Friday, January 28, 2011

Flaky Friends

I saw this free pattern from Michael's and immediately thought of one of my girlfriends.  The text says "Some of my best friends are flakes."  Yeah, that's us.If she sees this post, let's hope she forgets about it by the time Christmas comes around.  I will leave the final finished project a surprise just in case. 

It's stitched on 18 count Aida in Delft Blue Pale with regular DMC floss.  Finished stitched size is just under 4" x 6".   The backstitch for the words is done with two threads to make them stand out a little more. It took me about a week to complete it.   

In other news, I matted and framed the big Rose of Sharon piece!  I was too cheap to get it professionally framed, and it looks like a DIYODS-er (do-it-your-own-damn-self). I got all of the pieces individually: glass from Lowe's ($11), matte from Hobby Lobby ($5), frame from Hobby Lobby ($15).  My guy helped me cut out the matte.  (Note to self: Lowe's doesn't sand the edges of the glass pieces they cut. Put band aids on the grocery list.)

It's a cheap framing job, but maybe later on I can get it done right. Right now I still need mounting hardware to hang it. I don't think I'll try to do one this size again just because of the difficulty finishing it with a frame.  It would have been a lot easier to find something in 18" x 24" or 16" x 20" sizes.

I also received a care package from my sister.  I love it when she does that!  Included this time was a "rug mug" to put my coffee/drink/snack on at work.  Check out her post on how she made them! Totally in love with them and more in love with her.  The "life is good" coffee mug was a Christmas present and is my new favorite.  The other side of the mug says "Do what you like/Like what you do." The scones were the breakfast I provided for my team that day.  The upper left corner is the Keys to My Heart project I completed.  The upper right is a picture of me and my sister from her basic training graduation. Aren't we cute?