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2012 WIPocalypse update for March

I started drafting a post during the week, but it seems that the WP app doesn’t automatically store a draft … so I lost the whole thing.  And today I’m fighting a dreadful head cold that I’ve been struggling with since Sunday, so it will be a lot shorter than originally planned.  But there are few things to write about, so I’ll try to get to the point quickly …

First up, though, is my stitching update for the 2012 WIPocalypse challenge.  As seems to be the norm these days, I have had absolutely minimal stitching happening over the last month – I almost need to continually do a ‘before and after’ shot so you can actually see what the progress is … I’ve always been a prolific stitcher in the past, so this is something I’m just not used to.  Anyway, here are the two pieces that have seen slight progress since last month …

First up is Bent Creek’s Winter Snapperland – the entire progress consists of two whole snowflakes and the wording … I know, hardly worth blogging about really, but I guess two snowflakes and some words are still taking it closer to a finish at some stage!

Then the other UFO/WIP to be dragged back into daylight is Mirabilia’s Enchanted Mermaid – this poor love hasn’t seen daylight for an awfully long time … I can’t remember the last time I dragged her out to be worked on.  Anyway, she’s had a tiny bit of love in February and is getting closer to having her backstitching done on her face so she doesn’t look so dreadful (her cheek looks like it has a terrible skin disease!!).  I may also start beading as I go, which just may give me a kick in the pants to stitch on her some more.

UPDATED TO ADD:  Oops, I forgot that last month I also put the finishing stitches into Jardin Prive’s Christmas, and I hadn’t posted a piccie yet.  So, here you go, here is my first big finish for the year …

The next news is that I finally managed to catch up with my dear friend Alison to pick up my Christmas gift to myself – I basically gave Alison $100 to spend during her USA trip last year, along with a huge wishlist to choose from, and I picked it up last weekend.  It was a wonderful treat to see what goodies she managed to find, and I absolutely adore the choices she made … I can’t wait to start on the SB kits, they’re awesome!!  Thanks once again Alison, I really really appreciate you doing this for me, it was a really nice surprise!

The next piece of HUGE news is that I’m heading off on holiday … not just anywhere, but we’re off here:

Well, OK, truth be told we’re not off to see the Doncaster Rovers, but rather just the Doncaster part!!  It was very hard to find a website image that actually has the word “Doncaster” in it!! BUT more exciting for me, we’re also off to visit here, and I’m just ever so bursting with awe and excitement that I’ll be going back to visit my most favourite city in the entire world to date:

Mum’s youngest sister is basically going through her final fight with throat cancer, and Mum and I have decided to head over to spend some time with her, and my other family members, before it’s too late.  Being blunt, it’s much nicer to be able to visit when she’s alive and not to be flying over to attend a funeral.  Then after a few days visiting with our family, we’re off to fulfill one of my dreams to return to Paris once more.  I have cheap airline tickets from my employers in celebration of my 10 year anniversary with them, so we felt it was a good time to cash them in and make good use of them.  The downside is that we have had absolutely zero time to get spending money together so it will be very very budget with whatever is available on the credit cards … but very very fun!!  And it’s all happening one week tomorrow, all going well (we’ll be travelling standby so we just have to keep our fingers crossed!).

Initially I thought of taking one of the SB kits with me to start on holiday, but now I’m thinking I also may take two Parisian charts to start as well … the freebie “Souvenir de France” by Blackbird Designs, which is still available for download here

And the other choice is “Eiffel Quaker” by Jardin Prive, which is available for sale directly from the designer as a PDF here … ah decisions, decisions.   Plus I have an exchange that is due for posting while I’m away, so I’ll be kitting that to be stitched while I’m in the UK visiting with my Aunt.

The other news that I haven’t mentioned yet is that along with my trip to see my Aunt in the UK, we are travelling by train back south to London and apparently have to pass by my dear friend’s home … which means we get to spend a night with Nicki, Martin and their lovely furbabies – it’s going to be wonderful seeing Nicki again after so many years 🙂

12 thoughts on “2012 WIPocalypse update for March”

  1. I’m taking my Paris Quaker to stitch whilst i am away too! So looking forward to the break. Hope you have some lovely quality time with your Aunt. I’m sure it will be special. 🙂

  2. Hi Anne, when will you be in Paris? I’m at home on and off for the next few weeks, but it would be great to meet if it’s possible.

  3. It’s always great to see your Winter Snapperland! Nice progress on the other WIPs too. I’m sorry that your reason to go to Paris is so sad, but I hope you have a good time there.

  4. The winter months are looking beautiful, I so want them! Good on you for making the trip north, I haven’t been back for 11yrs although half my family live here in NZ so not too much to go back for! We will go back one day because I so want the boys to see where mummy came from cause 1 day they will realise that mummy had more life than what started in 98 after getting here!

  5. Congratulations on your Christmas piece finish-it is really lovely!! And, I am sorry about the reason you are going on your trip, but I am glad for you that you are going to also have some special fun – enjoy!

  6. Nice Christmas projects you have on the go.
    Sorry to hear about your Aunt.
    I have recently finished the Blackbird freebie with a few changes for DD who has fallen in love with Paris too.It was a nice one to stitch.
    I’m sure you will have a good time in Doncaster as well has Paris. 🙂

  7. Anne – go here! I won’t take no for an answer, you MUST go here, I insist!!!!
    Seriously, you will die, they do have a website so you can look it up before you go – but you can’t order online. I spent 2 hours in here before Christmas last year and left with a much lighter wallet….. there are the usual American charts you might expect but if you take the time to have a good browse, there are a lot of French designers that you can’t buy anywhere else…..not to mention the trims…..

    Des fils Une Aiguille
    1 Rue Chabanais
    75002 Paris

    M Pyramides

    Hope you have a fantastic time…

    Tessa x

  8. Little progress is still better than no progress 🙂 Congrats on finishing Jardin Prive’s Christmas. It looks wonderful.

    Sorry to hear about your mum’s sister but I do hope you have a good time visiting Doncaster and Paris.


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