Sunday, 17 March 2013

Instagram Roundup: Snow Edition!

Well, so much for spring. At least it's being pretty about it. Also, I have acquired an electric blanket, and the world is a far sweeter place when your bed can give you a big, warm hug.

alice xox

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Young Avengers Cross Stitch (or, proof that I have lost control of my life)

I don't think I have ever mentioned my deep, abiding love for Young Avengers on this blog. Well, I love it. Like, a lot. You know that scene in Love Actually where Emma Thompson's character tells Alan Rickman's that Joni Mitchell taught his cold, English wife how to feel? That will be me in twenty years time, except instead of Joni Mitchell it'll be a bunch of teenage superheroes. Also, I expect I'll experience emotional anguish much less gracefully than Emma Thompson. Less delicate crying, more ugly sobbing. Also without the leggy secretary tearing apart my marriage, but I digress.*

Although the painful intensity of my love for Young Avengers cannot be put into words, it can apparently transfer pretty well into cross-stitch motivation. I love all of my YA babies, but Teddy and Billy (Hulking/Wiccan - see the dashing superheroes above) got the honour of making it to the embroidered dimension first, because they taught this cold, English blogger how to love. (Look. Just go away and read the comics and come back when you too are an emotionally compromised mess. Then we can talk, ok? Ok.)

This is the first cross-stitch I have ever actually finished and mounted properly, and the first time I've tried making my own cross-stitch pattern. I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out! If you too feel like stitching up your own adorkable superhero couple, then please do! You can yoink the pattern below.


(no selling, stealing, etc. just for your own delicious personal use. enjoy! sew! be merry!)


* (EDITED TO ADD: I feel a little bit bad rereading this and noticing I'd only really blamed the leggy secretary. Mr Alan Snape's Character also did very bad. Just to clear that up!)

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Toy Thursday: Middie Blythe Love

I've had my 'Cherish Me Always' Middie Blythe for a little over a year now. Confession: I bought her more because I wanted to own a Middie than because I actually liked Middies.

Predictably, my ultimate verdict is that she's completely adorable. So, she stayed. She's still the only Middie, but, uh, I'm making no promises that there won't be some medium-sized expansion in the future.

Here are a few shots from our little park adventure last weekend. 

alice xox

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Instagram Roundup!

top: Old Aberdeen working her stuff, bottom left: and thus my favourite season is heralded by the appearance of delicious confectionery, bottom right: in which new spectacles are acquired and my newfound power of sight apparently leads to vanity of the iphone-selfie persuasion.

alice xox