Monday, December 8, 2014

Really??!!!

I mean really honestly and truely!! How frustrating !!!

I've been working on this piece during the week.....

Sunflowers in Summer
I've managed to get quite a bit along the way......



So what exactly has me frustrated?
Well.....let me explain (I'll try to be brief!)

I purchased the supplies for this about 3 years ago.....along with a load of other bits and bobs....as it was one of the pieces I had chosen to stitch in the 2012 CJC. Being the bright crayon in the box.....I didn't exactly think that I may have needed more than 1 skein. And the pattern doesn't give an indication anywhere about how much you'd need either.....
So.....my dilema.....I am about out of the green...and need another skein.,
So....online I go to purchase ONE skein of Baby Spinach....as this is all I need......
And I find it.....One skein is about $2 at most of the shops.....BUT would you believe me when I say that  every single one of them wants to charge me about $7 to post???? Really????? ONE skein???? How much does ONE skein weigh that they are charging me three times the cost in postage???? Surely even costing in the envelope to place said skein into.....$7???!!!!!!

As Gentle Arts is an overdye, and I've already done the bottom lettering and swirls in it, I'm left with the dilema of either ripping out the lettering and using a DMC substitute, or just leaving it until I get an order together that would justify this ridiculousness.....
Let's hope brother gives me a voucher for my birthday in Jan......then I can get some bits !

Now.....enough of the ranting.......

As KimM was the only stitcher who indicated that she'd love the TP, I'm happy to say that it'll be back on it's way to the USA soon! 

Hope you all had wonderful weekends :)

Take care



Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Travelling Pattern is ready to Travel!

After waiting a couple of months to get here (thanks to our 4 month postal strike!), I am happy to announce that this little jewel is ready to continue it's travels across the globe :)

I had not wanted to start stitching it until I knew for certain that the strike was over....so started it on Saturday, and put the last stitch  in last night :)

"Count Your Blessings" by Shakespear's Peddler
Stitched on 16 ct aida
Using a mix of DMC, Gentle Arts & WDW threads


This chart has been to quite a few places over it's many years of travels - Oklahoma, Canada, Greece, South Africa (two trips here actually!), Ireland, France and Spain.

Would you like to be stitcher # 42?

If so please leave a comment below :)

The only requirements to be considered as the next stitcher is that you promise to stitch it up quickly (which I really did....just had to delay getting started as I didn't want to post it out while the strike was on and risk it going awol!), and post a pic on your blog!

Another finish for 2014....yay!!

Have a great week further all :)

Take care



EDIT: Forgot to add that I'll post this out on Monday :)

Monday, December 1, 2014

When is enough.....really ENOUGH?

I've spent the weekend clearing out my craft room. Hubby has more need of the space as an office, and as I really don't *use* the room for anything other than to keep my bits and bobs in (I normally move the sewing machine into the diningroom whenever I have to use it and I stitch in the lounge infront of the telly every evening). I decided that the room would be best used as his study.

Now....what this has meant is that I needed to wade through my *stuff*. And as I moved everything out of the room....I realised that I've become consumed with things.....there's just so many things! I have enough fabric to complete quite a few projects....so I may have to use a different colour or count....but is that really so bad? I have more patterns than I'll ever get through.....with still more on it's way from orders stuck in the system during our postal strike! There are more magazines than I'll ever stitch through......

And then there were the Black Friday emails....tempting me and seducing me to come and spend money that I could ill afford...which...I am happy to report...I managed to resist! 

So....I asked myself....when is enough ......enough? 

I've allowed myself two little luxuries for the new year....the Serenity Harbour BOM Club...and Jenny's Monthly Stitchery Club.....but have decided that that will be it. There will be no more purchasing of stitchy supplies! Once my fabrics finally get here (the ones that's still stuck in the mailing system) then I shouldn't need to purchase more....I have enough....

I've already loaded a box with magazines and books that I know I will not use and am hoping to sell it on a local auction site here. At this point I just need to declutter. And I'm seriously hoping that I'll be able to do so.

Do you have just enough? Or too much? Are you decluttering? Or still building up your stash?

Well....if I win stash then that is a totally different story now isn't it? :)

And speaking of winning.....here's a few more lovelies from Nancy!
- Choose between a Quacker style chart or a Christmas chart here
- You get to pick....again! Floss, fabric or trims here
- Choose between a $25 Gift Voucher or a Surprise Package here
- A WHOPPING $100 gift voucher (yes that's right!) here

Hope you all have a lovely week :)

Take care



Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Mega Mini #4 & Smalls SAL

Unlike last month's MMMM (hosted by Justine this month!) where I focussed exclusively on minis and stitched something extra for the Smalls SAL, I decided that for this month I'd focus on a mini/small that was bundled in my "Box of Shame" - that dark place I hide my UFOs so as not to be haunted by their pitiful cries!

I am absolutely ecstatic  about being able to cross another project off my list of pre-2014 WIPS/UFOs!

A drum roll if you please for my absolutely gorgeous little piece ! :D
Yes yes...I know we aren't supposed to call our own pieces gorgeous and that normally we focus on the fact that we miscounted ....but I am so happy about this little piece that I've decided to overlook the fact that the beads are not quite where they are supposed to be and that I didn't quite do the whip stitch as it should have been and I used 2 threads for one set of stitches when I should have used 1...and etc etc etc :D

I'm just going to bask in it's tiny glory and be happy :)


"Colonial Roses" Biscornu by The Sweetheart Tree
Stitched on 32 count Rue Green Belfast Linen
Using DMC Floss

A view of the side :)

Little piece of loveliness :)

Now....before I forget...Nancy has listed some more giveaways .....
- 30 skeins of her gorgeous Sampler Floss here
- Another choice....linen aida or floss here! How do you decide??!
- A surprise gift specially selected by Nancy here

There's still some time to enter any or all of her give-aways, so don't delay!

To those who celebrate Thanksgiving, have a wonderful day :)

Take care

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Mega Mini #3 .....TUSAL & more give-aways :)

Well.....that's rather a mouthful for a post title isn't it? But it kinda covers it all :D

I've been working on my biscornu top (or is that bottom??) this week. Funny how this little piece takes so long! It's just so fiddly!!!

Anyhooo......it's finally done!

"Colonial Rose Biscornu" by The Sweetheart Tree

Top and bottom....side by side...


Now to stitch them together! Which is the plan for this week :)

Daffycat hosts the Totally Useless Stitch-A-Long :) And it's that time of the month again to post.....so here are my orts for the month!



Quite a bit of them....and some fluff from those moments when I had to frog....

I'm pretty sure that the  whole of blogland is aware of Nancy's generosity.....but if you haven't yet....then do head over to her blog and enter the give-aways that interest you! I've mentioned a few in my last post here, and since then...there has been a few more that she's holding....
 - choose between a gift voucher or fabric here
 - a stunning sewing necessaire here
 - a choice of any chart in her ebay store, here
 - a surprise present here
 - more floss (40 skeins!) here

Any plans for Sunday? As it's just me and the kiddies (hubby is off travelling again!) we're off to the movies tomorrow to watch "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" :D
Should be fun! I saw a trailer and it had a kangaroo in it.....and an alligator! (Well....I *think* it's an alligator...but it could very well have been a crocodile for all I know!)

Hope you're enjoying your Saturday afternoons and that you'll have a wonderfu Sunday :)

Take care