Friday, March 27, 2015

SFS March 2015



Month : March
Spent   : $4.85
Earned: Not going to track - will try to remain within the $25 budget!
Carried forward: $70.15

Subscription not included in Budget: Serenity Harbour SAL $6
                                             Sew & Stitch Magazine $15

If you're wondering what SFS is all about, head on over to Mel's blog and read all about it :)

Well....I guess my resolution to NOT buy any more magazines just did not hold up! See...there's a little shop down the road from me that sells brand new back issues of all the UK mags....stitching...knitting....all of them! So when I received a text from them to say that they were having a sale...all mags were selling at about $2.42....I *had* to go have a look! (well....the normal price for these mags here is about $10 a piece!). I did restrict myself to two stitchy mags tho!



I've also been keeping busy these past few days stitching....

I've caught up with the Serenity Harbour SAL.....and before part 4 is released!  I'm loving this design!

"Serenity Harbour Sampler" : By the Bay Needleart
Stitched on 32ct "Antique Champagne" linen
Using a mix of DMC, Silks, and over-dyes

I've also spent some time with "Summer".....

"Sunflowers in Summer"by CCN
Stitched on 30ct Cocoa Linen using the recommended threads 

And I started a new HAED....

HAED: "The Witching Hour"
stitched on 25ct Laguna
Yes I know I don't need a new start....especially a HAED....but it *is* a mini....and I'd purchased this chart way back because the cat reminded me of Boo and Lord Nelson (the kitty I had had as a teen). It doesn't look like much right now....and probably won't for a long while as there's lots....I mean LOTS....of black in it! Page 1, Column 1 completed! Pull the Other Thread has a lovely tutorial on gridding your fabric here. I've tried the one page grid and have to say I think I really really like this method! I'm also stitching this in "tent stitch" (thanks for the heads up about the difference between a half cross stitch and tent stitch Justine!). I had to pilfer threads from my other HAED to get this started....so expect a bit of a spend next month when I go purchase threads to replenish stocks!

Hope you're all keeping warm....or enjoying your spring....depending on where in the world you're at :)

Have a fantastic weekend all :)

Take care

Monday, March 16, 2015

Good-bye little one....

Last night my little Boo closed his eyes and went to sleep.

Boo (Jan 2014-Mar 2015)
I sat with him as he closed his eyes....I do so hate losing them....

I wonder if he's sister mourns as well.....she looked in on him earlier.

Hopefully my youngest can be consoled with a new kitty .....I promised her that we'll get a new one in a week or so ....

I'll be back with some stitchy news in a few days

Have a good week all

Take care

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Thank you Ruth :)

A while back I lamented my stupidity at not buying enough "BabySpinach" to complete my "Sunflowers in Summer" piece.  The lovely and funny Ruth who blogs over at The Musing Badger kindly offered to send me  some. With our postal woes being what they are, I packed up Summer and moved on to other stichy delights.

When I checked my mail yesterday....what did I see but a little slip telling me I had something to collect! And it was these beauties!!!




I had been expecting 2 maybe 3 different skeins....not this treasure!

And in amongst them was a perfect match! So "Summer" will be out this week for a bit of work :)

Thank you so much Ruth :) Your package came at just the right moment to cheer me up :)

Two give-aways that may tickle your fancy....
Nancy is at it again :) Check out her gorgeous Spring trims give-away here
Lynn is having a giveaway of her lovelies too! Check it out here

Wishing you all a wonderful, safe week!

Take care


Sunday, March 8, 2015

YOTA Update 3

It's a day past posting and as usual I'm late! At least not "left-the-cookies-in-the-oven-for-too-long and-now-they're-burnt-to-cinders" late!! Just a wee bit off...... I'm pretty sure if I checked the clock somewhere in the world it is still Saturday!! :D

I've chosen "Enchantress" as my YOTA piece to work on for this year (read all about this lovely laid back SAL here). I may decide to swop it out at some stage or add another one of my many UFOs to work on...but for now Enchantress is about all I'm able to work on in between Serenity and my second crochet blankie (but more of that in a later post!)

So when I last posted a pic of her, this is what "Enchantress" looked like.....

Woodland Enchantress
I managed to get a few more stitches into the tree...and then decided that I wanted to work this piece in columns rather than just haphazardly wherever I wanted to, so made a start at the bottom of column one...so this is what it looks like now...

A smudge added to the bottom!

It may not look like it....but there's quite a few extra stitches put into the tree!



And a close up of the "smudge"that I added to the bottom :)



On a rather sad note....I had to take my little Boo to the vet (to those who may wonder who Boo is...he's one of my 3 kitty cats). He lost his appetite and just became very lethargic. So off to the vet he went in the week. I went to fetch him home yesterday. They've diagnosed him with FIP - it's a kitty virus which is almost always incurable and fatal. The vet says he may have a few days left or a few weeks. He is such a young kitty cat...only 14 months old. But FIP is apparently most common in cats younger than 2. Buttons (his sister) is fine, and so is my older Scruffy. It's apparently not a contagious disease. He spends the day asleep on my youngest bug's bed (this is his person - the one he always slept with at night) and telling her that he will only be with us for a short while has been most difficult. He eats a little and I am giving him water with a syringe. He will go back to the vet on Thursday. All we can do is monitor him before I will have to make the very painful decision to have him put to sleep....
I keep hoping that they made a mistake with his diagnosis and that he'll pick up strength, but when I see him sleeping and watch him trying to walk (he has very little energy) I know that they haven't...

And not wanting to leave you on a totally sad note.....my running time has improved and I am now down to 42 minutes :) Not too shabby ! Hubby and the youngest joined me on Saturday. No they didn't run the 5kms but walked it :) 

Have a lovely Sunday all 

Take care

Friday, February 27, 2015

SFS February 2015



Month : February
Spent: Zero
Earned: Not going to track - will try to remain within the $25 budget!
Carried forward: $50

Subscription not included in Budget: Serenity Harbour SAL $6
                                             Sew & Stitch Magazine $15

I had forgotten last month to declare my subscription to "Sew & Stitch" Magazines . This is not Cross stitch specific so not sure if I should be putting it here, but as it's a subscription I've had since last year I guess it doesn't much matter, does it?

If you're wondering what SFS is all about, head on over to Mel's blog and read all about it :)

With orders from last year still flowing in, the urge to splurge has been all but crushed :) That being said, I think we all know that stash buying isn't always about needing anything!! I'm convinced its a ....I want to say disease but the word just sounds so harsh! So I''ll say.....affliction? Whatever you wish to call it, suffice to say that very often we don't need the items ......we covet it....want it for some future project...and then we get seduced by the next piece of loveliness we see! If we were men and stash were women....we'd be married/in a different relationship every week HA! :D

With my fabric for the Serenity Harbour getting here (atlast) I could make a start with it. I'm not quite done with Part 1 but had a bit of a bumpy start....I had stitched the second flower in its entirety only to find that I had miscounted and had to frog the flower and vine! (I had to remind myself there is a reason why the saying "Count Twice Stitch Once"is there!)



I've changed pretty much every colour in the design....and actually had to redo rose 1 as I wasn't happy with the first colour choice.

I think my substitutions are rather pretty :) I don't much like pink roses so this peachy colour worked better for me :)

I've also been stitching on Enchantress....pics to follow in my YOTA update :)

Oh oh!! I've been meaning to post a pic of this forever!!!! (Forever being since I finished it in the first week of January of course :D



This is my first ever crochet blankie.....it's a giant granny square that I did with 2 colours I had in my stash. It's kinda lopsided and not quite square....or rectangular......but I'm rather pleased with it :) It's my eldest bug's ......now to start my son's one....hopefully he'll have his by next year winter :D

Have you been having fun? Keeping away from the white stuff that seems to be around in your part of the world? It's still relatively hot here and the kids are swimming most days....not sure how much longer though...I'm starting to feel a slow chill creep into the mornings....

Have a fantastic weekend all :)

Take care