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 ado....here 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


Friday, April 24, 2015

Serenity :)

That's what I've been working on.....well mostly anyways!

Can you believe that April has come and is now almost done and dusted??
For me it's been a month of adjustment and shifting gears....
See....when my eldest kept getting ill last year, hubby and I made the decision that I should quit the full time job. Believe me when I say that the decision was an easy one to make on a personal level - I'm home with the little ones to help with homework...there's no mad scramble to collect them at school then drop them home then head back to the office...there's no having to pay someone else to be with them in the afternoons (with no family living here in Jozi there's no support structure to call!)...there's no insane dash to get home in the evening to get dinner going....there's no worrying about how to squeeze in some time to get to gym with all the other things going on.....believe me... on this level it's a no brainer decision! Financially it has meant having to make certain mind shift as well as spend pattern changes....and this was really the big crunch decision bug. Eventually we decided that we'll just have to bite the bullet and learn to make do with the plenty we already have! So starting 1 April I have been a stay home mum....and I have been loving it :) There's loads that keep me occupied and I'm even finding that there's not enough time for me to squeeze in everything I want to before having to play taxi :D So we're adjusting and the month has just flown past on a super sonic jet!

As I mentioned earlier....it's been mostly Serenity Harbour this month....I finished Part 4 a week or so back
Serenity Harbour - Part 4

The pic really doesn't do the piece any justice....I have no idea why it's looking so washed out!

This is how the whole piece looks at the moment....


A tad scrumpy and crinkled sorry....

I've also been working on my middle bug's blankie....it'll probably get dome in time for winter next year :D I'll have to take a pic next time and show you guys!

And almost forgot....the other bit that's been seeing some needle time has been the HAED mini....no pic tho....the weather this afternoon is terrible and with my bad pic taking streak I'd rather not attempt a pic of all that black in this light!

Have a fantastic weekend all....

Take care

Monday, April 6, 2015

YOTA Update 4

This is me doing the white rabbit thing again.....I'm late I'm late.......

Have you had a restful weekend? I assume that it has been a long weekend all over the world....or am I wrong?

We've had a rather quiet one here....just enjoying the sun when it pops out (it did so today!)  and vegetating at home. Stitching has been happening.....and I'm happy to say that I've made some little progress with my YOTA piece.....which is still "Woodland Enchantress ". I have quite a few big pieces that qualify for stitching as my YOTA project, but would really like to see Enchantress completed so will continue working on her for now...
For more info on this laid.back SAL head over to Pull The Other Thread :)

So last month, I had done a bit of stitching in column one and a few more to the tree......
Enchantress at Update 3

I know I said I wanted to work this in columns....but sometime during my stitching things kinda got spread out......so now this is what I'm looking at.....



Progress!! 

Have a lovely week.....be safe :)

Take care

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