Monday, July 30, 2012

Theme-a-licious Jolly July Wrap-Up



I know, I know...I said I was going to stop working on this ornament and just work on Dancer, already. But it was soooo cloooose....
It was also the most frogging I've done on a single ornament, I think. But I LOVE how it turned out. I substituted some metallic Toho beads I bought in Japan for some scattered stitches because I was afraid carrying the thread to them would show through the linen. This great design doesn't need the extra sparkle, but extra sparkle never hurts. =) It's stitched over two on 36-count, and BOY did the 32-count of Dancer look like BURLAP compared to it.

Oh, yeah, I did work on Dancer...
I have to tell you, this piece is seriously harshing my color calm. I did change one of the pinks in Dancer's ribbon from the SHOCKINGLY BRIGHT DMC 956 to...er...something else I forget now. However, when I work on it at night, I look at that LESS shockingly bright color, and it still looks SHOCKINGLY BRIGHT, especially since the chart photo makes it look all burgundy-mauvey. Then I am overcome with doubt and want to throw it down and start over! Or find colors that actually look like the photo, which I really do like. Hopefully it will all turn out OK; I had the same color fear with Dasher and he turned out great.

Spoiler Alert! If you are awaiting official Lottlympiad results, DO NOT click -->HERE<--! Otherwise, click the word "HERE". Back there, that is. I am now officially more awesome than NBC News.

Next up is...
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...

This month's theme was originally conceived as a challenge to learn something new. But if there's nothing you're itching to try, pick a goal and go for it. Maybe you want to finish off a project? Or organize your stash? As for me, I put quite a few projects in my Lottlympiad events that fit the bill: working on my Grandmother Star temari, blocking and assembling a sweater, trying a new beading technique with a kit I bought, and swatching and casting on some shawls (one in a two-color technique, and one lace one!) Hopefully I'll have time during the remainder of the month to work on (read: "start") some needlepoint beads from a cyberclass I signed up for and then had no time to work on (because Grandmother Star started at the same time!) That's the plan, anyway! Oh yes...and I am taking sewing classes!! What are you thinking of for Altius August?



So how did your Jolly July go? Were there more treats than tricks? Please add your link below (to your check-in post), and visit some other Themers if you can (everyone loves comments and encouragement!) Our next post will be on the 15th, when we'll see how Altius August is...taking off. ;) And don't worry if you haven't posted before...just jump in whenever. I know I said I'd keep doing the thumbnail linkies while I had them, but they're too much trouble to convert once they're done, so we're going simple from here on out. =)



12 comments:

Sherrie said...

Hi Heather,
Love the Christmas Tree Ornament, it's beautiful! Your coming along with reindeer. Have a great day!

Sherrie
Food for Thought
http://100sweets.blogspot.com/2012/07/theme-licious-jolly-july-wrap-up.html

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

Phew, I'm not first. That would have put unbearable pressure on me to go for the hat-trick!

I've copied your targets and medals idea for August. But not the amusing commentary because I won't do it as well as you LOL.

Annie said...

Hello

Just found your blog.

Your Christmas ornament is lovely, I like the thread you are using.
Great reindeer start too.

Anne said...

I love how Silent Night turned out too! What a pretty green you used! I'm sure once Dancer is done he'll look fab darlin'!!!

Southpaw Stitcher said...

I love your Silent Night ornie? Who is the designer? Dancer is coming along nicely, too!

cucki said...

I love your ornie so much...lovely new start xxx

Chris said...

Lovely ornament finish! I really like the floss color.

Melanie said...

The little ornament is darling. The beads are a great touch too.

Yana Hanim said...

Hi Heather, I love your ornament a lot, so pretty!
I have finished my Jolly July and have posted the link. thanks!

Jean in Georgia said...

Really cute ornie! Must know what pattern....

Karoline said...

Lovely ornie, congratulations

Sue said...

Your ornament looks fabulous. Dancer is looking good, too.

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