Brown/Blue Spotty

30 January 2015

OPAM 2015 ~ January

I've signed up with Kris & Peg again this year.  The objective is to complete:

O  one
P   project
A  a
M  month

Reporting at the end of each month and keeping a track of finishes in the side bar of your blog ~ OPAM has been going for quite a few years now and this will be my second year of participating.

My first finish for this year was a cushion for GB1's birthday ~ he's been working as a barista for about 4 years now, he works part time to fit around his studies.

This seemed an appropriate thing to stitch for him!

Kates Flossbox 2015
Espresso Yourself ~ Tiny Modernist

Kates Flossbox 2015
Rear of Cushion

Kates Flossbox 2015

Until next time


28 January 2015

Stitch from Stash 2015 ~ January

Well, here we are again back in stitch from stash mode.  The challenge is a two-parter this year, both of 6 months duration ~ and with rule changes too.  Mel at Epic Stitching is keeping us all in check and being assisted by a group of trusty helpers.

My reporting currency will be GB£, most of my spend (or hopefully retained budget) will be made in GB£ so it seems logical to use it for reporting.  If I purchase anything from Europe or USA I will use the converted value charged to my card against my budget.  I will be keeping my monthly budget at the same value as last year ~ GB£25

My plan is to report on towards the end of the monthly reporting period ~ I'm taking this report as an achievement as today is the final day!

Month ~ January 2015

Spent ~ ZERO

Credit ~ ZERO

New Starts
1 Summer House Pincushion from Blackbird Designs
Sarted 01/01/2015 
All items from stash older than 6 months
2 Bookmark Exchange for NH Yuku Group ~ secret until early next month
Started 24/01/2015
All items from stash but younger than 6 months
I was hoping to have this finished prior to the reporting deadline ~ it will be complete either tonight or tomorrow as I need to get it in the mail

1 2014 Advent SAL from iStitch Designs
Started 06/12/2014
All items from stash younger than 6 months

1 Espresso Yourself from Tiny Modernist
All items from Stash younger than 6 months ~ no credit applies
Finished as a cushion of GB1's birthday

Until next month ~ happy stitching from stash


12 January 2015


...... I have discovered that:
  • I am not alone in experiencing difficulties posting pictures to Blogger
  • my version of IE is not compatible with Blogger
  • Chrome is compatible with Blogger

Wouldn't it be nice if they told you what the issue was instead of just not working!  Rant over.

I can now share with you what I made and received in our Tuesday Stitching Group's Secret Santa.

 I received this gorgeous project bag from Sylvia ~ it's made with beautiful linen and lined with a pale green linen check fabric.  It has an inside pocket that had a tape measure in it and it also has a lobster key clasp that I can attach my scissors to.  I love it!

I made this cushion for Norma ~ it's from a design by Kelly Fletcher called Christmas Tree that I discovered on Craftsy.  Stitched on Moda dot fabric with good old DMC ~ to ensure that it's washable, just in case.  Finished as an envelope back cushion with some fabric from my stash that originally came from Just Quilting.
Unfortunately, Norma was not able to be with us for our Secret Santa night so was given her gift a few days later when one of our ladies paid her a visit.

Finally I thought I would share my New Year's Day new start

Doesn't look like much does it?  And it looks upside down, however, it is meant to be.
This is Summer House Pincushion from Blackbird Designs ~ originally I was meant to start this as a SAL with Carol many, many moons ago ~ Carol's has been finished for quite some time now!  I'm using the recommended fabric & thread but have to say that I'm not loving the fabric ~ it's really stiff & harsh ~ so currently it remains as you see it as I have not picked it up again since NYD.

Until next time.


2 January 2015

Happy New Year

I'd like to wish all my followers & readers a very Happy, Healthy & Peaceful New Year.

Thank you for sticking with me when I have been an intermittent blogger ~ I am hoping that I will manage to keep the blog updated more frequently throughout this year.  To those of you that leave me comments I'd like you to know that they are very much appreciated.

Today I am struggling with my technology!  Blogger does not want to allow my to upload photographs currently ~ it may be my version of IE that is causing the issue, but who knows.

Hopefully I can resolve this soon and then show you my NYD new start and the Secret Santa gifts from Tuesday Stitching Group.

Until next time