I LOVE Valentine’s Day! Here are some scenes from today.
The first boy to hold my heart, and the last man I’ll ever give it to.
I hope you had a great day, and remember that love is wherever you decide to find it.
I started the Futurama Pixel People cross stitch by Wee Little Stitches three times. The first, I started months and months ago, and I messed up on one of the people, adding an extra row. The second time, Zoidberg’s white lab coat was stained by the red floss of his hands. The piece below will show you that the third time’s the charm!
I stitched the cast of Futurama for my son, Logan. He likes Zoidberg a lot.
My husband, Todd, often describes himself as the black sheep of his family, so when I saw this pattern on Urban Threads, I knew I needed to stitch it for him! Since he does so much for me, I wanted to give him a surprise Random Act of Crafting, so I had to do this when he was at work.
I used a fluffy black floss for the sheep body to give it more of a sheep-like look. I used linen fabric for this project, which I hadn’t worked with before (I bought it for this project, that I haven’t yet started…). I like the finished look, but I didn’t really like stitching on the linen. The pattern didn’t show through very well. I didn’t realize I would need to press harder on the stylus to make the carbon paper leave a better impression. This meant I needed to draw in parts of the pattern with a pencil after I had moved the carbon paper away. Linen is a lot more like aida cloth than cotton, so the weave was looser and bumpier, which means I was fighting over where I’d insert the needle.
To finish off the piece, I hot glued jumbo rick rack to the outside of the hoop. Since the rick rack was so big (It being jumbo, and all), and the hoop was so narrow, I folded over the rick rack and glued it to the front. I think it looks pretty neat. I could have painted the hoop, but, am I the only one who doesn’t like doing this? I mean, it looks good, but it is such a pain to paint a hoop! I need to research if hoops come pre-painted…
I used this photo light tent to take the picture. It’s the first time I’ve used it since I got it for my birthday. I also got this light tent at the same time, but when I picked it out, I didn’t realize how big 2′ x 2′ x 2′ would be! I like this smaller one, although I have a suspicion that the smaller, the better when taking pictures with this smaller tent.
We received many great gifts for our wedding. But the most special gift we received was the handmade scrapbook my best friend and Matron of Honour Debbie created for us. This would be a fabulous gift to give the the bride and groom. All I had to do was add the pictures!
Here’s the gift I put together for my mom. It has lemon thyme for fragrance, marigolds as a remembrance of our home on 2112 Cortez Circle, snapdragons because we both like them, and pansies, which are my favourite flower and will remind my mom of me when she sees them. The solar globe light is so that mom can see it at night. Mr. Gnome is tending the flowers.
Back in February Mollie at Wild Olive announced that she’d be hosting a stitch swap that would run the month of March. I submitted my name, interests, and favourite colours. Someone, some place in the world has my name and will be sending me a little bit of handmade goodness by March 31st.
My stitchee indicated what she likes, and I then set out to create that for her. My first attempt was pretty bad, but I’m happy with what I finally created. I found a picture of a cephalopod that looked like it would be fun to stitch. I threw in the pencil-thin moustache last, and I think it makes it perfect.
I’ve decided that his name is Cuthbert Smythe-Jones, III,
and he’s quiet the ladies, uh, octopus.
Per the instructions, he’s stitched within a 4″ hoop. I added a couple of extras that I made that I hope my stitchee will like.
All items will go out into the mail on Monday.
This year Todd and I decided that we would give each other handmade presents for Valentine’s Day. Okay, so, really, I wanted to give each other handmade gifts. He hasn’t embroidered anything in almost two years, and I miss seeing what he can do!
Todd wanted to make something for me in a genre that he couldn’t remember I had ever stitched. He dug into my Irish roots and made me this awesome, very Celtic-looking claddagh.
Todd did something else for me that I’m not going to get upset about, even though he spent money. He sponsored a chimp for me from Chimp Haven, Inc. His name is Midget, and I am in love with him! Todd said he looked at all of the chimps you can sponsor several times before deciding on Midget. He reminded him most of me…he sticks up for the underdog, is very vocal, and he’s super friendly.
For Todd, I embroidered this pattern from Sublime Stitching. I had fun with it since I tried a new stitch – the chain stitch (bottom outline of the heart). I also fell in love with a stitch I had previously disliked – the stem stitch (all of the blood vessels). I found this neat tutorial on YouTube for the stem stitch that made it so much easier to do.
I wanted to do something else for Todd, something that he could keep with him. He’s been going through some tough times, and I wanted to remind him at any point in the day or night that I love him, and I’m here for him. I used the Tim Holtz Ideaology pocket watch to create this little vignette.