Stash, Works in Progress

Bordeaux Sampler

I’m supposed to post my update piccie on Fridays, along with Carol, but I’ve decided to cheat and put it up a day early, as I may be busy tomorrow. I managed to get a good night’s stitching (4 whole hours) into this last night, and I just have the over-one lettering and bottom band plus the rhodes grapes in the side borders to do, then part one is all finished yippee! ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m soooooo tempted to sit and do some more tonight, which would probably see part one finished, but I’m going to resist the temptation. For our SAL I said I’d stitch for one day/night or a total of 3 hours each week, depending what my shifts were like, so I guess I’ve already stitched my quota on it for this week … I have to admit, though, I really enjoyed stitching on it and I’m looking forward to finishing part one next week some time ๐Ÿ˜€ (mind you, I’m not a huge fan of over-one stitching, so that lettering band might be slow going).

I also have more stash to report – this is yet again from an order that was made a number of weeks ago, in a 30-75% off sale from Margaret Lee’s website … I never had confirmation of the final cost, or that the order was complete, so I totally forgot all about it … I was surprised to come home to a LARGE box with a postage cost of US$29 (ahem!!), just for a few charts, fabric and two pairs of scrollbar side frames – there was a long piece of ‘plastic bag’ stuff filled with air to fill out the box … would it not have been better to just parcel the damn stuff into a flatter box to save postage? It’s not as if a couple of charts etc are breakable! Oh well, the main reason I placed an order was because they had selected aida fabric on sale at 50-75% off, and I wanted to order some for Mum’s stitching stash, seeing as she’s still on a mad Christmas ornie stitching spree (go Mum!!). Still, that extra US$20 spent on postage costs has really marred the savings on the other items … oh well, c’est la vie! At least you have some more fabric, Mum ๐Ÿ™‚

The charts in this haul were The Gathering Room by Little House Needleworks (not in the photo); Those Darn Accessories by Hillside Samplings; A Little Blackwork by Drawn Thread; Sitting Pretty by Valerie Pfeiffer; Birdie Holiday by Lizzie*Kate; Stitching Friends by Lizzie*Kate; Honey Bee by Elizabeth’s Designs; Life’s a Stitch by Lizzie*Kate; Bluebells and Violets by Shepherd’s Bush; and Teenie Hardanger III by The Sweetheart Tree.

For Mum … I also got the following aida for you – 14ct lambswool, 16ct antique ivory, and 16ct navy. This lot was all pre-Wagon spending ๐Ÿ˜‰

Now it’s time to get the washing out of the machine and hang it out before settling down for the night – it’s day 6 of work today, and I feel pretty wrecked (especially as I was stitching until midnight last night oops haha), so I thought I’d give myself a good start to the weekend, by getting some housework out of the way quickly … now I’m going to be self-indulgent while watching Big Brother (sad, but true, I do enjoy it!), followed by Medium and Lost … ah, bliss! ๐Ÿ˜€

10 thoughts on “Bordeaux Sampler”

  1. WOW. beautiful sampler! You made a lot of progress with your stitching time.

    Really a shame they packaged everything in such a LARGE box — would have been easier on your wallet if they had selected something smaller …

    Excellent stash haul — you will be a busy stitcher for awhile

  2. Lovely stash!! Pouring over all those yummy patterns will help you forget about the shipping….maybe? And every time I see those little Valerie Pfeiffer birds, I want some of my own to do. hehehe

  3. What a wonderful job with Bordeaux so far ๐Ÿ™‚

    Yikes! She could have sent the charts in a Global Priority Mail envelope for only $9.50 for up to three pounds! How thoughtless – have you approached her about it? Since she didn’t tell you postage cost, are you really liable for all of that? It really looks like she took advantage….

  4. I didn’t think it was that long since I visited your blog but my goodness…loads of postings! Bordeaux is looking really good its so nice when you don’t want to put something down! Hope you have a nice weekend ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Bordeaux looks great – you’ve already done a whole lot!

    Love the stash (hey … a good stash haul makes up for any postage cost! LOL).

    Enjoy your goodies … and enjoy your days off ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Your Bordeaux sampler is looking great Anne! But, that postage was OUTRAGEOUS! I would proabably still be in recovery over it.

  7. Wonderful progress on you SAL with Carol!

    I think I’d be stunned to have paid so much in postage for items that are not fragile and could have been packaged differently!! Perhaps an inquiry is in order. ๐Ÿ™‚

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