Quick Quote

“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. ”  Steve Jobs

Pitfalls of working for yourself

On the whole I love being my own boss.  I get to work around my kids and their schedule and can work at any time of the day or night if I have orders to do.  Days can be spent outside in my lovely garden during the Summer and orders can be stitched by the fire during Winter.

My latest order all designed and ready to go – even on a Saturday night I find it hard to switch off…

But this fantastic flexibility comes at a price.  It’s Saturday night and I have returned from a course today to find myself sitting at the computer doing yet another order.  I find it hard to switch off.  None of my customers expect me to work on the weekend, but as I am used to fitting things in when I can, I am the one making myself sit here to keep on top of the orders I have coming in.

So tonight I am consciously going to make myself turn off my PC by 8pm and spend some time with my very patient, but also very busy hubby…  I think we both deserve it and my orders can wait until Monday morning like the rest of the working world!

Festive Cheer

Christmas Owl Cross Stitch chart

I have some very loyal customers and great followers on Facebook, so every now and then I like to run little competitions and give away some of my charts and designs.  Today I decided to ask if anyone on Facebook would like something festive designed especially for them and my ‘regulars’ all responded.

Originally I had said I would choose the idea I liked the most but when I saw that all four responses were animals, I decided to chart them all and send a copy to each of those fans who had replied.

This lovely little owl is my favourite of the bunch, but I also did a pug dog, a sheep and a robin – all with Christmas hats on to show their festive spirit.

A great way to end a great week and say thank you in just a small way to those people who keep me motivated to keep designing.

If you would like a copy, then just click on this  Christmas Owl link to download the PDF chart and share in my early festive cheer.

Hello world!

Hello cross stitch

Ooh!  OK, I am slightly excited and just a bit nervous starting my new blog.  What am I going to write, who will read it, is it worth it, can I do it?  So, I’m sort of new at this and I am sure that I will get the hang of it soon.

I hope that I can share some fab cross stitch ideas with you all and also feature some fantastic creative talents too – it’s not all about cross stitch you know…