On a whim, I decided to crossstitch a couple pillows. Relying on faded memories of my mom's 80's crossstitch projects, which included "Home Sweet Home" with some hearts and ducks, I headed to Jo-Ann Fabrics. Without knowing what I was looking for, I found everything I needed and hoped I wouldn't have to make a second trip.
Having recently made some throw-pillow slip covers, I decided that making crossstitch slip-covers for throw pillows would be the most practical, because who doesn't love a pillow? and aren't slip-covers handy?
I just got to work. I didn't really plan anything or use a pattern. I made lots of mistakes. I didn't check to see how each letter should be stitched. I didn't follow the heart pattern consistently. I had to use an iron edge fuse (thingie) so the cloth didn't fray. That said, I ended up using lots of the iron-fuse, so the pillows are practically bullet proof.
I ironed the heck out of the wedding pillow, but the ring indentation wouldn't come out. It probably would in the wash, but (against the directions) I didn't wash them.
I will definitely be doing more cross-stitching because there are so many avenues for it now!
I love black and white photos, especially of the characters in my family.
When I had kids, it became even more important to have a space that grounded our family and helps us talk about where we're from and what that means to us.
I chose to use black frames over black and white photos, to let the subjects tell the story. We have some interesting lineage including an Irish ship builder that worked on the Titanic and a Todd Shipyard union leader and WWII vet.
As you can see, I lined the frames up on the floor first and moved them around until they felt balanced.
I'm finished with the photos I have for now, but I'll be adding to my collection, as family and life is a work in progress.
I make stuff and put it in my house, on my kids or out in the garden. Here are some of my projects.