This piece is legend–wait for it–

17 04 2014


How I Met Your Mother was introduced to me by my roommate at the time. I took little heed at first because I get a lot of people saying things like “OMG you should totally TOTALLY watch Twilight…it’s pretty much the best thing since the mp3 player, like, word.” But it wasn’t the best thing since the mp3 player, was it? No.

However, I did start watching it…and ended up binge-watching the series on Netflix. Even during an online road safety course (don’t worry, I aced the test I had to take at the end). Frank and I are the Lilly and Marshall of most of our social circles, especially on the ships.

The conclusion of this nearly decade-long series was…cathartic? I didn’t particularly like it…but I wasn’t vehemently against it, either. It was coherent, and made sense…even if I didn’t want that to be the ending.

This is how I channeled my sadness of the ending of a great series:


I tried my hand at a little blackwork embroidery this time. The frame around the main words has the quote “It’s going to be legend-and I hope you’re not lactose intolerant because the second half of the word is-dairy. Legendary.”

Frank likes the way the thread sits on the fabric for this one. Like it pops of the fabric a little more. In my rather large order of fabric, I got this ~8×6 piece of 22 ct Hardanger that was just begging to be used for something awesome. I looked up a couple of blackwork designs, created a few, and here we are.

Neil Patrick Harris is a national treasure, and Barney Stinson is one of the most exciting characters ever written. So his words deserve to be immortalized in my blackwork. Yes.

WIPocalypse April 2014

14 04 2014

I’m posting this early because we’re at sea tomorrow…

April 15 – Topic:  How do you keep your stash organized?



Uh…I don’t.

After my stash got thrown out during my first contract, I ordered a massive amount of thread online from ebay. It came in a trashbag…and it’s mostly all still in that same trashbag. I tried to separate threads into different baggies according to number, but I got bored with that super quick. The trashbag currently resides in the sock drawer under our bed. No pictures…it’s pretty messy.


I’ve done quite a bit this month.

I finished the Cuccos. Which is super exciting for both me and my fiance.

Cucco Avalanche


I did a few small pieces:

LoZ - Make It Rain!

Tiny Haiku


And as for my WIPs…I can’t post those quite yet… :D

Still a productive month.

A nice little house…

12 04 2014


A couple of years ago, I auditioned for a musical. I watched the movie to prepare and everything. I didn’t get the part, and forgot about it.

Then I came to the Carnival Paradise. One of the shows we do is called 8 More Seconds, and is all country related. One of the songs was familiar, and it took me a couple shows to realise that it was from this musical. I immediately downloaded the movie, and kindled a love for that show.

The show in question?

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.

The movie stars Dolly Parton and Burt Reynolds. It was also the movie that debuted the song “I Will Always Love You,” made famous by Whitney Houston. Yep, that song was originally a matron singing to a sheriff.

The first line of the movie is attention-getting and cross stitch inspiring. So I made one.

I’m particularly proud of this design. I designed the house myself to emulate the house used in the movie.

And my design:


Now with the first line of the movie:


“It was the nicest little whorehouse you ever saw”

It is interesting to me that I stitched the word “whorehouse” before anything else considered “subversive.” Well, it won’t be the last.


8 04 2014

So, I’ve decided to stop stitching my secret stitches backstage (don’t want them to get dirty), and do some smaller projects there. I just got a massive shipment of cloth, as I said before. However, why not use EVERY scrap I’ve got? Including this 2×3 inch piece that I saved from forever ago…

I wasn’t sure what I’d do with it. I wanted it to say something profound, maybe a haiku! Then I came up with the least profound haiku ever.


Stitched on 18 ct, it reads “a haiku in an/embroidery is just some/thread and syllables.” Deep thoughts.

Bored thoughts.

I did enjoy this though, so expect more haiku cross stitches.

Anyway, enjoy the least amount of effort I’ve ever put into a project :)

Make it rain!

5 04 2014

Alright…Cucco Avalanche took forever…no more Legend of Zelda pieces for a while.


I couldn’t resist.


Working on some secret stuff, and some tiny things.

Cucco Avalanche!

3 04 2014

Okay. So this happened:

March 30:

Me: *sees that I only have a few hundred stitches left in this piece* Frank, I will be finished with the chickens by the end of this month
Frank: *looks at his watch* You know the end of the month is tomorrow, right?
Me: Yes.


I didn’t post on the 1st because we were at sea, and the internet on the ship in the middle of the ocean is the worst. And I didn’t get off the ship in Grand Cayman yesterday because I actually did work.

So I finished the Cuccos. I took a picture of the last stitch I put into itIMG_0778

And here it is, framed and in all its glory:


Stitched over one on 22 count, with two strands. HUGE mistake, but I stuck with it to the end.

I said I’d never stitch anything big on 22 again….

Then I got a package with a HUGE amount of 22 count fabric. Damn. Welp, only thing to do is find something to stitch on all this fabric. Most of it is either pink or green, but there are a couple reds and navys as well.

I’m a glutton for punishment, because I immediately made a massive pattern (which just means bigger than Cuccos and will end up being very small on the 22 count). However, I know that I will only use one strand, and I’m better and faster at cross stitching now. I will not start a huge project before I finish the wedding stitches, however…

I have also finished a number of smaller projects before and after the finish of this monster. That should keep my blog busy for a while :)

IHSW March 2014

25 03 2014

Okay, so this post is a bit delayed. The ship’s internet is pretty terrible, and costs too much, so I waited till we got to Cozumel for internet and amazballs enchiladas.

Anyhoozles, this weekend was pretty productive. I started and finished a project I won’t show yet, finished the piece for my grandmother, and got some significant progress done on Cucco Avalanche.

Here’s the gift for my grandmother:


And here’s Cuccos: IMG_0770

I filled in the whole house, and got started on the shadows for all the chickens. I only have a couple thousand stitches yet, and my fiance doesn’t understand why I’m excited about that. He is excited that it could be done this contract, though :)

March 2014 WIPocalypse

17 03 2014

So, I haven’t been answering the questions posted for the WIPocalypses for this year… Here they are so far:

January Topic: Introduce yourself, your projects, and any goals you have for the year!

I’m Rachel and I work in a theatre on a cruise ship. I started cross stitching about 2 years ago on a whim, and I love it! I am also in several fandoms, including Harry Potter, Portal, A:TLA, Pokemon, and more.

I’ve been putting Cucco Avalanche on the backburner over and over for over a year. I’d like to finish that this year.

I also have some ideas for my wedding that I’ll be working on. This month (March) I’ve finished all the patterns for them, and I’ve ordered the aida.

February Topic: How many projects do you generally feel comfortable having in progress at a time? Tell us about your one-at-a-time or rotation habits!

Um…well, sometimes I get bored, and just start a new small project. Generally, I have two or three main projects at a time. Right now, I have Cuccos and a family sampler in the works, but I’d like to start the wedding projects soon, too. There are eight of them. And a small commission.

When I’m backstage, I like to work on things that either have one color, or blocks of the same color, so that I don’t have to change colors or refer to the pattern all the time.

March Topic: Show us your favorite places to stitch.

I’d love to stitch out on deck, but it’s really a hassle to move all my stuff up there, plus I wouldn’t want to wear my uniform out there, since it’s black pants and black polo. Also it’s usually really windy.


Mostly, I stitch in my cabin, in our bed.


The overhead light is very helpful, but obviously, I can’t keep all the stuff on there. My fiance would not be happy about that. We have a new cabin now (today!), with a double bed (finally! We’ve been sleeping together in a single twin for months.)

I have this bag that I keep my current projects in to carry around. It’s from Del Sol, which is one of my favorite shops here in the Caribbean. Everything they sell changes color in the sun. I also have rings and sunglasses from there.



I take that to also stitch backstage (Hey! Hence the name of the blog!).


I don’t stitch during production shows, but there are several times during the day where I just need to sit and wait back there. I usually sit in the stool, but I can find a place anywhere back there.

I also freak out my coworkers because when I’m working somewhere other than my cabin, I keep my needles in the collar of my uniform shirt.


So here are what I’ve been working on this month…that I can show (hehe…secret stitches!).

I’m working on a family sampler for my grandmother. It’s so close to being finished!!!


And I’m working on filling in the building on Cucco Avalanche, and I colored Link.


I also got distracted about halfway through the month and made this:

Back That Aft Up

This turned out to be a little tl;dr-y but now I’m all caught up, and I don’t have to do all this next month!

Ship Puns!

11 03 2014

Anyone who knows me personally for about an hour knows how much I love terrible puns.

I was watching our newest ship, the Carnival Breeze, back into port and I said this, and knew I had to cross stitch it. That was forever ago, and I just now got around to stitching it.

IMG_0060Yeah, back that aft up.

See? ‘Cause aft is the back of the ship, and it sounds kinda like “ass”? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

IHSW February 2014

24 02 2014

I have nothing to show for this weekend.

Now, that’s not to say I didn’t do anything stitch-related this weekend. I’ve been designing very secret patterns. And I’ll probably be working on them for a while. They also won’t be revealed until later this year, but I am working on some pretty awesome stuff, don’t you worry.

And the cuccos.


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