February 24, 2015

SFS2015A ~ February

Boy, oh boy, these Stitch from Stash updates have been easy peasy for me, and there's good news and bad news because of that...

Month: February
Spent: $0 ~ the good news!
Earned: $0 ~ the bad news :(

Again this month, I haven't stitched at all... not one little x.  I've been looking at it, and thinking about it a lot.  Especially since I was gifted some amazing stitching stash from an aging friend of the family who can no longer do the craft she loves.  I will have to do a post to share exactly how amazing this gift was.  And how she made me cry when she gave it all to me.

But this month has been busy in so many other ways... and besides spending so many of my waking hours at work since tax season and filing deadlines are approaching, there's been some fun stuff around here too.

In the past month we've...

Celebrated my baby's 12th Birthday ::

Was surprised at the office with a treat ::

Knitted up some Valentine's for my little people ::
 Participated in Ethan's 4th Hair Massacure with a month of pink hair and a head shave (fundraising over $1,100!) ::

Visited too many hockey arenas to count ::

Hopefully the next month will be filled with so much more of the same. Oh, and maybe a little stitching too ;o)

February 8, 2015

An Overdue Birthday Exchange Post

Last year I joined in Cath's Birthday Threads Exchange.  My birthday fell at the end of the year, and here's a roundup of the cards and threads I received.

From Mary Jane (no blog), some lovely greens & purples and some of the now famous Peoria Purple WDW floss she sent out for each birthday!

From Lonneke, these gorgeous metallic and variegated purples and blues:

From Valerie, these bright and cheerful flosses:

From Donna, some fun variegated colors (and a beautiful handmade card too!):

And lastly, from Cath, these lovely colors that are looking to be put to use in an Easter piece I think:

All lovely threads for sure, I love, love, love them!  And I don't have a large selection of variegated flosses in my stash, so these are all a treat indeed.

I should have had this post up a month ago, but I was hoping that the rest were going to make their way here shortly and got hung up in the Christmas mail.  But maybe I'll receive a treat on a gloomy day when it's needed most :)

Thank you Cath for organizing this exchange, I had a lot of fun with it throughout the year!

January 28, 2015

SFS2015A ~ January

And here we are at the end of January already, and down to the wire to submit my Stitch from Stash update!

Spent: $0
Finishes: none $0 credit

January hasn't been a stitchy month for me... I'm taking the next level of knitting classes, so all of my "me time" had been occupied with working on all of the new things I've learned to I can retain them!  I just finished my homework for this week and now need to get myself off to the land of slumber, morning just comes too quickly!

Good night friends, hopefully I'll have a more exciting report next month!

January 14, 2015

Knitting ~ The Next Step

I am so in love with learning this new craft!  Last week I started the next phase of my knitting ventures, Knitting 201 at my LYS.  Double Pointed Needles!
I worked on my homework assignment from our last class, documenting my progress in pictures of course.

We are doing three projects in this month long class, and after finishing the first one I promptly casted on for the second and finished my homework, the ribbing for a wristwarmer.  I am anxiously biding my time until tomorrow's class, where we will be learning CABLES!  I don't know if you can tell exactly how excited I am?
Aside from feeling all thumbs, I am truly enjoying it so much. The possibilities now are endless... hats! socks! mittens!  We will defeat winter now, we will be so warm!
Have you started any new crafty ventures lately? 

January 7, 2015

The Holiday Handmades :: For Him

One day in October I got a message from one of my hockey mom friends, sending me a picture of a wreath she saw somewhere on the net saying "we could totally make these!".   These weren't just any ordinary Christmas wreaths you see, but something that was totally up our hockey-loving alley.

And so, 5 of us hockey moms got together one night, armed with glue guns, drinks and snacks, and had a blast. 

The end result - a Christmas gift for the hubby.


I'm hoping that my most adored hockey fan will enjoy this for many years yet to come.  I know I will, it's my favorite finish of 2014!  Well, maybe it's tied with the turtle :)

January 5, 2015

The Holiday Handmades :: Sent Far Away

This year, for the very first time, I felt I was ahead of the holiday crafting madness...  and I was so less stressed and disappointed with myself, it felt good!  Only one project remains to be finished (still!) but I hope to rectify that this week.
My sister lives in Indiana and I'm lucky if we see each other every couple of years.  We don't usually exchange anything, but after she commented on a Facebook post of something I had made, this year I decided that she needed a little handmade love sent her way.
She had told me that she loves the slouchy hats and her colors and we settled on the Shanti Hat by Robyn Devine.  I decided that a matching set would be fun for her and also made a pair of wristers.
I neglected to take some pictures before sending off the package and so Alli sent me some when she received her package.

Shanti Hat (Ravelry link)
Tween Style Wristers (Red Heart Pattern)
Crocheted with Red Heart Soft yarn

And a pic of my beautiful sister wearing them too.  She assures me that her car was in park ;)

I also included a handknit dishcloth in the package, you know... just cause.
There are a couple more things to show you still from the holidays, hopefully will be sharing them here soon.  As seems to be my habit lately, I don't have pictures and need to wrangle up my girls - and try doing that when there's still sunlight in January!

December 30, 2014

The Holiday Handmades :: For Chance

Merry Christmas! Even if it's a little late...  I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas celebrating with your loved ones.

Our grandson is a Ninja Turtle lover, especially Raphael.  So when I stumbled across this image on Pinterest, it was immediately added to my Ravelry projects and off to the yarn stash I went to pull out the necessary supplies.  Lo and behold, I had everything I needed...  even the safety eyes (which I've never used until now).  Imagine that!

This little fellow quickly took shape, and I am so, so pleased with how he turned out.  May I introduce you to Raphael?

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle
Pattern by Nichole's Nerdy Knots {Ravelry link}
Stash yarn
And I think Chance was pleased to meet him too! 
Be back soon with the rest of the handmades. And since it likely won't be tomorrow ~ Happy New Year!  I wish you a happy and prosperous 2015!

December 22, 2014

SFS2014 ~ December

Thank you all for your kind comments about Sheila...  it's been three weeks and we are all still feeling a little lost, even the cat I think.  Your words, and those cyber-hugs, have helped tremendously.  Thank you xo

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Wow, we're at the end of 2014!  It totally blows my mind how fast time goes...  and it seems to just keep going faster and faster! 

And so it's time for the final Stitch from Stash report of the year!  This month I spent...


I didn't do a very good job at keeping a running total - did ok for the first few months until I actually started spending some money.  Then it was harder to keep track!

This month has had a little stitching, and yes, it was from stash...  I had a new start - Grumpy Kitty by Brooke Nolan (free chart).  I'm hoping against hope that I will get a couple hours to finish this up somewhere in the next 48, as it's intended to be a Christmas present for my son.  Somehow though, I think he may receive the stitched, but not finished, design and I will have a finish on Boxing Day.  I just have so much still to do and just not enough hours I think!

How about you?  Are you ready for Christmas?

December 1, 2014

My Sweet, Sweet Girl


May your heaven be full of never ending belly rubs, car rides, snuggles and McDonald's french fries. I love you my baby girl.

November 27, 2014

SFS2014 ~ November & HoE Exchange for Karen

Our Stitch From Stash is almost done for the year already!  Only one month left, it stuns me to think that we're almost through 2014.

And so for my November report...  I spent NOTHING!  It's been a while since that's happened and so I'm pretty excited about that ;o)

I managed to stitch from the stash this month too ~ my HoE exchange was purely stash (if the magazine that I bought two months ago counts as stash!)

After a long trip in the post, I heard from Karen that the exchange piece I sent her had made it's way into her hands. 

Give Thanks
Just Cross Stitch ~ Fall 2014
substituted for GAST & WDW threads
32ct mushroom lugana
I didn't even realize until I received the email from Karen that I totally forgot to take pictures of this piece before I shipped it off in the post.  I posted one pic on Instagram when deciding how to finish this piece, and that was it!  Thank you Karen for also letting me use your pics that you posted to the HoE blog!
Happy Thanksgiving to our friends in the US, I hope you enjoyed your turkey day... I hope everyone is managing to stay warm! We are in the midst of a winter snowstorm, expecting 25cm to between today and tomorrow... yikes!