|With Thy Needle and Thread The Pink Sparrow Sampler|
I continued stitching on This is the Day. Click on the link to see my progress on a previous post. In addition I had two new starts from stash - PSS Love Thy Neighbour and WTN&T Three Tulips. Here are some progress pics on both.
|PSS Love Thy Neighbour|
|WTN&T Three Tulips|
It was as I predicted! It didn't take very long for me to go through my GC from my son and most of the money from my MIL which I received for Christmas, all earmarked for stitching supplies. With the $25 GC from my son I purchased PSS Winter Wienerland and Cinnamon Stars and Notforgotten Farms Parson Brown. Dan knows that one of my favourite designers is Plum Street Samplers and suggested that perhaps I could order some of her charts which I didn't already have so I followed his suggestion. Parson Brown reminded me of one of Dan's favourite childhood Christmas songs, Frosty the Snowman. When I stitch any of these three I will be reminded of my son. Thank you Dan! The total of these items was $25.17 so I went over budget by 17 cents.
My MIL as I've mentioned before is very generous and I had a total of $200 earmarked to use towards stitching purchases. Of that money I have spent $117.02. The remainder of the money is being saved until Picture This Plus has their Christmas in July sale which is where I often top up my fabric supply. With her generous gift I purchased Rosewood Manor Summer Quaker as well as the floss needed to complete it along with With Thy Needle & Thread Noel Sampler, Silvercreek Samplers Forever Love and a market pre-order for Plum Street Samplers limited edition kit The Beekeeper. There is a theme of love and Christmas from some of my selections which will always remind me of my MIL's generosity. Summer Quaker will be a companion piece to my RM Spring Quaker which was another gift from my MIL. I could have waited on ordering The Beekeeper but because it was a limited edition kit I knew that it had to be ordered now. This particular market selection was ordered before I knew about our market allowance for this month.
Speaking of market, that was my doom. No, I didn't go over the budget allowed but I certainly spent more than I planned to. I ordered charts only, no floss or fabric. Most of these designs will be stitched from fabric and floss in my stash unless I just can't find a substitution that is suitable. A good portion of them will not be stitched this year either. So here is a list of my market purchases:
1. PSS Count Twice
2. Abbey Rose L'il Abbey's Love
3. RM Cornwall Cottage Sampler
4. SHS A Bee in your Bonnet
5. PSS True Friendship
6. WTN&T Easter Parade
7. BBD Give Thanks
8. WTN&T Mary Valentines' Handework
So I managed to stay within the budget allowed for market spending, having spent a grand total of $74.55 and I spent 17 cents from my February budget for the top up on my gift certificate.
There were so many other market releases which I could have added but I did try to control myself somewhat. In the past I've limited myself to only $50 on market spending but I know that I won't be spending the monthly amounts this year that I have in the past as a result of joining this group so I splurged a bit more within the allotted budget. There should be no further purchases now unless it is with birthday gifts in May (hint, hint family!!) and my annual fabric splurge during the Christmas in July sale.
I hope everyone else is managing to stick to the budget and some of you were able to withhold the temptation of market releases far better than I was!