Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Theme-a-licious update...

I have joined up a few blog SALS in 2012 - "Theme-a-licious" being one of them. Check out this link to read all about this SAL.What could be easier for me this month with the theme being "Jardin January". 

Fellow bloggers doing the Crazy January Challenge (you know who you are) have inspired me to start a new (and hopefully quick) project which I have had in my stash for a year.  It is called "School House Sampler" by Birds of a Feather. I have it kitted up and raring to go. The vase of flowers makes it fit perfectly in with the January theme don't you think? No doubt it will an interesting experience stitching on the almost black linen which came with the pattern.  I will have to use my day light me thinks.

My MJ project fits in perfectly with Jardin January also which I have been plugging away at. I have nearly completed another componenet - finches on rocks near a basket of holly . If you can tell that is a going to be a basket of holly you are doing well.

Here are the themes from Theme-a-licious and my ideas for the rest of the year:
Jardin January
The holidays were a little stressful...let's relax in a nice garden. Work on any piece with flowers or gardens.  That's easy - Marjolein Bastin English Garden sampler and BOF School House Sampler

Fangirl February
Send a Valentine to your favorite designer...or at least work on his or her designs for the month!
Oooh... I am bit partial to Prairie School designs especially the alphabet series. I think my credit card might be having a workout here. But which letter to start - the deer or rabbit?

March Madness
Stitch or knit on something different every day...it's madness...of the funnest possible kind.
By this month I will have quite a few WIPs especially after January and February so this will definately be possible.

Amazon April
Dip your needle into the vast swath of fabric dedicated to your BIGGEST projects!
My HAED project will get a workout this month.

May Memories
Remember when you took that class? Or decided to commemorate that event? And then abandoned your poor WIP? Take a stroll down memory lane by working on it again.
Not sure I have anything that fits into this theme.

Jumanji June
Is it a jungle out there in your stash? Give some love to the projects with animals or birds.
I have a half finished Noah's Ark cross stitch someone gave me so I think I'll have to work on this as hopefully by then the MB sampler will be finito!

Jolly July
It's a jolly holiday with your WIPs...you can concentrate on Christmas designs, ornaments, or even pick a different holiday to render in stitchy goodness.
I want to stitch my DH a Shepherds Bush stocking so well will all have them by Christmas 2012. This will be the month.

Altius August
Embrace the Olympic motto--Citius, Altius, Fortius (Faster, Higher, Stronger)--by elevating your mind. It's the perfect time to learn something new! Or maybe achieve some goals...
Probably achieving goals will be my plan for my Birthday month.

September Smalls
We all love gadgets, and none better than the teensy tools and holders we make ourselves. Let's stitch some smalls--needlebooks, fobs, biscornus, scissors keeps, pincushions--or knit some teensy things--amigurumi, jewelry, sachets....
I don't really do smalls (except for school fetes) but I'm sure I could manage something.

Obligation October
Wow, the holidays are only a couple months away! Avoid that last-minute crunch and work on some gifts now.
Great idea. Maybe some teacher presents for the end of year.

Nail It November
What's lying around that's so close to being finished you can't stand it anymore? Get to it and finish it!
Let's hope this month won't be finishing MB sampler but there's a strong possiblity this will be the month to finish it. It always takes longer to finish something than one imagines.

Delightful December
The holidays are a time for relaxing...at least, that's the theory! No stress here...work on whatever you want and enjoy!
It will be remarkable if anything is achieved in December if it's as crazy as last December was!

Thanks for stopping by my garden....
                                                     Jan x


Sue said...

Those are both lovely projects. Love the colours of the first one and the birds are so sweet in the second. Nice to meet a fellow Aussie Theme-a-liciousing along!

Sarah said...

Oh gosh Jan - you have yourself all set for the year!

What is your next Shepards Bush? O would like me to do the Thomas one for him...

Giovanna said...

Great plan - and the basket of holly is so pretty!

cucki said...

Very sweet projects..I love them so much..I am also taking part on theme..a licious..I am preparing my jan stitching for it..
Hugs and happy stitching xxx

geeky Heather said...

Ooo, those are both really pretty, but I must admit my favorite is the MJ piece. I think I have that chart in my stash and I just love that piece.