so a friend on Facebook suggested I make a Zelda ugly sweater after I completed my similarly themed Sailor Moon project. so, I sought out some game sprites and a pattern for some mistletoe and the Triforce (and a few other additions) and set out to create a pattern. the pattern alone took about 5 hours to create. and it's only less than 2in x 2 in in size. lol.
hunter green 14ct Aida (special ordered online. I don't understand why you can't buy it in stores) 9 colors approx. 11in x 13in
starting off 2016 and the "50 Projects 2016" craftalong with this little cutie. I'm actually going crazy over how much I love it!!! I have been awake all night working on it. I'm going to bed as soon as I'm done posting. lol
I had no idea how I was going to decorate this at first. I just knew that I wanted my initial on it and that was it. I bought these cute little domes when Christmas items went on sale, and I knew I wanted to use one. so, while playing around with some bits and bobs, I found the little glass marbles you see under the dome. then it hit me; Jareth's glass orbs in Labyrinth. then I came up with the idea to have a little mask sitting on top too since that's my favorite scene (and song). but a mini mask? I don't have any...so I made one. I bought these fashion creator paper kits years ago (I've used some of them for ATCs you might see floating around on here), and I remembered there was a mask stencil. so, I took one of those fake credit cards you constantly get in the mail, traced the mask shape on there, cut it out, cut out some extra pieces of plastic to make a nose, glued it all together, painted it white, and dumped (yes dumped) glitter on it. it needed eye holes, but there was no way I could cut them out. so I used two marquee-shaped blue nail crystals (another item I collect. good thing too) for the eyes, and a little star burst to decorate the mask. but the star burst wasn't enough. for it to look like a true masquerade ball mask, it needed feathers. so I pulled some fluff feathers off of larger feathers I have, trimmed them down, and stuck them behind the rhinestone. the dome needed something on top of it (it was strangely deformed and I needed to hide the dimple), so I glued down a pretty little ribbon rose. add a couple of clock hands to the back of the block and there you have it; a Labyrinth themed initial letter block...that's so cute I can't freaking stand it!
also, I'm not obsessed with the movie or anything. it's not like I was in a Labyrinth swap.
I finally decided to grab some ball ornaments while I was at the dollar store today. I only grabbed two containers of them (50 cents each), and that didn't give me quite the wreath I was expecting. luckily I had like 3 more containers that I bought years ago to decorate with beads. glad I never got around to doing that or I'd have had to wait to get more. I'm hoping that on Sunday I can go to Walmart and a home decor store I adore (what a rhyme!) and grab a bunch of larger ball ornaments so I can make a bigger wreath. or, if worse comes to worse, I'll just make a big wreath out of small ornaments.
also, my aunt contributed to this in a way; every year for the last few years, my aunt has made me Spritz cookies. I love Spritz cookies. they are usually in a tin, but this year she put them in this pretty Christmas-themed box that kinda looks like a book. she then tied the ribbon you see on the wreath around the box. it was perfect to use for this! and I still have some left to make another bow!
side note: weird. my wall looks yucky in this picture. it's supposed to be a pretty mint green.
so, for $25 at Kohl's, you can get these cute mice ornaments made from wine corks (ok, so this is a set I just noticed. but you can buy them individually too. or you could back when I first saw them 2 years ago). I got most of my corks for free, and I had felt, wire, pins, jingle bells, and snowflake brads on hand. but still, they only cost a couple of dollars to make, and I think mine turned out cuter. plus handmade rules.
one goes to my mom's sister, the other to my dad's sister-in-law. though now that my mom has seen them, she wants one. I just need to buy more wire. I only had enough for two. but I just love how these guys turned out.
so, I found a Sailor Moon Ugly Sweater as a sweatshirt somewhere online. I decided to turn it into a cross stitch pattern. took me about 3 hours to make the thing too.
this one hardly took any time at all. roughly 12 days is all it took.
size: about 81/2in x 11in cloth: 14 count navy blue Aida colors: 11
each of the Sailor Scouts is represented by their aura color; Mercury = blue, Mars = red, Jupiter = green, Venus = yellow orange, Moon = pink, Uranus = dark blue, Neptune = sea foam green, Saturn = light purple, Pluto = dark purple. the shirt had their planet symbols, but there was no way for me to shrink them down, so I just went by color. if you see shiny/dark areas around the bottom, that's just Fray Check that hasn't totally dried on the back. you can't really see it from the front once it's completely dry.
hello everyone! it's been a long, long time. hope you're all doing well! and for those of you who don't know me, check out my profile and stuff if you want to get to know me.
anyway, why we're here; about 2 years ago - perhaps 3*. I'd have to go through my posts to figure out the correct amount of time - I started working on a rather large cross stitch project of Marilyn Manson. yes, I am this obsessed with him. anyway, the pattern came out larger than I had hoped, so stitching it on 14 count Aida cloth would have been too much for me...at least without the use of a stitching frame (I really need to get one of those things). plus, framing it would have been crazy. so, I decided the best thing to do would be to stitch this on 28 count Evenweave. I now have a deep hatred for 28 count Evenweave, but I know I'll get over it eventually. I always do. so, without further ado, I present the most insane cross stitch project I have EVER done in my life...
size: 10in x 10in colors: 7 stitches: 89,102
*ok so; I went through my posts. I WAS TOTALLY OFF! it was only 17 months ago (around June 8, 2014) when I started this project. so only shy of a year and a half! wow! and technically it was even less than that because I did set it aside for quite a while after I moved and for some time before I moved because of all that's involved in moving. but that's it! it was LESS than 2 years!
update: I was going to have this professionally framed, but I got paranoid and was afraid to leave it in the store. lol. I was afraid they would snag it on something or worse yet, lose it. so I framed it myself in a regular off-the-shelf frame and used pieces of black cardstock to "mat" it.
I had made this a little while back after my aunt gave me the center piece (silver thing with a turquoise stone in the middle). I had seen bracelets like this in stores, and I knew I could make something similar myself. so I did. and I wasn't real crazy about it. I had a piece of rubber tube looped through the center piece with beads between them like you see in those wrap bracelets, but it wouldn't lay down flat. but then, when I bought the silver beads I used to make my End of the Trail necklace, I knew they needed to be added to this bracelet. so I fixed it and now I love it.
my fingers hurt SO much from making this stuff. I sliced my middle finger open a couple of times and even though I've showered 3 times since then and washed my hands at least 20 times, I still have two grey marks (I used smoke FireLine for my stringing material). but I opened up the first knuckle on my ring finger pretty good. it freaking HURTS! but it was all worth it.
if the bracelet (which closes with 3 snaps) looks a little wonky, it's because I used Ming Tree rounds which aren't uniform in size or shape. but I like it. it gives it some texture.
this idea just popped into my head late late late last night. and I'm so happy with the outcome.
and a closeup of the watch face:
I had bought the watch new, but it was on sale for like $5. I got it and another one just for this reason. I was having a tough time trying to figure out what to put inside since I only have access to what I have on hand (which isn't a whole lot since I'm getting into mixed media and stuff pretty late. I mean, I've only been collecting stuff for this style for not even 2 years. and I'm being picky with what I'm collecting). the watch movement didn't fit in there very well since it's smaller than the backing, but I used some antique bronze beads and glued them around the edge. now it fits in there perfectly. you can kinda see them in the upper right hand corner of the face. I also added some crystals to holes and spaces where tiny gears and whatnot used to be. the dangles are a crystal drop (that I actually do have more of. I'm just stupid), a key, and a piece of real quartz.