Happy New Year, visitors!
In an effort to set small yet achievable monthly goals in order to help motivate me, I’ve decided that at the start of each month I’m going to share those goals and update them as I a) knock them out, or b) hit the end of the month. Besides, maybe this will help me clear up my backlogs instead of spending way too much time looting every damn container in Fallout 4. (more…)
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Five minutes into Bioshock Infinite and I knew I had to make these. Five minutes in and I was conflicted – I wanted to play the game but the fact that there were cross stitch samplers decorating the iconic lighthouse had me thinking about my needles and thread.
So I kept my hands on the controller until I finished the game for the first time. But once that credit roll ended, I reached for my camera, restarted the game and snapped pictures for me to work with. My needlepoint kit was calling me and I just had to get started.
There are a total of four cross stitch samplers hanging in the lighthouse, the first one over a wash basin directly at the entrance to the tower. This one had a slightly different pattern to it only in the fact that the rose border had more of a gap between corners and no filler bits like the remaining three. I made the pattern for this one first and stitched it before working on the others.
The first one, over the wash basin
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Here’s a rundown on most of the video games I played in 2013. Some were spectacular pieces of art, others horrible disappointments. Links to those I got around to writing about in some such capacity.
January: Ni no Kuni, Borderlands 2 Hammerlock DLC (more…)
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It’s not like I’ve gone out and bought a tonne of new games, so why is it that my backlog is growing?
Yup. That damn addictive game keeps me coming back, even though I have finished all the quests I can with my first character. And now the collector’s edition with the one bit of DLC I did not buy is coming out. I’m thinking the only way to get me off this game is to leave it at my mother in law’s place all summer long. It has distracted me far too long now. (more…)
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It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything in regards to my efforts to stitch a bunch of awesome things to decorate with, but today I can finally say I have finished my largest project to date! The Yoshi Butcher Chart that I started on a ways back last year had the final back stitches done last night while playing catch up with The Walking Dead (I am still 4 episodes behind).
I found this pattern on SpriteStitches and knew I had to make it. Unfortunately, neither Michael’s nor JoAnn carried black 14 count Aida large enough for the canvas so I went with an oatmeal colour instead. This meant I needed to add black backstitching around the preparations, but I think it still turned out pretty awesome. Now I just need to figure out how I am going to get it ready for the wall. Maybe a frame, maybe a scroll look…. Decisions, decisions!
Many thanks to Siva on SpriteStitches for sharing the pattern.
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The pineapple is a sensitive beast. ~Fat Tony (Darkness 2)
I have a dream kitchen, filled with beautiful stainless steel and black appliances, a gas range, double ovens and a walk-in pantry even Nigella would be envious of. It will be filled with all sorts of awesome Fred & Friends kitchen gear and I’ll have many sets of Japanese tableware, at least one pattern for every season.
In this dream kitchen there will be no room for the typical “You are what you eat” pig plaque or a frog scrubby holder. Only the coolest and most awesome parts of my culture will be allowed. Figuring there is no time like the present to start, I’ve been working on the first pieces of my kitchen collection.
Thanks to Darkness 2 I found my first bit of true inspiration. Fat Tony’s love affair with fruit immediately earned him a spot on my future walls. I decided to start with his observations on the pineapple, which led to the above freehand pattern. It may not be the prettiest cross stitch pineapple out there, but hey, I think I did OK. Next on my Fat Tony list, his ruminations on plums. (more…)
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