Here's my entry for the One Pattern, Many Stitches Challenge.
When we got married in 2007, we had a really hard time picking out dinnerware. We'd both lived on our own for a while, and had strong opinions. He had these horrendous black matte dishes (that scratched like a chalkboard!), and I had some terribly ugly (but beautiful to me) retro oatmeal and brown floral print plates from the 70s. We finally found something we could agree on at Pottery Barn (though we're not really PB people), and ended up with a set of green and white dishes.
We did not
register for China. Can't even imagine how that might have gone. Plus, my mom owns two sets of China, which my sister and I will get at some point, decades from now. We're just not China people.
So, I decided that the wording needed to reflect that, and hence, the China-Free Home. It was a little difficult for me to find the right color combination to accurately represent my hair color (which is red and curly), but I'm pretty satisfied with what I ended up with. I also love her hot pants and high heels (though, had I thought hard about it beforehand, she'd be wearing jeans and Birkenstock sandals).
Unfortunately, the only chance I had to take a picture of the completed object was at about 10 pm last night, so the photo quality is not that great.
This is stitched onto a lovely organic cotton towel I bought at Target (which has a lovely small weave and is delightfully huge, though they were on clearance last I saw and may no longer be available). I'm thinking about adding some fabric backing to cover up the stitches (which are messier than I wish), and a border, but that'll have to wait until after we move.
Here's my work-in-progress shot:
I had a lot of fun with this (and am so glad for the deadline extension)!