Sunday, December 21, 2014

December Stitch From Stash 

YIPPEE it is December and it is time for 
the Stitch From Stash post!


This event is being hosted by
Mel from Epic Stitching

This is the end of the year and the final report for Stitch from Stash for 2014. I must say I started this in January being a bit optimistic regarding this challenge and I am ending the year feeling very satisfied! Stitch from Stash helped me to control my spending by not just buying charts that I was interested in just or for the sake of having it, but instead really thinking about "Do I REALLY need that chart?" and most of the time, the answer was NO.  Instead I managed to save our monthly budget of $25 for Christmas shopping which really helped out where it was needed! 

This month I had a balance of $41 of our bonus money which
I used at Joann's to buy some floss I needed and a few pieces
of  fabric managed to fall into my shopping cart. I still
managed to come in under budget thanks to coupons! 

I also got the next installment in the Stoney Creek series
and they were also offering the Christmas Banners III
leaflet also for shipping only so I snagged that too
since shipping charges are exempt from our budget.

Still having lots of sick days but I am expecting them to be finished at the end of the year. I did manage to get some stitching in on The Wizard of Oz. I think I may have made a million little blue Xs but I finally finished the main page except for the back stitching which I hope to work on today.

So here is my report for:   December

Amount Spent:   $0

Year to date Amount Spent:   $0

Total Saved Based on this challenge:   $300

Bonus of $50:   Balance of $41; Spent $25 stocking up on floss and fabric.

New Starts from Stash:   No new starts for December

WIPs worked on:

Wizard of Oz
Designer Lesley Teare from the
July 2012 Cross Stitch Gold Magazine

So how did you do?
Were you able to finish out
the year within the budget?
I am looking forward to seeing how
everyone else has finished out the year!

I am proud to say...

Sunday, November 30, 2014

My Sunday Stitchy Update...

Not much going on here except that it is VERY COLD and it may be going down as one of the top 10 coldest Novembers in Illinois history. Not my idea of a record I thought it would be fun to break but what do I know.

We had a beautiful Thanksgiving - it is nice when the whole family is home spending a great day together with some fantastic food and enjoying each other's company.

This week I have been stitching on The Wizard of Oz.  I really wanted it finished by Christmas, realistically I don't think that is going to happen but I am going to give it my best shot!!

Here is how it looks today -


Wizard of Oz
Cross Stitch Gold Mag / July 2012
Designer - Lesley Teare
Progress as of 11/30/14

Let's see how it looks next Sunday...
hopefully I will get in lots of stitching time this week.

Thanks for taking a peek at my stitching
see ya next week with another faithful update!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

November Stitch From Stash

Guess what time it is!

Time for the NOVEMBER
Stitch from Stash post.
This event is being hosted by
Mel from Epic Stitching

Well I must report once more that I spent some money BUT Mel once again so generously allowed us to buy anything from Bev over at Love Thy Thread and not have it count against our budget! Unfortunately Bev is going out of business on December 1st due to some health issues and there were a couple of chart I "needed" so...here they are

and the best part about it was I had a credit in my PayPal account so I didn't have to spend any cash money!  That made me feel even better about the whole purchase!!

Then I decided to start collecting the new Stoney Creek series 
which is a purchase that is free except for
shipping which of course is exempt from our budget.


So now comes the stitching report...once again not to good for the month.  I am going thru some personal issues over here that prevent me from doing anything more than NOTHING most of the time.  I did manage to put in an x here and there but not as many as a I would have liked to do; but as we all know - EVERY X COUNTS!


So here is my report for:   November

Amount Spent:   $0

Year to date Amount Spent:   $0

Total Saved Based on this challenge:   $275

Bonus of $50:   Spent - $9 with $41 remaining for stock up purposes :)

New Starts from Stash:   No new starts for November

WIPs worked on:

Wizard of Oz
Designer Lesley Teare from the
July 2012 Cross Stitch Gold Magazine

Shades of Blue
Northern Expressions Needlework

Well Stitchers - here we are getting down to the end of the year and I think we can do it!!  One more month and you can just think of all the money you saved by joining the Stitch From Stash group.  I can't wait to see if I will spend my entire $41 balance or go over since I could use some threads and fabrics. I will have to shop carefully to stay within my budget and if this year has taught me anything - it is that I have learned to be more picky about my purchases.

Look forward to seeing how everyone else is doing!!

See you at the end of  December
for our end of the year SFS Report!

Sunday, November 09, 2014

My Sunday Stitchy Update

Hi everyone - hope you are all doing great!

This week I worked on 
Northern Expressions Needlework
Shades of Blue 
and I finished the second page of twelve.

I think I may put this piece away for the week and work on something else - just not sure what! When I get home tomorrow I will decide what to stitch on...

Thanks for taking a peek at my stitching
see ya next week with another faithful update!

Sunday, November 02, 2014

My Sunday Stitchy Update...

It has been a strange weather week here in Chicago - 70's on Monday but by the time the kids went trick or treat on Friday it was cold, in the 30's with snow flurries and hail. What a horrible time for them but there were still a few brave kids out there; my grandson Jacob included but they didn't stay out for long!

This week I have been working on Shades of Blue
and here is my progress...
Progress as of 11/02/14

I think I will probably continue with this piece for the new week because as I mentioned before it doesn't require lots of extra thought on my part. 

Thanks for taking a peek at my stitching
see ya next week with another faithful update!