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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Starting Over

I'm back and trying this blogging thing one more time lol! Life for the last year has been busy to say the least with trying to take care of the house, camper, family, work and a few medical problems. Nothing to serious but all painful and time consuming.

This Spring we are simplifying our lives. Selling the camper, fixing up the house, and slowing down. We are making time to enjoy our family and lives in between working. I'm still stitching and will try to start posting as soon as I can find the camera or figure out how to do lit from my phone!

If you are still out there thank you for your amazing patience. I'll be back soon!


Sunday, June 22, 2014

Lots of finishes to show! June report!

Good Morning all,
Well I did spend a lot in June but Mel gave us an extra $50.00 to spend so I still have managed not to skip a month. I think that is my goal. To not have to skip a month lol! Here is the report:

June:     $9.30 - 2 yards of 18 count aida (cream but I am planning to dye it)
              $11.00 - 3 patterns (stash unload) Little House - Take Me Out to the Ball Game, Cedar Hill - Christmas Country Village and Fancy That - Shaker Village bell pull
                $16.99 - If We Pray Inspirational Boxer Kit
                $9.50 - Needle minder (lost mine)
                $18.50 - Prairie Schooler - book No. 58 OOP
                $23.80 - Hardwicke Manor Embroidery Hoop 6.5" Square                 

Total Spent:          $89.09
Total Allowed:    -  75.00
Total Over            $14.09

Carry Over:         $41.75
Total Over:           - 14.09
June Carry over: $27.66

Not to bad considering all I got! First the stitching I've worked on in the last 2 months as I didn't get my camera working in May.

"Under the Boardwalk"
Gift for my Hubby for our 31st Anniversary.
Nancy very kindly charted it for Seaside Heights for me :)

The Needleworker

Mystery SAL

Blue Ribbon Designs
Find Your Happy Place
(pattern is a gift from Maggee @ Stitching Devotee)
(making for a non-stitching friend)

Shores from Hawk Run Hollow
Almost finished with block 5 and shown with my new needle minder and my wonderful new hoop. I have discovered I an returning to hoops more and more and I had read about these hand made Hardwicke Manor Hoops. I had been using a vintage hoop. Ordered this one and just love it! It's even wide enough to hold my pattern clip but it's very lite!

And now for the patterns purchased!

All Three for $11.00!


 I have wanted this OOP for a long time but could never find it and when I did the price was usually outrageous! Finally it's mine so I guess I will have to add it to my Christmas rotation lol! Not that I don't have enough to do!

Well I guess that's all for now! time to get ready and head out to a "paint your own picture" ALS fundraiser with my dear friend Bea. It is in honor of her husband Jack. He was truly a one of a kind man who is missed by many!!

Hugs to all,

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Stitch From Stash May Report

Nothing like posting at the last minute (although I did send my report to Mel a week+ ago) but work got in the way. This is the last week of school and my office is crazy busy. After Friday it will still be busy but with the kids gone it will be really quiet.

In May I bought some more patterns:

May:       $6.97 (bibs to stitch for baby gifts)
                $.99 - Expect Angels and Miracles Happen - Theron Traditions
                $7.95  - Think Deeply-Lizzie Kate
                $9.95  - New England Sampler - Theron Traditions
                $8.00 - Holiday Village - Little House needleworks - auto ship

I spent $27.88 but I had carry over left and I still have $41.75 to carry into June.

I finished The Needleworker, worked on Shores of Hawk Run Hollow and started a free SAL from By The Bay Needlworks with my friend Bea. It is almost done and I used only fabric and floss from my stash. 

I promise to try to post pictures next month.  Until then...


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

April Stitch from Stash

Hello All and Happy Spring!?!?! I know the calendar says it's spring but here in PA Spring seems to have gotten lost on the way here! It is still cold and windy. Unfortunately the one part of Spring that has found us is the pollen. The newspapers have been calling it the Perfect Storm of Pollen and I believe it. It's getting tiresome but between the pollen and the cold who want s to be outside? At least if gives me time to stitch!

Here is my April report.  I spent:

April: $4.00 - (Primitive Hare pattern) contest
           $6.00 - (pattern on ebay "Home is Where you hang your cross stitch)
           $4.40 - Crescent Colors caterpillar (2) to finish Needleworker
               .88 - DMC floss to finish Happiness
           $7.00 - 2 Bargen Patterns on Stash Unload (Santaberry Puddingby Shephards Bush and, 
                        Halloween Fun by Poppy Kreations.
Total Spent: $22.28

Carry over

Not too bad although maybe I can do better next month!

I didn't work on Shores this month as I was loosing my mojo so I started Needleworker by Little House Needleworks. I bought the pattern and threads last summer while on vacation and I just got a basket I want to hang it on so I started.

The fabric is 16 count Aida which I tea and coffee dyed using Vonna's tutorial. This seems to be my go to fabric lately. Please pardon the wrinkles but I wanted to get this post in. At least you can see the color variations in the fabric although it is darker than it is showing here.

I hope you are all enjoying your stitching and this wonderful challenge!! Thank you so very much Mel!! You are the best and I am sure we all appreciate all that you do!!

Until next time,

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Great Give-a-Way

Just a quick post to tell you that Nancy at Victorian Motto Sampler is having another of her amazing give-a-ways!! She is giving a way a beautiful family sampler pattern. If you enter please let her know you saw it here!

Be back soon,

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

stitch from stash March

Hello all!

I can't believe how quickly March has gone by. It's time for my March Stitch From Stash Challenge report. I bought 4 patterns for a total of $23.99. Close but still under the $25.00 limit. I will say that I added a few things to my wish list but also took a few off so this waiting to buy is working.

Here are the patterns I bought.

I got the 2 Trilogy patterns Cat Treat and Friendship for $8.98. They are for gifts. then I saw Little House Needleworks and Shakespeare's Peddler teamed up to sell two wonderful patterns Neighborhood Friends and Cats in the Garden with the profits to go to animal rescue. You could even nominate your favorite rescue to possibly receive a portion of the money raised. Not only do I love both desginers but anyone who knows me knows my dogs are rescues so I couldn't resist.

I worked on Shores Of Hawk Run Hollow and since January I have finished blocks 3 and four, did the outlining of all the other blocks and started block 5. Not bad for someone who has taken at least 2 years to do the first 2 blocks!

Then I put it aside and started working on Under the Boardwalk by Pickel Barrel Designs, which had been kitted up for a while. The colors are brighter than I usually like but it is a gift for my husband. He used to go to Seaside Heights in NJ as did I in our teenage/young adult years. We also spent many happy days on the boardwalk with our girls when they were young so is has been so very hard when it was destroyed by Super Storm Sandy and then by fire a few months later. I had to contact Nancy the designer with a questions about the pattern and when I told her the story she very generously charted the words "Seaside Heights" where "Under the Boardwalk" as to go. I can't wait to finish and hopefully will be done by the end of the week.

I hope you all are doing well and enjoying "Stitching from Stash", until next time....