Merry Christmas Hoop Kit


This kit came as a free gift in Cross Stitch Crazy Magazine January 2018 Issue 237.

It was a nice, quick little project to complete and I’ll be hanging it on my wall when the decorations go up this year.

I started completing my Christmas cross stitch early this year so that when the time comes for decorations to go up and presents to be wrapped I have everything ready to go. Christmas is a busy time of year to be fitting in festive cross stitch projects, always best to do them at the beginning of the year to leave yourself time to get them finished.


Pretty Little Mermaid 2 – 1 Bookmark and Card Kit


This cute little card was an easy stitch and took no time at all to finish. It looks really cool and can be used as a bookmark or turned into a card for a birthday or other event as the card is blank inside.

You can secure the mermaid inside the slot using double-sided tape and the same with the inside of the card if you want to make it into a bookmark. Or you can slot the stitch into the front and take it out to see the full length stitch.

The kit was a free gift with Cross Stitch Crazy Magazine April 2018 Issue 240.


Mother’s Day – Needle Case

I have to be honest I’ve been stitching this for some time now. I get easily distracted by new magazines with designs that grab me or I buy a new kit in the sales and start it straight away. So my work in progress pile is getting quite untidy and my new year’s resolution was to get it under control.

So this Mother’s Day I will finally give my mum the needle case she wanted a couple of years ago, only it’s in kit form as I don’t know how to use her sewing machine!

I gave it to her early and she laughed and said ‘aren’t you supposed to finish it’. To which I replied ‘people spend a lot of money on buying crafting kits and I made you a personalised one’.

Besides the plus side to her finishing it off herself is that she gets to make it to the size she wants. She can sew the cross stitch design onto a bigger piece of fabric or use it as the front and attach fabric to the back to make a pencil-case size case.

I think she’s going to use it to hold her crochet needles once it’s finished. We have some black felt left over from the cushion we made, which I originally brought to make this case and a work in progress case for my cross stitch.  At least I finished one of them!

I chose to go off piste a bit by making a red background and using my own colour scheme but the design is from Cross Stitch Crazy Magazine March 2016 Issue 213. The zip is 8″ from the local material warehouse where I brought the black felt to make the back of the case.

I’m sure it’ll look great when it’s completely finished! I’ll update the post when she’s done her bit.


Van Gogh – A Wheatfield with Cypresses – The National Gallery


I was given this cross stitch kit as a birthday present from a colleague at work and she wanted to see the finished article so knowing it would be a quick project I started it in my Christmas holiday from work.

It’s funny she would choose this particular painting as my brother was tasked at school with painting his version of the same Van Gogh painting, his attempt was so good it’s been in a frame on the wall with a postcard of the original at home for years. Given he was in junior school when he painted it he managed to pick up so much of the detailing, albeit in a far more basic form, that we thought we might have an artist in our midst. Sadly he peaked at copying famous works of arts around the age of 7 and hasn’t touched a brush since!

But I digress. This was a nice little project to work on. There was plenty of detailing and some close colour work that you had to keep an eye on to make sure you were getting the right bits in the right places.

I was quite happy with the way it turned out in the end. It was a nice start to what I hope will be a busy and fun-filled cross stitch year.


Happy New Year


Happy New Year and thank’s to all the people who read my posts and engaged with me online this year.

I’m working on a lot of cross stitch projects that I’ll be sharing this year. My new year’s resolution is to get a handle on all my unfinished stuff before starting any new projects. I find the lure of a shiny new cross stitch kit or a magazine with a cool design in too exciting and I end up starting stuff but never finishing it off. I need to be more disciplined this year or I’ll never finish anything!

I wish you all a Happy 2018 and that you find all the happiness you want next year.

Believe in Yourself – Tattoo Design


This pattern featured in CrossStitcher Magazine Issue 319 Summer 2017.

I saw this design and had to make a start on it straight away as I fell in love with it. The colours and the patterns are so vibrant it was a real pleasure seeing it come to life.

As I was making it I was wondering how best to display the finished design. I decided on getting some black felt and making it into a ‘cuddle cushion’ well that’s what I call it anyway. You know the small rectangular throw cushions you have on your bed that serve little purpose other than looking good?!

I laid the design on top of the felt and sewed around it so the back of the stitches would be protected when inserting the cushion. I sealed the edges to make a ‘bag’ and sewed a zip into one end to allow for washing. Then I got an old pillow,  washed and dried it then cut it down to size, sewed the end and hey presto. I made something new from something old!

I was really happy with how it came out and love being able to see it everyday. But most of all I love the messages it conveys. Some of the most important things to remember Love, Luck, Hope, Trust and belief in yourself!

Heart Necklace


This was a free gift with Cross Stitch Crazy Magazine Issue 226 March 2017.

Inside the magazine there were a couple of design options but I chose the blue bird as my Grandad has a blue Parrotlet called Daisy. I made the necklace for my little cousin who is 6 as she likes jewellery.

I find it quite challenging stitching on wooden board as it’s hard to get the needle through the holes, especially when you are performing a second stitch. I managed to give myself a very sore finger pressing down on the needle to pass it through the holes and ended up snapping one of the cheap needles I had!

The finished project looked good though so it was worth a little pain!