Perfume Pillow

Frank and I have been apart for a couple months now. He did come to visit, but it makes me sad to be apart from him. So I made him an “Open When” package. That’s when you send a big box full of small packages and letters for the other person to open when they fit a certain criteria. For example: “Open when you’re feeling sad” with an uplifting note and a chocolate bar or “Open when you have a sweet tooth” full of his favorite candy.

I didn’t post this before because he hadn’t opened that box yet, and I didn’t want to spoil the surprise!

So, I made a couple things for this box, and the first thing I made was this little pillow:

195 Heart Pillow

This was the first stuffed thing I’ve ever made, and I sprayed the stuffing with my perfume. I really need to work on closing stuffed things, but I think it was okay for my fist time.

Also, I’ve been using variegated floss quite a bit lately (as will be seen in later posts). This off-brand thread has color changes that are a little too sudden for my taste usually, but I kinda like the semi-symmetrical look here.

The pattern is from Daily Cross Stitch. The backing is purple felt. I would have made a bigger pillow, but as I mentioned in the last post, the busy-ness has been consuming me.

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Quote Challenge

So, I’ve been off the radar for a little while because I’m in the middle of a theatre internship in Alaska, and things got busy real fast. There have been whole weeks when I didn’t do a single stitch.

I did have a couple projects in the works, but they took up all the extra time I had. Because of this, I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to participate in this month’s sprite stitch challenge, but I had a rare day off, and finished one (secret) project, and then got a brain wave for the challenge. I designed a simple pattern and actually got it done in a few hours.

This month’s challenge was quotes. Initially, I was having an issue because there are so many great quotes out there! I had trouble picking just one! Plus, I already did a bunch for my wedding. But then, I had an idea that I thought was really funny at 10:30 at night.

195 Pokemon Quote

A quote from a silent protagonist? Hilarious!

This was Trainer Red in Pokemon Gold/Silver. That fight took me forever the first time I played on my little purple Game Boy Color. And now his…words…are immortalized in my cross stitch.

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Valentine 2016

I know I haven’t been on lately. I’ve been pretty busy with my internship in Alaska, and now Frank’s come to visit, so there’s not a huge amount of time for stitching.

However, there is still a bit. This year, I looked through a whole bunch of Valentines Day cards, and I hated every single one of them. So I decided to stitch one.

Frank and my new obsession (along with everyone else in the theatre world) is Hamilton. I figured the best way to show my love was with a quote from the show. But not any old, lovey-dovey quote…


I designed the rifle based on some video game sprites, but obviously I needed to alter them quite a bit, and add bayonets.

We’re also spending the next few months apart, so I like to think it’s a nice reminder of how far I’ll go to remind Frank how much I love him:)

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Winter Sunset

So, a few weeks ago, I saw a beautiful sunset as we were driving home from…somewhere.

The photo is blurry because we were driving, and my phone doesn’t correct shakey-hands.

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The combination of this sight and some REALLy nice hand dyed floss from the etsy shop MadXStitcher inspired me to create this:

193 Sunset

The floss used here is DMC 310, MXS 144 Candlelight, MXS 142 Packed Ice, and the red and orange one is one I got in a reject grab bag I got from the shop (I have soooo many of those grab bags now….), but I think the closest non-reject/non-discontinued color is MXS 106 Starburst.

A fun little project with variegated floss. I have a couple more ideas for that kind of floss coming up, plus I ordered one of their kits, which I’m excited to try out.

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Secret Santa Redux!

When I did the Reddit Secret Santa, I never received anything from my original match, so I signed up for the Rematch. In doing so, though, I felt that I should also be a Rematcher, because the feeling of being forgotten (even during a busy season like December) sucks.

I did get stuff from my Rematch Santa:

Very thoughtful! Craft stuff and a Parks and Rec mug!

The person I got was a woodworker who just moved house with his family. And he liked XBox. I got him a woodburning pen, which I was on the fence about, but he said he loved it, and had been thinking of getting one anyway!

Then, even after I gave a pretty good gift, I couldn’t resist making one more holiday gift project. (I shouldn’t be posting this because my giftee hasn’t posted yet, but I know he’s gotten it and it’s been like 3 weeks…)

182 Home Sweet Home Acheivement

I played on the Xbox achievements to celebrate the fact that he and his family moved into their own house for the first time. I loved making this pattern, and I think I’d like to make a whole series: Home, Kids, Marriage, Job, etc.

I would have liked to find a smaller frame, but I was on a bit of a time crunch. I am pleased with how it came out, though.

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More Fun with Shrinky Dinks (and other crafts)

The other day, Frank and I had a choice. We could watch the broken dog for the day (he has stitches, and acts like a puppy, so he can get unruly and also try to take the stitches out), or watch our 4 year old niece for the day. Frank chose poorly. The dog ended up being drugged all day, and we had a hyper child.

Anyway, to channel some of that energy, I took her to the craft shop to “help me pick” some stuff to do, that I’d already had picked out. I made her some sewing cards from print-outs online and yarn I already had, and I tried to interest her in a toilet paper roll bracelet, but those got mixed reviews.

We colored for a while, and I drew a tree and some branches for her to make a couple button trees! (I can’t really draw trees, so…)

She picked out where to put the buttons, and I glued them for her.

Now, she knows how to spell her name, and she knows how to write letters, but she flat-out refused to write her name for some reason, so I let her scribble on a Shrinky Dink page, and then traced her hand over the scribbles:

And then we gave it to her mother when she came to pick her up. Originally I wanted have Alaina (my niece) write her own name and make it into a necklace, but this was cute too.

I made something for myself, too! Inspired by an acrylic piece I saw somewhere, I made this:

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I think I might make it again, but with the clear pages…maybe. But I think it’s cute!

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Reddit Secret Santa!

So this year last year I joined the Reddit Secret Santa. I pretty much knew I was going to stitch something for my giftee, but what? I needed info from them first. I was anxious. I signed up even before I got off the ship, and got the info, but I did truly start brainstorming until I was off the ship for a couple days… I got off the ship on the 7th, and the due date was the 11th! So I had to hurry.

She was really into the make-up scene on reddit, so I decided to do a compact mirror and her favorite color is teal/turquios, so I decided to stitch up her initial:

180 A Mirror

The “A” came from a book on alphabets, and I just adjusted it for a rounder frame.

The nest one was my favorite to do. She said she liked Tiny Fey and Amy Poheler. I also love them. While looking through appropriate quotes, my eyes kept falling on the same one, and so:

181 Bitches Get Stuff Done

I REALLY like this one…like, I might make one for myself one of these days…

It took a little longer than I expected for her to post about them, but when she did, she said she loved them! So I was happy😀

This was the last of the stitches I completed in 2015. Bring it on, New Year!

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Wooden Dragon

So, due to a combination on laziness and busy-ness, I still haven’t posted everything that I stitched and finished in 2015. There are only a couple left, here we go.

I love – LOVE – those little wooden pendants that you can stitch on. You would never know it, because I haven’t stitched on one yet. Well, now I have!

I chucked out the pattern that came with it, and put a dragon on it instead!

179 Dragon Necklace

I love the way floss looks on the wood😀 I think I’ll be maing more of these in 2016.

On another note, my little Cerberus stitch won me a First-Place Gold Star on SpriteStitch, as well as a BMH Stamp of Approval! (Never mind that there were only two entries…) It’s a small thing, but it makes me happy.

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Nice and Simple

A while ago, I picked up a blank pendant to put a cross stitch piece in. It took me forever to decide what to put in it, because it had to be small. In the end, I decided to put something plain and simple, and if I wanted something more specific, I could always make another one.

178 Flower Necklace

I wore it a couple of times on the ship, and I’ve worn it quite a lot since I got home. I think it makes a great addition to a simple sweater or dress:)

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Dark Knight Necklace

We’ve been home on vacation for about three weeks now. It’s nice. Now that Chrismakkah has passed, we get a bit of a reprieve on seeing people for a while. Last time we were home, we only had 21 days to do everything that needed to be done while we were home, including seeing family, so we didn’t have much time for friends. We haven’t seen some people since our wedding last September.

One of those people was the woman who was Frank’s Best Man. She works in California, so we can’t see her that often, besides the fact that we work in the middle of the ocean. She came home to visit family, though, and we got to see her for lunch!

She loves Batman, and so I was planning to make something like this for her at some point. The problem with this was that I started it about 8 PM the night before we were going to meet her, and I didn’t finish till about 2 AM. I was very sleepy when I finished it, but I think it turned out well!

177 Batman Necklace

I adjusted the original pattern I found for it because with an odd number of stitches across, it would have been slightly lopsided as a pendant with no middle hole for the jump ring.

I have made a few necklaces recently, and there will be more posts soon! The holidays were just crazy-pants!

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