Sunday, March 6, 2016

Stitch From Stash - February 2016 Recap

February was another good month for me.  I had 4 finishes that I get "credit" for, and only one purchase!  I'm slowly but surely working my way out of the red.  :)

Opening Balance =  ($31.52)  
Finishes = $12.00 
Purchases = $2.24  
Balance Forward = ($21.76)

2 greeting cards = $2.00

EGA Name badge = $5.00  
Secret stitching retreat model = $.500

Here's some pics of my finishes.  The only one I can't share at this time is the stitching retreat model, but will be sure to share it on a future post, along with some pics from that retreat where I'll be the secret guest designer.

Both of these greeting cards were made from my stash.  The one with the pitcher of flowers was a cover kit from a magazine.  The other with the pot of flowers is part of a design from a magazine, and I used an aperture card from my stash.  I have probably a couple dozen aperture cards, so I've been going through my magazines and books trying to find smaller designs that will work with all of them.  I have no particular use for the cards in mind.  They're just being placed in my box of cards and will eventually get used when I've run out of store bought cards and need them for some occasion. Not to mention, they're fun little projects when I need a break from my larger models and thread-a-day pieces.

This is the name badge I made for my EGA group.  Most of the other ladies were making badges with flowers, etc., but I prefer to be non-traditional.  The design is one of my own that I created with my xstitch software.  I chose the colors based on what I had in my stash that not only did I have enough to stitch the design, but also enough to make the cording.

The cording was made in our cording and tassel class, and let me tell you, not that I didn't respect and appreciate her work before, but I certainly have a new found respect for my awesome finisher!!  By the time I was done tacking the cording down, I was more than ready to be finished with it.  Talk about a lot of work.  Geesh!  It may not look perfect, but I did it most of it myself (with some instruction) and learned some new things, which is the whole point of being in the guild.  It's all about education and preserving the heritage of needlecraft.  :)

As I mentioned above, I only had 1 purchase this month, woohoo!  I spent a big whopping $2.24 on a package of tapestry needles I thought I needed for our EGA cording and tassel class.  Needless to say, I did NOT need them.  Instead of returning them at the store, I just put them in my stash as I know they'll get used at a later date.

Are you on your own "stash diet"?  If so, how are you faring?  Feel free to share in the comments below.  

Until the next time...Happy Stitching! 

P.S.  If the fonts look funny, I apologize.  I'm not sure what is up with blogger, but it keeps posting using different fonts & sizes than what I'm selecting.  You've gotta love technology!

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