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131  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: The first true, completely honest Asian inspired cross stitch kit on: February 23, 2011 02:09:56 PM
It's been a while! I knew it was a zhi, lol. I guess I made some mistakes! Thanks!
132  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: The first true, completely honest Asian inspired cross stitch kit on: February 23, 2011 01:43:10 PM
You guys are all too awesome! Thank you sooooo much!
133  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: A Little Green Fairy on: February 23, 2011 12:18:45 PM
That's adorable! I love her hair!
134  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: The first true, completely honest Asian inspired cross stitch kit on: February 23, 2011 11:40:47 AM
I have always wondered if my sister's two Chinese character tattoos really say "chaos" and "serenity."  I've always thought it would be funny if one of them said something like "crazy white girl" or something.

Check out www.mandarintools.com, on the left hand side there's an option called "Char. Dictionary" that I used a lot when I was in school. You can type in how many lines are in the tattoo, that's the "Stroke Order", or you can type "chaos" and "serenity" into the English word look-up and it will show every possible translation, since literal translations into Chinese are pretty much impossible. Hope you find it! If not... tell your sister to message me first next time Wink
135  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: My Mario Bros. Valentines on: February 23, 2011 11:23:38 AM
Aw, thanks. Cheesy I tried to make it look like a yellow invincibility star but as a heart! I was kind of hoping it would convey kind of an invincible love... maybe...
136  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / The first true, completely honest Asian inspired cross stitch kit on: February 23, 2011 11:17:44 AM
First, a little background; I happen to speak (and coincidentally, read) Mandarin Chinese, and one of the greatest joys of my life is when I walk around public places reading people's tattoos, then asking them what THEY think it says. Sure, most of the time, it does say something polite and generic, like "Peace", "Harmony", or "Love", but there are those moments where I look at them as they detail how they got this ancient Chinese symbol for "Virility", and what it really says is, "Train Ticket". My personal favorite was a man who said that his tattoo said, "Strength of the Bull". It really said, "My mother is a cow."

So when I first sat down to design my own cross stitch kits, I was grossly offended why my doting cat lady aunt told me to do Chinese characters, because, as she says, "People love Chinese words, I see them everywhere!" The fact that you see these characters everywhere with no one truly understanding them is not comforting to me. But I decided that, since my aunt is a sweetheart, she was just trying to get me to make something that represents me. That's when it hit me. I'm sarcastic. So I made something in Chinese that was ironic. So, I present to you a Chinese couplet in 4 character phrases, a Mandarin poem. It says, "Ni bu zhi dao, Zhe shuo shen me."

It translates to, "You don't know what this says." Because when people see it hanging on my wall, they'll probably assume that it means, "The river flows through mountains and the sky is always clear", but I'll take delight in the fact that my Aida cloth is snarky. Cheesy
137  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / My Mario Bros. Valentines on: February 22, 2011 06:36:56 PM
First, the project:

My boyfriend and I often spend time together playing Super Mario Brothers, so for Valentines Day, I made him this (along with an imitation card of the one Lisa gave Ralph in Season 4 of the Simpsons... "I Choo-Choo-Choose You!"). It worked out well, because while he was at Drill for the Army National Guard, I sat at home and made this, and presented it to him when he got home on Sunday.

It was pretty easy to make, I just kind of winged it, and I think it turned out okay. What do you guys think?
138  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Pedicabo ego vos et irrumabo: my first needlework (text NSFW) on: February 22, 2011 06:36:28 PM
That's amazing! I'm a linguist, so when I saw this I was rather aghast, but at the same time, I love the concept of it! So many people put other languages in their kits without know what they say, and I just hope you get a ton of compliments for it (and then tell them what it says). Very nicely done on the script, too!
139  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Your Quest is Over - Mario and Peach on: February 22, 2011 06:24:33 PM
I love it! I made one similar, but I love the "Your Quest is Over" caption a lot!!! That is amazing. I know they'll love it!
140  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: What are you giving your mail carrier? on: February 02, 2011 09:45:40 AM
You could hang it on your window with a sign that says, "If you really delivered through rain or sleet or snow, this could be yours. Keep that in mind for next year." ... JK! I'm sure you're not that evil. Cheesy
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