Stitch from Stash – January Check-In

Well, the first month of Stitch from Stash 2015 is over. I was tempted to blow through my budget a couple of times. But, I kept reminding myself that 1) I am taking part in Stitch from Stash so I do have a budget and 2) I want to stitch four stockings in the next two years or so, so I don’t have much time to stitch other things.

Month: January
Spent: $3.24
Earned: not tracking, but most likely $0

Stitch from Stash 2015AI had just a small indulgence this month. I happened to notice that I didn’t actually have all of Teresa Wentzler’s charts like I thought I did–I was missing Fruit and Floral Wreaths. So, I picked that up on eBay this month. Thankfully, I was able to get it for a really great price.

My focus for the month was Santa’s Journey Stocking and my small of the month. (Don’t forget, check in day is tomorrow!)

Santa's Journey Stocking, designed by Dimensions (WIP)

Santa’s Journey Stocking, designed by Dimensions (WIP)

In the spirit of keeping myself totally accountable, I also spent $15 on crochet patterns (more crocheted cat finishing coming soon!), and $34.95 on the Ultimate DIY Bundle. (I hope you didn’t miss out on that! It was totally worth the price.) That puts me at $53.19 for the year. Not great, but I’ve got so much to keep me busy now. ;)

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DIY Sewing Projects

Today is the last day to purchased the super awesome Ultimate DIY Bundle. I’m so glad I bought mine on the first day because I’ve had lots of time to go through the resources in it and make some great projects.

Sewing the Sleep Over Tote

Sewing the Sleep Over Tote

The Sleep Over Tote

The Sleep Over Tote

This is the super cute, easy to make, and extra functional Sleep Over Tote from the bundle. I made this for my little guy using some great fabric I’ve been saving for just the right project. He loves it and is excited about having a sleep over, one day. ;)

Lucky Elephant - yellow side

Lucky Elephant – yellow side

Lucky Elephant - blue side

Lucky Elephant – blue side

I also whipped up this Lucky Elephant as a gift for a friend with a toddler. I love its vintage look, and it took me less than an afternoon to sew it up.

I’ve also taken advantage of several of the ecourses included in the bundle. I’m super excited about the daily writing prompts I’m getting from the 30 Days of Prompts ecourse, and hopefully the Photography 101 course help me take better pictures. And, of course, there is the free Craftsy class! I signed up for Essential Techniques Every Knitter Should Know. Sally Melville is super knowledgeable, and I feel like I’ve learned so much. I paid $34.95, and I’ve already gotten more than $100 worth of value out of it. And there is so much more to explore! I can’t wait to try making miniature breakfast food with Sculpy, and my little guy really wants to work through the chalk pastels books.

The bundle is only available until midnight Eastern tonight, so if you’d like to get your own make sure you do it today! And be sure to let me know what you made from it. I can’t wait to hear from you!

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Smalls SAL – January Sneak Peek

It is almost time for the first Smalls SAL check-in! How is your stitching going?

Smalls SAL Sneak Peek

Smalls SAL Sneak Peek

That’s a wee peek at what I’m working on. And, I promise, it will be done by Wednesday, January 28th. (That’s the check-in day.)

Want to know more about the Smalls SAL or even sign up? Head over here for all the details. You can even sign up for my reminder newsletter.

Also, I just want to remember you that the Ultimate DIY Bundle is still available for sale. Check out this post for all the details, or click below to pick up your bundle. When you do, be sure to let me know which free Craftsy class you pick. Don’t wait! The bundle is only available until January 26th!

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More Socks!!

I wish I knew why I love socks so much. They are so fun to knit, and just a treat to have on my little feet. ;)

Mona socks, designed by Cookie A.

Mona socks, designed by Cookie A.

These are Mona, my second pair of socks from Cookie A.’s book Knit.Sock.Love. They are knit from Panda Cotton in colourway Powder Blue. It was a fairly straightforward pattern, but I really didn’t enjoy all the twisted knit stitches.

BFF socks, designed by Cookie A. (WIP)

BFF socks, designed by Cookie A. (WIP)

I’m now working on BFF, the next sock in the book. This time the yarn is Dye-Version’s Bamboo Stetch Sock in colourway Candy Apple. It is a very squishy yarn, and the cables show up much better than I expected. I’ll be reversing the direction of the cables for the second sock because I like symmetry.

Unfortunately, it looks like the KAL for the Knit.Sock.Love. book that I was taking part in has collapsed, but I’m hopping to continue on with it myself. It isn’t like I don’t have a pile of sock patterns, but I like having a plan to follow.

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Ultimate DIY Bundle

Once in a while I like to share products and books I really believe in. Today I’d like to share the Ultimate DIY Bundle with you. It is a collection of creative ebooks that will get you crafting. I know that we all love cross stitch, and many of you are knitters, crocheters, sewests, etc. Well, in this bundle, you’ll find lots of ebooks to inspire you and maybe introduce you to your next favourite hobby.

For the crazy low price of just $34.95, you get access to a carefully curated library of over 75 eBooks and eCourses from the world’s leading DIY and crafting bloggers – enabling you to pick a project and jump straight into it with confidence. It’s the perfect tool to skip the information overload and throw yourself straight into a new activity.

Hurry though! The Ultimate DIY Bundle will only be on sale for 6 days – from 8am EST on Wednesday, January 21 until 11.59pm EST on Monday, January 26.

You can buy with complete confidence because you’re covered by the Ultimate Bundles 30-day money-back guarantee. That means you have a full 30 days to enjoy all the eBooks and eCourses in the bundle, and if you don’t think they provided enough value, you’ll get a full refund.

Not only that, but The Ultimate DIY Bundle comes with 4 awesome bonuses, worth over $118. That’s 3x the price of the bundle alone! These include…

A free $15 Store Credit PLUS 8×10 Art Print from Hope Ink ($43 Value), a free online class from Craftsy (up to $60 Value from a choice of 18 popular classes), free $15 store credit to, and a free sewing pattern PLUS a Premium Video Class from UpCraft Club ($19.99 Value). Seriously, the free Craftsy class is pretty much worth the price, not to mention all the great ebooks you’ll be getting too. (I love me some Craftsy!)

So, don’t miss your chance to grab The Ultimate DIY Bundle, and get 85 incredible eBooks and eCourses for just $34.95. All you need to do is take action by midnight on Monday, January 26!

This amazing deal ends in just…

Pick up your copy right now, before it’s too late. Or, learn more here.


All of the included ebooks and ecourses are listed below. Click the links to find out more.
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Pretty Kitty

I’ve expressed my huge respect and admiration for PlanetJune in the past. She comes up with really fabulous animal crochet patterns, and I adore them. Her most recent set of patterns are cats.

Single Colour Cat, designed PlanetJune

Single Colour Cat, designed PlanetJune

I’ve stitched up one of the patterns, Single Colour Cat. She is so sweet! I used Bernat Satin in Grey Mist Heather, and added 9mm green cat’s eyes. Her whiskers are made out of jewellery stringing wire, which worked out much better than I expected.

There are three more cats in the series (tuxedo, calico and tabby), and I hope to finish them soon. Sadly, I don’t have any more of the cat’s eyes. Still, I’m sure they will still be really cute.

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Sparkling Ombre Necklace

Before all the Christmas madness began, I finally got around to finishing up (actually, fixing) a necklace I made in one of the classes I took at the CreativFestival. The piece is called Ombre Necklace and was taught by June Beach, a Create Your Style with Swarovski Elements Ambassador.

Ombre Necklace

Ombre Necklace

The necklace is so sparkly and happy looking! It contains around 100 Swarovski roundels in graduated sizes and three different colours. (Of course, the picture doesn’t do it justice.) I did manage to finish the necklace in class, but unfortunately I pulled the wire too tight before closing the crimp beads, so it didn’t hang nicely. I ordered replacement wire from ArtBeads so I could fix it, and I’m so glad I did! It looks so much nicer with just a little bit of slackness in the wire.

Earring Ideas

Earring Ideas

June also gave us some extra beads so we could make matching earrings. I haven’t done so yet because I’m not sure how I want them to look. The picture above shows two possibilities I’ve come up with. Of course, the finished earring would have the beads pulled tight together, not spaced out. Tell me what you think: do you like the left or the right, or neither?

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