Thursday, May 25, 2017

Another Finish!?

Just 5 days later and I have another finish! Woo hoo! *does a happy dance* 

This one was really on my heart to do for my friends so I think that definitely made a difference with the speed at which I completed it. Overall I'm happy with how the personalization came in addition to the design.

FINISHED! "Love More" - personalized "Rainbow Heart" by FandomCrossStitchery

As I stated in my previous post, the original chart was just for the rainbow splatter that created the heart shape in the middle. I used a variegated floss to create the pulse symbol and all the writing. Coming up with the "Love More" text was interesting and took my several tries to find a font and size that I liked before stitching. 

Now to find the perfect way to frame this after cleaning and ironing!

As far as my next finish (hopefully), I plan on focusing on the Star Wars piece for my friends' child's room. 

Monday, May 22, 2017

First 2017 Finish...and another couple starts!

On Saturday, I finished the "Happily Ever After" wedding piece! Take a look!

"Happily Ever After" - (Recolored) Dimensions Cross Stitch Kit FINISHED!

Just realized I forgot to initial it, so after that is done, I'll be working on getting it cleaned, ironed, mounted, framed soon! Can't wait to see the completely finished product. I hope they like it. A lot of thought and love went into this one!

I've also started 2 new pieces that will both be gifts. Maybe one day I'll actually keep something I make....maybe 😝!

The first is a pattern that was given to me but I will also be personalizing it a lot. I'll call this one "Love More" but it's official title is "Rainbow Heart Cutout," I believe.

The original pattern just has the heart cutout, I've personalized it with the pulse and will be adding words to it. I think I can have this finished by this weekend!

The second start is a Star Wars mini cross stitch pattern of Yoda and Darth Vader that I bought on Etsy. This will be a piece for my friends who recently had a baby boy and have decorated his room with a Star Wars theme. 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Updates and GG - May 2017

2 part post! 

First: It's been a quite a while since I last posted...beginning of the year to be exact lol. Since starting the new job my schedule has been hectic due to different training classes I've had to attend in addition to the in house training. Other than that, I have been much happier, have had spent more quality time with my family, and my health has been the best it's been in a long time thanks to the stress level change. While I am still a 911 dispatcher, I am at a different agency with a different call volume and and taking different types of calls. 

In addition to the new job, I also have not been able to post because I decided to go back to school. I took 2 classes online for the spring semester just to take it slow and try to work it around child care and work. Luckily, I surprised myself and successfully completed both classes with As! My goal was at least to get Bs in both considering all the changes I was making this year but my daughter has been my biggest motivator and I wanted to do the absolute best that I could. Since I did so well, I decided to push myself again and take 1 online class over the summer term. At the time I didn't realize that it was actually a "half-term" class which means it started on May 8 and will be done on June 19...I'm going to really need to focus and hope I do well. Again, I have set my goal at a B. Wish me luck!

Second part of my post: the cross stitch update! Seeing as the 15th was Monday, that means it's time for GG! I haven't had much time to actually cross stitch but the past 2 weeks I've been working on a piece for my best friend's wedding gift. I had found a kit in the store that I really liked but did not like the colors at all. 

Here is what it looks like from the kit:

Here is what I've done so far using my own color scheme:

Seeing as their colors are white, gold, and a splash of teal, I decided to go with that color scheme and thought they would look really nice on a black aida. I'm playing with doing the letters with a variegated teal-blue floss (since their cake is going to be a teal ombre design) but I'm not entirely sure just yet. I will have to play with it a little. 

Overall I am happy with how my choice of colors have been working out and very pleased with my progress in working on this a few days each week so far. I plan on hopefully completing it sometime over this weekend and then mount and frame it for the June 11th wedding! 

This would leave me with a couple weeks to work on another little piece that has been on my heart to do for my friends in remembrance of the friend they lost a year ago during the Pulse tragedy.