Sunday, 31 August 2014

August Just Nan SAL and Theme-a-licious Update

Just Nan SAL
Just Nan SAL is hosted by Zeb of Keep Calm and Cross Stitch

I stitched two different Just Nan designs this month, they will follow as part of the main post this month.  They are Moon Riders Jasper and Nan's Garden bands for a round robin.

Theme-a-licious is hosted by Heather of It's Geek to Me

Each month Heather thinks up a theme for us to stitch to, or in my case, a theme to somehow shoe-horn my existing stitching into, no matter how tenuous the link!

Author! Author! August
The words are speaking this month! Hunt out those WIPs with a verse or two. It's time those projects with words and sentences grew.

Once upon a time a young girl who lived in a country where it was always Winter and never Christmas.

She was very sad and often lonely so she would wander through the woods building herself friends from the snow which lay all around her.  Because it was always Winter the days were short and she knew she must be safe at home by nightfall.

The woods were also home to many strange and frightening creatures.

There were rumours of witches

 living in unusual tumbledown or halfbuilt cottages within the depths of the woods.

One day when the young girl was returning from her daily Build-a-Friend expedition she encountered a beautiful shimmering fairy, her Guardian Angel.

"I am here to grant you the traditional three wishes.  What is your greatest desire, oh lonely young woods girl?" the Angel sang to her.

The young girl thought hard.  Should she wish for Frosty the Snowman to come alive?  Or should she think of herself?  Maybe the circus could come to town to entertain her and Frosty?

"My first wish is for the key to a beautiful garden full of Summer flowers, where bees Gather Honey"

The Angel waved her wand and granted this wish.

"It's a very lovely green garden" the girl said, "but somehow I imagined a few flowers?"

So the Angel waved her wand again and a beautiful archway of roses appeared in the garden with beds of fragrant flowers and more bees.  The girl knew she would never be hungry for honey again.

"And for your final wish?" asked the Angel.
The young girl thought hard, "I would really like a special treat"

"It's always Winter in the woods and never Christmas.  I would really love to see a complete White Christmas"

The Angel looked at her and said "Come on dearie, I gave you a flower garden amidst the snow but some things need more than fairy magic!"

Hope you enjoyed the story!

Finally the Summer Postcard Blog Hop is nearly at an end.  I am waiting for one more photo promised to me then I will send out the final two postcards.

First postcard from Marcy goes to Gracie at Needles, Pins and Dragonflies
Second postcard from Krista goes to Jocondine at Jocondine
Third postcard from Michelle goes to Sharon at Shebafudge
Fourth postcard from Mouse goes to Vickie at A Stitcher's Story
Fifth postcard from Christine goes to Marcy at Stitching Plus
Sixth postcard from Astrid goes to Krista at Just Stitching Along
Seventh postcard from Vickie goes to Michelle at Michelle's StitchCraft Place
Eighth postcard from Jocondine goes to Deborah at A Patchwork of Crafts
Ninth postcard from Gracie goes to Maggee at Stitching Devotee
Tenth postcard from Deborah goes to Heather at It's Geek to Me
Eleventh postcard from Maggee goes to Mouse at Tales of a Stitching Mouse
Twelfth postcard from Sharon goes to Kaye at Kitten Stitching


Vickie said...

Fantastic! Great story. =)

Rachael Ball said...

Brilliant story! Love it :-)

Brenda said...

What a fun story line!!!

Linda said...

Oh Jo I absolutely loved your story and all of your stitching.


Annette-California said...

BRAVO! oh reading your enchanting story actually brought tears to my eyes Jo! My mom used to make up the most beautiful stories.
Fabulous stitching projects!!!
love Annette

Julie said...

Fabulous it!
lots of lovely stitching this month.

Christine said...

Always winter and never Christmas. I got that reference!

There you go, Captain America and The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe in one comment ;D

geeky Heather said...

LOL at Christine! Fantastic Theme-a-licious update! I loved the shoehorn into the glass slipper. :)

Steph said...

Love it <3 XOX

Anonymous said...

Hello Jo

A great story and beautiful stitching (:

Preeti said...

Lovely story and lovely stitching :)

Thoeria said...

What a splendid post! Loved the story and really great stitching!

Michelle said...

Loved it thank you for sharing xx

jocondine said...

One more fan ! ready to print the post and get a 12 pages small book ;)

Brenda A said...

I love the fabric you're doing the Frosted Pumpkin on!! What a nice molty gray/white. :)

Kaisievic said...

Lovely story and I am admiring of your shoehorning this month! lol!