Do you know how sometimes you see something online and absolutely have to have it even if it makes no sense? That was how I felt when I saw Bendy Stitchy Michelle do a YouTube flip through of Santa Remembered and Down Santa Claus Lane. The old fashioned Santa patterns in these books are gorgeous. I'm not sure when I'll find time to stitch any of them, but when has that ever been a problem for me? Everyone was saying that used copies of these books are easy to find, so I thought I'd check my local thrift shops.
I did find a copy of Santa Remembered at the second Goodwill we tried, but its previous owner must have stitched every single pattern. The front half of the book was pristine. The charts were tattered and torn and tapes back together and I loved the book, but not enough to spend five dollars on a copy in that condition.
Which was a good thing, because the local Friends of the Library shop had both books Michelle showed, along with a third one, for fifty cents each.
I didn't even look inside of Holidays Remembered, which is probably a good thing because I'm not sure I'd have been excited by the chance to stitch Abraham Lincoln and George Washington for an upcoming President's Day.
There are a couple of great Halloween patterns and I'm intrigued by this Pilgrim couple.
It's a twenty-two book series, so I'll be watching for the rest. Angels Remembered was at the same shop where I found the battered copy but I was even less enthused about the designs in that one that I am about Presidents Lincoln and Washington.