It’s been a good month since Scott and I fled the city for the California coast, but I’d yet to share the DIY gift I “stitched” up to celebrate our 2 wedded years together (not to mention that I’m clearly behind on sharing the photos). They say that year numero dos is the gift of cotton, so with that in mind, I snagged a hoop, fabric, and thread from the craft store, and got to work. (Yup, I even double checked that my cross stitch material was made of 100% cotton.)
Rather than purchase a pattern that wouldn’t seem as personal, I created my own simple text from this website (using the traditional cross stitch in Amsterdam). And the phrase is an excerpt from the book Guess How Much I Love You, read by my awesome little bro during the ceremony. I don’t think there was a dry eye in the theater; just because he’s that darn cute.
I picked out the most perfectly gaudy frame and sprayed it with a pretty, matte white paint. Which, by the way, you can find similar ones pre-painted (and yipee, vibrant!) on Etsy – here, here, and here, to name a few.
Sure it may be a bit, um, feminine, but in the end, Scott loved the sentiment (phew). As soon as our plane landed in our chilly Chicago, we unpacked our bags and added the tiny art to our growing collection framing the front door.
Has anyone else attempted their hand at DIY cross stitch templates? Or perhaps you’ve been a bit more brave and winged a more complex pattern? Whether you’re stitching, painting, nailing, or hot glue-gunning, we’d love a peek into your latest projects.
Want to see our 1 year project? Check it out here, the year of – easy enough – paper.