It’s #30for30crafting Time!

544246It’s getting close to May which means it’s time for another #30for30crafting event! Yay!

Pick a craft or project(s) (new or old) and be committed to working on it/them for 30 minutes for 30 days. I like to do it in May so you can give yourself a day off during the month, if you want to.

And no, it’s not just open to cross-stitching.  Maybe you’re a drawing genius or you make pottery that mere mortals weep or your quilts are so epic, people write songs about them. Or maybe you actually write songs! Or make the most awesome cakes! Or, you want to have an excuse to try something completely new. It doesn’t matter, LET YOUR CRAFT SHINE THROUGH.

So, the process is simple. Starting on May 1, post your picture on Twitter, Instagram, or Tumblr and tag it with #30for30crafting . Then, keep your eyes peeled for that tag and encourage your fellow crafters. And if it’s possible, try to take a pic each day. I know for me, it really does help to look back to the previous day or two and see that, yes, I’m making progress.

I can a lot of questions about this, so I’ll try to answer them below, if you have a question, leave a comment here or tweet me.

1.) Can I work on it for more than 30 minutes a day?

Absolutely. The point is to work on something for at least 30 minutes a day for 30 days.

2.) I want to (make digital art, write, draw, etc.), does that count?

If it uses your creativity muscles, I say absolutely. Make an app, sew a quilt, write a novel, paint a picture on your living room wall. I’m pretty open.

3.) Do I have to take a picture every day?

No. Not at all. Maybe you want to make a blog post or maybe you want to post weekly pictures of your progress. That’s fine! If you do, tag your picture (or link to a blog post) with either #30for30crafting so we can encourage each other!

4.) What if I want to start on the [insert day here]?

That’s not a problem. I know some people started early, others are starting later. Just do it and make awesomeness!

5.) Do I only have to work on one project?

Nope. Work on whatever your creative brain is pushing you to make.

6.) I missed a day. I fail.

Um, no. Just add a day to the end, if you want. Or, just get something done for the next day. You can do it!

Good luck and, as always, happy crafting!

All Tangled Up

I love Tangled.

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Really. I LOVE Tangled.

It is my most favorite Disney movie. The singing. The cuteness. The fact that Rapunzel is my Disney Princess twin (in the things she does — not so much with the hair, LOL) So when they announced that they were going to do a series, I was very, very happy.
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And when I saw the teaser art for it, I knew I had to cross-stitch it because it’s pretty awesome. (OK, I wish she was holding her frying pan, but beggars can’t be choosers. And Pascal is there and you can’t go wrong with him.)

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My goal was to have it done in time for the Tangled Before Ever After movie and, amazingly enough, I did it with a week to spare. I know, I couldn’t believe it either.

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Want to make your own? Of course you do.

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The finished size of 14 count aida is 11.5″ high by 7″ across. (I know, not the most common size, right?) As always, happy crafting!

Burninating the blog post

Sit back, my friends, and let me tell you a story about a man.

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Maybe he was just a dragon.

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But he was still TROGDOR.

Now I understand that some sad souls may not be familiar with Trogdor or Strong Bad emails. My heart breaks for you, but let’s just say that homestarrunner.com was making things viral before there was such a thing as being viral on the internet.

I’ve been wanting to make a pattern and cross-stitch Trogdor for a long time. But things like the Dark World, the millions of Destiny crafts, and just plain laziness kept me from doing it.

Not anymore.

Just look at all his majesty.

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Want to make your own? Of course you do.

What you’ll need:

aida cloth (I used my normal 14 count fabric)
DMC thread: 3757, 827 (if you’re going to make the notebook paper lines — I didn’t because I’m, again, lazy, LOL)
The chart!

If you decide to tackle this, I’d love to know. And as always, happy crafting! ❤

Eyes up, Guardian

You know, this blog post is beyond overdue. So, in case you couldn’t tell, I make a lot of Destiny cross-stitch patterns and rather than having everyone sift through the blog to find them, I figured I should post them here. (Note: This is only a list of the charts I’ve made myself.)

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Bladedancer:
Chart
White thread
Navy blue aida cloth

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Crimson Days:
The chart
Colors: 355, 761, 3803
aida cloth

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The Darkness Has Consumed You
14 count aida cloth
Thread (I used Kreinik 052F, but you can use any color you want, especially if you aren’t wanting to make it glow in the dark.)
The chart!

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Dawning Snowflake:

The chart!
DMC colors 963 and white
aida cloth (on 14 count, it’s just under 4″)

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Destiny Christmas 1:

Chart

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Destiny Christmas 2:
The chart! 
white
black
321- red
420 -brown
742- yellow
754- peach
3346- green
3799- dark gray (Destiny traveler)

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Festival of the Lost:
4″ hoop (You can make it 6″ — the design is just under 3″x 3″ on 14 count aida cloth)
DMC colors: 310, 647, 834, white, 902, 3821
Black aida cloth
The chart

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Jade Rabbit:
Chart is here!

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Moments of Triumph:

The chart Part 1 // Part 2
aida cloth (the finished design is approx 9″ x 11″)
3845

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SRL cross-stitch:
The chart!
DMC colors 3865, 321, 310, and white
aida cloth (I used 14 count like normal which makes the design about 7.5″ x  4″)

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Taken King
4″ hoop
14 count aida cloth
Any color (I picked black, obviously)
The chart!

Off to the Races

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I fell in love with this design last year when Bungie first introduced the SRL. The colors are fantastic and the geometry of the design just stuck out, but for whatever reason, (I’m assuming I got distracted with another project) I didn’t even start to make the pattern. This year, I decided, would be different.

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This design is really not that difficult (with the exception of stitching black thread on black canvas, but if you chose a different color, say an oatmeal or dark grey color aida cloth, you’d be able to sail through this pretty easily.)

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I also made a snowflake design that came from Bungie’s The Dawning event which is SO SUPER quick, it’s almost ridiculous. (The fake snow is optional, LOL)

What you’ll need:

For the SRL cross-stitch:
The chart!
DMC colors 3865, 321, 310, and white
aida cloth (I used 14 count like normal which makes the design about 7.5″ x  4″)

For the snowflake:
The chart!
DMC colors 963 and white
aida cloth (on 14 count, it’s just under 4″)

I’d love to see if you tackle either of these and as always, happy crafting! ❤

Jolly Ol’ St. Koopa

‘Twas the night before Christmas,
And all through Peach’s house,
Not a creature was stirring,
Not even a Mouse(r)

Er, ok, I’ll leave the poetry to someone else.

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So, if you’ve been on Twitter, you’ve seen me working on this Bowser, er, King Koopa, cross-stitch. I was looking at my new cup when the idea came to me.

I’ve got two variations, one with the Bullet Bills and another with winged Koopas. I haven’t had a chance to test the pattern out yet so I don’t have a set color list yet. Fortunately, the colors are pretty obvious so I don’t think you could go wrong with just eye-balling the whole thing.

Also, this pattern is really, REALLY, wide. On a 14-count, it’s just over 14 inches (and under 4 inches tall), so just be sure to plan accordingly. Also, those *super neat* gold lines between the characters is just a reference, LOL. Please, do not use them as guides — just more like suggestions if you want to drape strings between each bullet/koopa.

The Bullet Bill chart
The winged Koopa chart

On a personal note, you may have noticed that on the sidebar to the left, I have a link to a campaign that I’ve started. It’s to raise money to buy sewing machines for people in South Asia. Having a sewing machine allows for people with little or no education to make some money, helping their families. I figured, hey, since I’m blessed to have an opportunity to stitch things for fun, I’d like to be able to try to raise money for a much more nobler cause. Of course, there is absolutely no pressure to donate, but if you’d like to give a few dollars to an awesome cause, that would be amazing too. (Or just spreading the word would be really, REALLY helpful as well.)

Donate for sewing machines ❤

Anyway, if you do decide to tackle this chart (or any others), let me know! I love to see what y’all have been creating! And as always, happy crafting! ❤

Tag Along

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If you have been following me over on Instagram and Twitter then you know my crafting life has been dedicated to finishing a zillion tags that I’m sending out which can double up as ornaments.

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I’ve had a lot of questions and comments about them, so I thought, “Hey, you know, it’s probably time for a blog post to address it.”

The most-often asked question is, “Where did you get the tags? Did you make them yourself?”

The answer to the second question is

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The answer to the first question is Hobby Lobby. They are $5.99 for 10 (minus the discount if you have a 40% off coupon) A delightful person on Instagram told me that they were available on anthropologie.com, but it seems like they out of stock. But, you absolutely can still make this pattern on regular aida cloth, or use it as a perler pattern.

The chart! 

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I guessed with the colors until I was happy with them. If you want to use the colors I used they were:

white (all)
black (all)
321- red (all)
420 -brown (all)
742- yellow (all)
754- peach (all)
815- maroon (Cap shield)
825- dark blue (Cap shield)
3346- green (all)
3799- dark gray (Destiny traveler)

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If you’re only making one style, you won’t need all of the colors and you can adapt the colors to what you have/can find. I hope you enjoy this project if you do decide to tackle it. And as always, happy crafting! ❤

Stitch or Treat

12So, last week, probably on Facebook, I saw a link to this fantastic idea of cross-stitching a pumpkin. They had a bat template for the masses to use, but you know I wasn’t going to do anything so…ungeeky, right? Let’s just say that I am super glad that I made my Halloween project back in 2014 that involved the Boos from Super Mario World.

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I followed the steps that the page had laid out…

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1. Draw (ok, they had you print) the pattern. Now, I didn’t have any graph paper around the house, so I drew the lines manually. Then, I colored my design so I knew what I was doing.

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2.) Poke the holes. Now, the first thing I did was circle the intersections of where the outside stitches were — I did not want any exposed/uncessary holes to deal with. Here’s the thing with punching these suckers out — you need to absolutely make sure that they go all the way through. I used a punch needle tool to get the holes, but then I went through with a giant tapestry needle (and still that gave me grief). Babe had a great idea of using a small drill bit (assuming you have a drill around your house) to make the holes.

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3.) Stitch (and cry). OK, if you are new to cross-stitching, just walk away from this project. It will make you hate crafting and I would hate for that to be my fault. (I am only slightly kidding.) I have been cross-stitching for a loooong time and there were times that I had to put down the pumpkin because I was like “I WILL NEVER BE DONE WHY DID I START THIS PROJECT? AHHHHH!!!!”

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I think I finally found a way that worked for me which was, to work on the side. For about a third of the time, I was holding the pumpkin upright and trying to stitch. That was frustrating (aside from trying to find the practically impossible to find holes in the back of the pumpkin). Once I turned it on its side so that the hole to remove the stem faced left, (I’m left-handed, so for you, it might go on the right side.) things seemed to move a lot faster.
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4.) Do a happy dance when it’s finished. I used glow in the dark thread because, hey, if I was going to do this, I was going to do it the right way. And although it took about double the time I anticipated, I am SO happy I did it. In fact, next year, I’m going to start a little earlier and try to get the other two done and that way my pumpkin will have a circle of Boos around it. (We’ll see, right now I am relieved that I’m done, I might see it next year and be like, “Nope.”)

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If you do decide to tackle stitching your own pumpkin, my biggest suggestions are 1.) Pick a small pattern — this Boo is about 15 x15 squares across and it took me about 8-10 hours, from start to finish 2.) Make sure your holes to stitch through are visible from the inside of your pumpkin 3.) Give yourself enough time and try not to stress — this isn’t a great project to work on in the car while someone is driving because finding the spot where the needle needs to go is hard enough without the bumpy bumps of the road. 4.) Have fun! Since you’ll be stitching on a foam pumpkin, you’ll be able to keep this year after year and never have to do it again, LOL

Festival of the Lost

I swear, everything I make is not Bungie related.

That being said, they came out with their trailer for their Festival of the Lost, and boom, next thing I knew I was spending a couple of hours whipping up a chart for their latest emblem.

(You know what they say, resistance is futile and all that.)

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(Thanks to TheLegendBlue on Twitter for the screengrab.)

So, if you want to make this (Obviously I haven’t had time to whip this up), this is what you’ll need:

A 4″ hoop (You can make it 6″ — the design is just under 3″x 3″ on 14 count aida cloth)
DMC colors: 310, 647, 834, white, 902, 3821
Black aida cloth
The chart**

**So, you’ll notice on the edge of the broom, there are some funky backstitching symbols — that’s because I’m not sure if doing a couple of backstitching lines would be easier than trying to do half-stitches with the gold to give the angled effect. I think whatever works best for you, is what works.

And as always, happy crafting! ❤

Moment of Triumph

16sunlitdays Back when I decided to make this Destiny cross-stitch, I had no idea just A.) how long it would take and B.) how difficult working with a single color is. (I mean, it’s like yaaaaawn.) That being said, this is my largest Destiny cross-stitch to date, overthrowing the Cross-Stitch of Doom that started the trip down the rabbit hole that is Destiny crafts.

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Some of you crazy, awesome people want to actually tackle this for yourself. Good luck, kids, LOL. My suggestion is to use the aida cloth color as your friend — that way you only have to stitch the aqua (or, if you want, choose your own color, I won’t tell Bungie.)

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What you’ll need:

The chart Part 1 // Part 2
15″ x 18″ aida cloth (the finished design is 9″ x 11″ — or around there, I’m far too lazy to measure it right now)
3845 (That’s the color I used)

If you do decide to tackle this, I’d love to know. And as always, happy crafting ❤ ❤