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The Week Ahead – Knitting Heirlooms

19 Aug

I’ve been a busy bee lately – doing some overtime and earning extra pennies for my house fund. Which is great, but it just means that I don’t have much crafty news to give you.

I finally finished my twisted rib scarf and I’ll get around to blocking and listing it in my shop shortly. I’ve since moved on to a lacy number. I haven’t knitted a lace scarf 2013-08-18 20.51.02before so I’m starting off with a simple stitch which should show off the lovely variegated pinky purple yarn I’m using.

However, the last week hasn’t been all work and no play. My Grandad has been having a clearout and discovered a whole load of my Gran’s old knitting things which he has kindly passed on to me.  They include a lovely knitting bag, a selection of knitting needles, wool, a tobacco tin full of cute buttons and a vast selection of knitting patterns.  I also discovered a copy of Woman’s Weekly dating back to 1979!

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I’m pretty sure my mum used to have this hairstyle…

I’m looking forward to putting these things to good use.  There’s a great selection of wool and I just love the retro style knitting bag.  It’s not only practical but I’ll treasure it for years to come.

In browsing through the patterns I also discovered this hand annotated pattern for an “Easy and Quick Summer Top”.  2013-08-18 20.34.28Feel free to make use of it.  There aren’t any photos included so I have no idea what it looks like!  If you do decide to give it a go, please share your results!

I’m not expecting to do much knitting this week – I’ve got more overtime lined up at work and still trying to be good and go to the gym now and again.  (I’m not complaining at all – this extra money is getting me a step closer to buying my own house!)

I’ll hopefully have more work in progress to show you next week…until then, happy retro knitting!

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 – Christmas in July Sale!

1 Jul

I can’t believe it’s July already, and before you know it, it’s going to be Christmas again!  What better way to get ready for the best day of the year by checking out Etsy’s Christmas in July Sale!

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Everything in my Etsy shop is included – not just the Christmassy goodies.  Simply use Coupon Code CIJUK10 for 10% off your order!

There are many shops taking part in this wonderful sale.  Click here to see a selection of goodies from other shops around the UK.

This sale is running for the entire month of July, so what are you waiting for?  Cosy knitted scarves and hand stitched Christmas cards all make gift giving that bit more special.  Show someone that you really care with a handmade present!

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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 – Lightbulb Moment

17 Jun

Avid readers of The Candy Tree blog will know that I’ve been humming and hawing about changing my shop name so as to create a more unique brand [https://thecandytree125.wordpress.com/2013/02/11/whats-in-a-name/]

I just couldn’t decide whether or not it was a good idea, and the longer I left it, the more difficult it was becoming to take the plunge!  So…I’ve come up with an idea, which in hindsight I should’ve really thought of before!

I’ve opened up a shop on Folksy with my new name…(drum roll please) Emma Dickie Design!

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So my task for this week is to fill up my new shop with goodies and work on promoting my new brand.  If it takes off then I will eventually change the name on Etsy and social media.

I had started to create new Twitter and Facebook accounts for my new name, however I’m going to instead update my existing account names when I’m ready.  I’m not sure what I was thinking…there’s no sense in starting from scratch when I can easily just update the names and explain to existing followers about the change!

Wish me luck!

Applecross & Rothiemurchus

10 Jun

As I’m just back from my holiday I don’t have much crafting planned for this week – so this week’s “The Week Ahead” will instead be more of a “The Week Just Gone”!

So we started off our summer adventure by heading off to Applecross, on the west coast of Scotland, for three nights at the campsite.  Applecross is legendary amongst the more adventurous traveller due to the remoteness of the beautiful bay which is seen as the reward to those brave enough to drive over the mountain pass to get there!  The road to Applecross, known as “the Pass of the Cattle” takes you on a single track mountainous trek up Bealach Na Ba which towers 2053 feet above the coast.

Courtesy of Google Maps - A street view of the pass

Courtesy of Google Maps – A street view of the pass

Although I wasn’t the one doing the driving, I can say that the stress of the road was well worth it!  The coast of Applecross lay before us as we came down the other side of the mountain and we were greeted by a beautiful campsite overlooking the bay.  We spent our time travelling to Skye and going on some picturesque walks in the area.  The local pub, the Applecross Inn also served up the best fish and chips I’ve ever had!

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Instead of braving the mountain pass again, we decided to take the coastal road north of Applecross which also offered up stunning views of the peninsula.  Our next stop would be Rothiemurchus, just outside Aviemore, where we would be spending another three nights at our usual haunt – camping in the woods.  We visit Rothiemurchus every year and I always feel at home when the tent is pitched and I can sit in my chair by the stream with my knitting!

As we’d been to Rothiemurchus so often, we had a slower paced few days with a trip to the Highland Wildlife Park and some lazy walks.  I even managed to squeeze in a massage at the local Thai Lodge 🙂

It’s always good to get back to a proper bed after a camping trip but it was a lovely break and I think it’s going to take a day or two for me to get back to my usual working pace!

Coming up this week – on Wednesday I will be sharing a couple of photos from our trip to the wildlife park.

The Week Ahead – “Summer” Holidays!

27 May

I am writing this on Sunday afternoon after having spent the weekend trying to tidy up my jungle of a garden.  It’s still far from perfect but I’m absolutely knackered so that will have to do for now!  I’m definitely not much of a gardener but seeing as my neighbours on either side have immaculate gardens (they’re both retired so have all the time in the world to potter about outside) I felt like I was letting down the neighbourhood with my weedy mess.

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Applecross Bay by L Grove

Next weekend however we will be getting ready to head off on our Summer holidays!  We’re not jetting off abroad, but instead driving up to Applecross (on the west coast of Scotland on the mainland across from Skye) for a few days of camping, before heading towards the highlands for a couple of days in Rothiemurchus.  I really can’t wait – we’ve had a busy and emotional few months so it’ll be nice to get a break and some peace and quiet.  Depending on the weather we’re hoping to be able to sit on the beach at night (albeit wrapped up in jumpers) with a bucket barbeque and a bottle of wine while the sun goes down.

This week I’m not planning on doing too much on The Candy Tree.  2013-05-26 15.18.36I’ve been working on a dragonfly cross stitch piece and have a new Red & Black Chunky Beaded Necklace but I doubt either of these will be in the shop before I go.  My shop will remain open while I’m away and I should get some internet access to answer any queries.  Any ready to post orders received up to Saturday afternoon (GMT) on 1st June will be posted as normal before I head off, whereas any made to order/custom orders will be dealt with on my return on Saturday 8th June.

So you won’t hear much from me next week apart from a Thursday Feature which I’ve already scheduled.  However I’ll share some photos of our trip the week after.

The Week Ahead – Rainbow Beads Everywhere!

20 May

So last week I was devastated to discover that The Bead Shop had 2013-05-17 08.20.41closed it’s Edinburgh branch.  It was in the perfect location for me to pop down during my lunch break and buy what I needed for a last minute order.  I guess I’m going to have to be more organised from now on and make sure I have a good stock of the beads and findings I need for made to order items.  Having said that, I placed an order through The Bead Shop’s website and my beady package arrived two days later – not too shabby at all!

So this week I am planning to make some new chunky beaded necklaces and carry on cross stitching more Christmas cards.

And here’s a sneak peek of new products!

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