Monday, 31 December 2018

December Pie and Stitch From Stash

It's Old Year's Night and time for a reckonin' as they say!

My previous post showed my finishes for the year - 27 - the lowest total since I started this blog.  But I did spend quite a lot of time on 2 BAPs which will be my focus for 2019.  The Discworld Mappe and my Chatelaine Gardens of London.

First of all, here is the Pie for December:

Far too much time on the 12 Days of Christmas for such a small project but I was working several of those days and there are a load of colour changes.  This is the reason why it took 44 days in total to complete on top of the 4 days I spent on it last year.

The Rosewood Manor Festive Quaker Tree is this year's 12 Days of Stitchmas project.  Each day I start a new ornament from the Just Cross Stitch Ornament Specials 2001 to 2010.  I put one length in the new start and then spend the rest of the day on my Festive Quaker Tree.

On Day Five I stitched Dragon Dreams' Peace on Earth from 2001 and Rosewood Manor's Festive Quaker Tree:

On Day Six I stitched Just Nan's A Little Joy from 2002 and Rosewood Manor's Festive Quaker Tree:

On Day Seven I stitched The Sweetheart Tree's Christmas Joy Bellpull from 2006 and Rosewood Manor's Festive Quaker Tree:

I am confident that I can complete the Festive Quaker Tree within the 12 days.

Let's have a look at the Annual Pie Chart now:

A little difficult to see but the top four projects were:

The Discworld Mappe - 44 days
Just Nan 12 Days of Christmas - 44 days
Gardens of London - 36 days
Mrs Peggotty's Alice - 31 days

I stitched Alice every day last year but she only features on the pie if I don't stitch anything else that day.

If I'd done the pie by designers then Just Nan would have been top with 89 days and Donna Kooler second with 50 days spread over the Zodiac and Leonore's Wedding Ornaments.

How did the spending go last month?  Very well, thank you.  Another zero spend month!

nothing £0.00
Total £0.00

I also tallied up the spend for the whole year:

Magazines £66.32
Charts £111.25
Fabric £56.45
Threads £18.03
Other £26.98
Total £279.03

That figure is £50 down on last year and is pretty much saving on magazines.  I cancelled two subscriptions last year.  I spent more on charts and less on fabric and threads.  Hopefully next year will be even lower.  I have everything I need for my two BAPs except the beads for the Chatelaine and it's going to be a long while before I need them!


Have a very Happy Old Year's Night

and a very Peaceful New Year's Day


gracie said...

happy New Year friend...I will be adding to your stash after the holiday!

Julie said...

You've put an awful lot of little crosses in this year Jo, lots of lovely things we have seen you complete and work on.
Well done on the lower spend this year.
Wishing you a great 2019

Linda said...

Awesome progress on everything Jo.

Happy New Year,

beadgirl said...

As always, I am in awe of your productivity. Happy new year! Many happy stitching returns!

Rachel said...

Mmmmm, pie!
Congratulations on having such a fantastic stitching year! 27 finishes is still a lot considering the time you've spent on your two BAPs and Alice.
Looking forward to following your journey in 2019. :)

Christine said...

Great stitching year Jo, I do enjoy seeing your "pies"

Katie said...

Jo it's been an honor calling you friend this year. I look forward to cheering you along with every post in 2019. Your beautiful stitching is fantastic. You've had a very productive year.

Aimetu Clare said...

Your 2018 was full of stitches, wishing you many more in 2019. Happy New Year 🥂

rosey175 said...

Hooray for pie! I feel sorry for those 1 days hah~ You've got enough x's on all the other days though!

Congrats on your lower spending! I've always been curious as to what my crafty spending is for the year. I tried keeping track last year but fell off around July. New Year, New Tracking?

Happy and StitchTacular 2019!

Mia said...

HAPPY NEW YEAR, Jo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

diamondc said...

Jo You are so organized, I love seeing your pie chart.
You have been so busy, I bet your needle is smoking hot.

Happy New Year

Carla - Alaska Wolf Pack said...

I am so amazed at how much other stitchers get done in a year! I honestly feel like I have done very little but I'm sure that's not true...........okay maybe not very sure but just a little sure :D

I hope your New Year has started off grandly!

Beth in IL said...

You got a lot done! Maybe I can get organized and do a WIP parade of my stitched pieces before the end of January. Thanks for hosting all the SALs and blog hops. Love them!

StitchThrifty said...

Just found your blog via Jerimiah's Mom's blog. I love your pie charts, I think I am going to borrow aka steal that idea. I was trying to count stitches and that is too troublesome. But the tracking of days would be doable!
I have added you to my reader. Happy New Year and happy stitching.

Bethan said...

What an amazing annual pie! I love that you keep track of everything. Well done on making a spending saving. I dread to total up how much I spend on crafty things! x

Leonore Winterer said...

That finish number is only low because you count my beautiful ornaments as just one! I love seeing your pies, such a colourful year, and great new starts too.

RJ said...

Happy New Year Jo! May 2019' be a wonderful year for you filled with happiness and blessings. RJ@stitchingfriendsforever