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By Crossstitchyourheart @TMNienaber

If you missed my big post from yesterday (at least I think Sunday was yesterday I have a hard time keeping my days straight in the summer) then you should check it out  and download a copy of my book for free, now that it actually looks like something decent, and then review it.  I really am in desperate need of reviews on goodreads and/or Amazon.  I’ve contacted a few Amazon reviewers so we’ll see where that goes.  I was just going to let things be and let the reviews come in on their own but someone compared me to a serial killer (I promise I’m not) and now I’m a little concerned about exactly who these people are…  I forgot how stressful this whole indie-pub thing is.  I’m not sure I’ll do it again, but that could also just be the paranoia talking.  I’ll give it a year and see what happens.

ANYWAY.  Back to my awesome cross-stitch wedding gift project.  Today’s picture theme is going to be backstitching.

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Here’s the lettering with the aqua thread outline.  It didn’t bring out the blue in the green as much as I was hoping it would, but it does add a depth to the letters so at least it’s doing something.  And no, I have no idea why the picture isn’t right-side up.  Sometimes I hate technology.

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Here’s the boarder around the whole pattern (this is just a snippet).  It’s not very impressive, I just included a close up because it took forever to finish and I just want people to notice it.  You can also notice the outline of my thumb right in the middle.  This must not have been a good picture day for me or something.

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This is the part I’m the most proud of.  This is a three tier cake but this is (obviously) just the first two.  I should have gotten a better close up of the roses because they look really cool.  I just love the detail the pattern included for the flowers on the cake.  It really adds something and makes it look a lot better than it did with just the straight cross-stitch.

That’s all for today.  Come back Wednesday to see the final cake layer!  I know…isn’t it exciting.  Hope you all are of to a good start to your week.  According to my calendar all you UK people have another day off today, and apparently people in New Zealand, but I can’t say I have any followers from there.  Enjoy your time off, do something crafty, read a few good books (I’m buried under a pile of them right now…how I love the library).

Speaking of libraries, anyone in the U.S. near a public library…they’ve finally started up an Adult Summer Reading Club.  It’s just like the ones we had as kids (at least I always did them) except instead of picking a prize out of basket you enter drawings for gift cards and tickets to big-people things.  So if you’re reading books this summer anyway you should take advantage of it.  And yes…I am just really excited to have a reading log to fill out over the summer again.  It’s the little things in life.

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