Pokeball Necklace

Several months back, I adjusted the spirograph patterns to make a pokeball spirgograph.

And then, after I made the last one for the white elephant, I took the small piece that I cut out and saved it. I finally got around to doing what I wanted with it, and I’ve finally just gotten around to posting it :)

Pokeball Spirograph Necklace

I hadn’t originally put the beads on, but the pendant is too light to weigh the cord necklace down.

I’ve been wearing it around town a lot lately, and I really like it. I think I’ll make a bunch of non-pokeball ones too :)

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Mother’s Day 2015

I am the worst at buying gifts for people. But I’m alright at making them :)

My sister has a few tattoos, and I do not. I don’t really want any. But when I saw this pattern on Subversive Cross Stitch, I knew it was going to be perfect for a little prank…as well as a good gift.

I went in the kitchen while she was making crumble for the top of her apple pie, and told her “I’ve got a tattoo! For you!” She started squeezing the crumbs quite a bit harder: “Oh…yeah…?”
Me: “Wanna see it?”
Her: “…sure.
Me: “It’s here!”

And then I pulled out this:

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She was visibly relieved. And now it sits on our living room piano.

It’s stitched on navy 22 count.

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Big Hero Stitch

…See what I did with the title there? …instead of six? Ahhhh, you got it.

Anyway, right before I left, a friend of mine asked me to stitch him Baymax saying “hairy baby.” I had not seen the movie, so I figured I’d watch it once to understand what I was stitching.

Oh. My. Gosh.

If you haven’t seen that movie, watch it now. Go on, I’ll wait…

This is my favorite, and I wish I could find a way to stitch it…but I think the humor would be lost, so I’ll just leave this here.

So, I actually put off making the pattern for some time (for packing, teaching my replacement how to do our job, and other important leaving stuff), and when I finally did, I had like 4 days to make it. Luckily I finished it in time to give it to him at our good bye dinner, but I couldn’t iron it, only wash.

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Not the best quality picture, but the sun was going down, the ship was rocking, and one more excuse to round out the list.

Well, he loved it, and I hope he and I keep in touch :)

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WIPocalypse May 2015 (and a contract wrap up)

Soooo….it’s been a while since I last posted for this SAL. The last few months were super sporadic with the busy, and so I lost track of third weekends, and full moons, and the theme of the month.

HOWEVER, yesterday I traveled long and hard (from Baltimore to Fredericksburg), and I am home from my latest contract!!! YAAAAAAAAAAAAAY. My vacation is only 3 weeks, but hopefully that will be enough time for me to want to go back :)

So, this month I’ll post what I’ve done, and then a round up for my contract. I did this before, right after my first contract with Carnival. This contract has been fairly productive…or it was in the beginning, and then the end-middle.

This months progress:

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Still haven’t added anything to that.

Jinxes Always

And I have a couple other small things that I’m in the middle of, and one piece that I’ll post about next time. This month was….meh for stitching.

So now, the contract round up!

Simba Painting

Simba Painting

Purple Spirograph

Purple Spirograph

Orange Spirograph

Orange Spirograph

ApLabs

I AM still working on this blanket! It will get more attention from me next contract. After the studio, it just sat in a box, untouched, the entire time we were on the ship….

Pokeball Spirograph

Pokeball Spirograph

I’m also making a tiny one of these…like for a necklace or something. Would anyone be interested in that?

Hurricane Button

Hurricane Button

This is a magnet now :)

Everything Is Awesome!

Everything Is Awesome!

Skull

Skull

Same shit...

Same shit…

Johnny Milwater Sign Language

Johnny Milwater Sign Language

Tree of Gondor - For Frank

Tree of Gondor – For Frank

Tolkein Quote - For Frank

Tolkein Quote – For Frank

Christmas Ornament

Christmas Ornament

Ron Swanson Quote

Ron Swanson Quote

i [heart] verisimilitude

i [heart] verisimilitude

This might be one of my favorite small things I’ve ever made.

Fredericksburg's Highs in Fahrenheit

Fredericksburg’s Highs in Fahrenheit

This one is going into the fair

Eevee Card

Eevee Card

Growlithe Card

Growlithe Card

Tickling Your Funny Cubone

Tickling Your Funny Cubone

Skip

Skip

Headbutt That Bad Day

Headbutt That Bad Day

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Whole-Ass One Thing

Whole-Ass One Thing

110% is Impossible

110% is Impossible

Wow…I actually did quite a bit this contract!

Lets hope I can keep that going!

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Murphy’s Law for Backstage

So, the last post was about a big WIP that is in danger of being set aside pretty often for smaller projects. (Omigosh…I haven’t worked on my blanket in MONTHS!)

Here’s one of those smaller projects!

Jinxes Always

It’s a bittersweet joke about the things that get granted in our theater. Problem after problem seems to arise, even when we think we’ve squashed them all out. We are keeping up with them for the most part; we haven’t had to cancel but one show, and we find workarounds for the real problems. It just casts a shadow over your job when you feel like you are only just keeping up.

Wood knocking is constant.

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New Big Start

It’s been a while since I posted a WIP of a big piece, But I started one a while back. I keep getting ideas for smaller pieces, and putting it aside. Quite a bit has gotten done in the last few days, though, and it’s starting to look less like a bunch of black lines.
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It’s a pattern I made from the Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring silhouette image.

It’s about the same number of stitches as the Cucco piece, but because it is only one color, I believe it will take less time. That will become more and more untrue as I keep thinking of smaller projects that I’d like to do, and I keep putting this one aside. That’s what I ended up doing with Cuccos. It’s easier to work on the smaller ones while I’m at work, doing the “hurry-up-and-wait” thing. Anyway, I hope to have it done…ooh, middle of next contract? :D

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Whole-Ass One Thing

In this part three of what has become my Swanson Series, I present to you my favorite one, which is also the smallest: IMG_1526 “Never half-ass two things. Whole-ass one thing” Solid advice for anyone. I think I’ll take a break from embroidery for a while, and stick with cross stitch. Got a big project I’ve started and will post about soon.

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Ron Swanson’s Advice for Success

I realize that I’ve been quiet recently, we were repositioning the ship, and that took two weeks. However, that doesn’t mean I haven’t been stitching! 

I suppose this is a part two, of sorts, following another embroidery piece I did with some Swanson advice



“Give 100%. 110% is impossible; only idiots recommend that.”

I love that quote, because usually the people who are asking for more than your all are idiots…or covering for something they screwed up. A good leader would trust his team to give 100% anyway, and do their best because they take pride in their work. 

I like Ron Swanson’s advice, because it’s blunt to the point of being rude sometimes, but it’s usually right. Except for burying your gold. I don’t do that.  

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Head On

In the wake of the frustration with the last piece I worked on, I am pleased to say that this commissioned piece is one I was excited to work on. 

In our line of work, on a ship or anywhere else, we create relationships quickly and fiercely. I think I’ve mentioned this before. First impressions are generally the only ones we allow to penetrate our judgement, and because we all work so closely together for such long periods of time, often those first impressions are a few days long. Several weeks ago (has it really only been weeks? All the daysweekshoursmonths run together), our new manager signed onboard, and we bonded pretty quickly…partly due to mutual hatreds of people things, but mostly because we’re the same in a lot of ways. 

Anyway, she commissioned a piece from me, and this is what I’ve come up with for her:



It kind of summed up my feelings for the past week, as well, so it was easy to get excited about this one. I also really like the yellow aida. I’ll have to use it more. 



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Carnival Commission

Recently, my Cruise Director approached me about making him a stitch. I thought he was kidding at first, and didn’t give much thought to it. I kept working on my own stuff. He asked me about it a few days later, and I casually mentioned payment, to which he replied “Oh, I’ll pay you.” Alright, commission born.

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He recently got a promotion to a newly created position in the company, so we decided to celebrate that.

Such corporate. Very nameplate.

Update: He signed off the ship without paying me, despite multiple conversations, a price that was more than fair, and real-life invoices…Never again. New title: Unwilling Gift.

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