Or rather, crafts.
The Destiny beta came and went. I surprised myself and Babe by actually playing it myself rather than sticking to the vicarious gamer role that I embrace with pride. I was able to play with my sister from another mister and prove that I really have no skills as a FPS player. (I kept looking for the Starman so I could become invincible, maybe that is only available in the full version of the game?) But, honestly, I had a lot of fun playing it. Mostly because I liked to dress up my character and use that space magic.
And did I mention that I actually went to the moon so that Babe could get the special–
I had picked up some felt banners over at Jo-Ann about a week earlier and knew what I had to do.
I made a shoddy template and set to tracing it over to some adhesive felt.
It was…ok. But, as you can see from the picture, I drew the pattern on the front rather than to back and no amount of bleach was going to get those marks off. (Believe me, I tried.)
So, I set it aside for a couple of days. Then, awesomeness popped up on my Twitter timeline, courtesy of Hedge. His masterful artwork gave me a bit of detail that was missing from the original lo-res image I used to make the original template.
(Lo-res Destiny images + me = nOTP)
I redrew the template (on the backside of the felt) and set to work.
My other craft, however, continues to haunts me. *insert rimshot*
The other craft is a Ghost that I made for my buddy, Alan’s, birthday. I made 3 (ok, like 6) different versions of the Ghost pattern and let the power of the people (aka Twitter) decide which one looks best.
Then, I set to work on the little guy.
Then, the trouble started. I needed to tweak the pattern, I miscounted squares (thrice), I had to exchange a color because you couldn’t tell the difference between the other color, and then there were the broken threads that were so totally symbolic of my broken spirit.
I cried and wept. (OK, I more like pouted and fought the urge to throw the project in a bonfire.) And then, I dusted myself off because we crafters are a tough breed. I pushed through and finally finished the bad boy.
YAY! IT WAS DONE! ALL THE STRESS WAS OVER! WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG?
*cue the happy dance*
Oh foolish Jess, when will you learn that when it comes to Destiny projects, something can always go wrong? So, apparently, when I was moving the cross-stitch from my big giant hoop to the hoop that would be its permanent home, I flipped it on its side. WHO DOES THAT? If I hadn’t been in the car, I would have been headdesking for hours.
Now let’s remember I already trimmed the fabric so there’s nothing for me to grab to tighten it. But I thought since I didn’t glue it down (I never do.) and was really careful, I might be able to spin the top hoop (carefully) so the right position.
Spoiler alert: I managed to do it.
But now that I’m thinking about it, I’m not sure that I didn’t put it completely upside down. Um, I guess I’ll have to wait for it to show up at Alan’s. Seriously guys, why does Destiny hate cross-stitching? And most importantly, when am I going to learn that Destiny hates cross-stitching?
Now it’s back to the Dark World. 11k squares in 26 days. I should have this sucker done.