Thursday, 20 November 2014

Stitch from Stash November Update

First of all, a request for more people to sign up for the Advent Calendar Blog Hop.  All you have to do is make a blog post on one day during December which I will allocate to you.  Show us some seasonal stitching on your day!  This is the fourth year I have run the Advent Calendar Blog Hop and it is always the most popular post of the year so sign up and join in. 

Stitch From Stash 2014
Stitch from Stash is hosted by Mel from Epic Stitching

Essentially the idea behind Stitch from Stash is that we are limited to spending US$25 (or £15) per month. There are various exemptions (Birthday money, existing mag subs, clubs etc) but the idea is not to try and pervert the rules and to stitch some of that stash!  I will be posting on or around the 20th of each month because that is when I get paid!

Money from Christmas 2013
£ 40.00
January Budget
£ 15.00
January Spend
£ 25.84-
February Budget
£ 15.00
February Spend
£ 18.99-
March Budget
£ 15.00
March Spend
£   8.42-
April Budget
£ 15.00
April Spend
£ 16.19-
May Budget
£ 15.00
May Spend
£   0.00
June Budget
£ 15.00
June Spend
£ 51.00-
June Bonus
£ 30.00
July Budget
£ 15.00
July Spend
£ 17.00-
August Budget
£ 15.00
August Spend
£ 29.72-
September Budget
£ 15.00
September Spend
£ 29.08-
Birthday Money
£ 80.00
October Spend
£ 46.80-
October Budget
£ 15.00
Birthday Voucher for CK
£ 25.00
£ 81.96

Just Nan x 3 plus Dragon Chart
£ 26.00-
Just Nan Advent chart
£   9.98-
Just Nan Emma & Eliza chart
£   3.62-

£ 42.36
November Budget
£ 15.00

Available to carry forward to December
£ 57.36
Allowed purchases:
Jodyri Threads of Month Club : £ 5.54
Cross Stitch Collection mag sub : £ 11.39

Spent the last of the old Birthday money now!  I made the terrible error of visiting a Stash Unload FB page and saw these three Just Nan kits, they don't include the thread or fabric but do have the embellisments and extra bits.  She was offering "free postage with four charts" and had this great Legends of the Dragons compilation chart with designs by Black Swan, Dragon Dreams and Teresa Wentzler.  All four for £26 - bargain!

Later on in the month I was browsing the SewandSo website for fabric because someone had mentioned they had a sale on.  There on the very first page of the sale was a Just Nan chart from my Wish List - The Ornamental Advent, reduced by 50%!  Last year I stitched the Little Stitcher Advent and showed them each day on my FB page.  My Godmother "liked" and commented every day so I thought it might be nice to make her a stitched advent calendar too.  Another project for next year!  And while I was in the Sale page I noticed another JN chart, reduced by a massive 75%.  Too good to resist!  

New Starts from Stash: No new starts from stash
WIPs and UFOs worked on: Green Goddess (finished!), The Little Stitcher 12 Days of Christmas, Thine is the Trick and the Treat

The pumpkin at the top is really dull!

I will do a special post for Green Goddess at the weekend.  I have been stitching almost constantly on her and spending very little time online this week so I am miles behind on emails and blogs.  One email I did take the time to read came from Gillie Random Thoughts from Abroad.  She simply said "read my blog".  Well, I was blown away by her blog post; not only does she love my idea for the Gifted Gorgeousness SAL but she has jumped right on board with a giveway of her own.  If you sign up for the SAL and/or leave a comment on her blog post she will enter you into a draw to win 15 skeins of DMC.  But only if you live outside the USA, the reason being she feels sorry for those of us who have to pay 90p or more a skein compared to the few cents DMC charge in the States.  What a lovely lady Gillie is.

The Gifted Gorgeousness SAL is a year long SAL I came up with to encourage people to share some of the beautiful charts they have won or been gifted over the years.  It is a "drop-in" type SAL, you don't have to post every month,  There will be a linky page on the 15th of every month so just sign in there if you have something to share that month.  Full details and main sign-up page here.

Finally, the Advent Calendar Blog Hop - I need more people!!  We have just over half the participants now but need 24 in total.


Anonymous said...

Hello Jo

Well done on picking up such lovely items reduced!
Your stitching is lovely.
Have a good weekend x

Jacqueline Morris said...

OH MY!! Your so organized! Wish I was!! haha a
The blog hop.. have I signed up? I think I have? If not.. oversight on my behalf.. please sign me up! :)
Go You for finishing the beautiful Green Goddess, it was stunning and your mum will love it. Your Halloween stitch is looking awesome too... not dull at all.
Yes Gille is a really lovely person, very kind and a lovely thing she is doing.
Huge smiles to you :)

Bruna Aguiar Melo said... are sooo organized!
I'm not that much...
Keep up the good work!

And sign me for the Advent Calendar Blog Hop.

Gillie said...

Blushing furiously........
What do you mean.....Word of the Year, lol? I have associated that word with you all the time I've known you, grin!

sew.darn.quilt said...

You hit the jack pot on the sale front!
I've signed up for your SAL and I'd like to jump on board for the Advent Calendar Hop please!!

Marcy said...

Great stash enhancements! Great idea for a sal. I'm going to give it a go :)

Vickie said...

Oh those are great charts you found on sale!
Can't wait til your next post with the pictures.

Astrids dragon said...

Your stash is wonderful, love the dragons!

Yes, please count me in the Advent blog hop, I can't believe it's that time already.

Katie said...

I'd love to be part of the Advent blog hop! And I look forward to seeing Green Goddess completed!!

The Crafty Princess said...

Hey there Mistress of the Bargain! Nice work stunner, that's a great stash haul.

Sorry I can't join the advent blog hop but I'm totally on board for the GG SAL. I made the mistake of totally over committing myself this year and got nothing I planned done. So I'm trying to free myself up a bit more.

Happy stitching xox Alicia

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

Such disciple. Am going to try and put myself on a stitch budget in 2015

Susan said...

You're doing great on SFS! You found some GREAT deals. Love it when those deals pop like that. If you're still looking for people for the Blog Hop, I'll take a day.

Sheryl said...

I will join in your Advent blog hop. Sounds nice idea.

Lindsay said...

Legends was a joy to stitch but I will say that I used an overdyed for the border which made life easier.

I'll sign up for the advent blog hop if you're still short

Michelle said...

Wow what bargains well done my friend x

Christine said...

Great bargains!
I'm in awe of your self restraint, I wouldn't dare list my spend on craft related stash!

Julie said...

Wonderful new stash, lots to keep you busy.

beadgirl said...

Is it too late for me to join the Advent blog hop? I think I might actually have something finished in time!