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 alex@hydrangeagirl.com 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}.

May the 4th be with you

As is tradition with ‘Wars enthusiasts around the world on this day each year, May the 4th unites and gives a good enough excuse for all levels of Star Wars aficionados to celebrate all that happened in a galaxy far, far away.

It is my beloved fiance who is the Star Wars fan in our household, but I am happy to teeter behind the bandwagon, and buy him cute Star Wars t-shirts and underwear and sweaters and whatnot. In my defense, I’ve never actually watched all the movies in one go and had them explained to me, so I cannot call myself a fully fledged fan. I just like black and white stuff and luckily my husband is pro-empire, so that works out well adding stormtroopers and stuff to our home. I’m merely a Star Wars spectator.

In the spirit of the day, here are some pics I took while we were in Tunisia 2 years ago – I had researched that some of the original Star Wars sets still remained in the vastness of Tunisia, so I arranged for myself, fiance, and my broseph to travel there in order for my two nerf herders to fondle some of the original sets. And fondle they did. Here is the first film set, Hotel Sidi Driss, which is an existing underground hotel that I think was used as Luke’s home.

We also drove into the Sahara, quite close to Algeria, for the second set, which was purpose built, and kind of abandoned / preserved for years and years.

For those of you who  may have read my lovely layers post, this is the set where I was charged to use the facilities, merely because I was not a man. At least I got a cute ticket. I framed it good.