A Smashing New Cross-Stitch

If the previous free charts or my Twitter profile weren’t enough of a clue, my gaming heart loves it some Nintendo.  Super Mario, Legend of Zelda, Donkey Kong…you know, the usual suspects.

So, you know who is excited about Smash Bros, right? This chick, right here.

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I’m being the oh-so-patient gamer and waiting for Smash Bros to come out on the WiiU, so I have to do something with my time, right?

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Bam.

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(Er…Smash?)

Though the pattern is easy and you’ll only need one skein of thread for this chart, I will warn you, it will take a solid chunk of your time. I clocked in about eight hours on this sucker because, um, all the squares. You *could* make the design smaller, but why would you? Show off that Smash symbol with pride.

I obviously went with the red/black color scheme, but really, you can pick whatever color combo you want.  For this, I used three strands of thread (instead of my usual two) because I wanted it to look all nice and full — no black peeking through the red.

And, might I suggest listening to a little Smash Bros while you cross-stitch the day away? LOL

What you’ll need:

4″ Embroidery Hoop (I swear, I ‘m not addicted to these things)
1 skein of DMC thread (I used 321 for mine)
14 count aida cloth
The chart

You know the drill, if you have any questions or tackle this project, let me know! And happy crafting! 😀 😀

Can You Digg It?

Remember when I mentioned that I was going to make one chart from Arrow? Well, make that three. Really, I couldn’t not make a Digg cross-stitch because, well, it’s Digg.10724866_282784348587087_1337329228_n

He gave me a little trouble because originally I had his arms to his side, looking all stiff and uncomfortable.

Then, I watched the season premiere of Arrow and realized what it was missing: those crossed arms.

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(Yeah, he’s standing there judging you. LOL)

This is a straightforward cross-stitch. No blending colors, no glow in the dark thread.

What you’ll need:
DMC colors: 317, 318, 801, 310
14 count aida cloth
Embroidery hoop (I kept mine in my 4″ hoop to go with the rest of the original Team Arrow.)
The chart (obviously)

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And, as if that wasn’t enough, I made another Felicity pattern which I really, really like. (The other one works, but this…this I lurve.)

What you’ll need:
DMC threads: 310, 351, 321, 444, 3827
14 count aida cloth
Embroidery hoop
The Chart!

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As a bonus, I put all the team together in one cross-stitch (which I probably would have done in the first place if I knew I was going to end up making the Starling Trio.)

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Aaaaand, (This is like the big fireworks finale — I don’t think I’ll be making more Arrow cross-stitch patterns for a while) for you Olicity shippers, I made this for you. Go ahead and stitch it up while this season slowly breaks your heart.
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So, yes, now you can cross-stitch to your Arrow-lovin’ heart’s content. ❤ And always if you do decide to tackle this project, let me know!

Happy crafting!

Play Games. Heal Kids. Become Legend.

It’s all about the children over at extra-life.org and I’m proud do my (very little) part in supporting such an awesome cause.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with what Extra Life is, it’s donation drive for Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. For 24 hours, gamers come together and play, receiving donations that go to the hospital that they have chosen.

This year, I’m working with the Destiny Community. I’m not playing  (lolz, no, you would not want to see that) but there are some familiar faces in the community who are. (Keep an eye out over at hddispatch.net for the official list.) I’ll be modding between 10-11am EST for those for you who want to pop into the Twitch stream.

Speaking of the stream, there will be a lot of things that will be given away throughout the 24 hours. You can read more about that here.
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That’s where I was able to help out again. I made this for one of the lucky viewers in the stream. I’m not too sure when exactly you’ll have your chance to win, but sometime in the morning. The stream starts at 8am EST, so get your coffee/Dr. Pepper/tea/energy drink and prepare to watch ALL THINGS DESTINY.

And if you can’t watch, then please, donate. As of right now, they are only a couple of hundred dollars from their goal, but I do think they can crush those numbers.

Oh so boo-tiful

So, I’ll be the first to admit, I’m not the biggest fan of Halloween. The candy is awesome, the idea of things jumping out at me is not. (Seriously, I don’t even like going through the graveyard part in the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland.)

Still, I wanted to try to make some kind of pattern for the spooky season and, after thinking and thinking and thinking, inspiration finally struck: it was time to make some Boos from Super Mario.

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Of course, I went the old school, Super Mario World (my second favorite Mario game ever) route when the Circling Boo Buddies were first introduced. 

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So, for this pattern, the chart is set up to fit in a six inch hoop perfectly. Any smaller and your Boos won’t fit, any bigger and you’ll just have a bigger outside border. Just start in the middle on the top, about three rows down and you’ll be golden!

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You’ll also need black, red, and white thread. Or you can forgo the white thread and get…glow in the dark thread!
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Amazing!

Now, I will warn you that while the effects are pretty awesome, working with this stuff is not the easiest thing. I used DMC’s glow in the dark thread (E 940). And I’ll warn you right now if you hit a snag or get a knot in your thread, it’s pretty much…

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So, take your time, be patient, and don’t pull too hard. I had more than one strand break because I underestimated my strength (or overestimated the strength of the thread). But, if you can get through it, your patience will be rewarded.

Now, the chart has nine ghosts, but I ended up only putting eight on there. I stitched the outline of the ninth one and Babe and I decided that the gap between Boos was big enough. However, if you love all things Boo, then you may want to go ahead and stitch the last one.

Chart is here!

As always, let me know if you tackle this! I love to see y’all making awesomeness and happy crafting! 😀 😀

His name is Oliver Queen.

So, after I made the Felicity Smoak sprite cross-stitch, someone asked me if I was going to make any other Arrow sprites. I confess, I hadn’t intended on doing it, but here we are and yet another member of Team Arrow has arrived.IMG_20141001_173749

Say hello to the Hood, er, the Vigilante, er, the Arrow–
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Oliver Queen wearing leather while shooting arrows.

I used the technique of blending colors in this cross-stitch which, if you have never done it before, is super easy. I briefly talk about it in the video, but seriously — SUPER EASY. To make the pants look like how they do in the picture, all you’re going to do is combine two strands of 3799 and one of 934. Then, just cross-stitch like normal and watch the blending magic happen!

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For all of you on Team Diggle (Go Digg!) fret not. His chart should be finished…soonish. I’m already working next week’s chart (which I am super excited about!) so the Diggle chart will possibly be out the following week. Then, all three original members of Team Arrow will be ready to make your room more awesomely geeky.

Chart is here!

The supply list: 14 count aida cloth, DMC threads: 3799, 936, 319, 934, 310, 830, 869, 3827, 597

And if you do tackle it, let me know! 😀 😀

Lucky Rabbit’s Foot, er, Emblem

I’ll admit. I’m totally stalling out when it’s coming to the Lorule project. I think it’s the sheer amount of colors and the fact that, well, it doesn’t look like much of anything yet. I’m not too worried yet. There were a lot of times with the Dark World map that I wanted to do nothing more than hide it on a shelf and forget it existed.

So, I’m not pushing myself and decided to go back to something that is as familiar as a warm coat. You know what that means, Destiny craft time!

The emblems available in the game are like a crafter’s dream because they’re easy to replicate. I have dreams of doing (most) of them, but I don’t know if even I am that ambitious.

I decided to tackle the Jade Bunny emblem first. And, get ready for this, there were no problems when I cross-stitched the project! (Yeah yeah, it’s a simple pattern, but you know what I DON’T CARE! I’ll take my Destiny victories when I can get them, LOL)

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I just spent last night (and most of today) stitching like a mad woman and bam! Done!

Now I suppose it’s time to drag my sorry self back to Lorule. I’m sure I’ll find my groove soon enough, but really? What was I thinking doing a pattern that has 150 colors? LOL

Chart is here!

Like always, if you tackle the project let me know!