First up on the progress list! Middle Earth! It took me some time, because I did not have all the colors I needed to continue, and its also summer... I have had a hard time concentrating on it during nice days, so I have a feeling that most of the progress on this work in progress will be in the winter time. I will finish it tho! It just will most likely take me many years hahahaha.
I think its turning out very pretty XD
Next on my progress over the last few weeks/months... I have started a Riders of Rohan cross stitch! The design is not mine... There was no actual patterns, and any copyrights go to their correct owners. Since I'm not actually putting it up for sale or adding a pattern online, it should be fine.... right? lol All I did was find the awesome picture online, and just freehand copy it. I'm hoping to get this, the Tree of Gondor, the Dwarf Door, and something for the Elves hanging on my wall, along with the map. It will be fun! And it shows my nerd off very well XD
Next up: I have a KitchenAid that was given to me. And its white. And ugly. And stained. And it just didn't go with my decor. I have wanted to keep it out on the counter, but eugh.... yeah. So, I gave it a makeover! First, this is what it looked like:
And then I cleaned it. Holy cow did it take forever. And there was cookie dough in places that I didn't think cookie dough could get to! Helpful hint when cleaning... take as much apart as you possibly can. Also useful when planning on painting it XD The poor motor in the back was so caked with flour (and I don't even want to know what else) that I'm surprised it still worked!! So, after the very long cleaning time, came the sanding time! Just enough to take off the outer coating of the varnish. Helps the new paint stick better, see? Also, took off a tiny bit of the staining, but not that much. Makes you wonder what stained it in the first place.... And I swear, the stain was on it before it was given to me!
And on that note, since I feel like showing them off, my sister and I got our tattoos done when we were in Minnesota visiting our family! They are memorial tattoos, for my mom.
And mine!!!! The fuschia because that was one of her favorites (ties in with the hummingbird, too!) and the writing is in elvish. She wasn't the biggest fan of Tolkien's works, but she was always super excited that I had planned on getting a tattoo in that writing style. She thought it was so unique and so me. So, I had someone at TheOneRing.net transcribe her name for me. So the top says "Tammi Jean" and the bottom says "Mother Dearest". I love it. So much!
And no, its not crooked. The picture was just taken at an angle. Blame my dad, he took the picture XD