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To-Do Tuesday 7-18-17 | Ghoul Tidings & Thrifting Fabrics

Hello, friends! It’s another To-Do Tuesday! Last week’s list consisted of a new cross stitching start, Ghoul Tidings by Plum Street Samplers, and continuing to work on the Master bedroom. We are not having much luck finding the furniture we want at reasonable prices, so this may be something we push off until next summer. I’m leaving it on the list, as we are always on the lookout for furniture to finish up this room.

Stitch ALL The Things | Ghoul Tidings WIP

As far as my cross stitching start, I made a lot of progress! This is for the Salem Not Forgotten stitch along that was started on Facebook and Instagram by some stitchy friends. This SAL is to remember those who were persecuted and killed in the Salem Witch Trials in 1692, as this year is the 325th anniversary. We could choose any piece that referenced that time period, Salem, and/or witches (hopefully incorporating the date within the piece). I chose Ghoul Tidings because I had the digital copy of the 2013 Halloween issue of Just Cross Stitch on my computer and–as this chart was in that issue–I had a chart I could use right away and not have to pay for. I only have two words, the date, another small pumpkin motif and my signature left to do and then this WIP is done. Except for fully finishing it off, which I will do when we get back to Arizona. I am hoping I will have time to finish this tonight, Monday, after I write this post. The lighting won’t be good enough to include a picture of this finish in this week’s post, so it will be in next Tuesday’s post.

Stitch AlL The Things | Goodwill Fabric Find Bag 2

On one of our trips out thrifting, we stopped at a Goodwill in West Salem that had someone’s donated fabric stash. The fabrics were bundled into bags that were $5 each. I picked three bags that I thought had good novelty prints for future bags. Some of the fabrics were JoAnns fabrics, and some were quilt shop fabrics. I thought the Country Blessings print (pictured above) was really cute. There’s a yard of the Country Blessings print, a yard of a great coordinating print (bottom right, but it doesn’t look great in the picture), and a few other half yard pieces.

Stitch AlL The Things | Goodwill Fabric Find Bag 3

I loved the coffee print and the musical prints in this bag. There was one yard each!

Stitch AlL The Things | Goodwill Fabric Find Bag 1

The last bag contained ten 9″ half square triangles made from Riley Blake’s Cottage Garden and what looks like Kona cotton in white. There was also a charm pack of some fabric line that I feel like I should know the name of, but I haven’t got a clue. If you know the name, would you please it in the comments? This also has a 4 yard cut of what feels like Moda Bella fabric, some other charm squares, a little HST made from Grunge, and some 7″ pastel plaid squares. The best part was the quilt as you go piece. I’m not sure what I will do with that, but I just might make a little project bag for me with it!

This week the Mister and I will still hunt for treasures at the thrift stores and furniture stores. I will also have another new cross stitch start. It’s not a large one, so I expect it will be done in a week.

This week’s To-Do list:

  • New cross stitch start
  • Continue working on master bedroom

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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.

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To-Do Tuesday 2-7-17 | February

Stitch ALL The Things | Halloween Potion Bottles

Happy Tuesday, friends! Not too much to write about this week. Last week was busy with some traveling and my grandmother’s memorial service. The trip to my hometown and back was really quick and I brought a cold back with me. Blech! I did have time to sew a fun Halloween themed bag before I left, and then when I returned I made two grime guards and another Tula Pink bag that was ordered before I left for my trip.

Stitch ALL The Things | Project Bag Tula Pink Astrea

This week I have a twelve bag order and a single bag order that I am currently helping a customer decide which fabrics to use. So a busy week ahead! I hope you all have a great week, and I can’t wait to see what you are working on!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Work on Project Bag commissions
  • Create Project Bag page

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To-Do Tuesday 1-17-17

Stitch ALL The Things | Slytherin Project Bag

Happy Tuesday, friends! It’s been a busy week of more project bags around here. I finished the Slytherin Bag and took two orders this week. One for a single bag set and one for three bags. I also did some research on selling these on Etsy. After calculating all of the fees from PayPal AND the additional fees from Etsy, I’ve decided to go a different route. I’ll see how selling them by posting via social media goes, and may eventually set up part of this website as my store. The website is capable of doing that, so I’ll see how everything turns out after some time passes.

Stitch ALL The Things | FoxfieldProject Bag

This Project Bag set was particulary fun to do. I had a customer ask for a small grime guard for a 6 x 6 Q Snap, and then ask if I could make an accessory pouch to coordinate with everything. I didn’t have enough of the accent fabric on the bag, but did have extra of the Chain Mail print from Tula Pink’s Elizabeth line that matched the Tula Pink Foxfield print.

Stitch ALL The Things | Foxfield Accessory Pouch

My customer gave me a specific size she wanted, so I first made a test bag that helped me know how boxing the corners on the bottom of the bag would work. I also learned that I did not want any of the fusible fleece interfacing in my seam allowances. My second attempt was this bag and it turned out exactly the right size and sewed up perfectly. LOVE it!!

Stitch ALL The Things | Crouching Tiger Project Bag

My second customer for the week requested three project bags. I had so much fun getting to use a couple of different prints for them. I’ve said it repeatedly, but Tula Pink fabric shines so brilliantly in these bags! Love the Crouching Tiger print and being able to use the green apple glitter vinyl!

Stitch ALL The Things | Fox Nap in Purple Project Bag

I got to play with the Fox Nap print from Chipper again, except this time in the raspberry colorway. So cute!!

Stitch ALL The Things | Sea Siren Project Bag

The Alexander Henry Sea Sirens made another appearance. The smaller 13 x 13 bag only showcases one of the mermaids, but I think this one is pretty saucy enough to hold her own!

Next week I will update on my current cross stitching WIPS. I think this post has more than enough pictures!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Sew Project Bags for two commissions
  • Sew extra bags to sell

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