Wednesday, December 17, 2014

I made the thing!

Bless you, no-sew cube. You make any crappy finish look great.

Sorry, only one picture of this thing because it doesn't look good head-on... it's kind of boring to look at it that way. But looking at it from the side a bit is pretty nice!

Well, at least I have a present for ONE person this Christmas. I'll be giving this to my MIL on Friday or Saturday since she'll be leaving on a trip before Christmas and I want to make sure she has it before then.

I might switch out the bow on top for something else... I got frustrated and just slapped a premade bow on it when I couldn't get the ribbon to cooperate with me. Ahaha. It does make it look like a gift box, though, so I'll probably leave it. Plus, laziness.

Monday, December 15, 2014

small giveaway!

Kind of literally as these are three of the smalls I recently completed. :)  I'm giving away all three charts to the same person (sorry, don't want to deal with mailing multiple packages at this time) so if you like these, please enter!

My goal is to give away a lot of the charts I complete, but I haven't stitched a lot this year, so I haven't done a lot of giveaways... BUT I finally have these three!

The three charts are:
  1. Ink Circles - Four de Lys
  2. Brooke's Books - Fiona the Fay
  3. Elizabeth's Designs - Dragonfly II
These are just charts - no charms, fabric, floss, or anything else. :p  If you check my list of finishes, you can see what each one will look like when completed.

If you'd like to enter the giveaway, please:
  1. Be a follower of this blog. (New followers are welcome too!)
  2. Comment below, clearly stating that you want to enter.
  3. Check back on December 31 to see if you've won!
Well, that's it! I'll ship anywhere in the world, so anyone can enter! (If you're outside the US, the package will not have any sort of tracking, it will be sent as regular mail and may take a long time to arrive... but hey, it's free!)

Friday, December 12, 2014

Stitch from Stash - December report!

aka the final stashinating of 2014. :)

New starts from stash:
- Christmas Ornaments (Nora Corbett)

Though it doesn't really count since I also purchased it with this month's budget. I needed a small and elegant pattern for my MIL's Christmas gift and at $2 for the PDF download, it was perfect!

WIPs or UFOs worked on:
- none, I've been slacking on stitching for a while :p

Amount spent:
I said I wasn't going to spend much of my remaining $129.48 budget (includes the $50 year end bonus) buuuut... okay, don't hate me, but I'm fortunate enough to have not just one, but TWO LNS. (LNSes? I don't know, haha.) They're 3 Stitches and ABC Stitch Therapy, which are oddly located within walking distance of each other, which I think is stupid and not a coincidence, but I'm not here to complain about that...

ABC is having an in-store only special until the end of the year - 30% off everything, plus some other items at 40% off. So this happened:

Mermaid Verde (Nora) & the Just Nan ABC exclusive:

40% off fabric! Got a FH of lavender Belfast for only $22.
I'll use it for Chatelaine's Sparkling Peacocks!

40% off these cute Shephard's Bush kits that my wife wanted. :3

And this amazing Crossed Wing fabric (Autumn Oak) because... well, LOOK AT IT.
And this isn't even a good picture.

Ahem. So between that and the two PDF charts I bought earlier this month, I spent $127.14 total, leaving me with about two bucks for the rest of the year. Haha. And I DID actually put back a bunch of things I'd picked up at ABC, including making some changes to my order right at the register to make sure I stayed within the budget and bonus!

Since I'm going to be co-admin of Stitch From Stash next year, I thought it would be mighty hypocritical if I failed out of this year's challenge at the last minute. :p

And so, I feel like SFS has really made a difference for me this year! Not just for me, but for my wife as well... I did end up spending ALL of my budget, but I STUCK TO A BUDGET. In the past, I'd just go nutty and get whatever I wanted without thinking deeply about it. This year, I had to make careful choices about what I was buying, watch for sales, and try to save up my budgeted amounts from month to month.

I know this is basic stuff for many people, and that with $25 a month, that's still $300 a year for stash, which is more than a lot of stitchers have for hobby money. But, er, in the past, my wife and I could blow $300 a MONTH between the two of us (yarn's not cheap either! if you get the good stuff, anyway, haha), so I'm really happy with the changes I've made. We're very fortunate to have low expenses and a lot of "extra" cash - or at least we DID until I got sick and couldn't work for a while. I'm still not working, but maybe that will change in the new year as well. :)

Well, this is getting pretty long so I'm going to stop now... :)

Thursday, December 11, 2014

finally finished!

Woohoo! I finished the Nora Corbett ornaments and I even picked up the supplies I'll need to make it into a no-sew cube so I can give it to my MIL for Christmas. :)

I actually finished this up at knit group tonight! And yes, I was good and actually did some knitting after this too. I've been better about actually KNITTING at knit group this year instead of just dragging a cross stitch along and doing my own thing. :p

Ahhh, what should I work on next? One of my WIPs for sure... I wonder if I can squeeze in another finish this year. Maybe not, with all the fandom stuff I've been caught up in lately...

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

boring admin-y post :)

Blah, I transferred my blog from my old gmail address to my personal email, and of course it didn't transfer the list of blogs I'm following!

So if it looks like I've suddenly unfollowed you, I promise that was NOT my intent! I'm going to go back through and start refollowing everyone, but that's a project for tomorrow, when I'm not half asleep.

Thing is, I think my old email address is still showing up as a follower, so maybe everyone will end up with an extra follower instead.

Oh well, it had to be done, I was sooooo tired of having to sign into an account I neverrrr use just so I could read the blogs I'm following! I guess this will help me clean up the list and limit it to bloggers who are currently active... though I'll be sad about missing older blogs that had good stuff in them!

Hmm, to make this less boring, here's a nice picture of threads. :p


Saturday, November 29, 2014

Mega Mini Month Madness - November post #8

I don't know if this really counts as a mini, but since I was able to finish almost all of the cross stitches in just two days, I'm going to call this a mini anyway. :p

It's Christmas Ornaments by Nora Corbett, and it's available as a PDF download from Herschnerrs, which is convenient! If you use the coupon code CSN20, you can get 20% off your first order of downloadable patterns, so I picked up this one and the Halloween Fairy too. I'm stitching this one as a Christmas present for my MIL since she seems to really like all the stitched gifts I've given her so far. They're all on display in her house year-round. :D

There's just one more ornament on the bottom of the right side, and then a few star-shaped fancy bits around the ornaments... and then a TON of beads. Seriously, a LOT of beads. And I look forward to that because I looooooove beading. :D

I just... that solid-ish red ornament, the second one down on the left side, does that look okay to everyone? With the large dark area on it, it creates the illusion that it's caved in rather than round. Or is that just me? It kind of really bothers me and I'm thinking about redoing that area in another color, but I'm not sure if that will make it better or worse... sigh.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Stitch from Stash - November report!

Oops, better get this posted before I forget. :3

New starts from stash:
- Four de Lys (Ink Circles)
- Love ornament (Mill Hill)
- Dragonfly II (Elizabeth's Designs)

I finished them all, too. Go me! :)

WIPs or UFOs worked on:
- none, been working on smalls all month :)

Amount spent:
$17.84 - got another spool of Kreinik to finish off a project, plus one chart (Mermaid Undine by Mirabilia) since I hate to pay shipping on just one thread! I had $72.32 in the bank up until now, so I'll carry over $54.48 to next month.

I don't really have anything in mind to buy with my budget... working on all the smalls this month has really made me realize how much I already have! If I end up getting anything else this year, it will probably be something that I mentioned in a previous Stitch from Stash post.

I mean, I'll have up to $129.48 to spend in December, from the regular budget, my carry over amount, and the $50 end of year bonus, but that seems like an awful lot. I may not buy anything at all, to be honest. Oh, well, I do need to renew my CS&N subscription, but that's all I really want right now...

I guess this year of budgeting has really helped change my habits for the better!