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.

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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.

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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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Coconut Christmas slice recipe

Coconut Christmas slice recipe

Coconut Christmas slice recipe

  • 200g dark chocolate
  • 150g butter
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 400g coconut cookies, crushed
  • 200g white chocolate
  • 50g desiccated coconut


  1. Melt the dark chocolate, butter and honey in a saucepan over a low heat.
  2. Add the crushed cookies and mix until combined.
  3. Press the mixture into a lined 30cm x 20cm baking tray.
  4. In a bowl over a saucepan of boiling water, melt the white chocolate.
  5. Once melted pour over the biscuit base and spread evenly.
  6. Top with the desiccated coconut.
  7. Chill for 4 hours.
  8. Once set slice into squares. 

Coconut Christmas slice recipe

Coconut Christmas slice recipe

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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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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