Tuesday, 24 June 2014

June's Stitching From Stash

June just seems to be flying by! I figured that the month would drag since I can't get out my during my hip recuperation. Today is definitely one of those days due to non-stop rain which has curtailed even my walks. However for the most part the days are passing by quickly. 
I've spent the majority of my stitching time between two projects. One is now complete and the second one is my new start which is replacing it. My finish for this month is Primitive Betty's Live, Laugh, Love. 

I decided to try dyeing my own fabric once I'd finished the stitching. I used Primitive Betty's recipe using walnut crystals, vanilla, cloves and cinnamon. I painted the stain on using a foam brush and then dried the fabric in the oven. I'm pretty pleased with the results. It turned out much darker than it appears in the picture and I would have liked it a tad lighter but overall I achieved the effect that I wanted. I feel much more comfortable in trying this again.

Having finished this I dug through my stash looking for something summery to stitch. Strawberry season often signals the start of summer in this region especially this year with all the delayed growth. I knew that I had several charts which involved strawberries and here is what I finally decided upon.

This is Heartstring Samplery Strawberry Bower Sampler from The Strawberry Collection leaflet. If you follow the link it is the sampler at the bottom of the collection. I'm stitching it on some Picture This Plus Mello which I had in my stash. I also had all the required floss with the exception of one and for that I have made a substitution. This is such a fun stitch and I wish it was hanging on my wall already!

I completed a third small project for my Smalls SAL which I will post tomorrow with a pic.

I finally broke down and used the  $25 123 Gift Certificate which my youngest son gave me for my birthday. I ended up paying out of pocket for some of the shipping which fortunately doesn't count towards this month's purchases. The charts arrived last week and it's a good thing I'd already started the Strawberry Bower piece or I might have gone straight to work on Stacy Nash Miss Baxter's House (top left). Thanks Chris for such a great gift!

Unfortunately my clicky finger didn't stop. In fact, ordering these charts only served to make me want more and I ended up ordering a few more additions.

These are Stacy Nash Three Sisters Pinkeep and Heartstring Samplery Land of Liberty. I am the eldest of three sisters so I just knew I had to stitch that particular one. The total of these two still keeps me under my June commitment. The two charts were $12 and $10 so $22 spent from my $25 allowance. However in a moment of weakness I also ordered Plum Street Samplers The Pink House Sampler and the necessary floss I required. That moment of weakness only came about after Mel announced that we had an extra $50 bonus to spend this month. The total for this item came to $31.54. Subtract the remaining $3 left in June's budget and you will see that I spent $28.54 out of the allotted $50 bonus. Hopefully I'll be able to control that clicky finger next month!

Since I am recuperating from my hip replacement, my mother wanted to send me a gift. She lives 900 km away and is unable to visit me. At first she thought of flowers but after hearing that I had already received 3 arrangements she decided to gift me with some money to use towards a purchase of my choice. We talked and it was decided that I would use her money to purchase some fabric for my stash. Over the years my tastes have changed and I am using a lot of neutral colours now for all the samplers and primitive pieces I'm stitching. My own stash is dwindling when it comes to neutral colours. Her gift has only just arrived and I will be saving it for my favourite fabric sale which is coming up later in July. Thanks Mom!

During the first couple of weeks of my recuperation I spent many hours in my recliner stitching. It's just about the only chair in the house that is the right height and is comfortable for me. Clarisse often would sit beside the chair and keep me company. Here is where I found her when I went to reach into my stitching bag for some items. I guess she was craving some attention!

This past Thursday I made a trip into Ottawa for a checkup with my surgeon. He's pleased with my progress but I will be using my walker slightly longer than planned on. It seems some of my muscles had started to atrophy before the surgery because I was no longer walking as much. Subsequently it will take a little longer for them to come back up to snuff.
After my appt. I stopped in to visit my youngest son Chris who I knew was heading to Montebello for a rock concert. I get to see Chris often enough but the person I don't get to see as much is my eldest, Jeff, who was accompanying him. Jeff is on the left and Chris on the right.

It was great to catch up with them even if only for a short while. Jeff will be returning our way in late July, bringing his girls with him for a few days. That about covers things for now. Don't forget, I'll be posting my Smalls finish for this month tomorrow. See you then!


  1. Lovely stitching. Sorry to read about your delay in walking without your walker. Hope your recovery speeds up and you are able to walk around and enjoy the summer.

    Elizabeth B

  2. Your stitching is lovely as ever. Hope your recovery goes on well and you can walk around.
    Greetings from Germany

  3. Lynn, how wonderful this finish is. And the strawberry piece, a little treasure. I do love stitching strawberries, too (and I also love the real ones, lol) and of course, this chart landed on my wish list. Just like the others that you ordered - as you know our tastes are quite similar, lol. My wish list is growing and growing and wouldn't it be for the SFS challenge I would already have spent a little fortune for new charts although I'm drowning in stash already. So I would say this challenge is a good thing for me.

    A good idea to spend your mother's gift on new fabric. Contrarily to charts you can't have enough of it, can you?

    It's wonderful to read that you are doing fine and that your recovery is going at a steady pace. I'll keep my fingers crossed that you can soon get away from the walker and walk with a cane.

  4. Beautiful stitching Lynn :) And very brave of you to colour the fabric after you'd stitched! I don't think I'm that brave yet! A little splurge now and again is allowed :) And your choices were brilliant! I always end up spending more than I plan when I visit 123stitch

    Fabric is a great choice to spend your Mum's gift on :) Is it an online shop that you purchase from?

    Glad that the hip is improving...even if slowly. It's a good sign that the surgeon is happy :)

    Clarissa is adorable!! How cute is that :)

  5. Live, Love, Laugh turned out nice, great job with the distressing.
    You bought some GREAT stash!
    Clarisse looks likes she needs your attention. :)
    You have some handsome boys.
    Can't wait to see your smalls finishes.

  6. A lovely picture of you with the boys.
    Super finish and lots of new stash to keep you resting.

  7. Beautiful new stash!!! Lovely picture too :)

  8. Very nice finishes Lynn. Wow! Love your new choices. I am so glad you are recovering well. :) You will get there. Keep up the good work!

  9. Lovely stitching and lots of lovely new stash. It's good to have a treat even though I keep guilt tripping when I buy charts! Lol.

    Hope your recovery goes well and you are back on your feet properly soon.

    Lovely photo of you and your sons.

  10. Beautiful stitching. you have ordered some wonderful stash. Looking forward to seeing that materialize on your blog in the coming months.
    I'm pleased to hear you are making a good recovery, I hope that continues.

  11. I love the colours in Live Laugh Love, you made a great job of the fabric dyeing too.

    I hope you continue to make good progress in healing, it doesn't matter how long it takes, it's the getting there.

    And what a couple of handsome sons you have! We really should see more photos of them on your blog, heehee.

  12. I love your finish and the way you aged it! Pretty colors in your new start. You sure made good use of your gift certificate. :) I only have one sister, but couldn't resist the Sisters Three Pinkeep. And a wonderful gift from your mother! Clarisse is a beauty ~ there is just something about a bag that cats can't resist. :) Glad you are making good progress with your new hip. That's a great picture of you and your sons!

  13. Glad to hear you are recuperating well if a little slower than hoped for.

    Your stitching is lovely and you have some wonderful new stash too. I love that fabric you dyed, very pretty.

    What gorgeous boys you have too. Glad you got to spend some time with both of them. xx