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To-Do Tuesday 6-20-17 | Kids, Fabric, and Stitchy Box

Hello, again! It’s To-Do Tuesday and time to evaluate our progress from last week and makes our lists for the upcoming week.

Stitch ALL The Things | Kids at Depoe Bay

Josh & Callie in Depoe Bay, Oregon

My two youngest kids spent last week with us and we had a great visit. I didn’t spend hardly any time stitching as I wanted to be present with them. We spent time visiting family, did some sight-seeing, and took a day trip to the Oregon coast. We planned the coastal visit for Thursday. We checked the weather about 5 days ahead of time and the forecast said Thursday and Friday would be sunny and warmer than the rest of the week. Turns out the forecast was a couple days off. That day was the wettest of all! We still had a good drive there, and stopped in Depoe Bay to have a delicious lunch at Gracie’s Sea Hag. I will say that the best clam chowder I’ve ever had was at the wharf in Monterey, CA, until I tried Gracie’s chowder two years ago. I had to have the kids try it as well, and from the moment of their first bite, they both agreed with me that Gracie’s chowder was a step above the Monterey wharf’s chowder. Gracie also has the best Mozzarella sticks I’ve ever eaten. They are about 4 to 5″ long, and about 2″ in diameter. They are huge, homemade, and served fresh daily with a side of chunky marinara sauce. HEAVEN! This lunch was our early celebration of Father’s Day with the Mister before the kids headed home on Saturday. They arrived safely in California, and just in time for a big heat wave that puts their temps in the mid-100’s. I think they’ll be glad for the memory of being in 60-ish degree weather just last week.

Stitch ALL The Things | Fabric Depot Purchase

Fabrics purchased at Fabric Depot

After I made sure the kids made it through security at the Portland airport, the Mister and I drove to Fabric Depot only a few miles away. We wanted to stay nearby in case anything should happen prior to their take-off, and I wanted to see if I could find some great novelty fabrics for bag making when I return to Arizona at the end of summer. Yes, I found tons of great fabrics, but not great prices. Everything was between $12.99 and $14.99 per yard, with most fabrics being right around $13.99. I did find five prints in the clearance section that would work–two Halloween prints, one fall print, one Christmas print, and a bag interior/blender print. It wasn’t until I had the fabric cut and stood in the checkout line that I noticed the sign stating that all fabrics were 30% off in the store. *sigh* I had already spent a long time there and the Mister and I were anxious to head home, so I just shook my head at myself and left with my clearanced fabrics. Still, I think I did pretty well, and didn’t strain my budget on this earlier-than-expected fabric purchase.

Stitch ALL The Things | Just The Threads Stitchy Box Subscription

Just The Threads Stitchy Box Subscription May 2017

I also received two now-cancelled Stitchy Box subscriptions. I don’t think I’ve talked much about it here, but about a month and a half ago I had a real awakening in regards to my budget and financial situation and had a serious talk with Brad about it. I decided to cancel all of my hobby subscriptions and I have been very carefully making decisions about purchases. I asked Brad to be a “financial counselor” so to speak, so I have been bouncing my thoughts off of him for purchases I am making or want to make. It has helped me so much in deciding whether I need to make a purchase right away, if it’s something that can be put off for a while, or if it’s something I really want to spend my money on right now. This process has really been a good thing for me, and, ironically enough, very liberating. I no longer feel guilty about any purchases or feel the need to hide them or receipts; a habit I picked up from a previous marriage where I shopped without restraint. Having said that, I had two outstanding Stitchy Box subscriptions that were pre-paid back in March. My Just The Threads subscription for May 2017 arrived in the middle of last week. These are some beautiful specialty flosses! The flosses are (L-R) 6 stranded floss in Lemon Drops from Gentle Art Sampler Threads (GAST), 6 stranded floss in Peoria Purple from Weeks Dye Works (WDW), 12 ply silk Soie Cristale in Bright Yellow #4022 by Caron, 6 stranded floss in a Limited Edition color (name unknown) by GAST, 6 stranded floss in Saffron by WDW, and 12-stranded spun silk Belle Soie in Cake by Classic Colorworks.

Stitch ALL The Things | Stitchy Box May-June 2017

Also this week I received the May/June 2017 Stitchy Box subscription with the Stitch It Up and Bling It Up add ons. This is a fun box that comes once every two months. It contains fabric (type and count chosen by you), flosses/threads, embellishments and/or other stitching goodies. This month the theme was Sunflower Field and included a 28 count Lugana dyed by Fiberlicious in Summer Sky, a gorgeous blue color. Threads included are 6 stranded flosses by GAST in Wildflower (Limited Edition), Sunflower Field by Ship’s Manor (Exclusive to Stitchy Box), 8 ply silk in Avocado by NPI, 100% Soysilk Soy Luster thread in Acid Green by The Pure Palette, crewel wool thread in Dusk by WDW (Stitchy Box exclusive), and Kreinik Micro Chenille in Black. The embellishment pack included Sunflower quilt fabric, a Honeybee charm, one vintage orange flower bead, three Czech 10mm faceted avocado round beads, and a 2 gram pack of 10/0 2-cut Czech aqua seed beads. The Stitch It Up Add on is the Sunflower Panel Chart designed by Lindsay Lane Designs.

Stitch ALL The Things | Stitchy Box Bling It Up

The Bling It Up add-on was comprised of gorgeous 1- and 2-gram bead packs. They came in various colors of turquoise & aquas, yellows & oranges, greens, and a brown, perfectly evoking the image of a gorgeous Sunflower Field. The beads I liked the most were the three hand-carved butterfly beads, and the large, hand-painted Sunflower bead. I am not a huge fan of sunflowers, but this box was full of such beautiful colors I’m likely to change my mind about them! As far as my budgeting comments, I would like to say that I absolutely loved the Stitchy Box subscription. It was incredibly hard to give up, since I had only received two subscriptions before cancelling, however there are other things that must be the priority right now. I believe the Stitchy Box is definitely worth the money, and it is a subscription that I may rejoin in the future, once I have my budget firmly under control and various bills paid off. I most likely will not include the Bling It Up or Stitch It Up add ons in the future. I enjoyed them, but I found that felt like I may or may not stitch up the charts included, and although I love the beads I prefer to buy those as charts call for them. Right now I have a small amount of beads in my stash that contain commonly called-for colors so I don’t really have a need to add more beads to that stash. What I love most about the Stitchy Box are receiving flosses/threads to try that I wouldn’t normally seek out to buy for myself, the dyed fabrics, and embellishments that I wouldn’t think to use. All in all, this is a fun subscription box for the stitcher! Note: The link is NOT an affiliate link and I’m not being paid for any of these comments… These are just my own thoughts on this subscription service.

This week we are planning on doing a little thrifting, and I plan on working on Sleepy Hollow. I am excited to read what you’ve been up to and see your plans for the week!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Work on Sleepy Hollow border.

Now it’s your turn! Write up your post and link up using the InLinkz linky below.

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To-Do Tuesday 6-13-17 | Sleepy Hollow

Hello and Happy Tuesday, friends! How has your week been? Have you accomplished what you set out to do? Did you need to adjust your lists? I can’t wait to read what you have been up to.

Stitch ALL The Things | Thrift Shop Finds

This week the Mister and I spent quite a bit of time running errands for various little fix-it issues. We also have been hitting the thrift shops and I’ve run across a few great finds. Three fully kitted Theron Traditions charts, circa 1987, with linen and overdyed threads. The larger two kits were $2.99 and the Teaching Sampler was $1.99. Two large pieces of linen (both fat halves, but one with a and one 13″ x 14″ section cut out) for $2.50 total, and a 3/4 yard cut of light grey Jobelan fabric for $1. I also found a little chart for fifty cents, Sweet Violet by Sandy Gervais, and it includes felt pieces to use for flower petals within the stitching. I am thrilled with all these thrifty finds. I also had someone respond to my ISO of post in the Stash Unload group for The Lady In Thread’s chart, Spooky As A Spider, and I was able to purchase this OOP and very hard to find chart for a reasonable price. I can’t wait to stitch that one!!

Stitch ALL The Things | Halloween Mystery Town SAL Update

As far as stitching progress, I finished the house on the Ship’s Manor Halloween Mystery Town SAL. I was really anxious to get started on the border for Sleepy Hollow, so instead of starting on the third part of the SAL, I put that away to finish later. Right now I’m determined to get Sleepy Hollow finished first.

Sleepy Hollow Border Progress

This border is a lot of fun, but not an easy stitch given the beading and the Kreinik interspersed throughout. I just love the little bats, jack o’lanterns, and skulls. This border goes around the main scene, and then around the quote that is stitched under the scene. It will take me a couple weeks to get this done, so I shouldn’t be too far behind with the Ship’s Manor SAL by the time it is complete. We flew my kids up from California to spend a week with us, so I probably won’t be doing too much stitching this week. Right now they’re adjusting to the much cooler weather, so we’re all sitting around under quilts at the moment. LOL!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Work on Sleepy Hollow border.
  • Enjoy time with the kids!

Now it’s your turn! Write up your post and link up using the InLinkz linky below.

Rules:

  1. Link up to this To-Do Tuesday blog post using the InLinkz linky below. Don’t forget: you can link up Instagram photos! The link up is open all week, and you can link any post for the week even if it’s written on the prior Sunday or Monday. It simply needs to be related to setting, working on, and/or completing your weekly goal(s).
  2. Try to visit at least one or two other blogs and leave a nice comment.
  3. Include a link back to my blog. Feel free to grab the blog button from the sidebar to show that you’re participating in To-Do Tuesday.
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To Do Tuesday 6-6-17 | The Finish That Wasn’t

Hello, friends! The Mister just kindly reminded me that it was Monday evening and asked if I had written my blog post for Tuesday. Um…Nope! Time always seems to go by so quickly when we are here, and I lose track of the days without having the kids’ schedule to follow. At least he was paying attention, so I won’t be scrambling in the morning to get something written and posted. Thank you, Mister!

Stitch ALL The Things | I Cross Stitch

While we were traveling to Oregon I spent the time in the car working on my I Cross Stitch So I Don’t Kill People WIP. I wasn’t quite finished by the time we made it to Salem, but was having such fun that I decided to spend a few extra nights working on it so I could have a finish. I happened to pack another kitted chart for travel in case I made good progress on this one, so I didn’t feel bad about pushing to a finish. On the last evening of working on this, I was so close to being done when I realized that the entire right hand side was off by one stitch to the right, and one stitch too high. I started the top corner round motif wrong, so the rest was off too.

Stitch ALL The Things | I Cross Stitch

I was so mad that I just put all of my stitching away for two days. I finally quit pouting, grabbed my embroidery scissors and started snipping all of the little X’s. Yes, I used scissors despite the rule of “take out your stitching using the same tool with which you stitched it”. I was careful with the scissors and, quite frankly, too irritated at having to rip everything out to be bothered with patiently and gently pulling all of the threads back out with my needle. After having cleaned up the fabric from loose threads and fluff, I folded it and put it away. At this point I have at least two days worth of stitching left on it, and that will fill my travel days back home at the end of summer.

Stitch ALL The Things | Ships Manor Mystery Halloween Town SAL

After putting away I Cross Stitch, I pulled out my Ship’s Manor Halloween Mystery Town Stitch Along (SAL). Parts 1 and 2 had been released, and I have been working on this one trying to catch up before part 3 releases on the 7th. I was hoping to get the house finished before writing this post, but my fingers weren’t nimble enough to accomplish that. I am still happy that I’ve got maybe an hour’s worth of stitching left and then this will be ready for Part 3. I don’t think I’ll start the third part right away though, as I have been itching to get back to work on Sleepy Hollow. I’ve just got the border and the quote left to do on that one, but it’s going to take some time since the border is quite detailed and has beading on it as well.

That’s it for my stitching this week. As far as the house goes, I’ve been chasing Daddy Long Legs down, and we’ve been cleaning up the flower beds here and trimming up the raspberry bushes. This week I’ll be digging out the ridiculous Calla Lillies (that I can NOT stand AT ALL) in the hopes that eventually, someday, maybe, they’ll go away. I hope you are all enjoying the beginning of summer time! I can’t wait to read what ya’ll have been up to!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Catch up on Ship’s Manor SAL
  • Dig up the Calla Lillies

Now it’s your turn! Write up your post and link up using the InLinkz linky below.

Rules:

  1. Link up to this To-Do Tuesday blog post using the InLinkz linky below. Don’t forget: you can link up Instagram photos! The link up is open all week, and you can link any post for the week even if it’s written on the prior Sunday or Monday. It simply needs to be related to setting, working on, and/or completing your weekly goal(s).
  2. Try to visit at least one or two other blogs and leave a nice comment.
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To-Do Tuesday 4-25-17 | More Project Bags

Hello, my friends! This week’s post will be brief, as I am having to write it from my phone. For some reason my computer doesn’t want to load the back end of the website. Weirdness!

Last week I finished my last order of Project Bags before summer. I special ordered some Outlander fabric for this order. I was not thrilled with the plain cotton fabric from them. I will not be ordering that fabric again. It felt like Walmart fabric, but with quadruple the price. Ugh. If I do order from them again, it will only be printed on Kona cotton.

My customer requested Wonderland fabric for one of her bags. I am not a fan of Alice In Wonderland, at all, but really loved how this bag turned out. So adorable!

The third bag was also a special request fabric, and this one is called London Underground. She found it on Etsy. Such a fun fabric!

The fourth bag was from Tula Pink’s Tabby Road line in the Blueberry colorway.

Stitch ALL The Things | Sleepy Hollow WIP

I wanted to share a picture of my Sleepy Hollow cross stitching WIP. Other than the backstitching, I’ve completed the graveyard, Headless Horseman, and the horse. I stopped my rotation and am working solely on this one. I am having too much fun to switch to another WIP!

This week I am working on my final commissioned order before summer. Another 25 zip-top bag order. So I will be busy the next couple of weeks!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Commission for 25 Zip-top bags

Now it’s your turn! Write up your post and link up using the InLinkz linky below.

Rules:

  1. Link up to this To-Do Tuesday blog post using the InLinkz linky below. Don’t forget: you can link up Instagram photos! The link up is open all week, and you can link any post for the week even if it’s written on the prior Sunday or Monday. It simply needs to be related to setting, working on, and/or completing your weekly goal(s).
  2. Try to visit at least one or two other blogs and leave a nice comment.
  3. Include a link back to my blog. Feel free to grab the blog button from the sidebar to show that you’re participating in To-Do Tuesday.
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