It’s gonna be a …

Friday, you sexy beast, we meet again. This particular Friday we will be celebrating with a bit of bubbly – yesterday husband was offered an amazing IT job and we are over the moon, to say the least. 
We both graduated from college in the last two years {as mature students … we’re not that young}, and there was a lot more hope for husband to get a job in his field as he is an all round IT genius / graduated with top of the top marks. I won’t bore you with Ireland’s continued recession details, but we’ve been waiting for this to happen for a long time, and we were close to giving up = depression central. That is, until yesterday. Hubby immediately handed in his notice at his current job {which is completely unrelated to IT} and has been on a cloud ever since. I was a mess of proud / bubbling wife business yesterday. I’m sure it was very embarrassing. 

And way more importantly, husband can finally make use of the IT Crowd inspired cross stitch I made him and has been waiting for such a time to proudly display it on a desk. The old brain wheels are crafting up another QR code cross stitch as an alternative / back up desk accompaniment just in case. Hells yes.

To conclude today’s post, I will quote what was read out at my graduation from the CEO of Microsoft Ireland, “always be nice to nerds because chances are, one day you’ll work for one“. And in some cases – marry one. 

So proud of you, hubster 🙂
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Encrypted cross stitch

I’ve been itching to get back into cross stitching, and this cheeky number was my perfect invitation back.
It all started when husband and I got our new phones. Forgive us, for we are new to the world of apps. We downloaded the QR Code app which not only lets you scan QR codes, but create them. Well. I immediately jumped on the idea of creating a cross stitch version for my desk in work. Something a bit cheeky, but not to the point where I’d get fired {I’m a huge fan of the F-word, but that was quickly ruled out}.

I encrypted my sentence, and got to work on Excel for my pattern. My usual Saturday morning cookery-show-festival allowed me just enough time to not only start, but finish. Saturday mornings are the best. Especially if Nigella’s on {phwoar}.
What, you ask, does the code say? Only husband and mine’s favourite sentence at the end of a long day at work – 
Same shit, different day.”

I wanted an overly dramatic frame for this piece, so I brought my little cross stitch to TK Maxx and found the perfect fit. Although, the frames’ colour was about as appealing as a bag of hammers, so I sprayed it with Montana’s ‘Winegum’ which is my favouritest colour these days. Such yummy dark berriness. You will be seeing more of this glorious hue around here in the coming weeks.

The stitching measures 4.3 x 4.5cm {1.6 x 1.8 inches} altogether. For anyone looking to try their hand at this little piece, shoot an e-mail over to and I can e-mail you the Excel file. It’s much easier to work off of compared to the above image. Don’t be scared. I won’t send you spam. 

Happy stitching 🙂

Sneak peek – encrypted cross stitch

Getting back to making stuff with my hands. It’s so good. And I mean that in the least creepiest way possible. Knitting, cooking, sewing, crocheting, and my brain, not too dissimilar to a child on a sugar binge, is scrambling for more. I’ve started the first fleeting moments of a knitting project, I’m 3/4 of the way through a sewing project, and I’m itching to cross stitch this number thanks to inspiration from a new app I downloaded recently. Here’s a cheeky look at what I’ve concocted … 
All I will say is that it’s a bit tongue-in-cheek, it’s for my desk in work, and hopefully it will be taken light-heartedly. I’m planning on getting an oversized, flamboyant frame to overplay its importance.
But for now, happy Friday homies! I hope you have some chillaxing / exciting plans for the weekend ahead. If the weather remains poopy here, looks like I’ll be indoors {queue perfect excuse for Hyacinth and Jessica festival}.