Wednesday, January 28, 2015

January Smalls SAL, First Knitted Finishes and Book Challenge Update

Hello Friends

I joined Stitching Lotus 2015 Smalls SAL in hopes of encouraging me to stitch an ornament each month for my tree.  I bought this chart in November from my LNS, it was pure joy to stitch!  As I was finishing I took pics of the steps and will be creating an Ornament Tutorial, if you have any questions please feel free to ask.

CCN Snow Love
28ct Pearl Grey Lugana
DMC Floss as charted

My Mom has her first finish of 2015................


Nora Corbett "Daisy"
32ct White Lugana

Close up of the beads

Garter Stitch Scarf
Loops & Threads Charisma Yarn "Forest"
Size 6.5mm Needles
Approx Size 5w x 68h

I finally finished my hubby's scarf and he is very happy with it.  I'm just happy I'm finished with it!

Leisure Arts "Knit Dishcloths"
Left:  Annie's Choice  Right:  Split Nine Patch
Berocco Vintage "Aster"
Size 5mm Needles
Approx Size 7.5inches x 9.5 inches

I managed to knit a couple more blocks for my Lap Blanket challenge.  I have some yellow and white yarn that I will be using to knit more squares next month.


I finished 3 books this month for my 26 Books in 2015 Challenge.

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden (5 stars) #2 A Book Made Into A Movie
Left Neglected by Lisa Genova (3.5 stars) #1 A Book You Own But Haven't Read 
Love: Poems by Danielle Steel (1.5 stars) #15 A Book of Poems 

This was one of the challenges that worried me a lot as I am not a Poetry fan so I went with something super easy and it was one of the few Poetry books we had on our shelf at work ;)

My Flu bug turned into a nasty bout of Bronchitis which I am still recovering from!  I am still exhausted, everything I do is an effort but hopefully this is the end of it all.

I'll be back next month with a stitching update :)

Thanks for stopping by today~

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

January Stitch from Stash

Hello Friends!

I decided to join the Stitch from Stash challenge this year because I need to put myself on a budget and hold myself accountable for what I am spending on craft stash :)  Not that I spend that much but one of my goals for the year was to get into a better place financially and I could use all the motivation I can get!

Stitch from Stash is hosted by Epic Stitching.  We each get a $25.00 per month budget to spend and have the opportunity to earn "extra" money by stitching from our stash. I won't be doing that part of this challenge as the goal is to save money not for me to spend more money.

Total Monthly Budget Spent for January:  $0

New Stash or (Temptations):

I have a few things that I added to my wishlist this month but I am taking the time to think if I really want them or not :)



The fabrics I am thinking of for Mirabilia "September Sapphire Fairy"



My dear friend Lesleyanne keeps trying to get me to turn to the "dark side" 
(aka Heaven & Earth Designs)


Tempting as it is, I can't imagine how difficult this would be to stitch and at 400w x 533h, the chart is a mere 44 pages and it only uses 86 DMC colors!  I imagine it would take me about 44 years to finish it! I admire anyone that stitches these designs and amazed at those that actually finish them! Are they for me?  Nope ;) But it is lovely, isn't it.

What I Stitched on in January:

Nora Corbett "Violet"
CCN "Snow Love" (picture coming next post)

New Starts From My Stash: 

CCN "Snow Love" which I purchased at my LNS in November.

Budget carried over to February:  $30.00 CDN

I will convert $25 US each month to the current CDN rate rounded to the nearest dollar ($30 for January) as I buy stash both online and at my local LNS. This is the fairest way for me to stay on track each month.


I will be finished with Violet soon and then will go back to work on Petal Fairy in February.  I will have fun digging through my stash for another ornament for the Smalls SAL in February.

Thanks for stopping by today ~

Monday, January 12, 2015

Not the best start........

Hello Friends!

Well, it's not been the best start to 2015!  Just after New Year's Day I started to feel really tired, I got the stomach flu and then that set off a bout of Vertigo.  Not long after I got a sore throat which has turned into a really nasty case of the Flu!  This is the worst I have felt in years!  Now I have head congestion, chest congestion and if it's not gone soon I will have to go to the Doctors.

To top it off my Daughter is having some issues at School, my Husband's glasses broke and he finally got his results from the MRI/CT scan for the back pain.  He will now have to see a Neurosurgeon as the CT scan has shown something else on top of the Arachnoiditis.  Hopefully it is nothing too serious.

But you came here to see some stitching right?  The only good thing to come out of me being sick is that I am stitching & knitting & reading while watching some movies :)  I am trying to rest as much as possible, only because I have no other choice :)

So I picked Violet back up and here she is................


The whole bottom of her dress is done, the blank parts are for the beads.  I'm almost done!  I'm going to stick with her now until she is finished, then I'll go back to Petal Fairy.

I am knitting too, I've nicknamed this the "world's most boring scarf ever"............


But my husband loves it and that is what matters.  I can't wait to get it done and get back to my Lap Blanket squares.

I've watched a slew of good movies.  I can recommend The Hundred-Foot Journey, How to Train Your Dragon 2 and I really enjoyed Petals on the Wind.  It's been forever since I read that VC Andrews series that I would love to go back and re-read them!


I started my 26 Books in 2015 challenge with Memoirs of a Geisha which will be # 2 A Book Made Into a Movie.  It's also our Book Club read for this month and it is one of the most amazing books I have ever read!  I am about 75% through it.

Hopefully I will be feeling better soon and I will be back to share my first Happy dances of 2015 :)  I did already finish a project but want to wait for the Smalls SAL to share that one.

Thanks for stopping by today~

Thursday, January 1, 2015

First Post of 2015!

Hello Friends!

Happy 2015!  I can't think of a better way to ring in the New Year than with Disney...........



Skip to 21:05

Absolutely no-one does fireworks like Disney!  A perfect way to start the New Year minus the crowds :)  Of course if I could have been there, I would have ;)

My first stitching start of the New Year...


2015 Mirabilia SAL
Petal Fairy
32ct. Lugana "Iris"
Hand Dyed Fabrics by Stephanie


Started at Midnight, I stitched for almost 2 hours :)  I struggled a bit with the 32ct but with my OTT lite it was manageable!  I am in LOVE with her already!

My first book.............


this is for my first official reading challenge.............


I will be working on this challenge in numerical order throughout the year.  Left Neglected is one of the first books I purchased for my Kobo and I thought it was about time I read it!  If you want more details you can visit the tab I created at the top of my page or visit the blog listed on the challenge.

My first Knitting project of 2015 is another scarf for my Husband.............

He wanted something simple but to be honest this is really boring me!



Garter Stitch Scarf
Loops & Threads Charisma "Forest"
US 10.5 Needles
Started Dec. 31, 2014

My first Stats from Last.fm, so I can see the difference at the end of 2015....


My Top "Scrobbled" Composers 


My Top "Scrobbled" Tracks

As you can see I clearly love Film Scores :)  I'm excited for the releases in 2015 as there are about a dozen movies that I am super excited about!  Think Jurassic World and Star Wars The Force Awakens :)  I just wish John Williams was scoring both but I understand and SW is more important!

And now to wrap up 2014, I can share my last finishes of the year.............


 Heartwarming Knit Scarf (approx 7 x 70)
Loops & Threads Charisma Yarn in Royal Blue
Gift for a Friend :)

My last exchange.......................


Christmas Joy Exchange
Sent to Melanie (The Patchwork Robin)


Christmas Joy Exchange
A lovely pouch finished to perfection :)

My Mom's last finish of 2014............


Nora Corbett "Sweet Pea"
32ct White Lugana
Mom's favorite finish of 2014

That brings me to the end............for today!  This post only took me 2 hours and a bit to complete :)  That's just one of the reasons I love Instagram so much but one of my personal goals in 2015 is to persevere and keep blogging.  Now I'm off to stitch!

Thanks for stopping by today~


Monday, December 29, 2014

2014 Year In Review

Hello Friends!

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and were spoiled by Santa.  Now that it's almost New Year's Eve it's time for me to take a journey back through my favorites of 2014.

Stitching


My favorite finish of 2014 has to be Mirabilia "Stargazer", although technically stitched in 2013, the beading took place in early January.  I love, love, love her!  Easily the most difficult project I have stitched but well worth all the time :)  I lost my stitching "mojo" numerous times throughout this year and that is why I only had 13 finishes.

In 2015, I have joined the Mirabilia SAL and I plan to stitch an Ornament each month for my tree as part of the Smalls SAL.

Knitting



I finally had the courage to learn to knit this year.  I'm so glad I did!  I honestly didn't think I would be able to do it but I do love a challenge :)  These are a few of my favorite finishes this year.  I mostly knit Washcloths and Scarfs.  I had 26 finishes for the year.

In 2015, I plan to expand my knitting knowledge by learning to knit lace patterns and cables.  I'm also going to be continuing with my Lap Blanket squares and have it finished by the end of the year.

Reading


I only read 19 books this year which has to be my worst year ever!  I completely lost my reading "mojo" and it never really returned.  My favorites were:  Blood Line by James Rollins, The Martian by Andy Weir and The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield.

In 2015, I plan to complete my personal A to Z Challenge and read a yearly total of 40 books.

My favorite TV shows in 2014 were:  The Walking Dead, Hannibal and Outlander.  My favorite Movies were:  Maleficent, Mockingjay Part 1 and Gone Girl.  My Favorite Film Scores were:  Interstellar by Hans Zimmer, Maleficent & Mockingjay Part 1 by James Newton Howard and TMNT by Brian Tyler.

That wraps up 2014, I'll be back next month with my Mirabilia SAL!

Happy New Year ~