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WIP Wednesday

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I'm still struggling along with May on the Song of the Weather SAL. It's not hard at all, but it is time-consuming. The bars are unevenly wrapped and that's much easier on my wrists, but it seems to be a lot slower. It's a nice technique and I really like the look of it. 

I've finished one entire side with the fan stitch as well which was different, but fun to do. You start with the long stitch and then weave around it so it's fully encased in thread in the middle. 
So far this has been my favourite month to work on since it's been fairly easy on my hands and wrists but it has been slower. I also really like the Caron Wildflowers Lilac and hope my Grandma will too. 
It's possible I'll finish tonight, but more likely in a couple of days and then I'll see what I pick up next. 
Happy Stitching,
Tiffstitch

Top 10 Tuesdays: Top 10 Songs of Summer

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Here we are again, another top 10 Tuesday! I really need to figure out how to add the button to my blog. But for now I'll link again to Kate and Keeble's blogs so you can check out their picks. I'm guessing Keeb's will be heavy on Duran Duran, but check it out to see!

TOP 10 SONGS OF SUMMER

I was checking over my playlists and although I tend to listen to a lot of 90s music there are a few others on there. This summer however, I listened to the new Meghan Trainor album (Title) a lot! She uses several different styles in her songs and I like every song I heard. 

Some will get you up and dancing and others will let you mellow out and relax. Since that's mostly what I listened to this summer I'm going to pick my top 10 songs from the album. 

1. All About That Bass

I love this song. It doesn't matter how many times I've heard it, I still love it. 

2. Lips Are Movin'

This one is pretty fantastic as well, and I love her costumes in the video. 

3. Dear Future Husb…

Weekend Wrap-Up and Weather

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It was a beautiful weekend here and I ended up spending a fair bit of time outside. We got some yard work done and put some things away for winter as well. I did get a little bit of stitching time in and am closer to a finish on May:

I'm using Caron Watercolours and Wildflowers in Lilac. It's an interesting one to do and my first time stitching it. The other months I had attempted back in 2013.

I also got out Princess and the Dragon for a very tiny update:
the upper hand is growing.
Last night was the supermoon and I didn't take any photos myself, but this morning when I let the dog out I was surprised that everything looked orange. The sky was a terrible pink and orange colour. I grabbed my phone and this is as much as I could capture of it:


It definitely seems to be heralding some bad weather. It's only wind right now, but I'm expecting a storm before the day is out. I hope I don't have to drive home through it!

Happy Stitching,

Tiffstitch


Friday For the Finish!

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One more down! This is 16 of 30 of my Crazy January Challenge pieces. I'm excited to get this one done as it feels like this one has been dragging on for way too long. 


I technically finished it Thursday night and started the next part of the Song of the Weather hardanger SAL, but who's counting? 
Really excited to finish the stitching and I think the finish-finish won't be too difficult. I have a couple more of these from the series so I may give them a try next year. 
Hope everyone has a great weekend!
Happy Stitching,
Tiffstitch

Stitch From Stash Part B - September Edition and WIP Wednesday

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Month:     $25 for September
Spent:      $8 at Resale shop
Earned:    $6 each for January, February, March and April Song of the Weather
                 $16 for Box of Delights
Carryover:$54 from August
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Total: $107 to carryover into October

And please check out everyone else's months over at Mel's host blog for SFS. 

Despite this being my birthday month I haven't spent much on myself. I found a couple bargains at the resale shop, and I have a few things in mind, but nothing has made it to home yet. 

Here's what I found:
one will be sent to a friend and the rest I'll keep.
And these are my finishes:
stitched on 25 count pewter lugana 2 over 2 with DMC 820 borders and various threads in the "sweets"
January with Caron Alpine MossFebruary with WDW perle #5 and Caron perle#8 HeatherMarch with Caron Monsoon and DMC perle #5 blueApril with Caron Pale Lilac
and I'm doing well on my Dimensions Joy Ornament as well:
Another couple days sh…

Top 10 Tuesdays: Top 10 Cakes to Make You Bake

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Today's topic is a fun one and I hope writing this after I ate will keep me from snacking. A consequence of writing food-related topics is the hunger that seems to follow looking at gorgeous photos of food! Especially after you check out Kate's and Keeb's posts as well.

I'll include a one-minute cake in my list if you want to satisfy these cravings. :) Also, unless I mention it, I have not attempted these recipes.

Top 10 Cakes to Make You Bake

1. Angel Food Cake

I used to have a problem with angel food cake when I was younger. In that I'd buy one at the grocery store and eat it over the course of a day or two. All by myself. Fortunately those days are over and I limit myself to indulging in the angel food cake my SIL makes. 
She is amazing at angel food cake! She can even whip the egg whites by hand! I have no idea how she manages it, but it always comes out perfectly delicious and spongy and wonderful. 
I would list this one as a challenge for a novice baker, but with s…

IHSW - September Conclusion

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Another IHSW has gone past and I hope you all had a great, stitchy weekend. I worked Saturday again, as I do most third weekends of the month, but I still had some stitching time.

I managed to finish April on the Song of the Weather SAL: Caron Watercolours and Wildflowers in Pale Lilac
So that's 4/12 months complete. Hardanger is interesting, but the wrapping is really hard on my wrists. I'm still much more comfortable with cross-stitching.
I even dug out a really old WIP from 2012 to work on:
And I've managed quite a bit. I'm tempted to keep going until I finish since it's very nearly there. Possibly another week of nightly stitching will get this one finished. The top right only needs back stitch so you can tell it's a poinsettia and the bottom left one needs finishing. There is a bit of work to be done in the bottom right corner as well, but a lot of it is half stitch, so it goes fairly quickly. 
It was a little too warm for Princess and the Dragon until Sunday, …

WIP Wednesdays

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I hope you enjoyed yesterday's Top 10 post and you were able to check out Keeble's World and The Suddenly Kate Show to learn a little bit more about their parts of the world. Today I remembered to add their links...

And today it's WIP Wednesday! 

For various reasons Princess and the Dragon hasn't moved since Sunday:

And I saw someone else's on Facebook and they're doing something similar to what I've done to the dragon's chest. They're outlining and filling in. I already made a minor counting error in the dragon's neck, so I think I'm going to continue trying to do that for the larger areas. That part of the dragon's chest extends over 3 pages, so it's the safest thing for me to not lose count. I've been lazy and haven't gridded like I should have. 
I did progress on my Song of the Weather SAL though and finished March:
It's on white fabric, but the light I was using is very amber, and this is the best I could do with the new …

Top 10 Tuesdays: Top 10 Things to Do Near Here

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This post is likely going to be a little late since I managed to skip today's topic and write about next Tuesday's topic instead. I re-scheduled that one to post on September 22, when that topic is up and I'll write today's post now. 

Fortunately there's a lot to do in my local area of Vermont, so I hope to get this one up fairly quickly. Unless stated otherwise, the photos were all taken by me.

TOP 10 THINGS TO DO NEAR HERE

1. ECHO Aquarium

DD has been having a lot of fun when she gets to visit ECHO. There are so many different activities for children and it's interesting for adults as well. DH and I went pre-DD a few years ago and had an enjoyable time. There are a lot of interactive displays and that includes interacting with sea creatures. 

The one display that blew me away was how the zebra mussels, an invasive species, can cover things so quickly. They showed 3 bikes that had all harsh chemicals removed and were left in the lake for ever greater lengths of tim…