Saturday, February 28, 2015

Drat, I had to spend 42 cents for Stitch from Stash!

Yes, it's true, a whopping 42 cents had to be spent because DMC 610 went missing....until, having reluctantly handed over the money, I came home, picked up the stitching and lo and behold the skein (minus its tag) was plastered to the back of the linen!

So...Stitch from Stash for February looked like this.....

Carried over from January   $23.00
February Budget                  $25.00
Finished Stitching *             $00.00
Spent                                    $00.42
Available to spend               $47.58

The * is because I actually DO have a finish that will give me extra $$$ (well, maybe $ as it's very small) but sadly it is still en route to Saudi and the very patient Denise (it was for a Valentine exchange, you read the sad story last time, sigh) does read my blog.

So what can I show you?  Well, this.....Anniversaries of the Heart, begun back in the mists of time but picked up this year with a determination that 2015 will be stitched along with my initials to signify a finish!

Gosh, they look a bit peculiar, but you get the idea.....the top picture is where I had left it back in the mists....most of January done, those creamy shades were a bit of a pain in the ...... and half of February.  The 2015 progress so far is the bottom picture, think it is the May one, slightly odd colours, wouldn't necessarily have chosen them but I am sure altogether it's going to look lovely........!

So......March's challenge is......finish May then the other two blocks........!  So far haven't had to purchase any threads but that may change......

...and onto the .....

You might remember this statement carelessly tossed into the air last time.......

I've decided only complete finishes will be eligible for this SAL
so you may well not see me back here again, lol!
....well, I am back and broke the rule to bring you this.......

.....Yuletide designed by the talented Paulette Stewart of Plum Street Samplers, one of my favourite designers.  Don't you love the bubblegum pink house?

I think all I have left to show you are the charts I bought back in January but never posted a picture.....

La D Da (another favourite), PS Prairie Fairies (never heard of them until now), Sheepish Designs and a completely new to me (still in business?) Curtis Boehringer Cross Stitch from the early 90s.  All for the grand sum of $4.00 at our January EGA chapter meeting stash sale!
And I'll leave you with the early morning light on the wall looking into the sitting room......
The third month of the year begins tomorrow, yikes, maybe the snow will begin to disappear.....
getting a bit tired of gazing at the vast expanse of white beyond our back's time for the swans and their friends to return.
Take care, dear hearts, do leave me a comment, they make my day!
love, Gillie

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Gifted Gorgeousness for February.......

Gifted Gorgeousness SAL

I was going to show you a gift for a friend, an exchange actually, but quite frankly it turned out to be somewhat UNgorgeous after I had decided to "quick" finish it using the sewing an apologetic email had to be sent post haste to Saudi....and a sweet, forgiving one came straight back!

I did find this......a Jardin Prive one that was gifted to me by my sweet friend, Tricia, after I had admired her finished stitching a couple of years ago.

Any chart/kit which was given to you.........

Jardin Prive
Douceur de Vivre
The chart sat in my "one day" pile until I was desperately looking for a welcome chart to stitch for a Round Robin last year.  Not easy to find, at least ones that I liked, but I suddenly realised this one was a good choice........for me particularly!  As some of you know, I have moved a lot, first with my parents wherever the British Army deemed, then, with the WT, around the UK and some of the US.  So, a design with five houses on it seemed well nigh perfect along with a stitcher and a gardener!
The stitching was completed by four ladies, one in New England and three in the UK and all I have left to do is the border and chart the word Welcome along the lower edge.

Coincidentally, another JP design is winging its way around the Friendly Stitchers RR, I think it's in Yorkshire right now.....looking forward to seeing that one home too!

If you are curious about this SAL, click on the link on the right hand column and head over to Jo's blog to find out all about what's involved.......

Hope you are all keeping warm, in Michigan it is COLD with nasty wind chills, blowing snow and the chance of frostbite after 30 minutes we make sure we always have warm clothes and a blanket along with a charged cell phone in the car.....just in case.......

Just a quick post....see you all