Saturday, August 27, 2011

Sorry Its Been Awhile!

I hate it when life gets in the way of things! Especially if that's Work! Arrrgghhhhh!

The last time I posted I was just about to bake 3 cakes for a 70th birthday! Well I did that, not to bad 3 cakes in 4 hours! LOL! They turned out perfect as always, no thanks to a fail proof recipe!

70th Birthday cakes for Grandpa!
They were yummy and went down well with the family they were for!

So that Sunday night I was sick.......everything liquid inside me wanted out at the same time, things were not pleasant at my house, I still say it was that dodgy salad from the supermarket that did it. So that was 3 days of feeling like absolute that means no stitching......all i did was lay on the couch and I watched an entire season of Top Chef All Stars which IMHO was the beast season ever! I still think that Carla should have made it to the Finals, although I am pleased that Richard won! Top Chef is most probably one of my all time favorite shows well that and Survivor and Top Model! I like my reality shows!

Then It was back to work..........and I had lots to catch up on! Whew, I was pleased when that week was over!

So I was finally able to pick up some stitching I decided on "Poppy Fairy"

So here she was when I last worked on her.....
"Poppy Fairy" by Joan Elliot!
And here she is now, this is what I have done as of last night, so its about 14 days worth........

"Poppy Fairy" 26th August 2011
As always I am leaving the skin till last. She is starting to look great! The Poppies look really good, and Although at the beginning I did pick her because she was my least favorite of the 6 I am now starting to like her very much.

I also have been doing some big days at work, 11 hours on a Sunday which is alright and does go pretty quick, although by the time I get home and relax I'm so tired I can barely pick up a needle, last Sunday I managed 1 length of thread...........

We also had a staff member leave work for greener pastures, so as the resident baker, I whipped up some Cupcakes.......Yum.......

Cupcakes! Yum!
Orange Choc and Choco Mint! They were pretty good although I really need to find a better butter cream recipe for some reason the consistency of mine holds up OK, but its not the best!

So I had to take these in on a Friday my day off, so I ended up staying for a few hours. So When i was talking to the boss about payment, she wanted to give me hours in lieu, but I had a surprise waiting in my tray, a book.....YAY!

I had ordered Joan Elliott's "Bewitching Cross Stitch" and It had come, so I suggested I have the book as payment.........

"Bewitching Cross Stitch"
What a amazing book.......well I am a little biased as I love her Designs anyway.......However the bad thing is now there are more designs I want to do! My Wish list is starting to get way to long! I will never get my "Sins Finished! So apart from the Dragon on the cover I also want to do "Father Sun" and "Moon Mother" and then I guess I will have to the other 2 Faces as well!

"Father Sun"
"Moon Mother"
Aren't they great!

I'm sorry its such a long rambling post! I am going to go back to weekly updates only because there is to much cover leaving it for so long!

I also want to thank my readers for sticking with me in my weeks of absence i had a fear of coming back and there would be no followers left! LOL!

Well that's about it for now!

Have a great weekend although mine is half over already! Also if there are any readers out there form New York and Surrounding areas I hope you all are safe and well! Take care in the Storm!

Happy Stitching All!


Xeihua (Sara) said...

Welcome back :)
And what a nice post, fabulous looking cakes and cupcakes (I'm really drooling on the mint cupcakes, they look and sound really delicious) and cross-stitch, great progress on poppy fairy she is coming out really gorgeous, love the colours, and what a nice "gift" from your boss with some very good additions to your Wish/ To Do list :)

Jennifer M. said...

Those cupcakes look yummy! I am the department baker too where I work. Anytime a dessert is needed, I always come through with that.

Poppy Fairy is looking gorgeous. I love the colors. Joan Elliot's design are fabulous. I have a few of hers on my list I want to do. I keep finding more and more of her designs in magazines. That's partially why I have such a huge stash of magazines.

Glad to hear you are feeling better!

mdgtjulie said...

Wow, you have really accomplished a lot on Poppy Fairy. She's looking wonderful. And grats on the new stash. I have seven sins in my stash, but I don't think I'll get them all done. Love the look of the cupcakes, and the cakes. Now my sweet tooth is humming.

Lesley (Home Is Where My Heart Is) said...

Hi there,glad you are better now..a very unpleasant experience :( Poppy fairy is gorgeous..I absolutely love the colours,and it's great to see your baking,I could go a cup cake and a cupp about now :)

stitchstitchknit said...

Sounds like you had a hard and busy time.
The cakes you made are amazing, they look yummy!
But I am so sorry to hear that you were ill for a couple of days =( I'm glad you feel better now.
The Cupcakes and Poppy are amazing, too.

Faerie said...

Welcome back! I have that book aswell! So amazing =D I love the wizard.

irishcream06 said...

Nice to see you back, the joan elliot book is on my waterstones wishlist, the cakes look scrummy and your stitching is fab as always!!

Pull the other thread said...

Great work on the cake, cupcakes and stitching. I'm amazed you can fit so much in :D. Glad your feeling better and got a nice treat for yourself also.

Joysze said...

Oh my.... yummy cakes!! The orange choc cupcake sounds fabulous. :D

Poppy Fairy looks great, you've gotten so much done!!