If you’re a cross-stitch fan, you’ve been waiting for me to unveil my secret project. Fortunately, the secret project has arrived safely at its destination, so I can tell you all about it.

Back in February, the Kid and I went to Washington, DC to visit my oldest friend in the world and her spouse. They have two awesome dogs named Arthur and Penny.

Arthur is adorable

Arthur is adorable

Penny is perfect.

Penny is perfect.

When we got home, we were watching Merlin, and I started thinking about the name Arthur. The Once and Future King. And suddenly, I wanted to make something for Arthur. So I made this:


So then I had to make something for Penny, too:


I’m especially proud of these because I designed them myself using the online pattern maker at Crossstitch.com. After they were done, I mounted them on foam core and shipped them off to my friends. They say they’re going to have them framed and hang them over the dogs’ beds!

Now I’m working on a cross stitch for Harpo, and my next two ideas also involve dogs, so it’s become a theme. Harpo’s project is about half-done, and I’ve hit a bit of a slump because I’ve been really tired this week. Hopefully I can pick up the pace a bit over the weekend and get it done before we go to Vermont next week.