Sunday, April 27, 2014

Back from Holidays. Time for WIPocalypse Update!

Hello readers and in particular, new followers! I am delighted to see I have 10 newbies following me since I last logged in.

I hope I haven't disappointed you by being absent but we have been on an Easter break. It is the end of first term here in Australia so we took ourselves off to Melbourne for a 5 day trip. Mary danced in the Champion of Champions of Australia Highland dancing competition on Easter Saturday and Sunday so it was fun to extend the trip by a couple of days. She came home with a fifth overall trophy for her section which delighted us all.

L-R clockwise Mary dancing the Sailor's Hornipe; Mary dancing in a reel; Mary holding her 5th overall trophy
The holiday highlight was booking tickets on the oldest steam train still running in Australia called Puffing Billy. Tom is mad keen on trains at the moment so he was bubbling with excitement as we hung our feet out of the train and headed to an old village for a cafe lunch.

I have two main projects for WIPocalpyse 2014 which are the Bothy Threads Cut Thru Castle and Promises Kept by Dimensions, a version of a Noah's Ark. This is my April update although I am late by 10 days - sorry!

Over the last month I have completed the fifth page of the castle so I have started stitching the top left corner of the castle which is the tower.

Bothy Threads Cut Thru' Castle
I haven't spent as much time on Promises Kept unfortunately so must knuckle down and stitch on it more this month. The progress I have made has been on the elephant.

Dimensions Promises Kept 

The question for the WIPocalypse challenge this month is: How do I keep my stash organised? I have a large cupboard in my sewing room which holds my projects. I keep all of my WIPs in separate fabric bags so the threads, pattern and fabric stay together and are not mixed with other projects.  I have a large pile of cross stitch patterns in my cupboard also that are piled up high. Kits that I haven't started yet are also piled together. Now that might all sound very organised but there is some chaos in there and its not all that neat.  It's not photo worthy LOL.

Happy stitching...

                           Jan x 


Sarah in Stitches said...

Congrats to Mary on the trophy! That's fantastic. :D Sounds like you had a great holiday. Beautiful stitching, too!

Julie said...

Well done to Mary on her achievement, fabulous.
Oh WOW!!! what a train ride that must have been.
Lovely stitching as always.

Dani - tkdchick said...

Jan it looks like you had a wonderful holiday!

Your Bothy looks like so much fun!!!

zenuwpees said...

Bravo a Mary et les broderies avance bien Marie-Claire

cucki said...

Looks like dear you had a fun holiday time..
Sweet stitching
Hugs x

Linda said...

Congrats to Mary for the win. Your stitching looks great Jan.


Karoline said...

Sounds like you had a great trip, congratulations to Mary.

Your projects are looking lovely