Bundle of Joy

I always love celebrating with my friends when something amazing happens to them and this is no exception: my awesome friend Mollie Johanson has written a cross-stitch book! YAY!!

The book is called Cross Stitch Celebrations: Bundle of Joy! and let me tell you, it’s a bundle of joy to look at. I mean come on! It’s so colorful and cheery and perfectly represents the designs that Mollie is known for.

Now, I’ll be honest, when I was trying to come up with an idea of what I was going to make, I was torn between a couple of ideas. I knew I wanted to use a blank, pre-stretched Aida canvas, (You can find a three-pack over at Michael’s.) but I wasn’t settled on a particular pattern. Then, as I was flipping through the pages, I saw this and inspiration struck!

If you know anything about me you know I just adore (read: am obsessed with) variegated threads and thought, you know what my life needs? A variegated dinosaur. So I set off to work!

I changed the colors of the spots and the cheeks as well to better match the colors of the thread. Just look at that face. Adorable!

Before I knew it, I felt like Alan Grant on Isla Nublar

because there was a cute, adorable dinosaur right before my very eyes! (They *do* move in herds.)

Fantastic, right? And you can see how changing the color gives your dino pal a very different feel! (You can see Mollie’s dinosaur on the cover of the book as seen in the first pic.)

Enough talking about the project, now it’s your turn to make something adorable. You can find Mollie’s book at all major retailers. Buy two copies! Buy ten!

I am also doing a giveaway on Instagram if you want to throw your proverbial hat in the ring and try to win a copy of this book for yourself!

Also, be sure to check out all of the blog posts on the book tour. There are some fantastic ideas and adorable project finishes!

July 11
Mollie Johanson – Wild Olive

July 12
Clare Albans – Hello Hooray

July 13
Aimee Ray – Little Dear Tracks

July 14
Bev McCullough – Flamingo Toes
and
Camille Ipsen – Not So Modern Millie

July 15
Jess Swaim – Stitch X to Continue

July 16
Danielle Webb – Sprinkles of Zeal
and
Mollie Johanson – Wild Olive

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