Stitch from Stash – July

I was a bad girl this month.  I started off by running out and grabbing the Halloween issue of Just Cross Stitch only to find nothing in it of interest. So there went 9.99 down the drain.  Then I couldn’t find my graphite paper to work on my Tolkien quilt so there went 2.99. And then came Picture This Plus Christmas in July… and I have been aching to do Sabrina and Elizabeth from Mirabilia on the same fabric so I got a half yard of Twilight and I used Thutmosis fabric viewer to pick out Echo for Luna, Gigi, Emi and Ana. Doesn’t matter that I don’t have the patterns yet. I bought the fabric at the Christmas in July Sale. So put me down for 96.75 when it would have been 129 at the regular price.
Oh and I did do some stitching in July. Mainly on Fire and Ice.

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Amazing what a few hundred stitches will do.

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WIPocalypse report for July – Do you plan for Christmas in July?

I don’t have much in the way of progress to show this month.   I worked FantasyCon, had my high school reunion, hosted our annual Dutch Oven pot luck dinner.  This didn’t leave much time for hobby work.  I started the Tolkien quilt from my stash but I haven’t worked on much else hobby-wise.

You can see the work here.

So on to the question: Do you plan for Christmas in July?

Not really.  July is when I start hankering for Halloween designs.  I used to use July for Christmas ornaments but I don’t stitch for gifts anymore.  Too many people don’t appreciate the work that goes into stitching.  I only stitch for people who do hand work and understand the amount of time and money that go into such a gift.  I don’t ever want to be in a situation again where someone calls a gift that I’ve put 40 hours and $80 into – “that kitschy stuff she gives us.”

So no, I don’t do Christmas in July although I do like the Christmas in July sales. Picture this Plus is having their annual sale this week.  I keep eying the witches from Nora Corbett and this would be the perfect way to get matching fabric for the 4 that have been released.

FantasyCon fitness report

Charity night where we had an assembly line for stuffing VIP bags and stuffing VIP, Vendor and Press cards into lanyards.

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First day of having guests in the hall.  Working with the incredible Tinsel Korey. One panel, autographs and a photo op.

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Fourth of July, incredible panel on Tinsel’s life and career, scheduled photo op, and I tried to drive traffic to our booth.

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The day we were expecting to be busy.  I got my Doctor Who quilt signed by Sylvester McCoy, went to the photo op booth with Tinsel, shilled for any sales we could get for all the celebrities on our row, had an incredible panel on the power of women in entertainment, shook Sean Astin’s hand, saw Mark Sheppard arrive, found out that Jed Brophy will not sign body parts (asked him what the strangest thing he had been asked to autograph), was told to stop apologizing for things I had no control or responsibility for, and ended the day with dinner at the Pie.

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Oddly, I moved more than at ComicCon but felt like I accomplished less. Looking forward to September.