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! 

November 14, 2014

Practical Knitting

It seems like since I learned how to implement the terms knit and purl earlier this year, there's one thing that has been a constant on the needles.  I love, and I mean LOVE, handknit dishcloths, and am determined that I will have a drawer full of them.  

And I believe this will be accomplished in no time at all actually.  I have a nice little stash of cotton yarn that is calling my name, just waiting to be turned into something useful.  I also have many hours at the rink ahead of me to achieve this.

I think this look that Mary, my feisty little feline, has here is actually a warning to my loved ones...  you all may find yourself becoming the owners of your own drawer full of handknit dishcloths this holiday season.  I sure hope you like them just as much as I do.

November 8, 2014

Autumn Exchange Received

I participated in an Autumn Exchange with the HoE group and received my piece from Kim.

It`s a fun piece and is making autumn last a little longer since we woke up to snow this morning!!

I actually received this piece in late October, but have had a lot going on in our life and had been delayed in finishing and mailing my piece so I wouldn't allow myself to open it until I had my piece in the mail.  Thank you Kim as it was well worth the wait, and made me smile after a rough patch :)

Wishing you a fabulous weekend and hope you're staying warm...  I have a feeling that we will stay in frozen temperatures now till spring!

November 2, 2014

SFS2014 ~ October

This month`s stash enhancement was something that I just couldn`t walk away from...  the new JCS Ornament issue!  And then I also snatched up a large piece of 32ct Mushroom Lugana, it`s my favorite fabric to stitch on and it seems like my LNS just can`t keep it in stock, so I have to grab some whenever I see it :)

Total spend...  $46.98

We received  a $50 exemption to be used before the rest of the year, so I think I`d like to use it now! :D

Thank you Mel for hosting the SFS challenge this year!  I think it`s been good for me to track my spending and be more aware of it.  I don`t know if I`ve been actually spending less or not, but am definitely more thoughtful when purchasing!

October 10, 2014

HoE Halloween Exchange from Melissa

I received my Halloween exchange from Melissa in today's mail.

Melissa chose to stitch me a design from Lizzie*Kate and finished it beautifully.  I love this piece!

Thank you Melissa!!

It's Thanksgiving here this weekend and so we have a long weekend with a lot of hockey to watch and I'm preparing to cook my very first turkey!  It's hard to believe that I've manage to go almost 38 years without cooking one...  keep your fingers crossed for me that it all turns out ok ;o)

September 28, 2014

SFS2014 ~ August/September

I missed my SFS update for last month... We were on holidays for the last week of August and then getting ready for back to school and back to hockey... Phew! Honestly, I'm exhausted lol :)

So, my update is for the two months... And I spent $36.63 between both. My stash enhancement is here, minus a bit of fabric that I've stashed away already!

I'm looking forward to working on my first Mill Hill bead kit, it looks like a lot of fun, but definitely not a project that I can drag around with me! 

I'm hoping to be updating a little more (three posts in three days!), I have a fee more things to share. But for now, I wish you all a wonderful week ahead!  I'm hoping our weather will stay nice for a while longer, we got a taste of snow a couple weeks ago and I sure don't want that back for a while yet!!!

September 27, 2014

Pumpkins for Pumpkin

Cathey, you are very much missed in my world.  I'm greater to have "known" you, even though I never had the privilege of sitting down and sharing a cup of coffee and some stitchy time with you.  You gave so much to others and I'm so thankful to have been a recepient of a wee bit of that kindness.  Your "ROFL!!" and "LOL!!" comments never failed to make me smile and I miss them more than I thought possible.  The Walking Dead is returning soon and I think of you and our emails debating about what's going to happen next week, every time I sit down to watch with some stitching in hand.



Happy Blogoversary!  Rest easy my friend. 

September 26, 2014

Halloween Exchange for Lillie

I received a lovely email from Lillie letting me know that she received the Halloween ornament I sent to her in a recent exchange.
JCS 2014 Halloween Special Issue
32ct Queen Anne's Lace
DMC as charted
Victorian Motto Shoppe ribbon
Here's a couple of close ups of the front & back of the ornament.  I especially love how the back turned out...  I didn't have a piece of fabric wide enough to complete the backing so I stitched two pieces together and left the frayed edge showing. 

Lillie, I'm glad you like the ornament, it was a fun one to stitch!
Happy Friday!

August 14, 2014

A Washcloth Exchange

Recently Angela organized a private washcloth & postcard exchange which I jumped at the chance at.  I love knitting washcloths, and as a new knitter, I find it a great way to practice my stitches and end up with a usable product at the end!

I received this pretty washcloth from Angela in the mail this week.  Thank you Angela!

And here it the washcloth I sent to Angela.  I missed including the postcard as I quickly snapped this pic on my desk at work on my way to the post office!
Bernat Handicrafter Cotton
Size #8 5mm needles
Thank you Angela for organizing this exchange, it was fun!

July 30, 2014

SFS2014 ~ July

I feel like I splurged this month. I mean technically I didn't, according to the SFS budget, but when I haven't crossed a single x in a couple of months how can I justify spending more on stitching stash? Especially this, when I've never stitched a card before in my life?

So this month's spend was... 


And so my total spend so far this year, before exemptions given to the group, has been $47.34.  I'm pretty proud of that restraint!! 
I've got grand plans to spend a lot of time with this magazine... It sparked a little fire in me which nothing aside from knitting needles and yarn has done for a while. 

My fingers are crossed, cause even though they've been busy, I do miss my stitchy time. I think I'm going to go put a strand in Butterfly Ballerina Blue while I watch SYTYCD tonight.  And maybe thumb through this magazine one more time!

July 22, 2014

FO: A Ribbed Infinity Scarf

Recently I finished my first knitting project after my Knitting 101 class I took in May. I love, love, love this simple ribbed scarf! 

Ribbed Infinity Scarf
Cascade Yarns Pacific
Colorway: #66, Teal Heather
Needles: 5mm

The pattern is a basic 2x2 rib scarf, which I seamed together at the ends to make an infinity scarf, which I know I'll wear a lot more. 

This is the first time I used this yarn, and I think I've got a little crush on it!  It's so nice and quite soft for an acrylic blend.  

This scarf will keep me so warm at the rink this winter, I can't wait!!  Well, maybe I can ;o)

June 30, 2014

SFS2014 ~ June

Well, look at that!  It's time for another Stitch from Stash update already!

I splurged this month, for the first time this year. I stopped in at my LNS for one color I was missing for Butterfly Ballerina Blue and they were having a sale for their 30th anniversary... Who can resist a sale! So here's a pic of this months stash acquisitions.

And the total spend was $25.78.  And lucky me, we were given an exemption this month, so my $0.78 over budget was "free"! ;o)

This month didn't have any stitching action to show, I don't think I crossed one single x since my last post. I've been working on my knitting, and finished a crochet shawl for my girl, an exact duplicate of the one in my last post. I love it when my kidlets make special requests for something... I'm very grateful that they appreciate handwork and actually will wear things I make them, usually anyways!

We've been spending a lot of time at the ball diamonds lately, both kids are winding up their seasons over the next week. We have a potential 15 games between tomorrow and next Saturday!  My fingers are crossed that we get that many because that will mean they'll likely medal in both city playoffs & provincials!  Fingers are crossed for some good weather and some good ball!

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

May 27, 2014

SFS2014 ~ May

May!  What happened to May?!?  I always feel that I have such good intentions, and then I blink.  I wonder, does it feel that way for everyone else? 
But here we are again, time for another Stitch from Stash update already!  My total spend for the month of May was...
My hubby picked me up a little bag of stitching odds & ends from a garage sale...  there were a couple of charts and some Aida.  Truth be told, I probably wouldn't have bought it if I was there as the charts aren't really my style, but hey, stash for $5?  Can't really complain, right?  LOL
This brings my total spend for the year to $7.35...  I cannot believe the restraint I've had with stitching stash.  I think I will start to track all crafty purchases though, maybe starting for June.  I haven't been overspending, but I haven't been tracking yarn or anything else either.
I haven't done a lot of stitching in May, but what I have done has been on Butterfly Ballerina Blue.  I am sooo close to finishing page 2!  I thought I would have done it over the last couple of weekends, but there is so much confetti stitching in the outline of the wings!  And I actually am missing one of the colors to finish the stitches in the upper left side of the page, which surprised me as I thought I had gotten all of them when I decided to start the project.  I must've missed writing one number down I guess!
And although there hasn't been a lot of stitching, I have been playing with yarn...  of course!  I finished a shawl that was in Issue 10 of Crochet 1-2-3.  This is a new magazine I just found, which is really affordable at just $3.99CDN an issue!  Fits right into my budget I have to say :)
Not the greatest pic of the shawl, I always seem to forget to take pictures when I have daylight... and I had to fight off the cat too!  I need to figure out blocking, which is something I haven't done as of yet, but it makes such a difference in the finished project. 
I love the yarn I chose for the shawl. It's Loops & Threads Soft & Shiny in Burgundy.  Here's a closeup of the yarn & stitches... 

I'm not the only one that fell in love with it..  there's a second one on the hook right now, same colorway even!  A special request from my oldest girl, and who can deny their child when they want to wear something their mama made?  Not me, that's for sure!  Hopefully my middle child will come around, she saw it and said, "what did you make a fishing net for?"  Little smart alec!
I mentioned in my last post that I was taking a knitting class this month, so a lot of my time has been spent practicing my stitches on the needles!  I found a great beginner pattern online and practiced by making a couple of dishcloths.  Here's a pic I posted on instagram of my first finish straight off the needles!

The picture was snapped so quickly that I hadn't even woven in the ends yet! haha!
I am now working on my "real" first project, a ribbed scarf that I am absolutely loving.  I know summer is just arriving, but I know that as soon as I finish this scarf I will be wishing for cooler weather so I can wear it!
Did you have a crafty month?  Any new crafting ventures for you lately?  Wishing you all a beautiful week!

April 28, 2014

SFS2014 ~ April

April has been a crazy month and I'm so grateful it's almost over!!  Working in an accounting firm, there is little time for anything but work it seems...  But, that makes it very easy to stick to a stash accumulation diet! haha!

So ~ my Stitch From Stash spend for the month is:


There has been very little stitching...  I've just been too tired to focus my eyeballs on those little x's.  Here's the wee little bit of progress on Butterfly Ballerina Blue.

I have managed a little bit of crocheting, started a new scarf/shawl which I am absolutely loving.  I haven't done a lot of crochet in the last six months or so - which was coincidentally right about the same time we acquired a new member in our family...  Mary ~ a little she-devil that loves to play with my yarn ;o)
I'm quite excited to start a new path in my little crafty world next week, I've signed up for a knitting class with my SIL and two coworkers.  And once I'm all caught up on sleep this weekend, I'm sure the itch to stitch will be back with a vengeance!  My goal for this weekend is to stay in my pj's, enjoy some time with my family (who I feel I have rather neglected this month) and maybe, just maybe, finish page 2 on Butterfly Ballerina Blue.  Sounds like a wonderful plan to me :)

March 28, 2014

SFS2014 ~ 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?