I've done pretty well this year avoiding stash enhancement....even at Celebrations I managed to avoid spending a lot of money in the shopping area. But lately, I've slipped a bit.
First, I bought the Just Cross Stitch Halloween special. I wasn't convinced it was great, but the OCD collector in me just had to have it... (Maybe I should write a review, like Anna's annual reviews of the ornament issue!)
And then....well, at Celebrations I *almost* bought the embellishment pack for Jeannette Douglas' "Once Upon a Tree." It was going to be my one "big" purchase - but wouldn't you know it, she was sold out! I did sign up to get an email when she had some available, and I got a message from her last month. However, I hemmed and hawed a bit longer...and then today I saw an ONS that was having a big sale, and it included Jeannette's embellishment packs. Click, into the cart it went!
Finally, last fall when I went to Cape Cod with DH (and Muriel!), I really loved visiting the old Burial Hill cemetery in Plymouth. The old tombstones are fascinating! And since then, I've been a little bit obsessed with The Primitive Needle's "Tombstone Spots." Of course, the designer has passed away, the design is out of print, and it always goes for a ridiculously high price on eBay. Well, wouldn't you know, that same ONS had it listed in a closeout/clearance section! So I added that too.
I suppose overall I didn't do TOO badly - but I think I need to do more stitching and less shopping. Ah well - it is my retirement plan, right?
This is the little mermaid pattern I started the other night - a freebie. There was no color key, so I'm using: Crescent Colors "...
Pardon the rather blurry cell phone picture.... I knew I wanted to mount this piece on a wooden plaque, but its dimensions were making i...
...or you will end up frogging a whole bunch of over-one stitching. Grrr. So there is no progress pic on the cowboy piece today, because I...