Thursday, February 14, 2019

Cross Stitched Pendants

This past Christmas, I made cross stitch pendants as gifts. I thought they could be used for necklaces, keychains or Christmas ornaments. I designed two patterns and used each pattern twice, using different color schemes.

Since the pendant was one inch in diameter, I wanted to have a finer stitch so there could be more detail in the design. I decided to use aida cloth that had about 26 stitches per inch (rather than the 14 stiches per inch that I’ve used in the past). The result: it took a lot longer to finish than I anticipated. But overall, it turned out fairly well.

Putting the finished cross stitch into the pendant also took some doing. I messed up the first time (which sucked). In the end, I cut out a chipboard circle that had a 0.875-inch diameter. I cut the cross stitch piece to a square (wider than one inch) and then trimmed the corners.

I placed the chipboard circle in the middle of the cross stitch piece and added book binding glue to the back of the chipboard circle and pressed the cloth edges around it. I applied glue to the pendant. Then I pressed the circle piece onto the pendant to adhere it to the glue. I tried my best to make sure the design was centered. It took some doing to get all the edges down within the pendent circle area; fingernails and tweezers helped to get the edges smoother.

I found cross stitching the designs to be fun and relaxing, but gluing the finished design was a bit stressful because if you mess up, you have to start all over (which happened).

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Things I Didn’t Buy 86

I loved this birdhouse.

I thought this Freedom Land guide was interesting.

I liked this old ginger tin.

This Paranite friction tape container is awesome.

And I liked this Ranger stamp pad design.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Things I Didn’t Buy 85

I think I would have loved this doll as a child—she’s so cute and fancy.

I love the graphic nature of the design of this Comet sled.

These vintage lunchboxes are nice—I like that the I Dream of Jeannie lunchbox is set up like a television.

I thought this toy bicycle was cute.

And this Fisher Price cash register is fun.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Things I Didn’t Buy 84

I'm pretty sure that when I was a kid, we had a set of these boxed games that look like books. When I saw them at a thrift store I just had to take some pictures of them.

Thursday, January 17, 2019