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That Craft That Came From the Moon

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–

Oh wait…this is a crafting blog, isn’t it?

Anyway, one of the things that was revealed during the Beta was the Iron Banner. People got decked out in some killer threads. I mean, check out the fierceness.

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.

Ta da! Overall, I was thrilled with the way this ended up turning out. I’m pretty sure I’m going to do something like this for the Christmas cards I’m sending out this year.

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.


It started off pretty well. I felt confident and unstoppable! This Ghost was going to look so perfect, people would expect for Peter Dinklage’s voice to start talking from the fabric.


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.



*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.

Per Audacia ad astra (Or, how to get one step closer to world domination)

In the video game world, my love is basically divided among three subjects: Nintendo, Halo, and Bungie. (OK, there is a sliver for Kingdom Hearts and LEGO games –and the Batman Arkham series– but you get the point.)

It seemed appropriate that in celebration of Bungie Day, I would decide to craft something.


“Something” being the Bungie crest that communicates its power as our future overlord with the swords and the barehanded grip of a lightning bolt.

(Thor holds no power over them.)

I was tempted to use the image straight from their Twitter avatar. But then I remembered rule number one I learned from last year’s failed Bungie Day craft.


I went the begging route and dropped DeeJ an email asking for the image.

He said no.

I cried.

The end.

No craft this year.

I, of course, am kidding. He sent me the file with nary a raised eyebrow and I was set.

Originally wanted to do some kind of blackwork the incorporated the various logos of Bungie’s past (and present) games, but some of the logos (Oni and Marathon, in particular) were not going to translate well into AIDA cloth.


Then, I thought I would embroider the crest with the logos inside, but the more I thought about, the more I thought it would end up looking, well, like this.


So, I ditched that idea and embraced the KISS principle and everything was set.


I found this piece of silk that was frayed, forlorn, and had basically given up on the idea that it could ever be turned into something amazing in the bottom of my fabric bin, but I saw its potential, even though it couldn’t.

Now I’ll be the first to tell you, I’m not 100% confident when it comes to embroidery. Cross-stitching is safe and comfortable, like a teddy bear. The squares and I…


But, there are a couple of stitches that I enjoy in the world of embroidery. (The chain stitch, especially.)  So, I decided to stick with those stitches for this project.  I knew this was going to be an easy craft — I penciled in maybe 4-5 hours of work. I certainly didn’t expect for it to go as quickly as it did.


As I looked upon its awesomeness, it registered in my mind…I actually finished the project early.


Victory lap time, baby!


So, happy Bungie Day everyone! Bungie, thank you for making epic games and having some awesome people work within your ranks. Awesome Bungie community (yes, I’m looking at you), you all are so amazing and I am blessed to consider so many of you my friends. ❤ ❤ Enjoy the beta that’s coming out later this month, and become legend. 😀 😀

As for me, I’m off to craft some more. I’ll give you one clue what I’m working on. It rhymes with Stark twirled.

Time Traveler

Imagine sitting at your desk, wondering what time it is. I mean, sure you could look at your computer clock or grab your phone, but why would you miss a chance to look up and see the Traveler hanging on your wall, waiting to tell you when it is?

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That’s right, you wouldn’t.

When I found out that Dave’s (aka @DestinyAuthor) birthday was at the beginning of April, I totally was cool and collected, despite the fact that I already had several crafts that needed to be done by the end of the month.

I knew I wanted to do something Destiny-themed. I could have made him an 8-bit cross-stitch of a Guardian, but I’m sort of a “been there, done that” sort of crafter. (OK, I don’t have the patience to sit and do the same thing over and over which is why I’ll never, ever do a Light World map from A Link to the Past. Waaaaay too close to the Dark World map.)

I remembered seeing a tutorial on a embroidery hoop clock and boom, it clicked. I knew exactly what I was going to make.

A time Traveler.


(OK, so it’s a clock that looks like the Traveler, but time Traveler sounds so much cooler.)

The craft itself was fairly simple. Attaching the clock movements gave me more grief than I thought it would, but luckily I have a Babe on hand at all times to help me keep my sanity.

My fingers and toes are crossed that it made it across country alright. (The USPS almost poked a hole through the Street Figther cross-stitch I sent — and that was less than 100 miles from my place.)

(My bigger hope is that Dave actually knows what it is when he opens the box, LOL.)

Guardians of the (8-bit) Galaxy

So, in my latest attempt to stall from the Dark World cross-stitch (which will get finished some day, I promise), I decided to tackle yet another Destiny project. Absolutely shocking, I know!

The Titan

A couple of weeks ago, @cgbarrett over on Twitter posted a picture of the Guardians in 8-bit form. And we all know how 8-bit awesomeness coverts to cross-stitching perfectly, right? So, yeah, resistance was futile. I knew I was going to make them as soon as I saw the picture.

The Hunter

Making the charts were a breeze because, again, 8-bit anything is perfect for cross-stitching. Each little guy took about 2.5-3 hours to make and they actually ended up looking awesome and adorable and nothing like the cross-stitch of doom.

The Warlock

So, go praise Oryx for his awesome work which inspired me to make something awesome. 😀 😀

Trio of Awesomeness

As usual when it comes to my Destiny projects, I am going to do another giveaway on Twitter. So, give me a follow over there. (I’m @craftinggeek.) Details will be up by this afternoon.

All in a year’s work…

Looking back, I can say that this has been my most productive year cross-stitching/crafting ever. In fact, I’m sure I couldn’t list off all the projects that I finished if I tried. (Like most crafters I know, I tend to give away the things that I make.)

But, I do have my favorites. So here are my top five projects that I’ve finished this year. (WIPs need not apply for this list.)

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5. The Destiny Christmas Card

OK, I stitched this so many times that I started to memorize the chart towards the end. The card itself isn’t anything spectacular — I just made the design from various symbols from Bungie’s Destiny, but the reaction of the people who I sent these to? It was absolutely awesome.


4. The Alice in Wonderland Trunk or Treat

Let’s be honest, it wasn’t about the card soldiers. Or the rose topiary. It was about that epic card display. I love, love, love it. The only downside is that gravity is a worthy opponent and it was pretty much ruined within a day or two, but for that 24-36 hours, it looked downright Wonderlandian.


3. Beck

Yes, he’s from a video game that is slated to be out in 2015. Still, the adorable dude demanded to be cross-stitched. I finished him in record time (less than a month) and proved to myself that my cross-stitching program isn’t necessarily to be trusted in discerning colors (which would have been nice to know before I started the Destiny cross-stitch).


2. NES Controller Pillow

I made this for my sister and brother-in-law’s wedding. They like all things geeky (They had a Legend of Zelda themed wedding.) and I knew I had to whip up something awesome for them.


1. The Lighthouse Cross-stitch

There’s not much to talk about with this one. I made it for my grandparents’ birthday and it looked absolutely beautiful. I love the Gold Collection series and this finished cross-stitch shows exactly why.

Have yourself a geeky little Christmas


So, you want to make your own Destiny-themed Christmas card? Of course you do.

The tutorial to make a card (i.e. listen to me talk for three minutes about the evilness of glue guns, how to convert the card into an ornament, and suggestions for your own Destiny themed messages) is in this vid. The chart itself is here.

Like I said at the end of the video, if anyone does decide to tackle this project, let me know. I’d love to see your take on this geeky, fun project. 😀 😀

I love cross-stitching.

However, this latest project I finished was like the troubled child that you love, but all they want to do is spite you and make you cry.

(Don’t want to read a bunch of complaining? Go ahead and watch the vid of the cross-stitch’s progress.)

Oh Guardians, why do you hate me?

The original plan was simple: I was going to whip up a quick cross-stitch with a Destiny theme and give it to DeeJ as a thank you for inviting me (and my hubby) over to E3/the Bungie after-hours party. I found a screencap (not hi-res which was my very first mistake), popped in into my cross-stitch pattern maker program. Boom! There was my chart waiting for me in all of its awesome glory. I started it on May 22 and thought, Dude, I so got this.

But, I was wrong. So, tragically wrong.

It was pretty clear that by the Friday before E3, there wasn’t a chance of me getting it finished. So, I modified my goal: I’ll have it finished by Bungie Day! That would give me another month. Piece of cake. I can do that in my sleep.
20130615_190204-1 (1)(At this point, I wish a future version of myself would have appeared, grabbed me by my shoulders and said, “You fool! This is no ordinary cross-stitch. It will haunt you. Every. Single. Day. Walk away while you still have your sanity.”)

So, I kept pushing through, making tiny squares that should have been working together to create something awesome. Instead, it was looking…not right. Follow the chart, I told myself. So I did.
30+ hours and over 10k squares later, I was done.
Or, maybe not.

I could see the respective characters, but they looked mediocre (at best). I’m used to my cross-stitches looking like complete awesomeness. This…did not.

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I told myself that backstitching was probably the answer. So, I set to do the part of cross-stitching that I absolutely loathe. A handful of more hours passed. Somehow, despite the fact I could make out details in the cross-stitch, it looked almost worse. (Not really.) and I pretty much convinced myself to throw the whole project in the trash.

Bungie Day came and went. And I still had this project looking at me accusingly.

I did the only thing I could; I put it away and turned my focus to other things. Instead, I worked on random things like Nintendo pillows, Traveler ornaments and Tricorn plushies. I even went back to my earlier x-stitch project that I had been working on before the Destiny cross-stitch took over my life.

Still, thoughts of the failed cross-stitch haunted me.  I was plagued with nightmares of unfinished cross-stitched Guardians. Crafting is more psychologically traumatizing than one may think.

Convinced that the backstitching was the problem, I came up with a good plan. (Which, we all know based on how the rest of the project went, wasn’t a good plan after all.) I thought, ok, I’ll get a piece of plexiglass and I’ll go around the edges with very fine tipped Sharpies. Then, I’ll set the piece over the x-stitch. THAT WILL GIVE ME THE CURVED LINES AND IT WILL LOOK AMAZING.

No. No. No.


Being the ever-stubborn chick that I am, I tried three separate times before accepting that it wasn’t going to work. So, I went back to backstitching.
20130805_222431This time, before I started the backstitching, I decided to do something I hadn’t done which was add some stars in the background. According to Babe, that was what made it look better. I agreed and suddenly, it didn’t seem so horrible. Maybe, I thought with a glimmer of optimism, I can salvage this thing.

The plexiglass wasn’t a complete waste of time, either. I used the lines that I drew as a template of what needed to be backstitched. So, um, yay?

Finally, finally, finally, after a couple of hours of backstitching, I finished the sucker.

Is it as perfect as I wanted it? No. Is it as terrible as I thought it was? No.

I did learn a few things from this project.

1. Plead, beg or scour the internet for a hi-res picture before uploading it to the program. (Though it didn’t make too much of a difference, those handful of different colors might have helped with the backstitching part.
2. Never try to fit an extremely detailed picture with a 5″ x 12″ dimension.
3. When there are so many curves, don’t bother with a 14 count AIDA cloth — the squares are just too big to make it look smooth and curvy.

Now it’s back to the secret project that I don’t think will be a secret much longer (If I actually work on it, the image will reveal itself soon.) and my Legend of Zelda Dark World cross-stitch.

Writing contests, word limits, and Bungie — oh my!

Recently, Bungie, er, The Black Garden (a group over at bungie.net) ran a contest: write a >300 word story about this image from Destiny. I didn’t win the contest, but I did find it fun to try to write for a world we know practically nothing about.

I wrote two ficlets. I ultimately chose the second one to submit for the contest, but I’ll admit, the first one is far closer to my normal writing style.

“It’s not much further.” The Warlock’s voice echoed off the ruins.

A trio of humans walked down the forgotten hallways. Whispers of humanity’s greatness wisped by them; ruins from a time when their ancestors had dominated the skies.

“I don’t like it here.” The Titan’s grip on his gun was tighter than normal.

“Did someone forget to pack their security cape with them?” The Hunter smirked under her helmet.

“The Cabal are congregating outside and we’re stuck in here because you think we need to find this loot,” he countered.

“I don’t think, I know.”

“Maybe this is one time we should let it go.” The Warlock stepped in the Hunter’s path. Her cape whipped around her as a gust of wind blew past them. “There are more things important than credits.”

“Tell that to me the next time our ship needs an upgrade. Or when Mr. Trigger Happy needs to restock his ammo supply.” She stepped around her. “We’re doing this.”

“It doesn’t mean I have to like it.” The Titan looked around. “We need to take our time or we will be putting ourselves in unnecessary risk.”

“And standing around here does what? Ghost can only so much from this distance.”

“Perhaps if you decided to pool in your hard-earned credits into some software upgrades I could be of more assistance,” the AI said coolly.

“That’s not what I–” The Hunter stopped suddenly and turned slightly.

“What do you hear?”

The question had barely passed through the Warlock’s lips when a duo of Cabal seemed to appear from nowhere. The fireteam’s argument was quickly forgotten as they readied their weapons and take aim at the enemy.

It was time for them to do what they did best.

It was time for them to fight.


They speak to her, these walls of old.

They testify of humanity’s greatness.

And of its defeat.

Rust-covered sand has blanketed the once-proud building. Time has not been kind to these ruins on Mars.

The rest of her fireteam are several yards ahead of her, scanning the area for any signs of the Cabal. They are at risk here, sifting through the abandoned buildings, but they need to score more loot if they are to get off this forsaken planet.

A glimmer of something on the ground catches her eye. She kneels down; her green cape pools around her feet. She reaches underneath the sand and pulls out the shiny object. It is some kind of metal, shaped like an eagle, holding arrows in its talons.

Not for the first time, she wonders about her ancestors and their ruinous past.

She stands up, clutching the trinket and makes her way back to her teammates.

“Do you think it’s worth anything?” The Hunter gives her a sideways glance.

“Probably not. But, I want to keep it. For myself.”

Her declaration doesn’t surprise either of them. Her curiosity of humanity’s history is no secret.

A familiar rumble beyond the dilapidated walls fills the air. The Cabal are there. She knows they have little time to collect the loot before they are discovered.

She shoves the metal in her pouch. Then, she reaches around and grabs her rifle, ready to fight. Her teammates mirror her movements as they push forward.

She doubts if she’ll ever learn the truth about what happened to her ancestors, but she knows that this time things are different. The Traveler can’t protect them. It is up to her and her fellow Guardians to ensure humanity’s safety.

This is their destiny.

And she would have it no other way.


I think that’s all I’m going to manage to write for Destiny right now — at least until more information comes down the pipeline. That doesn’t mean that I’m going to stop being creative when it comes to Bungie though…

Yes, it's a mini pillow. (Or, a plushie. You decide.)
Yes, it’s a mini pillow. (Or, a plushie. You decide.)

It was my Destiny…


So, on Monday, I had the privilege of being one of Bungie’s guest for the Song E3 press conference. (Kudos to DeeJ for answering ALL THE QUESTIONS that I threw his way. Patience, the dude has it.)


Babe and I arrived at the pre-show event where there were a ton of food trucks waiting for us. (This is LA, after all.) All I have to say is that the gaming press loves their fried chicken because the line to get some tasty fried goodness was ridiculous.


As it got closer to 6, the group started “lining up” to get inside the arena. It was a stampede of geeks, each eager to get the best seat. But, having a seat at the top of a section –and an aisle seat, no less– I can safely say I got one of them.


The stage was pretty and so were the games. (I totally zoned out during the part about the movies…I know, bad me.)

Watch Dogs was certainly a crowd favorite. Babe is sold on the idea, but I’m like, “I wouldn’t attempt that game without a walkthrough because, um, SO MANY OPTIONS.”

My heart broke a little for the Assassins Creed team. Every time the game glitched, the audience held its collective breath while wincing.

KINGDOM HEARTS 3!!!1!1!! ‘Nuff said.


Destiny was the reason why I had been invited to the conference, so I was eager to finally see some gameplay. The graphics were stunning, the crosstalk was endearingly awkward (does it ever sound relaxed? LOL), and those weapons ❤ ❤ ❤

I still have my concerns about the plot which is basically, “What’s the point?” The trailer sort of addressed that, but I am wondering if the game is going to run on all cylinders for single-player folk who don’t have a group of people to play with. I really, really, really, want to know about this world they created…who are the characters in this world? Is there something more pressing than the search for loot during public events to propel the story forward?

(That being said, they did create Halo — the video game that owns my heart– so my trust in them is extremely high.)


Afterwards, Babe and I went to the Bungie after party. We sat in the background as I mostly gaped like an idiot at all the Bungie people I was seeing. (No, I didn’t go up to them –I was waaay to shy for that madness.)

DeeJ and Jay Weinland did come up to us and were both awesome and friendly, so yay! Bungie folk lived up to my expectation of being awesome ot their fans. :D :D

We had to bail out early because we had to pick up the little ones and Babe had work the next day, but overall, a totally epic experience.

And, DeeJ, just know if y’all roll into town again, my schedule is open the week of E3 next year.