12 March 2018

Tea & Stash

Grab a cup of tea or coffee and get cozy, it's time for a stash update!

First of all, thanks so much for all of the sweet comments about Christmas Gathering. It was a little beast of a project, but it was worth it, and I appreciate your kind words. I wasn't blogging as much as I would have liked during February, but sometimes life has an annoying tendency to interfere with stitching and blogging, doesn't it? Amazingly, it doesn't seem to interfere with shopping! I've got several months-worth of goodies to show you, so settle in with your cup of tea and let's get caught up!

Market goodies! It's been a while since I've been this excited about Market. I actually made a list this year! My LNS didn't have everything on my list, but they did have three of my favorites and I was tickled pink! I think Tiger Lily is just as interested in them as I am. Left to right: Antique Beasts & Birds by Elizabeth's Designs (I love the verse on this!); Here a Peep, There a Peep by Brenda Gervais (third in the series); Three Little Kittens by Ink Circles (love, Love, LOVE this one!).

Little paws on my linen... (I won't handle my linen unless I've washed my hands, but I let her walk on it. Go figure.)

I hadn't thought of this rhyme in years and years but when I saw this I was immediately transported back to my childhood. Of course I had to have it. The colors are scrumptious. 

A new Limited Edition GAST color: Cardinal

I adore these little oval designs Brenda Gervais is doing. So far there is a Christmas one and a Halloween one, and now this one. I changed some of the colors, and when I get it stitched I'll list my substitutions. I think I'll be stitching this one soon.

Like most of the rest of the Stitching Universe (it seems!), I'll be stitching LHN's Farmhouse Christmas series. I plan to stitch them individually, and I found this cute box at Michael's to store the set in once I've done the finishing.

When I started stitching 30 years ago, I would never have imagined being able to order kits from Moldova from a seller in Ukraine, and yet here we are. I could not resist these, and frankly, I didn't even try. Just look at that chubby, completely adorable little girl skating with Santa. I mean, c'mon. How cheerful is that design? And a baby fox in a dress? Please. 

Alright, now that we've drooled over new charts and threads, here are some practical goodies. Little bitty magnetic board, perfect for traveling or small projects. I don't know why I didn't already have one of these. So cute. It's about 5 1/2" x 7 1/2". The silver marking pencil is something I've been using for years on colored charts. I use colored pencils to keep track of my progress on my working copies and as a result, I almost never have to frog. When I do, it's never more than a few stitches. For colored charts, I use these silver marking pencils. The metallic lead shows up on them much better than regular colored pencils. And these 4" Fiskars embroidery scissors are my favorite. I got a pair last year and I love them so much I decided to get another pair. They have a very solid, sturdy feel, and they're inexpensive.

Finally, here are a couple of travel pill cases that I found at Jo-Ann Fabrics in one of their odds & ins bins. I thought they would be great for holding beads and charms and other little embellishments. They're about 3" x 2 1/2" and only 1/2" high, so they fit nicely into project bags without taking up much space. Perfect for traveling projects.

Now we're all caught up. I hope I'll be able to stitch and blog more regularly now. I've got a pretty long stitchy to-do list, but the first thing I have to do is excavate my sewing room. It looks like a bear has been in there looking for food. So that's my plan for this week. If y'all don't hear anything out of me by next week, send in the dogs.


  1. Great stash haul! I love the Three Little Kittens one especially, the colours are really pretty. I went a bit mad and ordered 5 charts from a US shop (I'm in the UK) but there were so many great charts available at Nashville Market I could easily have ordered 10.

  2. What a fabulous haul of stash of charts and threads! I love the box you found for the Farmhouse Christmas series along with the little 'pill' boxes from Joann's. Question about the scissors -- can they be used for righties and lefties? Glad Tiger Lily gave her stamp of approval!

    1. Robin, I think they would work for either. The finger holes are not shaped, if that's the concern. I'm left-handed, but I use my right hand for nearly everything, so I can't say for sure. I tested them in my left hand, and they feel okay.

    2. Thanks for the response, Honeybee! You are such a super enabler of all things stitch related.

  3. Perfect post for me today! I enjoyed it with a cup of coffee. There were so many good offerings this year from Nashville.

    I'm positive Tiger Lily licks her paws clean before stepping on your linen. Cats are always most considerate in that regard.

  4. Oh I'm so jealous...I wish we had a store nearby to get all the new goodies that are coming out. I do have a list however waiting to be filled. I love everything your ordered especially the kittens/mittens stitch. And how adorable is the fox dressed up..perfect for you. Loved your last stitch too. I was unable to comment because of a really bad fall I had. Today is my first day on the computer for a week. RJ

    1. I'm so sorry to hear that, RJ. I hope you're on the mend!

  5. Great haul! Can't wait to get mine. Where did you get your magnet board.... you can never have enough of these. Thanks!

  6. Oh my, so many pretty projects. I have never used a magnet board. I may have to try that. I really like the kits that you got from the Ukraine.

  7. Great stash!
    Love 3 Little kittens, I have to put it on my list. :)
    The Moldova kits are beautiful.
    Have fun excavating!

  8. Great stash!! My husband visited friends in Moldova, I never thought to have him look for cross stitch stores there. I just saw a magnet board for the first time and what a brilliant idea!! I have to buy one too.