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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / 8-bit Boyfriend on: August 03, 2015 09:42:09 AM
My SO got promoted into an office job and I wanted to make a little something for him to put on his new desk. He loves classic video games, and I remembered my mom (30 years ago) doing personalized pixel-y people cross stitch when someone got married, or had an anniversary or an addition to their family.  (My grandma still has one framed of all her grown up children). I called my mom to see if she still had the basic pattern, she laughed - apparently she has cleaned out her craft pile in the last 30 years-but suggested I google it. Found a basic pattern here http://www.marthastewart.com/857131/cross-stitch-family-portrait which seemed almost exactly like what she used to make. I had to wing it on the accessories but I'm super happy with how it turned out!

In addition to video games - he likes beer, music (records) and the Houston Astros (which is the logo on the shirt). He always wears a plaid newsboy style hat which was the hardest to figure out how to replicate in squares. His beard is whiter at the center and his hear whiter nearer the ears, so for those few stitches I added a strand of white.

2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Vintage Style Microphone Hand Embroidered on a Hankerchief on: July 09, 2012 08:14:05 PM
So, I have cross stitched plenty, but had never embroidered anything. I thought it was pretty much the same....I was wrong - it's SOOOO much harder! This is my first completed embroidered item and I am SOOOO proud of it! I used the pattern from Stitcher's Revolution called Rock - n - Roll. I didn't like the size, so I resized it via a scanner and then traced it onto my handkerchief. I knew I wanted to be more fancy than just doing the outline....so this is what i came up with. It took FOREVER! but when all is said and done, I like how the shading turned out and even though the red metallic thread was a pain, I think it adds a nice touch.

3  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Zombie Chicken for Easter on: July 02, 2012 09:58:55 AM

Using this pattern http://irkachan.blogspot.com/2009/05/que-fue-primero.html (scroll down for English), I created zombie chicken. Although the plan was to create a whole army of them, I only made one and it ended up in a friend's son's Easter Basket. You can see the brains in the head, the bones showing through the wing, and the insides oozing out the side....The son LOVED him!

(the egg) (starting to flip inside out)

(close up of Brains) (close up of wing)

4  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Personalized Amigurimi on: June 27, 2012 07:22:22 PM
My boyfriends favorite bartender is very memorable, from his crazy red/orange hair to his tattoos, and one day , for no apparent reason, I decided to crochet him a "mini me". I love how he turned out! I used embroidery thread to do his tattoos (not all of them, just enough to personalize it). The basic shape is from "creepy crochet", and i just altered as necessary. Frankly they were both a little weirded out by the present, but they both agree it was AWESOME! My boyfriend is demanding one now....

(you can click through for larger pictures)

The Model

(wow should have polished my nails first! sorry)
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