Saturday, May 24, 2014

A long weekend and Stitch from Stash update

WHEW!!! That no holiday stretch from Presidents Day to Memorial Day is long!!  I even had a week off in April but it just feels different when it's a holiday weekend it is even better that my every-other-Friday-off was yesterday so instead of a three-day, I have a four-day weekend.  The potatoes are cooling and macaroni will be cooked this afternoon for salads, the burgers are made and waiting for the grill and all the housework is done, so I have a solid two days of stitching to look forward too.  I'll have part of this afternoon and evening also, but need to mow the lawn first and that will take a good 2-1/2 or 3 hours, so today is not a solid stitching day.  It may not be a solid stitching day, but it is 2014 Stitch from Stash check-in day!!  Mel at Epic Stitching is hosting this event.  As the name sounds, it's an attempt to stitch from your stash this year.  As I have been collecting stash for almost 30 years, I could easily stitch from stash for many, many years and still not make a huge dent in it.  You are given a rather good sized at least in my mind budget of $25 (or your local currency) each month for those "must haves" and it rolls over from month to month, so it isn't a total ban on purchasing more of a "take stock of what you have and enjoy it".  So for May:

            Carry-over: $100
Monthly Allowance: $ 25
             Purchases: $  0
   Balance Forward:  $125

I had one start from stash this month, Joy to the World from Little House Needleworks
Stitched on 30-count WDW Straw Linen with DMC and yes I do have a problem centering
I also had some progress on a couple of pieces since my WIPocalypse:

Lizzie*Kate's Holly and Hearts went from here:

To here:

And Just Nan's Strawberry Summer was here:

And is now here:

Today is the last day in rotation for this one, so I hope to have more progress to show for the Just Nan SAL check-in the end of next week.  Chatelaine's Secret Victorian Garden goes on the frame tomorrow.


Linda said...

Wow! Congrats on no spending for the year Susan. Great new start and nice progress on the others.


Pull the other thread said...

Great progess your stitching. Congrats on sticking to the budget.

Jan said...

You're doing great stitching from your stash. Great progress on everything.

Giovanna said...

Nice going! And lovely stitching.

Linda K's Stitching Corner said...

I just love all of your Stitching....especially Santa Magic....

Have a Beautiful Day

Happy Stitching

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

Lovely progress on all your pieces. I really like the colours in the Just Nan.
I agree, the SFS budget is very fair. She even gave the Europeans the option to have 25 local currency rather than converting from US$ because of the amount we have to pay for threads.
I opted for the conversion of £15 because my mag subs and thread of the month club are allowable expenses anyway.

Faith... said...

All your stitching looks great and congrats for staying within budget!

Leonore Winterer said...

Great progress on everything, I really admire your not-spending-anything and how many small and pretty treasures seem to be hidden inside your stack :)

Melissa said...

Hi Susan!

I'm a new follower :)

Beautiful WIPs and boy have you ever done well from SFS.

Looking forward to seeing tons of stitchy pics :)