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 :)

Well...no 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 either....so 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 away....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 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