Godzilla Cross Stitch

I made this for my Bother-In-Law and his family.  I’m sure it will end up in a place of honor.  Here’s the pattern I found.  Hopefully, it isn’t stolen from someone.  I just found I found my own colors and made the word “destroy” to look a bit like flames.

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I used a frame from IKEA.  Mostly because I love IKEA and will use any excuse to go to there.  I also used some foam core that we had lying around the house and some tiny pins that were called sequin pins.

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I cut the foam core to a little bit smaller than the mat in the frame.  After I washed and ironed the fabric, I measured out the middle of both the piece and the foam core.  While having everything lined up, I used the tiny sequin pins to attach the needlework to the foam core.  The pins were inserted all the way around into the edge of the foam – super tedious.  I wanted to make sure it was straight, though, so I did a pin or two per side at a time starting in the middle of each side. The fabric needs to be pulled taut in an attempt to prevent wrinkles.  This was the first time I have framed anything this way.  It was harder than it sounds.  Especially the corners.  I trimmed a bit there and just tried to get it to lay and fold as flat as possible on the back.  Lastly, I taped all the edges down and popped it in the frame!

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Framed and ready to go for Christmas!

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Sopper Gub

We say things silly in this family.  Change the vowels occasionally.  Drop a consonant here or there.  I used to have to warn the kiddo not to do that at school.  Didn’t want him to draw any ridicule.  Here, I think one of us was messing around with “super good”.  Naturally.

Sopper Gub is a cover band that only sings in German.  I hope that doesn’t mean anything bad in German.  Perhaps I should look it up.

Flamingo Part 2

So I finished the flamingo in time for the Mom’s birthday!  I still think it’s super ugly, but I can appreciate the design and the colors now that it’s finished.  Here is a pic from before I washed and ironed it.

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I’m not sure what she’s going to do with it.  There is a distinct lack of wall space in her place.  Perhaps a bag or a pillow is in her future?  I’m not so good at that part, the finishing, unless it’s just slapped in a frame.  It’s all nice and washed and ironed now.

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It was super hard to get all the tape of the edges.  Honestly, they are still sticky.  I should have just cut them off.  If you look really close, there are still some pencil marks left over.  An unfortunate side effect to using a pencil to mark your place?  It will rub off on your fabric eventually.

Typically I use pen to do my marks. However, a more dense pencil would be helpful. Try using a 2H the next time. The lead from a 2H pencil may not be easily seen when it rubs off on the fabric.

Happy Birthday, Mom!

Oretree

I think I need to get my hearing checked.  Logan kept trying to say “Ortreat”,  it’s a dragon or something from DragonVale.  Not a game I’ve played.  He’s always excited about birthing dragon babies.  Between this and making babies in Pokemon I’m starting to worry about him.  Each game has you making babies – isn’t it too early for a 13-year-old to make babies? I made Logan repeat the name over and over.  Finally, I made him spell it.  Thank goodness his spelling has improved!  I still can’t hear him say that final “t” in the word though.  Enunciate already!  You aren’t Ariana Grande…

Oretree must be a cover band for Classic Rock.  Freebird baby!

Day of Disappointment

I was asked recently by a funny young man what I was going to do with this blog for April Fools Day.  I replied, “I’ll announce that one of my band names is actually being used.  And then I’ll be all like “Psych!”” “No,” I was told, “You  have to wait for the psych until April 2nd, the day of disappointment.”  How is April 2nd not already on the calendar as such?  It has such a nice ring to it.

Day of Disappointment is probably a heavy metal band, head banging and all.  I have a secret fantasy that it is actually a Renaissance Faire band though playing rearranged rock songs.  Lots of lutes = lots of fun!