& Washing Your Cross Stitch

3 Completed Cross StitchesHey friends, I had a majorly productive weekend, which feels awesome.

I finished off these 3 bad boys, and true to my word here, waited until I had washed and framed them before putting them up for viewing. I thought I’d share some tips about washing your cross stitches, just in case you haven’t tried it yourself yet.

I’ve always been quite daunted at the thought of washing my cross stitches. Up until recently, I haven’t ever done it because I’ve been too afraid that I’d ruin all the hard work I put into making it.

I have to tell you though, its not that hard. At all.

One this I should mention as the first point is don’t wash them if you’re in a hurry, or if you’re feeling a little impatient. I don’t think this is something to be rushed, as you might end up being a bit too harsh with your piece and I can just imagine the tears / anger that will follow if something terrible happened.

one. Use cold water to set colours. Run your cross stitch under cold water if you have some dubious colours that could run. For example, in my Hakuna Matata cross stitched I use a red DMC thread, but I thought might possibly run so I put some cold water on it prior to actually washing it, and thankfully all was okay! :)

two. Use lukewarm water and liquid washing detergent, and only a few drops. Liquid detergent seems to work a lot better for me than granules.

three. Gently submerge a few times in the lukewarm water, and work on a particular area if there’s been an accident (I’m looking at you, adorable, inquisitive yet somewhat destructive little sister, whom I do love a lot). Be patient with this step. Rinse off your cross stitch with cold clean water to get rid of any detergent residue.

four. Lay flat on a clean, lint free fluffy towel, fold over towel, and press gently with hand. You can leave it like this for a half hour or so, but it’s totally up to you.

five. Iron with a medium heat, font face down on fluffy towel so not to crush the stitches. I can’t emphasis this point enough. I recently iron a piece just on a pillowcase, and the lack of ‘fluffiness’ of the pillowcase resulted in my stitches being quite stuck out, which was both noticeable and not flattering for my piece at all. Don’t worry though. If that happens it’s totally fixable, just use a fluffy towel instead. Iron till mostly dry.

six. Leave your cross stitch to completely dry on towel, and keep out of a high traffic area and admire your handiwork once finished!

There’s lot of tips out there for washing your cross stitch, but I promise it is definitely worth it, and makes your white or cream aida just pop a little more. Depending on how long you’ve been working on your cross stitch, your hands will leave grease / oil stains on them, even if you wash your hands before starting like me!

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Easy Peasy Mars Bar Slice

imageI recently learnt how to melt chocolate on the stove top. I know what you may be thinking .. like it’s really not that hard, but for some reason I always burnt or split the chocolate, up until recently.

So celebrating my recently achievement, I decided to make a few recipes using melted chocolate. Keep posted for the other one, but for now, I’m going to share my favourite which is Mars Bar Slice.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups Rice Bubbles
  • 4 x 53g Mars Bars
  • 1 tablespoon Golden Syrup
  • 50g Butter
  • 250g Chocolate Buttons

Instructions

  1. Grease 9 x 15″ tray, or line with baking paper. You can change the dimensions of the tray if you’d like, depending on how thick you want the slice.
  2. Melt 3 and a half Mars Bars, butter, and golden syrup together in a bowl, using whatever method of melting chocolate you like. I personally use the double boiler method, with a glass bowl on top.
  3. Once melted (the nougat in the Mars Bar won’t really melt all that much), combine Rice Bubbles and remaining half of Mars Bar in same bowl until well combined.
  4. Working quickly, spread Rice Bubble mixture into prepared pan, making it as thick or as thin as you’d like. Try to make the mixture flat, so your step 6 is even.
  5. Pop pan into fridge until Step 6 is completed.
  6. Melt 250g Chocolate Buttons in a bowl (I use the same one as the mixture was in to eliminate dishes), and once melted, spread evenly over your Rice Bubble mixture and place in fridge to set for 10-15 mins.
  7. Cut up into whatever size slice you’d like, and voila!

I personally think the thinner the slice the better, because this honestly gets demolished in our household, and being able to cut up more pieces means it lasts a bit longer for us. This goes down a treat for any dinner or tea party where you need to bring something. It’s pretty cheap to make, especially if the Mars Bars are on special and you don’t buy name brand Rice Bubbles.

There’s a few different recipes out there with a couple more ingredients, but this one has worked well for me so far .. Get crackin’ and enjoy!

Water Soluble Canvas for Cross Stitching (or Anything!)

The Crafting Geek – Chief from Halo

I just had to share this post from The Crafting Geek who stitched an awesome Chief from Halo onto a cushion using water soluble canvas, which is awesome!

From what I understand, the water soluble canvas is put cross stitched (or any kind of stitched really?) onto your chosen piece of fabric. It’s basically the inbetween of your fabric and your stitching, though I suppose you’d cross stitch as the canvas is basically aida.

Once you’ve finished your pattern, you soak the fabric in warm water and the canvas dissolves / disappears, and voila! Your cross stitch is now on a piece of fabric for you to do what you wish.

Here’s a linky to DMC’s site explaining the details a little further. How cute is that cross stitch on the jumper?!

Mr A is a gamer, and we met whilst I was working at EB Games, so ‘geek’ cross stitching is close to my heart, and I love this cushion by Jess!

I’m definitely going to track this down and put it on my to do list. I’d love to cross stitch a pattern onto a lovely piece of fabric and sew it into a cushion, or something .. 

Step off the Scales & Embrace YOU

I started crosstitchery to blog about my craft adventures, but I like to open it up to personal things happening  in my life sometimes, like posting about our honeymoon and the amazing sights we saw .. Like in Croatia, Switzerland and London.

I want to open it up to something that I’ve been battling with a little bit recently, particularly coming home after our honeymoon. I need to point out that this whole post is related to my personal circumstances only. What is normal, acceptable, and okay for others is likely to be slightly, or completely different to my own opinion .. and that’s okay.

As I’ve grown up, I’ve always been around slim and healthy people and have grown up with this being ‘normal.’ I’ve always played sport, or worked out to some description for most of my life, so I’ve remained relatively healthy and slim, I suppose.

I have always, and I mean always checked the scales though to see how I measure up against this idea of, ‘normal,’ that a lot of women have .. Like the numbers on the scale are going to tell me how happy and healthy I am.

Leading up to Mr A & I’s wedding last November, I ate really healthy and worked my butt off to be in the best shape I could be for those everlasting wedding photos .. and I was really happy doing it! I felt like I was taking care of myself, looking after myself, and pathing a healthy way forward for my body.

So leading up to our honeymoon, I was quite scared about how all the lovely, delicious food we would eat would affect my body. Coupled with a few too many gelatos (but I mean really, is there such a thing?!), and lack of any exercise (though we did walk sooo far a lot of days) I knew I’d come back a little heavier.

There’s been a lightbulb moment for me though. YES, I am a little heavier than when we left on our honeymoon. YES, my clothes are a smidge tighter than before .. BUT I am happy, healthy, and have gained so much from our honeymoon experience like amazing memories, eating amazing food that I may never experience again, and eating with food amongst new friends.

So, I just wanted to try and spread this message .. “Being healthy and fit is so much more important than being skinny.”

THIS IS SO TRUE!

The scales are not reflective of my health, well being, fitness level, or happiness. The scales do not define who I am as a woman, a wife, a best friend, or a god mother .. The scales are just a number which up until recently, defined my head space for the whole day!

Not having access to weight scales, and therefore not checking my weight everyday was the most liberating 5 weeks of my life, because I wasn’t chained to thinking and worrying about my weight.

In my opinion, if you’re in a healthy weight range and you feel healthy, maybe give the scales a miss for a week and embrace everyday life. I feel like so many of us woman get caught up in this idea of, “how much do I weight today?” that we don’t enjoy the moments, and I personally don’t want to regret missing a moment because I was too busy worrying about my weight, and how that meal surrounded by friends and family, or new friends and family would affect my weight.

Like I said .. this is just my opinion, and a lifestyle that I want to live by. I am in NO way judging anyone else for any habits or thoughts .. I just wish we could ALL embrace our bodies as they are, and live life in the moment, and love life for what it is.

Let me know your thoughts on this, whether good or bad .. I don’t mind, and I’d love the feedback.

Life Quote Cross Stitch Pattern – Mother Teresa

Life is Life Quote - Mother Teresa

Life is Life Quote – Mother Teresa

One of my friends recently gave  me a print out of this quote by Mother Teresa at a recent group fitness session we have.

I love this quote, and think there’s a lot of truth to it, so I thought I’d create a cross stitch pattern from it. As I’d mentioned to a few of the ladies at my fitness group that I’d gotten back into cross stitching, a few expressed their interest to learn, and one lady was even on the same brain length as me and asked if I could get a pattern for it.

This one has taken me quite a long time to do. In between our honeymoon, and making up other patterns and completing cross stitches, it’s fallen by the wayside but I’m happy to say it is now complete, ready for someone to stitch it! I’m giving it to my friend at fitness who is only just getting into cross stitching, but she’s a craft whiz so I’m sure she’ll have no issues with it whatsoever.

 My pattern is in script writing using this font from Evascreation shop on Etsy.

This pattern is definitely going in my WIP pile, though I haven’t actually started this pattern at all yet. It’s certainly on my to do list though.

Here’s a little preview of it, if you’re interested.

Life Quote, Mother Teresa Cross Stitch Pattern

Life Quote, Mother Teresa Cross Stitch Pattern