SAL: Sweet Cactus Update

Before I update you on my ‘Sweet Cactus’ I wanted to update you on my baking endeavor since the last time we met. Anne Lawson (in our group) shared a recipe last time we posted. It looked so delicious I had to try it. In fact, I tried it that very same Sunday 3 weeks ago. I’ve attached her link below.

It turned out so delicious. The crust had a shortbread texture, the apples melted in your mouth. I’ve made the recipe one more time since.Thank you for posting that delicious recipe Anne, it most certainly is a favorite now.


Also, I wanted to say welcome back to Helen and I’ll be hopping over to see what project you’re working on.

And now for our SAL update

I had hoped for a finish, but not this week ~ but close. At our last posting I was here, questioning the dark green.


Here’s where I am now


In the photo’s below you can really see how the lighting affects color with the most recent closest to true. The shadowing and dark green looks just fine now. Last posting I was considering removing it. Thankfully the consensus was to leave it and wait and see. I waited, I saw and I like it πŸ™‚ When I am finished with the backstitching and little prickly spines, I’ll be done πŸ™‚


It’s Mother’s Day today in the states and I wanted to wish you ALL a beautiful day, whether here or abroad, celebrating or not, mom’s of precious humans or mom’s of precious fur babies.



If you have some time, please stop by the other members in the group to see all the wonderful projects in the works.

27 thoughts on “SAL: Sweet Cactus Update

  1. kathyreeves May 10, 2020 / 2:36 pm

    Happy Mother’s Day to you Sharon! Your little cactus is almost finished, and it is so cute! My goodness what will you choose next? Any UFO’s lurking around?

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    • Sharon May 10, 2020 / 4:04 pm

      Thank you Kathy – I’m sure I could find a UFO but not sure what I will do next. So much to choose from and a very happy Mother’s day to you too πŸ™‚

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  2. claire93 May 10, 2020 / 5:11 pm

    yummy baking, and doesn’t that backstitch make all the difference!

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    • Sharon May 10, 2020 / 10:42 pm

      That back stitching does really make the difference πŸ™‚


  3. Cathie J May 10, 2020 / 5:16 pm

    Your cactus looks so good with the backstitching that you have already done. The shading looks fine now. I will have to look into that coffee cake as I am doing a whole lot more baking now that we have been quarantined. Not good for the waistline.

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    • Sharon May 10, 2020 / 10:44 pm

      Not good for the waistline for sure πŸ™‚ but delicious. This little cactus is really turning out ‘sweet’


  4. magpiesue May 10, 2020 / 8:15 pm

    Happy Mother’s Day to you too! It’s always exciting to learn a new little one is on the way – have fun with that baby quilt. But don’t forget to put the finishing touches on the cactus!

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    • Sharon May 10, 2020 / 10:48 pm

      Hi Sue – thank you. I’ll be tag teaming cactus and baby quilt these next few weeks. I tried to post a comment on your page 😦 always have a problem. I loved the rabbit you made and the gorgeous bright colors of the stitching material are wonderful.

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  5. Christina May 11, 2020 / 4:18 am

    Mom of furbabies here! Love it, thank you!
    Great progress on the cactus. The lighting does make a big difference and it looks so good πŸ™‚ Almost there for a finish!

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    • Sharon May 11, 2020 / 1:26 pm

      Thank you – have to remember to try and get better lighting with pictures, it does really make the difference πŸ™‚


  6. Jocelyn Thurston May 11, 2020 / 1:04 pm

    Mouth watering dessert there Sharon. I love to see food! Also you are close to a finish on your lovely cactus. Good stuff!

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    • Sharon May 11, 2020 / 1:42 pm

      I see another shortcake/apple dessert in the mix for this coming week πŸ™‚


  7. anne54 May 12, 2020 / 5:53 am

    I am so pleased that the cake worked deliciously for you….and enough to make it a couple more times!
    I love your little cats, Sharon. The way the colours merge together gives it a watercolour feel and the shadows are just right.

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    • anne54 May 12, 2020 / 5:55 am

      Sorry, that should have been ‘cactus’, not ‘cats’….I blame auto-correct πŸ˜‰

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    • Sharon May 12, 2020 / 12:59 pm

      I am not a big baker but this is a welcomed addition to the few treats on my baking list ….

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  8. rutigt May 12, 2020 / 7:46 am

    IΒ΄m glad you decided to keep the dark green spots, because it looks so right!

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    • Sharon May 12, 2020 / 1:01 pm

      thumbs up, I am glad I kept it too – funny, those ‘kit people’ do seem to know their colors, lol I should have known it wasn’t to dark πŸ™‚

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  9. Deb May 12, 2020 / 2:33 pm

    The cake looks yummy! The back stitching always brings a surprising impact when it’s finished! It’s really is lovely!

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  10. teamwilsun May 13, 2020 / 1:22 am

    That backstitching really looks amazing! You’ll definitely be done next time; can’t wait to see what you do next!

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    • Sharon May 13, 2020 / 3:35 am

      Thanks for the encouragement on this project, its pretty basic but kicking my rear πŸ™‚


    • Sharon May 13, 2020 / 2:31 pm

      Thank you Nanette – how are you doing?


  11. stitchingranny May 15, 2020 / 8:55 am

    Loving your cacti and guessing you are probably happy dancing by now. Wondering what is coming next. Thank you for my warm welcome back Sharon, its taking me a while to get through all the posts now I group is so big but I am taking my time and enjoying catching up on a few each day. x

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    • Sharon May 15, 2020 / 12:43 pm

      Your so welcome…it takes me a few days too but it so fun to see what everyone is working on. I am still limping along. Backstitching for some reason is painful for me πŸ™‚

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