Friday, March 28, 2014

Stitch From Stash: March

Okay so I haven't posted in about a month. Work and house projects have been crazy, I'm hoping that in April things will loosen up enough here to let me get back into updating this.

I did do a really great job of resisting purchasing much, but that may have just been because I really didn't have much time to shop.

Overall I spent $7.29 on a new 11" x 17" Q-snap, I got it from Micheal's with a 40% off coupon so it was a really good deal.

So I had carried over $40.62 from last month plus the $25.00 budget for March gave me a total of $65.62 and of that I spent $7.29 leaving me with $58.33 to carry over into April.

Hopefully I'll be posting more over the next month, I'm still chugging along on the dimensions Christmas stocking.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Stitch from Stash: February

So I had been going along really great, with $0 from January and then we got the $100 splurge weekend and I thought I'd just pick up a couple of things, maybe finishing kitting up some projects......

I should have just kept abstaining completely because once I started I just couldn't help myself! I didn't go over budget, but I'm pretty sure I spent almost all of the budget, which was not really what I wanted to do. So what did I buy you ask?

For the $100 splurge weekend I ordered a couple of things from online shops and ebay because I don't have any LNS and also live no where near Nashville.

First I ordered from Laurel's Stitchery. I've never placed an order from there before but they had a chart a specifically wanted to make for my mother-in-law.

I ended up spending $62.25.

I bought Luck be with you by Imaginating and the fabric needed for it.
I also bought Snowy Egret by Crossed Wing Collection and the fabric for that as well.
Then I went on ebay.....

I got Noah's Ark by Teresa Wentzler
$2.50 + 3.22 (s+h) = $5.72

And Tradewinds by Teresa Wentzler
$5.00 + 2.50 (s+h) = $7.50

And Oh Christmas Tree by Lavender and Lace, which came with the needed Mill Hill Beads
$8.00 + 4.00 (s+h) = $12.00

And Great Blue Heron by Crossed Wing Collection (I love these, they remind me of Audubon pictures)
$2.99 + 2.09 (s+h) = $5.08

And Lastly I bought Winter Carousel Horse By Teresa Wentzler (I already have the other 3 seasons and needed winter to complete the set)
$4.22 + 1.50 (s+h) = $5.72

So that brings my Ebay total to: $36.02
I also hit up Micheal's for some floss (I had a 25% off coupon), I bought 38 skeins for three projects for $11.11, so that was actually a pretty good deal.

So my grand total worked up to $11.11 + $36.02 + $62.25 = $109.38

So I spent all of the $100 dollar splurge weekend budget and $9.38 from my regular budget (which was at $50.00), leaving me with $40.62 to roll over to next month.

Actually when I write it all down its not as bad as I had originally thought, but it is still a lot and more then I was planning on spending/buying. I know I added in shipping and technically that doesn't count, but I'm going to include it in my budget because it's still money I had to spend.

I think for next month I'm going to try for another $0 and save up for a light I really want

As far as what I worked on, I mostly worked on the Dimensions stocking Sleigh Ride at Dusk, I've been moving along at a pretty good clip on this, here's where I am now:
(Please excuse the picture quality, I didn't notice how fuzzy it was until I uploaded it on the computer)

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Turkey Babies!

The first batch of Turkeys hatched!

These little guys are spending their first couple of weeks in a brooder in the office. The first two weeks are when turkey's are most vulnerable and still learning how to eat and drink. Keeping them inside during this time makes it easy to keep an extra close eye on them and getting to watch their adorable antics while paying bills is a a pretty good bonus

Friday, February 14, 2014

February WIPocalypse

February 14 – Topic: How many projects do you generally feel comfortable having in progress at a time?  Tell us about your one-at-a-time or rotation habits!

I really have no current system for organizing myself and actually that seems to work best for me. When ever I've tried to hold myself to a system, for example that I have to finish this project before I can start on this other one, I find that I lose my enthusiasm for stitching and end up doing nothing. I've found it's more fun for me and I actually get more done if I just let myself do whatever interests me.

This month is actually a great example of that, I really should get Thistle Scissor Keep done, it's so close and really only needs a couple more hours of work, but I stopped being interested in it and really wanted to pick up another one of my WIP's, specifically Sleigh Ride at Dusk Stocking by Dimensions. If I had held myself to the hard and fast rule of needing to finish the Scissor Keep first I just would have ended up doing no stitching at all. By letting myself move to the project that was really calling to me I got a ton done.

Here's where Sleigh Ride at dusk is now, all of the blue-ish sky area is new.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

New Incubator!

The new Hova Bator Genesis incubator came in and I already have it loaded up with the first round of Bourbon Red Turkey eggs.

I'm really loving the large picture window and the digital control center were you can set whatever temperature you want and the incubator automatically maintains it. If all goes well the real test will be 28 days from now when hopefully most of those eggs will hatch out little chicks.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Turkey Eggs

I've got the first batch of Bourbon Red Turkey eggs in the incubator! These eggs were laid by the turkeys we kept as breeding stock from the 15 we raised last year. This is the first time we've tried hatching Turkey eggs and the second year we've used this incubator. I did a couple of batches of chickens eggs in this incubator last year and overall I wasn't that impressed with it, since it was our first incubator buying experience I just bought the model they had at tractor supply, I think it is a Little Giant. I just placed an order for the GQF 1558 Genesis Hova-Bator Incubator and I'm really hoping that works better for me, I'll be doing some side by side hatching's a little later in the year.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Stitch from Stash: January

Here's my first report for the Stitch from Stash Challenge:

WIPs worked on:
I continued working on the Tartan Thistle Scissor Keep, I was hoping to get it done this month but was distracted by a new start (isn't that how it always works) so its now part of my February goals to finish the stitching on this.

New Starts:
I had one new start but I already had it kitted up in my stash, so I didn't need to buy anything, and I even managed to get it completely done. So while I might not have been working on the project I was supposed to I did finish something so I'm going to count this as a win.

The new start/finish was Warm Hearts Christmas Crow, by Carousel Charts. I had originally bought it last year hoping to have it done for Christmas, but never had time to get it done, at least I'm ready for next Christmas now!

Money spent:
I actually spent $0 this month, so I have $25 to carryover into February. I was lucky in that I already had all I needed for the projects I wanted to work on.
At some points it was really hard to resist getting something off my wish list or browsing e-bay "just to look"

Hopefully I can keep up this streak but I think having a $50 budget next month may prove too tempting.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

2014 WIPocalypse

In order to keep myself motivated to cross stitch in throughout the year I've joined the 2014 WIPocalypse challenge and the Stitch from Stash challenge.

This month's WIPocalypse post is as follows:
January  16- Topic: Introduce yourself, your projects, and any goals you have for the year!

So my name is Laura, I've been cross stitching for about 8 years, But I've only seriously gotten back into it the last couple of years, however in that time I've managed to accumulate quite a stash and a number of WIP's.

My Current WIP list:
     Autumn Farm
     Dimensions Stocking
     Dragon on Castle
     Thistle Scissor Fob

 Up first is the Thistle Scissor Fob: