Hammer Time

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It’s funny how things happen, isn’t it?

What started out as a last minute change for TheLegendBlue’s birthday gift, turned into me getting my 15 minutes of viral fame.

There really is no backstory to the cross-stitch — I decided that I’d rather make Matt a Titan based on Chris Barrett’s 8-bit Guardians from Destiny rather than send him the Destiny nail art that I had intended for him.

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Despite fighting with my thread not once, but twice (I blame getting distracted by Blindspot), I got it finished in less than 24 hours.

The rest, as they say, is history.

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So, if you want to make your own Titan, this is what you’ll need:

14 count aida cloth
4 inch hoop
DMC thread: 3790, 3032, 841, 798, 3843, 321, 444, 922, ecru (These are the colors I used, but really, if you’ve got something close to the color on the chart, go for it. Also, with the way the design is, it’s really easy to customize the colors so have fun with it.)
The chart (which does, in fact, have a *little* mistake that I’m not going to bother fixing because, um, lazy. Basically, the waist is off by one square. Just move it over to the right by one and you’re fine. Or keep it. No one will probably notice, LOL)

I know some people are going to ask if I’m going to make the other two Guardians. The answer is…maybe. I have several projects that need to be finished first. (What else is new, right?)

If you do decide to tackle this project, let me know! And, as always, happy crafting!

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Nailed It

After working on Rapunzel (and actually making progress!), my brain did what it always does and started demanding me to work on something else. So, while Babe and the girls were shopping for cake supplies, I walked around Jo-Ann, looking for inspiration.

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There, on an end cap were pre-made boards, ready for nail art — for $15 each (plus the cost of string). Now, look, I understand, if you don’t have the time or want the stress, fifteen bucks isn’t that bad to start a project. But, I knew I wanted something a little more nerdy (and cheap).

So, off I went. I picked up two unfinished wooden plaques, a 2 oz. container of black shiny paint, some white glitter — for $8 (plus 25% off with my coupon). Then, I picked up some nails at Wal-Mart and I was good to go.

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The first thing I did was paint them black. While the paint was still wet, I sprinkled on the glitter and then waited for it to dry.

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During that time, I found the pictures I was looking for — a Triforce and the Destiny symbol — and traced them on a piece of paper.

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Once they were dry, I got my handy dandy hammer out and set to work. I did not measure out perfect spaces between the nails — I am far to impatient for that madness. I did, however, alternate between the top and the bottom of the line so that the spacing was relatively the same.

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When I was done with that, then I set off on making the string part of “string art”. I just kind of let my brain decide what it wanted to do. No rhyme, no reason. Every once in a while, I took a step back to make sure there were no huge gaps.

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Overall, the project took about an hour and a half. Easy and fun! Now, go make one yourself! 😀 😀


Hey, listen!

Oh, Navi, what would the Zelda fandom be without you?

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So, Mollie over at Wild Olive is having a Stitch-Love-Along. I missed round 1, but I was determined to get something done for round two (which goes until the 1st).  She said customizing was fine, but I don’t think she ever thought that her Glowing Fireflies Jar would become a Fairy in a Bottle, LOL

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I made my own fairy pattern and then followed her directions. The project is super simple and easy and fun! Like her, I used glow in the dark thread because everything needs a little glow in the dark thread.

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Because there was only one fairy in the bottle, I decided it needed a little embroidery on the edge of the fabric so I pulled out my Hyrulian to English chart (What? You don’t have one kicking around?) and put “Hey listen!” because really, what other choice did I have?

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I wish I would have thought about embroidering this before I cut out the fabric, but you know what they say about hindsight and all.

The Craftiness Has Consumed You

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Yes, another Destiny craft.

Really, at this point, no one should be surprised.

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If you have played Destiny, you have seen this symbol at least once. If you play like me, then you’ve seen this symbol A LOT. But that’s ok because it looks pretty awesome and when I was asked to make a project for secret purposes, it didn’t take me long to figure out that this was what I wanted to make.

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The project went smooth like butter. I used the awesome Kreinik glow in the dark thread (#8 Fine) and I am still in love with it. It doesn’t bunch up, it’s sturdy as all get out, and did I mention…it glows in the dark?

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If you’re real cool, you can move the camera and give this an awesome effect. If you’re real “cool” like me, you move the camera before it finished taking a picture and then get the result without intending to, LOL

If you want to make one yourself, this is what you’ll need:

14 count aida cloth (I used black, obviously, but you could flip the colors or use any colors that you want)
Thread (I used Kreinik 052F, but again you can use any color you want, especially if you aren’t wanting to make it glow in the dark.)
The chart!

If you do decided to tackle this project, I’d love to know! And until next time, happy crafting! ❤

(DON’T) KEEP IT A SECRET TO EVERYBODY

Sometimes on the internet, you can find something so magical, so amazing, so completely fantastic, you’re like, “WHOEVER DID THIS IS GENIUS!!!1!!1!” And sometimes, if you’re really lucky, they write a tutorial on how you can make the aforementioned magical, amazing, completely fantastic thing yourself.

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That’s what happened when I went over to Our Nerd Home and saw a tutorial for a Legend of Zelda 8-bit fireplace (or better said, a fireplace filler?)

And the best part, it’s dirt cheap and you can have it done in an hour.

So, you start with lots of paint samples. Since I have recently spent a bajillion dollars on paint for the house, I didn’t feel guilty about snagging a *ahem* few of them.

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You’ll need about 10-12 red, 6 orange, 2 light yellow, 3 white. (I think.) I kept it simple and just used these four colors. Then it was off to cutting. Now I’m sure I’m committing a horrible travesty using a rotary cutter to cut paper, but I do NOT see any quilting in my future and I already have another rotary cutter kicking around the house somewhere if I do need to cut fabric.

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Ta da!

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Then, I followed the pattern from Our Nerd Home to lay out the design. I did run out of red squares so I swapped it for a few oranges, but I think it looks just fine. Then it was on to the next step: gluing! It took me less than a half of a glue stick to finish the sucker.

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Then, it was time to set it into it’s place of honor on the fireplace. It’s so perfectly geeky, I might have shed a tear when I was taking the pictures.

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Sorry, but this craft is Taken

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Or, it will be.

I’m doing a giveaway over on Twitter, but for those of you who don’t want to wait to see if the odds are in your favor, you can make this symbol from Destiny’s The Taken King yourself.

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

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This took me about 3-4 hours, but I kept getting distracted by making cookies or watching the progress on my Windows 10 update. Seriously though, it’s a quick day/weekend project and perfect for anyone who loves them some Destiny.

As for those of you Destiny people who want to tackle this project but may not feel comfortable cross-stitching, I made a vid helping to explain the basics of cross-stitching.

Now it’s back to the Light World (Can we talk about how many times I have typed “Dark World” before correcting it? LOL) which is moving sloooow like molasses. I’ve given up the September deadline, but I really want to get it done as close to that as possible.

WIP Wednesday: Week 95,456

Honestly, I can’t believe I managed to work on this sucker.

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Things in the house have been, ahem, crazy. Long story short, we have no carpet in our living room.

I went through a state of mourning, but I have forced myself to move on until we can get new flooring. (There is always light at the end of the tunnel, yes?)

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So, progress has slowed down a bit, but I’m still aiming for a September finish (lolz). I know once I get the outline of the Clouds of Doom done, I can plow through a section of them really quickly.

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I did pull out Steve for an afternoon, but I spooked myself because I really don’t want to lose momentum with the Light World. I have too many WIPs as is and I really want to start checking them off the To Do List.

Hopefully, the next week will be filled with more stitching, less stressing and ALL THE PROGRESS. What are y’all working on? I hope all of your WIPs are going awesomely!

Happy crafting! 😀 😀

With Great Crafting Comes Great Responsibility

It’s the beginning of July and my oldest is one year older.

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(I haven’t come to terms with it yet, obviously.)

She didn’t want a cake this year, which left the theme of her party to us. And since she’s been on a HUGE Ultimate Spider-Man kick, I knew what it should be.

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Sometimes the cheapest things make for the most fun crafts, you know? All that took was two rolls of streamers, some masking tape, and about 20 minutes. (Oh, and a picture if you’re unsure of the exact shape of a web — like I was.)

Then, because I’m totally crazy, I decided to that I wanted to make her a Miles Morales mini guinea ham. On her birthday. So, I locked myself in the craft room and set to work.

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I had worried that the web would take forever and a day to complete, but once the initial outline was started, it was pretty easy. Cutting out that spider symbol though. 😛

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After doing all the detail work, I just set about and finished the doll like I did with my previous ones. And I was finished with it before lunchtime! She loved it (which thrilled me to bits)!

Of course every time I work on one of these, I want to make a whole bunch of them…Maybe a Tangled collection should be next on my list.

But, for now, I’m back on the Light World and actually making solid progress on it! Whee!

(Heart)less is More

I love me some Kingdom Hearts. And after last week’s E3 trailer (with a Tangled level!!!), I knew I had to make the Heartless symbol that had been waiting for me.

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I decided to pull out the water soluable canvas for this one — I wanted the red to really pop against the black. And I went with half-stitches because I think they work better with all the angles.

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The project took me the beter part of 4-5 hours and then it was time for its bath. I hadn’t worked with a piece of the canvas that had so much exposed when I rinsed it off, but it worked like a charm.

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If you wanna make your own, here’s the chart. The final size is about 6″ x 4″heartless11

As always, if you tackle this project, let me know. Happy crafting!

(Sher)lock, stock, and barrel

So, earlier this year, I signed up to take part of the #bestbirthdayeverswap. It’s a fun swap where you get three partners throughout the year and then, when it’s your birthday month, you get three packages. YAY FOR AWESOMENESS!

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My first partner’s birthday is today and I sent her a bunch of goodies, including this Sherlock cross-stitch.

The pattern comes from cloudfactory. (Seriously, I want to make all of the fandom ones — they are so cute!)

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I also made her a needlebook, got a couple of postcards, some candy, and craft supplies! (I love the ribbon, I got for her, but um, I forgot to take a pic of it.)

I’ve got a good couple of months until the next package is due and I’m already super excited to work on it. But seriously, if y’all get a chance, pop on over on IG and check out the #bestbirthdayeverswap — there are some really fun gifts people are making!

Now I’m off to finish making some cherry pie — wish me luck, LOL

Saw it. Liked it. Had to cross-stitch it.