Sunday, July 26, 2015

July Stitch from Stash monthly update

Hello everyone,

It's time for my monthly update for stitch from stash 2015 part B hosted by Mel over at epic stitching. You can see all the rules here
This month it's all about a little stash a few smalls and a heavenly finish.

Month: July 2015
Budget Amount: $25.00
Spent: $ 40.03 (Heaven and Earth Designs July4th Sale)
Earned: $19.00 ( $15.00 Forbidden Doorway + $2.00 Dolphin Kit + $2.00 Bee kit)
Carry Forward: $3.97

Oh no! I guess I was still in a spending spree mood this month as I couldn't resist the sale at Heaven and Earth Designs.

A few patterns really called out to me.. so I bought the download versions.
Thankfully no other charts jumped into my cart before checking out.
Looking over these patterns I was surprised to see that none of them use the kreink#4 that most of my others do.
So I got busy with my needle to earn some funds for finishes to apply toward my spending.
First up is my heavenly finish...
Heaven and Earth Designs 2012BB SAL SK Forbidden Doorway Chart Design by Michele Sayetta Artwork by Meredith Dillman
on January 1st 2015, I was at 14535 stitches completed. At the end of June I had completed 18500 stitches. 
July 19th I put in the final stitch  - Stitch number 21825.  (7290 stitches completed this year)
28ct Picture this Plus Opal Moonglow
Stitch Count: 75 x 291 (21825), 100% coverage 1 over 1 full cross
DMC and Kreinik#4
Next up I had a few take along projects for various appointments
NMI Stitch 'N Frame Kit Item 4112 Dolphin
14ct white Aida, single strand included in kit
Stitch count: 27 x 21, 1 over 1
Cross stitch, backstitch
This will be finished off as a small bookmark...I know that I have some faceted beads that look like water drops that I want to add to a tassel.
Lastly is this Plaid Bucilla Kit # 45910 - Sorry I didn't iron it before taking the photo
14ct white Aida, 6 strand floss included in kit
Stitch count:  31 x 31, 2 over 1
Cross stitch, backstitch, French knots
This will either be finished as a small bookmark or scissor fob.
Bucky and Sam are doing well - just finding the coolest spots in the house during this heat. And Bucky's blood work showed a slight improvement to his lever enzyme.
Look for a few more small projects next month as DH has to have another kidney stone removed... It'll be a long day at the hospital for that. And now I'll have to dig out another one of my larger projects to work on at home.
Dad is still healing - just slowly. He used an over-the counter moisturizing cream on his legs that caused a chemical burn to his skin.  He did finish home physical we just have to wait for the healing process.
That's it for this month.
Until next time - Have many wonderful days.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

June stitch from stash update

Hello everyone,
It's time for my monthly check-in for Stitching from Stash 2015-A hosted by Mel at Epic Stitching.
This is the last month for part A. But the fun continues as I have signed up for Part B that runs from July-December.

Month: June 2015
Budget Amount $25.00
Spent: $100.02  [$51.92 for charts (includes those that haven't arrived) + $48.10 for threads (includes those that haven't arrived)] out of available $172.51 (monthly amount + previous carry forward)
Earned: $0.00 (yes dear readers this is the first month with no earnings)
Carry Forward: $0.00
Since I can't carry an of my budgeted amount + earnings into the second half of the year, I figured that it was time for a shopping spree.

First up is some new charts:

The Scarlet House - Strawberry House Pin Keep and Scissor weight
With thy needle and Thread- A Tisket, A Tasket
With thy Needle and Thread- Pinfeathers
Just Nan - Juliet the Bride Mouse

** I still have two more on order that haven't yet arrived.  Heartstring sampler  For spacious skies and an older bookmark booklet- Between the Pages.

and some threads and needles. There are some lovely GAST, GAST wools, Weeks Dye Works, Classic Colors and even a Valdani.

** I still have five more Accentuate metallic on order that haven't yet arrived.

It was a busy month. Dad had several Dr. appointments- he is doing well- no more home nursing - just another month of home physical therapy. We did find out that the pain he is having could be diabetic nerve pain- not pain from the surgery- so he started a new medication to see if it can help.

Thunderstorms hit our area - this time it loosened our printer connections. I was able to get it to print but the copy and scan features aren't working right now. So making a working copy of anything hasn't been possible. Hopefully I'll be able to get it fully working again.

Our swimming pool developed a tear in the liner- took a few days to get it repaired.

Bucky and Samantha had vet visits. Both are doing well. Their thyroid medication is helping. Bucky does have a liver enzyme that is running high - hopefully the supplement  the vet gave us will help. We will find out next month at his next visit.

I only worked on one stitching project this month.

Heaven and Earth Designs 2012 BB SAL SK Forbidden Doorway Chart Design by Michele Sayetta Artwork by Meredith Dillman
28ct PTP Opal Moonglow
Stitch Count 75 x 291, 1 over 1 full cross
DMC & Kreinik #4

May 2015 she was at 15750 stitches completed. Now at 18500 stitches completed! Only a little more to go before I have it finished.

July is looking like another busy month with Dad's Dr. appointments - at least one each week, DH's few medical appointments, Bucky's vet trip, and I just got a jury duty notice.

Until next time -
Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

May Stitching from Stash check in

Hello everyone,
It's time for my monthly check in for the Stitch from stash 2015-A hosted by Mel at Epic Stitching.

Month: May 2015
Budget Amount: $25.00
Spent: $13.49 (Just Nan Bluebird Tweet)
Earned: $4.00 (nutkin Mitten) + $ 2.00 (Star card) + $4.00 (baseball bookmark) = $10.00
Carry Forward: $25.00 - $13.49 spent +$10.00 earned + $126.00 carried from last month =$147.51

This was another busy month. Dad is healing - but slowly so that meant weekly trips to the surgeon's office as well as his other medical appointments.  His sutures and staples were removed this past week.

I've been trying to spend as much time as possible outside at our house as well as at Mom & Dad's doing necessary yard work. It was a long winter - and we even had another frost a few days ago. It hit our blooming azaleas and peonies but luckily the apple trees and crabapples seem to have escaped the damage.

My brother came up from Florida for a surprise visit. (Well - actually it was a surprise for Mom (and Dad) as he wanted to see her for her birthday and Mother's Day). We knew he was coming for a few months.

We had a visitor to our bird feeders a few weeks ago. It was so nice to see the splash of color from this indigo bunting. (we normally only see blue jays and the occasional eastern bluebird).

That inspired my purchase for the month. This lovely Just Nan Bluebird design.

So with this busy month, I still managed to get some stitching done.
First up is  this freebie that I got in the mail.
Nutkin Mitten © 2014 The Cricket Collection
Fabric: 28ct Spruce Green Pastel Cashel Linen
Threads: DMC
Stitch Count: 42 x 43, 2 over 2
Cross stitch * contains fractional stitches, backstitch, French knot

Next I picked up my Just Cross Stitch Magazine that arrived in the mail and chose to bring along a project to several of Dad's appointments.
Hardanger Card Duo- Star Card by Roz Watnemo published in the June 2015 Issue of Just Cross Stitch
Fabric: 28ct antique white lugana
Thread: Caron Wildflowers (I didn't have any black iris on hand... but I did have some Appalachia)
Stitch Count: 82 x 18, 1 over varies
Horizontal and vertical Satin stitch, lazy daisy, backstitch, woven bars
It will be finished as a bookmark when I get the chance to cut and fold some card stock.

Another project I worked on in various waiting rooms was this lovely bookmark pattern that I found in 501 Cross Stitch Designs by Sam Hawkins for American School of Needlework, Inc. © 1993
Fabric: 18ct ivory Aida
Threads: DMC
Stitch Count: 61 x 21, 2 over 1
Cross stitch, backstitch
Somewhere I have some home plate eyelets and baseball brads that I will use to embellish this when finishing it.

Lastly, I filled my quiet days with a little of this Heaven and Earth Design.
HAED 2012 BB SAL SK Forbidden Doorway Chart Design by Michele Sayetta Artwork by Meredith Dillman
Fabric: 28ct Picture this Plus Opal Moonglow
Threads: DMC & Kreinik #4
Stitch Count: 75 x 291, 1 over 1, full cross

At last count I had finished 14535 stitches, now she is at 15750! So close - I really hope to finish this one up soon as I have at least three more that have been calling for me to start them.

That's it for now.
Until next time - Have many wonderful days!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

April Stitch from Stash Update

Hello Everyone,
Thanks so much for all your kind words. My computer time has been limited by my Dad's medical appointments - but I wanted to say thanks to everyone who has left a comment.

It's time for my stitching from stash monthly update for April hosted by Mel at Epic Stitching.
Month: April 2015
Budget Amount: $25.00
Spent: $14.00 (Just Nan Strawberry Bunny)
Earned: $2.00 (Stitchworks Fall Heart Free Graph)
Carry forward: $25.00 + 2.00 Earned - $14.00 spent + 113.00 from last month = $126.00

My Dad had his first vascular by-pass surgery for his right leg yesterday. Hopefully he will recover quickly so that his other leg can be scheduled for the necessary surgery.

Spending? Yes, I caved... I saw this lovely limited edition from Just Nan and before I knew it I added it to my cart and checked out. But I am stitching it as a gift for our dear friend JM.

This month, I worked on a bunch of things but have little to show for it....

First is the Cricket Collection  Nutkin Mitten mentioned last month - somehow I made a mistake and have been spending more time frogging than stitching. I only have a few more rows to fix so hopefully I can finish it up for next month.

Then I started a Baseball theme bookmark while at my Dad's appointments. I only got the first letter stitched.

I added a few more stitches to my Snowman Needleroll by M designs but not enough progress for another picture.

I also managed to put a few hundred stitches in my HAED Forbidden Doorway - again - not enough done for a picture.

Lastly, I managed a very small finish. I had this with me yesterday so I was able to stitch it up while my Dad was in surgery.
Free Graph "Fall Heart" from the Heartstrings series © 2008 The Stitchworks, Ltd.
Fabric: 14 ct Lambswool Aida
Threads: DMC
Stitch Count: 29 x 26, 2 over 1
Cross Stitch, Long Stitch

Just have to finish it - just the right size for an ornie or a fob

One more picture before I leave... Here is Bucky watching dinner cook. He has a direct line of sight to the tasty treats that are in the oven.  Samantha was asleep when I took this picture. I'll try to have a picture of her next month.

Until next update,
Have a wonderful day!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Stitching from Stash March Update and Bookmarks for Literacy

Hello Everyone,
Thanks so much for all your wonderful and encouraging comments. I really appreciate all your kind words.

It's time for my monthly check in for Stitching from Stash 2015-A hosted by Mel at Epic Stitching.
Month: March 2015
Budget Amount: $25.00
Spent:  $0.00
Earned: $4.00 (BBD Designs - Be Mine)
Carry forward: $25.00+4.00 earned +$ 84.00 from last month = $113.00
I did not get  much stitching done this month. I did manage to get one project finished and another one started.
First is my finished one..

Be Mine ©2009 Blackbird Designs from the Booklet Love Is In The Air Three Stockings for February

Fabric: 30ct R&R Valentine's Blend

Thread: GAST

Stitch Count: 44 x 73, 2 over 2

Cross Stitch

Next, I started this one while I was at various appointments with my Dad. He has had a few ongoing medical issues that are finally beginning to be sorted out. This week he has three more appointments - one at the vascular center to have a second attempt to try to fix a problem he has with his legs. Then he will return in another month for a by-pass surgery (right leg). So I'm looking through my patterns and finding some small take along projects as these are very long days.

My next project to share is this one. It's taking me a lot longer to stitch as my fabric choice could have been better and the lighting at the Dr. office is not ideal.

Nutkin Mitten © 2014 The Cricket Collection (freebie)
Fabric: 28ct Spruce Green Pastel Cashel Linen
Thread: DMC
Stitch Count: 42 x 43, 2 over 2
Cross Stitch With some fractional stitches, Backstitch, French Knots

Another week I spent trying to organize some of my stash. I was looking for  a few patterns that I know I bought - I pulled them out last month and set them aside - I even have some pictures of them here on my blog - but they aren't with my other patterns. So instead of choosing something else, I decided to put my patterns all  together as I came across them. I'm still working on this - LOL!

Then I had another reason to not stitch - I received a Funk & Weber Designs newsletter that requested some bookmarks to be sent to Alaska for the Stitching for Literacy program. So I dropped my needle and went into my craft/ sewing room to unearth some projects that were in my finishing basket and began to finish them up. 

Stitching details are:
1. A lovely bookmark from the mini card collection 'D' © 2010 The Prairie Schooler, Inc.
Fabric:16ct Taupe Aida  (prefinished bookmark that I purchased online)
DMC Threads
Stitch Count: 94 x 24, 2 over 1

2. The Orient Bracelets by Di Noyce published in Jill Oxton's Cross Stitch & Beading Issue 52
Silimide Thread
Miyuki Delicas
Stitch Count: 20 x 99

3. Mini Blueberry White Chocolate Truffle designed © Kathryn Drummond of Gingerbread Girl Designs
Fabric: grab bag evenweave (DMC 3072)
Threads: HDF
Stitch Count: 21 x 21 (center design was 1 over 2, and 4 corners were stitched one over 1)

4. TSV’ Complimentary Design  © 2009 Spooktacular Bookmark  by  Jo-Anne Mason for Dinky-Dyes Designs
Fabric: 28ct Silkweaver Purple Frenzy
Threads: Dinky Dyes
Stitch Count: 27 x 71

5. Barn Owl published in Jill Oxton's Cross Stitch & Bead Weaving Issue 72
Fabric: Canvas
Threads: DMC
Stitch Count: 28 x 43 (I chose not to stitch the bookmark portion)

6. Long nosed Butterfly Fish by Jill Oxton published in Jill Oxton's Cross Stitch & Beading Issue 64
Silimide Thread
Miyuki Delicas
Stitch Count: 48x 35

7. Lambs by Jill Oxton published in Jill Oxton's Cross Stitch & Bead Weaving Issue 78
Silimide Thread
Miyuki Delicas
Stitch Count: 24 x 19

8. Bunny © 2007 Imaginating, Inc.
Fabric: 28ct Oceantide Lugana by Silkweaver
Threads: DMC
Stitch Count: 26 x 26, 2 over 2
I added Miyuki Delica aqua mist beads #078

9. Tigger Candy Cane Ornament (Leisure Arts Kit)
Fabric: 14ct Perforated Plastic
Stitch Count: 54 x 75, 6 over 1

10. Happiness is...St. Patrick's Day Cat © Lynn B. freebie available here
Fabric: 32ct Fairy Dust Belfast
Threads: DMC
Stitch Count: 27 x 27, 2 over 2
Miyuki delica for trim

11. October Birdhouse © 2011 Ship's Manor
Fabric: dove stitch grab bag green
Threads: DMC
Stitch Count: 35 x 70, 2 over 2

12. Butterflies by Di Noyce published in Jill Oxton Cross Stitch & Beading Issue 57
Blue Version
Silimide Thread
Miyuki Delicas
Stitch Count: 32 x 34

13. Treasure Bookmark © 2008 At River's End
Fabric: 32ct Blue grab bag
Threads: DMC
Stitch Count: 86 x 94, 2 over 2
Embellished with a pirate ship brad

14. Of Generations Past Gettysburg Address Bookmark from "Gettysburg, Pennsylvania" Bits of History Series ©2011 Joanne M. Thayer from Of Generations Past.
Fabric: Aida
Threads: DMC
Stitch Count: 101 x 27, 2 over 1

That's it for now...    Until next time...
Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

February stitch from stash update and some love-ly projects

Hello everyone,
It's time for my monthly check in for Stitching from Stash 2015-A hosted by Mel at Epic Stitching.

Month: February 2015
Budget Amount: $25.00
Spent: $0.00
Earned: $4.00 (Charland Heart Fob) + $4.00 (Bent creek Flair Sparkle)+$ 4.00 (Bent Creek All you Need is Love)+ $4.00 (JCS 2000 Ursula Michael's Christmas Quilt) +$8.00 (Midsummer Night Designs Lovebird)+$0.00 (VS Woodland Birdies - Owl)  = $24.00
Carry forward: $49.00 + $35.00 from last month =  $84.00

After my last post, I went through some of my stash and pulled a bunch of February / love themed charts. Wow! I have so many - there is no way that I could stitch them all in one month (LOL).

But first I finished up this lovely snowman. I am planning to finish it as a tin topper. I'll add the JABCO snowflake button when I finish it.
Flair Sparkle @2011 Bent Creek, Inc.
Fabric: 16ct dirty Aida
Threads: WDW, GAST
Stitch Count:32 x 42, 2 over 1
Cross Stitch and Backstitch

Then I found this lovely scissor fob chart that was in my freebie folder. I had gotten it with an online order quite some time ago. I decided to leave off the charm as I liked the fob just as it was. Front:
Heart Scissor Fob © 2001 Charland Designs Inc.
Fabric: I didn't have the banding so I substituted 30ct Natural (DMC 3782)
Threads: DMC, DMC perle8, GAST
Stitch Count: 46 x 21, 2 over 2 and 1 over 2
Cross Stitch and Satin Stitch
I made the cording using DMC 304 and 321 since I didn't have a long enough length of uncut GAST

and back...

Next is this Bent Creek pattern from my freebie binder
All you Need is Love © Bent Creek (I couldn't find the year on it)
Fabric: 32ct Desert Sand (DMC 422)
Threads: WDW
Stitch Count: 62 x 52, 2 over 2
Cross Stitch

I left off the 9 JABCO purple poindexter buttons as  I can't seem to find them. I'm still thinking about how I want to finish this one.

Then I picked up my Just Cross Stitch Ornaments 2000 and decided that this would make a lovely tri-fold needle wallet. Front
Christmas Quilt 2000 © Ursula Michaels Designs
Fabric: 28ct White evenweave
Threads: Kreinik#4
Stitch Count: 40 x 40, 1 over 2
Cross Stitch, backstitch

and inside...

I only had a small amount  of the pine boughs and the buttons to complete this one. My small cut of fabric is just the right size to stitch up the remaining 2 from this booklet before I "finish" them in tart tins.
Owl- Woodland Birdies Christmas Tartlets #3 design by Cathy Jean for the Victoria Sampler © 2013
Fabric:28ct summer khaki
Threads: GAST, WDW, I substituted DMC for the colors I couldn't find right away, and I also substituted Miyuki delica beads for the SJ beads
Embellished with 4mm red buttons
Stitch Count: 32 x 33, 2 over 2
Cross Stitch, Back Stitch, Long Stitch

Lastly, I found this lovely freebie on the internet here.
Lovebird © 2008 Midsummer Night Designs
Fabric: 32ct Country Mocha
Threads: DMC
Stitch Count: 59 x 69, 2 over 2
Cross Stitch

I also put a few more stitching in the M Designs Snowman Needle roll - just not enough for a picture.

So now it's time to go through my stash to see what I'll stitch next month. Will it be a March theme? or maybe I'll finish some more of the February / love designs... or perhaps grab one of my bigger projects...Hmmm. we'll just have to see.. Until next time -
Have a wonderful day!
Lisa M.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

January Stitch from Stash update

Hello everyone,
It's a new Year and time for some new stitching from stash. Since I survived last year I signed up for Stitching from Stash 2015-A hosted by Mel at Epic Stitching.

Month: January 2015
Budget Amount: $25.00
Spent: $0.00
Earned: $2.00 (Pumpkin Fob) + 8.00 (Flurry Snowflake) = $10.00
Carry forward: $35.00

New Start and finish!

Pumpkin Scissor Fob © 2000 The Stitchworks, Ltd.
Fabric: 28ct Khaki (DMC 613)
Threads: DMC
Stitch Count: 25 x 23, 2 over 2
Cross Stitch, Back Stitch
Embellished with buttons from my stash as the buttons included broke when I took them out of the package.
I made the cording using DMC 920 and DMC Pearl 4130

Here is the back

Another Start and finish: Years ago I made Snowflake Merry into a little candy tote for a friend. So I decided this time to stitch this freebie - Snowflake Flurry©2003 Kreinik available here.
Fabric: 16ct White Aida
Threads: DMC Kreinik#4
Beads: Magnifica Beads
Stitch Count:69 x 55, 1 over 1
Cross Stitch, Long Stitch, Back Stitch, Beading, French Knots
I was hoping to have it finished before posting but I got a little busy with other things so hopefully I'll find some time this coming week to make it into a small tote.

So next I'm getting ready to stitch the next snowflake (Moe) and my Kreinik and magnificas aren't with my pattern... Now where did I put them.. Hmmm... I know I bought them... Oh well time to look for something else until they turn up.

Next I grab Skinny Mini Snow by Charland Designs - the threads and charms are with my pattern. All I need is my twilight blue fabric. So I grab my blue fabrics...still no twilight....I know I have some... maybe I put it with my grey fabrics. Hmmm.. I'll have to look later.

Still in the snowman mood I grab my project bag for DH follow-up Dr. Appointments.
Pattern - Bent Creek Sparkle ...check
Fabric.. Check
Threads... check
Scissors... check...
Needles? Oh no... I forgot to grab them. Luckily we didn't have a long wait... So I grabbed my needles for the next weekly visit and all I managed to get in was three stitches. Dr. was running on time.

And lastly one more snowman start.
Snowman Needle Roll © 2001 Mary McLenon (M Designs)
Fabric: 32ct Driftwood Belfast
Threads: DMC, DMC#12
Beads: Mill Hill, Mill Hill Petite
Stitch Count: 91 x 73, 2 over 2
Cross Stitch, backstitch, Fan Stitch, Eyelet Stitch, Four Sided Stitch

I hope to finish this up soon.

Until next time
Have a wonderful day!
Lisa M.