Star Trek Doomed Redshirt Cross Stitch



Sometimes a friend sends you a cross stitch pattern as a gift and then you have the brilliant idea to stitch it for them and then you forget to mail it to them for a long time. Sorry, Mer. I’ll mail this. Eventually.

Pattern available from aliciawatkins on Etsy.


Dog Lessons for People



I’m a dog person. I like dogs. I like dog people. Have you met my baby?


There’s nothing quite like a hardcore dog nap, don’t you agree? This is LuLu, who has a pretty good life for a former shelter pup.

When I saw this LizzieKate pattern, I knew I had to make it for myself. But before I could get around to doing that, I decided to make it for my boyfriend’s mom for her birthday. She’s a dog person, too. Which means… you guessed it… we get along just fine.


Meet Dazey and Zeus.


I even changed up the colors on the dog to look like Dazey and Zeus!


This is the piece I frantically finished on my one and only snow day (there’s no minute like the last minute). I love this pattern. I’d make it a thousand times and give it to every dog lover if those letters weren’t such a pain.

Latte Love!


I know, Valentine’s Day was a long time ago, but cute is always in season.

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And who doesn’t love a sweet little latte?

 I changed up the colors on this Latte Love pattern from The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery. I love the brights on the black!

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Not that the black was fun to stitch on – it wasn’t. But the way the colors pop is definitely worth it.

Stitched on 14 count black Aida with DMC threads.

The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery – Once Upon a Time Samper – March


As promised, progress on my other giant year-long sampler!


How cute is this? No, really. So cute.


Snow White! Doing laundry! With dwarves! 

Okay, I made a tiny change in mine so that Snow White has her hands on her hips. Those dwarves can do their own laundry. 

I’m in love with the mirror. And those apples!


How funny is it that both samplers I’m doing featured a frog prince in February? 

Those sweet little cupcakes! Mmmm. Cupcakes.


This Three Little Pigs block might just be my favorite so far! I love the detail in the brick house. The pigs are just adorable! So is the big, bad wolf.


I love the border, too. Teeny castles! Mushrooms! Crowns! Fleur de lis! Eee! So cute. 

Want to stitch along? The pattern is available from The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery.

Check out all their patterns! So adorable! I’m still working on the Twelve Days of Christmas one from last year, and I’m pretty sure that the Sugar is Sweet sampler is my next project! I also did the Latte Love pattern for Valentine’s Day – I’ll show you that one soon!

I am stitching on 14 count Aida in Vintage Mocha. This is not the recommended fabric, but was recommended as a lower-cost alternative by the pattern designers. I am really loving it. The designers wanted the fabric to look like a page from an old book. This definitely accomplishes that look in person – photos don’t do it justice!

Do you still think I’m not absolutely insane for attempting both of these in a year?

CloudsFactory Magical Creatures Sampler – March


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I have a couple giant year-long works in progress going on this year. CloudsFactory is releasing a sampler one block at a time, full of magical creatures! I am absolutely in love with this pattern. The rest is a mystery, and I absolutely cannot wait to see what comes next!

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This is the block that convinced me I needed to stitch this pattern. I started seeing it all over Instagram, and knew I had to get in on this. That tree! The centaur!

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A frog prince for February, along with a cauldron and potions.

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AND THIS. This phoenix. This is my absolute favorite so far! I think he is absolutely gorgeous! 

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And here’s the whole thing so far! Please excuse my sad hoop rings. Pay attention, instead, to that gorgeous border. So much fun to stitch!

Want to join in? You can buy a subscription to the pattern on

I am stitching on the recommended fabric, Magical Clouds from Dovestitch. I actually don’t love it. It looks beautiful – the blues are gorgeous and the silver sparkle is really pretty – but it has a little too much stretch. I’m using the 16 count Aida (it is also available in evenweave and linen).

I’ll post the first three blocks of another year-long sampler I’m doing on Friday! Am I crazy for attempting two of these at a time?