Tuesday, 25 February 2014

February Stitch from Stash Report !!!!

Can't believe a month has gone already.  I've just about stuck to budget this month.  I am enjoying this challenge as it's really making me think about what I spend and what I really want rather than just buying on impulse.

Stitch from Stash Statistics :

Money available for Feb:  £17.35 (including £2.35 remaining from January)

Spent -

Secret Project:  £4.99
Threads for Dolphin Project:  £6.72
Sewing Books from Charity Shop:  £3.98

Total Spent:  £15.69 or 26.29 USD
Total Remaining for Next Month:  £1.69 or 2.82 USD

We also had an exemption weekend during this month in which we had an extra 100 USD, approx. £60 to spent.  This wasn't allowed to be included in regular budget or carried over.  It was use it or lose it.  I took the opportunity to buy some threads for my secret project, some needles and two q snap frames.  Frames and needles are supposed to be exempt from this challenge but for me I want to be accountable for everything I spend, so I am including it in my budget else I would just satisfy my spending itch by buying lots of needles and frames and I wouldn't be saving anything.  I also bought my usual Crafty Kitten Threads of the Month and the tortoise kit (which I also got a small frame for and some needles) that I showed in my last post.

The Crafty Kitten Spend:  £24.25
Threads for Secret Project:  £1.72
Needles:  £7.90
Tortoise Kit and Accessories:  £4.71
Total Exemption Spend:  £38.58

All in all it's been a good month and I've made lots of progress.  I finished my secret project, completed a small mouse loft kit, worked on my Dolphin WIP and worked on my Lanarte Butterfly from my 2014 Crazy January Challenge.

Happy Stitching Everybody !!!

Sunday, 23 February 2014

First 2014 Finish !!!

I have a small finish to share, last week during the Stitch from Stash exemption spurge last week I picked up a small mouseloft kit to work on when I was visiting my sister last week. I've finished it off this afternoon whilst watching the last of the Olympics ....

Happy Stitching Everybody !!!

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Friday, 21 February 2014

More and More Sea !!!!

I've made good progress the last few evenings and completed just over another row.  The sea is looking really good and the second half of this page is mostly made up of blocks of colour so it shouldn't be difficult to complete my aim on this design for the month ...

Happy Stitching Everybody !!!

PS.  I made the mistake of looking at sewing mags in a shop today and really wanted the latest issue
of Sew at Home because it had some great free patterns.  However, knowing I have spent my stitch from stash budget this month I just walked on by !!!! I'm growing hahaha !!!!

Monday, 17 February 2014

Dolphins !!!!

Been working a little on dolphins whilst trying to hit the deadline on my secret project.  That is completed now so I will have more time to spend on my cross stitch.  I've done another two hundred stitches approx ...

It's funny to see how much smaller this page is turning out than my old attempt.  I'll put a picture of them both together in my next post but there sure is a difference between stitching over two on 28 count and over one on 25 !!!!!

Happy Stitching Everybody and stay safe in the weather !!!

Monday, 10 February 2014

Dolphins Update !!

I've made a good start on Dolphins but I've had to do a lot of work on my secret project.  That project has a deadline so I need to work on it.  However, I am so glad I decided to restart my dolphin project. It is already looking sooo much better on the smaller count fabric ...

As well as my bloggiversary last month I have now reached 150 followers !!!!  That can only mean one thing ... GIVEAWAY !!!!!! I haven't worked out the details yet but keep your eyes peeled because I will be hosting one this month !!!

Happy Stitching Everybody !!!

Monday, 3 February 2014

February Aims !!!

Wow it's February already !!!!  I really enjoyed January and it's crazy stitching challenge but now it's time for some serious progress !!  I am going to work on more of a rotation this year.  In order to complete my dolphin design I have to stitch a page and two rows every month.  I intend to start each month by starting the dolphin design on day one.  Once I have completed that months goal on Dolphins I will move onto another crazy January challenge piece until the beginning of the next month !!!

February Aims :

1.  Page and Two rows of Dolphins
2.  Halfway on Trick or Treat current page

Happy Stitching Everybody !!!