Thursday, January 22, 2015

Stitch from Stash - January 2015

Once again, I'm going to be participating in "Stitch from Stash".  I enjoyed the "push" last year that it gave me to be a bit more mindful of my stitching-related purchases and helped me to be grateful for the beautiful stash that I already own.

My report for this month is that I've spent $0!  I have really been trying to work on the Wolf...so I haven't been tempted to purchase anything new - YET.

I have found myself seriously enabled by some beautiful pieces I've seen that have been or are being stitched by wonderful stitchers "out there".   I know that as soon as the Wolf meets it's finish, I'm going to reward myself with some new stitchy goodness! 

I'm looking forward to a wonderful new year of stitching, blogging, commenting, and world peace.  (If only!!)

Hugs and Grace,
*Sharon

Sunday, January 11, 2015

A wolf, a frame and a stand.

Wow, how's that for a run-on blog title?   First, the wolf:






I'm getting there!  I'm really happy with the progress I've made since my last update.

Now for my frame and the stand:

Several months ago, my hubby and I were playing the game,  "if you had "x" amount of dollars to spend (only on yourself!) what would be at the top of your list.?   Of course, we all know that top of my list would be something stitching-related!  :)    I had seen the millenium frame in use on some of the "floss tube" videos I love to watch.  So, because we were being completely decadent, I put the frame and stand at the top of my list.  I have a couple of issues that were starting to make stitching a bit more difficult and I've thought that a floor stand might help.
Anyway...  guess what showed up at my doorstep??? 
These don't come cheap, but I can see this stand lasting the rest of my life and then some.


It has so many ways it can be adjusted...it's perfect for me.  I have become used to now doing two-handed stitching and I love it!  I also love how easy it is to pick up the frame and turn it over for starting and stopping threads.  The frame itself can be configured to fit nearly any design size.  The frame can also be used by itself without the floor stand and works well that way too.  (I wanted to stitch on our lanai to take advantage of our lovely weather but didn't want to take the stand outside.  It was great).  Hubby got me the "standard" size and one other set of bars that will accommodate larger projects. Who knew my sweet hubby was listening (and apparently taking notes!) during that "pillow talk" conversation from a few months ago?  See why I think he's such a keeper?  There are other reasons too but I'll save those for another post!  LOL
 Before I posted this, hubby asked me to mention that because these are made by hand and are such fine workmanship, don't order one if you're in a rush.  It took him 5 months to get this from order date to delivery date.

I'm a happy stitcher and a blessed wife...

Hugs and Grace,
*Sharon
 
(Frame and Stand from Needleneeds    -http://needleneeds.co.uk/store/  )





Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The end of a year....

Well, the wolves and I have become great friends in 2014.  I'm really hoping that I'll be great friends with the three remaining wolves yet to be stitched.  I'm really, really hoping that the wolves will be finished and framed in 2015!   :)

I'm going to put a few stitches into a new start tomorrow (by Rosewood Manor) and then head back to the wolves to get them finished up.

This wasn't a year that showed many finishes but it was a year that as a family, we pulled together and powered through some pretty rocky health scares and challenges.  I think that we lived out our favorite saying "Family: forever, for always and no matter what".  (I know that there's a cross stitch design that has this saying - does anyone know the designer?  I'd LOVE to stitch it!)

We were able to spend time with our wonderful little grandson who lights up our lives at every mention of his name.  (Oh yea, we love his parents too! LOL)  We love all our boys - each one of them are really something special!

We lost our sweet girl, Tea Tzu and our hearts still hurt and miss her.  It was also the year that Shelby arrived on our doorstep and she's opened the part of our hearts reserved just for her. 

We're blessed... and grateful... what a wonderful way to begin a New Year!!

Hugs and Grace,
*Sharon



Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Shelby Says.....


Merry Christmas!!!!

Hugs and Grace,
Sharon


Thursday, December 18, 2014

Stitch from Stash - December


Woo-Hoo!!  We've reached the end of 2014 AND the year's end for Stitch from Stash!!! I'm happy to again say that I have spent zero, zilch, nada, goose egg,...  (I've been seeing way too much of that commercial for AT&T - lol).  Anyway, no money spent this month on anything cross-stitch related. 
We've been so busy volunteering for one of our favorite Christmas organizations, loving our sweet little puppy and enjoying some fun parties that only seem to happen this time of year.  I just haven't had time to think about stash.  BUT.....once January turns onto the calendar, there is going to be some MAJOR desires to be dealt with.  I have seen some of the cutest Christmas finishes and a couple of them are calling to me, VERY LOUDLY.  BTW, y'all can be really naughty enablers, just saying....

I'm still working on the wolf project and I have a project all picked out for my January 1st start, so it's not like I need a pity party because I don't have anything to stitch, but I kinda think that my 2015 spending won't be quite as sparse as my 2014 turned out to be. However,  here's hoping that  I can have enough self-control and good health to be able to post the next years "I survived Stitch from Stash 2015" graphic!  :)

Hugs and Grace,
*Sharon





Saturday, November 29, 2014

Stitch from Stash - November


It's been another easy-on-the-wallet month for me. Not a cent spent on XS.  I've been happily occupied loving on a new puppy and finding a few minutes here and there to stitch on the wolf.

This has been a great challenge for me this year and I have enjoyed it WAY more than I thought I would. I will admit that I sort of started January out on a "poor me - I have a limited budget for xs"attitude.  Now, with the support of a lot of people with GREAT ideas and lovely pictures of what they've been stitching from stash, I look back and see a great year w/ no feelings at all of being XS-deprived.

Earlier this  year, I did buy a new pattern from Rosewood Manor and the Valdani threads to go with it. I LOVE the design "Quakers and Quilts".  It will be my "New Year's Start" on January 1st.  I'm going to rotate between the wolf and the new start.
Ideally, I would have finished the wolf by the end of THIS year, but with all the "blips" we've had here and there, I'm okay with it being right where it is.  It will be finished hopefully, in 2015!

Hugs and Grace,
*Sharon




Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Wolf Update - October


I've had a wee bit of extra stitching time over the past couple of weeks, so I spent the time on my wolf project.  Still loving this and starting to get excited about the fact that I might actually see this finished!!!!    I have quite-a-ways to go (roughly a page and a half) but at least I am starting to see daylight!   :)

Hugs and Grace,
*Sharon