Monday, January 26, 2015

Stitch From Stash plus other stuff.....

Stitch From Stash 2015-A

It's time to report in for Stitch From Stash, the cross stitch group that helps us STOP spending money and use what we have. We have a $25 budget to work with every month.  I really don't have a lot of stash.  I have a lot of free patterns that I keep on the computer, and some I've bought.  I do have some fabric but I usually only buy what I need for a project and try to use the leftovers.  It's not easy though...just recently Joann's had a 20% off for seniors for everything including sale items.  Fortunately, that's a good thing this time as I have been saving up!  I bought, drum roll please.....39 skeins of embroidery floss and a roll of Aida.  39?  Yep, because I have 2 big projects coming up.

I've also had a finish.....
 It's my first finish for this year. It's a birth sampler for my grandson's room.
That gives me $4 credit. Nice.

So here's my report for January:
  25.00 budget
    4.00 credit
- 17.00 spent
+12.00 to the good!

Next month, since you all know what's going on, I'll put my report at the top and you can skip down ;-)

Here are a couple of things I'm working on...
This is from Brooke Nolan's Spring Pantry...
Also working on Firefly by Kell Smurthwaite...

It's been a bit difficult as the fabric is dark brown Aida (Browncoats unite!) so I have to wait for some nice days to work on it - it's the sunshine that helps. ;-)

In other news...I've joined a small group at my church.  They're working on the book "He Chose The Nails" by Max Lucado.  They're already in chapters 3 and 4 but catch-up shouldn't be too hard.  I'm looking forward to this.

So that's it for this month - and nothing politically incorrect this month...but the year is new.

Monday, January 5, 2015

New Year.... new resolutions?

I don't know about you, but I've made my share of New Year's Resolutions...mostly dealing with my weight and all-round physical condition.  I was actually doing fairly well before Christmas, but back slid...well, more like jumped from a now I'm starting again.  I joined a close knit group on Facebook of old friends (and new) so we'll see how I do this time.  And I'd like to keep it this way...not just so I can fit into some summer clothes but to just be as fit as I can for"middle age" body.

And of course, working on that Stitch from Stash. I realize it's only the 5th but I haven't bought any new kits or patterns.  I've actually got one finish.  Not too bad for it being the 5th of January.
This is for Aiden.  A birth announcement - only 6 years in the making.  :-D

There are other things I'm working on.  More personal things.  The most important ones. My relationship with Jesus being number one.  Michael being number two.  Joining a small group at church.

And not getting angry all the time when I see stupid stuff happening or people obviously being stupid or ignorant.  Because there's not a lot I can do in most of these cases.  But...I'll give out more hugs.  Shut up when I want to say something that I probably shouldn't.  Be kinder. More understanding. 

But, I draw the line at eye-rolling.  Sorry - its just a part of me.

All this change?  It takes time.  I'll try not to be too hard on myself with setbacks.

And I don't promise that I won't mention some of the "stupid stuff'" I see or hear on this blog.
Because I AM politically incorrect after all.