Christina Sparkle

Cotton Anniversary Crafting

Last week was our second wedding anniversary and to celebrate we took a trip down to London to the V&A for lunch and to see the wedding dress exhibition. Gwen Stefani’s wedding dress is so amazing to see in person, so unique and the details are fantastic. I recommend the exhbition to anyone, such a beautiful collection.

While in London we also had dinner at Cantina Laredo in Covent Garden which was fantastic, when you arrive at your table there is a silver bowl with an avacado and lime in it so they can make fresh guacamole at your table! The service was very quick, I had a red berry smoothie while we shared nachos and salsa, then Vegetarian Tacos with Green Rice and Calabacitas on the side. To finish up we shared Cinnamon Churros with a chilli chocolate dip, Andy’s favourite.

I’m loving the fact that London is so close now. We were home by 9.30 after dinner and then I drove up to Nottingham the next day for work.

Before we set off to London we exchanged gifts… I had crafted this cross-stitch portrait of our little family, and made Andy a pair of cotton Pyjama bottoms.


I drafted my own pattern for the portrait taking inspiration from other cross stitch people on Pinterest. I chose a polo shirt for Andy, and gold shoes for me. The kitties were fun to do too. I think perhaps it needs our wedding date underneath? I love the overall effect though, very us.


The fabric from the pyjamas was from CallyCo in Cambridge – I was in search of something with cats on but this one really caught my eye instead. Can you spot where I accidentally rolled my rotary cutter over the fabric? I hope not! That caused much pouting and Googling of how to patch a hole, but the holes are almost invisible now so nevermind. I forgot to put some elastic in the waist before I gave them to Andy, but that was probably for the best because I needed to measure them anyway, since this photo was taken elastic is now in place.

In exchange Andy gave me this amazing embroidered art. I can’t deny that I left some heavy hints about this one but it turned out so much better than I hoped for. It includes our kitties, and the dress is made from the remnants of my actual wedding dress! The bunting is also made with remnants from the cushions I made for the chairs at the wedding. Love, love, love it.


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