Friday, May 29, 2015

SFS May 2015

Month : May
Spent   : $0
Earned: Not going to track - will try to remain within the $25 budget!
Carried forward: $106.82

Subscription not included in Budget: Serenity Harbour SAL $6
                                             Sew & Stitch Magazine $15

If you're wondering what SFS is all about, head on over to Mel's blog and read all about it :) spending this month....yay!!! I'm rather pleased with that. I have been tempted....there has been the HAED 50% off sale....and the Memorial Day sales at so many online retailers.....but I shut my eyes and went rummaging through my drawers of kits and patterns  to remind myself that I really really didn't need anything more......I WANTED more....but didn't NEED it ......not sure if this logic will see me through another month :)

This month has been a strange one on the stitchy front.....I can't seem to settle down and get on with it!! It's rather annoying as I have so much I want to work on but can't seem to make myself get a move on.

I made a start on Milady's Blossom Garden....the SAL drawn thread piece designed by Abi Gurden - this piece is being offered exclusively to members of the Yahoo group "The Stitch Specialists". She will be offering it for sale at some stage in the future on her site, Bee's Needleworks.
This piece is a beginners drawn threadwork piece, and Abi is fantastic at explaining!
I've completed part one and have part 2 ready....but that inability to settle that I mentioned earlier is making it difficult to get around to that!

While working on Part 1, I had a few false starts with colours....

Can you see the yellow in the lilac blossoms? No? Neither could I! So that needed replacing....and I wasn't happy with the brown that I was using on the outside vine thingy that came out too.

Eventually...this is what I ended up with....

Milady's Blossom Garden by Abi Gurden
Part 1 - stitched on 32 ct linen with DMC
Part 2 has a band in that requires cutting....could that be why I'm being so reluctant to get a start on it???

I also spent some time working on Sunflowers....

This was what it looked like last month....

And how it looks at the moment...
"Sunflowers in Summer" by CCN
Stitched on 30ct Cocoa Linen using the recommended threads
Funny how the light makes the pics look totally different!

I haven't taken pics of  Serenity Harbour....but have been stitching on this too :)

I guess I'm not doing too bad....but I do feel guilty that I haven't worked on my "black blob" this month....nor on the Enchantress.....
I guess I have a few days to get around to it :)

I also received a beautifully finished ornie in the mail all the way from New Zealand that had been mailed out this way ....December 4, 2014!

Can you see the date there??!!
Inside this package was this.....

Have I mentioned how much I love owls??? I have? :D 
Well I do!!

Some of my owls :)
Lee had offered one of her ornies in a give-away and I had been the lucky winner :) I am so very very very pleased that this wonderfully beautiful piece has made it's way to me. Thank you Lee.....your work is exquisite and I couldn't bring myself to pack it's hanging out for for all to admire :)

I guess I better hush up now.....this has been a lonnnggggg post!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Take care


Heather said...

Cute gifts :). And congrats on not spending. I managed to refrain on the Memorial Day sales but I did buy 2 haeds at the last 2 sales. But I'm hoping to refrain in the next one too :)

cucki said...

Cute gifts and congrats for not spending money in..
Great stitching xxx

Preeti said...

Cute ornament!! Your stitching is looking great!! I know when we have lot of projects on hand sometimes we cannot decide which one to work on:)
Eventhough I haven't been a part of SFS, I haven't been purchasing much. I have enough stash until I die ...haha:)

Mii Stitch said...

Lovely stitching update & very pretty ornament :)

Linda said...

Great progress Thoeria. The owl is adorable.


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

Well done on the zero spend. I actually put three charts in a basket and then deleted them. Such will power!

The Ornie from Lee is lovely but oh! The postal service! It could have walked there quicker.

I wonder which piece you will stitch next from your wide choice?

rosey175 said...

o my, December 4th! Yikes. Well your package is on the way so by those estimates it should be there in October eek lol.

The ornament looks so cute though! I like owls too, especially little cute ones like that haha. Good luck braving the cutting. I can't bring myself to try that yet. I'm a derp with scissors~ :D But it will look so lovely when you do it~~

Brigitte said...

You have had a successful SFS month again. I am doing the same thing for nor being tempted to buy something - I don't go onto the online shops' sites and when I don't go there I don't see anything, lol. But when I went though my folder with BBD patterns lately I discovered a lot that I really really want to stitch as soon as possible :) I just hope that I find a little time slot to squeeze something in.

Nice progress on your WIPs. And you have just reminded me of my many LHN pattern that I have - and lately I pulled out two or three to stitch as soon as possible. BUt ... see above, lol.

Lucky you that you finally received that lovely gift from Lee and that it hasn't gone lost.

Lee said...

Well its nice to know the little parcel has finally arrived, don't think I have ever had one take so long

Sheryl S. said...

Pretty work on Milady´s Blossom garden, love the colours and the little owl is really cute

Mii Stitch said...

Hi Thoeria,
I've been leaving various emails about the Mail Art Exchange.
Have you sent your envelope yet??
Please email me at: miistitchATgmailDOTcom
Thank you,
Mii Stitch