Friday, 20 March 2015

March TUSAL and Stitch from Stash

Month: March
Spent: £ 32.46
Earned: £ 0.00


It's TUSAL time again!  For those of you new to blogging, the TUSAL is a project run by Daffycat, click on the button on the right hand bar for more details.

Here is my ORTS jar posing with the current stitching project:

This is for the Stitching Out Stigma project.  My piece is doesn't have a title yet but it's on the theme of the Parents' Point of View, specifically the maze of acronyms which surround mental health problems. I am stitching this on 28count white Jobelan using Anchor threads.  I have very nearly finished and will show the whole piece then

Stitch From Stash 2015
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!

January Budget
£ 15.00
January Spend
£   0.00
February Budget
£ 15.00
February Spend
£   5.50-
March Budget
£ 15.00
Needleprint 3 x books
£ 24.20-
28 count white Jobelan
£   5.50-
Needleprint charts x 3
£   2.76-
Current Balance
£   7.04
So what did I buy?  The white Jobelan was for the SOS project above.  The Needleprint books and charts were very naughty purchases which I should have resisted.  Jacqui is selling off her entire collection of books and charts it seems and I just couldn't stop myself!

I bought these three books for £27 less £2.80 postage:
and these 10 charts for £12 less £2.80 postage BUT I am only keeping 3 of them for me and the rest will be giveaway prizes so I'm only counting the price of 3 of them in my SFS total.

I am left with a mere £7 and some pence so I will have to be good this next month.

And what have I been stitching from my stash?

Prairie Moon - Thine is the Trick and the Treat

I finished the tombstone motif.  You may notice my date is stitched the correct way ie 31st day of the 10th month and not the charted American back-to-front way!  I also added EEK and a spider.  The end is in sight for this piece.  The bottom motif is going to be a pair of witch's boots.

This next piece is my Tuesday SAL with Linda and Kate for the Satsuma Street Pretty Little Cities designs.
Pretty Little London

This week I stitched the blue on either side of Tower Bridge, filled in the blue windows and frogged the tan windows from last week because they didn't look right with the pink.

Satsum Street will be featuring in this month's Cross Stitch Crazy magazine too, so watch out for that, 3 different cityscapes on black fabric.

If you enjoy a puzzle or an enigma you really should visit Jocondine's blog.  She is taking us on a mystery tour around France with various clues relating to towns with a needlework connection!  There will be clues posted each Wednesday and Friday with the answer being revealed on the Sunday.

Finally, thanks to everyone who has linked up so far for March's Gifted Gorgeousness.  The link up post will stay open until the end of each month and the sign-up page will be open until the 15th December.  So don't worry if you are late to the party, there is still plenty of time to join in.


Leonore Winterer said...

There are some things we just can't resist, and you do still have some budget letf over, plus the budget for next month, so I say you did well :D Nice progress on everything as well!

Carla Eldridge said...

What is worse than shopping at online stores? Shopping at various blogs! I love the Prairie Moon you are working....grabby hands reaching...reaching.....

cucki said...

Great stitching my dear...
Big hugs xxx

Kerryp77 said...

The SOS piece looks great. I love the funky satsuma street piece too. Sometimes we all need a bit of a splurge as the offers don't often come around as good as those. I spent £13 on 2 small pieces of hand dyed evenweave this month but hey I loved them and rarely spend on fabric.

Heather said...

You are doing great with your budget, Jo. Also, I love Thine is the Trick and the Treat. It is looking so good. And, if I wasn't on a budget, I think I would be adding it to my stash.

Linda said...

London looks great Jo. I am such a bad SALonger. I haven't worked on mine in several weeks. BUT, I will get caught up once all this crazy starting is over. Prairie Moon is looking awesome.


Justine said...

Well done on staying within budget! It's there to be spent and you got some great bargains.
Thine is the Trick and the Treat looks brilliant!

gominam said...

That's a lot of stitching done! Prairie Moon looks splendid, and the first is almost finished, well done! Have a happy weekend;)

Bea said...

Trick and Treat is looking great - I see a happy dance coming! You're doing very well with the SOS. Some deals are not meant to be resisted - and you still stayed within budget.

Lija Broka said...

Love your trick and treat progress!

Michelle said...

You have done well to stay within your budget Jo - well done hope you have a nice weekend x

Christine said...

Lovely stitching Jo, I'm glad I'm not the only one who gets confused by dates being written the wrong way round, specially if the numbers are both 12 or less.

Julie said...

Prairie Moon is looking wonderful.
You are still in credit this year, that's good, and you cant miss a bargain!

jocondine said...

Stitching Out Stigma and its rainbow colors looks great. Love it! Thanks for linking. Hugs.

Jan Gartlan said...

Nice creativity with the SOS piece - great to participate in something and express your voice. I adore the prairie moon sampler. It will be fun watching the little city grow

Stitching Noni said...

I love your SOS stitching! It is going to look brilliant when you're done :o)
The Prairie Moon piece looks great as well. You do have some lovely pieces on the go :o)
Hugs xx

Esmeralda said...

Lovely stitching projects esspecially the prairi moon
Well done staying in your budget

rosey175 said...

Haha, the "correct" way for dates. :b Silly Brits with your logic and metric. Dare to be difficult!

Loving the rainbow SOS, it will look so neat when finished.

The Crafty Princess said...

Love Parents view, the colours are amazing. Cant wait to see the whole piece when you finish. The fabric on London looks very unique. Good unique though and the colours pop nicely. Good work staying on budget...that in itself blows my mind xo Alicia

Sarah in Stitches said...

Excellent progress! And great job sticking to your budget :D