Wednesday, April 16, 2014

April WIPocalypse update and a finish!

There's a full moon in the sky, a blood moon, an eclipse of the moon, and it's time for a WIPocalypse update!  I saw it last night from my front yard, but if you missed it, you can see the video here:

Since the last WIPocalypse post, I've had 3 more finishes; the Best Witches Halloween ornament, the first Advent Animals ornament, Katie Kitty, and another Santa!

On the 5th day of Christmas, Santa brought to me.... Five Golden Rings!
Santa's 12 Days of Christmas (Day 5) FINISHED!
If we actually stitch on this every Sunday, Linda and I should be able to finish one Santa per month and have them all done before Christmas this year!
Santa's 12 Days of Christmas (Days 1-5)
"Santa's 12 Days of Christmas" (Day 5)
Book No. 126
Designed by Pamela Byrd Smith
The Prairie Schooler
28 ct mushroom evenweave
Started 11/17/2013, Finished 4/13/2014

I made good progress on Fall Welcome, my Saturday SAL with Linda.
Fall Welcome update #9
I've also been stitching on Alice from Resident Evil.  Does she look like Milla Jovovich yet?
Alice from Resident Evil update #3
This is how she will look when she is done:
Alice from Resident Evil
I also stitched more on The Sorcerer's cloak.  When I finish him, I'll stitch The Sorceress next!  These are gifts for my best friend who loves wizards and castles and dragons!
The Sorcerer update #12
My idea is to get them framed together, and my framer friend suggested that I find some charms so she could include them in separate cut-out parts of the mat, so I bought these pewter pendants on eBay:

The topic for this month is, "How do you keep your stash organized?"  I don't use bobbins and keep the floss skeins in small 3"x4" ziploc baggies in these plastic photo cases:

I keep all my WIPs in gallon size Ziploc bags with the fabric, chart, and floss for each project.  I put all my Ultimate Crazy January Challenge starts for 2012 in this sewing basket, and I have another sewing basket full of starts from the UCJC 2013.  The new starts from UCJC 2014 are just in a pile on top of my Rubbermaid tote where I keep all my future kits and charts.  

Then I have about 6 fabric tote bags with several WIPs in each one on Q-Snaps, so I can easily grab a tote bag when I meet my friends to stitch or to take in the car if I leave home.  I always say, you never know if there will be an earthquake and the ground will crack open and I won't be able to get home for awhile, so at least I'll have something to stitch!

I bought a pink plastic drawer cart like this one to store my cross stitch fabric, but it's still empty and all the fabric is in 2 cardboard boxes instead.     
Be sure to visit Measi's Musings blog to find links to everyone's WIPocalypse blog posts with their stash organization photos, too! 


cucki said...

Beautiful projects..
I also stored my threads in box and kits in baskets..
Aww I love stash :)

Jacquie Morris said...

Oh just stunning your Santa's 12 days of Christmas... 5 gold rings is wonderful :) Its looking really good, loving the colors and the cute pear :)
Love the way you store your floss... I am rapidly running out of space for all my floss!
Oooh a great way to keep all your projects you are currently working on :)
You inspired me to do a show and tell on my blog... when I update later today :)
smiles and happy stitching :)

Giovanna said...

Congrats on the new Santa, and well done on the WIP advances.

Anonymous said...

great storage drawer, Love the Santa

Katie said...

Great stitching and great organization.

Julie said...

Great charms to accompany the wizard, that's going to look so wonderful when finished and framed.

Linda Sherman said...

You were a follower of mine over at my old blog and,I am trying to let all my followers at Cross'N My Stitches, know that I am no longer there. I had to abandon the blog after not being able to post anymore for some reason. My new blog is, Please rejoin me there by signing up as a new follower. Love you all and want to reconnect with ya'll. Thank you so much. LindaLee

ricketyjo said...

Congrats on your finishes and all your other stitching is looking wonderful!

Anne said...

Beautiful work on all of your stitching! I love the storage solutions. I'm very unorganised so could definitely do with some help.

sharine said...

Everything is looking great. Great organizing to:)

Vicky L said...

Congratulations on your 5th Santa! Your Wips are progressing nicely. You are better organized than me. If we weren't 3000 miles apart, I would hire you to organize my stash.

Vicky L said...

Congratulations on your 5th Santa! Your Wips are progressing nicely. You are better organized than me. If we weren't 3000 miles apart, I would hire you to organize my stash.

AnaCristina said...

wow! how much things you have!

Linda said...

Congrats on another great Santa finish Debbie. I love your plastic cart. Sure wish I could store my projects in the baskets, but my cats are way to nosey. You have made awesome progress on Alice and the Sorcerer. I so enjoy all of our SAL's and am looking forward to Fridays.


rbold1006 said...

Wow I love your Santa 12 days of Christmas :) it is so cute who is the designer? I also love the Sorcerer and the lovely charms :) xx

Pull the other thread said...

Amazing progress on all your stitching projects. I love the pewter charms, such a wonderful idea and I think it will look just fabulous when all framed. Wow you are so organised, the best I can say about my organisation is that I have most of my floss in bobbin boxes.

Scrapbrat1 said...

YOur stitching is just beautiful, and you are very organized!

Jan Jones said...

Congrats on the new Santa, and well done on your WIPs - great STASH organization!!!

Marcy said...

The new Santa looks great. This will be a great finish for Christmas.

Southpaw Stitcher said...

Congrats on the Santa finish. Your WIPs are coming along well. Love the wizard charms--your friend is lucky to be getting such a nice gift! You look like you're very organized with all your WIPs! Enjoyed seeing how you store them all.

Shebafudge said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous stitching!

CathieJ said...

Wow, you have quite a project stash. I love the Santas and scarecrow. I just bought two Prairie Schooler Santa patterns. I can't wait to start on them. The wizard is great.

Elizabeth said...

I love the Santa! Lovely work on all of your projects.

Linda K's Stitching Corner said...

Wow sure are very well organized...

I would like to see your photos of your 6 Fabric Tote Bags with your projects in them....I like to see what they look like.

Happy Stitching
Linda K, Railroad

Anonymous said...

I could totally tell that's Milla :) Love the santa sampler!

Brigitte said...

Great progress on your WIPs. I'm sure that the 12 Days by PS will be finished by Christmas.
Whenever I see a basket full of ziplock bags containing WIPs I feel the urge to look at each of them. All your bags would keep me busy and happy for hours, lol.

Sheryl S. said...

What lovely Santas Debbie, and your ziplock bags look impressive. I just don´t know how to store everything - seems I have fabrics in drawers and cupboards everywhere, even storage boxes under the bed.