Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Stitch from Stash - March report

It's that time of the month again, when the pennies have to be counted and the confessions made.  I am doing OK so far, still spending but within budget.  Some stitchers in this challenge are spending nothing at all.  I take my hat off to you!

In March I spent the grand total of £39.36!! I haven't blown the budget though as I carried some over from Jan and Feb.  I still have £10.97 in the kitty.  Phew!

I bought this lovely chart and the threads to stitch it with...
Cottage Garden Samplings - March's Daffodil

£10 on this fun stitch...
Bothy Threads - Hen Fun

and £5 buying World of Cross Stitch magazine in which I was blogger of the month!

So all in all a good month's shopping I think.

I have a big finish to report but I think I will save that for the WIPocalypse!  I'm busy at the moment trying to get a few smaller finishes under my belt before buying a frame and stand to start my HAED on.

Hope you are all busy stitching, from stash or otherwise!

Until next time

Justine
Thursday, 20 March 2014

My HAED threads and fabric have arrived!

I'm so excited!  The postman just brought my order from Cross Stitch Heaven - the fabric and threads to stitch the HAED Treasure Hunt Bookshelf.  I won't be starting just yet as I am waiting for a frame and stand to arrive but I can drool over the gorgeous colours....


So my mission now is to make some progress on my Crazy January Challenge pieces before I disappear behind that whopping piece of evenweave.  Has anyone ever used 25 count magic guide evenweave?  Do I stitch over one, which would mean I could fit 400 stitches in each grid box?  It is going to be very detailed if so!

Here's a little finish in the meantime.  I won this in Heather's giveaway and it was a lovely quick stitch.  Thank you Heather!

Curio Ladybird
Heart in Hand Needleart
Stitched on 30 count Red Pear linen
with recommended GAST and WDW threads

I've also made some progress on my Cut Thru Pirate Ship this week.  I love the colours in the sea.

I had a little tidy up in the craft room today, and found two "new" WIPs that I had forgotten about!  The first is Happy Camper which is from an old issue of Cross Stitcher magazine.  I can't find the chart or photo at the moment but here is where I'm up to with it...

And the second is one I started last year intending it to be my Thursday project and then forgot all about it.  It's another Bothy Threads kit, the History Time Line with periods of mainly British history depicted.

I was a bit disappointed that my WIP list is growing not shrinking!

Until next time

Justine
Sunday, 16 March 2014

WIPocalypse update March 2014

It's a full moon tonight so time for my first WIPocalypse update ever!  If you want to know all about the WIPocalypse then go here.

I'm so pleased that I have an update on a very old piece (for me anyway).  Here it is before....

And here it is now!

I managed to complete all of the missing 9 squares and start on the alphabet around the edge!  I'm so pleased that this project has seen some serious progress.  As you can see from the date of birth in the centre, I've been working on it for a while! (And yes he was really 9lbs 8oz!)

Measi asked us where our favourite places to stitch are.  Mine are on the sofa in front of the tv, and on a long train journey.  I don't have a set place to stitch but am hoping to treat myself to a new frame and stand with my birthday money and then I will stitch in my little craft room.

While not strictly WIPocalypse updates, I've done a little bit of work on some of my Crazy January Challenge pieces as well this week.  Here are some updated pics:

Riverdrift House Family Sampler
Started 1/1/14

Overlook Cafe (DMC Petites)
Started 5/1/14

Morning Glory
Nora Corbett Pixie Couture
Started 9/1/14
(an awful photo, fabric is much more purple in real life)

If you want to see what they will look like when finished then please check out my CJC tab at the top of the page.

This week I am mainly going to stitch my Bothy Threads pieces - Cut Thru North Pole House and Cut Thru Pirate Ship.  I am desperate to start my HAED but am still waiting for threads and fabric to arrive.  I will probably need that frame before I can start on it though as I think the fabric will be too big to stitch in hand.

Hope you have all had a lovely stitchy weekend!

Until next time

Justine
Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Enjoy the journey

I've been in a reflective mood for the last few days.  Thinking a lot about my stitching, and my blog, and mostly about the wonderful bloggers I have "met" in the last few months.

As regular readers may remember, I recently purchased a HAED design.  282,500 stitches.  By my (very) rough estimate, 55 years' worth of stitching (I grossly underestimated how many stitches I actually do!)  Katie told me to just enjoy each stitch.  I sent a reply via email saying that I always enjoy each stitch, but since sending the email I have wondered, do I actually enjoy every stitch?

I enjoy setting off with the first stitches on a new project.  And some of the ones in between.  But I have decided that I am a serial finisher.  I love how my needles fly when I'm getting near a finish and I get antsy if I don't finish something every month.  The reason I have been thinking so much about the HAED is that a LOT of time will have to be invested before a finish.  Many years, even with a more accurate estimate.  I will really need to enjoy each stitch.

I have always wondered at stitchers who have hundreds of projects on the go at once.  What makes them do it and how do they keep motivated?  I think the answer is...they aren't always focused on the end product.  They enjoy the journey.

Who's with me on enjoying each and every stitch?

And just in case you thought I was going doolally, here's a little finish from this morning for you!  It's languished in the bottom of my sewing bag so long I've forgotten when I started it.  All it needed was half an hour on the backstitch.

Finn McMissile
Anchor kit
Stitched on 14 count white aida with included Anchor threads

Until next time

Justine
Thursday, 6 March 2014

Stitching diary

One of the things I have started doing since the start of the year is keeping a stitching diary.  I bought a 5 year diary and note in it each day how much time I spent working on which project and what details I manage to complete.  It's interesting to see how many hours' work go into each piece.  I usually only stitch in the evenings once the boys are in bed so it's easy to complete as well before I go to bed each night.

In January I spent 60 hours stitching but only managed 39 hours in February.  I had 3 finishes in Feb though compared with 1 in January.  I am hoping to get on track to finish all of my CJC pieces by the end of the year.

Here's an update on what I've been stitching on recently:

Bothy Threads Cut Thru' North Pole House (started 29/8/13)

I have now finished most of the backstitching on the first floor (second floor to US readers!) and have got the ground floor and the sea left to finish.  I love working on this as it's so colourful.

Bothy Threads Cut Thru' Pirate Ship (started 6/1/14)

There must be frogs underneath the ship as they've been visiting quite a lot!  This is a piece I work on every Wednesday along with Jan.  Thankfully last night no frogs were spotted and I managed to finish the crow's nest, the bird and telescope and the flags at the back of the ship.  You'll see what I mean when I get to the backstitching.

And finally for now an update on this:

Lanarte Forks and Spoons (started 3/1/14)

I stitched my first spoon!  Just got to add a bit of backstitch detail.  There isn't much so I'll leave it all until the end.

Now I'm off to complete a wishlist to add to my blog.  Shirlee suggested that every stitcher should have one.  She doesn't want a mention on anyone's blog but I think it's such a good idea that I am passing it on.  It's just another way of enabling us to buy more stash!

I've also been working on one of my WIPocalypse pieces and a prize or two for Bekca who won my giveaway recently, but I'll save those for another time.

Now I'm off to customise elder son's Peter Pan costume for World Book Day celebrations tomorrow, by adding felt leaves to the tunic top.  Not my favourite kind of sewing but I'm sure I'll manage!

Until next time

Justine
Saturday, 1 March 2014

Gorgeous gifts and a little finish

I was lucky enough to be the winner of Shebafudge's 2000 comment giveaway recently and received my prizes in the post yesterday.  I was overwhelmed.  Here are some photos...

the gorgeous card and goodies wrapped up, wonder what's inside?

two charts from my wishlist and a beautiful scissor keep

a close up of the scissor keep, spot the tiny beads around the edge

the back of the scissor keep, her stitching is so neat!

Thank you so much Shebafudge.  Your work is so beautiful and I will treasure it and use it as long as I stitch! I can't wait to get stitching on those cute charts too.  I will have to get cracking with Welcome, Tooth Fairy as elder son is at the age now where lots of his classmates are starting to lose their teeth! 

I had a little finish at last of a picture for younger son.  I didn't enjoy this one much at the start.  I ended up having to frog Luke Skywalker's face (used the wrong pink and it was too bright) and all of R2D2 (used two strands instead of 3).  But as it came together I got into it and even enjoyed it towards the end.

Star Wars A New Hope by weelittlestitches
Started 2/9/13, finished 27/2/14
Stitched on dark blue 14 count aida
with DMC threads

I am now planning on spending a couple of nights on this...

Only 5 years in the making!  I really want to get this finished in time for younger son's fifth birthday in August.

But I am tempted by this chart I saw on Debbie's blog.  So cute!

Until next time

Justine