Spoonflower design competition – goats

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.

This weeks theme is Goats. This is the brief from Spoonflower:
‘Goats are leading the cute clickbait on the internet these days. The way goats bounce and jump in their fits of joy has captivated all of us at one time or another. Take this opportunity to create a restricted palette goat design to illustrate your interpretation of goats with the colors dark green (#0F310C), emerald green (#4A8E35), grey (#B4B5AA), light yellow (#F9F78D), mustard (#EDE442). Black and white are optional.’

Spoonflower design competition – goats

I found this one particularly hard as most of the goats I drew looked evil, I think it’s something to do with the positioning of their eyeball, but in the end I was happy with my design. Using the limited pallet was a good challenge for me as well as I don’t often choose such muted tones.
What do you think?
If you like my design please pop over to Spoonflower and vote for me. The voting opens today.

Redbubble store

I have been working on some new surface pattern designs recently and have just opened a new store at Redbubble. I really like the format and have found it easy to upload and curate my work on the store. I hope to continue adding new designs and I am currently working on some seasonal stuff. I’d love it if you took a look.

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Superhero smoothie recipes

Last week it was the start of the summer holidays. We try to have a theme for each week at home, with focused activities, perhaps a trip and some themed food. I have been getting into having smoothies for breakfast since my diagnosis. The boys often have a small glass too, so we thought we would include these in our superhero theme. All the smoothies are gluten, wheat and lactose free.

They are all suitable for vegetarian and vegan diets.

These were our favorites from the week.

Hulk smoothie

Hulk smoothie

Make one very large glass.
You will need

  • One banana
  • Two kiwis
  • A small bunch of grapes
  • One tablespoon of soy Yogurt
  • One cup of Unsweetened almond milk.
  1. Peel the banana and kiwis. 
  2. Wash the grapes.
  3. Place in a blender with the yogurt and almond milk.
  4. Blend until smooth.

Best enjoyed straight away. If you want a more chilled smoothie use a banana that has been peeled, chopped and frozen overnight.

Hulk smoothie

 The next recipe was definitely my favorite from the week. I am totally addicted to the toasted almond butter.

Superman smoothie

Superman smoothie

 For the Superman smoothie you will need:

  • One banana
  • Four strawberries
  • Half a cup full of raspberries
  • One teaspoon of toasted almond spread
  • One cup of Coconut milk.
  1. Peel the banana.
  2. Wash and hull the strawberries
  3. Wash the raspberries
  4. Place the fruit in a blender with the almond spread and coconut milk
  5. Blend until smooth.
  6. Enjoy straight away and feel like a superhero all day.
Superman smoothie

This was most popular with the boys and if left for 5 minutes after blending it sets into a jelly smoothie which the boys loved eating with a spoon.

Captain America smoothie. 
Captain America smoothie
For the Captain America smoothie you will need:
  • One banana
  • Three strawberries
  • Half a cup of blueberries
  • One tablespoon of smooth peanut butter
  • One cup of coconut milk.
  1. Peel the banana
  2. Wash and hull the strawberries
  3. Wash the blueberries
  4. Place the fruit in a blender with the peanut butter and the coconut milk.
  5. Blend until smooth.
  6. Enjoy straight away or leave for five minutes until set and eat with a spoon.

Captain America smoothie


   

Free cross stitch chocolate chip muffin PDF pattern

How about stitching up this delicious treat? This Chocolate chip muffin would look great in a kitchen or a cafe or perhaps even on a bag. Happy stitching.

Just click on the read more link to download your Free Chocolate chip muffin cross stitch pattern.

The pattern comes as a PDF file that you will be able to download immediately. It includes a list of the floss colours you’ll need plus the finished dimensions for common fabric choices.

PATTERN SPECIFICATIONS:
Grid size – – – – – – – – – – 86 stitches H x 67 stitches W
Finished Size – – – – – – -15.60cm H x 12.15cm W  on 14-count Aida or 28-count linen
Stitches Required – – – – Full cross stitches
Colours Required – – – – – 6 DMC floss colours

Please note this is a PDF pattern only. No fabric, floss, or other materials are included in the listing. The finished cross stitch shown in the photos is for demonstration purposes only.

© 2016 Craft with Cartwright
Patterns are for personal use only. Distribution of the pattern either electronically or in hard copy form is prohibited.

Love this pattern and can’t wait to stitch it! Share your WIPS with me on Twitter and Facebook.

Free cross stitch chocolate chip muffin PDF pattern

This model was expertly stitched by the talented Model Stitcher Christy Little. If you would like to work with Christy, you can contact her via the Facebook group Embroidery Model stitchers and Designers.

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Spoonflower competition, National parks

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 National Parks. This had a bit of an American slant on it and I had to do some research on it before I came up with a good idea. My idea uses some of the most recognizable imagery from the American national parks and the final design makes me think of vintage boys bed linen.

Spoonflower competition, National parks

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

Free cross stitch doughnut PDF pattern

Free cross stitch doughnut PDF pattern

 Who doesn’t like a doughnut? Dough not ask me! Click on the read more link to download your free copy of this pattern.

Free cross stitch doughnut PDF pattern

Free cross stitch doughnut PDF pattern


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Spoonflower shop

Have you checked out my spoonflower shop recently?

I have got some great new designs listed. If you ever want a custom design created or like something but want different colours, please feel free to message me and I will see what I can do. 
I am also available for freelance design work, contact me to see the full range of my portfolio. 

 
 
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Orange butterfly cross stitch thank you card

Orange butterfly cross stitch thank you card
I must admit I haven’t done much blogging recently. I have been busy working hard on my design work, both my cross stitch and textile designs. I have been stitching up samples and working with my new design software. I have just launched two new stores on Redbubble and Society 6. So I only thought it fair that I give you a quick update on my stitching. Don’t forget if you like my stitching style you can follow me on Instagram as I tend to put more WIP pics on there.

Orange butterfly cross stitch thank you card

This piece is for a thank you card and I couldn’t resist using a butterfly. They keep reappearing thought my design work but I chose to use colours not normally in my preferred pallet. They give a great summery feel to this card and it’s nice to break from my comfort choices now and again.

Orange butterfly cross stitch thank you card

I really like how the pale green boarder and lettering compliments the design and keeps with the garden feel.

Orange butterfly cross stitch thank you card

I might adjust the design in future and add a slightly darker back stitch to the butterfly to add more definition. What do you think?

Orange butterfly cross stitch thank you card

It looks great in a hoop as well as on a card and would make a great gift for someone. I sometimes find that cards that are stitched are not enjoyed for very long considering the time they take to make, so giving it in a hoop makes it more special.

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Spoonflower Design competition – What’s in your bag.

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 Whats in your bag. My interpretation was my mum bag. It has everything in it and somethings that really should be in the the bin. Loose raisins, an old straw, a lipstick (hardly ever used), keys, a toy car, old crayons etc. It made me chuckle to think about drawing the contents of my bag.

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