Sunday, 22 February 2015

February Stitch From Stash & Barb's Birthday.

It's that time of the month again where we report whether we've been good or bad lol! I did have a bit of an extra spend this month on top of the thread and fabric for my ornament auto so that is not good! I will explain later!

So here is my report.

Month: February.

Amount spent: £16.36 ( fabric and thread for CCN ornament,  3 charts )

Earned: £2 for teeny finish

Balance carried forward: £30.73

I am happy with that.  Lol.

Last month I saw the new Lizzie*Kate flip its and they just called to me with the frame of mind I have been in so I had a work out and knew I could manage them ( the first release is 3  charts ) and stay within my budget. I paid for them on Friday and will have them when they arrive with my ONS. They won't be getting started any time soon though! 

So I am sure you are wondering if I actually managed any of those near to finishes this week. Well yes I did! 3 of them but before I show those I have to show you something else! Last Sunday was my very dear friend  Barb's birthday. I stitched a sheep and a flower from Little House Needleworks Soft and Sweet and mounted it into a Tim Holtz pocket watch and here it is :).

Sheep from Little House  Needleworks Soft and Sweet.

32 count vintage country mocha linen


Birthday gift for Barb.

I am so happy to say that she loves it! I must admit that I loved it too!

So my other finishes now.

Blackbird Designs Spell of the Moon

32  count Weeks Dye Works Tin Roof

Classic Colorworks, GAST and DMC.

I love this! Just love the owl! Not sure how I will finish it. I will have to have a root around in my finishing stash to see if I can find anything that will do!

Tomorrow I'll be starting a Blue Ribbon Designs ornament which has owls! I'm a little  behind Barb now but we will be doing different Halloween pieces so it doesn't matter.

I was worrying a little that I wasn't going to get my March cottage finished in time but I don't know why as I didn't have that much to stitch so here it is. I just need to get it ready to hang.

Country Cottage Needleworks March Cottage

32 count natural opalescent linen


All ready to start April on Tuesday! I just need to cut my fabric.

Final finish is, of course, this one.

Country Cottage Needleworks Dear Santa

32 count Light Exemplar linen


This was such fun stitch!

So I now have the charts for Dear Santa, Angels and Spell of the Moon for sale so do email me if you are interested :).

I did not quite manage to get Beerenherz im Winter finished but I am not far off now. I just love this design so much. 

Snowy Reindeer on Frosty Forest is coming along quite nicely. I think realising I am so close has spurred me on to try and get more stitched on it. I think I could finish it for Easter.

A little progress on September's Morning Glory next.

I almost forgot about a little more stitching on LHN Blessed :)

Finally my lovely robin. I was chatting to my surrogate sis Lisa, who I am SALing with, and I decided that my aim is to try and finish him by my late Dad's birthday next February so I have just under a year to get him done.

I do have another piece started. I'm taking part on the Four Seasons SAL on Needlecraft Haven but can only show my stitching on there until reveal day which for the Spring one will be 31 st March :).

Do you remember the SAL I did with the lovely Shirlee last year? We stitched Lone Elm Lane Snow Angel. Well it has been languishing in my finishing pile since and  my plan was some sort of a box finish . When my DH and I were Christmas shopping we popped into Hobbycraft so I could buy a paper mache box but I changed my mind and bought a wooden stitching hoop instead and this is how I have finished it.

I am not 100% happy with it but then again I doubt myself constantly!

I have also, finally, finished CCN The Tea Room so that I can hang it.

Again not 100% happy with it!

I still have several pieces to finish off. I get some done then add more to the pile lol!

Thank you for reading and for all your wonderful comments. Knowing you are all interested in what I do and your lovely comments keep me blogging.

Until next time.

With much love,

Sally xxxx


Vickie said...

Wow! So many finishes. Snow Angel is very pretty!

Mrs. GraceWorks said...

Beautiful stitching, Sally!! Good luck on finishing your HAED. You can do it!!

Margaret said...

You have so many lovely finishes! Love them all!

Shirlee said...

Sally! What a great finishing idea for our Snow Angel design! Love all your other finishes & stitchings as well : )

Maggee said...

Those are all great finishes! Congrats! You should be proud...And your finishing looks fine to me. No worries!

butterfly said...

Wow loved your gift to Barb so sweet great finish .
And again a full post of lovely stitching and finishes .
Big hugs .

Daniela Bencúrová said...

Dear Sally, you are all beautiful!

Linda said...

You always amaze me as to how much stitching you get done each week. All of your stitching and finishing are just gorgeous.


Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Wow, you've been so busy this month! There are so many lovely designs here it's hard to know what to comment on first!
I stitched Spell of the Moon last year and really enjoyed it.
I also like your Frosty Forest and the September instalment of the Cottage Garden calendar. Mum trying to resist buying the series!

Mary Ann said...

So many lovely finishes and wonderful progress on the others!!

Christina said...

Love, love, love Spell of the Moon!!

Clare - Aimetu said...

Lots of beautiful work :-) I love your Blackbird piece :-)

Christine said...

Lovely work Sally. The gift you made for Barb is gorgeous

Mary - Lecoeurceltique said...

You've got some lovely finishes and made good progress on others. The pocket watch finish for the sheep design is a good idea.

Pull the other thread said...

Sally, I don't know how you manage so many amazing finishes. Your stitching is beautiful as always and I love all your projects. I think both hoop and hanging finish look wonderful!

Julie said...

The March cottage looks very inviting, such pretty colours in this one.
Love Barb gift, a beautiful pressie.
The hoop finish looks great, I have The Tea Room sitting on my table in the conservatory.
Frosty Forest is growing well, that'll soon be a finish.

Mii Stitch said...

So many finishes!!! Absolutely love the Blackbird owl finish... it looks fab with the black & yellow ;)

Kay said...

You have been such a busy lady. I saw the pocket watch firs ton Barb's blog, it really is wonderful and something to treasure. x

gominam said...

Oh my, you got lots of pretty finishes this month! And the sheep looks great, lucky friend;)

Carol said...

Wow! So many lovely finishes, Sally! The Snow Angel in the hoop is a great idea--have to remember that one. And I wish you luck on finishing that gorgeous robin by next February--you can do it!

Lesleyanne said...

Lovely stitching and finishing Sally. I am always in ewe of your wips.

Pam in IL said...

Lovely stitching! Congrats for staying with the SFS budget.

Brigitte said...

Yeah! Here they are, the finished projects you were writing about last time. Well done, Sally. And so much progress on your WIPs.

I love your finishing a lot, the stitching hoop finish and the naging picture. I think you came up with very creative ideas.

Miamina said...

Wow! You have been busy! What beautiful stitching :)

You may have "splashed out" but you are still within budget and doing very well.

I love the pocket watch, a lovely gift for Barb to treasure. I really like the way you've finished the other 2 as well, I can't see why you are unhappy with them, they look stunning! Have more faith in yourself and your ability!

Andrea said...

Wonderful stitching and finishing. The pocket watch is gorgeous. Don't be too hard on yourself on your finishing. The 2 you aren't happy with are great! Plus they are different from the "norm".

Michelle said...

Lovely finishes Sally - well done xx

stitcherw said...

Wow, you've been really busy, loved seeing all the updates. The little sheep in the pocket watch finish is adorable, and I LOVE your Spell of the Moon finish, that owl is awesome, he looks so great against the moon. Enjoyed seeing the Frosty Forest coming along too, this has so many sweet scenes in it.

Heather said...

Sally, your stitching and finishes are all so lovely! I really love the birthday gift you made for Barb! You had another great month! I am really struggling with wanting to buy! I guess it's time to go through my stash and remind myself of all the lovely things that I already have! :-) :-) :-)

I hope that you are having a lovely day!

Deb said...

Well done SFS!
EVERYTHING looks fabulous!!!
Love your HAED Robin!

Faith... said...

You have been very busy stitching! Congrats on everything, they look great!Great job staying within your budget - I love those new LK's tpp but I am trying to resist buying them!

Dani - tkdchick said...

OMG Snow Angel is PERFECTLY FINISHED don't doubt your skills its perfection (but I get it, I do it to myself as well)!!!

OMG your productivity just amazes me and I say it every time. Your volume of finishes are AWESOME! Everything looks great!

Keep stitching!

Mel said...

I'm never, ever happy with my finishing either. It's a perfectionist thing. :)

I also love the new LK's!