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Laura had this to say on the Passione Ricamo Fairy Mistery SAL 2012 – 2013 Facebook Group:

welcome to everyone!!! and thank you to all of you for the great trust you are showing to me….I’m almost speechless!!!!!!!!!!!

I called this Mystery Sal thinking that we were a small group of mainly Italian girls …. instead …. I’m terrified!!! also because I never thought that someone could enjoy to this SAL, I thought no more than 10-15 people at most … INSTEAD ARE subscribing FROM ALL PARTS OF THE WORLD!!!!!!!!!!

In any case, I want to remind to all of you that the subscription ends on the 30 of June 2012, that this special chart now is only for the subscriber, and will become available as paper chart not before the 2014 or more…

Stitchers can choose if stitch it only with DMC floss, or use the original list with DMC, beads and metallic…

The chart is splitted in 12 step, ! step for each month starting from the 1 of July 2012.
each step is about 45 x 73 stitches, and at the start of each step i will show you my stitched part… yes, I will going to stitch it for you winh with you….

My dear firend Dawn, surely will hep you if you need …..
Again thank you to all of you!
hugs and kisses!


I’m getting excited over this one.  I’m pretty sure I have a suitable fabric and all the floss (metallics etc) already in my stash so I’ll be ready to go as soon as my stash as I are reunited.

For those interested, the purchase and signup page is here.

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Yep I never finish Stitch-a-longs. But I can’t resist the lure. Especially when it is from one of my favourite designers.

There’s a couple of catches with this one.  You MUST sign up before the SAL starts. 

Sal starts on the 1 July 2012, sign ups close on the 30 June 2012.  So this is definitely a Mystery SAL and you go into it with your eyes closed.  There’s no chance to wait and see what it’s going to look like and then jump in later 🙂

The flip side is that the pattern is €12.00 Euro. (Approximately $15-$16.00 US or Australian).  So if you do like the majority of Passione Ricamo charts and have the money to spare, it’s not that big an investment if it turns out you don’t like it.

But that’s the gamble with Mystery charts 🙂

There is a Facebook Group already in place, the Passione Ricmao Fairy Mistery SAL 2012 – 2013 (yes complete with typo – ooops) but they do have a heap of information already in place and it’s being run by Laura’s model stitcher for this SAL so extra tidbits are forthcoming.

As can be seen above and in the sneak peek on the official sign up page the fairy/goddess will have dark hair and the whole project will be predominantly blues and purples. In the official materials list that you receive when you sign up, the suggested fabric is either a white or an off-white.  However Laura often uses Polstitches fabrics for her models so when prompted, she listed the following Polstitches fabrics as suitable for this SAL:

  • Pearl
  • Delicate Roses
  • Dawn Chorus
  • Moonlight
  • Dusk
  • Summer Breeze
  • Rumbles of Thunder
  •  Taboo
  • Rustic Rhubarb
  • Awakening
  • Angel Dust
  • Snow Queen


There will be 9 cards of Rainbow Gallery Petite Treasure Braids and 2,500  Mill Hill beads (yes over 2000 – the vast majority being “Brilliant Orchid” or purple as I call it) as well as the usual DMC or Venus threads.

So fabrics fabrics …. I’m tossing up between Dawn Chorus and Awkening.  Any thoughts?

For those interested, the purchase and signup page is here.

Plans and priorities to keep me on track and focused for the week ahead:



  • Darkmoon Faire – exulted reputation achieved! Nothing required for this week.

Project-a-Day blog:

  • Waiting on “Summer Amuses” winner to contact me with address.
  • All other give away charts that have been claimed are in the mail.
  • Continue adding floss to inventory spreadsheet with a view to keeping accurate information on “kitting up” or “ready to start” information.
  • Review, check links and images on Jan-Mar posts.

Main Blog:

  • Write Mother’s Day post
  • Write Blackie post
  • Work out why my Stitching Friends blog feed isn’t working ….
  • Respond to overnight comments each morning
  • Take photos of gifts from the last six months to put up thank you posts
  • Finish “thinky” post on Pinterest.

Email group tasks:

  • Catch up on group list emails – a little a day on each group
  • Keep an eye on the Stitching Hangout June Poll – Pink is still in the lead ….

Eat lunch.


I didn’t write one these last week because I had nothing to show.  I did actually do some stitching, I stitched four motifs on A Cat’s Life. Then realised the fourth didn’t match up to an existing motif so I unpicked all four.  Then realised the mistake was in the existing motif and all four were fine and could have stayed in.  I put that project that away. So no photos and in reality, no progress.

This week we’ve had intermittent blackouts all week so no stitching at night.  The blackouts have started around 4pm and usually last through until 9pm.  Last night’s started at 9:30pm and didn’t finish until after midnight.  So I’ve been pushing to finish project-a-day during daylight hours while all the lawnmowers etc are going on outside.

Over on PTPlus Yahoo Group Vanessa asked overnight:

Are you a destination stitcher or a journey stitcher? Do you stitch to see the finished piece or do you not care what the subject is or how long it takes because it’s all just x’s that you enjoy?

Back on 2006-2008 I was working 50 hours weeks (either as a Public Library branch manager + every weekend shift I could get my hands on or as a University Library Cataloguing Team Leader + commute) but it was also the most prolific stitching period of my life.  I stitched more hours per week and finished more projects than at any other time.

Now in 2012 I don’t work at all, I have 24 hours a day to stitch and I’ve stitched maybe two hours this week.  I do live in pain 24 hours a day and I do set myself tasks like the Project-a-day blog to stop me going stir-crazy but the drive and passion is gone. I thought that now I stitch for relaxation, that I had become a journey stitcher, but maybe I’m just a destination stitcher who has lost her way.

Or maybe I’m just a procrastinator who types too much and doesn’t pick up a needle anywhere near often enough.

I’m off to work on Mouse’s Dawn of Spring SAL because I’m still working on the flower motifs on the first row of Part 2 when Part 3 comes out today.  If you are a member of PTPlus Yahoo Group pop on over and answer Vanessa’s question.  If not, answer below: are you are journey stitcher, or a destination stitcher?  Or like me, just need a swift kick up the bum sometimes 🙂


Due to a combination of medical issues and just sitting around the house all day I’ve gotten behind on a lot of things, so I’m writing this post mainly for myself, but I’m putting it here in case there’s stuff I’m missing or its obvious to others that I’m focusing in the wrong areas, etc.  Anyway it’s a work in progress and I’m adding things as I think of them. It’s lunch time and I’ve done a bit of hard work this morning so the brain is already fogging up.

Plans and priorities to keep me on track and focused for the week ahead:



  • Darkmoon Faire – should have exulted reputation by the end of the week.

Project-a-Day blog:

  • Keep up with writing posts.
  • Respond to overnight comments each morning
  • Send out promised “Given away” charts.
  • Restart inventory spreadsheet with a view to keeping accurate information on “kitting up” or “ready to start” information.

Main Blog:

  • Work out why my Stitching Friends blog feed isn’t working ….
  • Respond to overnight comments each morning
  • Take photos of gifts from the last six months to put up thank you posts
  • Finish “thinky” post on Pinterest.

Email group tasks:

  • Catch up on group list emails – a little a day on each group
  • Wednesday Wobble questions and reminder posts for all of May have been written for The Stitching Hangout 🙂
  • Keep an eye on the Stitching Hangout June Poll – Pink is still in the lead ….

Eat lunch.


As you may remember from a few posts back, mum and I were kitting up the Papillion Creations SAL Around the World in 80 Stitches.  Well after a bit of judicious brain food ….

Inspiration can be gathered from many sources! (Thanks Rae!)

We had another look at floss Saturday morning before our visitors arrived.

Unfortunately I couldn’t find a Octarine (the colour of magic according to Terry Pratchett Discworld books). But I did end up with both:

  • Caron Waterlilies 017 Blue Lavender (pale blue purple)
  • Thread Gatherer SNC 172 Gingersnap (warm caramel)

I figure I’ll choose the exact 8th colour from between these two once I start stitching, unless anyone has any specific recommendations or objections? I’m all ears if you do!

Mum chose three extra colours:

  • Thread Gatherer SNC 015 Robin Egg Blue (Light Blue)
  • DMC Variegated 115 Variegated Garnet (Deep Red)
  • DMC Color Variations 4140 Driftwood (Shades of brown)

Knowing mum she will use them all rather than choose between them 🙂

Well I’ve started a WiP page for the Papillon Creations stitch-a-long, Around the World in 80 Stitches.  After a few conversations on stash organisation yesterday, I toddled off into the Pit of Despair, I mean the Stash Room, and thieved through some projects already kitted up for some green Gloriana threads.

(Last time I tried to kit up this project I was stuck on picking a nice combination of a dark, medium and light green from my existing stash.  Some friends suggested alternate threads that I might have had elsewhere in the stash.)

So after pawing through a few boxes and resolutely not starting any new projects, I pulled out just the threads mentioned by name and started floss tossing again.  It worked – I had my three greens!  That in turn, led to my fabric choice, which led to my florals and white and metallics!  It was so much fun that mum joined in and selected a palette for herself!  We had fun trying to include floss or fabric that had been gifted to me recently. We’ve now bought the cross stitch version of the SAL for mum as well as the specialty stitch version for me.  All we need to do is measure up and cut the fabric and start stitching.

Or so we thought. I thought the white was one of the floral colours – but no, it is eight florals, plus the white – so we each need to select another floral colour.

Floss Toss Mel

Mel’s Fabric and Floss
Zweigart 28ct  “Opalescent Minty Green” linen.

Dk Green: Gloriana #016 Holiday Green
Md Green: Gloriana #096 Summer Foliage
Lgt Green: Gloriana #120 Green Gables
Floral 1: Silk Mill 3108 Cote du Rhone (red)
Floral 2: Silk Mill 3170 Gazpacho (orange)
Floral 3: Dinky Dyes 112 Banksia (yellow)
Floral 4: Silk Mill 4059 Schevenigen Blue (blue)
Floral 5: Caron Waterlilies 084 African Sunset (mauve)
Floral 6: Dinky Dyes 157 Claremont (violet)
Floral 7: Anchor 1375 Harlequin (multicolour)
Floral 8: ???
White: DMC Perle 8 B5200
Metallic: Rainbow Gallery Petite Treasure Braid PB43 Turquoise

Thank you so much to Karen for the suggestions for the Gloriana greens and Kay for Mint fabric!

Floss Toss Mum

Mum’s Fabric and Floss
Zweigart 25ct  “Light Rose” Lugana.

Dk Green: Caron Wildflowers 065 Emerald
Md Green: Victorian Motto Sampler Shop Hand dyed
Lgt Green: Carrie’s Creations Key Lime
Floral 1: Dinky Dyes 140 Pilbara (red)
Floral 2: Silk Mill 3097 Taramasalata (salmon)
Floral 3: Crescent colours Belle Soie Mango (yellow)
Floral 4: Silk Mill 3023 Baltic Amber (Brown)
Floral 5: Silk Mill 4017 Delft (Blue)
Floral 6: Crescent Colours Blooming Crocus (Purple)
Floral 7: Dinky Dyes 150 Araluen (multicolour)
Floral 8: ???
White: Gloriana 102 Fresh Snow
Metallic: Rainbow Gallery Petite Treasure Braid PB62 Morning Water

Any suggestions for what we are missing in our respective palettes for the eighth floral?

{No Melissa – I’m not adding Pink! I have a Mauve – that’s close enough :)}

Well last week’s update was a Thursday and Friendly Stitcher’s updates seem to be on a Thursday so Thursday I guess it is.

Two major derailment this week, Diablo III and the flu.  We are a plague house at present so thinking and typing through a head cold and a migraine, well let’s just say that I’ve managed to re-watch the entire of Season One of Murdoch Mysteries this week!

I received an invite to the Diablo III beta test as part of my World of Warcraft Annual Pass and, not having played the game before in any of its previous incarnations, nor bothering to read anything about it, I jumped straight in.  Four hours later, I emerged.  I then spent a number of days chatting and reading on the forums understanding how the game was supposed to work versus how I was playing it. For example I learned that single point-of-view was a feature of the game, not simply me not figuring out how to pan the camera angle 🙂   Final conclusion, will continue to play this as a “casual” game when it comes out in its proper format and would LOVE to find some friends to try the game as a group rather than solo.

Mum’s been off work. She’s in an “if you don’t go to work you don’t get paid” job which is ridiculous in a respite and health care worker for elderly, disabled and otherwise frail people. If mum goes to work with a cold, some of her patients can get pneumonia and die. She cannot just take a few over-the-counter meds and work through it, she must take the health of her patients into account.Also this week I had a number of very long and extremely polite  phone calls with Centrelink until they eventually decided that yes I was to be put back onto sickness benefits until after the specialists visit in June. I’ve also caught mum’s cold.  So life here has not been a bundle of laughs.

So no stitching on a secret project. No stashing. Stashing and spending hiatus again. Until Mum’s fully back at work we don’t know if we can afford the trip the Melbourne.

But this week, even with the flu developing and looking after Mrs Cranky-Pants all week, I did manage to get some stitching in.  Last night I finally finished Part One of Mouse’s Dawn of Spring SAL.

Dawn of Spring - Part 1 completed

This is stitched on a piece of untitled Dovestitch evenweave given to me by Tina last year.  I’ve stitched it as follows:

First row: Bane Berry Bright (Vicky Clayton)
Second Row: Bane Berry (Vicky Clayton)
Third Row Crossed Cushion Stitch: Camouflage (Caron Wildflowers)
Third Row Smyrna Crosses: Bane Berry Bright (Vicky Clayton)

I also noticed this week that I’ve written over 100 posts on Project-a-Day. Today’s post, when I get it written, will be post 110.  Wow!  I had no idea I had written that many!

Finally I must give a shout-out to the girls on Stitching Hangout, especially Sisu, Kay, Katie and Cyn who decided that as a Goth Tigger I needed a Pretty Pink Dress to wear, and recommended these …..

Hello Kitty Wedding Dress

Lolita Dress

Hideous Dress 1

They were egged on by Melissa, Tina, Lana, Colleen, Alana, Rae, Deb and Niina who all voted on which of these I should acquire (all of them, one said!)  Ha! It was all a plot by the Pink Brigade!  I see it all now! I’m not paranoid!  Who’s paranoid?  Who said that?  Where’s the pink? No more pink!!!!!!

Seriously, thanks for the laughs in the last few days ladies, I didn’t mention anything on list, but I really really needed the mental boost 🙂

So this week, to continue the Project-a-Day, Mouse’s SAL will probably be set aside until I’m over the flu as I need to concentrate to graph in my initials, so it looks like it’s back to my other Blue piece Turple!

Today we spent a couple of fruitless hours trying to decide colours for the new Papillon Creations SAL Around the World in 80 Stitches I’ve decided to appeal for assistance.

I have a selection of fabrics to choose from.  I have a selection of colours to choose the florals from.  The issue is the dark, medium and light greens.  We did a floss toss, we did many floss tosses but couldn’t match up a satisfactory combo of dark, medium and light greens from my stash today.

For the dark green I want to use either Crescent Colours Bejeweled or Gloriana Holiday Green (both because these are my  favourite greens and because I have enough of them in my stash for the entire project).  So can people please suggest a good medium and a light green that goes well with either of these threads? If you have either of these in your own stash, feel free to floss toss and suggest combos you like!

For a better look at these threads (for those who don’t have them in their stash) I used Crescent Colours Bejeweled in this Ruitania P piece I stitched a few years back and Goriana Holiday green is the main colour in Bygone Stitches’ Eloquent Christmas.

Once I have the three greens, I can match the fabric and the florals to them. But I need to decide on the three greens as a first step.

So help please! Any combos of greens you can suggest would be gratefully accepted!

OK I think I’ve turned this into three or four different posts – so I’m going to trim and edit and put this back to just a stitching update and publish it and then have a go at the other things I want to say in other posts – because it’s now Thursday late-morning and I still haven’t posted my Tuesday stitching update.  So KISS principle.

I didn’t get as much stitching done as I wanted this past week, but with the nephews here this past weekend that wasn’t a surprise.  I did learn this week of two designers passing away.  Debbie Draper of Debbie Draper Designs passed away on the weekend and Carol Bristow of Carol’s Needle Sketches passed away last month.

Debbie died of a heart attack and Carol’s blogging of her stitching projects implies that her death was also unexpected. It’s a sobering reminder that no matter how much we stash or plan or look after ourselves, we are not going to be here forever to complete all of our projects.

Carol’s blog particularly depressed me. Will mine look like that when I go? Will all of ours?  It reminded me of Kitt and Marc.

I attempted as usual to cheer myself up with a touch of retail therapy, just a little, by picking up a couple of Debbie Draper designs.  I tried to buy A Dog’s Life to match A Cat’s Life that I blogged about earlier this week. Other people must have had the same idea, as I received an email from the shop to say she has run out of stock and cannot obtain any further charts.  So it may be that Debbie’s family have decided to close down Debbie Draper Designs.

In other stashing news I did finally order the Splendor threads required for Carol’s Begin It design.

Now for the actual stitching:

Turple First Third completed

It wasn’t planned, but when Turple got picked as the Project-a-Day, I sat down, put my evertite frame together for the first time and began stitching!  Progress pictures in the relevant WIP page.

After all of my excited planning and plotting of secret stitching, mum’s hours were severely shortened during and after the Easter break, so no secret stitching so far this month.

I did start Debbie’s A Cat’s Life.  This picture here represents around two hours work. No I didn’t have that massive an attack of the frogs 🙂  My nephews were interested in my stitching.  I’ll talk about that in the next post 🙂 WIP folder is here.

A Cat's Life - after two hours with my nephews

This week has been pretty difficult with higher levels of migraine pain and more people in the house (I can only seem to concentrate these days in complete solitude – maybe I need a writing/stitching gazebo in the middle of nowhere like Neil Gaimen).

Hopefully tomorrow while mum is away for eight hours I might get a crack at her secret project and then over the weekend I will continue Mouse’s SAL. That’s the plan. Tune in next week to see which direction the plans get derailed this time 🙂




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