Thursday, 29 October 2015

Birthday Stash

Afternoon all!

As stitchers and stashers we all love receiving cross stitch goodies, even if we tell ourselves that we have enough things and don't need any more. I am no exception!

When it comes to birthday and Christmas presents from my mum, I am very cheeky! You see, she rarely goes out and can't browse the www for bargains as I do, so if I see a cross stitch item I like I often buy it on her behalf. This year I have (she has) been collecting Lizzie Kate charts so yesterday I received the following "surprise" birthday presents from her:

Lizzie Kate A-B-C-razy

Lizzie Kate Tiny Tidings VIII, IX, X, XIV and XV

Lizzie Kate Santas 1999, 2000, 2001, 2007 and 2012

Thanks mum! I love them all!

These will definitely be put to good use as, during 2016, I intend to stitch one LK ornament each month in the same way I have been stitching a LK flip-it stamp each month this year. They are small and easy enough to start and finish in a few days so will not add to my huge pile of WIPs. And I already have the fabric - nothing like forward-planning!

The more eagle-eyed among you may have noticed that I have already used the A-B-C-razy chart for the little I and J fobs I stitched a couple of weeks ago. I cheekily borrowed the chart before my mum wrapped it!

The postman and internet also delivered surprise goodies from my two bestest stitching buddies.

Ingrid was a VERY naughty girl and gave me the other three charts in the Lizzie Kate Seasonal Alphabet collection to go with the Spring Alphabet I already have.

Lizzie Kate Summer, Autumn and Winter Alphabets

Justine gave me a voucher with which I wanted to buy something special and completely different rather than "yet another" LK chart! Bearing in mind that Justine had previously given me a selection of Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe Halloween-themed hand-dyed threads, I did go completely different and bought two Halloween-themed charts on which I can use those gorgeous threads. I shall certainly have fun choosing which fabrics and colours to use for these designs! Purple pumpkin anybody!!

White Willow Stitching
Tribal Pumpkin and Tribal Witch Hat
(pictures taken from

Thank you both so very much for your generosity. Now all I need to do is slip these additional projects into my 2016 stitching schedule as "special" pieces.

Right, enough yapping. With so many WIPs and potential new starts calling me I had better go and do some stitching!

All the best :)
Rachel x


Faith... said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! What a great shopper your Mother is! She knows exactly what you want and neither one of you are disappointed! :) I think you have worked out the perfect system. All your birthday goodies are great. Look forward to seeing a LK ornament a month next year! Enjoy your special day.

Katie said...

Happy Birthday!! Love your new goodies. I especially love the pumpkin and hat. The hat is on my wish list. Can't wait to see your new starts.

Linda said...

Happy Birthday Rachel. I love all of your new stash and I have all of those Lizzie Kate charts. Now you really can do the 60 starts next year. No excuses.


Thoeria said...

Happy Birthday Rachel! I love all your new stash!!! Your mum really is a clever shopper :D And Ingrid and Justine certainly are wonderful stitchy friends :)
I love the stash you got at Alexandra Palace......well worth blowing your SFS budget! You've certainly been a busy stitcher! The owls are GORGEOUS! I'm a HUGE owl fan :) And LK designs are such fun to stitch :) Just read Linda's comment and had to chuckle! Will you be taking up the challenge? :D

Heather said...

Happy birthday! Great stash! I love the Halloween designs you chose :)

Tiffstitch said...

Happy Birthday! What great new stash and good idea on the ornaments. I'm tempted to do something like that as well, although I'm already signing up for a monthly SAL, so why do I want to do more? Oh right.. SABLE.. ;)

Emma/Itzy said...

So many lovely goodies! :)

Unknown said...

Lots of stitching stash nice.

sharine said...

Yay for birthday stash!

Mii Stitch said...

Fantastic stash! Love your Halloween charts, they will be perfect for the floss Justine gifted!!!

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Happy Birthday! That's a great way to sort your gift giving.
I usually ask for framing vouchers from my relatives so I can afford to have the bigger pieces professionally framed,

Brigitte said...

Happy birthday, Rachel. You were doing great enhancing your stash with these wonderful charts. I had a similar agreement with my mom. She gave me some birthday money and I spent it on stash. She was always very happy when I showed her what I had bought from her money.

Justine said...

Your mum really outdid herself - great choices! Ingrid really spoiled you - now you have the full set are you going to do them all in April?!
I love those tribal charts and think they will look amazing with Nancy's threads.
Happy birthday!