Monday, 14 December 2015

Free Nordic stag cross stitch pattern


I'm definitely having a love affair with all things Nordic and knitted this Christmas. So with that in mind I made this stag design for you to get into the spirt too. I love the Christmas red and white colour scheme against the black background. Maybe add a few French knot snowflakes or beads to really up the winter theme. Or feel free to change the colours to suit your own personal décor. Just click on the read me link to download the free PDF file pattern.

Sunday, 13 December 2015

Christmas salt dough decorations.


I shared by KS4 catering students Christmas cakes yesterday, but I meant to show you what we do in advance of decorating our cakes. I normally run a session prior to decorating, where my student can practice modelling their ideas. It's a great lesson and they all enjoy learning some new modelling techniques.

Saturday, 12 December 2015

Christmas cake decorating workshop with KS4 catering students

I love teaching Catering and espicaly in the run up to Christmas. It's lovely to make lots of delicious treats with my student. One particular task they always enjoy is baking and decorating their Christmas cakes. So I thought I'd share a selection of photos from my class.

Saturday, 5 December 2015

Free cross stitch pattern, dots and stripes

Something a little different from me this week. I had this design as part of fabric collection and when looking at current trends in cross stitch, thought it would convert quite well. It is definitely a bit different from my normal style of pattern design but I hope that you like it. Please click on the read more link to download the free pattern. 

Monday, 30 November 2015

Free cross stitch Polar bear pattern


How cute is this guy? I love using polar bear and penguin images in my Holiday decorating, not sure how much they have to do with Christmas, but they definitely fit with the weather we are having.
If you would like to stitch up this cool bear, click on the read more link to download the free PDF file pattern. Don't forget to visit my free patterns page with a whole host of patterns available for every occasion.
Also if your a fan of Etsy, please stop by my store and see what I have on offer.

Sunday, 29 November 2015

Saturday, 28 November 2015

Free Cross stitch pattern, blue bird

It's been a while since I last updated my blog, what with starting teaching again and the run up to Christmas I feel it's been a little neglected. So, to get the blogging ball rolling again...
Here's a free pattern for a Blue swallow. Perfect for adorning cards or other small items. Enjoy.
Click on the read more link to download the free PDF file.
Don't forget to check out my patterns page. I have a great selection of free patterns for every occasion.

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Candy cane craft ideas.

       I don't know about you but I seem to almost automatically buy a box of 12 candy canes, when doing my Christmas shopping then wonder what on earth to do with them. They always seem to be the last things the kids go to eat and by the time new year rolls around we still have 8 of them left! However, help is at hand with some amazing and inspiring ideas of how to get your craft on with those red and white sugary treats. Just check out my Pinterest board and you'll never again be left wondering 'Why did I buy those?'.

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Friday, 6 November 2015

Christmas cross stitch projects

       I love to cross stitch all year round, but as Christmas draws nearer I find myself doing more and more cross stitch projects. Whether it is a few tags or cards or even an advent calendar I find I cannot resist pulling needle through Aida in November. If you are also like me but need a bit of festive inspiration, check out my Pinterest board of Christmas cross stitch. These are all patterns of mine or projects I have sewn for Christmas. Your sure to find something to suit everyone's tastes.

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Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Christmas crafts

       If your anything like me you'll have lots of good intentions of getting your Christmas crafts and gifts made well in advance. Then suddenly it's the first of December and your to do list got ten feet long. So I'm here to save you the panic. Here is a great collection of Christmas craft ideas, sewing, paper crafts and food. Better still they are all simple, so if you find yourself in a festive infused panic in December you can still  whip these beauties up in no time.
Your welcome.

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Saturday, 31 October 2015

Baking recipes collection

    As the weather turns colder, my thought always turn to food. I find great comfort and warmth in food and especially in baking. I find nothing more delightful than the heat of the oven, the sweet smells emanating and the warm satisfaction of filling my belly with something homemade. If you also want to share in the warm fuzzy glow of home baked goods, you can do not better than to check out my Pinterest board of my baking recipes.  

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Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Free cross stitch pattern, Halloween skull cat

I've got a thing for cats at the moment in my cross stitch work, I also love the filled in silhouette that is currently so popular. So I thought I'd combine cats and skulls for a cute Halloween design. Click on the read more link for the download.

Saturday, 24 October 2015

Back stitch embroidery.

     I must confess I have a great love for this simple stitch. Back stitch is so versatile and it's my go to stitch whenever I do an embroidery project.
If you are yet to feel the love for back stitch, check out my Pinterest board which not only has links to some great tutorials but also showcases some wonderful work made with the simple back stitch.

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Thursday, 22 October 2015

Free cross stitch pattern, lion

 This friendly lion would look great stitched up in a nursery or playroom. Or used for card making, perfect for those with a birthday in July. Click on the read more link to download the free pattern.

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Blackwork embroidery

I love the simplicity of working with just one colour. It took me a while to catch on to the embroidery style of black work, but I have since enjoyed stitching and designing with blackwork.
I love how the patterns can be used to add texture and give the illusion of three dimensions to your stitched work.
If you feel like having a go at black work, I would recommend looking at my Pinterest board as a good staring point. There are links to some good tutorials, inspiring images and a few of my designs.


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You can also check out my free patterns page as I have listed a couple of blackwork patterns on there for you.

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Saturday, 17 October 2015

Art inspiration

     If you ever find yourself stuck for inspiration, or wondering where to take your art project next then I have a great Pinterest board for you. It's a collection of sketchbook ideas and techniques that you can try out when your stuck in a creative rut. Great for getting your juices flowing, it's also a great teaching resource for those who find yourself lucky enough to share your creative passion with others.
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Monday, 12 October 2015

Cauliflower cheese soup recipe

We are big fans of cauliflower cheese in the Cartwright house hold. It is comfort food at it's best. But sometimes, old favourites can do with being re-thought and this soup has become the go to recipe for 2015 when we want something so satisfying and warm it's like a big bear hug.



Click on the read more link for the recipe.

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Halloween party decorations and food

I just thought I would do a quick round up of all the Halloween food and decorations I made for last year's celebrations. 


I kept the colour scheme simple and went for purple and black as my main colours. I used a large piece of purple fabric for my table cloth and cut a black vinyl spider web to decorate it.

Saturday, 10 October 2015

Autumn craft ideas

   

It's easy to get caught up in crafting for the Holiday's especially if your like me and have a whole heap of things you want to gift at Christmas. However it is nice to create of the moment seasonal crafts too, and I love to involve my boys in this. If this is something you like to do also, check out my Autumn / Fall crafts board on Pinterest.

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Friday, 9 October 2015

Fabric Pumpkins


Decorating for Autumn (fall) isn't something that I have really done before. But since moving into our new house and inheriting some lovely pieces of furniture I couldn't resist adding a little seasonal decoration around the house.

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Spoonflower design competition - Microbes.

Do you know Spoonflower? It's a great website which allows you to design and print your own fabric. It is also a great place to shop for unique and original designed fabric as many of the designers list their work in their own little store. I have a store on Spoonflower and would love it if you took a look.

They also run a weekly design competition and I love to take part as it often make me design things I wouldn't normally draw.

The latest competition is entitled Microbes. This was the brief:

It's time to dust off that microscope and show us your best microorganism themed design! Microorganisms (or microbes) are incredibly diverse and can be found in every part of our biosphere. Adaptable to any conditions, thriving wherever they are? Sounds like we could all learn a thing or two from these tiny microbes!



What do you think?
If you like my design please pop over to Spoonflower and vote for me. The voting opens today


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Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Rice pudding recipe



Rice pudding recipe.

You will need:
  • 30g unsalted butter
  • 75g pudding rice
  • 2 tbsp caster sugar
  • 600ml milk
  • 2 drops vanilla extract
  • a pinch of nutmeg


Method
  1. Preheat the oven to 150c
  2. Place the rice, sugar, milk and vanilla extract into a large oven proof dish
  3. Dot with the butter and sprinkle over the nutmeg
  4. Bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes, until the rice is well cooked.
  5. Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly before serving. 




Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Free adult coloring pages

       Have you fallen in love with the Adult coloring craze yet? It's part of the mindfulness movement and encourages you to unwind with the meditative state you get from coloring. Do not panic if your late to the party I have a great and popular collection of coloring pages on my Pinterest board.

         Follow Ruth Cartwright's board adult coloring pages on Pinterest.  

Monday, 5 October 2015

Free cross stitch strawberry cupcake PDF pattern

This sweet treat would be a must for any cake lover. Stitch it up on an apron or framed in a kitchen it's sure to brighten up anyone's day.

Free cross stitch strawberry cupcake PDF pattern
This sweet strawberry cupcake cross stitch pattern is designed with full count stitches so it's perfect for a beginner or a more experienced stitcher who wants to whip up something quickly. Click on the read more link to download your free pattern.

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Free cross stitch Halloween Spider web PDF pattern

A great pattern to whip up for Halloween. Only one colour to use and would look great hung in it's hoop. If you like my cross stitch patterns why not follow me on Instagram where you can see me stitching up my favourites of my designs. 
Free cross stitch Halloween Spider web PDF pattern
I'm hoping to stitch this one up in time for Halloween this year, I think it would look great in the hallway. Just click on the read more link to download your free Spider web pattern.

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Cross stitch Christmas pudding alphabet

I was so excited to hear that my Christmas Pudding alphabet from my Etsy store was going to featured in this months issue of Cross stitch Crazy magazine. It is one of my favorite publications and I couldn't wait to get my hands on a copy.

I'm really hoping this will boost my sales this year, as I know lots of people read Cross stitch Crazy magazine and there is still plenty of time to get my Christmas Pudding pattern and stitch it up for Christmas.



The excitement didn't fail me and they did a lovely write up about my pattern.

Friday, 2 October 2015

Rocket 1st Birthday card


How cute it this 1st birthday card?
I loved using this rocket themed paper to make my nephews card. I picked out a larger rocket and mounted it on foam pads as the main motif and then added a coordinating 1.
To finish it off I added a glittery happy birthday sticker and a gift sticker on the envelope. I was really pleased with how well my simple idea worked out.


Thursday, 1 October 2015

Spoonflower design competition - Cephalopod

Do you know Spoonflower? It's a great website which allows you to design and print your own fabric. It is also a great place to shop for unique and original designed fabric as many of the designers list their work in their own little store. I have a store on Spoonflower and would love it if you took a look.

They also run a weekly design competition and I love to take part as it often make me design things I wouldn't normally draw.

The latest competition is entitled Cephalopod. This was the brief:

'In honor of Cephalopod Awareness Days (Oct. 8th- 12th) we decided it was about time again to pay homage to our favorite inky sea creatures. Although, it's a fact that not all species of cephalopods produce ink. With more than 800 species of cephalopods, that's a lot of inspiration to draw from! Show us your best Cephalopod themed design!'


What do you think?
If you like my design please pop over to Spoonflower and vote for me. The voting opens today

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Day of the dead embroidery and cross stitch

I have always enjoyed the imagery from the festival of the Day of the dead. I recently turned up some illustrations I had made during my jewellery making course which I took as part of my degree these had been inspired by the day of the dead.
What do you think? The coloured background isn't stitched it's just to show up the skulls.

Monday, 28 September 2015

Free cross stitch tea cup PDF pattern

Who doesn't love a cup of tea? I know it was once seen as a British institution and now seems to be being surpassed by coffee, but in my home the tea cup still rules supreme. If your also a like minded tea lover, then this is the chart for you.

Friday, 25 September 2015

Arrow art prints

I love the graphic quality of arrows and often find myself doodling them when on the phone. It probably says something about my personality. I'm looking for a direction or I don't know which way to go. Whatever they mean to you, they look great as art prints.




















































These are my four favourite arrow designs, that I have created. These are all available on fabrics via my Spoonflower  and Woven Monkey stores. Alternatively you can buy them as art prints from my Society6 store or on a range a products at my Redbubble  or Zazzle stores.


 






Monday, 21 September 2015

Great Halloween craft ideas

I do love crafting for Holidays and Halloween is becoming one occasion we celebrate more than we used to in the U.K. We have a lot of catching up, until we are anything like the USA for all things spooky, but with that in mind I thought I'd quickly share my Pinterest Halloween board as it has some great, quick and kid friendly ideas on it. Enjoy!




































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Sunday, 20 September 2015

Children's painting ideas.

I know many parents that are adverse to letting their little ones paint, but I personally don't mind a little mess. Tidying up and cleaning down is all part of the fun in our house.
The only problem that we sometimes encounter is how to make it accessible for my youngest who is just over two.
Children's painting ideas.
He found the paintbrushes just to cumbersome and they loaded up with too much paint. So this was the ideal solution. Painting with q-tips. You only need a small amount of paint of them, they are great for painting with but also dotting and you can have one for each colour. That enables the colours to stay cleaner and you don't end up with a mud colored painting!

Children's painting ideas.
If you want to have a go a other great painting ideas for under threes. Check out my Pinterest page.

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Friday, 18 September 2015

Afternoon tea prints

Who doesn't love cakes and confectionery? Team that with pretty pastels and you are on to a winner for any little girls wardrobe or nursery décor.





















































These are all available on fabrics via my Spoonflower  and Woven Monkey stores. Alternatively you can buy them as art prints from my Society6 store or on a range a products at my Redbubble  or Zazzle stores


Thursday, 17 September 2015

Spoonflower design competition - State fair

Do you know Spoonflower? It's a great website which allows you to design and print your own fabric. It is also a great place to shop for unique and original designed fabric as many of the designers list their work in their own little store. I have a store on Spoonflower and would love it if you took a look.

They also run a weekly design competition and I love to take part as it often make me design things I wouldn't normally draw.

The latest competition is entitled State fair. This was the brief:

'Here in Spoonflower's home town, the State Fair is by far one of our most beloved fall traditions. Local farmers show off their biggest, best crops and livestock, we ride colorfully-lit ferris wheels, and indulge in probably more fried delicacies on a stick than we should. We want to know what your version of the State Fair looks like where you live! Let us see your best State Fair designs in this week's design contest.'


We don't really have state fairs in the UK as much as I know, the closest thing I could think of was the Three counties show. It is mainly an agricultural show and when I was a child it was one of the things you could let out of school for, so naturally we all went.

When trying to come up with as design I kept failing as my pictures of livestock were rubbish, so I focused more on the handicrafts and produce tents. This is what I came up with - Jam on black.

Spoonflower design competition - State fair

What do you think?
If you like my design please pop over to Spoonflower and vote for me. The voting opens today


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Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Camera cross stitch

How cute is this little camera. I designed it based on my little red camera I had as a child. I'm not sure what to do with it now. I think it definitely lends itself to something travel related. Perhaps a scrapbook layout or patched onto a luggage tag or passport cover?


If you would like the pattern it's available free from here. Don't forget you can also check out my free cross stitch patterns page. 

Monday, 14 September 2015

Friday, 11 September 2015

Rainbow rice - sensory play


Sensory play was something I hadn't heard of until I had my youngest. Of course my eldest had played with the sandpit and had done water play but he hadn't explored them in a way that really stimulated him. My youngest on the other had has really enjoyed sensory play and one of his most favorite activities is rice.
I have found it very easy to colour and recently we have taken to using it to explore a rainbow of colours.

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Spoonflower design competition - ditsy lizards

Do you know Spoonflower? It's a great website which allows you to design and print your own fabric. It is also a great place to shop for unique and original designed fabric as many of the designers list their work in their own little store. I have a store on Spoonflower and would love it if you took a look.

They also run a weekly design competition and I love to take part as it often make me design things I wouldn't normally draw.

The latest competition is entitled Ditsy Lizards. This was the brief:

'Do you know why lizards stick their tongues out at a rapid pace? Make a ditsy design from our favorite creature that smells by tasting the air around them with their tongue!' 


What do you think?
If you like my design please pop over to Spoonflower and vote for me. The voting opens today

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