Remember when I said that this skull was the first cross stitch project I ever actually completed? Yeah, I lied. I had actually finished my first project the week before I started the skull, but I couldn't show it to you because it was a birthday present for Jan (Hi, Jan!) and I know she's a faithful reader here, so I didn't want to spoil the surprise.
But Jan's birthday is this coming Monday and I gave it to her today, so here it is... my first ever completed cross stitch project:
This pattern, as I'm sure you recognize, is from the ever-fabulous Subversive Cross Stitch. I really enjoyed making this -- it was way faster than the skull, which made it a great first-time pattern. I had asked Jan months ago what her favorite one was and she said this one, so that's what I did.
I don't know if you can tell from this photo, but I put two layers of quilt batting under just the design itself so that it's a little puffy/3D. I like that look for cross stitch, since it says, "Hey -- I'm not a print!" I also like the pairing of this fancy frame with the not-so-fancy message. Hee hee.
Jan was really happy with it and I'm happy to finally get to show it to you, so yay!