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Kay Jones is my internet mum 🙂 She’s on social media, cross stitch groups and has known me for years.  She’s never afraid to tell me to pull my head in when I’m being a doofus 🙂 🙂

As she knows I’m on a stash diet this year, Kay has bought me access to the Alessandra Adelaide Christmas Mystery Stitchalong (SAL) for my birthday.

The design is a Mystery ....

As it is a Mystery – here is the design teaser ….

Kay bought me option 2 for the mystery, which includes the chart, five ceramic ornaments, 1 ceramic button and four jingle bells.  All of the buttons and what not will be hand-crafted by Alessandra herself!

I am sooo excited! Thank you Kay mum!  Expect to see pictures here as I do floss tosses and choose fabric 🙂


Time for yet another overdue blog post. This time it is the March WIPocalypse check-in. All of the sub-headings are links to the various albums for more photos and information on each project.

Vervaco WIP – Moscow

New Years Day 2009 I started this kit.  I was well on my way to a quick finish (the combination of Holidays from work and Summer Cricket working its usual magic) and then the kit ran out of floss. It was a specialty LANA floss that, like Whisper, fuzzies up after you finish stitching with it. I have finally found the replacement thread, stitched it in and am now waiting for more thread to arrive.

Vervaco Kit Moscow

14 Feb 2014 – Vervaco Moscow


Stitchalong SAL – Any AAN design

I spent the last half of February stitching on this so there’s been some progress 🙂 Cuor di Fiocco (Snowflake Heart) is a great little project to stitch up while watching TV or when you are simply not feeling the best.

AAN - Alessandra Adelaide Cuor di Fiocco25 Feb 2014 – AAN Cuor di Fiocco

Brodeuse Bressane SAL – Fleur de Lys

I love Brodeuse Bressane designs and decided to stitch this quick 7 part, 7 week stitch-a-long Fleur de Lys stitchalong. I finished only two weeks late. So very happy, first SAL begun and completed this year.

Brodeuse Bressane Fleur de Lys

6 March 2014 – Brodeuse Bressane Fleur des Lys

Stitchalong SAL – Any Long Dog design

I started Kells Kritters a couple of years ago when I was gifted the chart.  However, I didn’t have all of the GAST threads and got a little discouraged as I had nowhere to go with the threads I had. So I joined The FB Stitchalong Long dog Samplers SAL (1 Feb 2014 – 31 Jan 2015) to get this one out and started on again.

Long Dog Samplers Kells Kritters

7 Mar 2014 – Long Dog Sampler Kell’s Kritters

Topic: Show us your favorite places to stitch.

I have two favourite places to stitch. One is here – my favourite comfy lounge chair, with lamp and footstool.  Facing the TV and in the perfect places for the heater and air-conditioner.  One of the benefits of living on your own is that you can have the perfect space.  The cats share my lap or choose from other spots 🙂

My stitching arrangement

My stitching arrangement

My other favourite stitching spot is the lounge at Julie’s place. Julie has a perfect stitching set up for herself and a guest stitcher – usually me 🙂

Woo Hoo Second WIPocalypse check-in and I’m on time – well I was on-time until the laptop froze taking my post with it. So here I am a day late with a replacement post.  All of the sub-headings are links to the various albums for more photos and information on each project.

Stitchalong SAL – Any AAN design

I’ve found the threads for my WIP of Cuor di Fiocco (Snowflake Heart).  I was using “Cranberry” by Gentle Arts Sampler Threads!  So in between other projects, I got a couple of good days in on this project!

AAN - Alessandra Adelaide Cuor di Fiocco

25 Jan 2014

Brodeuse Bressane SAL – Fleur de Lys

I love Brodeuse Bressane designs and decided when the Fleur de Lys SAL was announced late last year, that I would stitch this one on black.  After a number of floss tosses and false starts I finally got a good start on this one on the 25ct evenweave black.  Parts 1-4 complete. 12 Feb - Fleur de Lys

Jardin Prive SAL – Positive Thinking

This is a SAL put together by the girls of the Aussie Stitchers FB group.  We do one part every two months starting February 2014. Part one is complete.  I’ll get back to this in April 🙂

Jardin Prive Positive Thinking SAL

Part 1 Finished


AAN SAL – Halloween Town

Halloween Town is a Alessandra Adelaide Mystery SAL for 2014. One piece will be released each month starting February. Here is part one complete.

Alessandra Adelaide Needleworks (AAN) Halloween Town SAL

Part 1 Finished

Maggi Co’s Village WIP – Night is in the Air

Stitch-a-longs appear to be my kryptonite. I don’t know why I sign up to so many of them especially as I don’t complete *any* on time, but I just cannot resist …. especially Mystery SALs. This was a SAL in 2012 and I somehow stopped after part 3 of 5.  I think all the stars did me in.  Anyway, a few days of stitching and it is now finished!  With the exception of 4 beads.  They are supposed to be French knots, but blast it, I’m going to use beads. I need 4 Mill Hill 00347 Garnet beads to really finish this.

Maggi Co's Village Night is in the Air SAL

24 Jan 2014

Topic: How many projects do you generally feel comfortable having in progress at a time?  Tell us about your one-at-a-time or rotation habits!

One at a time??  I don’t think I’ve ever stitched one at a time since I started back in the 1990s.  Strict rotations don’t work for me either as I tend to find them restrictive and I chafe and find them a chore and then I lose interest in my stitching altogether. So I tend to stitch on something while it interests me and then change to something else.  This year I am focusing on finishing some of my 50 o so WIPs that have come about because of the way I stitch 🙂 🙂  Of course as can be seen, I have also signed up to new SALs too – I never learn.  But hopefully I will stick with these and get them finished on time for a change.

First WIPocalypse check-in for the year and I’m already a few days late …. oh well.  Here goes:

Stitchalong SAL – Any AAN design

For this SAL I thought I would dig out my WIP of Cuor di Fiocco (Snowflake Heart).  Unfortunately, although I found my WIP, it was not in its project bag, so I have no idea what thread I am using to stitch it in.  Further investigation is required before I can get back to this piece.

Alessandra Adelaide AAN Cuor di Focco

Progress 16 Jan 2014

Brodeuse Bressane SAL – Fleur de Lys

I love Brodeuse Bressane designs and decided when the Fleur de Lys SAL was announced late last year, that I would stitch this one on black.  After a number of floss tosses and false starts I finally settled on a mix of ThreadworX threads with a touch of Gloriana here and there.  Well I only had 32ct black Belfast in my stash and I’m not happy with the garland of leaves,  I think the fabric is too small for such intricate lines to show clearly.  So I’m going to start this design again in a few weeks when some 25ct black fabric arrives – courtesy of Julie. I think she had enough of watching me struggle with this piece 🙂

Brodeuse Bressane Fleur de Lys


Maggi Co’s Village WIP – Catgirl & Catboy

This is a WIP from 2012. It was originally designed to go into the group house I was in at the time, but as usual the project outlasted the item it was being stitched for.  I still love the project and I have now finished it.  First finish of 2014.

Catgirl & Catboy by Jardin Prive from the artwork of Maggie Co's Village



Topic: Introduce yourself, your projects, and any goals you have for the year!

Hi I’m Mel, formerly a librarian but now living on disability due to chronic migraine.  I do what I can, when I can and don;t stress about the rest.  I live with my two beautiful cats in Melbourne, Australia.

Instead of picking specific projects for this WIPocalyse, I plan simply to work on all of the SALs and whatever of my WIPs that interest me at the time. I have over 50 WIPs so if I can get 1 small one finished each month, I will call it a win!

Some of my WIPs are in the list to the left and the tab above. I will add other WIPs as I unearth them! Planning to shop my stash this year, so the WIPocalype is keeping on path.  How about everyone else?  How are you going so far this year?


Tracy from Ink Circles has created a new stitchalong. A maṇḍala with nine premade colour options and instructions & assistance for you to make your own colour variation. All the information to join the SAL and the yahoo support group is on the Ink Circles website.

RYO2013 Nine Official Colour Combos

RYO2013 Nine Official Colour Combos

The SAL has been live for around a day and a half and already there are already over a dozen more versions available through the yahoogroup. I’ve decided to stitch this design twice.  A bright jewel tone effect on black with silver outlining (dreamt up by me – similar in concept to my BoINK) and an elegant version of all greens on white, dreamt up by Tracy. Below are my starts and floss tosses for both versions:

Jewel Tones

Jewel Tones




On a happier note, my stitching bug seems to have returned in the new place.  So far in 2013 I have finished:

Finished, not ironed.

My Big Toe – Cheaper than Therapy



Imaginating – Meowry Christmice



Cross Eyed Kat – Angle of Love

As well as finishing all of these wonderful WIPs (chosen by you – the readers on that side of the computer) I have also started two pieces.

This is to be my travelling piece for when I visit JulieD for a Stitching afternoon.

Mystery start

Mystery start

Any ideas which project it is?

Finally, I have started a new SAL: 2013 Woodland Sampler by Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery.

This is NOT my usual style of project.  This company promotes themselves as “seriously cute patterns”. However for the first time in years, a pattern and a company has caught Claire’s imagination and she is wanting to stitch again, so I said I would stitch along with her.

This is a monthly mystery sampler and as my last cross stitch purchase before moving, I bought the kit for this piece.  Unfortunately the kit was popular and back ordered so it only arrived this week.

I immediately threw out the fabric (I have a problem with beige) and substituted a light blue.  Mr I Ain’t Dead Yet was here at the time and agreed that the colours looked better on the blue. At this point I’ve just started the little box borders …..

12 Feb 2013

12 Feb 2013

The SAL can be bought here if you are interested in joining us.  We have been teasing Rosanne mercilessly who is convinced she doesn’t need another WIP.  What does need have to do with it I ask you?

In other stitching news, I’ve removed Turple from the list of WIPs.  I’ve had some inspiration of how I want to stitch that one and it involves unstitching and restitching the work I’ve started.

The March Poll looks interesting Cirque des Cercles and Dragon Feathers Afghan are tied in the lead.  Both meaty projects that wont be finished within a month!

Anyway, that’s what I’m up to.  Hmmmm ….. 6:30 pm – so much for cleaning the house today …..

Time for dinner.


I have no idea where my side widgets that showed my stitching albums have gone to.  They have completely disappeared. They aren’t even in my list of available widgets to access anymore … I will have to look into that.

In the meantime over the last month of so, I have been stitching. Here’s current progress on the Maggi Co Village Mystery SAL.  This is halfway through part 3 (of 5 parts).  Part five is being released next Wednesday so I’m as always a little behind, but I’m more caught up than usual, and most importantly, still stitching!

Night is in the Air

Night is in the Air
11 August 2012
Part 3 Progress

A couple of notes: yes that is a medium grey fabric. The shadow on the top right of the fabric is indeed a shadow, not a stain on the fabric.  I’ll upload a better photo later.

Also I will find and upload the full gallery of progress photos for this project soon.

Night is in the Air
SAL – Maggi Co’s Village

Stitch-a-longs appear to be my kryptonite. I don’t know why I sign up to so many of them but I just cannot resist …. especially Mystery SALs ….

This one is by Raquel Blasco of Maggie Co’s Village. I have reviewed one or two of her Jardin PrivĂ© collaborative designs in  my Project-a-Day blog.

Raquel says of this Mystery SAL:

SAL will start next June 15.
Size design is 186 x 141 stitches.
Will be 5 parts and they will be every 15 days.
Participants will receive by email, the list of materials and every 15 days, the objective that they should stitch.
Signing-up until June 30

To make this SAL more fun, the embroiderer that sends the first photo with the design completly stitched, will receive a surprise gift.

As the first part of the SAL was released on 15 June, we can see the first part as some have already stitched it. Noelle’s blog and Nuria’s Blog.

Night is in the Air Pt 1 – by Lulu

The Cost of the SAL is: €5.50

The sign-up page is here. If you need to change the language, look for the country flag in the top right corner of the page.

You have less than 24 hours left to sign up if you are interested.

It is now evening and I have seen the GP at the Northside Clinic.  He is quite happy to take me on as a patient.  He was a little surprised at the reactions I’ve been getting from other doctors around here and he diplomatically suggested they may have been a little “unimaginative”.

I feel really comfortable and assured with him. I’ve already signed forms so he can approach my former GP for a full case history of drug trials and approaches that have already been used on my migraine. He will speak with my endocrinologist and about my case and ascertain directly from her why we are using the Zoladex and what she expects him to manage in my case over the next four months.

He’s confident in his abilities to implant the Zoladex as he has used in on patients before, just not for migraines, usually for cancer-related treatments.

I think life is looking up again!

For dinner tonight I chose smoked salmon and fresh goat’s cheese on toast (haven’t yet found gluten-free bagels).  I embarrassed the boys with my moans of gastronomic delight.  I’m getting my taste for food back again!

My supplies for the Passione Ricamo Mystery SAL arrived in the mail today, so just a floss toss to choose between the fabrics and I’ll be set to go on 1 July.  JulieD should I bring these over on Saturday?

Finally I’ve decided to restart the Project-a-Day blog with renewed vigour. As a couple of the regular readers have pointed out, the blog is useful for introducing many designers and designs that have not been recent household names. And frankly what kind of Enabling Royalty would I be if I stopped my main source of enabling 🙂

Stand by for a new Project post to be started as soon as this post is published.  And a round of new cover pages to be scanned in tomorrow …..

Passione Ricamo Mystery SAL 2012
Laura’s Part one stitched and beaded as a sneak preview.


Laura has added the following information on the Facebook SAL page:

Mystery Sal
I remind you that registration will close June 30 and that the pattern will never be published, will be only for the participants .. Therefore, those who were still unsure, sign up … pictured below, as an incentive, here is the 1 Step … in all its glory …

By the sounds of this, this design will not ever be released any other way.  So if you like Passione Ricamo designs in general, and you have few spare dollars in your pocket, I recommend you give this one a look in the next five days.

For those interested, the purchase and sign-up page is here.

Look at all those purple beads in the border, no wonder the chart calls for over 2000 of them …..

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