Free Pattern: Octopus Cross Stitch ATC (Artist Trading Card)

Free Pattern: Octopus Cross Stitch ATC (Artist Trading Card)

Meet The Happy Octopus!   As part of an Instagram crossstitch swap, I made this happy little Octopus. She’s super friendly and oh so fun to look at. To keep it within the ATC size, she is stitched on 18ct aida. If you stitched to the edges rather than fraying them, you may be able to get by with 16ct. If you’d like to make one for yourself or a friend, feel free to download the pattern!   Questions? Comments? Email me anytime at...
ArtSpark at Raleigh SPARKcon 2015

ArtSpark at Raleigh SPARKcon 2015

Another year, another street painting event for Emily and me at VAE’s SPARKcon in downtown Raleigh. Y’all – we have so much fun with this and really truly look forward to it every year. This year we weren’t sure who would be coming and going to paint with us so we grabbed two squares and waited right up until the night before to decide what to do with them. It ended up being just her and I doing all the painting, but we had some most excellent friends and family come down to cheer us on and support our efforts. We love you guys – thanks so much for coming!! Bob, Bob, Bob, and Billy Over the years we’ve participated, we always seem to do something alien. Emily is all about the emojis so we thought this pop art-esque style of alien emojis would be a fun mash up of lots of little personal details. Turns out it was! You may notice the background has pinwheel quilt blocks, the alien color choices are all Emily and the title is a little bit of an inside joke that we think is painfully funny. We did start with a few lines measured in but for the most part these guys are hand doodled so they are not all quite the same. Because I love process so much, I’ll show you a few pictures of it coming together. And this picture – isn’t it so cool?? Bob in Space In our second square, Emily was patient with me and let me get this stupid astronaut and his moon balloon out of my...
Look into my sketches

Look into my sketches

One of my favorite things in the world to do is look through artist’s sketchbooks. When I see sketches, I get down right giddy. I see freedom in sketchbooks. Moments of the artist’s thought process show in erased lines, things scratched out, do-overs, pen pressures, shading choices, notes in the margin, and other tidbits. The best word I can think of to describe it is intimate. Now, I don’t dare compare my sketches and doodles to those I just described. Because I enjoy it show much when those types of artists show off their books, I thought I should pay it forward a bit and open mine up too. These are all from a notebook I drug around mostly at work for the last three years. They are mostly in the margins and tied around task lists and meeting notes. The notebook is full and officially retired for a new notebook so I thought it a good time to document those doodles! Some have become real projects Most are just doodles Some are sketches of the things around me Some are silly Some are a little abstract Maybe one day I’ll have the time and inclination to show you the super crazy in the “real” design and planning book. Then you’ll all know just how jumbled my brain is most days!...
Halloween 2014: Zombie Cinderella!

Halloween 2014: Zombie Cinderella!

Welcome to 2014’s Picture heavy Halloween post! I’m extra excited about this year’s costume for two reasons, I had very little to do with it and it was a real make it work project from the shopping stage!     The story Emily told me about her Cinderella goes something like this: Cinderella was on her way to the ball when she clumsily feel in front of the carriage. It ran over her and she died. Once she died, so did the magic and her pumpkin carriage blew up. She was so mad that she missed her ball, she’s turned into a zombie intent on eating her prince.     Seriously? I lol’d and we went for it! The first trouble we ran into is finding the right fabrics. We couldn’t find powder blue in cheap for the sleeves and poofs anywhere in the store. She seemed to think the off white was a good substitute so we got off white. It doesn’t match the gloves perfectly, but that’s totally OK.     Our next big problem was staining the thing. You wouldn’t even believe how resistant to stains this fabric is. I tried one of my favorite tricks – coffee staining and it didn’t come close to working. Really – it soaked in a bucket of coffee over night. When I pulled it out it was just as blue and shiny as when it was new. Dang! I wasn’t ready to give in so acrylic paint it is! Big surprise, I ended up covered in as much paint as she is!     The blood is another last...
Mario Through The Ages Cross Stitch (with link to free pattern)

Mario Through The Ages Cross Stitch (with link to free pattern)

There’s a friendly little Geekery content going on over the Google+ community Crafters Corner Cafe. My plate was way too full to make something new so it seemed like a darn good time to add one my favorite fan art projects to the blog. There are over 10K little crosses in this project and I swear, 9K of them are the tan color! I finished this one up sometime late 2011. I’ve had it framed and it now hangs in the most awkward place to try to take a picture in my whole house! The pattern is available as a free download from Sprite Stitch user Servotron. It is a bit awkward to find – look for the file Mario Ages.pdf at the bottom of the first post in the linked forum. You can download and edit the .sth pattern if you have the appropriate software. Sometimes it is fun to back and revisit some of these older projects. I do kind of wish I had any idea how many hours it took!...