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11 Feb

I’ve not been very good at blogging regularly recently but I have been a busy bee!SilverStrandEarrings4

GoldHeartEarrings4I had great fun at the weekend trying out my new anvil and hammers and I love the results.  Wire can be instantly transformed from a simple piece of jewellery into something beautifully textured and unique.

A lot of my latest designs seem to feature hearts but I’m a bit late for Valentine’s Day, however hearts make a wonderful gift for the one you love anytime of the year!

I’ve also been working on a side project for a friend of mine.  This uber geeky/fantabulous cross stitch features a scene from Monkey Island and is going to be turned into a cushion as a house warming gift.

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The thread I’m using for the sky has been hand dyed by The Rainbow Girl – I absolutely love using her threads for their amazing blend of colours!

The Week Ahead – I’m Back!

7 Oct

Ok so in actuality, I was back from my holiday a couple of weeks ago, but I felt like I needed a little time to catch up with things before I got back into my blog!2013-09-20 23.57.38[1]

Sooo what have I been doing, I hear you ask!  Well I’ve been knitting this adorable little baby hat which is hopefully the right size this time!  This is my third attempt, with the first try being far too small and the second being too big to fit me (why don’t I just do a swatch first?!?!), so hopefully the third attempt is just right!  All of these attempts has allowed me to perfect knitting in the round using double pointed needles and I even have a top tip to share with you tomorrow!

2013-10-05 11.45.17I have also been cross stitching these branded coasters for my brother.  I’d made him one a few months back as a silly gift for the office and he liked it so much he has commissioned me to make some more!

Once I’ve finished these I’m planning on trying to knit a slouchy beanie hat.  Depending on how it turns out, I might even introduce a range to my shop.  I always seem to get these great ideas right before the relevant season, so I may have one or two hats in my shop in time for Christmas, but a more substantial range probably won’t be available until well into the new year.

I’ve started my Christmas shopping, so I’m assuming that means that most people will be starting soon if they haven’t already.  I’m hoping to keep my Etsy shop fully stocked with goodies for the next few months – I’m still aiming to reach my goal of 100 Etsy sales before Christmas (only 15 more to go!!)

The Week Ahead

29 Jul

I posted off my custom Tartan Cross Stitch Earrings this morning.  I’m so pleased with how they turned out and love the detail in them – I just hope my giveaway winner feels that same way!

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They are based on the Cameron of Erracht tartan, and considering the tiny scale I’m working to, I think they’re a fair representation.

I am planning to expand my range of tartan cross stitch earrings, but in the meantime I have also created a listing for Custom Tartan Earrings, which will make such a unique gift for friends or family (or just a cheeky treat for yourself!)

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This week I am also getting back into some knitting – I’m currently working on a twisted rib pattern which is taking me quite a while… which means I’ll probably keep jumping between projects until its finally finished.  I can be quite impatient with slow patterns!

Don’t forget, there’s still a couple of days left of the Christmas in July Sale.  Head on over to my Etsy Shop and use coupon code CIJUK10 for 10% off EVERYTHING!  It may seem early, but Christmas in only a few months away, so why not get organised with some handmade gifts…

And the Winner is….

22 Jul

My Tartan Cross Stitch Earring giveaway has ended!

Photo by Chuck Rogers on Flickr

Congratulations go to Isobel L. who has been randomly selected as the winner!  Isobel will shortly be receiving her own pair of custom handmade cross stitch earrings featuring the Erracht Cameron tartan.

Would you like to receive a pair of custom tartan cross stitch earrings for yourself or as a unique gift for a friend?  Then get in touch – I just love custom work!

Giveaway! Tartan Cross Stitch Earrings

15 Jul

Avid followers of my blog and/or shop will know that I have started creating tartan cross stitch earrings.  These miniature pieces of art are created by cross stitching the tartan pattern and mounting it onto antique silver frames and matching earwires.

I want to expand my collection (I only have three tartans at the moment!) but I’m not sure what the most popular tartans would be.MacleodEarrings[1]

This is where you come in!

I am offering a free pair of custom tartan cross stitch earrings, stitched in your own family’s tartan.  What a unique prize (if I do say so myself!)

Here is what you need to do:

  • Click on the giveaway button below to be taken to the giveaway entry page.
  • Tell me what your family’s tartan is.  This may require a little research on your part and obviously not everyone will have a Scottish name.  However even if your own name isn’t Scottish, you may have Scottish ancestors so I am happy for you to enter a substitute name.  The point being I just want to find out what the most common tartans will be!
  • You can also submit additional entries by following the steps on the Rafflecopter website (e.g. follow my blog, like my Facebook page etc)

This giveaway will be open for entries for one week – ending at midnight (BST) on 21 July.  The winner will be announced on Monday 22 July and it will take me one week to create the custom tartan earrings.

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MacdonaldEarrings[1]In the meantime you can find my current offering of Tartan Cross Stitch Earrings right here.  Remember you can use Coupon Code CIJUK10 for 10% off everything in my Etsy shop until the end of July.

Thanks in advance and good luck!

The Week Ahead – Cross Stitch Madness!

24 Jun

I’ve finally prepared my series of cross stitched Christmas cards and I’ve been listing them in my Etsy shop.  Yep, I know it’s June but these cards are hand stitched to order so I might as well have them ready for the super organised amongst you!

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Some feature single toned threads whilst others use hand dyed variegated threads which add another element to these designs.

I looked at Fair Isle for my inspiration and these patterns have been adapted from photos of traditional knitted sweaters I found online.  I think there is something sweet about the simplicity of these designs and they are perfect for giving to friends or family.

If you would like to order a pattern in a specific colour which isn’t listed, just give me a shout – I absolutely love custom stitching 🙂

This week I will be sticking with my cross stitch, but working on more tartan earring designs.  Keep you eyes peeled for these little works of art coming soon!

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The Week Ahead – Christmas Cards!

13 May

2013-05-13 20.05.57It seems mad to be working on Christmas cards in May, but I want to get my new series ready for the Christmas in July sale which Etsy holds every year.  This is a great way to promote Christmas goodies and also encourages people to be super organised.  After all, these Christmas cards are cross stitched by hand so they can take a bit of time to make!2013-05-13 20.05.18

I recently ordered more hand dyed embroidery thread from The Rainbow Girl and I just love the way the colours subtly blend into each other.   I’m thinking of offering each design for sale individually, as well as part of a set – either the same design in a mix of colours or vice versa.

2013-05-12 10.21.42I’ve also made a start to my tartan cross stitch earrings, and as promised, here is a sneak preview of the Flower of Scotland pattern.

As is more often than not the case, tomorrow’s “Top Tip Tuesday” post is currently non-existent!  I did have an idea of explaining how to effectively get the creases out of folded aida fabric, however I forgot to take any photos…!

If you have a top tip you would like to share, please get in touch!

Share the Love

4 Jan

I took my Christmas tree down today and it’s left me feeling a little blue – so in order to pick myself up again I’ve decided to move on to the next event of the year (except my birthday of course!) – Valentine’s Day!  Apparently Valentine’s Day is hated by singletons everywhere, but I think it should be a fun day whether you are in a relationship or not.  If you’re single and looking for love, why not send out a Valentine’s Day card to that someone special or a cheeky pair of earrings to that girl you like?

I’ve been working on a range of adorable cross stitched goodies including these red satin heart earrings and cards.  Want to send your Valentine’s Day card anonymously?  Just give me the details of your desired message and recipient and I will take care of the rest!

Click on over to my shop to see my full range of gifts and Valentine’s Day goodies – and as a little thank you to my blog readers, you can use Coupon Code VALENTINE13 at checkout for 15% off your order!

Giveaway! Cross Stitch Heart Button Ring

19 Oct

UPDATE – THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNER – LEANNE B – CHECK YOUR INBOX FOR CONFIRMATION OF YOUR PRIZE 🙂

If you follow me on Twitter you will know that I recently made a new button ring featuring a cross stitched heart.  It’s really adorable so I’m going to keep the first one for myself.  However, so as not to be really mean, I’ve decided to make another one and give it away for free right here!

The heart is stitched using luscious red satin thread, mounted onto a plastic button and finished with a knitted band of stretchy cotton sock yarn.

If you would like to enter my giveaway – simply click on this link to be taken to the Rafflecopter website

This giveaway is open from now until next Friday (26th October) to everyone worldwide. All I ask in return is that you answer a very short questionnaire about the ring once it arrives.  As an additional thank you I will also be offering a generous coupon code for use in my Etsy Shop.

Good luck everyone!

Free Cross Stitch Pattern – Sunflower

14 Aug

I’m feeling generous and have decided to withdraw my sunflower pattern from my Etsy shop and instead give it away for free right here!

This is a reasonably simple design which I created to fit into this cute magnet frame which can be purchased here.

These magnet frames would be great for sticking on the fridge.

It is stitched onto tiny 28 count aida fabric using one strand of embroidery thread and measures approximately 7 x 7 cm (2.5 x 2.5 inches) so you may want to use a magnifying glass or just squint a lot (which is what I ended up doing!) [Please note that if you stitch on this tiny fabric whilst hungover it may make the room spin (speaking from personal experience!)]  Or if you prefer I’m sure you could adapt this to be stitched onto 14 count aida, but you will obviously need a bigger piece of fabric! 

The pattern is shown below – simply right click and select save or print in order to use it.  This pattern is free for your own personal use but please do not distribute or sell this pattern yourself.  Happy stitching!