Wednesday, 21 May 2014

May Stitch From Stash, Do You Wanna Build A Snowman etc!

I hang my head in absolute shame this month! Yes I have been naughty and feel very much like I have let myself down. Not because I bought some 32 count vintage country mocha linen last week as I had run out of that but because I caved and bought myself some charts this week so used some pennies from my accumulated allowance balance from the first four months. To be fair, and trying to justify my purchases, one is to stitch for a gift ( it will probably get stitched several times ), one is to continue with my AotH so that I am one more block nearer to finishing and the other two are, well, just my start to a collection! Plus I added a DMC that I had run out of. So somebody slap my hand please and put me in the naughty corner! 

So I spent all of my £15 budget this month plus £18.17 of my accumulated budget balance from previous months so I have £27.90 of my balance left. Next month I have to be good. Infact I have to be good for several months!

May has been a pretty good month stitching wise. Barb and I have been stitching away on our 12 Days of Christmas and I started and finished Day 8 which is my Do You Wanna Build A Snowman reference! Please excuse my photos. I'm trying to find a good place to take my photos without using the flash as it bleaches them out, as you can see from this one, and I'm still learning to use my new camera!

I also finished this.

Country Cottage Needleworks Frosty Forest Racoon Cabin

32 count pearl grey linen


Started 17th March 2014

Finished 12th May 2014

The next one, Snowy Deer, has been started.

I also finished the next Garden Journal.

Cottage Garden Samplings My Garden Journal April's Daisy

40 count pearl grey linen


Started 16th March 2014

Finished 13th May 2014

And May's Lily of the Valley was started.

I had another new start from my stash but can't show it as it's a gift. I also started and finished the Needlecraft Haven May challenge which I need to get made up and a pic emailed to Christine before reveal day.

Oh gosh this seems to be all new starts and finishes! I just realised I hadn't mentioned my new SAL with Shirlee which is LHN Warm Winter Woolens.  We started this on 8th May. I love how it looks so far.

A bit of progress was made on both Lo How A Rose and The Needlework Shop.

And that's it from someone who only stitches in an evening or when I have a craft morning with my friend Gill. Typing of my friend Gill if you are a knitter in the UK please pop on over and take a look at her new venture Seaside Yarns. She's gradually adding to her website and has some gorgeous yarns and patterns. I'm already planning my next knitting project!

Finally just a few photos from last Saturday when we went to Bempton Cliffs nature reserve. It was a lovely afternoon with a nice sea breeze but just one thing spoiled it. Flies! Millions of the little blighters! However it was worth it for the views and all the wonderful sea birds.

That's all from me this time. So sorry for the picture heavy post but it happens like that sometimes. I may have some stuff finished up next time I post as Abi is going to see Jess tomorrow so I shall use the day on my own to do some finishing and hopefully a good bit of it as the pile keeps getting bigger! I have some larger pieces that I really don't know what to do with so I think once bigger bits in my stash are stitched I won't get any more when I start buying properly again.

Until next time take care everyone.

With much love



cucki said...

Beautiful stitching and lovely photos ..
Big hugs x

Heather said...

Slap, slap. To the naughty corner Sally! :-) :-) :-)
You have done so well this year, don't beat yourself up. :-)
I love all of your new starts! I need to pull out my Frosty Forest and get busy! :-)

Your stitching is lovely as ever!
Your photos of the nature sanctuary are lovely. We went to a nature sanctuary recently too. We saw many lovely sea birds too. :-)

Mii Stitch said...

Beautiful stitches, as always :)

Linda said...

Congrats on the finishes Sally. Beautiful stitching and progress as always. Your still within the yearly budget so don't fret. Lovely bird photos.


Anonymous said...


I found your blog when I googled Shepherd's Bush Pansy needleroll!
Your stitching is lovely and your photos are stunning.
Happy stitching!

Vickie said...

You still have money left, so you are alright. :)
Lovely photos. Take care!

Mary Ann said...

I always love seeing that there is a new post from you because I know that I will get to see lots of lovely stitching! And, the Nature Reserve photos are stunning!!

Tina said...

Lovely wips and your photos are fab!

Southpaw Stitcher said...

Sally, you get a phenomenal amount of stitching accomplished for someone who only stitches in the evening and an odd morning here and there! So many lovely pieces. Love your photos of the birds. What is the name of the white one with the long beak and tan head? I've never seen one of those before.

Margaret said...

Beautiful pictures! Love them! Love your stitching too! I think you are doing great on the stitch from stash -- much better than I could ever do.

Sharon said...

Lovely projects Sally!

Beth said...

Sally you are stitching so many wonderful things. I too am stitching the Cottage Garden series. Such a pretty trip to the coast - magnificent seabirds.

Beth said...

Oh you have to spend a bit once in a while! You are stitching so many wonderful things. I too am working my way through the Cottage Garden Samplings series. What a pretty day on the cliffs, flies aside. The birds are magnificent.

Mary - Lecoeurceltique said...

Lovely stitching, Sally. Finishing ideas for projects can be hard at times. Your photos at the nature reserve are lovely.

butterfly said...

Lovely stitching , have a lovely day.

Kay said...

Slap, slap., but if it made you happy then who cares!! Lovely stitching, I like the look of the May flower page, lovely colours. x

Christine said...

Bad Sally! Bad! ;D
You are still within budget for the year as a whole, so why worry?
Great stitching again, and I love the photo of the puffin, round here they nest on the rocks offshore, so you have to get a boat out to see them

Carol said...

You have to treat yourself now and then, Sally! I think you're doing a great job on stitch from stash. I'm always amazed at how many projects you have going at any one time--just lovely! And the seabird photos are wonderful--how nice it must be to live so close to the sea :)

Melissa said...

So many WIPs! I would be terrible with finishing them all. Can you tell I have an attention span problem haha. Seriously though, I love all your stitches :) Even the snowy one, although I don't want to think about snow for another 6 months haha.

Beautiful pics too! We have puffins and yellow headed birds here too! I actually had to double check to make sure we weren't from the same place :) Of course, you seem to be having MUCH better weather.

stitchersanon said...

Heck. Life is too short to worry about spending now and then. I love the stitching and I love that it is photo nice to see the sea and the birds!

Michelle said...

Lovely stitching Sally and your photography is really good xx

Julie said...

Lots of different projects you've been working on, such a lovely blue sky for your day out to see the birdlife - nice pics.

Andrea said...

Beautiful stitching. Love your WIPs. Isn't that the idea of saving your amount every month to spend on something you really, really want. You deserve a treat and you have done well to go this long, we are half way through the year almost.
Wonderful photos from the nature reserve.

Karoline said...

I don't think you have anything to beat yourself up about, you stayed within your allocated budget.

You've had some great finishes and your other projects are looking lovely.

Great photo's from Bempton, my Dad is a volunteer there but we've not been yet this year.

Anne said...

Beautiful stitching Sally!! I love watching everything grow :D Your photos from the seaside are amazing! Love the bird photos!!