Sunday, 22 February 2015

Stitch from Stash February report

Another month has gone by already - amazingly it's time to check in for Mel's Stitch from Stash 2015. I really love taking part in this, thanks Mel.

My budget carried forward from January is: £41

Month: February
Spent: £1.90
Earned: £20 
My budget carried forward to March is: £84.10

I can finally reveal my secret stitching. Last month I claimed £8 as earnings from stitching a Lizzie Kate sampler. If you follow my blog and read my Gifted Gorgeousness post you'll know all about it but here's the photo again - our friends loved it. 
Wedding Gift for Niki & Sue
Last check in I also claimed £4 earned from stitching the bookmark I sent to Kate for the Needlecraft Haven Meet Up exchange - details and photos are in my Meet Up Exchange post.

So now to the items I have stitched this month - last Tuesday was our daughter's 21st birthday - DH and I went down to Cardiff to see her. her University friends had arranged a surprise party for her which we stayed to - it was a surprise as she thought we'd come home. I stitched this sampler for her - it's from Just Cross magazine June 2007. I did adapt it slightly and added a gold butterfly. I earned £8 on this finish.

Philippa's 21st Gift
I also stitched a Valentine's card for the Sweet Feet Exchange on Needlecraft Haven - unfortunately Mr Postie has not delivered my parcel although I posted it over three weeks ago. It must be taking the long route to New York. I will be stitching it again and re-posting but I'll only claim this time. I earned £4 on this finish. 

I have also finished my October The Drawn Thread - I stitched this at the weekends on my rotation as my UFO stitching. This weekend I have started November. I earned £8 on this finish. 

October - The Drawn Thread.
I had to buy two skeins of thread this month and although our local art shop charges 95p per skein it is cheaper if I just need one or two as buying online means paying postage. I do have a large purchase to make this coming month and will be checking my DMC stash so I can include any regular colours I'm running low on. 

I am not including my Santa's Village in SFS15 as I am not completing them properly. I have yet to do the white but last Wednesday I did all the coloured parts on Santa's Stocking Store. Now I have five houses in a row complete my next few Wednesdays in the Parlour on Needlecraft Haven will be stitching the white on these. I'm then going to cover them with voile to protect the work whilst I do the other designs. 

Santa's Stocking Store
Three of my stitching friends, Mary, Kate and Barb, have had birthdays lately and I made them each a beaded scissor fob. Theses are so easy to make and are just a small gift but I enjoy making them and I hope my friends liked them. 

Beaded scissor fobs
As I mentioned it was Philly's 21st - I made a cake to take and decorated a shop bought cake for her party. I was so pleased with both - thanks to my friend printing some photos onto icing for me. Philly loved them and they both tasted great. 
The cake I made 
The shop bought cake I decorated
I hope you've all had a good SFS15 February, if you have been buying I'm sure it was for important stash !! Thank you for calling by :)

14 comments:

Maggie said...

Lovely cakes Clare and you have done lots of stitching and lovely finishing too thins month.

Curious, when you 'earn' money in sfs do you actually pay yourself the money? or is it virtual money?

Have a good week x

Mrs Xstitch said...

beautiful stitching, great job on the SFS! Beautiful cake, happy birtday!

Christine said...

Great stitching Clare and the cakes look fantastic

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Well done on the budget this month. Thread prices are ridiculous!
I love the Drawn Thread October piece this month.

Julie said...

You've done really well this month and earned quite a bit to increase your budget.

Super cakes!

I too buy thread locally when I only need one or two.

Mary - Lecoeurceltique said...

A lovely selection of stitching, Clare. What lovely cakes you made for Philly's 21st.
You are doing well on SFS.
Do you get to have a spending splurge with the money you've saved on SFS at the end of the year?

Pull the other thread said...

Fantastic stitching. The cakes look wonderful.

Maggee said...

Great report Clare! You are doing well this year! The cakes look wonderful--how very special for your daughter! Hugs!

Bev C said...

Hello Clare,

Happy Birthday to Philly, all the best for the coming year for her.
Did you hear me laugh, that first sampler is just perfect!

Happy days.
Bev.

Christine said...

Cute cakes.

Brigitte said...

A great SFS month for you, Clare. And two really delicious looking cakes for your daughter's birthday.

KimM said...

Beautiful stitching - and the CAKES!!! YIKES! I'm sure they didn't last long ;0)
xxx

Deb said...

Wonderful work!
Love your FOB's!
Great update!

Faith... said...

You are doing great on your SFS budget! Congrats on that. Love your scissor fobs - I am sure your friends appreciate them!