Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Cottages of the month are complete!

Warning: This will be a photo heavy post. :-) I finally finished all of the cottages. I am so happy!  I love them and look forward to displaying them each month. :-) I have had most of them done for awhile. I was only missing July, August and October. I finished August a few days ago and decided to put my big girl panties on and make them up. :-) I don't like the stretching process. :-)
I will save the rest of my chatter for my stitch from stash update, which I should have done soon. :-)
Without further ado.....

Friday, June 27, 2014

Stitch from Stash update #6

Hi! Just popping in here to post my update for this month. It has been such a lovely month!:-) We have been crazy busy with company, traveling and spending as much time as possible outside that I haven't been able to stitch very much. I am almost finished with my August cottage. Hopefully this week. 

We are busy getting ready for a backyard barbecue birthday bash tomorrow for my daughter. She is going to be 22 in a few days and we were moving on her birthday last year and so we are giving her a nice party this year. :-) Her birthday seems to be the time when things go wrong. Poor dear!  :-) Her 8th birthday,  her daddy was deployed to the Middle East, her 10th birthday was spent in the waiting room of the ER while her older brother was having an anaphylaxis attack from having accidentally gotten peanuts at her pool party. Shortly after her 12th birthday she was so excited about her baby brother being born that she was running in a parking lot and was ran over. Thankfully it was just her foot and leg. And then on her 18th birthday,  I had just been released from the icu after a brush with death. :-) I think she deserves a good party and birthday this year. :-)

We just recently returned from 4 days in Boston. We had to go for a work conference. It was amazing and we can't wait to go back for a long visit! 

Well onto the budget part. This month Mel surprised us with an extra $50 dollars to spend. I decided to take advantage of this offer. :-)
I ended up getting August by Cottage Garden Samplings and the necessary threads and fabric. Two Jane Austen patterns from The Primitive Hare and a beach themed pattern from my LNS. So my total for the month is $ 62.48. That means I used all of my $25 budget and $37.48 from the bonus $50. So next month I will have my carryover of $65.90 from the previous months and my July allowance. I hope I have that right!  :-)

Well back to cleaning and preparing for tomorrow. I will leave you with some pictures from our month. :-)

Happy stitching!
Love, Heather
My progress for the month
Atlantic Ocean at Cape Henolopen State Park
Laughing Gulls, a new bird for me.

My sweet husband and two of our children on Father's day.

Boston Public Gardens

Make way for Ducklings statues. One of our favourite books.

 Boston clam chowder, this is in the clam chowder hall of fame. I didn't know such a thing existed. :o) It was fantastic chowder! YUM!!!

A beautiful pond in Connecticut! 
 My souvenir from Boston. :o)
A view of Connecticut as we were driving. We fell in love with Connecticut and hope to go back soon! 

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Stitch from Stash update #5

Good morning! I hope that you all had a lovely weekend! It was beautiful here in Northern Delaware. We have friends visiting from Arizona so there has been lots of sight seeing. Philadelphia, Washington D.C, Ft.  McHenry, Brandywine Battlefield and today they are off to Gettysburg so I thought I would pop on here and give my update.
I did really well this month. I only bought one skein of CC thread. So my grand total spent for May is $2.20. I had $43.10 carryover and adding this month's budget of $25.00. That leaves me with $65.90 carryover for next month. :-)
I haven't had a lot of stitching time this month. We have been enjoying being outside as much as possible. :-) We went to Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge on mothers day. I love to bird watch and so I was in bird heaven. We went up to Hershey Pennsylvania and met up with friends for lunch. And company for 2 weeks but, I did manage to get some done. I pulled out of my stitching bag my last cottage of the month that I have not finished. It is August. I had started it last July, but then I got busy with moving and it got put aside. I am almost finished and I will continue with it until I am done. :-)
I have made two color changes. It was just a little too blue for my taste. :-) So I changed the house color to CC Key Largo, and the words to CC Ripe Melon.
Well, I hope that you are all having a lovely day!
Happy stitching!
Love, Heather
August Cottage when I picked it back up.
This is how far I got with my stitching this month.
A Great Blue Heron at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge.
Afternoon tea with two of my three children on Mother's day.
A fun day was had in Hershey, Pennsylvania. 

Monday, May 19, 2014

Knitting projects

I am finally getting around to posting some of my knitting projects. We have been enjoying the beautiful spring weather and so I haven't been on the computer much. I seem to have had a bad case of cast on-itis lately. I have also taken several classes lately too,  so I have more projects on the go than normal. :-) At least that's my story and I am sticking to it!  :-)

I took a mitten class a couple of months ago and really enjoyed it. I have finished my first mitten and I need to start the second one. The pattern is called Nana Hortons Mittens. I am using Susquehanna low cal worsted for these. It's dyed by the designer of the pattern. She is an indie dyer out of Havre De Grace,  Maryland. I love her yarn. :-)

My next class was a sweater kal. We could choose any of the Knitting Pure and Simple patterns and I chose Cap Sleeve Cardigan Vest. I am using Berroco Remix yarn. I am enjoying this project.
My last class was the pattern Zuzu's Petals. It is a scarf/cowl or maybe a lacy bandana. :-) I am using Berroco Linsey, which is a cotton and linen blend. 

I have learned at least one new technique in each class, but more in some of the classes. I am signed up for a couple more this summer. I need to finish up my other class pieces quickly. :-)
I finished my first Hitchhiker on Saturday and cast on for a new one that afternoon. The Hitchhiker is a scarf/shawlette and is a very fun, mindless knit. I am knitting my new one out of a dk weight cotton blend. It's coming along very quickly. 

This is getting embarrassing!  I have way too many projects going on. I still have several more things to show you, but I will make another post soon. :-)

I will be back in a few days with my stitch from stash update. 

Happy stitching!
Love, Heather

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Stitch from Stash update #4

I know that I say this every month, but where has the time gone? ! I had every intention of doing a knitting post, but I lost track of time. I do plan on doing one very soon. :-)
Not a whole lot of stitching this month. I am taking several classes at my local yarn store, so I have been mainly knitting. But I hope to get back in the stitching groove soon. :-)
I finished my March Calendar girl and a little spring time freebie from Snowflower Diaries and I started the new spring freebie from Snowflower Diaries. I just love her designs. I actually started Slicker Bunny and got a few stitches into it and then got sidetracked with the spring bunny. :-)
Stash wise,I went a little bit over because I found a new to me stitching shop just as they were closing up. They were having a huge sale and I was able to get several new patterns all for $13!!! Thankfully, I still had carryover from previous months so I am still good. I also bought the new Tea Time pattern from the Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery, a piece of 32ct fabric and some DMC. So my grand total for the month is $29.40. So, that brings my total for the year up to $56.90 and that means that I have $43.10 carryover. :-) I am pretty pleased with myself. Now, I just need to join a knit from stash group! !!! :-) :-) :-)
Spring has finally arrived in northern Delaware! !!! We have been enjoying it so much. We went to Longwood Gardens today after church to see the spring flowers. It was amazing! I will add some pictures from there. I hope that you are having a fantastic spring or autumn. :-)
Happy stitching,
Love, Heather

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Stitch from Stash update #3

I can't believe I have let a month go between posts. Sorry! :-) I still haven't quite recovered from the flu, I am going to the doctor on Thursday, so hopefully we can figure out what is going on with me. Enough of me. :-)
I haven't stitched a whole lot, but I have gotten some progress to show. I finished February calendar girl and started March Calendar girl and I am almost done with it. I worked a little bit on my Party Cakes any then ran out of Poblano Pepper. The newer skeins were not even in the same color tones. The DMC wasn't close either, so I headed to The Strawberry Sampler and the wonderful ladies there came to my rescue. They had some older skeins in their stash. They are my heroes!  :-)
The other day we needed to go to Whole Foods, so what's a girl to do, but go across the street to The Strawberry Sampler. :-) :-) :-) I ended up picking up a piece of fabric for Slicker Bunny, some yellow wdw for the slicker, some wdw for Frosty Forest and a little DMC kit. 
So my total for March is $25.60, but I have $48.10 carry over from the last two months, I am good to go.
Well, I hope to be back soon. I have a lot of knitting to show (I have been taking a mitten class,and I have few other things to show you. :-)
Did I mention that it's snowing here again! !! Blah!  :-(
Happy stitching!
Love, Heather

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Stitch from Stash update #2

Thank you so much for all of the wonderful birthday wishes!  You made my day!  Not too long after I posted, I went downhill quickly with the flu. We all ended up with it. My daughter didn't come out of her room, except for the necessary, for four days. I am still coughing. :-( Anyway, enough of that. :-) I will try to respond to everyone's comments soon. :-)
It is time again to post for the Stitch from Stash challenge. I am happy to report that I didn't spend anything this month. I did pick up the latest patterns for Frosty Forest and the Calendar Girls, but since I am on auto for those and I used my Christmas gift card at the Strawberry Sampler, I don't have to count them. :-)
One of the benefits of being sick and out of commission for so long is you get extra stitching time. :-)  I have made great progress on my Party Cakes and it's all from stash!  I have also started February Calendar Girl and besides the pattern, she is from stash. :-) I hope to finish her today. I have finished quite a bit of knitting too, but will show that another day.
It is snowing here again today, and after a couple of beautiful spring like days, it is quite depressing!  :-( Enough whining!  :-)
I hope you all are having a lovely day!
Happy stitching!
Love, Heather