Saturday, 25 April 2015

Stitch from Stash - April 2015 and sheep #3.6

Month: April 2015
Spent: £85.52
Earned: £18.00

Dear all,

I am very sorry for disappearing yet again. I find the more you have to share the harder it is to sit down and write ... I personally begin dreading all those photos and the uploading part. And where to start and where to finish.

Well I finally did it! I went on a spree (+some photos that I emitted back in February due to an exchange). I am yet to decide the following:

a) do I deserve it

b) can I actually afford this

Well to start with HAED had a 45% discount (sob) ... you know how I have a collection of these charts I will never ever have time to stitch ... well I couldn't resist two additions:

The Little Match Girl
Doesn't she look sad? I absolutely loved Hans Christian Andersen as a kid. Well with a pinch of sadness. After all the little girl dies ... well actually from what I remember everybody dies ... the Christmas tree ... the little mermaid. These three were my most memorable.

My second chart:

Tree of Life Ruby
I am already dreading the confetti (if I ever stitch this one). 

And you know what ... I finally did it ... I bought 'Alice and Dodo' by Tanya Bond (kit on 18 count).

Alice Dodo
See what I mean? First month that I am beginning to recover from credit card bills, utility bills and nobody knows what else. And what do I go and do? I get more pointless cross stitch that I will never complete (maybe I am being a little harsh on myself).

Very appalling! On the subject of appalling ... remember back in February I mentioned the order that I have been trying to order since November (it was allowed to be uncounted - as if it went through when it should have it would have been within the set budget for last year) ... well I now have some pictures.

Theodora chart
It is by the Snowblower Diaries and a thing of beauty! As it uses the threads by the Gentle Art I just got the chart. Then there was ...

Autumn Glory - chart, fabric, threads
Maja always packs her kits so well!

And the final order was Angela:

Angela - chart, fabric, threads
The only addition I made once the order went through is the following chart (it was included in my February report):

Winter Friends
I felt it was perfect for an exchange I was doing at the time. And what more Maja sent me the following chart extra (free of charge!) She is one generous lady.

The Rose Bush

And the other thing I bought back in February if you remember were some threads (which I can now share the picture of):

Some thread that I needed for the charts you just saw
(these were included in my spending budget back in February)

A note on earnings etc:

I have 'earned' from my recent finish of Ember II as follows:

Click HERE for the relevant post
220 x 220 fits 210 x 210 to 240 x 240 range which gives me £22. But as I had about a sixth done before January this then is reduced to about £18.

I had £64.39 carried forward (due to my lack of spending in previous months) + £25 for this month + £18 earned ... so I even have £21.87 to go to next month. For next half a year (starting from July) I might go a little stricter and decrease the allowance.

Sheep #3.6

I thought if would be nice to finish on a belated update of my sheep. It is almost complete. And I should have a finish for you soon.

1200 stitches
Hmm I am getting some very funky colour photography here (the project is not actually a shade of pink).

Till soon (I still haven't told you about the exchange Sarah and I had ... what did I say the more you have to share the harder it becomes to actually share),


  1. Of course you deserve your spending spree! Maja's charts are beautiful. I have Angela and Theodora in my stash. And you know I love Alice! Just enjoy stitching them all.
    Your sheep is so cute. Can't wait to see your exchange with Sarah. I won a giveaway of hers recently and she sent me the most gorgeous cross-stitched pear - I love it!

  2. Have you seen the Disney animated short of Little Match Girl? Guaranteed to make you bawl! It was on the special edition DVD of Little Mermaid (but I'm sure it's on YouTube).

  3. Well done on your spending spree - justified because 1) you had the budget and 2) some of it was purchased at a discount. Don't be too hard on yourself that you already have too many charts that you will probably never stitch - most of us do! It just gives us more of a choice when we want a new start! :)

  4. Why not go on a shopping tour when you have earned the budget before. And what you bought is just gorgeous, all these lovely charts and threads from Maja and the HAEDs.
    Nice progress on your sheep.

  5. Exciting new charts and kits. Will love to see these stitched xx

  6. Lots of super stash there. You are being too hard on yourself :-) you still stuck to the budget and have some left over. Love the finish and your sheep looks great.

  7. Gorgeous new charts! I seriously can't blame you for splurging - you've been so good all year! You've earned it. The "Tree of Life Ruby" is amazing. Great sheep progress, too! :D

  8. Yay congrats on your latest stash purchases!! All look fantastic, have fun stitching them :)

  9. Oh, Lija, I hope you can hear me clapping for your accomplishments and stashing all the way over there. I am certainly impressed and VERY envious. Maybe magic stitching elves will come in the middle of the night and do all your confetti stitching. :)