So I'm back again for the #24HoursOfCrossStitch Challenge for August. Another month where some parts were easy whilst others were challenging and frustrating. Hello shoe-horning!
For August the three challenges were similar to July. For challenges one and two I was determined to include each project at least once, for challenge three each project was included twice.
1) Stitch for 24 hours during the month
I stitched for a total of 57 hours 15 minutes during August, which is w-a-y above the required 24, thanks to the school summer holiday. Because of quite a few new starts the time was split between ten projects this month. Here's a recap of most of my stitching this month:
Hogwarts In A Bottle - 4h 15m - progress
(not really enough progress to make it worth showing; you'll see it in the next 10 hour update)
Christmas Cat with Present - 2h 25m - new start
(you'll be seeing this as a new start tomorrow so I'll save the photo for then)
2) Fill in the acrostic XSTITCH DAY (each project was used once)
X - Green Halloween Banner - because it's now been x'd (crossed) off my WIP list.
S - Scaredy Cats - S is for scaredy in the chart name.
T - August In Peridot - because it was mostly stitched on trains.
I - A Little Witch Of The Night - I think she's out looking for ingredients for her potions.
T - Autumn Twirls - T is for twirls in the chart name.
C - Autumn Bird - the bird has a very curly tail.
H - Henry III - H is for Henry's initial.
D - Hogwarts In A Bottle - I continued stitching the turrets which house the dormitories.
A - A Little Wizard Of The Night - because wizards are associated with the word 'abracadabra'.
Y - Christmas Cat With Present - because Christmas just about marks the end of the year.
3) Connect 12 or more of the given holidays to your projects and stitch for at least 24 minutes on each. (each project went on two holidays, so 20 in total)
This was really hard, but that was half the fun!
1st - National Mountain Climbing Day - Hogwarts In A Bottle - because Hogwarts is on the top of a mountain (well, more of a hill I suppose but we'll call it a mountain!)
2nd - National Colouring Book Day - August In Peridot - because peridot is a colour.
3rd - National Watermelon Day - August in Peridot - watermelon skins are green, like peridot. Just!
6th - Wiggle Your Toes Day - A Little Wizard Of The Night - he's riding his broomstick barefoot and your can see his cute little toes.
7th - National Lighthouse Day - Christmas Cat With Presents - in recognition of The Lighthouse Keeper series of books, one of which is called The Lighthouse Keeper's Cat.
8th - World Cat Day - Scaredy Cats - I think 11 cats in this design is a good enough contribution to World Cat Day.
10th - Lazy Day - Autumn Twirls - as the leaves lazily fall to the ground in the gentle autumn breeze.
11th - Son And Daughter Day - Henry III who was the first English monarch to actually really love and care about his children.
12th - World Elephant Day - Henry III because he kept a menagerie at the Tower of London, which included an elephant gifted to him in 1255 by the King of France.
13th - Left Hander's Day - A Little Witch Of The Night - she's holding her broomstick with her left hand.
14th - National Creamsicle Day - Autumn Bird - the colours of the bird look like vanilla, butterscotch and toffee ice cream.
15th - Relaxation Day - Christmas Cat With Present - because Christmas Day is a time for relaxing.
18th - Serendipity Day - Scaredy Cats - because black cats are a symbol of good luck.
21st - Poet's Day - A Little Witch Of The Night - in recognition of the ditty always associated with witches, 'Double, double, toil and trouble. Fire burn and cauldron bubble.'
22nd - Be An Angel Day - Green Halloween Banner - because I feel like an angel for having finished it!
23rd - Ride The Wind Day - Autumn Twirls - because leaves ride the wind as they float to the ground.
29th - More Herbs, Less Salt Day - A Little Wizard Of The Night - I don't think wizards would put salt in their potions, but they definitely would put herbs.
30th - Frankenstein Day - Green Halloween Banner - Frankenstein's Monster is usually portrayed as being green, and certainly appears regularly in Halloween pictures.
31st - International Bacon Day - Hogwarts In A Bottle - because another name for a pig is a hog!
Phew! So that's August finally completed. I'm interested to see what others have done for August and now can't wait to get started on September!