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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! 😀 😀


You have not failed this cross-stitch

I’ll admit I imagined Stephen Amell saying that, oh, a million or so times while I was working on this sucker.

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(It’s the little things, ok?)

So, actually this cross-stitch came to be because A.) Babe loves the show and B.) after this from Xbox, how could I not tackle (another) Arrow cross-stitch?

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So when I set off on this Arrowtastic journey, I thought it was going to take me 7-10 days to finish. Easy as pie, I thought. It might be close to 10k squares, but really, how long could that take?

Oh foolish Jess….when will I be able to count? Or figure out a realistic time frame?  (The answer is, of course, never.)

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The project itself was easy. No major miscounts, no weeping into my pillow at night. So despite the fact it took three times as long as I had anticipated, it was a fun project to do. Although with all the grey, it wasn’t exactly the most vibrant color scheme ever, LOL

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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–

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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.

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I made a shoddy template and set to tracing it over to some adhesive felt.

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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)

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I redrew the template (on the backside of the felt) and set to work.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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YAY! IT WAS DONE! ALL THE STRESS WAS OVER! WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG?

*cue the happy dance*

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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.

State of the (Crafting) Union Address

The State of the Union is good, thanks to Mollie over at Wild Olive.

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For those of you who don’t know, Mollie is about ready to start the 50 States Stitching Club. It runs for 50 weeks (one for each state), so get ready for a year of USA awesomeness. (I’m eager to see what CA will end up looking like for obvious reasons, LOL)

I’m planning on using this to teach my girls A.) how to embroider and B.) some good ol’ facts on the states (state capitol, bird, flower, etc.). I’m going to let them pick out their fabrics (which should be very interesting, considering their very different styles, LOL), but I’ll keep the thread colors that Mollie used.

I’ll be busy making stars pretty much now until the beginning of the school year, but it will be worth it to have some crafty bonding time with the girls.

There is early bird pricing if you sign up before July 4th — $25.00. If you sign up after that, it goes up to $30.

http://wildolive.blogspot.com/p/50-states-stitching-club.html

Go, sign up, and celebrate ‘MURICA! 😀 😀

Halo: CE (Crafting Evolved)

In case you didn’t know, my gamer heart belongs to a certain Spartan who has an unnatural amount of luck so when I decided that I was going to make this craft for Chance over at Destiny Dispatch, I was a happy chick.

It also allowed for me to try a new product –water soluble canvas. Never heard of it? Basically, it’s a temporary canvas that allows you to sew on any fabric — no AIDA cloth needed. I have seen Rebecca over at Hugs are Fun using it and knew I wanted to try it out.

Let me just say, I didn’t make this pattern. Thanks to the influx of pixel art *cough* Minecraft *cough*, I was able to find a pose of the Chief fairly easily. Some of the squares weren’t lined up, but I managed to work out any hiccups along the way.

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The outline was first and it was pretty simple. But, as I started working with the other colors, a war between me and the fabric broke out.

At first, I was in denial. The fabric loved me. I was making it look 117% more awesome. Every other farbic wished it could have this privilege bestowed upon them.

The fabric remained a worthy adversary.
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For a day, I fought through the battle of DMC. Even after my thumb and finger callused, I still pressed on, knowing that’s what the Chief would want me to do. But when my work slowed down to a snail’s pace, I had to concede defeat and get a true embroidery needle. You know, the one with the sharp point that inevitably sticks you in the finger over and over and you start thinking not nice things about an inanimate objects? Yeah, that one.

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Though it was much more tedious to work with, it did make the work SO MUCH quicker. Before I knew it, the Chief was standing there before me, dual-wielding like the Spartan he is.

Then, after a soak in some warm soapy water, the canvas disappeared and the fabric was ready to be put together into a Legendary pillow. But, in typical fashion when it comes to using my sewing machine, all progress stopped dead in its tracks. It’s not that I don’t like sewing, it’s just that I would rather work on cross-stitching or check Instagram or get distracted by Twitter.
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But finally, I lugged the beast out of its cave and sewed the pillow together.  It took me all of fifteen minutes (25 if you add in the ten minutes to ladder stitch to opening closed). 

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And that’s it! Now it’s back to the Dark World and more #30for30crafting fun!

To Cap It All Off

In case anyone is unaware, I might have just a little, tiny comic crush on Captain America.

So, a couple of weeks ago, when Babe and I went shopping over at Kohl’s and found this shirt of awesomeness, I knew that I wanted to do something with it. (Hint: It had to do with little x’s.)

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It didn’t take me long to plug the picture into my program and create a chart from it. I went with a simple three color technique: a very pale yellow for the face, eyes, and wing, red, and gold and used a 14-count AIDA cloth in navy blue. So basically, a five dollar trip to Jo-Ann or Hobby Lobby.

Unlike the never-ending Street Fighter x-stitch, I got this sucker done in a week — about 12-15 hours. I’m a sucker for the minimalist looks and couldn’t be happier with the way it turned out.

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It’s already framed and ready to make my room o’ geekiness even more geeky, but really, getting a picture of a frame that doesn’t have a horrible reflection bouncing off of it is nearly impossible.

Wanna make your own? Of course you do. Here’s a chart for you over at DeviantArt.

I might try to do Spiderman or Iron Man some day, but for now I’m going back to my Dark World cross-stitch. (I always say that, now don’t I? LOL)

Whoever wields this pattern, if he be worthy…

Shall have a cute, 8-bit finished cross-stitch of Thor.

My oldest came up to me and wanted me to make her a little pattern of Thor for her to cross-stitch. (Excuse me a moment while I shed a Crafting Mama tear that my young one wants to cross-stitch.) I went online and looked for Thor 8-bit pictures. She picked out this one, but wanted me to modify it a bit (mostly, that he has his mouth and beard).

So, I set to work and came up with this:

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Small and sweet — perfect for a little project for someone who lurves Thor. So, go, cross-stitch and have fun making awesome! 😀 😀

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.

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(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.)

Clowning Around

So, back in October I started working on a couple of Mario cross-stitching charts. That was when I foolishly thought that I would have the Dark World done and the Halo: CEA cover almost finished within the first half of the year. And while I haven’t given up on making a Mario sampler, I have come to realize that unless someone in my family asks me to make a Bowser in his Koopa Clown Car as a gift, I’m never going to make this sucker for myself.

So you, fellow geeky gamers, get to have a chart that, when finished, will instill fear into the heart of every Toad in all of the Mushroom Kingdom.

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If you listen closely, you can almost hear Princess Peach screaming for a certain plumber to save her.

On a 14-count Aida cloth, he should end up being about 4×6, perfect for framing to make any room instantly look 597% more geeky. To save the pictures to your hard drive, just right click the pictures.

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Bowser Color Chart

And if anyone does finish it, I would love to see it! You can always reach me on Twitter (@craftinggeek) or tag me on IG (again, @craftinggeek).

As always, happy crafting!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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The Warlock

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

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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.