Cross Stitching A Heart Design On Plastic Canvas Mesh

Over the last two months I have been creating a heart design on plastic canvas mesh, which is a very time consuming process. The photographs below will take you on a journey of creating my heart design from start to finish.

Draw a heart shape in the center of the plastic canvas mesh.
Draw a heart shape in the center of the plastic canvas mesh.
Cross stitch in the little red heart with red yarn.
Cross stitch in the little pink heart with red yarn.
The multicolored and red yarn is added to the next two rows of the pattern.
The multicolored and red yarn is added to the next two rows of the pattern.
Here I am cross stitching on the white layer of the heart pattern.
Here I am cross stitching on the white layer of the heart pattern.
Here I am cross stitching on the pink layer of the pattern.
Here I am cross stitching on the pink layer of the pattern.
Here I am cross stitching on another multicolored layer.
Here I am cross stitching on another multicolored layer.
Here I am adding another white layer to the design.
Here I am adding another white layer to the design.
Here I am finish off the white layer of the pattern.
Here I am finish off the white layer of the pattern.
Here I am adding another pink layer to the pattern.
Here I am adding another pink layer to the pattern.
Here I am adding another pink layer to the pattern.
Here I am adding another pink layer to the pattern.
Here I added another pink layer to the design, and then I began cross stitching in the red yarn background.
Continuing the labor intensive process of cross stitching in the red yarn around the heart.
Continuing the labor intensive process of cross stitching in the red yarn around the heart.
Here I am continuing to cross stitch on the red background.
Here I am continuing to cross stitch on the red background.

Come back for the next post to see how the cross stitched heart design looks once it is completed.

Saturday Photography

Usually I write about photography on the blog I have allocated to this subject, but today I decided to post some of my photography here. Since my photography inspires the drawings, paintings, and cross stitches I create, I believe it is quite relevant on this blog as well. Last Saturday I actually remember to take my real camera with me, so I was able to capture some photos of my adventures. I paused for a moment when I was riding my bike to take this image of Mount San Gorgonio crowned with wispy clouds.

In the early morning Mount San Gorgonio is crowned with clouds.  There are palm trees in the foreground.
In the early morning Mount San Gorgonio is crowned with clouds. There are palm trees in the foreground.

The palm trees in the foreground illustrate how this is a quintessential Southern California scene, but not the Hollywood one most people envision when they think of our state.

The Redlands Bowl is an amazing outdoor amphitheater, and I have never really photographed it before. Yesterday I was admiring the architecture as it basked in the noon day soon, and felt inspired to take a few pictures.

People think it never snows in Southern California, but actually it does. The dilemma this winter is that we are experiencing a severe drought, and thus getting very little rain, which means there has not been much snow in the local mountains. There was a light rain on Thursday night, which mean the local mountains receiving a dusting of snow, but these peaks are usually heavily frosted around this time of year.