Let's be honest, I have cross stitch everywhere. Everywhere. Thus it's not surprising that my recently fully-finished cross stitch project made it into my husband's office area.
This autumn I have been making some changes in the library which includes making a dedicated office nook for my husband. I immediately hung the cross stitch piece and then got to work assembling his new chair and desk accessories.
Here are the his five favorite things in his office space:
#1 Office chair
We are super duper happy with this new high back executive style office chair. We love that it is specifically designed for folks that are big and tall. We made a video of how we assembled the chair. He likes it so much that he wants to order a second one.
#2 Green Glass Banker's Lamp
One thing my husband and I share is an affinity for the retro lamps. We really like this lamp because it has the iconic green glass shade and the pull down chain to turn it on, but what takes this light to the next level is the two USB ports. It has the USB-C and USB-A ports. I love that you can charge your phone or other electronic devices right from the lamp! I made a review video for this lamp that you can view here.
I got the lamp from Amazon as well as the Edison style light bulb.
#3 Clock with 16 Alarms
This is a really neat clock. We like that we can adjust the colors, set 16 different alarms, and the logo and text features that it displays. We made a video about the clock that you can watch here.
4. Cross Stitch
This is the first pattern my husband picked out for me to stitch. We went to Dyeing to Stitch in Virginia Beach, VA and he saw the model of "Skeleton Crew" on the wall. We both fell in love with the piece. I knew it would take a long time to stitch, but I was happy to work on a project that he liked just as much as I did. I stitched it with one strand of Sulky 12 weight cotton threads on a 32 count over-dyed even weave linen fabric. You can see my YouTube video of how I fully finished it.
5. Back Scratcher
Apparently the Santa Scratcher is a favorite amongst my husband and kids. Ha. You can watch my unboxing video of the back scratcher here.
Thanks a bunch and I hope you've enjoyed this list that I assembled with my husband. Everything is better with love and cross stitch. Amanda Mae
Body Positivity, Dolls & Needlework: Disney Encanto's Luisa Doll and Body Positivity in Cross Stitch
I stopped into a big box store this week to buy fun adulting stuff like salt for the icy front walkway and cardboard banker boxes for Nashville Needlework Market prep. Thankfully my cart guided me over to the toy aisle. There in the Disney doll section was the most amazing box set of dolls— the Encanto four doll set made by Jakks Pacific.
Within the four pack was the most amazing Disney doll, Luisa. The doll body is a huge departure from the pre-2015 princess dolls produced by Mattel and post 2015 the Hasbro princess dolls. I must say I’m super impressed by Jakks Pacific and their doll design of Luisa. She is strong and muscular. Her frame is large. She looks like the animated character! I immediately searched for the individual doll to purchase, but she only came in the four doll box set. No worries. I had to bring her and her three doll box companions home with me.
My daughter is thrilled with the set. I too am thrilled with all of the dolls. I explained the significance and importance of the varied doll bodies, skin tones, and hair textures within one box set. Remember all bodies are good bodies and representation matters.
Amanda Mae is a modern cross stitch designer, artist, and quirky crafter. She loves to rescue abandoned needlework and believes in Saving the Stitches.