With many of my hobbies, I go in phases where I focus on one particular hobby for a while, and then move on to another hobby. It definitely keeps me from getting sick of anything. In November and December, I did a lot of cross-stitching projects that I gave away as gifts for Christmas.

My brother came to visit between Christmas and New Year’s, and I got to meet his new girlfriend. She is a sweetheart! I knew she loved pigs, so I stitched this cute little piggy splashing in the mud. The pattern is from www.cross-stitching.com, and it’s free.

My youngest niece loves, loves, LOVES the Avengers, so I found this adorable pattern on Etsy. I made it into a bookmark for her (since she also loves to read). I was working on it during my lunch break at work and a couple of the guys I work with wanted cross-stitched Avengers, too. You can purchase this pattern at XStitchMyHeart.

My sister loves cows. I stitched this wee cow from a larger motif in The Big Book of Cross-Stitch Designs.

I found these frames at Michaels for $2.00 each, and I couldn’t pass them up. My mum loves shabby chic/flowers, and they made me think of her. It was my sister who suggested I cross stitch some flowers and put them in the frames. The periwinkle and yellow daisy are part of larger motifs in The Big Book of Cross-Stitch Designs, and the pink rose is part of a larger motif in Stitching Pretty.

This one wasn’t a Christmas gift. Actually, I finished this a while ago, but I realized I never posted photos of the finished bookmark. This is Nyan Cat, and I think it’s pretty amazing. I just took a screen shot of one of the frames in the Nyan Cat video and used that as my reference. I’m sure someone has made a proper pattern somewhere.

Right now, I have a few more projects in the works. My big project is stitching a human jaw, which will probably take me quite a while to finish. It’s pretty big. From the same Etsy shop, I bought some other projects (like “That’s How We Roll” and “Get Your Craft On”) so I can work on those when I get tired of looking at mandibles. In any case, if you’re a cross-stitcher and love puns, cute things, and nerdy things, check out Nerdy Little Stitcher. Her patterns are great. I will definitely be buying more from her soon.