Needlepoint terrorist

I am a fan of graffiti. I feel the need to correct myself – not something a prepubescent boy has drawled across a shop front. I appreciate good graffiti and will {to the embarrassment of my brother} stop in my tracks and take a picture of a particularly good piece.
Since I am somewhat crafty, I wanted to make cross stitch that was the opposite of a typical cross stitch. I decided to combine my love of graffiti with my love of cross stitch, and began searching for ideas. I came across the Fuldesign website, which is full of designs right up my alley.
The moment I saw their Banksy Flower Terrorist piece, I had to do it. They have a downloadable PDF version {as seen below on the left}, but since it’s quite blurry and difficult to decipher, I redid the pattern in Excel {below right}.

The finished product. I framed it along with a grey mat and black frame to make it pop.

After two weeks, I was finally finished. This project was a real test of patience. It seems to go on forever, but is well worth the final product in the end. The main colors in this piece are black, with highlights of dark and light grey.
Should you like to try this cross stitch, let me know and I can e-mail the Excel pattern to you no problem. Happy stitching!

Curious to see what this looks like 5 years later? Check out my revised Banksy cross stitch here

Downloadable wallpaper

Through one of my favorite blogs, poppytalk, I stumbled across this pretty neat site which has designed alternative traditional wallpaper designs, which can be downloaded and either a) be saved and used on your computer desktop, or b) printed and used as actual wallpaper and/or wrapping paper.
Designed by thewren, the Darling Toile wallpaper {as seen on the right} is definitely a tongue-in-cheek wallpaper design. One of my alternative favorite papers is the Lovely South Africa Toile {also designed by thewren} which consists of half of the wallpaper designed upside-down.
All wallpaper can be found and downloaded on the Visi website.

Tetris tiles

Inspired by the world’s most popular game, comes the ingenious Tetris Tiles. These quirky tiles will spruce up any wall or floor with a creative edge. Also available in traditional mosaic {nowhere as impressive though}, you design and customize the Tetris Tiles around your desired space. Back splash, bathroom floor, mess room, playroom.

Quite the conversation piece, Tetris Tiles come in a wide variety of colors, which can be mixed and matched with up to 7 colors within one pattern. Pretty creative, if you ask me. Such a simple and creative idea for a pattern, and it really works.
With a destinct retro feel as well, your walls won’t scream ‘old school gamer’ … at first glance.