Friday, 31 August 2018

August Pie and Stitch from Stash

August was a much more successful stitching month than July thanks to the school holidays and me taking some time off work.  My Toddler Group only meet in termtime so that gave me some extra time too.  What did affect my plans was a friend's idea for a project which I couldn't resist joining in with.  The Donna Kooler Tinies are part of this project so they became my focus piece for the month.

The pie will show you what else I worked on:

That big old house on Happy Hallowe'en Night took up a few extra days this month.  There were also 7 days when I either worked or we had days out so the only thing I stitched was my Just Nan Small or Mrs Peggotty's Alice at bathtime.

Here are the Tinies so far:

All stitched on 22 count hardanger

I totalled up my Stitch from Stash spending this morning and it was a bit of an Oops what happened there moment?!
JCS Hallowe'en mag £8.50
Mira Cameo chart £2.20
CGS Chart £9.00
CCN 2 Charts £11.00
Fabric offcuts £20.00
Total £50.70

The JCS magazine and the Mirabilia Cameo were all I planned to spend this month.  The Cameo comes in a special celebration booklet for the Mirabilia 25th Anniversary.  Nora Corbett has been designing as Mirabilia for the exact length of time I have been stitching.  This is a small chart and will look lovely on a piece of hand-dyed fabric I have in my stash.

So far, so good.  Then I saw that Cottage Garden Samplings have re-released a chart which was on my Wishlist until it went OOP.  Of course I had to snap it up!

And the rule is No Chart Must Travel Alone, so these two came as well.  I have a conversion in mind for the series.

So I had blown the budget for the month (£20) so why not well and truly blow it?  Emily from Lyndisfarne Designs announced that she had a box of fabric offcuts for bargain prices.  So I spent £20 on this little lot.  There is a LOT of 28 count white which will be ideal for dyeing and experimenting with for smalls

Good job it's my Birthday next month so that will be a zero spend.  Hopefully I can then resist buying anything for two months and then December's spending is covered by Christmas!

I have sent out all the Summer Postcards.  Here is the full list of participants which will be updated as each person posts their card:

Ariadne from Greece

Butterfly Wings

Jeremiah's Mom

Mein Allerlei Hobby

The Alchymyst's Study

Tickled Pink in Stitches

A Stitcher's Story

Stitching Friends Forever

Kitten Stitching

Dragon Stitches and Stuff with Astrid

Needle, Pen & Sword


Remember my Five Peaks Blog Hop Challenge?  You have to either participate or comment in all five of my Blog Hops this year to win your Medal in the Five Peaks Challenge!  Obviously the 12 people listed above have already conquered a Peak this Summer but now it's the turn of the commenters.  To have this Blog Hop count as one of your Five Peaks you must comment here using the words "Summer Postcard" in whatever sentence you like.


Julie said...

Your new CCN charts look like they could adorn a 'summer postcard' .... they look just like holiday homes.

Barb said...

It is always such fun to see your pie chart!

butterfly said...

I love your blog Jo always full of lovely stitching stash and goodies .

Have a fun week .

Kay said...

Summer postcard season is nearly over and back to work of most of us. I do like your new cottage charts, they are very summery too. Happy stitching. x

Mary said...

Love the pie chart. Your finishes are really cute.

Bethan said...

I love seeing your pie chart! I look forward to hopping around to read some summer postcards this evening! x

Christine said...

Great pie! I like the cameo design, I think she could spook up quite nicely too with a few tweaks and the right choice of colours

Astrids dragon said...

Pretty pie! An "Oops what happened" can't be such a bad thing, can it?
The Cameo design looks lovely, that will be a fun one to stitch.
I'm so glad you got the Halloween Sampler, I've been changing mine up a bit.
I'll have to check out all the Summer Postcards this week, thanks for organizing it!

Katie said...

Lovely pie. Love the little WIPs. Great new purchases. This is exactly why I couldn't join in the no spending thing. When I see something I have to have I tend to buy it haha. I look forward to looking at the other postcards. Thanks for hosting another fun blog hop.

Brigitte said...

Oh my, I love those pretty tinies, and also your new charts and fabrics. Particularly the fabrics, they are gorgeous.
It was a lot of fun to look at all the summer postcards.

Leonore Winterer said...

I'm glad August was a better stitching month for you, and I'm curious to see what those tiny designs will be used for!

Kaisievic said...

Yummy pie, as always, Jo and your new stash looks great - ironically, I just found that Halloween Sampler (started) in the depths of the wardrobe in my Girl's Nest during the NeverEnding Quest to clean it out ready for the move! Loving checking out the Summer Postcards at the moment, too. Lastly, so happy that I am finally feeling the love of blogging again - yay! hugs to you and yours, my very dear friend.

Vickie said...

This blog hop has been so much fun. I am only waiting to see mine appear. By process of elimination I now know who has mine!!!

Sheryl said...

A busy summer for me and I have only just started to look at the summer postcards and catch up on blog comments. The Halloween sampler pattern looks interesting.

rosey175 said...

You know, I'm glad you linked back to this post! For some reason it didn't show up at all in my reader, even with manual refreshes, how bizarre. I think my favorite thing is that stash haul! I love the bargain bins ahaha~ I think fabric is also like charts; they must never travel alone; it's not safe.

It's been fun seeing each Summer Postcard and even managed to find a new-to-me blog. :D/

Tiffstitch said...

Great stitching and glad to catch up with some Summer Postcards now things have slowed down a bit. :)

Mary - Lecoeurceltique said...

It's fun reading the virtual Summer Postcards. In the real world they are something I rarely post these days when I'm on holiday.