Halloween Projects

Autumn means cooler weather, a beautiful palate of changing leaves, and that indescribable scent of change on the air. Here in the desert we don’t really get any of that invigorating weather change, and the only things that really feel like Autumn to me are the American football season and Halloween. Instead of trees exploding with color, I see houses exploding with spider webs, witches and skeletons:) It isn’t until October when the temps finally edge out of the 100’sF. I love going to craft stores and seeing all the black, orange and purple Halloween decorations and crafts!

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This year I made a Halloween wall hang in order to bring some fresh love of the holiday into my living room. I crocheted the background and then cross-stitched into it. I sketched out the design on graph paper and found the poem online. I think it came out great, and it really has me wanting to design a wintry one next (we don’t get snow here, either, lolol).

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After that, I’ve been inspired by the movie A Nightmare Before ChristmasI saw a T-shirt design featuring Jack Skellington and the hellions doing the Abbey Road walk and just HAD to cross-stitch it. I quickly did a sketch on some graph paper to work it out, and have spent the last two nights working on it. I think it’s coming along nicely, and I can’t wait to share it when it’s finished!

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10 Awesome Cross-Stitch Projects for Harry Potter Fans

I’ve had Harry Potter on the brain lately – the first cross-stitch I ever personally designed was a golden snitch, and I am planning to undertake a laaarge blanket project featuring a sampling of HP-related paraphernalia. While on my Internet rounds in search of inspiration, I came across these awesome Harry Potter cross-stitch projects – all of which I would love to do if I had all the time in the world:

1. Alohomora

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From the simple, such as this Alohomora key.

2. HP & Friends

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To the three musketeers and their familiars:)

3. Chocolate Frog Card

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And Albus Dumbledore himself. PatronusStitch has some other cute HP designs available as well.

4. Harry Potter Monopoly

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Perfect gift for someone who loves HP and Monopoly! Love this:)

5. Academy of the Magic Arts

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For a bit of a departure from the traditional, check out this wizarding school.

6. Lumos

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I love this white on black aida! LUMOS, indeed:)

7. Hogwarts Acceptance Letter

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Wouldn’t this be the perfect personalized gift for an HP fan?

8. Hogwarts in Detail

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The colorful whimsy of this piece makes it so unique and interesting.

9. Hogwarts Castle

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Or you could go the traditional route with this impressive rendering of Hogwarts Castle.

10. Fun with Friends

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And what better way to celebrate the holidays than with this joyful scene in the Three Broomsticks?!

Geeky Hello Kitty Cross-Stitch Pattern

I came across this free pattern, and I thought it was just too cute not to post! I grew up with Hello Kitty, and I looooove the glasses. I made this in about an hour and a half, and I think it came out so great! You can find this free pattern here.

I also made a time lapse video of this project, with some nice music in the background, as part of a project I’m working on to fill up my dining room wall with awesome cross-stitch pieces:)

Harry Potter Golden Snitch Cross-Stitch

After making so many amazing little cross-stitches, I was finally inspired to grid my own:) I sketched out the snitch on some graph paper I printed out for free (I Googled “free graph paper printables” and found tons of choices), and then marked the cross-stitch grid from that. It was very liberating, and I made a time lapse video of the cross-stitch creation for my ProsperGeek YouTube channel. I promised to post the grid here, and it was way more difficult to digitize the grid than I thought it would be, hahaha. I don’t have any special programs, or know of any special programs, and so I simply used Excel, which was slightly time-consuming:) Anyways, here is the little Golden Snitch, which fits into a 4×6 frame:

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I apologize for the “I open at the close” lettering – that was the hardest part to do! I’ll do better next time:)