Monday, July 20, 2015

July 2015 Stitch from Stash report

So's time for 2015 Stitch From Stash Part B (July-December).  I don't think I had any doubts that I'd re-up for the rest of 2015.  First of all, I really like the budgeting part.  It makes me think  before I buy, and although I won't go so far as saying I'm depriving myself, I feel a certain measure of healthy control.  And then there's the fun of reporting.  Clearly I'm not blogging as much as I used to, so this has helped me back into regular writing.  Even if it's short and sweet - it's still something, right?

And here are my numbers;

Balance at June 30:  $89.00
July Allowance:       $25.00
Spent in July:           ($84.00)
Remaining cash         
carried into August   $30.00 

I've put some more stitches into Plenty and Grace...enough to confidently stitch in a place holder to start the dreaded houses.  Ugh.  I hate stitching houses.  They bore me to tears, but a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do and if I love samplers, I have to stitch the occasional house, so I'll just suck it up and build three houses into this sampler!

I've also kept stitching my paper PS Santas.  Love, love, love them, and I've finished another.

Last week I went on a road trip with five of my stitching pals for a fun day of shopping and lunch and girl talk.  Crafty Ewe in Broadview Heights, Ohio is our favorite shop and well worth the drive, so off we went.  I did some damage to my Stitch from Stash balance, but most of the things I bought were designs I had thought long and hard about and I only had a couple impulse buys. And if you know me, you will conclude that all of the things I bought were entirely predictable.

First of all, when your newlywed daughter is spending the summer in this:

Please don't ask and please don't laugh

You probably will buy these:

And maybe even be unable to stop yourself from starting it immediately!

If you've ever met any of my friends, near or far, you'd guess that I couldn't resist this.  They are all my treasures:

And the next two were impulse buys.  But really...when you're in the shop that's filled with gorgeous stitched models, you KNOW you're going to put an extra design in your basket.  This one, with Nat King Cole's famous lyrics, was absolutely going home with me.

And I'm a sucker for the sale bin.
 (Thank you, Mary-"You Should Buy That"-VanTyne) 

So .we had shopping, then lunch, then our traditional visit to an Michael-Angelo's Baker.  We mulled around and mulled around, and just before we were ready to leave, the baker came out with this utterly amazing cake:

Is that the most incredible cake ever, or what?  Its detail was amazing, it was entirely edible, and even more gorgeous in person.  I only wish we could have been there when it was presented to the person celebrating her birthday.  Don't you think she would have said what we all were thinking:  "I don't want to cut it!"

Now I'll leave you with a couple more wedding photos:

Getting ready

Dave, Colleen, me

Our son John and our future daughter-in-law, Stefie.

So many happy faces cheering while the new Miller Family is introduced for the first time!

Thursday, July 02, 2015

My daughter's wedding

I can't believe it's over.

The setting was lovely.

My daughter was gorgeous.

Everyone had a good time.

Especially these two:

It was a beautiful day and I know they'll have many more in their lifetime to come.

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Lee's June Stitch from Stash report

While you're reading this, I'm in Colorado and right in the middle of last minute wedding preparations. It's kinda crazy...
But I can squeeze in a quick Stitch from Stash post. It may be the only easy thing I do today!

I had $64 left from May and $25 for June's allowance to spend in June. 
I spent $0.00
I had a finish but I'll cash that in next month. 

So...not bad! Easy-peasy. 

Next time-wedding pics!

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Lee's May Stitch from Stash report

I'm calling May another success as far as keeping within my budget. It would be a great success if I was actually stitching more, but I'll take my victories where I can get them. So here are the numbers:
$74.92 accumulated as of May 1
(21.40) Pin money kit. It was just too cute!
(13.61) Used Jeanette Douglas design with grapes. I'm a sucker for grapes.
$0.00 credit for finishing.
$25.00 May allowance
$64.91 carried to June
So...we arrived home safe and sound at the end of April.  It's been wonderful to be home again. And to arrive home in the midst of the most gorgeous time of year in Pennsylvania? Well, that's just perfect. There is nothing quite so nice as May and June in the mountains. I know some of you are autumn lovers, but for me it can't compare to Spring with it's longer days and brilliant greens.
But - once the leaves turn and the days become shorter and the skies turn Pennsylvania gray, I'll be happy to pack the car and head back to the Florida sunshine!

Monday, April 20, 2015

April Stitch From Stash report

$49.92     Starting balance
$  0.00     Purchases Mar 21-April 21          
$  0.00     Credit for finishes (pitiful, I know)
$25.00     May allowance
$74.92     Available to spend in May

Well, how about that??  A zero purchase month! But also a zero credit month, so I don't exactly know how to evaluate that.   I even had a birthday thrown in there with a generous gift certificate from the World's Greatest Husband, but I still held back from buying anything.

Does that mean I have reached Stash Critical Mass?

Nahhhh,  I have a one-day stitching retreat coming up soon and one of my favorite shops will be there, so I'm sure that every penny of my allowance will be disappear fast as a bolt of lightening.

Well, we have just one more week till we head home.  Florida certainly has been interesting, with its population that swells and deflates over the winter and all of the characters that come and go as a result.  My favorites are the very past middle aged men and their trophy wives.

Yesterday I was at the beach and watching this older gentleman put suntan lotion on his trophy wife's butt cheeks. She was wearing one of those those bathing suit bottoms that are not quite bottoms and not quite thongs?  It was part hilarious, part gross.  I looked at Dave and mouthed "trophy wife".  He smiled.

The beach was super windy yesterday, and it was impossible to lay down because you'd get blasted with sand.  But Trophy Wife wanted the beach chair, so Husband gave her the beach chair and laid on the towel and despite being battered by sand, he immediately fell asleep for over an hour.  I was astounded.  Later, as they were packing up to leave, I told Dave, "Wow, I can't believe he slept for that whole time."

Dave said, "That's because he was tired.  What he used to do all night now takes him all night to do."
I know that's a song lyric...I just have to find the song.  I mean...if I can find the time, since I'm so busy being a neb-nose at the beach.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Lee's March Stitch from Stash Report

First - the numbers:

 $13.60 carried forward from February
 $25.00 March allowance
($13.91) Crafty Framer shop (second visit - only purchased charts)
($11.77) Crafty Framer shop (first visit - charts and scissors)
$12.00 Credit for stitched area 44 X 199 of large sampler (equal to one page)
$24.92 balance at end of March
$25.00 April allowance - - - meaning whaaaaaat?
$49.92 Available to spend between now and April check-in!!

Second - the pictures:

The alphabets are done on my large sampler.  (The alphabet section is what generated my $12 credit.)  Next comes a nice row of flowers, birds and baskets - really fun!  Then the bottom half of the sampler has three houses and grass.  Lots and lots of grass.

And do you see my sweet scroll rod covers?  Like a dope, I left my covers at home, some 1,000 miles away.  So I had to make myself a new set, without the convenience of my sewing machine, which is also 1,000 miles away.  The nice lady at JoAnn's cut the fabric to size for me, because my sewing scissors are....well, you know....far away.  And then I hand stitched them.  It was actually very relaxing.

And here are my stash purchases.  Just like last month, I found another nice shop.  This one is in Largo, called The Crafty Framer.  And wow....does this shop ever cram a lot of stuff into a small space!  You have to be ready for a real rummage, or else you'll miss things.  I'll bet I spent an hour in there the first day with my friend Nancy, and a good two hours the second day with my friend Pam.  

So when I shopped the first time,  I found this nice chart in a half-price sale bin. Who doesn't love a Welcome chart?   And who can resist pretty $5 scissors?

And I purchased the classic alphabet sampler for a ridiculous $1.97.  Really.

I met Pam (Stitching Between the Lines)  there a couple weeks later, when I bought that Picket Fence design (above) because it has an adorable garden alphabet, and these two Handblessings charts.  I can't wait to get back to my stash and use some of my overdyed silks on these little bunnies.

And what's a good rummage without finding a couple great Prairie Schooler charts?  I was familiar with Christmas Day, but had never seen Still Life before.  That's another one I can't wait to try.  I have some awesome dark linen and I'd dig it out right now for some of those cool fruit baskets, but as you can's 1,000 miles away.  Oh...and another thing I should tell you is that Christmas Day was a whopping $3 and the kind shop owner threw in Still Life for free.

I understand that The Crafty Framer will be moving to a new and much larger space on May 1, so if you think you're going to visit, it's probably a good idea to phone and get directions to the new shop.  With this new space, the owner intends to start a regular stitch night in the future.  I'd be really happy if she did that.  I'm so lucky that I've had two stitching friends to check in with while I've been here, and adding a shop sponsored stitching night would be a nice thing, too.  As I've said many times before, there's just something about the camaraderie of stitching ladies!

Oh! I do have one little finish to show you.  Remember the PS chart I found at Silk Road Needle Arts?  I finished one of the Santas.  He's on perforated paper.

So that's about it from here.  In some ways, I'm counting the days till I get home, mostly because I'm so anxious to see all my friends and catch up with them and their projects.  And being able to sleep in my own bed, cook in my own kitchen and drive my own car all will be such pleasures.  In other ways, I'll be a little sad to leave here, too.  I feel as if we're setting down roots, getting to know the area and feeling more comfortable.  I really need to live in the moment a whole lot more.  To stop comparing one place to another and just enjoy wherever I am.  So for these remaining days, I'll be enjoying this.

See you next month, friends!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Lee's February Stitch from Stash report

It's time for another Stitch from Stash report. How do these months fly by so quickly?

So first of all, I started with a bank of $20.50 left over from January.

And then I went shopping....

The good news is, I found a needlework shop very close to our winter home this year!  Or maybe that's the bad news.  As it happens, this fellow (shop owner is a man - kind of unusual, isn't it?) is more known for needlepoint canvases, so he has rooms and rooms of those and an excellent selection of threads, but his cross stitch inventory is rather dated.  Still - When I see a bunch of old stuff, I know that can mean that there are some Prairie Schooler gems hidden away, and ta-da!  Look what I found! Book #80, Old World Santas, which people have bought on ebay for anywhere from $37.99 to $8.50.  I paid the sticker price of $6.00. Hey there any way I can get a $32.00 credit for being in the right place at the right time??  Come on, give a girl a break!

Chart + perforated paper + threads = $17.70

He also had this chart and I've been eyeing it up on Sampler World and Sampler Lovers over on Facebook.  So even though I've put Quaker charts on my "DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT NO MATTER HOW MUCH YOU LOVE IT" list, somehow this one squeaked in.  I have no willpower.

Chart alone = $14.50

So here's the math:
20.50 balance
25.00 February allowance
00.00 Earned for finishes
(14.50) Quaker Medallion
(17.40) PS chart and supplies
13.60 carried forward to March

And here's something fun! I won the January give-away from the Stitch from Stash group!  This lovely little chart was donated by Gillie, and she even included a couple skeins of floss.  Aren't those flowers adorable?  There's so much to see in this sweet design. Thank you Gillie!

Now, here's my February stitching.  No finishes...I had hoped to finish one of those Santas to get some kind of credit, but, well, no.  

I've been working on a particular sampler named Plenty and Grace.  I can't give you too many details, but I'll tell you this much:  It's a biggie.  

Isn't this little thistle motif adorable?  I wish you could see the colors better.  I like alphabets, but I couldn't wait to get the thistle.  So cute.

OK, I'm off to start supper.  It's stormy here tonight.  Maybe I'll stay in and stitch!