cross stitch fever has taken hold

Years ago I had a friend who loved to cross stitch and I couldn't quite figure out why.

Then a couple of years ago I heard about Urban Cross Stitch and in particular I saw one of their kits that I really wanted to make called Thug For Life.   It was cross stitch and yet it was funky and it made me laugh.

So Santa got me the Thug For Life kit two years ago.  I was dead chuffed, spent ages figuring out what to do, finally managed to make some progress and then I met Mr P!!  Dun dun durrrrrrr....everything change, cross stitch relegated to the bottom drawer for, like, EVER.

I only got it out again when we were going through San Francisco-gate, must have been the stress!

progress at 5 January 2011
But out it came and I hadn't done as much as I thought so I've been really working hard to get it done asap for two reasons:

a. it will look really cool in a frame on our bathroom wall, and

b. i've got a lovely new kit from Emily Peacock to begin and I couldn't possibly have two on the go, I would get proper told off....no doubt.  Here it is, I am in love with it....obvs.

In other news, my lovely cousin Emily got married to her boy Mark on the 30th December.  It was a fabulous day, we had so much fun and really liked their chosen venue, Great Fosters, which was built as a royal hunting lodge in 1550...!! WOW!

I had decided (not sure why) that I would make a little embroidery hoop of cross stitch flowers for them, well for her really because Mark will probably look at it and think....what on earth is it?, understandably, he is a boy.

This is it mid-project.  The flower design is from Cath Kidston, the book I got it from is called Cath Kidston Stitch! (I love it of course) and once I'd finished the flowers I had loads of space left over so having tried and rejected putting their names on it (wouldn't fit), I added the date in funky numbering from another cross stitch book called Made in France: Sweet Treats in Cross-stitch.  Then I did some underlining, just because I still had room and we were watching some awful Christmas film...can't even remember what it was now.

Anyhoo the finished result looked like this, I hope they like it.

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