month - all from Coffee

That's about it from me today friends. Till next time.. Take care.. Be Happy.. Keep Stitching.. Au Revoir

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

More Recipes

V and I are continuing with trying our hands at new recipes from the stash. Sharing with you today 2 more new ones that we tried recently

White Chocolate Mud Cake

My husband loves anything white chocolate and we had to try this one out for sure. I was totally dead on the day V wanted to bake this and was not in a mood to bake at all. So, this was totally her bake and it came out really well
The original recipe is available here - http://floursandfrostings.com/eggless-white-chocolate-mud-cake/

Next recipe we tried is also a white chocolate one!! This is a recipe from Nigella's show called Nigella's table

We used crushed Bourbon biscuits and caramel sauce as topping. Nigella used ginger biscuits as base but we could not get ginger biscuits, so had to use Marie biscuit. If we had used ginger biscuit it would have tasted even better
Here’s the link to the recipe - https://www.bbc.com/food/recipes/white_chocolate_22234

That's about it from me today friends. Till next time.. Take care.. Be happy.. Keep stitching.. Au Revoir!!

Sunday, May 20, 2018

TUSAL - May 2018

A very short and sweet post to show you my ORTS jar as of May - year to date

and a picture of where I stand with Coffee


As promised, this is a very short post friends. More very soon. Till then.. take care.. be happy.. keep stitching.. Au Revoir!!