(This is the second cross-stitch love post. Check out the first post here.)
After my involvement with the traveling exhibition Birth of Cool: California Art, Design, and Culture at Midcentury at the Blanton Museum of Art (I gave a gallery talk on midcentury pottery and ceramics), I've developed an appreciation for midcentury modern furniture; hence, my attraction to the amazing cross-stitch patterns of the tinymodernist that feature modern chairs, including these:
At their wedding over two years ago, two of my friends handed out buttons to their guests which read "Por Vida." (A button which is impossible to photograph, by the way.)
So as a recent gift to them, I decided to cross-stitch their phrase and frame it.
The colors for the stitched phrase were loosely based on the colors of the original button, and the lettering was taken from my trusty booklet of cross-stitch alphabets. The frame is an inexpensive one from Ikea that I painted black.
After finishing Tru Luv 4 Eva, I decided to cross-stitch a LOLspeak phrase, and wound up doing one of my favorites (which, according to Urban Dictionary, is usually used when you want to cut someone off and end a conversation): kthxbai.
I found the font online (rather than in my trusty cross-stitch alphabet booklet) and added a navy blue border of my own design around the phrase.