Saturday, 29 August 2015

Stitch from Stash August

It's the second report for Stitch from Stash - Part B of Mel's great SAL. I love it as it does make me look at all the threads and fabric (and charts) I have before just buying more, especially good as I no longer work so our income is solely from Hubby's toils.

My budget start for August is :£40.00

Month: August
Spent: £0.00
Earned: £0.00 

My budget at the end of August is: £65.00

I don't actually have much to share as I have not been stitching so much - or blogging - I have been pre-occupied with another task which I will be able to share soon but is linked to my big birthday next month.

I have stitched our Meet Up Exchange for Needlecraft Haven. This is an exchange we set up at each meet up - we all fill in various details on a postcard including our address and then randomly pick a card. The meet up was on 30th May here in Nuneaton and Opening Day for our exchange is Monday. This time we had to stitch an ornament for our partner based on something we found out about them at the meet up - these days are always great fun and extended with stitching the exchange. We meet again on 14th November.

But I have been working on The Herb Garden by The Drawn Thread - this is a retirement git for a very good friend. It's growing nicely but will be taking up most of my stitching time so I get it finished - I don't think my rotation will be happening for quite a few weeks.

Herb Garden 
So that's all my stitching news but I have been busy in the kitchen. Last night we went to another wine tasting with our scout leader friends. It was a 'bring your own' night this time including food so I made a Bailey's Cheesecake but unfortunately the side slipped - it still tasted really good.

Bailey's Cheesecake
Some friends are here for dinner tonight and I will be making a tarte tatin for pudding, I also made a Lemon and Pistachio Cake. This was a recipe Simon Rimmer baked on Sunday Brunch last week. I'm quite pleased with my bake !
Lemon and Pistachio Cake
I have also had a go at making Skittles Vodka - it's quite simple. Just separate the Skittles into colours - add to vodka and shake every day until dissolved. There's quite a lot of white goo left so you need to strain the vodka well. We'll be trying it tonight after dinner.

Skittles Vodka
Thanks for calling by and reading my stitchy and non-stitchy news :)

Monday, 17 August 2015

Gifted Gorgeousness August

Oh I'm late - and I only have one piece to share. I've been very busy in the garden and with stitching the Needlecraft Haven Spring Meet Up Exchange gift which I will be able to share soon.

August seems to be very un-summer like and with us having a few nice days I have been busy gardening - a little revamping which I need to get on with again today :) I don't know where the time goes, both the hours each day and the days each week - I am very behind with blog reading and posting, book reading, stitching and life in general - must be my age !!

Gifted Gorgeousness is a great SAL hosted by the lovely Jo (who seems to fit so much into her time) - thanks Jo for your hard work in blog land, it is really appreciated. This month I have a little update on my Herb Garden which is a gift for a friend who is retiring soon. It's a Drawn Thread design and I've converted the threads to DMC.

work in progress on my Herb Garden
I hope everyone is having a great summer (even on the wet days) thanks for calling by :)

Monday, 27 July 2015

Stitch from Stash Part B - July report

It was great 6 months doing Stitch from Stash Part A - and now it's time to start Stitch from Stash Part B. The lovely Mel hosts this SAL on her blog Epic Stitching ; every month we have a budget of £25 for buying stash, and we can earn money with our finishes. It's all virtual money but great fun to see how much stitching I can do without spending (it helps reduce the bulging boxes of thread and fabric too :)
My budget start for July is :£0.00

Month: July
Spent: £9.00
Earned: £24.00 

My budget at the end of July is: £40.00

I apologise for not being around much this last month but I was having great difficulty in finishing Philippa's graduation gift. It was a case of two stitches in, one stitch out. I managed to finish it just before her big day - here's the finished piece (Lizzie Kate, Promise Me) you can see her graduation pictures on my previous post here. I earned £16 on this finish. 

Philippa's Graduation Gift.
I have managed to finish the Four Season's SAL Summer Stitching on Needlecraft Haven. It should have been finished in June but it's now done and framed. Autumn stitching has started and needs to be finished by 30th September. I'm doing Jardin Prive's four trees from her free charts page and putting each into the frame as the seasons come and go. I earned £8 on this finish.

Jardin Prive - Summer
I have no progress to show on my Earth's Sampler, Santa's Village or December Drawn Thread but hopefully now I have completed Philly's gift I will be back on my rotation plan.  

I have made a few more scissor fobs - these are so simple to make. The hardest part is deciding which beads to use and holding onto the other end of the thread when starting off :) 

Scissor Fobs
 And I have a new start - another gift but the receiver is not online so I can share my progress - The Herb Garden by The Drawn Thread - I have spent £9 on this chart, the fabric 32ct ivory and DMC threads are all from my stash.

New start on The Herb Garden 
That's all from me - I hope everyone has had a good start to Part B, good luck with all your stitching and thank you for calling by :) 

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Gifted Gorgeous July - a very special gift

Gifted Gorgeousness is a great SAL organised and hosted by Jo at Serendipitous Stitching. It's always nice to give or receive a gift and Jo's SAL highlights just how generous stitchers are :)

I have been working on a very special gift and my previous monthly posts have been a little light, however I can now reveal my latest project. It's not been that easy to stitch, for some reason I kept miscounting and being one stitch out so Mr Frog sat permanently on my shoulder !!

The gift was for our daughter Philippa who graduated last Monday from the University of South Wales with a first degree in Sport Management and an additional Outstanding Performance Award. It was a very wet but very enjoyable day.
Lizzie Kate - Promise Me
Philippa Clare Hearnden
Special lady 
Philly and her housemates 
Hat's off !
Welsh weather !
Such a great day :) 
This year my theme  for my Christmas Tree at church is 'Joy to the World'. Thank you to everyone who's offered to stitch an ornament - when we arrived home from Wales there was a lovely parcel waiting. Nadine has stitched two beautiful ornaments, thank you Nadine. Now I have finished my big project I can get on with my own Joy stitching along with catching up with the monthly challenges on Needlecraft Haven.

Beautiful gifts from Nadine 
Thank you for calling by - have a great summer x x

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Stitch from Stash June 2015

It's the last post for part one of Stitch from Stash 2015 hosted by the lovely Mel at Epic Stitching. It's been a great 6 months and I am very pleased with my limited spend :)

My budget carried forward from May is: £190.98

Month: June
Spent: £8.99
Earned: £4.00 

My budget at the end of June and Part A of Stitch from Stash SAL is: £210.99

I have not done much stitching this month really and I certainly have not stuck to my rotation plan. I have a secret project to do and it's is giving me so much trouble. It's a lovely design and I have used the fabric before but I have had to do so much frogging as I keep being one stitch out. I have no idea what is going on, in over 30 years of stitching I have never had such trouble.

Anyway my first finish is the May Monthly Challenge on Needlecraft Haven. It's a lovely freebie design by Ajisai Press' Warm Winter Collection - it's called Woolly and Cosy. I have yet to make it up though. I earned £2 for this finish.

May Challenge 
My other finish is my second Joy ornament for my church tree. It was a freebie from Kissy Cross and is called 'Joy'  I also have to make it up. I earned £2 for this finish.

Joy Ornament 2
I have really enjoyed this SAL - I did last year too - and I'm looking forward to taking part in Part B with a little more stitching . Thank you to everyone who has visited my blog over the last six months and a special thank you to everyone who left a comment, they are always so nice to read, thank you :)

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Gifted Gorgeousness June

Gifted Gorgeousness is a year long SAL hosted by the lovely Jo. It's not such an easy SAL as gifts cannot be shown until they are given hee hee - I have one such project on the go at the moment.

However I have a few things to share this month. Firstly my Earth Sampler, which is progressing slowly but is looking good. It does need an iron as it's been folded away whilst we've been on holiday.
Earth's Sampler
My other gifts are two more scissor fobs - one for my friend Niki and the other for a fellow stitcher Hazel.
Scissor fobs for Niki and Hazel
I started my second ornament for church at the Meet Up and I managed to finish it whilst on holiday - I need to make it up now.

Church Ornie number 2 
That's all my stitching news, hopefully I'll have a bit more to report for SFS later this month. We had an amazing holiday - my Aimetu's blog is full of photos if you'd like a read

Thanks for calling by, I hope you've all had a successful GG month :)

Monday, 1 June 2015

Spring Meet Up

It was just about spring for our meet up - 30th May is the latest we've ever held the Needlecraft Haven Get Together. It was another great day, it is always so nice to meet in person and have a day dedicated to stitching.

The venue this time was our Scout Headquarters - ironic really as this is where I held the first meet ups I organised with Angie - I think the first one was 2004 !! It's a good sized room, great light for stitching. It was lovely to be able to sit around one big table and have free use of the kitchen for making tea/coffee.

Julie, Lindsay and Lynn drove over (Lynn and her hubby made it a weekend and stayed overnight locally). The HQ is not far from the town centre so it was easy to pick up Jane, Angi and Gill who came by train (although Angi and Gill had a delayed arrival).

clockwise from empty chair
Gill, Angi, Jane, Julie, Lynn & Lindsay
It was also good to have more room to show our work - I took quite a few finishes that I have not actually made into anything, and looking at them (and more in the cupboard) I really should. Everyone's work is so lovely, we are certainly a talented bunch. It was interesting to see all the different finishes for the monthly ornaments too.

My stitching that still needs making up
My french Marquoir still needs framing too
Gill's gorgeous work
Julie's amazing variety of craft work 
Lindsay's stitching and beautiful bead work
Angi's gorgeous work including her 'Bee' from
her Autumn Meet Up Goody Bag 
As always we had a Goody Bag exchange - this time the theme was the Rainbow. We had to chose one colour from the rainbow and all the items in the bag had to be that colour. The contents of the bag can be stitchy and non-stitchy with a minimum value of £5. It seemed an easy theme but surprisingly tricky for some colours. We had three yellow bags, two red and one green.

I chose yellow and many of the items came from my stash or I found as sale/offer bargains in town. I did initally think pink but haha that's not a rainbow colour although it is in the song;

red and yellow and pink and green, 
orange and purple and blue
I can sing a rainbow, sing a rainbow
Sing a rainbow too

I'm sure you know it but if you don't click here to enjoy !!That song will stay in your head now - but it's a nice one :) Jane picked my yellow bag and I picked Lindsay's green bag - both picked at random using my cupcake raffle. I tried to bake multi-coloured cakes this year but only baking a small number of cakes did not give me much mixture to divide and colour - the taste was good which is all that matters really !

Goody bags (with their raffle tickets)
Cupcake raffle - tickets are under each cake,
you chose a cake and get the corresponding
ticketed goody bag 
My yellow goody bag picked by Jane
Lindsay's green goody bag that I picked
The book exchange is always fun too - the trouble is I always want to read the one I've bought. I have plenty on my shelves that I have yet to read but don't want to give them until I've read them. I think I need to add reading time into my rotation or daily routine. I try to read in bed, morning or night but I either fall asleep or feel stiff; this needs serious thought !

Book Exchange - all wrapped
My book from Lindsay
Needlecraft Haven is a lovely forum to chat on - everyone is friendly and so much craft work to share. As it's a Yuku forum it does have ads which can be annoying. Members do donate to make the forum ad free ($6 minimum which covers 1 month). At each meet up we have a raffle to help. Everyone brings small raffle prizes and the money taken pays for ad free months - this time we raised enough for 5 months ad free - quite good for just 7 of us, and of course we all had raffle prizes to take home!

I did some stitching at the meet up - I started my second ornament for the church tree. It's an online freebie from Kissy Cross on Pinterest. I'm just doing the bauble, she has some gorgeous designs.

Joy ornament number 2 
On  personal note the meds have improved my walking, I'm certainly not so slow and even danced twice at a party on Saturday night. I am still slow at stitching and feel a bit woozy from taking the meds but it's getting better each day. Yesterday we went to Leicester to the King Richard III's visitor centre as it was my Mum's birthday and I didn't need to hold onto Hubby to walk around. This feels really good, especially as we're off to France on Friday for 10 days holiday.

And a HUGE thank you to everyone who donated to my Cake Bake - either in person or online. The online raffle is now closed and the name picked to win the LHN Baked Goods chart was .... Mary !! I'll post the chart to you soon :) The total raised has now reached nearly £300 which is incredible - thank you x x