Zesty Cross Stitch Pattern – Fun and Mysterious

This suggestive Zesty cross stitch pattern is now available in my Etsy shop!zesty cross stitch pattern dark vast and zestyDark, Vast, and Zesty may sound somewhat like a double entendre, but it has a much more innocent origin. A family member got himself into an enormous financial mess that peaked when he had a life-threatening illness, and it took many of his friends and family to help dig him out of trouble (physically and financially). One person was entrusted to make an honest and extensive list of every debt and issue outstanding. When this person emailed the list to the others helping, he prefaced it by saying the list was “…dark, vast, and zesty,” which cracked me up!

Of course, “dark, vast, and zesty” could refer to a number of different situations, some more virtuous than others. I think it could add a fun air of mystery to greet your guests, with them thinking “just what the heck does that mean?” It remains a really funny line and a great reminder to find the humor in less than ideal circumstances whenever possible. [By the way, the family member is recovered and doing much better now.]

dmc coloris 24 new variegated flossesThe variegated floss used in this Zesty cross stitch pattern is the gorgeous and rich DMC Coloris 4507 Bougainvillea, available in my shop along with the entire range of DMC and Anchor variegated flosses (DMC’s newest colors, the Coloris collection, are shown at right). I also offer a selection of beautiful ThreadworX variegated flosses as well.

Variegated flosses are beautiful and by their very nature, they make every piece that uses them unique. No two people will ever use the exact same length of a floss in the same way, thus every project will have a different result! This makes creating with them an exercise in curiosity and a fun adventure. See the my series of Variegated Floss Projects to see a wide variety of projects that would look great in these color combinations!

James Bond Cross Stitch Pattern

This James Bond cross stitch pattern is now available in my Etsy shop!james bond cross stitch pattern quote darling I give you very best duck

The quote for this pattern comes from the movie You Only Live Twice. Bond is in Hong Kong and in bed with a Chinese woman. Her last line in this conversation is just so perfect that I had to stitch it:

Bond: Why do Chinese girls taste different from all other girls?

Ling: You think we better, huh?

Bond: No, just different. Like Peking Duck is different from Russian Caviar. But I love them both.

Ling: Darling, I give you very best duck.

That line is a lovely little double entendre. It’s just one of many outstanding lines from the Bond series.

I like watching James Bond movies during the holidays. The older movies are a little trite and extremely sexist, not to mention politically incorrect. But some of those qualities are what make them fun to watch, as long as they’re not taken too seriously.

One of my favorites Bond movies is the source of this quote, You Only Live Twice. It has it all: beautiful, mysterious, promiscuous women, exotic locations, and great gadgets from Q. It has my favorite regular feature of Bond movies – the enormous secret evil complex. This one is set in a volcano with a retractable lake roof. It has the requisite monorail as well as the hundreds of easily killed workers in color coded jumpsuits.

Best of all, this movie has Bond “turn Japanese.” Apparently, morphing a strapping 6 foot 2 inch tall Scot into a humble Japanese fisherman can be done by a team of bikini-clad shower girls in a just few hours. It really is ludicrous.

With all that in mind, I do recommend this movie to anyone in need of some good, mindless entertainment. You can even work this James Bond cross stitch while you’re watching it!