Food (vegan) 

I've been curious about vegan lox for a while, but it seemed like a lot of effort (slow roasting carrots in salt, marinating) for what might end up being one of those foods that people who haven't eaten meat in a while say "It's just like the real thing!" but there's something off about it as a meat analogue or as a standalone veggie. Anyway, this is a packaged one that's a bit more al dente than salmon and admittedly does taste carrot-y by itself, but is perfect on a bagel.

Selfie - jacket season 

It's jacket season again, pals! Time to enjoy the best few weeks of the fall before it's raincoats every day.

The heart section on the bodice is going to be filled in, but the negative space looks so good right now that I had to take a picture. (Maybe I'll have to search out a pattern that uses thick sections of colour and empty Aida sections for my next project?)

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Selfies, back camera 

I kind of dig the narrower angle lens even though it widens the middle of my face, it's closer to what I see in the mirror than the what the wider angle front facing phone camera produces (longer forehead, narrower chin).

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This bush is growing two colours of roses, and it looks like the fuschia ones either bloomed first or are just less hearty than the red ones. Either way, red and pink together in nature is such a perfect combination.

September at this latitude creates beautiful sunsets.

Selfie, ✨ glamour✨ 

Other people: Gonna take the perfect beautiful windswept selfie in front of these mountains

Me: Hold my coffee

The best thing about using three strands of floss on 14 count cloth is that when the stitches start to fill in and press against each other, they become like fat little squares and that's great for this pattern because along with these colours it's getting an old mosaic look.

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Selfie, lunch break at the beach 

Went out with the kid to hang the hammock on the frame of the derelict pier at the marine park.

Can't stop seeing this piece of the sword and guard as an IUD, Skeleton Birth Control would make a great name for a terrible punk band

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Things are zipping along, but this section has a lot of switching between two different shades of dark blue thread to make a diamond pattern on the gown and now I'm trying to decide how break it up and add easy to see reference/tracking points by doing the gold accents first. (Also it's nearly 5 am, I haven't been to sleep yet, and I'm just not going to strain my eyes with "Very Dark Navy Blue" which you can see is the very very dark line on the right.)

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Selfie, swimsuit 

It's not an ocean beach, but being outside with sand and water earlier this week was still restorative.

Going for it with the catacomb saint/jeweled skeleton queen pattern by Night Spirit Studio. It's within the realm of possibility that it may be finished by Halloween.

FINISHED! (Aside from washing and ironing, and choosing a frame so I can decide how to sign it.) The pattern is Mars by StitchingLand, it's about 20 cm across, and 10437 stitches. The photo doesn't capture how pleasing the texture really is, so many stitches so close together is deeply satisfying.

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Into the final stretch! The edge between the two top halves kind of stands out, but that comes down to two things: my stitching gauge has changed a bit and the stitches on the left have had over a year to relax and settle in. Once it's been washed and steamed they should rest into each other more evenly and far less noticeably.

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Extreme snack food, overwhelm 

Birthday cake doughnut ice cream sandwich is exactly the sort of food that is incredible on the first bite: Yes, please! Put all of these things together, a thousand sugared angels sing that every viral food video content farm was right.

Third bite: Complete despair, there is no nuance; just joyless immersion in fake vanilla. I am too old for this, this is my sugar limit for the day, will the smell of birthday cake ever leave my car?

Selfie, talking about haircuts 

Historically, I'm bad at cutting my own hair but last night's go with the scissors turned out ok, and better than some of the bad salon cuts I've had. It feels good to have gotten rid of the crunchy bleach damaged ends, and without the anxiety of going to a stylist.

A crop of a tiny portion of last night's sunset. Never stop trying to capture the moon with a phone camera.

3/4 done and taking a picture because I love the sharp edges and negative space waiting for the final section. (And the center looks like psychedelic Pac-Man)

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