Over the past week, My husband and I got to celebrate our one year anniversary! It was wonderful. I got all dressed up and we went out to a spectacular dinner. Its so weird how it feel likes we have been together for a lifetime, yet its feels like we just got married yesterday. I’m so fortunate to be able to share this life with him.
I have also had a pile of unfinished business in my office, that I have moved around several times , telling myself that I would get to it “next” week. well “next” week has been going on for almost 4 months now. I figured that it was high time I did something about it before the pile got any larger. So, first on the list was a character painting I was supposed to be working on for an online craft exchange. I had had the outline drawn and inked for a week or so, but was dreading trying to put color to it. I figured that this was a good of a place as any to start. So, I got out all the different paints I had, and made some copies of the sketch, put on some great music, and got to work. The first one I did was in watercolors. I’m still a total noob with watercolors, and I tent to try to make them solid like an acrylic. The end result was on the right in the image below. It was OK, but not really what I was looking for. I didn’t like him sitting on a stark white background, so I tried the watercolors again, trying to keep them true to their medium on a background. That one is the one on the left.
I let these sit out for a day or two, telling myself that done was better than perfect. I was going to cut the one on the right out, and place it on the left. I still had a few copies of the picture left, and decided to give it one more go. I had some acrylic paints out and thought that the contrast of the watercolor background and the solidity of the acrylic might be a cool look. So, I sat down early one morning, fully intent to paint for an hour or so. Well, 6 hours later, I look up from a finished picture and marvel at where the day went. But that led me to this, and I will say, for a total novice, I’m pretty happy with the result!
Next up on my unfinished pile was a cross stitch that I had given my husband for his birthday. I totally underestimated how long it would take me to do, so I had to give him a work in progress… back in November. So it was WAY past due that I knock this one out. As it would happen, I do my best stitching while on the couch and a good show on Netflix. Well… we had some catching up to do on shows, since Season 4 of House of Cards, and Season 2 of Daredevil have been out of Netflix. So it was time for a bingeflix marathon! It was great. Its totally lazy, but I love just sitting on the couch with my husband, surrounded by sleeping pets, with a fun project in hand. Both shows were excellent too. They both just came out, and I already cant wait for the next installments!
So here it is! Finished and framed! My husband works in the technology field, and had established quite the Lord Vader persona at work, which his staff fully embraces. So this little guy will go with him to work. I made the pattern myself, and am really happy with the end result.
I also made some time for a fun sewing project! It was a Pinterest find, and was very easy to make. Although the end result was… well… I’ll explain in the next post.