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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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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!


31 Mar

I am so excited to be going on holiday next week!  The last few days have been full of glorious sunshine, but I haven’t been able to enjoy it because of work and I am ready to sit back, relax and make the most of a week of doing as little as possible!

On Monday some of my family and I will be heading off on a boat from Loch Lochy to Loch Ness and back again.  We will be putting along at around 4 miles an hour, taking in the scenery, stopping off at little pubs or villages on the way and sitting out at night with some music and wine.  (That is the plan but this glorious weather is threatening to leave us in the next few days…)

That's right, it's a pub on a boat!

I’m still planning on bringing some crafty things to keep me busy though – knitting and cross stitch which I can do as we meander along the canal.  I’m also planning on bringing my camera and hope to take lots of snaps along the way so I’ll be sure to share them when I get back!  Above is a photo I took a couple of years ago when I last visited Loch Lochy – I hope the pub is still there!

If you’ve got any exciting plans for the Easter holidays feel free to share them in the comments section below!


Shameless Plug

14 Feb

The lovely people at Adorning Schemes gave me a shameless plug on their blog. Go check it out!


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