Category Archives: Stash

Checking in..

Apologies for the “radio silent” mode, but we’ve been hit by a couple stressful events* here at The Acre.

I did indulge in a bit of retail therapy last night, though.

  • Faery Queene Sampler – Scarlet Letter
  • Blue Jeans & Daisies (Part 1) – Blue Ribbon Designs
  • A Red Cottage – Plum Street Samplers
  • Let Love Bloom – Country Cottage Needleworks

I’ve been debating this latest mystery sampler, but well, what can I say?  Fabric is coming next week (35-ct blue jeans) and this time I’m going to do it in DMC.

I’m indulging in a hermit-style stitching weekend and have been working on the next square of my Stars for a New Millennium and may have started another small, fun piece…

I have definite plans for this one which I will share…if you would like to stitch your own, head over to weelittlestitches on etsy.  There’s even a sale going on right now (thru 2/8) :)

*while I’m sure some of you may be wanting to provide good thoughts, prayers, etc, I’m not quite comfortable putting the details of these latest challenges out for the world.  I will say it’s not life-threatening or health-related and I do expect everything to work out for the best.  It’s just going to be a few rough weeks until we get there.

Balance

This weekend was a Holiday Craft and Sewing Fair and I made plans with my buddy Terri and my mom to wander the aisles and find more projects for the never ending to-do list.

Unfortunately, Mom had to cancel but Terri and I were determined.

We managed to arrive early in the show day and started down the first of the aisles.

It wasn’t long before my phone rang and I learned that my senior citizen hot water heater had gone to the appliance depot in the sky. It was 13 years old so it had a good long life.

Luckily, my dear husband had offered to do the grocery shop while I was off gallivanting and chose to come in the house thru the garage. The kids noticed water and the leak was found before it could do too much damage. It still flooded my pantry and wicked into the living room, but thanks to our new tile floor, the damage was limited.

We will enjoy the hum of industrial fans for a few days and have a few missing sections of drywall, but it could have been so much worse.

While the husband dealt with plumbers and such, I did manage to get a few fun things….

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Makings of a button bracelet, a peyote stitch needle case kit, beading mat, covered bead tray (the splurge of the day), a red/white Christmas wall hanging kit, a snowman table runner pattern and some great snowy fabric and a too-cute-to-resist chicken pin cushion :)

There were several other things I picked up and ultimately put down, but I’m happy with my spoils :)

Many of the vendors will return in January so I will have another chance. LOL

Decisions…decisions…

My next new start will be Sunflower Fairy by Mirabilia.  This is my buddy Mel’s finished one: Sunflower Fairy.

After digging around in the stash, I found two candidate pieces of fabric for my fairy.  Which do you prefer?

Picture this Plus:  Pampas

Picture this Plus:  Dubloon

Thoughts?

Edited to add:  The floss is Valdani…. and yes, I know you can buy it in skeins now, but at the time I got this (when the design first came out) this was what was readily available! LOL

Birthday Stash

A week ago, I celebrated a birthday.

The family showered me with love and attention, as always :)  A new Vera purse, my favorite See’s chocolates, and a trip to the Phoenix Art Museum with DH to see a Frank Lloyd Wright exhibit and lunch at the Cheesecake Factory.  All in all, a great day!

Now, it wouldn’t be a proper birthday without a bit of stash acquisition, of course.  A couple weeks ago I had a design *leap* out at me from one of the blogs I follow (can I remember?  Of course not…) and after a little searching, had it sent (and a couple other items to help justify the shipping…yikes).

The bunny on the lower left was the leaper ;)  He’s an older Mill Hill kit from 2003.

And then there’s always my birthday discount opportunity at Needlecraft Corner….can’t let that go to waste.

 That would be Mirabilia Tulip on the bottom, Glendon Place Plum Pudding on the left and The Stitching Parlor’s Persuasion on the top.  I have to admit, in the last few weeks I’m warming up to reproduction-style samplers.  Now, I won’t be restocking my stash with them, but I have certainly noticed a few more catching my eye of late.

I’m blessed to have Attic Needlework as my local shop.  As part of their “frequent shopper” program, a nice discount on a birthday shop is available.  I took advantage of that today…

 On the left, a fat quarter of Smokey White Belfast (for Plum Pudding), The Sampler Company’s Plymouth Sampler on the right and a new project envelope underneath.  I just can’t resist alphabets on fabric!  I also ordered Rebecca Gelwick by Historic Stitches and The Town House Sampler by Threads of Gold (though not sure if that’s the right designer… interesting results when I searched for a pic).

Lastly, my mom brought me one last thing today when she came by….

She knows me so well.

 

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Market Day!

This morning, I headed over to my LNS to peruse the selections from the recent Nashville Market.  I shopped with Mom and Terri along with lots of other regular Attic customers :)

I found a couple things that had to come home with me.

  • La-D-Da Wicked Witch
  • Prairie Moon The House that Jack Built
  • Prairie Moon no…Mine is the Trick and the Treat

Front:

  • Prairie Moon Skeleton Fob (how cool is that?!?)
  • Colorscapes Dubloon and floss for The House that Jack Built

And a couple more things….

  • Black Branch Needlework – Ann Lockhart (the model got me on this one)
  • Lady K Needlearts  French Elegance
  • Ink Circles Rosetta
  • Plum Street Samplers Brother’s Keeper

Front:

  • Jenny Bean’s Gentle Spring Sampler
  • Ink Circles Attractive Opposites

And finally….

Red Hots Scissors from Kelmscott

The floss is Gloriana’s Peacock. I’m considering it as the palette for Tony Minieri’s Stars for the New Millennium. A close up:

And finally… one more piece jumped into the bag thanks to Mom:

She knows me so well.

A Dose of Reality

Last year, I spent a couple of days organizing The Stash.  I sorted, shifted, alphabetized, labelled, bagged and boxed for more hours than I care to admit.  Today, I spent a couple hours tidying up and putting away purchases from the last year.

It wasn’t *that* bad – I did do some thru the year and drastically reduced my stashed purchases.

A couple things I learned while tidying today:

  • I really like Mill Hill kits
  • I bought significantly less yarn this year, but still could use another box to store
  • I could stitch nothing but small kits (for example, the previously mentioned Mill Hill kits) and be quite busy for a couple years.  At least.

In preparation for the WIPocalypse starting on Sunday, I decided to take some time to catalog my actual WIPs.  See, I’d made my list strictly from memory… of what I *knew* was started and that I wanted to finish.

I thought I’d find about 30.  Maybe 35, tops.

Yeah.

I found 46.

Oh wait…. make that 47.

Holy cow.  I’d have to finish my entire WIPocalypse list to even approach 35.

Based on these findings and the fact that the year is quickly drawing to a close, I’ve made a couple adjustments to my List.  I added the two pieces (A Good Marriage and my Mirabilia Mermaid RR) I’d hoped to finish before year end as my optimism evidently knew no bounds on those.  I also eliminated all but one new start from the list.  Given the plan is to finish it next year (the monthly CCN Cottages), I’m leaving it on.

Now, I’m off to add a page with the full list…..it’ll be on one of the fancy tabs above  :)

 

Three Days…

In the last three days…. (Saturday, Sunday and Monday):

- I bought a little bit of new stash

New Stash!

l-r: Sept/Oct JCS, Blackbird Designs Casting a Spell, Blue Ribbon Designs Moonlit Midnight, Ink Circles Four Seasons Mandalas. front: Bent Creek Got Newt?

 

 

- I finished off two Pine Mountain Pillows (caught up!)

- I finished the latest Harry Dresden novel, Ghost Story (What a ride…)

And all before noon today :)   I love vacation!

 

A Few Additions

A visit to the LNS yielded a few new treasures yesterday

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I went after the two new Prairie Schooler charts and some dark blue fabric (on the right there). The rest just sorta jumped in my hand ;)

I’m working frantically today to finish off my current RR (should make it) and then may indulge in a new start. Or two.

TUSAL – May 2011

It’s that time of the month again….

On the right, please note my Totally Useless SAL jar for the month of May.  We had a Guest Stitcher this month – there’s a bit of yellow and green in there from Kylie’s stitching last month – a tiny pineapple (if you are a Psych fan, as she is, you’ll understand the pineapple).

My contributions were from the April Pine Mountain kit, a Mirabilia RR and some more Greek Mandala stitching.

On the left, you may notice a shiny new pair of scissors.  Mom surprised me with them last weekend :D   She knows me so well….

Fred & Joe are on assignment this month, so I’ll have to do a quick goals recap without their usual commentary ;)

  1. Start/Finish April Pine Mountain kit – Done!
  2. Start/Finish Susan’s Mira RR – Done!
  3. 10 Hours on Greek Mandala – Done!
  4. 10 Hours on Swan Lake – Uhhh…no.  Didn’t touch it.
  5. One Full Pattern on Helix Scarf – Done!

80% Complete!  Woot!

Can lightning strike twice?  Let’s try something similar for May….

  1. Start/Finish May Pine Mountain kit
  2. Start/Finish next Mira RR (this will be a stretch given the mail date isn’t until mid-month)
  3. 10 hours on Greek Mandala
  4. 10 hours on Swan Lake
  5. Second pattern repeat on Helix Scarf

And that’s it for today!

The Week(ish) in Review

More than a week, I know.

Let’s just move on, shall we?

So, last week was kinda hectic.  First, a trip to New York, as you can see here thanks to my trusty new iPhone:

I can say that this is the first (of three) trips that I saw more than the hotel and the office.  Along with a walk thru Manhattan (evidenced above), I also rode the Staten Island Ferry and visited the southeast corner of Central Park.

All sans camera…..as you can (not) see….

There was a tiny bit of stitching:

I added the black at the top and the bright blue perle while in NY on Tuesday eve when it was absolutely *pouring* outside.  I broke down and bought an umbrella for the three block walk between the office and my hotel.  Best $5 I spent.

On Thursday, while in NY, I celebrated my birthday.  Ok, technically the celebration started on Wednesday night after a team dinner at a small Italian restaurant.  My coworkers conspired with the restaurant staff to surprise me with a lovely cheesecake and what sounded like the entire restaurant singing (it wasn’t a very big place….and our table of seventeen was definitely the largest party).  It was a surprise….I truly had no idea anything was up until the candle-laden cake came out of the kitchen.

Thursday afternoon proper was spent on the walking tour of NYC referenced above after most of a day of meetings.  I did manage to have all three meals that day paid for by three different people representing three different companies ;) and none were me!

Friday was a travel day back home.  A very very very long day thanks to storms in the South, but I did manage to get home about 10pm Friday eve, local time after leaving at 5am NY time that morning to head to the airport.  That would be 20 hours door-to-door.  Not something I care to repeat any time soon.

My family kept up the birthday celebration thru the weekend which did happily include a bit of stash:

From L-R:

  • Bayside Bungalows by Country Cottage Needleworks (chart/threads)
  • Wicked by Primitive Needle (kit)
  • The Boys Are Back in Town (kit) – from my mother

The first two courtesy of my birthday spree at Needlecraft Corner.

I managed to finish three books thanks to the long travel days, but I’ll save that for another post!