I'm home! The training I did last week went well (or at least I think it went well, haven't seen the evaluations yet). There were only two problem "children" but my training partner and I figured them out pretty quick and kept them under control.
As I mentioned in my last post, no new stitching happened this week, but I do have four SALs that have check-ins this weekend, so new words, old pictures.
The first is . Sharon at It's Daffycat hosts TUSAL and everyone is welcome to participate. TUSAL is not your usual SAL. SAL typically means "stitch along" whereas TUSAL is a "save along". All those end bits of thread, dogears from quilting and whatever other loose bits you have when crafting get saved in a container of some sort, you take a photo and post about it on the new moon. Super simple and it doesn't really take any special preparation or supplies either.
A chunk of this is frog fuzz from Sentimental Hearts but the majority is bits from Winter Wonderland.
And speaking of Winter Wonderland, it is my finish for the . The 2017 Smalls SAL is hosted by Heather at Stitching Lotus. This is another straight forward SAL - stitch a small piece and post a picture of your finish on the last Friday of the month. You get to define small and you just have to finish the stitching not finish-finish it.
Here's my January small finish again:
The third check-in is for . Melissa at Measi's Musings hosts this SAL. It focuses on finishing some of those works-in-progress that you may have sittings around. Up there at the top you can find a tab that lists out my WIPocalypse projects. I worked on three of them this month.
Santa and the Mouse started the new year here:
and went to here in January:
Enchantment of Winter was a blank piece of fabric on January 1st. It ended the month here:
And here are Shakespearean Fantasy's before and after photos:
Melissa also gives us conversation starters each month. This month's is: What SALs are you participating in this year? I am currently doing the three that are in this post, WIPocalypse, TUSAL and Smalls as well as Gifted Gorgeousness. IHSW (International Hermit and Stitch Weekend) is on the list, when I can remember and I am doing (so far unsuccessfully) Stitch From Stash on Facebook. I am always open to new SALs, but have cut back drastically from years past as I tend to over-commit myself.
Speaking of Stitch from Stash, here's my report on that.
Purchase: 15.50 - The 12 Berries of Christmas (colly birds, golden rings and geese a-laying)
Balance: ($ 5.50)
Not a good month. $10 USD would normally be plenty, but when I set my budget amount I forgot about the auto-ship for the berries. Fortunately, the balances, good and bad, carry forward so on February 1st I will be back in the black. There is a provision to give yourself credit for finishes and if I did that, I think I would have been even for the month, but as the finishes don't generate real money, it really doesn't balance out the real money I am spending.