Sunday, August 24, 2014

August Stitch from Stash, Finishes, another book giveaway!

It's SFS posting time as I watch these last months slip away. I walked around in Hobby Lobby yesterday and they're in full Christmas mode! Over on my TUSAL dates at the right on this blog, I see only 5 dates left! Yikes!

On to SFS-

My beginning balance for this month was $52.75.

I spent: $3.16 for DMC
              5.97 for trims for finishing (though I could swear Mel stated that finishing items are exempt)

After that, all you-know-what broke loose! Market is its name and selling to a hapless stitcher on a budget is its game! I've asked Mel for my first Free Month which we're allowed when the willpower has all but disappeared. I've got to ask 'Have you seen the new Blackbird Designs?!!' I ordered 4 charts, 3 with fabric and fibers. Not to mention, Terri from Dixie Samplars has hand dyed fabric and they are scrumptious. I bought two pieces at great prices and they look and feel great. So, hence the Free Month!

New Starts from Stash-Merry Moose Wishes ornament, and exchange projects, which I cannot show. Speaking of this exchange, I have finished up the handmade item and have ordered and about to receive some goodies to ad to the package. We're to keep the goodies to $15-20. All of this is exempt from SFS because they're gifts. My time has been spent stitching this item. I wanted to slow down my new starts and am doing that.

WIPs or UFOs worked on-Lydia Broome Sampler-finished, LK Scary Sampler, Pumpkins and Sunflowers, and Winter Wind Sampler, here it is
I love stitching houses. Here's what I had last time
Pitiful, right?!

I spent almost all of yesterday doing some finishing. When I got out of bed, I thought it was a good day to do some finishing. As fleeting as that thought is, I grabbed it by the tail!
I finally stuffed it. Love all the skeletons.

Remember this, the Ruby Pemberton Sampler Pillow? I had run out of a GAST for it, and when I got it, it was darker than the older. Thanks to Annette who commented and said just finish it! Haha. Sometimes my indecision paralyzes me and now you can't even tell the difference! I decided to use a mixture of lizard sand and balsam to fill it and I used vintage seam tape to trim it. I ran a running stitch along the edge of the tape for the ruffle look. That took some time because not only did I have it sandwiched wrong between the front and back, I misplaced my seam ripper so off to Hobby Lobby to buy another! Here's what I have on the back
I'm lousy at whip stitching so I open a place in the back to stuff and slap a woolfelt heart to cover the opening! I love it and it smells so good from the balsam.

Remember the Mystery Christmas Sampler from Plum Street Samplers last year? Here she is
Kind of wonky at the lower left but oh well, it's not leaving my house! I decided to trim with the gold stuff because of the gold stars in the piece. Here's the back with my woolfelt heart!
One of the fabrics I also bought from Terri. It goes perfectly with the stitched colors.

Whew! I'm about to make my first cube finish and its going to look great! I've been checking out some tutorials on how to. I was supposed to do that and then post but forgot.

No one wanted the book in the last giveaway so how 'bout this one? :)
Chock full of Christmas designs. Here are some examples
Well taken care of. So follower or not, comment that you Want It and if at 7 days end, no one else wants it, you win! If more people want it, I'll draw names on the 31st. I'll ship overseas.

Another pic heavy, wordy blog post! Maybe I should post more in between my SFS and Turtle Trot posts. Tomorrow is TUSAL, so I'll be back for that. Thanks for coming by. I'm doing better at replying to comments I feel. Oh and please say a prayer for Debbie at Debbie's Stitching (I apologize if I have that wrong). She was said to have had a heart attack last Thursday evening and is in the hospital. Take Care y'all.


  1. Lovely stitching Shelly. The book looks great but I really have enough stash.


  2. So many wonderful finishes!! Great stitching!

  3. I love your skeleton pillow. It is such a cute finish!
    I would love to get the Christmas book as well. My son LOVES penguins!

  4. Great finishing! Good to get them all done at once. I've just had a shopping splurge so please don't include me for the book.

  5. love your finishes--would love the book, thanks--Sheila

  6. Love the Halloween finish,would love to win the book

  7. Lovely WIP's and finishes, especially the PSS Mystery Christmas Sampler. I would love a chance to win the Christmas book - I've got my eye on the Snow Thyme pattern! Thanks for the chance.
    You are reminding me I have to email Mel with my August SFS update!

  8. You have some great finishes here. I have also stitched the Winter Wind Sampler, it' s a very lovely design.

    What would we all become if there wasn't a free month at the SFS challenge, lol. I will take mine when my ONS will have a sale before Christmas. At least I hope they will have one as usual.

  9. Love your little Halloween finish :)

  10. Oh, that skeleton finish is so adorable, Shelly--just perfect :) Love the trim on the PSS Mystery Sampler, too--your work is so nice :)

  11. Your finishing is so wonderful. You are very creative. I would love the book as Christmas is my favorite time of year. I apologize if I commented twice, but my first comment disappeared. I think.

  12. Where can I get the Halloween cross stitch pattern that you did on your pillow?

  13. Nice finishes... and ooh, love the book!