Saturday, August 29, 2015

WIPocalypse Update : August

Ho! Ho! Ho! It's time to start Christmas stitching AND for the August WIPocalypse update.  I just finished this little Santa ornament (freebie pattern found here: for the Christmas Ornie SAL (link in sidebar).

Another small finish for me this month is "Yeow!" by Pamela Byrd Smith of The Prairie Schooler, which I stitched for the Hallowe'en Ornie SAL (link in sidebar).
AND yet another small finish this month is my Mini Butterfly, which I started in January as part of Debbie's Ultimate Crazy January Challenge 2015 (DUCJC2015).
I made some progress on Simple Blessings by Sandy Orton.
Here is where I was previously:
I stitched a bit more on my Multi-Coloured Alphabet by Gail Lawther:
Last month I was here:
I worked little bits here and there on some of my larger projects ... but I will post when I have more progress.

This month's discussion topic is:
Pick one of the WIP pieces you’ve stitched on this month, and tell us about your stitching journey with the piece.

Well ... The projects I have posted today are all new for this year.  But I do have a little bit of a journey with Multi-Coloured Alphabet ... 

Many, many years ago we had shops in our city called "bookstores".  They sold books, books, more books, and magazines.  (Sadly, these shops no longer exist today.)   I so enjoyed spending hours browsing the endless rows of books and digging through the bargain sections for hidden treasures.  It was on one of those treasure hunts that I found a little old cross stitch book called "The Book of Cross Stitch - Traditional and Contemporary Designs for Holidays and Special Occasions" by Gail Lawther.  It had some cute alphabets and holiday designs, so I picked it up at an 82% discount and brought it on home with me.  Flash forward 20 years, and I decide to finally stitch the Multi-Coloured Alphabet that I so often admired.  I started it during Debbie's Ultimate Crazy January Challenge 2015 (DUCJC2015) and I certainly hope it doesn't take me another 20 years to finish it.  (hee-hee!)  But seriously ... I really do love that pattern & the happy colors I am using to stitch it.


*I will be posting the lovely postcard and and message I received for the Summer Postcard Blog Hop tomorrow!  Stay tuned.

*PS: Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe has several giveaways running right now - lovely floss, fabric, trim sets, and all of your favorite things.  Be sure to stop by and check it out!

Happy Stitching!


  1. I love the alphabet! I miss the bookstores I had a membership to waldenbooks for years

  2. Very nice rojects you stitched on this month.
    I also love digging through my old stash and unearth all those hidden treasures. And I often find something that I want to start stitching immediately. And sometimes I do :)

  3. The little santa is really cute, thanks for the link to it.

  4. Lot of links between us this month... First thanks for the link, I will use it, then I miss bookstores too and as I am in holidays for 2 weeks it will be a daily search in this new aera, at least as I already told you this alphabet pattern is my favorite work in your WIP so thank you for sharing its story. Hugs

  5. I love the alphabet! And that cat is a bit creepy ;)

  6. Love the creepy kitty, he looks like a lot of fun. :D I miss bookstores too. We have a B&N somewhat close but I liked Waldenbooks/Borders much more.

  7. I love the Alphabet so much, the colours you are choosing are just amazing.
    I am lucky enough to work in an actual bookshop! We sell books, books, books and some RP (Related Product) which is a fancy way of saying "stuff which isn't books but is connected to books or we just like".
    I wish people wouldn't come in and tell me they can buy the book cheaper online or in the supermarket. That's great if they save a few quid but it means I won't have a job next time they want my expertise!


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