Wednesday, May 7, 2014


Hi Stunners!
Welcome to YOTA #5.
I've had a very busy craft month. I just wish it meant more stitching than stashing and organising. But now that is done, I'm good to settle into seriously fun stitching.
I've added another project to my YOTA SAL. I kind of had to otherwise this project kept getting pushed aside and I really want to keep up. Saying that I'm already behind. This is the Passione Ricamo 2014 SAL. We just received the 3rd page today but below is the first page minus the Castle at the top. But that will be done by next YOTA...stop laughing, it will I swear. Plus I will  have the 4th page of Guardian Angel done's not funny!!
PR 2014 SAL
As per my previous blog post I bought a full set of DMC so I had to turn this....
into this.....


It took almost 2 days, and 1 and a third bobbin chests, and a sore wrist, but well worth it as now I won't be wasting money kitting up for every chart. I will just keep replacing them as they get a bit low.
Okay that's it for YOTA and now for the stash enhancement. Just a quick warning for the faint hearted maybe you should pour yourself a glass of wine, or grab a coffee before proceeding...
In my defence, ahem ahem there were just too many awesome sales on.
Shelley Lee of Tilton Crafts and Sarah of Paine Free crafts offered a very generous promotion that if you RAK'd (random act of kindness) a chart for someone they selected a chart from your Wish List and sent it to you for free. There was so much rak'ing going on as cross stitcher's are such a lovely, kind and giving mob that my stash grew quite large.

So here they are...ta da!

These are Tilton charts that were gifts from 3 awesome girls!

Cinderella - gift from Kim H 
Falling in Love - a gift from Kim N
World - a gift from Gwen

Gwen and I are rocking this one out together, our first post will be the 1st June! Woo hoo!! Stay tuned.
I've added a link to their blogs in the captions, these girls are amazing stitchers' as well as just being amazing ladies! Thank you again ladies, I'm truly very grateful. Mwah!

These are the Tilton charts that were gifts from Shelley of Tilton.

Alice ReDo

Gaia (my challenge chart!!)
Music Room
Planets Align II

Happy Halloween
Save the Queen (which I will be changing to Save the Princess - as god knows I need it!)
Gifts from Sarah - Paine Free Crafts
Farewell to Lothlorien

These were gifts from me to The Crafty Princess:
Tilton Crafts
Magical World

Kim H and I are stitching this one together. We started it for the Stitch-a-thon for Sophia and I managed to get half of the first page completed by the end of it. Pics to come next post. Kim recently told me that we have 49 of the same charts. We will be doing SAL's together for 3 lifetimes. Luckily she's a fantastic person and I adore her so this is totally cool with me!! Poor Kim though being stuck with me.   :'(


Alice Vignette

Love thy Thread
Loneliness of Autumn
Heaven and Earth Designs
Dreaming Too
Nikki who is an administrator for HAED requested this chart with me in mind. How sweet is that?? It was the first one I bought during the sale. She knows me so well LOL!! I will stitch her as soon as I finish (or at least get halfway) through Feel the Magic). Thanks again Nikki!

Large World Traveller Bookshelf

Enchantment of the Wolf

Lord Bucket - I love how he still manages to look so regal whilst standing in a bucket. A very difficult thing to pull off!!!

Matilda and Theodore's Secret Place
Whew that's it. I have now reached 330 charts (including my 52 wips).
I have a good mind to just start all of them and to hell with it, but as I already miss ones that don't get worked on for a while, I think this is me being just a little too indulgent!!!
Thank you for stopping by, I promise next post (wipocalypse) will be only stitching pics and no more stash enhancements.
Stop sniggering!!!!!
Take care my beautiful fellow crafters. Have a great month of May and may it only be filled with sunshine and rainbows!
xoxo Alicia



  1. Lol this post cracked me up :) I wish the hubby would let me buy more for my stash, but since I have *gasp!* SIX WIPs, he said no more unless they are gifts. And they won't be from him :) You have lots of great pieces though, so it will be fun to watch you work on them!

  2. Great new YOTA project Alicia. And WOW!! I love all your new stash. Good for you. We can never have to much.


  3. You know seeing as how there are 365 days in the year and you only have 330 charts you could always go get another 35 charts and have a new one for everyday of the year. I mean you do have all that thread to use ;)

  4. Wowsers !!!!! All those charts are fantastic, I see why you couldn't resist them !!!

  5. Beautiful YOTA project, I look forward to seeing more of this one. So many gorgeous charts, love Loneliness of Autumn it's so pretty. I can't wait to see your progress on some of these. Good luck with them all.

  6. I adore reading your blog posts, and eyeing all your eye candy stash! Glad you love Dreaming Too, will be watching for progress piccys!


  7. I literally spilled coffee on my laptop. Insane princess you (▼へ▼メ) I am so happy seeing you have The Loneliness of autumn and Dreaming Too in your stash. They are on my wish list as well. very hard to resist. And well done on winding up all of those bobbins! It will cost me a life doing that. I just dump mine in the drawer muahaha (≧▼≦;)

  8. I absolutely LOVE your thread storage! I wish I could find something similar (that was affordable). I am constantly on the lookout for a better method of storing my thread!

  9. I can't wait to see your magical World stitch up (I have that one too) and we have lots more charts the same too

  10. Sharine is more insane than you are!!! I cannot believe all these beautiful charts you have bought and been gifted. It's a good thing you are young, you need another 100 years to stitch all of these.

    I'm resisting new stuff at the moment but I do like the new PR SAL. I didn't rate the mermaid but this looks good.

  11. Sorry, I'll answer to you here, but I've sent two different emails during the last week, which you apparently didn't get. I thought it was strange that I haven't heard anything from you or HAED, so I was going to leave a note here today. But I haven't received any emails from HAED, checked my spam folder too, nothing's there. So maybe you should contact them and tell the first disappeared to a cyber space? I'll email to you again, let me know if you get it or not.

    Btw, I love all your new pretties. I have my eyes on Tilton crafts Alice series too, they are truly gorgeous. And I consider myself as a 'collector', so there can't be too many charts in my stash, muahhah! :D

  12. WOW so many awesome new charts you have there! I don't know which one I am looking forward to seeing first. I think I might have to have Large World Traveller Bookshelf!

    Love your DMC Chest - and all that pretty floss... I just love looking at all the colors and it will come in handy while you are trying to stitch up those 330 charts you have!

  13. I just love the new charts you got, they are all so beautiful =)
    Loneliness of Autumn is a beautiful chart, I got it and the other Afremov charts as soon as they were released =)
    Magical World is an amazing chart and I am already looking forward to see your first post on it =)

  14. That is some stash haul sweetie and they are all lovely! You are really getting your thread stores sorted and it looks great!

    All of these great designers keep producing such lovely stuff, it's so hard to say no! I've also signed up for the PR SAL, although I'm not intending to start it just yet, I just wanted the chart for future use :) I am signing up for the Love Thy Thread SAL, the hard part is choosing which one to stitch!

    Also, thank you again for the lovely gift, I'm looking forward to kitting it up :)

  15. I know I'm late commenting but wow... so many pretties in one place. And you're planning on starting them all straight, right?

  16. Wow! So many awesome charts!


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