first of all I would like to thank you all for the sweet and understanding words regarding my previous post; despite the usual exceptions, I am sure the majority of my readers do care about me and my point of view. I wish there was an easy fix to this, but for the time being, I can’t think of anything more effective than no good shots of my needlework that isn’t stitched as charted. it sucks but I couldn’t figure out a better way to send the “not cool” message.
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speaking of updates I’ll try to keep this short and concise as there’re A LOT. sit down and relax. 🙂
- first of all, I have my TUSAL update to show you, it’s still benefitting from the recycled Super Mario yoghurt vases 😉
some DMC and a lot of hand dyed galore from Nina I used on what you’ll half-see later on.
- GiGi SAL update (just like TUSAL, if you don’t know what these are there are handy links and widgets on the right sidebar of this blog, just scroll down until you spot the HAVING FUN WITH section) 🙂
now, did I ever tell you why I type GiGi instead of GG? it’s due to the typing shortcuts I created on my devices. every time I want to tell someone I’ll be right there I just type “BRT”: it immediately translates the acronym into the sentence, and it also adds the handy note if I’m not there in 5 minutes, read this again. 😀
same goes for WTF, the 🖖 Vulcan salute emoji you should be able to see between “the” and “Vulcan”, and lastly GG – which becomes “GOODNESS GRACIOUS!” with just a tap on the space bar. so you see, if I was to type GG, add a space and always have to delete/edit/etc. I would lose my mind. the moment I first typed GG SAL and realised the overlap, I renamed it GiGi in my mind 😉
now, what to feature for GiGi this month? of dear, there is just too much. take a look:
our Jo who can’t think of a clever nickname did think of a pretty clever gift for me, I am still head over heels about it ❤️
there was a beautiful “A Very Merry Unbirthday” card that doubles as a bookmark with Tenniel’s artwork from Alice in Wonderland, a super funny butterfly that jumped and flew out of the card (you should have seen my face and my HA! when that happened) and this:
it’s an alphabetical journal where you can take notes of things in your life starting from A to Z. Jo added super duper notes to certain pages and I’ll show you some of mine during TAC. it’s so perfect I can’t even speak about it.
that very day I also got these in the mail: the first two instalments of A Bucolic Dream, L’Atelier Perdu Stitch Me Club for 2015:
I still don’t know when I’ll start it because I lacked mind clarity during the weekend and hence haven’t decided on which linen to use. decisions, decisions.. 🙂
wait, did you just say hey, but this is stuff you bought, not gifts? yeah, technically you’re right. I just thought of squeezing in all the happy mail here, let me move on with the GiGi update 😉
remember I usually celebrate my blogaversary by gifting myself a new pair of scissors? 😉 well, this year I hadn’t bough one yet, so I took that chance with my latest Frosted Pumpkin purchase (which also coincided with my very first snail mail order from them) and bought a new pair of Bohin scissors. now, if you thought I wouldn’t make two kawaii scissor fobs for both the pair of scissors I gifted myself and the one I received as a gift from my dear FMIL Terry last Christmas, you were wrong. you were so very wrong. 😀
I also added MY OWN signature at the bottom of each, and a date. July 2015. it’s not just the date I finished these two, it’s also the anniversary of my very first finish on a Frosted Pumpkin project 😀 🎉🎃🎉🎃
that’s right, exactly one year ago I started (& finished) my very first TFPS piece (not the first one I bought; the first one I actually started 😀 ), and on this very same linen I used for the Strawberry Froyo Party fobs. long time readers might remember what I’m talking about. I reckon I could try and squeeze a finish-finish on that one before the end of the month to celebrate a year with the Pumpkins, it all depends on this African heat weave we’re having. it’s driving me mad.
now why don’t we add happy mail to TFPS and get what happened this morning? 😀
remember I said I ordered those Bohin scissors from California? well, they arrived! 😀 and together with them was a lovely wooden needle minder by A Needle Runs Through It featuring the Pumpkin’s trademark: Sugarloaf & Jack, a thread card Ashleigh designed especially for the new Club (A Very Merry Christmas Town), and the super duper notion case Chicken Boots USA made with Pumpkin fabric, which went sold out only mere minutes after going on sale. [got to love being one of those organised stitchers with their handy dandy tech gadgets that let them get their stuff in time 😀 ]
now there’s one more update on the FP front, it’s my progress on Story Time Sampler with this month’s frame: The Lady of Shallot. can you see her? can you see which colours I used for her? what Speciality Stitches? no? good.
what you can see are some of the English LIT books I studied on: The Golden String comes from my high school days, I checked it and the cursed lady wasn’t in it 😦 on the right is Andrew Sander‘s volume I got when taking English LIT at the university.
I know, very craptastic shots. let me make it up to you with some Taras gorgeousness: these are kitty pictures 😀
and this is last week 😀
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last but not least, there’s one more gift I want to mention for GiGi: it’s Chase’s first freebie in his new designing adventure called Stitchory.
it’s stitch + history = every pattern is an experience through history and needlework, and the first one is a delightful square based on the Aztecs‘ love for precious gems and the colour turquoise. you can find it in the Files section of the Facebook Group he opened called “Stitchory” 🙂
I’ll gather my supplies and hopefully start it during August, it’s a great piece for TAC too: Aztecs, August, Ancient, .. 🙂
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I’m afraid my hermitting report is not worthy of a snap: between my snap, the heat and the time it took me to get back to stitching with pleasure I didn’t get much done. I think with TAC starting next week we’ll see each other then.. and get ready. it’s going to be an INSANE first post. 😀
thank you for following the tail ❤️