Sunday, 19 October 2014

Free cross stitch Floral handbag PDF pattern

Who doesn't love a handbag? I seem to have aquired far too many handbags along with my shoes and maybe it is time to part with a few... If you also have a love of handbags or know someone who does. This would make a great present for them. Framed up it would look great in any ladies bedroom or dressing room. Or why not even stitch it up and make it into a handbag! It's yours for free, just follow the read more link to download the free PDF file. Happy sewing. 

Friday, 17 October 2014

Free cross stitch Rainbow umbrella PDF pattern

The weather has finally turned here and with that in mind I created this freebie chart for you. Remember you can't have a rainbow without rain. Enjoy!

I really love this pattern and of course it's made all the more special by having a rainbow in it. I could see this being made into a great addition to a nursery or playroom. A great pattern for beginners as it uses only full count stitches. You can also find lots of other great cross stitch patterns for free on my cross stitch patterns page

As always if you stitch up one of my patterns, I'd love to see the pics and feature them on here and my Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Swiss roll recipe

Nothing goes down better with an afternoon cup of tea than a slice of Swiss roll. Keep it simple with a jam filling and a smattering of caster sugar on the top for the perfect treat no one can refuse.


75g self raising flour
3 eggs
75g caster sugar
3 tbsp jam / lemon curd

UPDATE: I have remade this recipe to be gluten free, it worked fine with the simple substitute of Gluten free self raising flour. No addition xanthium gum needed.


  1. Light oven to gas mark 6 / 200°C
  2. Line the tin with greaseproof paper
  3. Crack eggs into a large bowl and add sugar
  4. Whisk eggs until thick and light in colour
  5. Do the test to see if the mixture has been whisked enough
  6. Fold in flour using a metal spoon
  7. Bake for 8-10 minutes until golden brown
  8. Sprinkle sugar over new piece of greaseproof paper
  9. Tip cooked Swiss roll onto sugared paper
  10.  Quickly cut the edges off
  11.  Cover sponge with jam
  12.  Roll, use the paper to help you
  13.  Place into container and allow to cool.

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Cartoon Spider Halloween counted cross stitch chart

How about this for a cute quick make for Halloween? It doesn't all have to be gore and guts to get into the spooky Holiday, especially when you have little ones in the house or coming to visit. If you fancy stitching up this cute spider visit my Etsy store when you can purchase, download and get stitching as soon as you want. Just click on the link at the bottom of the post. 

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

English pink rose counted cross stitch pattern

I just had to share the latest pattern I've just listed in my Etsy shop. I am so in love with it. My garden is full of Rose's. They are such a perfect English cottage garden flower and I can't wait to see this beautiful chart stitched up by a happy customer. 

Jammy eyeballs recipe

Who doesn't love the combination of biscuit and jam? Even better when you can call them jammy eyeballs and be all gross at Halloween! If your kids are anything like mine this will be highly amusing. A great recipe to make with the kids, only a few basic ingredients and a whole lot of fun.

To make jammy eyeballs you will need:
  • 225g Gluten free self raising flour
  • 100g margarine
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 1 egg beaten
  • mix to mix
  • jam

  1. Heat the oven to 200c gas mark 6.
  2. Grease a baking tray.
  3. Rub the margarine into the flour.
  4. Stir in the sugar.
  5. Mix to a stiff dough with the egg and the milk.
  6. Roll into walnut sized balls, place on the tray.
  7. Push your thumb into the centre of each ball.
  8. Fill each hole with a little jam.
  9. Bake for 15 minutes until golden brown.

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Underware inspired fabric samples

I have been looking through old uni work again and thought I'd share some sampling I had done on a project based around underwear. Not quite sure how to explain my thoughts on this project so I'll leave the photos to tell you all you need to know...

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Redwork Christmas trees hoop art.

I did a little bit of Christmas stitching yesterday. I haven't done much blackwork / redwork stitching before and wanted to try out my Christmas tree design that I have in my shop on Etsy. I think it looks really cute as hoop art but I have reused it as a card design.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Free cross stitch black cat Halloween PDF pattern

Here's a quick and easy Black cat Halloween cross stitch pattern for you. It uses only full count stitches and only one colour. It's so easy you could whip up a few in an evening, so why not sew them onto napkins for a sophisticated Halloween dinner. 

Monday, 6 October 2014

Spoonflower fabric of the week - dino and volcano

My latest design from my dinosaur collection at Spoonflower. Dino and volcano would make a great statement fabric for any child bedroom of playroom.


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