The Force is Strong with This One

I like Star Wars.

This is a bit of an understatement, like saying my cats like catnip.

I completely avoided everything about The Force Awakens until I saw it. I didn’t want to get super excited about something and have to wait to watch it. While it does have its faults, I enjoyed the movie immensely. Is it the best movie in the history of ever that everyone should watch no matter their interests? No. Is it a fun movie that fits very well with the feel of the movies and the (non-canon) expanded universe? Very much so.

I’m still plotting out some sort of craft to make after seeing the movie. Perhaps a flag modeled after one of the ones from Maz Kanata’s castle.

I have made a bunch of Star Wars themed crafts in the past. This is just a roundup of the ones I could find pictures for.

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Adventures in Cross Stitching

It seems that when I start a new hobby, I don’t just dabble in it; I jump into the deep end.

I’ve been really flinging myself into cross stitch. I find it’s easy to pick up and put down, I can work on it while I watch TV, and it’s fairly easy for me to work on it during slow times at work. The only part I’m still working on is easily packing up the things I need to take them back and forth.

But as of now, I’ve only bought one pattern, and it was because I just wanted a single element for my next surprise project.

I really enjoy making patterns, though usually it’s more cobbling together patterns. I’ve found that perler bead patterns work extremely well for cross stitch. The program I use, PCStitch, lets me make font patterns with nearly all of the fonts on my computer. Since I’m a bit of a font enthusiast (windows says I have over 1,200 fonts) this is fun and sometimes time consuming.

My most complex finished cross stitch is the Godzilla one I made for a friend’s birthday. He’s a bit of a Godzilla fan (I’m fairly sure he owns every movie made, a couple of them twice because of bonus features).

If I was to make it again, I would have put more space between 'zilla and the text
If I was to make it again, I would have put more space between ‘zilla and the text

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Even a little Progress is still Progress

Sometimes there just aren’t enough hours in the week to get everything done. Sometimes there isn’t enough energy in those hours to get anything done either.

I’m getting better about not beating myself up over it.

After talking about it for years, I finally got my Etsy store up and running. I trickled out a few patches in December then spent almost 8 hours on New Years Day photographing and listing the rest of the ones I’d had made up already. I’ve been very ecstatic about their reception thus far! I’m also pleased as punch that they are completely funding themselves and my other crafts without dipping into our household budget.

I think the greatest thing I did for getting things up and running is separating out the creating part and the business part, as well as getting myself organized between the two.

Organized might be too generous of a word, however

Flipping Magic Table!

My husband is notorious for getting upset when he’s playing Magic: the Gathering. He requested that I get him a little table that he could flip when he gets upset.

I, of course, had to go above and beyond his initial request to make the most epic Flipping Magic Table ever!

(I apologize for the photo quality. Most of the pictures were taken on my phone to share with my best friend on Facebook)

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