New Project: Cross-stitching My Family Portrait

This pattern was created for me by the amazing Hayley and Joshua Harkin at the Etsy store YouMakeMeSewHappy!! Super easy process: I purchased a custom pattern for $12.99, then sent photos/descriptions of myself, my husband, and our two puppies. Less then a week later, I received the pattern featured above and a floss index chart in my inbox, ready to sew! 

They also offer custom portrait patterns for families (up to 4 characters), weddings, holidays, and birth announcements, as well as adorable cross-stitch patterns featuring popular movies & TV shows.

This is such a cute idea, and perfect for DIY-ers and craftsy people! Go check them out!! 

This is a project I've had my eye on for a LONG TIME now, and haven't gotten around to starting until now. Originally, I got this pattern back before Christmas as a surprise present for the hubs. But due to concerts, finals, and my over-ambitious plan to make stitchery presents for 4-5 members of my family, I wasn't able to manage.

It's also really hard to sneak-stitch when your intended recipient is always hanging around...


Love you, Hubby!!! You can hang around me all you want! I don't mind! *and cue obnoxious giggling*


I started out with the text, since I figured that would be the easiest way to center my figures/puppies.

(FYI: Aren't the mini cross-stitch converse ADORABLE?!?! I nearly died when I finished the first pair. How creative and cute are they?)

This project was not a solo mission. I also had some canine beta-stitchers standing by. At the moment, Schubert was obviously taking his union break. 

I tweaked my person juuuuuust a wee bit. If you compare the title photo to this one, I lengthened her hair and flipped it on the ends (it grew since Christmas), and added multiple sizes of polka dots to my dress. 

Here's a close-up of the face. Added: eyebrow (only one, because that's all you need for a pinch of snark), a side-smirk, and eyelashes. Because every decent cross-stitch lady MUST have a dynamite pair of thick black eyelashes. 


I'm nearly done with the Hubby... His plaid shirt is proving more difficult then I anticipated, so I stopped there for the day. Right now he looks like Lurch from the Adams Family, but once he get's a head and I add some horizontal lines to his plaid shirt, that should combat the tallness. He IS 6'3" though... so it isn't quite an exaggeration...


March is going to be a CRAZY month for me. I'm starting musical rehearsals (I provide vocal coaching and musical direction for the annual spring musical at the college where I teach), which will go nearly every evening during the work week. PLUS I've got a new queue of books/ARCs to review for 2016! *high-pitched squealing* Which means my stitching season will diminish exponentially in March until all the above items get checked off. Booooooo.

I'm trying to finish this by this weekend, so I'll post an update with pics when I get done. 

Happy Stitching!