A New Page Started!

I've been recovering from whatever cold/flu thing got me a couple weeks ago, and since I couldn't do this...

I decided to rest by stitching!

I worked a little on my new Christmas kit...

And added a few letters to my LHN Necessities Sampler...

And worked quite a bit on my Stoney Creek Stocking...

Then I played a bit setting up my new box with my HAED projects..  Isn't it pretty??

Here's the inside...

And this little box holds all the extra threads I needed that aren't on bobbins yet.

I just adore my new little Vera Bradley Kiss and Make Up case.  I have it filled with all my stitching necessities and I can grab it and take it with wherever I happen to be stitching. 

So I stitched a little bit on my HAED Mini Christmas mailbox... (which will look like a big blob of pink for quite awhile!)

And I started a new page on my HAED Nativity!  I've stitched around 11,200 stitches, and just started page 3. : )

Christmas movies start on the Hallmark channel on Friday, so I should be getting more stitching time in soon!! : )




Beautiful Thread Giveaway Spotted!

Nancy does such generous giveaways, doesn't she?  There are two on her blog right now for assortments of floss.  Check it out and tell her I sent you! ;)

Be Ye Thankful Giveaway - 1795 Floss Collection
1840 Floss Collection Giveaway

The colors in both collections are so pretty, but I just LOVE the colors in the 1795 collection.  So rich and deep and gorgeous!!

Back to my regularly scheduled stitching!! : )



Stitch from Stash - October

I had so much fun spending some of my stashed stitching money this month!  When I wrote my last post - the one where I was in a needtobuysomething mood - I didn't realize that I was coming down with the cold/flu that DH brought home last week.  Well, after a week of feeling not so great, I celebrated starting to feel better by doing a little shopping. : )

Here's the rundown...

I really was trying to be good, so last night when I was still feeling sneezy and wheezy I sat down on the floor and spread my charts over the floor.  "I'll just kit up something I have in my stash!", thought I.  Pretty soon I had piles of "I like this!" and piles of "I should stitch this because someone sent it to me" and piles of "I want to do a charity stitch or two next year" scattered around me, and then I opened one of my folders and saw this...

HAED Mini Christmas Mailbox
That was it!!  I looked to see if I had enough fabric leftover from the yard I bought for The Nativity.  WOW!  The Mini one will only be half the size!  Who knew!!  (As a side note... I didn't start the Mini Mailbox last year when I got it because it was TOO BIG.  And now listen to me!  LOL!!)  Anyway, I had enough fabric, so I started to plan...

I went through my floss and marked what I needed.  I made a list of accessories I wanted to have, and I started shopping...

Here's the rundown...

One big Decorative Box to hold the threads, accessories, fabric and charts of my two HAED's on the go.

One little Decorative Box to hold the extra skeins of floss.

Bobbins and Needles

One DMC Storage Box

DMC Floss to finish kitting up The Nativity and Mini Mailbox

One Kiss & Make Up Bag to hold accessories....  It's Vonna's fault.

One clipboard to hold my pattern

One Dimensions Kit from EBay

One WOCS magazine from Ebay with a stitch I want to do for charity.

For a grand total of $78.00 BUT Mel just said we could have a $50.00 exemption once before the end of the year, so I'm going to take it now, making my total a mere $28.00.

So here's my accounting for the month...

I started with a balance of $123.51 + October's allowance of $25.00 = $148.51
I spent $78.00 - $50.00 exemption= $28.00.  So my balance forward is $120.51.

My goal is to stitch on 5 projects for the rest of the year...
1. HAED The Nativity (WIP)
2. Stoney Creek Woodland Sanctuary Stocking (WIP)
3. LHN Necessities Sampler (WIP) (I can start something new if I finish this, 
but it needs to be a charity piece.)
4. HAED Mini Christmas Mailbox - New Start
5. Dimensions Kit Oh Holy Night - New Start

But I have quite a bit still in my Stitch from Stash "account", so if I get desperate again, or if I need fabric or floss for the charity stitch, or if I just want to place a Black Friday order, I still have room to play. : )  This has been such a fun challenge!  Next year I'd like to do this for my stamping supplies, too.  I've spent WAY more there this year than I have on stitching!!

Thanks for stopping by!


ps I've already started both the Dimensions kit and the new HAED.  You'll have to come back in a week or two for pictures! :)


Mid - October Update

It's raining here and I have chocolate chip muffins cooking in the oven, so it seemed like a good time to update my blog.  I think I've decided that cross stitch is one of my comfort foods. :)  No, I don't eat it, but if I'm feeling a little low I love to look through my stash, window shop online, or make grand plans about next year's stitching.  I might actually even stitch a little! :)

Here's my update...

Page Two of HAED Nativity is finished! WooHoo!!!

The toe of the stocking is finished and I've worked on the band.  Little by little!!

Just a quick letter here and there when I need a stitch I don't have to think about too hard. : )

I've been having a needtobuysomething urge lately.  First I saw this...

... which is SO me.  I haven't bought it yet, because I am not sure I should have 2 HAED's going on at once, but I love it and would love to stitch it!

Then I saw this...

...which looks so fun, since I love Christmas stitching.  I didn't buy that either.

Then I saw this Petite Dimensions Gold kit on eBay.

Another sweet Christmas stitch.  I did buy this one.... : )

My Stitch from Stash account is over $100.00, I think, so I might cave in and place a small order just to get it out of my system.  But as soon as I say that, I am paralyzed, because I can't choose what to get.  LOL!!!  Should I start another HAED?  Should I just get fabric and floss and kit up a bunch of charts in my stash?  Should I buy the Christmas kit up there?  Or the two charts from my last post?  Or should I get one of those Vera Bradley Kiss and Makeup bags to stash with all the stitching goodies I always wish I had with me?  Or should I call Shepherd's Bush and see if they would kit up a fob for me with aida, since I'm allergic to linen???

Decisions, decisions!  I'm going to go ponder....

: )

Have a splendiforous day!



Up for Adoption

Hi everyone!  No stitching to show today... although I have been working on my HAED and should have Page Two of The Nativity done tonight or tomorrow....  WOOHOO!!

I'm just dropping by this afternoon to let you know that there is another Artist Teddy Bear up for adoption in my daughter's Etsy Shoppe!  Take a look at Carmel and his kitty....

SOoooo sweet!  And a perfect gift for yourself or a friend this fall season!!

You can find Carmel HERE - but hurry!  He'll be gone soon, I'm thinking!!