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Cross Stitched Christmas 2013

So who’s counting? There’s 3 days left until Christmas and I’m working until the day before! I’ve never taken this little time off before over the holiday period so it will be a first. I’ve heard the commute into the city is ‘fantastic’? Here’s hoping that the extreme heat doesn’t break down the entire train system…. wouldn’t that be a doozy?

Now if you’re like me and still haven’t finalised all your Christmas gifting chores, you’re probably scrambling to get everything together! I know I’ll be doing some last minute gift shopping tomorrow at lunch. Luckily, I’ve already put together my cards and sent them off. I find cards to be so much more memorable and a keepsake if they’re one of a kind, so I started cross stitching them last year, where I made up mini versions of Gareth and myself. 

This year I wanted something simpler and floral, so I went with tulips since they’re my favourite flower!

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They’re super easy to make, as long as you understand the basic cross stitch technique. This is a great guide with images if you want to get into it.

All you need is some Aida cloth, which I found in Lincraft, embroidery thread, embroidery hoop, embroidery needle, hot glue gun, some coloured card paper and a marker.

Come up with a design, like my trio of tulips and stitch it onto the cloth.Then use your glue gun to stick it centrally on the card. Mark up ‘Merry Christmas’ or a similar message on the front of the card. Fold the card in half and then write your own personal message to your recipient inside. Hey presto, handmade Christmas card filled with love!

Here’s the pattern I created for these cards so you can try it yourself!

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Cross stitching is an old craft, very soothing and consumes a fair bit of time. Each trio took around 30 minutes and I love the feeling after I finish one - does anyone know what I mean? I find them great to do whilst watching a movie or tv episode so there’s a multi-tasking tip for you! 

Have fun! x Helen


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LTB at Lonely Hunter!

What are you doing this Saturday, if you’re in Sydney? The Lonely Hunter markets will be on at Newtown Social Club and I’ll be there - as a seller! :)

I’m so incredibly excited to do this little self promo. It’ll be my first markets with Lime Tree Bower, so it’s a teeny bit daunting but simultaneously, I also cannot wait! I’ll be spending tomorrow preparing for it: getting all the terrariums ready, packaging and preparing the bits and pieces for the table display.

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There’ll be a bigger range of terrariums than what I’ve currently got listed online, including some really mini hanging ones that can double as tree ornaments!

So if you want to come feel out the range in person, see some new stuff or just want to pop by to say hello, come along! There’ll be several other cool brands also selling, so it’s perfect timing for some last minute holiday and gift shopping.

Lonely Hunter markets
11am - 4pm
Newtown Social Club
387 King St, Newtown NSW 2042
See map

Looking forward to seeing you there!

PS. If anyone has tips/advice on selling at markets, I would be so grateful if you could share it, as I constantly feel like I might be forgetting something!

Beanie Time

This has been something for me to do since the start of winter! Ever since I picked up my knitting needles this season, I’ve been mainly doing scarves. They’re fun but I feel like expanding my skills. Some recent jaunts to Morris & Sons and Lincraft has left me inspired with all the yarn I could play with (if I had infinite amount of spare time) !

Have you heard about how cold it is in Sydney these days? It’s absolutely freezing in the early mornings and late evenings. I’m also not very well suited to cold temperatures, so I tend to easily get cold-induced headaches when it’s too cold and/or windy.

This is when I had my lightbulb moment: I needed a stylish beanie!

And so here is my work in progress. I started with a seed stitch for the hem detail, and now just plain knit all the way up towards a rounded top. I also want to eventually add some flaps on either side to keep my ears warm, and maybe some round mousey ears up on top…

Yay or nay? Would adding some ears to the beanie make it look too childish, or hipster cute? :) I’m still undecided!

PS. Been also teaching the boy how to knit. He’s doing great! Only pain point is that he can’t use his fingers to keep a hold of the tension of the loose thread…