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where you can design your own Needlepoint!

Official blog of www.NeedlePaint.com – where you can design your own Needlepoint Kit!

The possibilities are limitless when creating a custom needlepoint canvas! NeedlePaint would love to help translate your ideas and create a special canvas to stitch.

Where to begin: We often recommend our custom needlepoint photo program on the NeedlePaint website. For some photos this works great. For other photos, your editing options may be a bit limited, so we have another solution for you. 

Another Solution: Our designers can draw and create a custom canvas for you to stitch. Simply send us a photo, sketch, graphic, a quote, or any idea that you may have in mind. We can add an artistic touch to your image and control some of the elements, such as: adjusting the composition; adding or removing items; changing the background or colors; emphasize certain features; and adding personality to bring something special out in the subject. The possibilities are limitless, our designers are very talented!

9F6E2EC7-EA85-4A8F-A35A-BA0099C1AD64This custom canvas appears very similar to what the original photo looks like. The black pillows were changed to blue, and the dog has an artistic touch. The overall image is much like that of a portrait, an artist would paint on canvas.

 

Sleepy Pup Needlepoint Pillow Canvas

Sleepy Pup Needlepoint Pillow Canvas

fullsizeoutput_39b8On this canvas, we drew the cat into the computer, much like an artist would draw with a pencil and paper. The ordinary background was removed, and replaced with a subtle colorful texture. We thought it would be fun to change the color of the eyes and make them match the background.

Timid Tabby Cat Needlepoint Pillow Canvas

Timid Tabby Cat Needlepoint Pillow Canvas

Perfect Day Needlepoint Pillow Canvas

Perfect Day Needlepoint Pillow Canvas

We can create a custom graphic with a favorite quote or saying that may be special to you. This quote was created with classic typography, and then a special patterned background was added. The results: a fun and colorful needlepoint canvas to stitch!

A custom “designer” drawn portrait or graphic canvas, captures a moment in time. Once stitched, it will become a special keepsake for your family. We would be happy to help create a custom canvas for you, simply contact us at: info@needlepaint.com

Happy Stitching!

A day at the beach is special: the smell of salty air, a ray of warm sunshine, a gentle ocean breeze, the perfect picnic lunch, and the joy of leaving your foot prints in the warm sand!

Brought in by the waves and tides, special treasures wash ashore and come in a variety of shapes and sizes. All interesting in their own special way; and very much like snowflakes . . . . no two seashells are alike. Complete with a variety of shells, coral, sand dollars, and starfish, NeedlePaint has created a new collection of seashell canvases for your stitching enjoyment!

Now available on our NeedlePaint website, we do offer finishing services for your completed needlepoint canvases.

 

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Warm sand between your toes!
Seashell Needlepoint Belt Canvas
Your belt size (3″ larger than your pant size) x 1.22″ on 18 mesh canvas. 
Finishing service for belt canvases: are backed with top grain leather in a
variety of color options and a brass or silver tone buckle.

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The perfect gentle ocean breeze!
Seashell Needlepoint Wallet Canvas
8.67″ x 3.17″ on 18 mesh canvas.
Finishing service for wallet canvases: 4.25 inches x 3.15 inches x 0.6 inches
thick when closed. There are 4 credit card slots,
2 hidden slots, and two full length bill sections.

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Beachcombing for special treasures!
Seashell Needlepoint Pillow Canvas
12″ x 12″ on 14 mesh canvas.
Finishing service for pillow canvases: we have several velvet color
options for the backing and optional piping.

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The fresh smell of salty air!
Seashell Needlepoint Flask Canvas
9″ x 3.78″ on 18 mesh canvas
Finishing services for flask canvases: this is a 5 ounce steel flask,
4.5″ wide x 4″ tall x 1.25″ depth,
with a leather wrap on top, bottom and one side.

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A warm ray of sunshine!
Seashell Needlepoint Key Fob Canvas
8″ long looped around x 1.1″ on 18 mesh canvas
Finishing services for key fobs: are backed with top grain leather
in a variety of color options and a silver tone ring.

Each of these products are perfect for men or women, and available as needlepoint canvases to stitch, or as fully finished products. We would love to help you with all of your needlepoint needs! Feel free to contact us with questions at: info@needlepaint.com

It has definitely been a challenging year, with far too many adjustments that we’ve all had to make in our day to day routines. As we try to find comfort in a new norm, look on the bright side — we’ve all had a little more time for our needlepoint projects! 

While wearing a face mask has been one of the prominent changes we’ve had to make, NeedlePaint has turned this inconvenience into needlepoint inspiration. The results: a collection of new holiday designs with a light hearted twist on a traditional holiday theme. We think stitching these holiday canvases might just put a smile on your face.

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Merry X Mask Needlepoint Ornament Canvas

He performs his job with ease, and all though we give Santa all of the credit . . . .
we know it’s a team effort! The reindeer are also refining their safety precautions.

 

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Merry X Mask Needlepoint Stocking Canvas

Santa is not immune to the many changes that we’ve encountered;
and he has assured us, he will be extra safe when delivering your packages this year!

 

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Santa’s X Mask Needlepoint Ornament Canvas

Some things never change . . . with those bright twinkling eyes; 
we know there is a big smile and bright rosy cheeks underneath that face mask!

Carve out a little time to slow down, regroup, recharge, take comfort in your family and friends, and do a little needlepointing!

Remember we are here to help you with all of your needlepoint needs! Whether it be providing you with a canvas to stitch, a finished product or to complete your stitch canvas with our stocking or ornament finishing service, please let us know how we can be of help at: info@needlepaint.com

The spirit of the holiday remains . . . . happy stitching!

Many vacation plans have been put on hold for a while, but that doesn’t have to stop you from dreaming about: exploring diverse cultures, viewing spectacular scenery, and searching for those special iconic landmarks. In the meantime, NeedlePaint has designed a collection of destination needlepoint ornament canvases for you to stitch. Take this unique journey to some incredible locations across the world. **Do you have a favorite travel destination? Let our designers create a custom travel round needlepoint ornament especially for you!

Paris Travel Destination Needlepoint Ornament

Paris . . . the city of light, the city of love!
“London is a riddle. Paris is an explanation.” — G.K. Chesterson

Our Paris needlepoint ornament canvas features:
the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Sacré-Cœur, a fleur de lis, and the Moulin Rouge.

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London . . . the city of dreams!
“In London, everyone is different, and that means anyone can fit in.” Paddington Bear

Our London needlepoint ornament canvas features:
Big Ben, a double decker bus, the Houses of Parliament,
St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Tower Bridge, and London Eye.

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Barcelona . . . the city of Counts!
“Here in Barcelona, it’s the architects who built the buildings that made the
city iconic, who are the objects of admiration . . . . “ — Julie Burchill

Our Barcelona needlepoint ornament canvas features:
the Sagrada Familia Basilica, Placa d’Espanya, Parc Guell
and a warm summer sunshine.

Rome Travel Destination Needlepoint Ornament

Rome . . . the eternal city!
“I found Rome a city of bricks and left it a city of marble.” — Augustus Caesar

Our Rome needlepoint ornament canvas features:
the historic Colosseum, St. Peter’s Basilica, and Trajan’s Column.

Thailand Travel Destination Needlepoint Ornament

Thailand . . . the Land of Smiles!
“Thailand was built on compassion.” — Bhumibol Adulyadej

Our Thailand needlepoint ornament canvas features:
the island beach with palm trees and hibiscus flower,
a temple, elephant, monkey, and a tuk tuk.

Venice Travel Destination Needlepoint Ornament

Venice . . . the floating city!
“Venice is the most romantic place in the world,

but it’s even better when there is no one around.” — Woody Allen

Our Venice needlepoint ornament canvas features:
a waterfront view with Doge’s Palace,
St. Mark’s Campanile, and St. Mark’s square.

When you gather around the tree this holiday season — enjoy the ornaments
you have stitched that reflect the travels your family has experienced together,
or those which may still be on your bucket list. 

Have a favorite travel destination? Our designers would love to create
a custom needlepoint ornament canvas for you to stitch.
Feel free to contact us at info@needlepaint.com

Where will your next needlepoint adventure take you!

 

 

Add an enchanting warmth to your holiday season by stitching NeedlePaint’s new Winter Woodland Collection of needlepoint canvases. Complete with sparkling snow covered trees; a dreamy woodland floor; and a cast of charming warmhearted woodland animals.

Our new collection is comprised of a woodland scene needlepoint Christmas stocking, picture or pillow woodland needlepoint design, and six delightful Christmas ornaments including: Robins, Owl, Hedgehog, Squirrel, Fox, and a Rabbit. Stitch one or the entire collection; we know these hand stitched decorations will be treasured by your family for years to come. 

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Winter Woodland Stocking Needlepoint Canvas

The magic of the winter woodland animals,
will add a special warmth to your holiday mantle place.

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Winter Woodland Robins Needlepoint Ornament Canvas

Adorned with a crimson red breast;
these robins are handsome and honest, optimistic and elegant.

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Winter Woodland Owl Needlepoint Ornament Canvas

Keeping a close eye out on his friends;
this owl often takes flight, gliding under the stars of a midnight sky. 

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Winter Woodland Hedgehog Needlepoint Ornament Canvas

Keeping warm with his prickly coat;
this hedgehog is curious and bright eyed, small and round.

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Winter Woodland Squirrel Needlepoint Ornament Canvas

Wearing a question mark for a tail;
this squirrel is cheerful, merry, and loves to playfully tease his woodland friends. 

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Winter Woodland Fox Needlepoint Ornament Canvas

Wearing a charming red coat;
this fox is quick and crafty, smart and sincere. 

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Winter Woodland Rabbit Needlepoint Ornament Canvas

Gently nibbling all about the bushes;
this rabbit is timid and cautious, polite and inquisitive.

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Winter Woodland Needlepoint Pillow Canvas

The woodland animals gather to celebrate the season;
in their own unique, signature style.

Let NeedlePaint help make your holidays special;
feel free to contact us with any questions at info@needlepaint.com

Winter has a warm magic of its own . . . . happy stitching!

NeedlePaint Mask Version 2

Written by Peggy BondEscher Mask

The new NeedlePaint mask, inspired by M.C. Escher, is designed for quick stitching and assembly. It is slightly lighter weight with fabric for the nose and chin portions, but the central needlepoint band retains its form to allow freedom of air flow.

Since the band is a 9-1/4” x 2-3/4” rectangle, it can be stitched in about one half of the time of our full NeedlePaint masks. The mask is a little less formal.

The materials needed are:

  • Cotton fabric for liner and strap trim
  • Cotton fabric for filter pocket (optional)
  • Ear strap material
  • Nose clip material (optional)

Step 1. After blocking the finished canvas, trim away excess canvas leaving no more than 1/4” of blank canvas. Cut two 10 “ x  3” strips of cotton fabric which will serve for the nose and chin portions of the mask. (One could go two tone and make the nose and chin portions of different colors.)

With right sides together sew strips to the top and bottom of your needlepoint canvas. Press fabric away from canvas. Do not press seam open. Top stitch the fabric side of each seam.

Position the mask pattern so that the needlepoint band is centered between the nose and chin darts and cut out the mask. The shaped pattern is similar to our Geometric Face Mask shown below. Using the same pattern cut one liner or two if making the optional filter pocket.

Top Sticch

Step 2. Fold the canvas along center line with right-sides together, matching the two upper nose points and the two lower chin points. Stitch 3/8” seam and press open. Repeat for liners and optional filter pocket.

If using the filter pocket, sew a ½” hem on each cheek edge.

Nose Clip

Step 3. Cut a piece of fabric 1” by ½” longer than the selected nose clip. Sew a ¼” hem on each short edge of this fabric nose sleeve. Place the nose sleeve on the liner or filter pocket centered ½” below the nose seam. Sew in place. Press so long edge lines up with top of liner or pocket.

The nose clip will be inserted after the rest of the assembly is completed.

Step 4. Place right sides together, carefully aligning the seams of the nose and chin darts on all pieces. If using the optional filter pocket, it will be the closest to needlepoint mask.

Sew the ¼” seam along the top and bottom of the mask and turn the mask inside out. Be careful not to pull on the edge of the needlepoint canvas as it can separate easily. Press the seamed edges and top stitch.

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Step 5. For the ear strap sleeves, cut two 1-1/2” strip of liner fabric that are ½” longer than the ear edges of the mask. Sew to each ear edge with ¼” seam. Press top and bottom edges down. Then press a ¼’ fold on free edge and fold to back aligning the folded edges with the ear edge stitches. This will leave a ½” sleeve for the ear strap.

The straps can be tucked under the fold before stitching the sleeve in place or can be threaded through with a safety pin after stitching.

Check out these two new designs we have created for you!

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Mosaic Face Mask Panel Needlepoint Canvas

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Geometric Face Mask Needlepoint Canvas

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Ahhh . . . . summer! Bright warm sunshine; plenty of picnics; crops of fresh juicy fruit; carefree longer days; and that special time of year when you don’t have to make excuses for being a bit lazy. Take a break in your routine, slow down a bit, and “needlepoint” as long as you want . . . we won’t tell anyone!

NeedlePaint Cheery Cherries Needlepoint Canvas

4.29” x 4.29” on 14 mesh, “Cheery Cherries” needlepoint canvas.

This new NeedlePaint design, “Cheery Cherries” has “summer” written all over it. Bright, cheerful and full of vivid color; we know you’ll enjoy stitching this sweet needlepoint canvas. Perfect as a small picture for that little spot in your kitchen which could use some color; or as a colorful Christmas ornament to remind you of those wonderful summer days when it’s snowing outside.

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“Life is like a bowl of cherries!” — Wishing you a wonderful summer of stitching!

Written by Peggy Bond

Two needlepoint face masks

After the initial rush to get cotton masks made for all my neighbors and friends, I was out of material, elastic, and thread. Stores were closed and mail order was going to take at least a week. So into the closet I went and found some 18 and 14 mesh needlepoint canvas and a stash of thread.

Thread Stash

I had been thinking about making a needlepoint mask but wondered how it would hold up with washing. With time on my hands, this was the perfect project for lockdown. The pattern I has used for the cotton masks was not going to work with stiff needlepoint canvas.

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Searching the internet, I found a pattern that I thought would work from PrettyHandyGirl.com. I used the Inside Liner pattern from Pretty Handy Girl and then set to work on my Geometric Mask on 18 mesh canvas using random colors from my stash and a classic background Flat/Tent stitch from A Pageant of Pattern for Needlepoint Canvases by Sherlee Lantz.

Geometric Needlepoint Face Mask

The stitching went quickly and soon I was ready to assemble, check the fit, and then wash it. (Finishing options will be the subject of my next blog.) The fit was a little large for me but fit my husband perfectly. Washing was a success. I washed it by hand in Woolite and hot water. Then hung it out to dry. The mask held its shape well, so on to the next one.

Turtle Design Needlepoint Face Mask

For the next mask, I redrew the pattern to make the top more slanted and picked out a NeedlePaint design used on a hatband – my Hawaiian turtles. The turtles were done on 14 mesh canvas using the continental stitch with the background in alternating rows of the Byzantine stitch from Jo Ippolito Christensen’s The Needlepoint Book.

I chose to alternate two different blue threads because that was what I had on hand. Alas, it was not enough and I had to ask for more from the NeedlePaint staff who have been working tirelessly to keep shipping orders while I am in lockdown elsewhere. Many thanks to them!

I am now on my third mask – the lotus blossom shown in the photo at the top of the blog.

Now, sewing it up!

Lotus mask

Remember your mask will not be a replacement for an N95 or surgical mask. 

There are a couple options to consider assembling your NeedlePaint mask – a filter pocket and nose clip. Pretty Handy Girl describes the material choices for the nose clip and straps. I agree with her recommendation to use the coffee bag flat ties for the nose clip. I am not a coffee drinker but luckily my husband is. However, her other suggestion works too. Her discussion of adjustable strap materials is very good. Due to unavailability of any of the materials suggested, I have been opted for ¼ inch ribbons of which I have a stash.

The materials needed are:

  • Cotton fabric for liner and strap trim
  • Cotton fabric for filter pocket (optional)
  • Ear strap material 
  • Nose clip material (optional)
  • ¼ in double fold bias tape or cotton fabric for homemade bias strip

Step 1. After blocking the finished canvas, trim away excess canvas leaving no more than 1/8” of blank canvas. Place on liner material with straight cheek edges aligning with the straight grain of the fabric. Cut one liner.

For optional filter pocket, cut a second liner of the same size. 

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Step 2. Fold the canvas along center line with right-side together, matching the two upper nose points and the two lower chin points. Stitch 3/8” seam and press open. Repeat for liners and optional filter pocket.

If using the filter pocket, sew a ½” hem on each cheek edge.

Stiching

Step 3. Optional Nose Clip

Cut a piece of fabric 1” by ½” longer than the selected nose clip. Sew a ¼” hem on each short edge of this fabric nose sleeve. Place the nose sleeve on the liner or filter pocket centered ½” below the nose seam. Sew in place. Press so long edge lines up with top of liner or pocket.

The nose clip will be inserted after the rest of the assembly is completed.

Nose Clip

Step 4. Align NeedlePaint mask and liner with wrong sides together. If including filter pocket, place the pocket on top of the liner. Match nose and chin seams. Baste together.

Bind the upper and lower edges of the mask with the bias tape or strips. If using ¼” double fold tape, place over the edge of the mask and liner (and optional pocket) and stitch through all thicknesses. 

Bias trim 2

The above photo is not of a mask but from another project because I do not have a source of double fold bias tape. The lotus mask was finished with my own bias strip, machine sewn on the canvas side and turned and finished by hand on the liner/pocket side.

The pre-made double fold tap is easier to use but often you can’t find a matching color for your project.

Bian Trim

Step 5. For the ear strap sleeves, cut two 1-1/2” strip of liner fabric that are ½” longer than the ear edged of the masks.  Sew to each ear edge with ¼” seam. Press top and bottom edges down. Then press a ¼’ fold on free edge and fold to back aligning the folded edges with the ear edge stitches. This will leave a ½” sleeve for the ear strap.

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The straps can be tucked under the fold before stitching the sleeve in place or can be threaded through with a safety pin after stitching.

Ear Sleeves

Step 6. Now it is time to insert the nose clip. It should slip easily into sleeve and then sew off the ends by hand. DONE!

Lotus Blossom Face Mask Needlepoint Canvas

Check out our new Lotus Blossom Face Mask and Sea Turtle Face Mask needlepoint canvases available on our website!

Sea Turtle Face Mask Needlepoint Canvas

Happy Stitching!

At NeedlePaint we’ve been anxiously anticipating our next adventure outdoors, to explore the great wilderness of our National Parks. In the meantime, we’ve been busy bringing the outdoors inside, with beautifully designed panoramic views of our National Parks for you to needlepoint. 

I am constantly amazed at the level of detail our designers can create in such a small amount of space. On 18 mesh canvas, with 18-20 stitches in height on a belt canvas to design within, we watch as these landscapes unfold, and see how one single stitch can illustrate so much.

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National Parks Needlepoint Belt Canvas

The conservation of “wild nature” for future generations, is a symbol of national pride, and is the main idea of what the National Parks program is all about. This stunning panoramic view on our National Parks design includes: Zion Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Yosemite, Tetons, Yellow Stone, Grand Canyon, Glacier and Acadia National Parks. We will also include your monogram or initials inside of the National Parks sign!

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Rocky Mountain National Park Needlepoint Belt Canvas 

Ahh . . . . the spectacular and breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains! At NeedlePaint we are lucky to have the most beautiful view of this landscape in our own backyard. Comprised of three thousand miles of mountains, national forests, monuments, and recreations areas. This mountain range spreads from British Columbia and Alberta in Canada down through Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico.

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Yellowstone National Park Needlepoint Belt Canvas

This national treasure lies on top of a volcanic hot spot! Featuring 3500 square miles of canyons, forests, alpine rivers, gushing geysers and abundant wildlife. We have designed this belt canvas with Yellowstone landmarks from left to right to include: the park entrance sign, the entrance gate, an elk family, Old Faithful with hot air balloons, Grand Prismatic Spring, a bison family, and Roosevelt Arch.

These designs are available as belt canvases to stitch or finished needlepoint belts. Have an idea for a custom landscape design you would like to see come to life? We would love to design one for you. Feel free to contact us at info@needlepaint.com

Enjoy Earth Day, and Happy Stitching!

By Kathryn Berman:  I’m a beginner needlepointer (I’ve done 3 projects total in my life), but lately I have been thinking that with a little extra free time on my hands during the coronavirus pandemic it would be fun to get to work on a new project. Stitching is like a good book that you can’t put down… let me finish just this one row, or this one color.  I find needlepointing relaxing yet addicting, and now seems like just the time to put my extra energy into a project as opposed to watching the news or worrying about family members.

Lemons make Lemonade Needlepoint Canvas

Lemons make Lemonade Needlepoint Canvas

I wanted to work on a project that would feel positive, and one that I could hang up on a tiny wall space in my kitchen. I was trying to think of positive sayings that would be fun to stich, but also would look good as permanent artwork in my home. I’m a big believer in positive thinking, and an eternal optimist, but even I’ve gotten a little down lately, and what better way to brighten my day then to be stitching a positive saying.  I’ve always loved the saying “when life gives you lemons make lemonade”, and I asked the Needlepaint team (headed by my husband 🙂  to design a custom needlepoint canvas for me.  What seems more smile inducing than stitching a big juicy yellow lemon?

I love what they came up with!  The Lemons make Lemonade needlepoint canvas is now available on NeedlePaint. Hopefully I can finish it before summer.  Another really cool thing, is that I printed out my canvas preview and taped it to my kitchen wall where I intend to put the finished project.  I of course debated long and hard about what color the background checkers should be- but am sticking with blue for now. I love that I can easily change colors/design ideas with the help of the Needlepaint designers and get a good idea of what my canvas will look like before I get started on it.

What other ideas do you have for positive uplifting quotes that would make a fun needlepoint project?

Here are a few others I thought of: “Create your own sunshine” with a big yellow sun. “Stay positive” surrounded by a colorful rainbow.  “Be happy” surrounded by flowers. Stay positive and keep on stitching!