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


Preeti said...

I know large charts take lot of time to stitch but we are just happy in enjoying the crazy journey with tiny stitches:)
Buttons is cute:)
I hope you get your chart. It is disappointing when something gets lost in the mail.
The SAL piece on yahoo group looks lovely. I bought a book on beginners drawn thread embroidery some 4years back and I haven't yet reached even the beginner level. Looking forward to see your SAL project:)

Pull the other thread said...

Great start on your HAED piece. Well done for sticking to budget. Lots of great stash you finally received. What a lovely kitty, she looks like a sweetie.

Linda said...

Love the pic of your furbaby Thoeria. Great new stash. Nice progress on Witching Hour.


Justine said...

Get you with the drawn thread work! Lovely new stash. I hope your Chatelaines arrive soon. Don't forget Witching Hour though as it's looking good!

Justine said...

Get you with the drawn thread work! Lovely new stash. I hope your Chatelaines arrive soon. Don't forget Witching Hour though as it's looking good!

Kate said...

Great SFS report, Thoeria :-) You're doing wonderful staying within budget. Your HAED start looks terrific, too. Love the new stash, especially the Lizzie Kate; I totally agree! Buttons is SOOO cute. Take care :-)

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Well done on staying within budget. Sometimes you just need essential supplies like DMC though.

I think I have that Drawn Thread chart, is it Sanctuary? If not, then it's very similar!

Rachel Tomkins said...

Well done on keeping a healthy SFS budget and for stitching your black blob!
You must have had the patience of a saint waiting for your stash from last year - that's a very long time.
Oh, and buttons is adorable!! :)

rosey175 said...

You cannot stitch from stash if you don't have everything in your stash to complete your stash. ;) This may be a bad philosophy and you should not listen to me!

Congrats on staying on budget and for increasing your black blob to a bigger black blob! :D

I see you too have a black and white kitty that has a problem with gravity! Mine flop over at the slightest glance. It's a trap. :O

Brigitte said...

Well done this month for staying within the budget. And yes, you got your DMCs for a great price. Impossible to get them here at such a low price, even not when they are on sale.
Wonderful that your orders from last year are still getting in. The Santuary is one of my current big projects and I stitch it with DMCs. Will you be stitching it with silks? I hope that your Chatelaine chart will arrive soon.

Mii Stitch said...

Great new stash - even though it tooks its time to get to your letterbox! - and congrats for staying within the budget :)

KimM said...

I'm a little envious of you staying in your budget. Well done. And Buttons is adorable.

Mary - Lecoeurceltique said...

You have a lot of black to stitch on your HAED piece, but it will be lovely when finished. A lovely selection of new patterns. I've joined up for Abi's new design too and I'm looking forward to stitching it.

Kaisievic said...

Buttons is adorable and I love your new "surprise" stash and great progress this month on your projects.

Deb said...

Beautiful stitching! Love your stitching buddy!

Ruth said...

Congratulations on beautiful progress and the surprise stash. I'm glad things are filtering through to you... it must seem a bit like you are living in a colony on another planet for all the time it takes to get things.

Angela P said...

Love your new stash and the furbaby too!

Mii Stitch said...

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