This first one came from a little cross-stitch kit that I found at a thrift store. Originally, the people were both supposed to have red hair, and the lady's dress was supposed to be the same color as the man's overalls, but I changed the pattern a little bit to make it look more like my grandparents.
This one, you probably recognize as a Subversive Cross Stitch pattern. I made this for my sister's birthday, and I changed it just the tiniest little bit. I didn't really care for the pastel thread colors (and I didn't have any anyway), so I used some of the super-bright, almost-neon colors that I already had. Also there are a couple of instances where I added an extra stitch to a section (that first gorram "t" makes me so angry), and I had to undo quite a few rows because apparently I'm really bad at counting stitches. (The fact that I used 16 count aida cloth instead of 14 didn't help much either, oops.) But all in all, I'm pretty proud of it, and I'm hoping she likes it.
My dads got me an iPod Touch the Christmas before last, and they gave me a pink iPhone case at the same time. In the intervening months, the case has gotten dirty and scratched up, and I figured it was time for a change anyway! This only took me about two, two and a half hours, and it was really fun to make.
The colors are quite a bit brighter in real life--isn't that always the case? The bobbly bits on his beak are double french knots--I finally got the hang of them last night, so I wanted to try them out.
Here's the back. Looking at it again, I probably should have used more teal instead of pink, since I used teal for the "feathers" on the other side, but I'm still happy with it!
Close-up shot of the button. I used it even though it's the wrong color, because the design reminded me a little bit of an owl's face.
Last week, I found a cross stitch kit at a dollar store near me, and it reminded me that I've been wanting to learn to cross-stitch for years now. I picked it up and took it home, then watched about thirty seconds of a "basics of cross-stitch" video on YouTube, and away I went!
The kit I bought was huge and pretty boring, even though it's a cute picture, so I put it to the side after only a few sections and went out to buy my own materials. I came up with this design after remembering that my friend's birthday is coming up. She's huuuugely into Harry Potter, and Gryffindor, so...it was kind of a no-brainer.
The colors are a bit richer and closer to the proper "house colors" in person. Also, I have since ironed it and put it into a little frame. Wheee!
So I got the book in the first picture for Christmas, and in it was a very simple hat pattern. Seriously, this is so simple I was forehead-smacking myself for hours after seeing it. So I plan on making a full-sized version for my boyfriend, but first I wanted to be sure I could make it.
ENTER THE PUPPY! I made her one to perhaps keep her ears warm in the snow--though of course she'd never keep it on her head. So I added some straps--just single-chains of finger crochet, since I couldn't find a hook.
One day my dog will rise up and kill me in my sleep.
My sister found some lovely hoodies on sale at Target--they were all $8 and under. As I am of the opinion that one can never have too many hoodies, I bought a couple. When I got home, I wondered what I'd been thinking--I had bought a bright red hoodie: I almost never wear bright red. But then I started thinking about it, and remembered pieces that I've seen online. I decided to give it a try.
I stitched the front pockets by hand (everything else was by machine) so I'm particularly proud of how straight the stitches are.
Oh my god, guys. I received my package today, and I want to grovel at my partner's feet.
A bag! A bag made out of a record sleeve! And fantasticosity. This is the front...
...and this is the back.
And here's it on me! It's the perfect size and the perfect length. I am so using it!
Look! Look at the aliens! I'm so in love with them--they're sitting next to me as I type! Also, various pens and pencils, and a little robot-looking plastic egg thing full of jellybeans! So full that a few fell out when I opened it. (They were five-second-ruled, of course. Nomnomnom.)
Those are my snacks! There are Starburst and Jolly Ranchers and a delicious-looking praline sort of thing, and a bag of Chee-tos and aaaaah my god. Brilliant!
And yarn, and crossword/brainwork books, and plushie fluff and tea!
And here it all is, snuggled up in that adorable bag.
Alright, so I'm currently working on a picture drawn from a reference of my boyfriend and I, and I am drawing it on one of those 5 inch by 7 inch canvas panels you can find in pretty much every art store. When I'm done, I'd like to color it with a watercolor set that I bought, but now that I think about it, the grain of the canvas might act as a channel, and let the colors bleed.
So I'm asking y'all--have you ever painted with watercolors on those canvas panels, and how did it turn out?
Anyway, so this isn't all text, here is the drawing:
Last summer I bought a packet of felt sheets, mostly because they were so cute: there were patterned ones as well as a few solid-colored ones. Later last summer, I bought a pack of about 15 of those hair clips. Tonight I got bored, found both in my pile of junk, and decided to go at it.
Here's my first pair:
As per usual, the colors are brighter and nicer in person.