Saturday, March 28, 2015

Stitch, Stash and Smalls.....





Short and sweet as it's 9:35 pm EST on March 28th so up against the wire...

Carried over from February $47.58
March Budget                       $25.00
Pincushion                            $04.00
Spent                                     $00.00
Available to spend                $78.58

The pincushion is the one from my this post so won't bore you with another picture.........and alas it is the only finished item I have for this SAL.......


.......but hoping for better this next month.......look on the bright side......a quarter of the way through the year and here I am......up to date with THREE SALs!

I'll leave you with a great recipe......no picture as not particularly photogenic but delicious.......

Tarragon Chicken from Eating Well magazine.  Substituted chicken thighs as always when chicken breasts are called for, tastier and cheaper and used plain yoghurt instead of the sour cream.  I never know what to do with the rest of the container, with yoghurt you can eat it as a pudding!  It got the WT seal of approval!

love,
Gillie

Monday, March 23, 2015

Gifted Gorgeousness and a Gift? from Mother Nature......

A lovely walk in one of our many forest preserves this morning......just coming up to the home stretch, the thought of coffee quickening our steps.....what was that, a small drop of moisture on our faces?  No....can't be.....all that's gone until next winter.......ha!  Welcome to spring in Michigan!


Well, let's pretend it's not there......where were we?  ..... oh right......Gifted Gorgeousness.......


All details about this wonderfully encouraging SAL can be found here, on Jo's blog.....

Anything which is intended as a gift or prize for another person

This time it's me doing to the giving, lol, instead of stitching on or using something I received.  Over on Friendly Stitchers we had a Valentine's Exchange and you read of how I ruined my little piece by  careless sewing up so let's not dwell on that either......my little parcel finally arrived in Saudi Arabia, whew, along with some little bits......


I can't tell you how long it took to put together.....not that there was much stitching to do.....just that I was worried I would mess up again so I carefully cut around the linen, found some fabric and lace and left it sitting on the table for about four days, picking it up and putting it down again....until, enough.....just do it!  Not perfect but used my lovely friend, Carol's, tip about backing your linen for a smoother finish and it did help a lot.  Thanks, Carol!  I was glad to say Denise liked her gift.....when she finally got it!

The WT is gone again....so what's new?  This time it's Boston, last week it was Wisconsin and the week before......Brazil!  I am trying hard to think of all the lovely air miles, lol!

Well, dear hearts, must leave you.....I am desperately trying to keep to my goal of finishing a part of Anniversaries of the Heart this month.....I'll be back and able to "pay" myself, I hope, on Stitch from Stash with a 2015 finish!

Love,

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Drat, I had to spend 42 cents for Stitch from Stash!

Yes, it's true, a whopping 42 cents had to be spent because DMC 610 went missing....until, having reluctantly handed over the money, I came home, picked up the stitching and lo and behold the skein (minus its tag) was plastered to the back of the linen!

So...Stitch from Stash for February looked like this.....

Carried over from January   $23.00
February Budget                  $25.00
Finished Stitching *             $00.00
Spent                                    $00.42
Available to spend               $47.58

The * is because I actually DO have a finish that will give me extra $$$ (well, maybe $ as it's very small) but sadly it is still en route to Saudi and the very patient Denise (it was for a Valentine exchange, you read the sad story last time, sigh) does read my blog.

So what can I show you?  Well, this.....Anniversaries of the Heart, begun back in the mists of time but picked up this year with a determination that 2015 will be stitched along with my initials to signify a finish!



Gosh, they look a bit peculiar, but you get the idea.....the top picture is where I had left it back in the mists....most of January done, those creamy shades were a bit of a pain in the ...... and half of February.  The 2015 progress so far is the bottom picture, think it is the May one, slightly odd colours, wouldn't necessarily have chosen them but I am sure altogether it's going to look lovely........!

So......March's challenge is......finish May then the other two blocks........!  So far haven't had to purchase any threads but that may change......

...and onto the .....

You might remember this statement carelessly tossed into the air last time.......

I've decided only complete finishes will be eligible for this SAL
so you may well not see me back here again, lol!
....well, I am back and broke the rule to bring you this.......


.....Yuletide designed by the talented Paulette Stewart of Plum Street Samplers, one of my favourite designers.  Don't you love the bubblegum pink house?

I think all I have left to show you are the charts I bought back in January but never posted a picture.....



 
La D Da (another favourite), PS Prairie Fairies (never heard of them until now), Sheepish Designs and a completely new to me (still in business?) Curtis Boehringer Cross Stitch from the early 90s.  All for the grand sum of $4.00 at our January EGA chapter meeting stash sale!
 
And I'll leave you with the early morning light on the wall looking into the sitting room......
 
 
The third month of the year begins tomorrow, yikes, maybe the snow will begin to disappear.....
getting a bit tired of gazing at the vast expanse of white beyond our back garden.......it's time for the swans and their friends to return.
 
Take care, dear hearts, do leave me a comment, they make my day!
 
love, Gillie