3 Year Blog Anniversary – My Top 5 Posts!

anniversary-1xA couple of days ago I got an unexpected notification from WordPress telling me that this week I should be celebrating my 3 year blog anniversary (blogaversary?). This is quite a significant milestone – this means that I’ve now been teaching myself to sew for THREE years. So, in celebration, I’ve decided to take a look back into the past. Here are my Top 5 Blog Posts for you to enjoy again!

felt robins1. Make Your Own Felt Robin Christmas Decoration
This post is the most popular on my blog by a long, long way. It seems you love making your own Christmas decorations! It’s actually one of my least favourite things that I’ve made but that appears not to have deterred my readers…

origami bow2. Origami Bow Tutorial
So popular I posted this blog entry twice! These little origami bows are so cute – if you’ve not given it a go yet I suggest you try now – all you need is a square of paper and a pair of scissors. I spotted the instructions originally on the fab papercraft site Paper Kawaii and never looked back.

felt decorations3. Felt Christmas Decorations
Once again it’s a Christmas post! This time around I found myself making a felt Christmas pudding and a felt Christmas tree. Both were super fun to make and took hardly any time at all. I definitely recommend making a few to customise your own tree this year.

cupcake cross stitch4. Cupcake Cross Stitch
This colourful cross stitch design is by a lovely lady named Lucie Heaton. I got the design from CrossStitcher magazine and used it to decorate one of the crafty canvases that I made. It took me a fair while to get it finished but the end result is so eyecatching! Check out Lucie’s website here when you get chance – she has some really cute designs available to download and print. I particularly love the little baby mouse, designed in celebration of the royal baby!

Needle Case5. Needles and Pins
And the final post in my Top 5 is this handmade needlecase. The pattern is from Cath Kidston’s Sew! book and it was one of the first items I ever made! If you don’t already own this book, and love making handmade homewares, then I suggest you get yourself a copy. I’ve sewn almost every item out of it! You can also check out all my Cath Kidston blog posts here.

Lucie Heaton Cross Stitch – 20% off code

A little while back I posted a blog about a cupcake design cross stitch I was doing (see the picture to the left for a little reminder). You can read about it here.

The design was created by Lucie Heaton, who has a fantastic website full of cross stitch patterns that you can download as PDF files and print off at home. You can get motifs, alphabets, samplers, kids designs and seasonal pictures all costing around £1 – £6 per chart.

There’s even a section of free patterns if you just want to try some out too.

What’s more, word got out that I’d completed my cupcake chart and Lucie got in contact with me. She’s been lovely enough to offer all my avid readers a brilliant 20% discount on all her designs! Just use the code FEB12 at the checkout and your discount will be applied. Have fun!



Cupcake Cross Stitch

Cross stitch may not be the coolest handicraft on offer – I refer to those autumnal-coloured images of bird houses, flower arrangements and pictorial alphabets spotted most commonly on the walls of generation upon generation of grandma – but it’s simple, effective and something to do to pass the time. And it’s quite fun.

I’ve recently finished stitching this colourful cupcake stand design found in May 2011’s edition of Cross Stitcher magazine. The colours are so cheerful that from a distance it almost looks like the real thing. Or at least like a painting by numbers rather than a cross stitch.

The chart is by a lady named Lucie Heaton – her website can be found here – which has some lovely free patterns to download or those to buy.

Originally I planned to frame the end result, but instead I’ve decided to attach the finished piece to one of my wall art canvases. Read more about that ongoing project here and here. Good enough to eat  – I think so.