Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Joy in the Journey

December 31, 2013

I think it's time for an update on my stitching.  There were quite a few finishes that I had intended to blog about, but life just has a way of taking you on unexpected journeys sometimes.

So I'll just post some photos to wrap up the year...

one of my favourite flowers - pansies :)

Riolis kit - loved the way it turned out...

finially finished the back

still need to assemble it though


and another birthday scissor fob

the 3rd one 

yep, another giant one lol

I think she was sort of expecting it after  the other 2 received theirs ;)

 - I found my OWN pair 

guess I'll have to stitch my own scissor fob now.

The next two were a gift for my husband's aunt and uncle:

A mIll Hill angel I stitched as a Christmas exchange.

I'm so glad it went to someone I know.
That means I'll see her again :)

This ornament I stitched 2 years ago.
I finally gave it to a lady I've known for some time at our guild.

I may or may not be stitching more of them - loved the way it turned out :)
... might have something to do with it being a Mill Hill kit, lol

and finally, but not least... I finished the gift from my son:

It's from the Gold Collection Petites series of postage stamp birds.

Guess what he gave me this year?
... well that's another story

Looking back on the year, there was indeed sorrow, but also joy.

There is always joy to be found joy 

somewhere in the journey...

Happy New Year


Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Oh where have you been?

Saturday, December 14, 2013

This may come as a shock, but I must confess... I have never been to a Lindt Outlet store.

That is until friday night... when perusing my emails, I noticed that they were open until midnight - with some mad sale going on. Well... guess where I dashed off to... with son in tow, (completely against his will I'm sure you're thinking)

Upon entering, it was sensory overload.

Chocolate everywhere.
I know, silly thing to say - what else would you expect in a chocolate store?

Oh my



huge bags


calling my name....

I even had a sample of  a champagne Lindor

Actually my son had one first. 
He came up to me with a big grin and said 
"I just had a champagne Lindt."

no kidding... as I caught a whiff of it

I asked the staff if they knew they had just served a minor.
They handed me one too, and all was forgotten 
I was in a delirious daze of pure goodness.

Everything was 50% off.

Some chocolate may have followed me home
to a safe hiding spot.

Friday night was round one
of the 

Hot cocoa competition

I tried to find a good rating system.. with not much success.
I did find a most amusing quote on one site called

"We taste the chocolate so you don't have to!"


Ok, so I came up with my own rating scores.
Max score in each category is a 10

First up:

Aroma :10
Flavour :10
Cocoa Intensity: 10
Suitable Substitute for *** : 10

I was going to take a photo of the actual cup of this hot delicious splendor,
but it seems to have caused me to lapse
into a state of pure utter chocolaty bliss.

And then there were 3.

***  yes, it's what you think it stands for ;)

Thursday, December 12, 2013

In each life.. some chocolate must fall

Thursday, December 12, 2013

I received an email from my friend who gave me a birthday present... almost 2 months early. Seems she just didn't want me opening it up at the time because we were at a Christmas party/birthday party for two other friends. She gave me permission to open said gift...

I just can't wait to try it out!
.. must invite friends over...


I know one person I'd like to invite.. 
she has all the right qualifications...
or should I say choclifications

Just check out what she gave me in a recent 
late night chat trade!

Beautiful tin

but ohhhh.. check out what's inside!

oh yeah.

No dibs.. sorry.

Me and the tin are spending some alone time.

So I was thinking 
maybe I could come up with a new TV show theme...

you know, one of those foodie competitions.
Way better than the stupidity that's out there now, lol...

Theme: Best hot chocolate.

So here are the contenders...

Where to start, Where to start......

well, that's another story...

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Candy Crush... chocolate level complete...

Sunday, December 8, 2013

It's no secret that I have a slight chocolate addiction.... well, some of my friends know this...
and provided a remedy...

A few friends went down to the US to see the Macy's parade 
and brought me back a souvenir...

How did they know?

Slightly addicted to Candy Crush on Facebook...
it's been a good distraction especially lately.

So what to do
with allll that chcoclate
and candy fishies...


Make my own REAL candy crush game

Hate the chocolate in the game...

but when it's real....

ahhhhh - here come the fishies!!!

Level complete.

One friend gave me a birthday present a bit early
since she will be away.

She told me I can't open it until then.

Counting down the days...