Monday, July 27, 2015

SFS-B July Check-In, Progress and Volunteering

Hello all I'm back with another SFS update.  For those of you who don't know, Stitch From Stash is hosted by Mel of Epic Stitching.  The link is on the right for anyone interested.  We aren't supposed to spend more than $25 a month on stitching stuff with a few exemptions like frames and needles.  We can earn more money by stitching from our stash or carryover.  I'm not doing the stitching bonuses but I am doing the carryover.  This year was split into two sections so this is the first month of section B.  

Allotted: $25
Spent: $0
Carryover: $25

It's been a while since I've had a $0 spend month but I did buy some supplies that don't qualify.  I got some new rods for my scroll frame and bought some new supplies to make stretcher clips for the side of the frame to hold the fabric.  I held off buying floss but I was tempted :). I had a 20% off everything coupon too but I discovered it only as I was about to check out so didn't run back for more stuff :). I may have to get more soon though as I'm starting to run short on a couple of my colors.  

I have some progress to show too!

Last post Paradise was here:

And now I'm here:
I'm solidly into the greens now.  Just a reminder I'm now stitching 2 pages at a time now so I'm almost done with another page and am into the next one.

I haven't had a ton of stitching time between packing to move cross country and volunteering.  School's taken a break yet again but will start up soon.  So far packing is taking over and we'll be staying in hotels for a couple of weeks while we get everything in California figured out.  Hubby got a response back tonight about doing an interview for a job he really wants so fingers crossed he gets it.  It's a paid internship that only goes til December but it pays well enough to get us settled and time for him to look for something permanent hopefully at the same company.

Our volunteering was for a friend who got us into Club 33.  Hubby and I ran a silent auction for him while he was busy in California with another event.  The auction was for charity and people won some cool signed memorabilia.  It was all Disney stuff (of course) and it was a cool experience overall.  There were some hiccups and I wouldn't do anything with the lady that ran it again.  Out of all the staff helping out (it was a dinner with around 60 people) we were the only ones who didn't get to eat or sit the entire time (around 4 hours) because she didn't know us personally.  It was like since she didn't know us we were a complete non entity.  So we got to watch everyone eat steak and cheesecake and we for Wendy's that night.  Not a big deal but had we known that we would have eaten before we went and I wouldn't have worn heels.  I can usually stand for hours on end in tennis shoes but my feet hurt the entire next day too.  I was getting toe cramps when I was trying to sleep lol.  The funny part is that we had to leave for it right after work so I was doing my makeup in the car and had to change in the bathroom when I got there.  Luckily my hair stayed curled which was a miracle in the Florida humidity.  I had curled it in the morning and then put it in a bun at work.  I took a curling iron just in case but didn't need it.

The highlight of the event was that Jodi Benson was there and did a concert for us.  She's the voice of Ariel in The Little Mermaid.  She was lovely and we got a photo as well.  

It was fun watching her warm up and seeing behind the scenes.  

This is the memorabilia we auctioned off. The cool part is nobody wanted the picture of Mary poppins and the kids in the upper middle on the bottom picture that was signed by Jane so the guy who donated them just gave it to us!  He was a nice guy.  All in all I would do anything for my friend that we were helping but if it included doing stuff where the lady is in charge I'd know to wear flats and bring snacks lol.  

Thanks for stopping by!  Hopefully it won't be so long until my next update!  


  1. WOW Heather zero spend! You're my heroine. I love the vibrant colours on Paradise it must be a lot of fun to stitch. You must smile the whole time. :D
    What a lovely person you are for volunteering to help out for charity. I'm sorry that lady didn't acknowledge you or let you eat! I would have died. Especially for missing out on cheesecake...ummm my weakness. You look beautiful and your hair looks great, that's a brilliant photo.

    xo Alicia

  2. Yay for zero spend! Great job. Lovely progress on Paradise. So nice for you to help your friend; it's a shame the lady in charge was so snooty. What a great photo! You look great; I wish I looked that good after a long day of work! Congrats on getting a great piece of Disney memorabilia. Good luck and fingers crossed about the job!

  3. I don't know why, but I always pictured her as a very tiny woman, but she's taller than both you guys! How weird! What a fantastic experience!

    Great stitching job're really moving along!

  4. Paradise is looking amazing, you seem to have done loads this month.
    Sorry the organiser didn't look after you properly, always feed your volunteers! First rule of you want them to come back.
    Glad you got some nice goodies though. And met Ariel.

  5. You are really doing great on your HEAD! I used to wear a lot of high heels when I lived in England, but now that I have a quiet life in Sweden with my dogs I am happy to stay in sneakers. High heels are really painful, aren't they?

  6. Great progress! Lovely photo. That's so sweet of you to help out:)

  7. Great update and so great of you both to volunteer! Horrible of that woman, sheesh! Good thing you kept a positive outlook despite that and how cool to get a signed photo!

  8. Where are you moving? Sounds like California, if you're in southern california (pretty much everything south of LA, we have a stitching group that gets together once or twice a month. Hope you are in my area!!

    1. Sounds great! We're moving to the la area just not sure where yet. I don't know anyone out there so it sounds like a great place to make friends. I tried emailing you but couldn't find your address. If you want you can email me so we can get together :).

  9. Your stitching looks beautiful as always. Sorry about the bad parts of the night but sounds like you made it as great as you could.