2. Have you stitched a project by this designer before?
"On the Beach" is my first Mme.C design.
There are a set of landscape designs which co-ordinate with On the Beach. I have already bought Hallowe'en Town and would like the Roses and Reindeer designs too.
There is also this rather nice Advent Calendar, I am very partial to Advent Calendars!
My cousin had her first baby last year and they decorated the Nursery with a nautical theme because Daddy is in the Royal Navy. So of course this little design was perfect for the baby. I am hoping to finish and frame it by Easter as I would love to travel to see them and present it in person.
Madame Chantilly only uses whole stitches in her work, no beads or metallics or other embellishments. They are charted for DMC and the occasional hand-dyed. However you could easily use more hand-dyed threads and add charms, buttons or beads. On the Beach has little crabs and shells along the bottom which you could substitute buttons for the stitches. The designs have a definite European feel to them, which they should because Madame Chantilly is an Italian designer!
Finally, I saw this idea on someone else's blog and as a lover of statistics I couldn't resist! This little pie chart shows the proportion of time I have worked on each project this month: