Wednesday, May 27, 2015

SFS - 05/2015


Spent:  $0
Earned:  $0
Balance to Carry Over:  $119.22

I'm happy to report that I didn't spend anything again this month!  It's sure hard to resist splurging on the designs and stash that I want, but don't need.

Here's what I've worked on since the end of April and during May:

Monthly SAL
Stitched on 28 ct Black Monaco
with Six Strand Sweets floss
April - Heather's Sweets (shades of light green, blue and pink)
May - Name Unknown (shades of pink, purple and blue -- appears more vibrant in the photo than it really is)

May & June - A Year in Chalk
Designs by Hands On Design
Stitched on WDW 30ct Gunmetal
with suggested GAST threads

I know it's only Wednesday and it's already been a long week!  


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Dismayed, Discouraged & Disappointed

I've thought about this post for a couple of weeks now.

I love reading everyone's blog and seeing all the great photos you share. When it comes to stitching, I'm always inspired by the choices of designs, fabrics, threads and finishes made by so many talented stitchers.

Recently, it was brought to my attention that the photos we post of our stitching are being used by some to stitch from as a way to avoid purchasing a design or chart.

I can't even describe how that makes me feel!  For the past couple of weeks, I've been looking at lots of photos.  I discovered that there are VERY FEW photos that cannot be used to stitch from.  Even the designers themselves are posting lovely photos of their designs that can be used to stitch from.

I do not want to contribute to copyright infringement in any way and I'm still trying to figure out how to show my stitching without actually "showing" my stitching.   I've made my stitching photos a much smaller size, but I'm not sure that's enough to prevent the photos being used to stitch from.

I welcome any tips or advice!

A Look Into My Backyard

Apple Blossoms

I think this is a new bird to my backyard.  It's smaller than the Goldfinches and House Finches, but I don't know what kind it is.

We enjoyed a few warm days, but the weather has turned cold again.  It feels more like March than May.  I even had to turn the furnace back on!    

Until next time...