Tuesday, April 28, 2015

3 for 1 deal, SFS, GG and Smalls!


Stitch from Stash - April
Well, another three SALs for the price of one.......and since time is running out on the above one let's not waste any more time........

Carried over from March $78.58
April Budget                     $ 25.00
Finish 75 x 85                   $  8.00
Spent #                              $  8.00
Available to Spend            $103.58

# Small confession here....I lost the receipt, I know I bought four GAST threads to use on Anniversaries of the Heart, but not entirely sure of the cost so putting down $2.00 each and will adjust next month if necessary.........


So here's the finish......finally....the May farmhouse......I did NOT like the choice of colour for the flower on the right so used.....um.......drat, can't remember....!

Gifted Gorgeousness

And moving swiftly on........to........


VERY late, sorry, Jo......but the above qualifies for GG as well as dear Mouse gave me the chart several years ago for my birthday.......thanks, pet!

I'm taking a bit of break with AOH as building houses is quite stressful and I've run out of the Used Brick colour too!  I've moved onto a band sampler that's been lying around in at least two states and another country so its time has definitely come around again!  Pictures next time!

Smalls SAL

And finally.......a day early........gosh.......


Okay, well, this SAL.......just forget all the rubbish about only showing completely finished items, whose daft idea was THAT?


This is JBW's Bienvenue .....lots of dear little houses on hills, not sure how I will finish it yet.....

So, three SALs compacted into one post.......click on the appropriate icons in the sidebar to find out more about them.

Finally.......some received Gifted Gorgeousness, both on the same day, from Maryland and Saudi Arabia......aren't I lucky?

First of all...from DJ......a combination birthday gift and RAK........goodness, a hard act to follow, the first picture isn't brilliant but in the second one you see the beautiful stitching and the pop of red in the heart and the initials.  Thank you, DJ!


And then all the way from the Kingdom .....finally.....when both Denise and I were giving up hope........this arrived for the Valentine's Day exchange.....along with some delicious white tea.....




A beautiful LHN design with the words Vanilla and Chocolate on, which immediately gives a feeling of contentment, doesn't it?  Beautifully stitched and put onto a project holder from Impie, Hattie and Bea.  The threads inside are the ones I am using for the Bienvenue piece, a place for needles and our initials and the date in the corner.  Perfect!  Thank you Denise!

So.....off to link up and have a little look around to see what everyone else has been up to......

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,