*enter clever title here*

I wanted to come up with some clever title for this latest project I finished, but my mind is not quick with the wit today. Alas.

Anyway, I come with pictures (and a mild story of woe) from my latest project. It wasn’t the cross-stitch of doom, but it wasn’t necessarily my easiest project either, mostly because I have an inability to do math.

So, last month, my buddy contacted me about doing a commission piece from him based on this:


Easy, right?

Well, it theory, it was. I opened the pic with my program and messed with the coloring, etc. After that was all said and done, I needed to figure out the dimensions so I would calculate how long it would take for me to finish it. So, I averaged the area that Ken took up — 30 x 100. (I’d have to double it to include Ryu, piece of cake.) So, I multiplied it in my mind — 30 x 100, well, that equals 300.

(Now at this point, any 3rd grader could tell you where I went horribly wrong.)

Let’s just say what I thought would take 5-7 hours ended up taking over 30.

So, over the course of a week and a half, this cross-stitch became a part of me.


We watched Tangled together.


And Night at the Museum.


And Captain America.



Still, I couldn’t figure out where I had gone wrong if calculating my time. I blamed it on being tired, sick, the cycle of the moon — anything.

Vacation came and so did my newfound BFF.

It was my traffic buddy…


helped keep seagulls away…


and watched as children played.


Finally, after dedicating six times the amount of time I thought I would, the end was near. And as I was finishing Ken’s foot, it hit me.

30 x 100 doesn’t equal 300. It equals 3,000.




But in the end, everything turned out rather well and now I’m turning my attention back to Hyrule.


And the next time someone asks for a commission piece, I’m pulling out the calculator.

Warning: Delicious Calories Ahead

Yesterday, in an attempt to come up with something delicious for dessert, I decided I was going to make a cake from a cake mix box. (I know, not particularly exciting.) As I was looking at the back of the Betty Crocker box, I saw a little blurb about their website, talking about how they had other recipes there. So, I popped over there, not wanting a plain white cake.

I browsed and looked a peanut butter cake with chocolate icing caught my attention, but I knew I didn’t want a Reese’s Peanut Butter cake. (I’m not a huge chocolate fan, sorry.) But, I did like the idea of a peanut butter cake. And I knew that we had some marshmallow creme hiding in the pantry.


Ta da! A Fluffernutter cake was born!

The recipe couldn’t be simpler (or more delicious).

The cake:
1 box of Betty Crocker white cake mix
3 eggs
1/3 c. oil
1 1/4 c. water
1 tsp. vanilla
3/4 c. Jif Whips peanut butter (This stuff is amazing!) 

Follow the instructions like on the back of the box. I added the peanut butter and vanilla during the last thirty seconds of mixing. Bake it off per the instructions.

The icing:

(1) 7 oz. container of Kraft Marshmallow Creme
8 oz. (or 2/3 of a container) of Country Crock Simply Delicious spread
2 tsp. vanilla
3 c. of powered sugar

Mix the first three ingredients, then slowly add the sugar (so it doesn’t get all over the place). My icing was a bit loose (which I wanted so that it cascaded over the sides of the cake — if you want the icing thicker, just add more powdered sugar.)


Then, enjoy!