March 28, 2014

SFS ~ March

The months are just zipping by!  I sure wish the cold weather and snow would do the same...  -16C on the drive to work today, Brrrrr!

Time for another Stitch from Stash update...  I've been stingy, my total spend for March is:


Yes, that's right, another month where not even a nickel has been spent!  It's so not like me, but I'm enjoying the challenge.  And since we can accumulate our unspent portions of the budget, I am looking forward to the day that I splurge!  I have "stashed" $72.65 to spend so far! ;o)

I've been slowly plugging along on Butterfly Ballerina Blue, the only piece I've touched in March.  Here's the progress as of last night:

I am enjoying stitching on a HAED much more than I thought possible, it's just slow going!  I haven't had as much time as I'd like to dedicate to stitching...  with two kids in hockey (only 2 weekends left!) and baseball (spring training started two weeks ago!), and work, and, and, and...  well, you get what I mean! 
Happy Friday to you all, I wish you a wonderful weekend ahead! xo

March 7, 2014

Stitchers Choice from Cindy

I received my ornament from Cindy in the mail this week.  Thank you Cindy :)

I don't know what happened to the ribbon, the packaging didn't seem to be disturbed and was like this when I opened it :(  But it's beautiful stitching and I'll fix it somehow!

February 24, 2014

SFS2014 ~ February

Another month has just flown by!  I blinked and it's time for another Stitch from Stash update already!

So this month's stash haul...  How much did I spend?


That's right, absolutely nothing! 

No stitching to show - I have an ornament winging it's way to it's recipient for an exchange, and that's all the stitching I've done this month! 

But no post is complete without pictures...  so here's some of the goings on around here lately!

Jocelyn's hockey team has done really well this year - so well that they went undefeated and received gold medals in Minor Hockey Week, which is a big tournament that every minor hockey team in our city participates in.

For their gold medal game we had photographers from a local newspaper on their bench and a pic of my girl got in the paper!  She's in the white jersey...
We had a good laugh though over the fact that her 15 seconds of fame weren't even credited to her ~ as they used a teammates name! LOL!  I contacted the paper for a correction, but never received a reply :(
And our grandson is growing so fast, it's hard to believe that he's 2 1/2 already!  Here he is, "hiding" from his auntie...

That about sums up the goings on around these parts...  We're in the middle of a second winter around here, in the middle of a deep freeze this week.  Darn February... 
Thanks for visiting!

January 27, 2014

SFS2014 ~ January

Well, another month is almost over... I really cannot believe that we're already one month into 2014. Sounds so cliche, but it's true!

I signed up for the Stitch from Stash group that Mel is hosting this year.  The timing was perfect for me, as my hubby got laid off at the beginning of December and things were getting stretched pretty tight :( Thankfully he has found another job since then, but we still have to watch our pennies! 

So here's January's stash purchase:

One magazine, so not too bad... Best part is I had a reward on my plum rewards card that I redeemed at Chapters so I only spent $2.35!  So the balance of my $25 for this month will be carried forward and I will be able to spend it in another month if I want to.

And in keeping with the theme of stitching from stash, I've spent some time on Butterfly Ballerina Blue and here's my progress on her to date:

This piece is a challenge, and still a little intimidating, but I am determined to keep plugging along on her.  I do need to pick up the pace and finish more than one page a year ~ I have another HAED chart that I want to do at some point!

I also started an ornament for the next HoE ornament round, and everything is stash for that piece too!

And now I'm off to cozy up in my stitchy spot and spend some time working on that ornie.  Thanks for stopping by!

January 13, 2014

The Final Finish of 2013

I had one last finish for 2013, a small ornament that I finished, quite literally, on the way out the door to gift it (which is why the ribbon didn't get ironed before attaching!).

Tweet Gift
Full Circle Designs
2010 JCS Christmas Issue
32ct Lugana
DMC as charted

I love this ornament...  absolutely everything about it.  And I was quite excited to give the gift too.  It was for a gift exchange where I was assigned to bring something that started with the letter O.  Unfortunately, I don't think the recipient was quite as excited to receive a handmade ornament as I was to give it :(  

I was pretty bummed, as I really thought everyone in this group would be appreciative, which is why I gave it.  Next time it will be something off the rack - maybe an orange picture frame to cover the letter O (yuck!).

Has something like this ever happened to you with a handmade gift? 

December 26, 2013

Halloween Ornament Exchange for Jayne

**It seems that I drafted this post earlier this month and never hit publish!  I hope you had a very Merry Christmas with some holiday cheer & lots of memories made with your loved ones!  I'm hoping to post more regularly in the New Year, I always have the best of intentions and it seems like life just keeps getting in the way...  Anyways, Happy Holidays with lots of love from my home to yours.  May 2014 bring you your best year yet! xo 

I saw on the HoE blog that Jayne received the Halloween ornament I stitched for her.

Double Double by Lizzie*Kate
2013 JCS Halloween Special Issue
32ct Mushroom Lugana & recommended DMC

As soon as I  saw this pattern I knew it would be on my list of items to stitch quickly!  When the posting went up on the HoE board for a perpetual Halloween exchange I signed up without hesitation, with fingers crossed that my exchange partner would be a Lizzie*Kate fan.

I noticed when taking the pictures that I missed stitching the witches waistline!  Oh well, I still think it's a cute stitch, waistline completed or not ;o)

December 9, 2013

HoE Halloween Ornament Round #1 received from Linda

The mailman brought me a special treat today... or at least I think it was today!  I found this tucked in my front door (which we rarely use), so it might have been there sooner and went unnoticed!  We usually check the mail from outside when we take out the pup, so it was a surprise to find it between the doors.

Linda stitched me this cute ornament, which she said is a freebie from Cherry Hill Stitchery, stitched with recommended flosses.

I was going to show you the ornament I stitched as well, as I saw on the HoE blog that it was received, but I can't seem to load more than one picture today :(  Darn Blogger...

 I hope you're all managing to stay warm...  We had a cold, cold spell over the weekend, lows of around -40C! Brrrr!  I was thankful that I had last Thursday and Friday off of work, so didn't have to venture too far.  My mom braved the cold and came over to my house and we spent the two days baking up a storm for Christmas!  Mmmmm.... now if the treats will last until the big day we'll be all set! LOL

November 7, 2013

Halloween 2013

This was the first time in a number of years that duct tape wasn't a part of our Halloween costume making.  It was also the first time in a long time that I couldn't convince at least one of my kidlets to create a costume themselves...  :(

It wasn't the case for me though!  In September, my girlfriend & I decided we were going to go as the same thing and planned out our costumes together...  We gathered up everything we needed and got to work.

It was my first experience with RIT Dye...

And it worked!  (please don't mind my dingy basement LOL)

Our costumes needed a hat with them, and we just couldn't make what we had work like we wanted it too.  So out came the crochet hook & some yarn.

Any ideas yet??  
Are you ready???
And here is our costume...  with the most awkward feeling "selfie" photo ever ;)


I found this crochet pattern on Ravelry and got right to work.  These were started the Friday before Halloween, and finished on the Tuesday, with one whole day to spare! 

I also love any little thing that can make holidays just that extra little bit special and memorable for the little ones in our lives.  So when I saw this idea on Pinterest, I knew I had to make these Halloween loot bags for Chance and all of our little nieces & nephews.

Aren't they fun??  I just love them!!  And they all loved the special treat they got when they came by to show Auntie their costumes :D

November 2, 2013

Runners Up Exchange ~ Sent & Received!

This week I received my latest exchange piece from the Hooked on Exchanging group ~ the Runner's Up Exchange.  We were to stitch either Just Nan, Little House Needleworks or Country Cottage Needleworks ornaments for our partners.

Here's the ornament I received from Linda

Linda stitched me Hometown Holiday - My House from LHN.  She did a beautiful job and I love the personalization she did!  Thank you Linda, this will look beautiful on my tree this year!

I received Karen's name this round and this is what I chose to stitch for her:

Little House Needleworks ~ Winter's Sampler
JCS 2009 Ornament Issue
32ct Edinburgh Linen & DMC

I hope you enjoy it Karen!

October 11, 2013

Farewell My Friend

Like so many of you I received an email from Katie yesterday with an update on our dear friend Cathey.

I am sad. Heartbroken. So many tears have fallen down my face as I think about our friend.  

This weekend is Thanksgiving in Canada. I think of Cathey's family and how difficult this is. My prayers are being directed their way in hope that they will find comfort in knowing Cathey is no longer in pain. 

Last night I struggled with this and I realized that although I am so extremely sad, I am indeed Thankful. 

I am thankful for this space and our stitching community, without which I would never have met such an inspiring lady. 

I am thankful for the stories and laughs we shared. 

I am thankful that Cathey was blessed with motherhood and that her incredible spirit lives on in her sweet Junior. 

I am thankful for the strength of her dear friend Katie, who took the time to inform us all and share some special memories she has, during a most difficult hour. 

I am thankful that I can call Cathey my friend.