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Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Stitch From Stash With A Side Serving Of Pie

It's the end of the first month of the year and time to take stock of the progress so far.  The world has continued to hurtle closer to Doomsday and Death has continued reaping in much the same way as he did last year (RIP John Hurt) but it's been a great stitching month and that's what we are here for.

I have successfully completed the first month of the Ten-a-Day Challenge, I am a Man In Control of my Life (you need to have seen the advert to understand that).  I am stitching Just Nan's Spring in the Square.  Here's a little collage to show the first 31 days:


And a better view of the current progress:

I am also taking part in Stitch From Stash on FB.  I have set a budget of £20 per month (which is equivalent to US$25 due to our rubbish exchange rate!).  I have some Christmas money to spend but I am saving that to buy the supplies for my cousin's new baby stitching.   I was on track for a zero spend but then Stitchrovia released the first part of her new SAL and it's for Charidee Mate so how could I refuse?  So I spent £1.99 on that.

Stitchrovia £1.99 Chart
Plush Addict £3.35 Finishing Fabric
Plush Addict £0.58 Ribbon
Total £5.92

I did buy some finishing items as well, but they are exempt from SFS.  I will be saving nearly £3 a month in magazine subs because we have just been informed that the current issue of Cross Stitch Collection will be the last one.

I have been stitching a couple of pieces I can't show yet.  The first is for my Secret Stitching Sweetheart Blog Hop (not too late to sign up, just leave a comment) and the second is for The Alphabet Club on the first Saturday in February.  But I do have an FFO to show.  I plan to Fully Finish an Object each Sunday that I don't have to work.

Last week I finished Little Snowy Gray Cottage by Nora Corbett:


This is an 8 inch version of my favourite raw wood box frames from Wilkinsons.  I painted this one with a sample pot of emulsion.  You can see how deep the rebate is, there is plenty of room for those chunky beads not to be squashed.  You can read all the stitching details on this post here.


And now for some pie:


Not surprisingly, Joan Elliott's 12 Days of Christmas dominates the pie this month with over half the month spent of one design.  Another 8 days on various SALs and 6 days of free stitching whatever called to me.

Finally, I forgot to mention on my WIPocalypse post that I have compiled a list of previous WIPocalypses (WIPocalypii?) which you can find on my Happy Dance Blog.  I have noted down my success (or not) in completing the various projects each year.  Last year was the best year yet which makes me happy.

28 comments:

Mouse said...

I am trying to stitch from stash too and sooo far almost managed it ..lol just had to get a three extra threads for the Big Sal but the fabric and the rest of the threads i already had :).. well done on your progress's too .. happy stitching :) love mouse xxxxx

geeky Heather said...

That Mirabilia is so sparkly!! The simple white frame really lets it shine...no pun intended. ;)

Kerryp77 said...

Love the collage of the just nan piece. The cottage looks very pretty ffo'd. Glad to hear last year's wipocalypse was a success too.

Linda said...

Your Ten-a-day project looks great Jo. It's kind of surprising to see how much gets done on a piece with just 10 stitches a day. Love the way you framed the cottage.

Linda

Jocelyn Thurston said...

Your Just Nan is just lovely and isn't that Nora cottage beautifully stitched. I love the idea of stitching from stash.

Bea said...

That is an excellent frame for Cottage and love your colour choice. I'm really amazed at the progress 10 stitches a day gives you.

deb said...

Love the daily pics of the JN - congrats to you for working on it (and remembering the take the photo) every day this month! The little cottage is adorable. Love all the sparkles.

Barb said...

The little cottage looks wonderful in it's new frame!

Stitching Noni said...

Love the finish on your Mira! 10 a Day is a great way to see progress - I went a bit silly in January as I started late and I over did it a bit... but from today it will be 10 A Day! Lots of blue in that pie!

Mini said...

Love the collage of ten a stitch piece. Great idea of finishing a piece on Sundays. You are doing great with stitch from stash.
I was sad to hear about CSC closing down.

OhSewCrafty said...

Love your snowy cottage! Interesting you say "rebate"... I say "rabbet". Are you planning to keep up the effort on 12 Days? That is a big slice of pie!

Brigitte said...

So very impressive to see the collage of your ten-a-day project. And a very successful stitch-from-stash month (while mine was the opposite, so it's good that I don't take part, lol).
No wonder that Joan Elliott's 12 Days took over more than half of your January stitching. It's such a wonderful project.

Preeti said...

Your little cottage is looking beautiful in the frame!!
That's sad that CSC is closing. Some time back they changed the iPad app and my old magazines don't open properly either. They will soon stop app support too.

Justine said...

No more Cross Stitch Collection?! That's sad. I have been a subscriber on and off over the years. I liked the reader pages, especially after they cut them from Cross Stitcher.

I'm off to get some of those box frames - perfect!

Leonore Winterer said...

It's a lot of fun to look at your daily pictures of 10 a day - it adds up so quickly! Great job at your finishing and the stitch from stash as well. I'm not doing SFS, but I'm documenting for myself how much I spent on what, and the number for January is much bigger than I care to share, haha. I'll do better in February!

Rhona said...

Snowy Cottage is stunning! Good luck on the stitching from your stash....I'm trying to be good too....not sure if I'll be successful though! Sad to hear that it was the last issue of Cross Stitch Collection.

Julie said...

The JN looks fab seeing each days progress.
I've not spent anything last month, DH did when he bought my little knitting row counter - as what's his is mine also, can I shoehorn a no spend in? Lol

Katie said...

Lots of wonderful stitching going on! Love your pie. Love the framed piece. Perfect! Hope your Feb is just as successful.

Melinda Forbes said...

When you put all the pictures together like that it is really fun to see your progress on 10 a day. Your Cottage Finish is beautiful. And of course always love to see your Pie

Tiffstitch said...

Beautiful job on the frame and lovely work fully finishing the cottage. I am going to try and work on finishing on Sundays as well, thank you for the inspiration.

Astrids dragon said...

You need to do a flip video off all the pictures when you've finished, that would be fun to watch!
I LOVE your cottage, perfect frame for it.

Sarah in Stitches said...

Lovely progress, and your cottage is gorgeous! Great frame :D

gominam said...

Nice seeing your progress with ten-a-day. The Nora Corbett piece looks amazing:)

Christine said...

It's fun seeing the progress pictures of the challenge whose name I cannot even type for fear of laughing so hard I need their products.
The Cottage finish is gorgeous

Kaisievic said...

Your project pics look really great, Jo, this project is moving along really well.

Mary - Lecoeurceltique said...

The snowy cottage is beautiful and the fabric you have used shows the design off perfectly.

FlashinScissors said...

Little Snowy Grey is a beautiful finish, Jo, and the frame really suits! Great to see the progress on 10 a day!
Barbara x

Heather said...

Beautiful progress I love the cottage