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Top 5 Tuesdays: Top 5 Summer Foods

I can't believe what happened in Manchester last night. My heart goes out to everyone who suffered or lost someone. Take care of each other. 


Check out everyone's lists over at Kate's blog and see what we've all chosen as our top 5 foods. Maybe I shouldn't be writing this at lunchtime?

1. Ice Cream

Now that Ben & Jerry's has non dairy ice cream, this is so much more dangerous. A lot of non dairy ice cream isn't especially creamy or is so-so, this stuff is fantastic! Plus they have 3 other new flavours this year. So dangerous... 

2. Grilled food
This is kind of a broad category since you can have hamburgers, hot dogs, we had sausages 2 nights ago, vegetables, watermelon, eggplant, so many choices! 

3. Watermelon

All 3 of us really enjoy watermelon, so I'm sure there will be a lot of it this year. Plus it's supposed to be a hot summer, and watermelon is a great way to get cool and hydrated. 

4. Lemonade

Lemonade or limeade, are great summ…

Theme-tas-Stitch May! - Monochrome May

This time I'm going to post early for Theme-tas-Stitch instead of late. :) Check out Kerry's blog for all the details about Theme-tas-Stitch and the links to see how every one else did this month. 

I worked on Princess and the Dragon and managed to progress past the error I'd made and continue on into the next section.
This is almost the full piece of fabric, which will almost be entirely filled with the design. I'm stitching 1 over 1 (DMC 310) on 28 count Jazlyn Amarinthine by Chromatic Alchemy
I also pulled out Reflections of Canada to work on and am about halfway done! 
I've flipped it upside down as well since the stitches will still go the same way, but it's easier to stitch at the top of the fabric with my stand. I'm stitching 2 over 2 on 25 count ivory fabric with Jodyri Ruby Slippers. 
I hope to finish this one by July 1st this year since that's Canada's sesquicentennial celebration! (150th). I always remember that word from one of the Cat Who …

Top 5 Tuesday: Top 5 Questions of the Week

We're branching out a little bit this Tuesday, and I hope you enjoy everyone's answers to this week's topic. Check out everyone else's list and our excellent host Kate's as well over at her The Suddenly Kate Show blog


1. Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest?

This is a tough one. I think I'd have to choose Nathan Fillion or my Grandpa (died in 2002). 

I'd choose Nathan Fillion because he seems like a really approachable and fun person despite being a celebrity and my Grandpa because most of the big successes in my life came after he had died. 

2. When did you last sing to yourself? To someone else?

Tonight, as I do every night I'm home I sing to DD. I sing:
Stay Awake
Frere Jacques
Au Clair de la Lune (1st verse)
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
The Itsy Bitsy Spider
Sing A Song 

3. If you were able to live to the age of 90 and retain either the mind or body of a 30-year old for the last 60 years o…

Gifted Gorgeousness - May Edition

Today is the 15th, just barely still the 15th, so I'm not too late getting my Gifted Gorgeousness post up. Hosted as always by the hostess with the mostest, Jo of Serendipitous Stitching. Sign up if you'd like to join in this month!

Since last month I've worked on:

Princess and the Dragon

I finally got past the area of the mistake! It's all fixed now, thankfully. I did have to frog a little bit, but that's okay. 


Love this one for my Grandma, and I still need to send it! Jodyri Over the Rainbow is the thread. 


This is a new start when I felt like stitching something new. I was going to stitch it 1 over 1 on 25 count sky Lugana, but there are a lot of blended threads and I might have to start over on different fabric... boo...

I haven't had as much time to stitch as I would like, so that's all the GG things I can shoe-horn in this month. I've been stitching on another project, but it is in no way a gift, so I'll have to try and remember to post a…

TOP 5 Tuesdays: Top 5 Stitchy Sites

Hello again Top 5 Tuesday people! Make sure you check out our excellent host Kate's page to find out topics and check out the links of the other Top 5 participants. This topic might lead you to some new places, or maybe we'll all have similar lists, let's find out! 


1. Cross Stitch Forum

This was my first foray into Internet cross stitch things and I so wish I'd found some places earlier before certain charts were discontinued, designers stopped designing, etc. However, this was a great place to start! Everyone was very friendly, and they still are if you're looking for a non-Facebook place to chat and share your work or check out other people's stitching. 

I haven't been on the forum as much as I used to be, but there are still lots of great people on there and new members are always welcome. 

2. Facebook

It feels like stitchers have really found a home on Facebook in many ways. There are tons of different groups celebrating many different ty…

Top 5 Tuesdays: Top 5 Books on Your Must-Read List

Kate has picked another good topic today, and I might have to add some pre-orders in this list as there are some upcoming books I'm really excited about. Check out Kate's blog to check out what the other list-makers chose as well. :) 


1. Oathbringer (Stormlight Archive book 3) by Brandon Sanderson

I love this series so much! Book 2 (Words of Radiance) was possibly even better than book 1 (Way of Kings). I have enjoyed everything Brandon Sanderson has written since I first discovered his writing about 8 years ago. This series is the pinnacle for me though. If you have any interest in fantasy novels at all, start with Way of Kings and continue from there. Be warned, these books are long! But so good! 

The world described is completely different than our own, but has some basic similarities to lords and peasants at the roots. There is a type of magic that only a few people can use, and the first book follows a peasant that has become a slave (Kaladin)…

Late Theme-tas-Stitch post and Catch-up

It's been a busy 2 weeks while my parents visited, and then it was the 51st annual Maple Festival in nearby St. Albans this weekend, so there's been a lot going on. Plus work continues to be busy and I've had to take work home, and go into work early, which has unfortunately meant less stitching time. But there's still some and I'm more grateful for it when I can take a little time to relax with my stitching. :)

First, the Theme-tas-Stitch catch-up! This is hosted by the amiable Kerry of Ramblings of a Biscornu Addict. We're supposed to post on the 21st of the month, but I suppose it's okay that I'm getting it in before the end of April at least. :) It's a very relaxed SAL, so join in if you're up to it and like the themes Kerry has chosen. A few of us have talked about a dragon month in August for the Animalia theme, so you can plan for that if interested. 

April's theme is April showers, and boy did we get some at the parade today!
 The loca…

TOP 5 TUESDAY: Top 5 Signs Spring is Coming

'Tis Tuesday, time to traverse terrific, timely posts. (close but couldn't alliterate the whole sentence). I hope you'll check out Kate's blog, she is the lovely host of Top 5 Tuesday and she has all the participants so far on the right side of her blog, so visit and say "Hi" to them as well. :) 
1. Bicycle rides
I forgot to get any photos of DD riding her new Thomas bike, but here she and DH are and he's giving her a ride around the yard in her bike trailer. They've been out riding a few times already.  DH's bike
2. Daffodils
I forgot to get a photo of these bursting forth from the garden, I will try and do that tonight. 
3. Brilliant Sunrises
I know there's still snow on the ground, but this was the end of March, so the spring equinox had passed. And we tend to see these kind of sunrises only from March through October. 
4. Rain and Rain Boots
DD traversing a large puddle outside a neighbour's house. She wasn't too…

Gifted Gorgeousness - April Edition

We're midway through April - what already? - where does the year go? 

I hope everyone has a Happy Easter or good weekend and is checking out the great Easter Blog Hop hosted by Jo. Also, I continually forget to mention her new venture, the Blogger of the Week blog! Make sure you stop by to learn a little bit more our fellow stitching bloggers. 

And now, onto Gifted Gorgeousness! Also hosted by the fabulous Jo. :) Our chance to show our gifts for stitchers, from stitchers, for ourselves if we can find a way to shoehorn it in, etc. Since last month I've worked on:

Letters from Nora - H for DH:

I stitched all this one week, then realized H is too far away from S.. ugh!

There's just too much space there. If I was going to stitch them that far apart, they might as well be on entirely different pieces of fabric! To be safe, first I restitched the far left leaves to make sure I was in the right spot before I unpicked anything:

I think this will look a lot better. I still need to unpick…

2017 Easter Treasure Hunt Blog Hop!

I apologize for being a little late, but your letter is:

The next blog in your list is Deborah's over at A Patchwork of Crafts

I hope you enjoy the blog hop! Thank you again Jo for organizing such a fun event. 

I don't have much new Easter stitching I can show, but here's April finished up again. :)

Hoppy Stitching ;)


WIP Wednesday

I feel like I write this every week, but last week was pretty hectic again and I didn't even get to stitch some nights. That probably made it feel more hectic really since stitching is what tends to get me to slow down and let the day roll off my back. Then aggravation/anxiety from the previous day won't affect the next day. I'll aim to do better this week. 
Here's where the WIPs are at this point:
Princess and the Dragon by Charting Creations
Still working on fixing the mistake to the left. I think I will try and keep this within reach to add a thread here and there until I get all the way down to the left corner. 
Under the Sea SAL by Durene Jones (through Lakeside Needlecraft)
Shark is done, including back stitch. I still have 3 fish (I think) and a few bubbles and seaweed to complete before February is complete. I hope to stick with this one and try and catch up since it fits with Theme-tas-stitch's April Showers theme as well. March is more fish, and I've been …

Top 5 Tuesday: Top 5 Things That Accompany My Stitching

Kate has found a very interesting topic today. Head over to her blog to check out everyone else's posts and Kate's A-Z with Bubble Bobble. :) It's a very fun stitch. 


1. TV 

This can be a show or watching DH play Zelda: Breath of the Wild most recently, and soon we'll be into the CFL season, so it will be while watching football games.

2.A pillow

Our couch has a lounger and it's been so well used (over 10 years) that the seat tends to sink down, so to help keep my back supported I use a pillow behind me. I also sometimes use one under my right arm since that shoulder can get sore if I'm stitching for a while. 

3. Max

Inevitably, when I sit down to stitch, Max will join me at some point. He has a real issue with kneading and that will go on for a good half hour or longer, and he really dislikes being petted while he's kneading. He has this intense look, it's very odd. And no, I didn't pose him this way. I had put it …

Top 5 Tuesdays: Top 5 Things That Make Me Laugh

Top 5 Tuesday again and this one will be hard to keep down to only 5 things. :) Check out our wonderful host's blog for everyone's links and check out her April A-Z as well. 


1. DD

Here's DH and DD, and DD is 3.5 now, just the right age to come up with all kinds of silly ideas. She told me a joke last night: "What did the king say when he was really tired?" -- "I want my mommy!". I'm not sure if she heard it somewhere or made it up. 

2. Life

Sometimes you have to laugh about the absurdity or it will make you angry/crazy/depressed/sad/etc. 

3. Honest Trailers

I could watch these over and over, they're so silly and fun to watch. 
4. This scene from The Princess Bride:

5. QI

I haven't watched the new season, and I really wish we could get more of them here, but I've enjoyed every single episode I've ever watched. 

I hope you enjoyed the list, oh, a bonus one would be "Weather in Vermont"

This is what I woke…