So friends...it'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)
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:
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!|