Thursday, July 30, 2015

SFS July 2015

Month : July
Spent   : $0
Earned: Not going to track - will try to remain within the $25 budget!
Carried forward: $25

As with the first 6 months of the SFS challenge, I'm going to be tracking my spend (if any!) in US dollars......though with the currency exchange rate being what it is....postage being what it is....and the fact that I've decided until my Chatellaine charts ordered in November last year gets here , I won't be doing any serious online purchasing.....
what was I mumbling in about........
Oh yes! I was trying to say that it is rather unlikely that I'll be making any huge purchases these few months!

This is week 2 of the old folks's stay and we're still taking each day as it happens....not only is the cliate here vastly different to Cape Town's, the people and drivers and culture is too!

I've not done any stitching this past week.....I just can't seem to get my mojo going! I'm thinking maybe just starting something new, or getting out one of the really old WIPS (or should that be UFOs!) will help get things back on track. Think I'll try that this weekend!

Hope you're all been keeping well and enjoying your stitchy time!

Take care

Friday, July 24, 2015

Honey...I'm home!!

Bet you thought I'd done a runner again huh ?! :D
It has been a while since my last post.....and I've been absent from most of your blogs for a while....and for that I do apologise! It's been a rather busy and chaotic time. make up for my absence I thought it best to bore you with a long detailed post on what I've been up to :D

First there were my internet and email woes..... in South Africa.....we have the most inept bunch of ninnies running things. We experience power outages on a regular basis....well....not really outages as these are planned get cut off the power grid for 4 hours when the demand is too much for our wonderful State run power supply company. These regular outages..... called load-shedding... have played absolute havoc with not only our ability to cook and do normal things like watch telly or read at night....but also with all other electrical equipment...such as the ADSL router. So no internet if it carries on for long enough no hot water as the geysers won't heat up. But....enough of that....just wanted to paint the picture of what the bunch of crazies running this country has been up to. Oh.....and then.....for a cheek....they applied to increase the electricity tariffs by almost 25%! Needless to say that was shot down!

So....what else.....

Ahhhh.....then there has been the BIG MOVE.... Dad is diabetic....and has chronic kidney needs dialysis thrice a week. My Mum is hard of hearing and has her own set of medical conditions. Hubby and I decided that as I am now at home, it would be better for them if they moved to Johannesburg to be with us. This has been a really difficult time for them....they have lived in Cape Town their whole life.....and the house for over 35 years. Having to put the house on the market was not an easy thing. As it was the school holidays, we all went down to be with them and help with some packing and then we all flew back together, Most of their things will follow later. It's been a week and they are settling.....well...not quite settling..that will take a while longer I think....but they know that we're doing this for them and because we do worry about them being alone in that large house...if Mum falls at night, Dad is too weak to help her and if he'd had dialysis the day he'd be in no condition to even get to her! And if Dad get's ill  at night...Mum would't be able to hear him as she is is quite frankly deaf if her hearing aid is removed! So...we are trying to make them comfortable and let them know that we really do want them with us-it's not easy if you've been independent to now hand over some of those burdens. And of course my 2 cats are not happy with the fact that Mum has brought her cat along as there's been lots of kitty growls and angry hisses to deal with as well!

On the good news youngest sister and her boyfriend decided that before the old folks moved, they wanted to get married :) SO an impromptu, small and informal little wedding was held before we left. They will have a bigger reception in the new year :) Oh.....and my nephew is due in January! So excited about that! I've been looking at knitting patterns ....what to knit/crochet!! Oh....and a baby sampler is called for too!!!

Now....I haven't forgotten that this is essentially supposed to be a stitchy blog :D
I've been doing very little of that.....but I did manage to get a few stitches into my YOTA piece....even though I didn't get to post my progress last month! I've been working on it expect pics in the next YOTA post!

I think I mentioned at some point that I had signed up do participate in a Stitched Envelope Exchange organised by Mii Stitch. Oh what fun that was! I decided to stitch  "A Quaker Envelope" featured in A Gift of Stitching, Issue 15 April 2007. And as it has safely arrived with Mii.....I can share pics :)

Without any further ado......

The back of the envelope

Stitched card
"Bebunni" card kit
The World of Cross Stitching, Issue 227

A little bit of goodies to fill the envelope....
The card is covering the address on the front of the envelope :)

I've also been working on "Summer"....and am so close to finishing it I can hear the music of my happy dance :D

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

I bet you're wondering what still needs doing before I can start doing a mad crazy celebratory shuffle!
Well....for starters....this....

Bit difficult to see....but that line just below the sunflower? Well.....there's about 10 stitches that's missing the top arm of the X

And then there's this.....

Well....there's a bee missing between the two leaves

That's really it! Like I said....not much stitching taking place....Serenity needs attention does my Drawn Thread Sampler......too much to stitch and too little time!!

Have a lovely weekend you beauties :) I'm oing to be trying to play catch up on all your blogs!

Take care

Friday, May 29, 2015

SFS May 2015

Month : May
Spent   : $0
Earned: Not going to track - will try to remain within the $25 budget!
Carried forward: $106.82

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 :) spending this month....yay!!! I'm rather pleased with that. I have been tempted....there has been the HAED 50% off sale....and the Memorial Day sales at so many online retailers.....but I shut my eyes and went rummaging through my drawers of kits and patterns  to remind myself that I really really didn't need anything more......I WANTED more....but didn't NEED it ......not sure if this logic will see me through another month :)

This month has been a strange one on the stitchy front.....I can't seem to settle down and get on with it!! It's rather annoying as I have so much I want to work on but can't seem to make myself get a move on.

I made a start on Milady's Blossom Garden....the SAL drawn thread piece designed by Abi Gurden - this piece is being offered exclusively to members of the Yahoo group "The Stitch Specialists". She will be offering it for sale at some stage in the future on her site, Bee's Needleworks.
This piece is a beginners drawn threadwork piece, and Abi is fantastic at explaining!
I've completed part one and have part 2 ready....but that inability to settle that I mentioned earlier is making it difficult to get around to that!

While working on Part 1, I had a few false starts with colours....

Can you see the yellow in the lilac blossoms? No? Neither could I! So that needed replacing....and I wasn't happy with the brown that I was using on the outside vine thingy that came out too.

Eventually...this is what I ended up with....

Milady's Blossom Garden by Abi Gurden
Part 1 - stitched on 32 ct linen with DMC
Part 2 has a band in that requires cutting....could that be why I'm being so reluctant to get a start on it???

I also spent some time working on Sunflowers....

This was what it looked like last month....

And how it looks at the moment...
"Sunflowers in Summer" by CCN
Stitched on 30ct Cocoa Linen using the recommended threads
Funny how the light makes the pics look totally different!

I haven't taken pics of  Serenity Harbour....but have been stitching on this too :)

I guess I'm not doing too bad....but I do feel guilty that I haven't worked on my "black blob" this month....nor on the Enchantress.....
I guess I have a few days to get around to it :)

I also received a beautifully finished ornie in the mail all the way from New Zealand that had been mailed out this way ....December 4, 2014!

Can you see the date there??!!
Inside this package was this.....

Have I mentioned how much I love owls??? I have? :D 
Well I do!!

Some of my owls :)
Lee had offered one of her ornies in a give-away and I had been the lucky winner :) I am so very very very pleased that this wonderfully beautiful piece has made it's way to me. Thank you Lee.....your work is exquisite and I couldn't bring myself to pack it's hanging out for for all to admire :)

I guess I better hush up now.....this has been a lonnnggggg post!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Take care

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Yikes!!! YOTA!

Yikes indeed!!

In the madness of all the holidays we've been having here I totally forgot to make this post on the weekend!

So without further is my progress on Enchantress for this month....

When you last saw her she looked like this....

I did a little bit more on her....and this is what she's looking like at the moment

I love the richness of the colours used in her dress :)

Every time I pull her out I 'm reminded how much I really like working on this piece! I don't know why I put her away for so long but am just so glad for the YOTA which got me taking her out of my box of shame and out into the daylight! I could stitch on her for weeks!

This week will see a bit more work on the "Sunflowers" and then of course there's the "black blob" that needs more black.....and the Drawn thread SAL that I've signed up for.....need to decide on colours for that one!

Hope you're all having a wonderful week :)

Take care

Monday, April 27, 2015

SFS April 2015

Month : April
Spent   : $13.33
Earned: Not going to track - will try to remain within the $25 budget!
Carried forward: $81.82

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 this month saw a further whittling into the budget,,,,but I can honestly say that the one purchase was necessity (the DMC threads for my mini HAED "The Witching Hour") and I think that paying $8.60 for 14 skeins of DMC out here in my neck of the woods is a pretty good bargain so I'm not going to complain about that one bit!

The second purchase is another fantastic bargain - Abi Gurden, from Bee's Needleworks and owner of the Yahoo Group "The Stitch Specialists" designed an absolutely gorgeous SAL for drawn thread work that she offers at a super duper cannot say no to cost of only $4.73 for the entire six part SAL. Her work is gorgeous! Head on over here to have a sneak peak at the design. Joining the group is free...and there's a wealth of knowledge that is shared there :)

On the stitchy front this month has been mostly the "Serenity Harbour SAL" by Donna of By the Bay Needleart. The beauty of this piece is that while Donna supplies suggestions for colours, it's entirely up to you how you wish to play with it! I spent a bit more time on it this month as I couldn't quite decide on the choice of colour for the water so had a few false starts :) As I shared a pic in the last post I'll skip a repeat!

I also spent a few days on "Witching Hour" and can say that I've finished column 2 of page one....and a wee bit extra. At this rate I should have this piece beyond the black blob stage in about a year :D

Mini "The Witching Hour"
Stitched on 25 count Laguna with DMC threads

Not part of my SFS report as I had placed the order for these goodies last year and thanks to our postal woes they never arrived back then, are these lovelies!

I have to admit that I had actually totally forgotten about placing this order! The one order I am really really waiting for and am worried has been lost is the one with my Chatelaines :(  I'm keeping fingers crossed that it will eventually make it's way out to me!

This week will see me spending time with my Woodland Enchantress....hopefully some progress to show in my next YOTA post!

Have a wonderful week all :)

I'll leave you with a pic of my fat lil fur girly - Buttons :)

Take care