Spent: 95.84 *GULP!* (I’m actually NOT OVER, math done below)
Earned: bear with me I’m going to spell out my math given I keep fucking this part up. 6 x Mill Hill smalls = 6 X $2 = $12 and one 70 x 70 for $8 which is $20!
So okay. Math first, shame afterwards.
Budget: Jan $25 + Feb ($25 – $3.60) $21.40 + Mar $25 = $71.40. Welp, that’s problematic. Guess who just decided to count her finishing credits for real! Jan $8 + Feb $14.00 (this is a correction to my math from that month’s reporting) + Mar $20 = $42 and $42 + $71.40 = $113.40 = TRIUMPH!!!!
So what did I buy? Thinks I ought not to have and regret. *sighs* Well, sort of. I do not regret the actual purchases as in I do not regret having these patterns, but I do regret buying them NOW, because I won’t need them for at LEAST a year and honestly at that point will only need ONE of them. And because I bought them, I cannot buy pretty hand-dyed floss to do the Box of Delights SAL.
But I’ve known I /needed/ to stitch Chatèlaine’s Zen Garden Mandala as soon as I saw a WIP photo, and the pattern was not available. And now it is available, and she was having a sale, and I was horrifically depressed that day, and….well, long story short (too late!) I now have the PDF patterns for Zen Garden Mandala (completely. terrifying. TERROR IN PDF FORMAT HERE.), Small Haman Oasis, and Arabian Walled Garden.
My first stitch will be the Oasis, as that chart terrifies me the least. >_>
But as I said, not for at /least/ a year. *sighs* Oh well. SfS has been /really/ good for me — sure I spent a hundred bucks I didn’t need to. But it’s the first blowout I’ve had this calendar year O_O AND I was mindful that I do not have all the money, so I only put in my cart the three charts I most immediately want to stitch. Trust me, I could have added five more if I’d been going by pure whim.
And I might just do the peacock from Walled Garden as a small later this year. And maybe a Buddha statue or bonsai from the Zen Garden. That will make me feel better.
I was stitching like MAD at work this month, as my finish credit shows. Part of it was that this month has been very stressy. Part of it was…okay. I stitch ornaments for the family Christmas tree for myself and my parents every year. They’re almost always Mill Hill. I do them at whatever point in the year my brain decides it’s time to go hyperactive about OMGOSHORNAMENTSORNAMENTSNOTIMEMUSTDOORNAMENTSWE’REALLGONNADIEEEEEEEEE. Sometimes this actually does result in that much panic — I still remember with little fondness the year I was stitching all three magi and my brain decided not to care about Christmas until December — and sometimes this apparently means I stitch all the ornaments in freaking March. So that’s the six smalls (photos below, as I’m feeling lazy again). Rocking horse and bee skep for me; cat and train for da; drummer boy and pear for mum.
And then the small I actually /intended/ to stitch this month — Cherished Stitches’ Halloween Chronicles. A proper finish waits until I have the inclination to iron and acquire polyfil, but. Used the year my grandmother died, and her initials. I think I’ll give it to mum when I’m done.