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One Stitch, Two Stitch…

A few weeks ago, when Babe and I were watching The Punisher, an idea for a cross-stitch popped in my head.

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I wanted to make the Punisher skull.

That, in and of itself, is nothing surprising. But, I also knew I wanted to use glow in the dark thread’s amazing power to do something so nerdy, so awesome, that I could hardly wait to start the project.

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Laziness settled in and it took me a couple of weeks to actually make the chart, but once I did, it was off to the races. Less than a week later, this sucker was done.

Originally, I had made the skull look like the normal Punisher logo. It wasn’t until the last night of working on it that I decided to make it look more like the Netflix Punisher logo (which I think looks so much better).

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

Black aida cloth (I used 14 count, but you can use whatever)
DMC colors: white and E940 (Please note, do not use B5200. It is too bright and you can see the difference in white tones which spoils the glow in the dark surprise)
The chart

(The squares marked white is for the glow in the dark thread. The green squares marks where the white goes. I know it seems a little confusing, but the idea was that I wanted anything that glows to be in white so I had an idea of what it would look like in the dark. Also, if you don’t want to include the text, then just ignore the green squares and stitch everything with the glow in the dark thread.)

If you decide to tackle this, I’d love to know. If you have any questions, please let me know. As always, happy crafting!

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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!

A Highly Ant-icipated Cross-Stitch

So, back in January, my friend Rachel made the off-handed comment about how the Ant-Man promo poster would be a really simple project to tackle.

It sort of stuck in my mind, but I really didn’t think much about it until the Big, Bad, Burnout came along.

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(I’m not *really* burned out of the Light World or my other big projects, but being able to complete a project does wonders for my drive.)

Boom.

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The hardest thing about this project was making the chart. My pattern maker wanted me to use 31 (!) colors to get the shaded effect. An afternoon of wrestling with my program got it down to 6 (ok, 8 with Ant-Man and the backstitching).

I managed to crank this sucker out in two days, but I put in close to 10 hours into it (thanks nighttime shows that I mostly ignore in the favor of cross-stitching, LOL)

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(Speaking of which, Barry, you need to smile more. Frowny faces are for Oliver.)

So, you wanna make your own movie poster? Of course you do. Here’s what you’ll need:

14 count AIDA cloth (the design is 8″ x 10″)
DMC colors: 310, 817, 3777, 606, 900, 3857, 221, and white
The chart

I used symbols for this chart because the colors are so similar, so here’s the breakdown:

X – 3857
| – 221
O – 3777
Triangle – 817
Diamond – 900
Upside-down triangle – 606

Also, you’ll notice the chart doesn’t have the two squares for the black. That’s because I’m lazy. Just go right in the middle of your rectangle and put two little squares of 310 and you’ll be as right as rain.

Now I’m back to the Light World and working on my project for the #bestbirthdayswapever (which I won’t be able to show you until after I send it off).

As always, if you tackle this project, let me know! And until next time, happy crafting!

Philin’ Good…

Or…not so much.
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(OK, it’s not that bad.)

So, back in December, I set out to make my incredible sissy from another missy a cross-stitching project for Christmas. It didn’t take me long to figure out what I was going to do. (This is a lie. I stressed about it the entire time I was making the mushroom stockings.)

Finally, it came to me. Agent Coulson.

So, I tried a couple of pictures from the show but nothing converted over well on my program. It was too dark. It looked like his face was a giant blob. You get the point. Then, I thought…FUNKO POP FIGURE TIME!

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And the pattern looked beautiful.

But, the cross-stitching part? Was not so beautiful. Maybe it was because I was trying to rush things to get it to her by Christmas (which did not happen, by the way), but I messed up the count so much, it was utterly tragic.

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And I’m not talking about miscounting it by like a couple of squares, ignoring it, and changing the chart so you don’t have to completely undo your work. (Come on, I know I’m not the only one out there who does that, right?) I’m talking about hundreds of squares off by two columns.

What was I thinking? Was I *that* distracted by Barry’s smile?

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Or Oliver working out on the salmon ladder?

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Ahem, regardless of the reason, I messed up BIG TIME and I refused to go back and take all the stitches out which meant it was time for Improv Stitching!

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Overall, it turned out pretty well. Coulson is a little more broad shouldered than I intended, but hey, he’s been working out this season. (That’s my story and I’m sticking with it.)

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Here is the chart if you want to tackle it. It’s a bit beastly, and lots of colors (blame my pattern maker), but if you want to tackle it, I’m not going to stop you. (And hey, maybe send a picture my way so I can see how the pattern SHOULD look like, LOL)

Chart page 1
Chart page 2
Color key

Have fun and as always, happy crafting! 😀 😀

I adore the Thor

So, my measurement for whether or not a sequel is good is if I can walk away and say that I liked the characters more/the same than I did before I watched the movie.

And that was totally the case with Thor. From Jane to Thor to Loki (believe it or not because I’m not the world’s biggest fangirl of him) to Frigga (dude, Frigga!) to Heimdall (who, I admit, might be my favorite minor Marvel character ever), I grew to love them even more.

It has its differences from the first movie, of course. And there is a noticeable absence of SHIELD, but there was a cleverness in the movie that I loved. And the big ending scene? Brilliant.

Was it better than Thor 1? I’d have to give that a yes. And if I didn’t have such a bias towards Steve Rogers, I might be willing to say that, The Avengers excluded, this is the best Marvel movie yet.

Lego: Marvel Super Heroes: Building Up Excitement

Get it? Building up excitement? And it’s about Legos? Ha ha…ha?

The new trailer popped up last week and I’ll admit, I am still doing a happy dance of joy.

I’ve always been a fan of the Lego games. Lego: LOTR was a blast to play. (100% completion, baby! Only 2 more achievements to go to get ’em all — Curse the 15 minute Mines of Moria achievement.)

All I know is that my comic book lovin’ hubby is going to want to play AND I WON’T LET HIM. *insert evil laughter*

 

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