Sunday, 27 July 2014

Stitch From Stash Update: July

July has been a real whirlwind month for me. I moved out of the city I had lived in for three years, made a new city my home, started my new job and started committing myself to finally finishing a novel. And between all that, I've always made time for my stitching :) It's time for another update and this month, I actually spent money!

Total spends: 

99p for a DMC thread needed to complete Miss Peepers.

Finished projects:

I've had lots of lovely comments on Miss Peepers already, thank you all so much for your kindness. Here she is again, she was my only finish for this month.

New starts:

I started a Christmas in July themed stitch and I'm making good progress. It's a bit slow going because the various shades of similar colours means I have to concentrate, and sometimes I don't feel like doing that after a seven-hour shift! But I am enjoying the piece, I think it will be a sweet finish when it's done. (sorry about the creases)

So that's my update for this month. I think I've got plenty to keep me busy over the next couple of months, but I'll feel much more at ease when I can have all my stitching stuff back with me :)
I hope you're all enjoying a lovely weekend. I'm posting early this morning because I'm off shopping with my sister today. It's been awhile since I've seen her and I can't wait to catch up :) Have a lovely day! 

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Christmas in July

It's nice to be thinking of cooler climes during this spell of hot weather. I'm not too bad in the heat, but it would be much better if I was lounging under a shaded tree, rather than at work :P It's been a long week so I'm grateful for my day off today. Hopefully, I'll be able to get a few more stitches in today. Here is where I'm up to with my latest WIP . . .

I'm making steady progress, but I do have to concentrate. There's five different types of green thread, so I have to keep my eye on the ball :)
Hope you're all enjoying a lovely weekend, best wishes.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014


I've finished Miss Peepers! I'm still so in love with this gorgeous little design. I used my own thread choices alongside some of the recommended DMC threads and I'm really happy with the result. I can see me stitching up another one of these beauties by the time summer is up :) Here she is!

It's funny. When I was a little girl, I couldn't stand pink. Pink annoyed me. Nowadays, pink and green is my favourite colour combination! It's funny how our tastes change as we grow up :)

I have a new start to share too. I'm embracing Christmas in July and started this darling little kit gifted to me from Cath over at The Stitchin' Chicken. It's mostly block colours with a few bits of backstitching, a lovely project to enjoy after a long day at work.

Back to work for me tomorrow, but I've got friends visiting for dinner tomorrow evening which I'm very much looking forward to :) I hope you all have a lovely week.
Best wishes,

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

A Different Kind of New Start

Hello all! I started my new job at the start of the week, I'm working at ALDI in Southampton. I was very pleased to get this particular job as its in an ideal location within walking distance from my house. I've done two shifts and today is my first day off. 

I like the freedom my new job gives me as I have two days off a week, as well as some afternoons. This is great for stitching time! Miss Peepers is coming along a treat. I was pleased to hear that I had been a bad influence on Justine from Justine's Cross Stitch, who has recently purchased this chart to stitch for herself. I can't wait to see your version Justine!
Here's where I'm up to with mine . . .

Not too much more to go actually, I think I may be able to finish it within the next couple of days. And then I'm going to have to get creative with what I stitch next. As most of you know, I packed up a lot of my stitching stuff when I moved to go into storage. I have a few supplies with me, but I also remember the vast collection of charts I have saved on my computer. I may not have a printer, but I know the library offers printing services. Oh, the lengths I will go to for cross stitching! :P
Hope you're all having a great week, best wishes. 

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

A New Stomping Ground

Hello friends! Well, I've made it safely to my new place in Southampton. Sunday was a very busy day. My parents drove all the way from Glastonbury to help me move my stuff. They're storing most of it in their outbuilding until I find a more permanent residence. 

It was strange to see my room in Winchester completely bare. I felt a little sad as I closed the door for the last time, but I know I'm moving onwards and upwards. Plus, I know I'll see my former housemates regularly. They're not getting rid of me that easily!

I've settled into my new room here. I'm having to live out of my suitcase, but I can cope with that. I've got a cupboard and fridge/freezer space all sorted, so I'm perfectly content. I managed to get some stitching in last night, here's how Miss Peepers is looking . . .

I start my new job in just under a week. I'm quite looking forward to going back to work actually - more money for stitching supplies! Keeping within the SFS budget of course :P
Best wishes,

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Stitch From Stash Update: June

Good morning fellow stitchers :) I'm back again for another SFS update, this month has certainly flown by. I have finished the cross stitching on White Magic, but I'm yet to do the backstitching. I unearthed a Solo project from awhile back that I'm halfway through the backstitching on. But I'm afraid I've packed up both of these projects in preparation for my move to Southampton, so no pictures to share.

I haven't spent any money this month, but I do have a new start to show. This is how far I've got with LHN's Miss Peepers, a chart I bought in my first stash splurge a couple of months back.

I'm using some of the allocated DMC colours, but not all of them. This was supposed to be a project for Southampton but I couldn't resist starting a bit early!

In other new, I got the job! I'm going to ALDI today to sign the contract and I start in about a week and a half. I'm so pleased! It's so exciting to be moving to a new city and starting a new job and finally beginning the next chapter in my life :) So yes, I've been packing up a storm. I'm limited to one suitcase for the summer, so I had to severely condense my stitching stuff. I've narrowed it down to this . . .

Box of Anchor threads so I've still got a varied choice, but it's not as bulky as my DMC boxes. A selection of fabric, a hoop and a thread holder. A cute mouse kit and a couple of other charts. Miss Peepers is in the project bag at the front, which also contains needles, pin cushion and scissors. 
This is what I've got to last me three months over the summer, before I get my own place and can move all my stuff in. Hopefully it will all last for that long!

I hope you're enjoying warm, sun-filled days, just like we are in the UK. Best wishes to all,

Thursday, 19 June 2014


Gosh, what a crazy time it's been lately. At one point, I was set to move in with another girl in Southampton. We'd signed for a flat, got really excited about the whole thing and were making plans for moving day. The next thing I know, we've lost the flat because another estate agent outbid us on rent and the other girl doesn't want to live with me any more. I can tell you, it was very frustrating to go straight back to square one. All I wanted was a modest home and a steady job, I can't believe how hard it is to achieve that. It got me down for awhile.
But things are on the up. Yesterday, I attended a group interview for ALDI (a discount supermarket) and I'll hear back about the job within the next seven days. Fingers crossed! And I now know where I'm living for the next three months too. I'm moving into Lawrence's shared house and taking up a room there whilst the girl who owns it tours India over the summer. It's literally down the road from where I will be hopefully working at ALDI. 
It's such a relief to get my life finally in some sort of order. I know where I'm heading now and I'm feeling much less anxious.

Onto the good stuff! Whilst all this housing and job madness has been going on, it's been wonderful to escape with my stitching. I've made a fair amount of progress in the last three weeks, I've only got a tiny section of stitches left to cross.

Just a few more rows, then it's on to the backstitching. It would be great to get this finished and framed before I move, but I'm not sure how likely that is. I'm just stitching whenever I get a chance. 

So today, I'm attempting to pack up my room. I was dreading going through all my stitching stuff, but then Mel said to me, you never know what treasures you might unearth! I'm off to do some treasure hunting :)
Best wishes,