Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Theme-a-licious March/April

Whew! I am always so happy to see March Madness arrive, and--if I'm being perfectly honest--I'm always pretty happy when it ends, too! =) It's a ton of fun, but it is a wee bit exhausting. Nights when I'm really tired and might normally just sit around after work comatose or pick up something really simple to work on, I feel "obligated" to work on whatever the Sparkly Compote of Decree has...er...decreed.

To give a little recap, on the even days during the month, I draw a slip of paper from the SCOD and stitch on whatever appears on it. (On the odd days, I was stitching on SAL items.) I already recapped the first part of the month here.

Mid-month, I finally got my first wildcard slip! I had promised myself that the first one I got, I'd work on my Squirrel Fob. I had already sewed it shut (rather badly), so the next step was ruching some ribbon to put around the outside (to hopefully disguise my less-than-stellar sewing). I didn't get very far, because I tried about five different ways to ruche the ribbon!

The next project was a real blast from the past. We won't talk about how far in the past, but this is an old Teresa Wentzler Bulletin Board round robin that I never finished.
I still have to stitch my block and, of course, finish the border.

This stash bag tag is sooo close to being done!
I really should just finish it up!

The next project that came up was a really old class piece, and it was a little frustrating, since I could NOT find the hoop I used on it. I still have no idea where it is.
I tried using Q-snaps with it, but they didn't maintain enough tension. I was too brain dead to think of using my stitch away mount, so I didn't get that much done. Ugh! I blame work.

Just in time for Spring, the SCOD coughed up my Urban Necessity Gloves.
Yeah, I really could have used these, like...last month.

The SCOD does sometimes seem to be acting less randomly than I would like. The next project was another knitting project...Astrid.
Hidden Mickeys, your key to quality blogging.
I got two small circles and one medium done. The largest circles are a lot more fun to do, so I'm savings them for last. I think I "only" have 12 more small and 7 more medium ones to go.

I just added Summer Quakers to the SCOD before March Madness started.
I moved this motif down a bit, because I am not going to stitch the names of the flowers on the piece, so I am evening out some of the spacing. And I mainly wrote that sentence so I'd remember later that I moved it down! =)

I'd been kind of miffed with the SCOD this year...I think last year, I probably got three or four wildcard slips! But so far, I'd only gotten one...until the very last day. And of course, I was too tired out to really appreciate it. I had all kinds of wild ideas about what to do with it (*cough* start something new *cough*), but in the end, I decided to be all responsible and pick a project that I'm trying to finish but isn't part of any active SALs.
(Eight-Pointed Star)

And that wraps up March Madness for another year!

Now it's time to share our plans for THIS month, which is...

April Showers
What pieces can you find in your flood of WIPs that include water? Rivers, lakes, oceans, or rain (and anything that lives within).

Hmmm, this is actually going to be a challenge for me! Off the top of my head, I can only think of two of my WIPs that have water on them. Of course, there are a few more that have frozen water on them....

So how was March Madness? Did you make a mad dash through your stash, or did you completely lose the plot? What are your plans for April Showers? Please add your link below (to your latest Theme-a-licious post), and visit some other Themers if you can (everyone loves comments and encouragement!) Unlike last year, there will be no check-in post on the 15th, so our next post will be on May 1st. And remember, it's never too late to join in or send suggestions for future themes!


LKICT said...

Hi! I found Themealicious a couple years ago and LOVE March Madness! This year I finished it! And loved it. What fun to go digging for past projects that need some love. Thanks for the challenge. I'm not much of a blogger so didn't officially join your group, but I did figure out how to post your logo so I'm happy about that. I have one "water" project so that's my goal for April. Thanks again for the fun :)

cucki said...

Beautiful stitching on all your lovely projects
Hugs x

Dani - tkdchick said...

Lots of great and different projects on the go. Hmmm did I work on that RR back in the day?

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

Well done in staggering through to the end of March Madness! I managed my 14 in 2014 which pleased me. By 2031 I will be matching you.

You will still be doing Theme-a-licous in 17 years time, won't you?

And a HUGE Thank-You for the frozen water cheat, that really helps me out :-)

Richard Rose said...

Well, I've joined in one month out of three. I can't say that I have much in the way of water related projects. I do have a fish that I'm planning on making. Does that count?

SewAmy said...

I love your squirrel fob.

Jackie's Stitches said...

I always love seeing your March posts! I wish my mojo wasn't on hiatus. I promise that I'm going to join up again because I love Theme-a-Licious!

SoCal Debbie said...

You have the SCOD and I have the RNG (Random Number Generator)! How nice that you have non-xstitch WIPs also! Your squirrel is adorable and the ruching looks great to me!

I stitched on 31 different things, and also tried to keep up with my SALs this month.

I have several water designs for April. Happy Stitching!

Beth said...

Heather you have SO much going on! I sure like your squirrel fob. The older TW project looks interesting.
Your 8 point star is amazing!

Nic said...

That's a lot of stitching you did last month. Looking forward to seeing what you work on this month.
Glad to hear you had a good visit to DW.
And looks like you're having fun with your camera. Great shots.

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