It has soon come around to my Stitch From Stash report. I can't believe that we are a week away from August. Also ow on earth did that happen?
This month does seem to have been rather productive in the finishing department and I have also started some older stuff from my stash :).
So my big finish for July is this beauty.
Brightneedle Lo How A Rose ( from the Better Homes and Gardens Christmas book )
32 count Crafty Kitten Fall Foliage ( lighter dye that Dawn did for me )
Started 8th March 2014
Finished 20th July 2014.
The book is now on the way to Barb :) Thank you Lois once again for sending me it.
I have made a little progress on Country Cottage Needleworks Frosty Forest Snowman's Cottage.
Day 9 of the 12 Days of Christmas didn't quite get finished so Barb and I will, hopefully, finish it this Friday.
Almost finished JBW Designs Our Family.
I made a start on June's Honeysuckle.
New start in the parlour over at Needlecraft Haven was Little House Needleworks Needleworker. I messed up and had to frog twice!
Another new start in place of Warm Winter Woolens is Just Nan Wintry Mix. I've had this in my stash for God knows how long!
Do you remember this finish I had last year? Finally all finished up properly!
I'm debating what to start in place of Lo. It may be a Carriage House Samplings from a JCS magazine that Suzanne passed on to me a while ago then I bet it passed on as I promised it to Faye. I've sorted threads and fabric.
So before I announce the winner of the Jane Greenoff chart I'd better fess up to my little bit of spending for July. Last year some of you may remember that my sister and I had a poem read out at our Dad's funeral and I was after a chart of one of the verses which was his favourite. My sister remembered him writing it in her autograph book and he'd bought me a bird bath with the verse inscribed on it. Well at the time I couldn't find anything that I liked so, just on the off chance, I emailed Diane of Silver Creek Samplers to see if she would consider charting it. I had a lovely reply from her then left it at that. A few weeks ago I noticed that she had some new releases and there it was! The verse I had asked her about so beautifully charted. It is called Garden Bliss. Thank you so much Diane for a beautiful design. I will admit to having tears in my eyes when I saw it. I entered a contest she had running to win our choice of her new releases but decided that I would buy it when the next Frosty Forest auto came out which it just has so I'm hoping I won't have too long to wait for it arriving. So I spent about £5 on that lovely chart. My Frosty Forest doesn't count as it's an auto. That leaves me with £10 from the July budget so I have £42.90 to carry over :).
So onto the winner of the chart I was giving away. Just 4 people entered, Gracie, Bianca, Dani and Cucki, and the randomiser chose Cucki :). Cucki I think I have your address so I'll get it in the post to you as soon as I can.
I was very happy to receive a message from Dani to say that I'd won one of the travelling patterns, LHN Summer Garden, so watch out for that one when I receive it and get it stitched :). Thank you Dani :).
Finally thank you to everyone who posted congratulations for Jess on her graduation. Let's hope it isn't too long before she can find a job. Poor Abi has been looking a year and still not got one. She's applied for several but not even been offered an interview.
So that's it from me for today. I should be finishing a gift so better get this post published and get my sewing machine out!
Take care everyone and try and stay cool in the rather warm weather we're having. It has been too hot for me I'm afraid!
With much love