Stitch from Stash – April Check-In

Oh, friends, I have given in to temptation. You may remember that back in February I mentioned that Passione Ricamo was starting another mystery SAL, but that I had decided not to buy it? Well, on the last day, at about the last minute, I bought it. Oh dear. Add to that the latest issue of Cross Stitch and Needlework magazine, and my total for this month is:

$28.49

There is good news though, even though I am over the $25/month budget, I had banked $75 worth of budget by not spending anything for the first three months of the year. So, I’m still in the running. I wish I could have held out longer, but I really wanted to get the chart for the Passione Ricamo 20th Anniversary Sampler.

Would you like to see my progress:

Look at all that stitching! Way to go, me!!

Look at all that stitching! Way to go, me!!

Okay, I haven’t started it at all. Life has been too busy with everything involved in buying a new house and getting our condo ready to sell. My stitching time has been dedicated to finishing up my small for this month’s Smalls SAL check in (next Wednesday!).

I’m still loving this whole Stitch from Stash idea. It is really helping me reigning in unnecessary spending. Instead, I’m pinning pictures of charts and kits I want to buy on Pinterest. (Don’t worry. I am not pinning full charts. That is wrong, wrong, wrong.) And, I have to say, I don’t understand all the people who are really down on this challenge. First, it is voluntary. So, if you don’t like, you don’t have to do it. Second, the budget of $25/month was clearly laid out. If you don’t like that, again, don’t do the challenge. The idea is to stitch from your stash, not to try to bend or sneak around the rules. I wish I had more willpower, so that I could truly stick to stitching only from stash. But, things like the PR anniversary sampler, or the Mirabilia mermaid in the next issue of Cross Stitch and Needlework, make it just too difficult for me. But, I’m doing well (and doing it honestly), and that makes me feel great!

Oh, and speaking of doing well, my total spent on all crafts this year is about $89. I also spent about $15 on beads to give to my mom so she can make me a couple of bracelets, and I spent around $40 on some items that I may use to make things for my etsy shop. So, that bumps the entire total up to around $145. Still not bad at all. 😉

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