Hello there again! Happy to hear from me again so soon? I am happy to be back cross stitching. It’s so relaxing for me and I just fell like I get lost for hours in my projects. My husband loves it because then my loud mouth is running nonstop!
Today I am going to share a project that I completed in April. The beginning of 2015 has been a good time for marriages. Three sets of our closest friends all got engaged and then married within the end of 2014 and by March of this year. It was a very joyous time for Tyler and I because for over 2 years we were the only married couple. Now there are four of us couples. All three couples got married by the magistrate here where we live in Western Pa. One couple got married in January, the other two in March.
The couple that got married in January had a wedding reception in April. The new groom was leaving for 5 1/2 months with the army reserves so the reception was also a going away celebration. I wanted to do something special for this beautiful couple because they have been through it all together. They had been dating for nearly 10 maybe even 11 years. They met in high school and from there it’s history.
They are great people individually and together. So of course I turned to Pinterest for inspiration. I wanted to give them a gift that they could keep forever and hang in their home. After a few different days of searching I finally found what I wanted!
How stinking gorgeous! Right? I love the color scheme and how it just seemed to catch your eye and make you believe in love. Huh, just me? That’s ok. Remember I am a hopeless romantic. Everything I see reminds me of love!
I have to be honest with you and tell you that when I decided to make this for our amazing friends that my timeframe in order to get this project done was short. I mean very short. Like a week. A WHOLE WEEK. I had 6 full days to finish this intricate design. Tyler had actually asked me if I’d gone mad. Maybe I had but I was sure determined.
I started the project on a bright Sunday morning while Tyler and Oakley (our 90lb rottie/pit bull mix four legged baby) slept half the day away. I had all the colors and a weave count ready to go. By the end of the first day I had this much done.
Not much progress right. I was very nervous about getting this project finished in time for the reception on Saturday evening especially since I worked all week. But I persevered. I stayed up late at least three nights until 2 or 3am. Thursday night around 6pm I ran into a huge problem. I ran out of brown and didn’t have a matching one in my collection. I was almost to the point of crying because I had gotten so far just to be stopped. I had to take the rest of the night off because I felt like I was wearing myself thin trying to go to work, cross stitch and do all my daily chores around our place. Plus I needed more sleep than I was getting.
So come Friday after work I stopped by Joann’s and picked up TWO of the brown, just in case. I cross stitched until 4 that morning. I was not completely finished but was mostly done. I had to meet my mom for breakfast at 9 so I took my project just in case she was late! After breakfast we stopped by Michael’s and I bought a frame for the project.
At 2pm, 2 hours before the reception, I finally finished the project. A huge relief came over me. As I stared at the finished outcome, I realized that all the stress I put on myself was worth it because it turned out better than I could have imagined.
Our sweet friends’ reception was beautiful and we had such a blast. A heard back from the new bride a few days later and she said she loved the project I made! It was so rewarding to hear!
I did learn my lesson though. No more trying to finish a project with in a week. For my husbands sanity and my own! Hope you enjoyed!