Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Theme-a-licious 2012

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One upon a time, a few friends and I decided it would be fun to have some monthly themes to stitch on during the year. You know, shake things up, get us out of our stitching rut every once in a while. It was a lot of fun and had us visiting some WIPs we hadn't seen in a while, and finishing up some we should've a long time ago. I haven't done it for the past few years, although I usually observe some form of March Madness (so. Much. FUN!)

This year, I wanted to stitch (and maybe knit) with some themes again. And I thought some of you might want to join me. Here are the themes I'm thinking of for 2012 (special thanks to Teresa for helping me switch things around and get jiggy with the alliteration):

Jardin January
The holidays were a little stressful...let's relax in a nice garden. Work on any piece with flowers or gardens.
Fangirl February
Send a Valentine to your favorite designer...or at least work on his or her designs for the month!
March Madness
Stitch or knit on something different every's madness...of the funnest possible kind.
Amazon April
Dip your needle into the vast swath of fabric dedicated to your BIGGEST projects!
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.
Jumanji June
Is it a jungle out there in your stash? Give some love to the projects with animals or birds.
Jolly July
It's a jolly holiday with your can concentrate on Christmas designs, ornaments, or even pick a different holiday to render in stitchy goodness.
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...
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....
Obligation October
Wow, the holidays are only a couple months away! Avoid that last-minute crunch and work on some gifts now.
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!
Delightful December
The holidays are a time for least, that's the theory! No stress on whatever you want and enjoy!

Interested in joining me? I'm thinking of two posts a month, one on the 1st to share your plans and show progress from the previous month, and one on the 15th to share progress. You can participate in the theme however you want--all month, a couple weeks a month, weekends, even just one week a month! I don't want this to be troublesome or restrictive; I want it to be FUN...and maybe a leeeeettle bit challenging. The great thing is that you can easily fit this in with whatever challenges you're doing for the year...WIPocalypse, Year of Projects, One at a Time, Crazy January...whatever! I might even have some theme-related goodies to give away to participants. =)

If you want to play along, sign up on Mr. Linky on the Theme-a-licious 2012 page. You might want to use a tag for your posts, like "theme-a-licious", and link that tag there. Or you can just link the main URL for your blog. I'm not choosy. I'll just be happy if anyone plays along. =) I can't wait to see how you all interpret the themes!

I'll host a Mr. Linky on the 1st and 15th of each month so we can all visit around and celebrate the themey goodness together. Eventually, Michael the wonder husband will do a nice banner graphic (and blog sidebar graphic) for us. I promise it will be cool, although Nathan Fillion may not appear in it. =) I also toyed with the idea of doing three posts a month--on the 1st, 11th and 21st. If you think that's a better idea, or have another suggestion, hit the comments on this post.

Come work on monthly stitching/knitting themes with me in 2012! Please? =)


Vanessa said...

What a great idea! I'll be joining.

Karen said...

I like this idea....just love stitching with themes! Can't wait to see what unfolds....

TeresaB said...

Woot! Themes are back!!! I've been looking at my stash and WIPs with the themes in mind since we got back.

Jackie's Stitches said...

Great idea! I can also use this as a reason to start a few new projects! :)

Annette said...

No Nathan for the graphic? Hmmmm... I might have to reconsider joining in ;)

woolwoman said...

Soounds like fun Heather - I'll be joining in as much as I can. TGIF Mel

TeresaB said...

You know Annette's right. I think Nathan needs to be part of the graphic. I'd think he'd be honored. ;-)

Jenny said...

What a fun idea! Love all the names!

Richard Rose said...

While I like the idea I'm not sure about joining in. I could possibly come up with something for most months but there are a couple that I would have a problem with. I can tell you now though that March Madness wouldn't be one of them as I usually have at least 6 projects to chose from.

Becky said...

Love the idea and your theme list! I can't wait to get started :)

Julie said...

I don't do enough projects to participate. =(

Julie said...

Sadly I do much project prep for other people. I cut up lapbooks for homeschool. I doubt that counts.

I have a stitching project I would like to pull out but I am uncertain if the baby would just take that as a string tangling challenge.

I once sewed my middle child's finger while sewing so I now am not allowed to sew with kids around which means my machine will gather dust for another 2 years before I can pull it out again.

Sad crafter is sad.

Veronica said...

Found you through Measi's blog. This sounds like fun. Count me in.


Karoline said...

Sounds fun, I'm up for joining you on this

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

I thought I already followed you when you started to follow me! You're on my spreadshet of blogs anyway. oops!
I'll join in with a few of these but not the mad March one!!

Sherry said...

This is an awesome idea!!! I'm so excited to be joining you.

Unknown said...

I have just found this and what a wonderful idea, would love to take part :-D

Lisa Dunn said...

This sounds like a lot of fun! I would love to participate. :o)

Loretta said...

Sounds like a lot of fun!!!

Hannah - City Stitcher said...

I wasn't going to do this, but then I read the themes, and a number of projects I am working on will really fit in. So count me in (I'm trying to sign up to lots of things that will keep me focussed and motivated, but are low pressure if you know what I mean). I've signed up under the Theme-a-licious tab but I couldn't see where to comment there.

Merry Christmas!

cathymk said...

Love these themes! First time visitor, thanks to link from another blog (Annette's Acre). Adding you to my google reader so I can keep up.

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