Thursday, 15 March 2012

Theme-a-licious March Update

March's theme is March Madness, I plan to stitch as many different designers as fit in my schedule (how's that for a fudge?!)

So far we have:
Julie from In the Company of Friends (Dark Alphabet)
Chez Elisa for the Needlecraft Haven Freebie Challenge
Debra Page for the WOCS Daffodil Flower of the Month card
Sandy from San Man Originals for her Little Quilt Shop
Marie Suarez for My Lovely Sewing Tools from GoS online magazine
Joan Elliott for the JE RR on the Yuku Board.

I received the RR piece but rather than start on it immediately I felt the urge to put in a couple of evenings on My Lovely Sewing Tools.  That's my definition of Madness - Throw Crazy to the Wind!  Here are my Before and After shots to show the progress after three evenings:

The top pic is a photo, the bottom is scanned into the computer.  The fabric is a 40 count antique white Newcastle linen so the scanned pic is closer in colour although a little bleached.

This is my part of Jacqui's Joan Elliott RR.  Her theme is "Your Favourite Joan Elliott design".  It's an impossible choice so I chose a genre I won't be stitched on any of the other RRs.  Here is one evening's progress: 

Again the scanner has bleached the fabric colour.

Can you guess what the design is?  I'm trying Anchor 403 instead of DMC 310.  It is marginally thicker on 28 count.  I was also recommended Vicky Clayton's HDF black.  Does anyone know of a UK stockist?

I'm also using black on another project and I'm trying 3 strands of 310 which is working well.
Finally, a non-stitchy item - my boys have normal names as I've said before but I do call them cute nicknames and use terms of endearment.  A lady came to the door today, while we were chatting The Small Boy was behind the stair gate and wanted me.  I said "Hang on a moment sweet pea, Mummy will be with you".  Lady-on-doorstep: "Sweetpea, that's a pretty name".

Now, (A) he's a BOY (OK he has a mop of hair but he's very boyish under it) and (B) what kind of person calls a child of either gender "Sweetpea"?  I'm not Olive Oyl and hubby isn't Popeye.  LOL.


Christine said...

Your sewing tools sampler is lovely.
LOL at the woman at the door, I call lots of the children at school Sweetpea, it's code for "I've forgotten your name for a minute"
I suppose anything is possible, some of the names celebrities give their children make you wonder. I honestly thought the Beckhams had called their little girl Half Past Seven the first time I heard it

Mouse said...

hahahah love your fudge and cooo can't think what you have started .... and yooo hooo olive
I call peeps sweet pea too especially little ones ..can't wait to see what you get up to with hermitting :) love mouse xxxx

Julie said...

Sewing tools is stunning!
Cutie nicknames are norm around here too, my daughter is commonly known as Nelly, her real name is Amy and the big lad is Lurch (after Anthony in the Royale family).
I was out with granddaughter Isabelle last week, she had on beautiful pink coat and pale pink hat, crocheted pink blanket on the pushchair and the supermarket assistant comnented 'what a cute little boy!!!!

Giovanna said...

That sampler is really beautiful - nice progress!

Eyani Ryou said...

The sewing tools looks great as does the start of the RR! I'm about halfway through my block!

Lol at sweet pea! I thought I'd said some stupid things but thats epic!

Sherrie said...

Beautiful! Makes me want to pick up my cross stitch again. Have a great day!

Food for Thought

geeky Heather said...

LOL, I just noticed your "leave a comment" blurb! Great progress you've made; was Madame Muriel holding you back before??

Sweetpea is such a cute nickname. :) Maybe that lady has been reading too many Hollywood magazines...we've got one actress's kid named "Apple."

Deb said...

I love your sewing tools sampler. I don't think that I've seen that design before but I really like it.

♥ Nia said...

You have many wips on your hands :)
Enjoy your March madness!! :D

Joysze said...

Awww, I think sweetpea is such a cute term of endearment. :D

Ruth said...

Hey Olive Oyl :)

Love the progress. If you cross your fingers and hope real hard I might remember all weekend long to bring some 310 replacement options (like Vikki's or Splendor) in and ship them off to you to try. I tend to use Splendor just because I tend to find it first and I have easy shopping access to it, but Vikki's black is very nice.

Susan said...

Your Sewing Tools looks great - you've made a lot of progress. I know what you mean about the black thread - I've started having coverage issues with it and well, just aboue every very dark color.

Kaisievic said...

Sweet story about a sweetpea!

hugs, Kaye xoxo