Friday, July 20, 2012

TUSAL - July

I am late again for my TUSAL. Nevertheless, here it is

These are all from the April and May cottages.

Speaking of cottages, from the pictures I saw of May, I thought it was blue. But it turned out to be Teal. Am enjoying it :)

Till my next update.. Take care.. Be happy.. Keep stitching.. Au Revoir

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Mid-week update

I've decide to call my updates just that.. mid-week updates :)

The weekend was another stay-at-home weekend, where we cooked a bit and stitched a bit. Was lot of fun just to laze around and not do too much.

On saturday we had a nice dinner with Rotis and Reshmi kofta curry, recipe by Sanjeev Kapoor

It was a fat-laden one, with a lot of cashew, fresh cream, paneer and yoghurt :) So, needless to say it tasted absolutely yumm

V again wanted to cook something. So we decided to bake some cup cakes and try our hands at frosting and "decorating" if you may call it that

I think the initial attempt was not bad at all. I used vanilla and mint butter cream frosting. I did not have green food color, so used yellow for the mint. For the "art" we added some cocoa to the left over frosting and used that up too.

We then caught up on a movie called "No one killed Jessica". This is based on a true story and was an awesome movie

On the stitchy front, I have a fair amount of progress on May
So, that is all the happenings from this front today. Till my next update..Take care.. Be happy.. Keep stitching.. Au Revoir :)

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

And one more...

It happens that this is the second consecutive Tuesday that I am posting my updates. So, why not call it a Terrific Tuesday update. But then, what if I cannot continue each Tuesday?! Hmm, point to think

Well, I tried my hand at another new recipe over the weekend. It's basically a classic and very easy. The simple, yet classy Apple crumble.

Wow, I just love the flavors. Apple and cinnamon are a match made in heaven for sure. These days V wants to lend a helping hand at anything I bake. So I allowed her to put together the ingredients for the crumble topping. Am still a little scared to allow her to use the knife. So did the apple dicing myself. I got the recipe for the crumble from The Kitchn.

Guess what friends, I have completed April!!

Doesn't it look adorable. Love the colors. The french knot did not come out as well as it did last time. Did a "work-around" of a semi x-stitch there to fill up, haha

I really have to speed up on my pace to be able to achieve more. Just 4 finishes in 6 months is too less.

Welcome to all my new followers :) With that my dear friends I take leave now. Till next time.. Take care.. Be happy.. Keep stitching.. Au Revoir

Thursday, July 5, 2012

I have been tagged

Meari at Meari's Musings has tagged me - thank you sooo much for thinking of me Meari :). Here's how it goes:

  1. Post the rules.
  2. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post.
  3. Come up with 11 new questions.
  4. Tag 11 people and link them to your post.
  5. Let them know you tagged them so they can answer the questions.
Here are  Meari's questions for me:

  1. Do you have a SABLE (stash acquisition beyond life expectancy) situation?  You bet I do
2.      What is the most favorite vacation you’ve been on? Cannot call it a vacation exactly, but my first trip to the US

3.      Have you ever entered your stitching in a competition? Nope, am too slow for that :)

4.      Cat or Dog? Neither for me, am not a pet person

5.      Have you taught anyone how to stitch? Never had a chance so far. V would probably be my first pupil

6.      What is/are your favorite TV show(s)? Friends and Everybody loves Raymond

7.      What is your favorite stitching tool? Qsnaps

8.      What brands of floss have you used? DMC, Anchor, WDW

9.      Are you adventurous when it comes to trying new foods? Yes, as long as it is vegetarian

10.  Do you like kits or do you like kitting up your own? Prefer kits mostly due to the limited availability of supplies in India

11.  If you could do anything for a day, what would it be? Be all by myself beside a pool, read some, stitch some and relax some...
Now here are my questions:

  1. What kinds of finishing have you accomplished (flat-fold, pincushion etc)?
  2. What other craft forms are you interested in?
  3. Have you participated in exchanges/SALs?
  4. On an average, how many projects do you finish in a year?
  5. Who is your favorite supplier for cross stitch fabrics?
  6. Do you always change the recommended floss in a pattern or usually stick to the suggested?
  7. Your favorite companion while working on your project (I watch my favorite shows on TV)
  8. Do you take your project along when you are out on a vacation or visiting family?
  9. Have you worked on beaded projects - completely beads?
  10. How many hours of stitching time do you get in a week?
  11. How many countries have you visited and which one is your favorite?
Here are the people I have tagged:

Cyndi - Just One More Stitch  
Michele - Just another stitching blog 
Nima - Made to treasure 
Stitching Cat - Cat Tails & needles 
Melissa - St.John's stitcher 
Lorna - A bit of everything 
Shebafudge - Shebafudge 
Leslie - Stitching the pieces together 
Hopblogger - Remake remix re-use
Daffycat - It's Daffycat
Edgar - Blacksheep's bit of the web

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Mid-week update

Can I call it that, it's just Tuesday!! Anyway, here I am with what has been happening the past week.

The last week really whizzed by, well haven't all weeks been whizzing by for that matter. But for me it was even faster as I got to take the Monday and Friday off from work.
So, off I went to do some catching up on Friday. A new store has opened in town who import these great ingredients for baking. Decided to drop in there to take a "peek". Finally found some corn syrup there and some great varieties of cheese. Now friends, be ready to see more of my experiments :)
Also, met some friends for lunch on Friday at this great restaurant. We did some catching up and looot of eating too. It was good fun

That evening, V wanted to bake something "on her own", where I give her minimal help. So we decided to bake these blondies.

The recipe called for light brown sugar. As I did not have any, used dark brown instead resulting in a choco kind of look.
That's V doing the honors after the baking was done.

It was a quiet weekend otherwise, but still I could not get much stitching done. I was for some reason totally tired, and got about a row per day done maybe.
So, with that speed here's where I am with April cottage now
Am loving each moment of this.
That's all I have as an update for today dear friends. Till next time.. Take care.. Be happy.. Keep stitching.. Au Revoir