Sunday, April 26, 2015

stitch from stash - april

Month: April
Spent: $26.97
Earned: $16.00

Well, I did spend a little more than I planned on this month. I wanted to get a remembrance design for our Boonie, and then I ordered a pattern by mistake (I think I'll just have a giveaway for that one!). The rest was for some threads that I needed. I tried substituting some that I had, but they just didn't work.

I did get some stitching done...both from my stash and from stash that is not old enough to qualify yet. The pieces I finished that count for this month:

A Lizzie Kate freebie that I have had forever, Friendship Grows. This is for our STO block exchange.

This next is another freebie from 2010 by Plum Street Samplers. It is called Be True.

The last is not a finished piece, but I did finish page one. It is Autumn Quaker Seasons from ByGone Stitches.

So that is it for this month. How did everyone else do?

Monday, April 20, 2015

TUSAL - a little bit late

I don't know why I can't seem to get these monthly updates posted on time this year!
Here's my little froggy with his little owl of orts for the month. Lot of pretty colors this time, but they are kind of hard to see...sorry!

Until next time....thanks for visiting!

Friday, April 17, 2015

this and that

Well, it has been a busy couple of weeks!

Thank you so much to everyone who posted such lovely comments on my last post. We still miss Boonie so much...I still expect to trip over him when I come downstairs in the morning (he always slept right in my path and I never turned on the lights!) and I miss seeing him waiting for me after work. And eating our first pizza without him was crust was his favorite treat...I don't think I have had any crust in the past twelve years! We got a beautiful card from our vet yesterday which was very sweet...there were a few more tears too, but he will always be in our hearts. Our other puppy (well, he's not really a puppy...he's also 12) was lucky enough to have my daughter's two doggies to play with while we were on vacation, so we came home to a happy boy.

Jeff and I were lucky enough to go to Hawaii for a much needed vacation last week. We stayed on the beach in Waikiki and just relaxed and acted like beach bums for the whole was heavenly! We even got to renew our vows at a ceremony on the was really lovely.

And now it's back to work...this week has sped by. My director is at a conference so I have been "in charge"...always fun. And it is National Library Week so we all got to wear  library themed t-shirts all week...easy peasy dressing!

If I am correct, this is Hermitting weekend, and I am planning to do just that. I received an out of print Blackbird Designs pattern ...Blessings Be Thine....and I would love to get to it this weekend. I have everything all ready to go...just need to get the time to stitch! So hopefully, I will have some progress to show next week. are a few snaps from our trip...

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and thanks again for your good thoughts.

Thanks for taking the time to visit!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

gifted gorgeousness for april

Another month has flown by...I'm really happy with my progress on this one...Quaker Autumn from ByGone Stitches. This was gifted to me, and I love it. I'm almost finished with page one of the chart.

Thanks to Jo for hosting this fun SAL!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

over the rainbow bridge

Today has been a very sad day for us. Last night, we had to let our precious Boonie go. It was one of the hardest things we have ever had to do, but we know it was for the best. Boonie has been a constant in our lives for the past twelve years. He was the most loving, sweet boy and he brought us so much happiness and we will always have so many good memories. His journey was a peaceful one and we know that he is running free again, and chasing after our other furbabies who have gone before him. We miss you Boonie, and you know that you will always hold a huge piece of our hearts.

Thanks for taking the time to visit today.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

stitch from stash

Month: March
Spent: $26.76
Earned: $24.00

It's hard to believe that another month is over, but so glad that spring is here! 

I did spend a little bit on charts this month...a lovely new design from iStitch and an older stocking design from Blackbird Designs left over from a retreat that I just had to have ( a mermaid and a lighthouse...two of my faves). I also needed some needles and a hoop and a bit of thread.

Here are some pics of three  pieces that I finished from my stash this month. I've also stitched a bit on some newer things, but they haven't been in the stash long enough (although the fabric and threads have been!)

This first one is Joyful Summer from Country Cottage Needleworks. I started this when waiting in the hospital for my grandson to be born, summer of 2008. For some reason I put it down and finally picked it back up this year to finish. I love the colors in this piece. I used beads instead of French knots where they were called for.

This is another of the mittens from Crossed-Eyed Cricket. It is called Promise of Spring.

And this last is one of the scripture series from Little House Needleworks, called Gentleness. I was off on the centering of this one, so the finishing will be a bit of a challenge! I love that the threads are included with these.

I'm looking forward to seeing how everyone else has done this month!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

TUSAL and a Disaster!

Only one day late...not bad! My little bowl of orts is quite full this month which makes me very happy!

What does not make me happy is the big stitching mistake I discovered this past week. (If you also post on the Get It Done SAL blog, sorry for the repetition!) I started Quaker Christmas II back in December of 2012. I put it away for some reason and started stitching on it again this year, hoping to finish it by Christmas. It is the companion piece to Quaker Christmas from ByGone Stitches, (which I stitched several years ago and which I love). Anyway, I was very happy to finish Page One of the piece this month, and was getting ready to move forward to another page. I wasn't sure if I wanted to go across the piece or down, so I was checking out the pages when I discovered my mistake. My big mistake. I'm sure you can see where I am going with this. I assumed that since the first piece was wider than it is long, the second piece would be the same. I did not check. And of course...I assumed wrong. I could have cried! I guess I should be happier that I had not gone even further with the piece than I did, but still...So now I will have to take out all the stitching I have already done and start over. And I am really not ready to do that right now! Maybe this summer....

So, lesson learned. Always read all the directions on your patterns before you start, and never assume! I know I never will again!

Hope everyone is having a great weekend. It was raining a minute ago but now the sun is shining!
Thanks for taking the time to visit!