Monday, August 24, 2015

Stitch from Stash - August 2015

Well, we all knew it was going to happen sooner or later.  I fell off the wagon - and not off the wagon onto a gorgeous, soft bed pillow.  I fell off the wagon onto a big 'ole pile of bricks.  I finally caved and bought a chatelaine kit.  I've had the pattern for a couple of years. (I also already have the fabric in my stash, so I "just" bought the kit.  I have been wanting to do one for a long time and since we graduated our youngest from homeschool, I decided that this was as good a time as any.  I have a gut-feeling that this is WAY above my stitching ability but the instructions look fairly clear.  I also have an on-line friend that has promised to hold my hand during the entire stitching process. She's completed many chatelaines, but I don't think she has any idea what she's signed on  I won't be starting it until November, so here's hoping that my rad stitching skills will improve by leaps and bounds by then.  I figure at worst, I just won't stitch it at all;  I'll just fondle the beautiful silks and ogle the lovely beads and crystals that come with the kit.  In case you're interested, this is the kit I've chosen....
So, with all that said, here's my break-down for this month's budget-busting....

SFS allowance
Money remaining gifted to me for XS (for birthday,Christmas, Anniversary, etc.

So, my grand "out of pocket, over-budget expense" is --------------------------------  $14.75 

(as a side note, I am also supposed to have some extra SFS $ credit for finishing my wolf project but I am totally confused as to how to figure that out, so I'll happily settle for my $14.75 over-spending shame)  lol

So, moving right along,  my #3 son, Matthew, is a biker (as in bicycle, not motorcycle).  He loves it.  It's nothing for him to ride well past 100 miles/week.  On Wednesday, I got this text.....  "I'm okay, but..."
I know that I could have received a much worse text but still, my heart dropped. He wasn't really completely "okay" but he was very blessed that it wasn't as awful as it could have been.   Matt was riding his bike to work and was hit by a "distracted driver".  I thank God that he wasn't more seriously injured but ...   PLEASE DON'T text and drive!!!!!!  I'm climbing off my soapbox, but this is a hot-button issue for me, so no promises that I won't be climbing back up again.  
Little tidbit of "bonus" info: when Matt was little. he was always the ring-leader of trouble.  (every family has one!)
He was the one that repeatedly said "I wonder what would happen if..." or the family favorite...
"Hey,  y'all, watch this!"  His nickname was and still is "Haz-Matt".  Ladies, he's single and minus the bruises, is pretty easy on the eyes. Someone please marry him so that he can be someone else's "problem child"!)  LOL

Here's a picture of my latest progress on the wedding sampler for #5 son and his fiance:

As a reminder, here's the top part:

And here's what it will (hopefully) look like when it's finished:

I appreciate all your responses in regards to rotating projects.  I've decided that I'm going to loosen my reins as far as working on more than one project at a time.  I am going to work on this wedding gift until it's finished but then, I'm going to have an adventure in choosing a few different pieces to work on.  I know that I'll definitely be including some holiday designs in my rotation and some small quick-finish pieces too.  I'm going to wade through my rubbermaid "tote of stash" and see what I come out with!    :)

My non-stitchy give-a-way will start over the Labor-Day weekend.  I'll put up a post that you can comment on and enter.

Hugs and Grace,

Stitch from Stash - August

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Stitch from Stash - July

Happy to report that July has been a penny-free stitching-spending month for me.  I have been so focused on stitching on my son and his fiancĂ©e's wedding sampler, I haven't been too tempted to buy anything new.  I have a feeling that this frugal wave will end once the final stitch has been placed in the gift.  I tend to be a one project at a time stitcher, but I have to say, it's starting to get to me.  I keep feeling like I'm stitching the exact same stitch over and over and over again...   Grrr......
Here's where the sampler stands now....

I think 2016 will see me mixing things  up stitching-wise.  Somehow, Lord willing and the creek don't rise, I am determined to start some sort of a rotation-system.  I am SO open to hearing any suggestions as to how you deal with rotating/not rotating your projects.  Also, do tend to spend monthly on lots of little projects or do you save up for a few months and the. Go slap-happy with your spending? I have finally convinced all my nearest and dearest that the absolute best gift for me is stitching money.  Thanks to their generosity, I have a tidy little nest egg set aside.  I can't  wait to start spending (hopefully wisely!) when the right project (or 2 or 3!  Lol) pops up and I "gotta" have "it" or "them".
What are some of your "gotta have it" projects?
(Oh and I'm still collecting some goodies for my give-a-way.  I'll try to have it ready to go around the middle of August!  Stay tuned!)

Hugs and Grace,

Friday, June 26, 2015

Making some progress...and proof I'm a goofball!

Thanks to a couple of rainy days in Florida, I've had some unplanned extra stitching time.  (Don't you love when that happens?). I really like this wedding sampler and the colors, so it's a fun stitch.
Now for the "I'm such a doofus" part of this post.  See that wonderful little scissor holder that I bought on my visit to Shepherds Bush?  It's fantastic and I love it!  Except......  I keep forgetting that I have it.  I flip my work over to snip my thread and I actually spend a nano-second wondering what I did with my scissors!  And then I remember....  Duh.......
I am so used to dropping my scissors in between the cushions or having them fall to the floor that I forget that I have the nifty new gadget.  Once I get used to my little sheep holder, it's going to be "da bomb"!!!   Lol.  Happy Stitching!!

Hugs and Grace,

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Stitch from Stash - June

I'm really happy to report that I have successfully been able to avoid all temptation of the stitchy type for the month.  I have been hard at work (or hardly working, on some days, lol)  on the wedding sampler for son #5 and his beautiful bride-to-be.  I really would like to get that finished over the next couple of months because I'd LOVE to start some Christmas stitching.  (From my stash, of course!).

I haven't forgotten about my give-away. I'm thinking of another give-away of "my favorites" which is just an odd assortment of non-stitchy type things that I love.  I LOVE Florida, so a lot of my "favorites" are tied to the "Sunshine State".    Hopefully, I'll be ready to get my give-away up and running in August!  I'll keep you posted.

I hope each of you are well and are enjoying a blessed summer!

Hugs and Grace,

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Shelby and Stitching...

Little Miss Shelby made her very first trip to the groomers' today!  I can't even put into words how much we love this little bundle of sassy love!

And because this blog actually started as a "stitching blog",  here you go!
This is a wedding gift I'm making for my handsome son and his beautiful bride to be.
(Janlyn "Cherished Wedding").   Just like me, it's a "work in progress".   ��

Hugs and Grace,

Sunday, June 07, 2015

12 and a Baby!

We were so blessed to meet with family last month.  Somehow, we managed (with not "too much" fighting - lol) to pull together 6 sons, 3 wives, a fiancĂ©, hubby and I and a grandbaby (!) and got them all in one place for pictures!  Whoo hoo!!

These are the boys that melt my heart... Yes, I've noticed that they're all grown men now - but they will forever and always, be my "boys".  I should've made sure that my hubby was in this photo too, but he was the camera guy, plus it was pretty much "uncontrolled chaos" by this point in the day!

This is the whole family, including all the girls who keep my guys happy.  I have been VERY blessed to have wonderful "daughters-in-love"  My guys have GREAT taste.  (Again, hubby isn't pictured.  Sorry, honey!)
Yea, my hubby FINALLY made it into a photo!!!  He's amazing and very much a "keeper!"

Now for some stitching-related pictures!  I just HAD to take a little side-trip to the heavenly shop that is Shepherd's Bush!

I knew it was going to be amazing but it turned out to be AMAZING!!!!!

That's it for the pictures of Shepherds bush, I was just too excited to get busy shopping!  The shop had so much stitchy goodness.  I'd love to be able to name my favorite section, but there was just too much that I loved to just pick one....

I  had to put in this picture of the "and a baby", our grandson, Jackson!!    So hard to believe how fast he is growing.  It was so much fun getting to spoil him and spend precious days with him.  He's our all-time favorite Atlanta Braves fan!

That's it for the boring family photo's, although you might see one or two (or 12 and a baby!) of my nearest and dearest pictured in my next post of the more "touristy" stops that we made.

Hugs and Grace,

Monday, May 25, 2015

Stitch from Stash - May

Hi there, friends!

Sorry I have sort of "abandoned" my blog for a bit of time.  The family and I took an extended trip to see our entire family and I just didn't think it was a good idea to let it be known that we were going to be abandoning the homestead for a while.

All that to say, I have some pretty nifty stash to share this month.  The good news is that I received some  nice gift cards and a generous amount of money for mother's day, so I didn't spend any of "my" money on my goodies!  ZERO spent form Stitch from Stash money!!

We all decided to meet up in Utah because it's centrally located between where everyone lives (except us!).  Anywho, while I was there, we made a trip to the WONDERFUL shop  - Shepherds Bush!!!
(I'll share MUCH more about my trip in later posts!)
So, here are my treasures from SB...

 Seriously, how cute is this little pin and how gorgeous are the bows that they tied the bag with?

I bought "Count Your Blessings" by La-D-Da

 My Daughter-In-Love picked this one for me to stitch; she said it described me perfectly.
"Silly" by Lizzie Kate
  Mill Hill beads for an Alexandra Adelaide Christmas Tree Pattern

 A scissor sitter.  My scissors are constantly trying to hide from me.
 A pretty Silk 'n Colors Thread.  I love the colors and have a certain freebie in mind to stitch with this floss.
 My sons picked this out for me.  I can't decide whether to wear it or frame it!

I spent $65+ during my wonderful visit.  (I also bought my daughter in love a beginners kit from Shepherds Bush.  I think we just might have a new stitcher in training!!)

As I've said, I had a blast wandering around the Shepherds Bush store.  Saying that Shepherds Bush is a stitcher's paradise seems almost like an under-statement!  Terri was awesome to meet in person!  She even offered brownies to my boys and gently suggested that they might have more fun looking at the train depot down the street than hanging around watching me fondle fabrics, charts and floss.  (God bless her!!  lol)  The guys loved the train depot and I actually finished before they were ready to leave!

So, since I had saved up all the money that I have received from holidays that was specifically earmarked for "stitching money", "techically", I didn't dig into my stitch from stash money.
I could have bought MUCH MUCH more from Shepherds Bush but honestly, Stitch from Stash has really helped me focus in on what I really LOVE (not on what I just "like") and realistically think that I can stitch in my lifetime. 

Here's hoping that you're all well!

Hugs and Grace,