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Presenting my new Armitage craft project

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I’m still on RA sabbatical, but more importantly, I’ve had things shaking up in RL too.

I had written more about it, but decided to move it to a separate post.

Aaaaaaanyway, it’s not all been about wake up calls and climbing out of comfort zones, which has done me a world of good btw.

I’ve also continued doing things like cross-stitching to relax me and focus my monkey brain (not to mention that when you’re busy holding your needle, thread and canvas, you can’t exactly be shoving food in your gob…).

I’ve completed a bunch of cross-stitch projects, but felt a staggering lack of designs that were… a little closer to my fangirling home…

So, what’s a fangirl to do when what she wants hasn’t been done yet?

Why, she rolls up her sleeves and does it herself!

This is still very much a work in progress and to say I’m free-styling it is a staggering understatement, but can you tell who’s emerging?

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This is actually the first part, I’m trying to figure out cross-stitch Thornton, am contemplating Margaret and thinking about fonts and Victorian borders to create a nice pretty North and South image that will be easy to do, even for beginners.

The main issue I have is that poor Thornton dresses like an undertaker and I refuse to spend my time stitching Margaret’s drab brown gown, so I’ve been trying to figure out the clothes designs and colours (you can take a girl from fashion design college, but you can’t take that anal way of thinking about garments out of the girl…).

I also need to think how to create a cross-stitch pattern on my computer so I can share the pdf with others (any help/advice/tutorials very much appreciated).

Beyond that, I’m already thinking BIG and, as always with Armitage, the sky’s the limit!

Once I get a handle on making cross-stitch patterns, I shall be turning to you, fellow Armitage Admirers and Richardettes, to come up with character quotes and the like.

I’ll be working on the pattern a bit more today and will keep you posted :)

 

Top of the Mornin’ to Ya, Liebste Freind! or Yay! I have my very own Pocket Shrine®

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I can’t believe the scheduled  posts I prepared to go out during my hiatus are out already.

I’ll be updating you on some of the things I’ve been working on in my next post, but today I wanted to share with you a beautiful gift I got from a dear friend :)

On Friday I received a package that brightened up my day.

Dear Guylty has gifted me with:

The first John Thornton Pocket Shrine®!

John Thornton Pocket shrine

In years to come my grandchildren will take it to The Antique Roadshow and it’ll be priced a staggering amount of money, but will never be worth as much as it does to me now!

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In addition, I also received some Thornton’s chocolates that will NOT end up in my belly, but will grace my Shelves of Shame Admiration.

Heres how the shelves are shaping up:

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This gift brightened up my day and reminds me just how special the friendships I’ve made among our little community of friends are!

Now, Frau Guylty, I have my thinking /creative cap on, but I doubt I’ll come up with anything quite so adorable :)

Armitage Visual Fest 8

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I don’t often make gifs but here a few favorites of mine.

They aren’t all that, but I remember having a blast (and tearing out my hair with frustration) when making them :)

Maybe honing my gif skills should be my summer 2014 resolution?

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Armitage Visual Fest 6

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I really don’t think you can have enough bare-chested pictures of Richard Armitage on your computer, right?

Lucas, Porter and Guy have spoilt us rotten.

Whether hairy or clean-shaven, bulked up or a little on the slim side, I definitely approve!

And the added bonus to that chest are those beautiful shoulders and arms ;)

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Armitage Visual Fest 7

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One of my favorite manips I’ve made is my Mickey Richard.

It was inspired by pop art and Mr Brainwash’s art like this Spock one:

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I didn’t feel a particular need to have Richard done a Marilyn wig, but if you’ve seen Banksy’s film Exit Through the Gift Shop you’ll understand why the studded Disney Mickey Mouse ears ;)

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I remember once taking a picture and posting it a while back but as I don’t currently have the image in my RA file, in accordance to Armitage Visual Fest rules, I can’t insert it here ;)

Armitage Visual Fest 6

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There are some images I particularly like to photoshop for whatever reason.

Here are a few of my favorites:

First up, Richard holding a piece of paper is too much for me to resist…

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I did a fun Running Richard activity a few months ago.

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I don’t know why I’m so drawn to this image, especially seeing that it’s a hassle to clean up and remove the background.

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Here’s another image that I like tinkering with:

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By the way, when I get to my “Run Richard” or “Leaning against Richard” I usually start with something like this:

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That way whatever background I want them against is easy to insert ;)

Armitage Visual Fest 5

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Here’s a photo shoot I like to call “Richard doing weird thing with his hands”.

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Hey Mister, keep those hands where I can see them…

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I wish each photographer gave us a behind the scenes glimpse at Richard doing his Armitage magic.

If there isn’t at least a dozen fanfics inspired by this Richard getting dressed photo I shall feel cheated ;)

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