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Jolly Ol’ St. Koopa

‘Twas the night before Christmas,
And all through Peach’s house,
Not a creature was stirring,
Not even a Mouse(r)

Er, ok, I’ll leave the poetry to someone else.

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So, if you’ve been on Twitter, you’ve seen me working on this Bowser, er, King Koopa, cross-stitch. I was looking at my new cup when the idea came to me.

I’ve got two variations, one with the Bullet Bills and another with winged Koopas. I haven’t had a chance to test the pattern out yet so I don’t have a set color list yet. Fortunately, the colors are pretty obvious so I don’t think you could go wrong with just eye-balling the whole thing.

Also, this pattern is really, REALLY, wide. On a 14-count, it’s just over 14 inches (and under 4 inches tall), so just be sure to plan accordingly. Also, those *super neat* gold lines between the characters is just a reference, LOL. Please, do not use them as guides — just more like suggestions if you want to drape strings between each bullet/koopa.

The Bullet Bill chart
The winged Koopa chart

On a personal note, you may have noticed that on the sidebar to the left, I have a link to a campaign that I’ve started. It’s to raise money to buy sewing machines for people in South Asia. Having a sewing machine allows for people with little or no education to make some money, helping their families. I figured, hey, since I’m blessed to have an opportunity to stitch things for fun, I’d like to be able to try to raise money for a much more nobler cause. Of course, there is absolutely no pressure to donate, but if you’d like to give a few dollars to an awesome cause, that would be amazing too. (Or just spreading the word would be really, REALLY helpful as well.)

Donate for sewing machines ❤

Anyway, if you do decide to tackle this chart (or any others), let me know! I love to see what y’all have been creating! And as always, happy crafting! ❤

Stitch or Treat

12So, last week, probably on Facebook, I saw a link to this fantastic idea of cross-stitching a pumpkin. They had a bat template for the masses to use, but you know I wasn’t going to do anything so…ungeeky, right? Let’s just say that I am super glad that I made my Halloween project back in 2014 that involved the Boos from Super Mario World.

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I followed the steps that the page had laid out…

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1. Draw (ok, they had you print) the pattern. Now, I didn’t have any graph paper around the house, so I drew the lines manually. Then, I colored my design so I knew what I was doing.

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2.) Poke the holes. Now, the first thing I did was circle the intersections of where the outside stitches were — I did not want any exposed/uncessary holes to deal with. Here’s the thing with punching these suckers out — you need to absolutely make sure that they go all the way through. I used a punch needle tool to get the holes, but then I went through with a giant tapestry needle (and still that gave me grief). Babe had a great idea of using a small drill bit (assuming you have a drill around your house) to make the holes.

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3.) Stitch (and cry). OK, if you are new to cross-stitching, just walk away from this project. It will make you hate crafting and I would hate for that to be my fault. (I am only slightly kidding.) I have been cross-stitching for a loooong time and there were times that I had to put down the pumpkin because I was like “I WILL NEVER BE DONE WHY DID I START THIS PROJECT? AHHHHH!!!!”

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I think I finally found a way that worked for me which was, to work on the side. For about a third of the time, I was holding the pumpkin upright and trying to stitch. That was frustrating (aside from trying to find the practically impossible to find holes in the back of the pumpkin). Once I turned it on its side so that the hole to remove the stem faced left, (I’m left-handed, so for you, it might go on the right side.) things seemed to move a lot faster.
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4.) Do a happy dance when it’s finished. I used glow in the dark thread because, hey, if I was going to do this, I was going to do it the right way. And although it took about double the time I anticipated, I am SO happy I did it. In fact, next year, I’m going to start a little earlier and try to get the other two done and that way my pumpkin will have a circle of Boos around it. (We’ll see, right now I am relieved that I’m done, I might see it next year and be like, “Nope.”)

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If you do decide to tackle stitching your own pumpkin, my biggest suggestions are 1.) Pick a small pattern — this Boo is about 15 x15 squares across and it took me about 8-10 hours, from start to finish 2.) Make sure your holes to stitch through are visible from the inside of your pumpkin 3.) Give yourself enough time and try not to stress — this isn’t a great project to work on in the car while someone is driving because finding the spot where the needle needs to go is hard enough without the bumpy bumps of the road. 4.) Have fun! Since you’ll be stitching on a foam pumpkin, you’ll be able to keep this year after year and never have to do it again, LOL

Sorry, Luigi, but your princess is in another cross-stitch

Remember when I made my Princess Peach cross-stitch pattern
last year and said if someone wanted me to make a Princess Daisy chart I would?

Well, that time has come, my friends! (Seriously, thank you, Jenny. I have wanted a reason to make this pattern for a while.)

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I haven’t had time to make it (because, um, Light World), so this is what it *should* look like, at least according to my program, LOL

What you’ll need:

The chart
14 count aida cloth
DMC thread colors: 5200 (though you can use white), 739, 444, 3864, 3024, 975, 900, 741, and 947

If you do finish this project, please tag me either here, on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook because I want to see Daisy in all of her finished glory. 😀 😀

Super Merry-o Christmas!

You know what time of the year it is, right?


It’s time to make the Christmas cards, baby!

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So, last year, I made seven Destiny Christmas cards for my buddies. This year? 30. (And I wish I could have made a dozen or so more, but honestly, I only have so much time.)

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And these are no ordinary Christmas cards. They are stockings. With a Merry Mario Mushroom on it.

(I love being a geek.)

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I’m sure you want to make one for yourself (who wouldn’t?) so I’m going to walk you through all the steps. Or just watch the video up above and listen to me babble as I walk you through making the stocking.

What you’ll need:

14 count aida cloth
Red, green, black thread
Fabric for backing and any decorations to the front
Ribbon
The chart!

Step 1. Find a mini stocking template over on Bing or Google. (I found mine at cross-stitching.com, but you have to be a member to download it.) Trace it on your aida cloth. For reference, my stocking is 3″ across on top.

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Step 2. Stitch your Merry Mushroom on your stocking. I put mine just under the midway point, about three or four rows above where the toe starts.

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Step 3: Add any decorations that you want to add. You can handstitch them on. I went the Liquid Stitch route because I had 30. Stockings. To. Make.

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Step 4: Make a loop with your ribbon. (I used hot glue to make a loop with it.) Then nestle it in between your fabric, making sure your fabric’s pretty sides are facing each other.

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Step 5: Stitch that sucker up! Hand sew this if you want. (I went with the sewing machine route, leaving about a 1/4-1/2″ seam allowance.)

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Step 6: Flip the stocking inside out. (Thing Popples.)

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Step 7: Trim off any threads off the top. (You can use Fray Block if it’s bothering you, but I’m going to let the handmade quality of my project shine.

Step 8: Enjoy! (Or if you’re using them as a Christmas card, write your message in them.)

And now you have a mini stocking that is worthy to deck the halls in Peach’s castle. If you have any questions or comments, let me know!

Happy crafting! 😀 😀

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.

Bowser Chart Page 1
Bowser Chart Page 2
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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Sorry, Mario, your Princess is in another cross-stitch

I took a weekend off from working on Hyrule. (I know, I was shocked too.) It ended up being a good thing because A.) it helped to give me that break that I have been looking for and B.) I finished something that wasn’t Christmas themed.

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So, I went from one Nintendo kingdom to another and created a pattern for Princess Peach. I went ahead and stitched her on a piece of ecru AIDA cloth that I had kicking around the house, but really, any color could work. (Although if you use white, you’re going to have to backstitch the gloves so they show up.) The design size is just under 4″x4″ — it fits into a 5″ hoop perfectly.

It took me part of Friday and most of Saturday to finish — probably about 6-8 hours. (I’m really bad at calculating time when it comes to cross-stitching because I tend to just pick it up and work on it when I can.)

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I’m going to just hang up this up in the hoop I stitched it in and put it on my wall of awesomeness
, next to my Halo poster (geek!). 

Want to cross-stitch your own? Of course you do! Just go ahead and right-click the link and save it to your computer or click the link and the chart will appear it all of its glory. (Sorry, no fancy pdf files for me — I cannot for the life of me figure out a way to convert the Stoik file into one…if anyone has an idea, let me know!)

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The Color Key
 

If there is enough interest, I would be willing to make up chart with Princess Daisy coloring…just give me a shout in the comments. 😀 And, of course, if you do tackle the project, I’d love to see the results!

It’s a me! Crafting Mario!

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For Christmas, Babe got me this awesome book. Just what I need, right? More books to enable my crafting habit.

We needs all the craft books, Precious.

The pin cushion on the front totally caught my eye, but if you know me, you know what I was thinking.

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That’s right, Mario.

So, I Binged it up, looking at all the 8-Bit Mario items I could find and traced out some rough shapes that were about the same size as the mushrooms in the original pattern. I ended up making a coin, a piranha plant, a Bullet Bill and and Mushroom. I had a fire flower, but I was worried it would look to busy with it. (I should have put it on there — the back looks a little bare.)

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The total project time took about 4 hours or so. I’m fighting the urge to take off the top and add the fire flower (or a 1-up mushroom) just so there isn’t that huge gap between the coin and the piranha plant. (Which probably means I’ll add it in the next couple of days, LOL)

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My other crafting present was a kit to learn how to crochet. *snicker* Yeah, I’m about ready to give the yarn to the cat and be done with that already. (No, really, I am going to give it a go this time.)

I’m in your fandom, stealing your characters

So, I did it again.

(Can you blame me?)

First, let’s start with the Halo. I know, I had Master Cheep and Cor-tern-a the last time, but since then I had to add a few characters to the mix.

Why hello there…

Let me introduce you to my friends.
Master Cheep
Cor-tern-a
343 Guilty Stork
The A-bird-er
The Did-auk

The Dove-nant

I have to admit, I have a special place for the A-bird-er, if only for the energy sword wing, LOL.
And, like I mentioned on the previous post, I wanted to make a batch that represented my video game roots: Mario Brothers, baby!
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Loon-uigi
Toad-runner
Princess Pewee-ch