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The best laid plans...

I don't know about all you other crafters out there, but since I work strange hours sometimes, I prefer to set aside one of my days off for all those boring chores we have to catch up on, and the other day off for crafting. So last week I decided I would leave my crafting for Thursday.

Unfortunately on Thursday there was an emergency at work and I was pulled in to work all day! Honestly I didn't mind but I suppose it goes to show that it might be better to do a little bit of crafting on both days off, instead of procrastinating!

Anyway, I have made a little progress on the Starry Nights cross stitch. As I've said before, I stitch by colour not by row, but you can see it starting to take shape. There are four pages of this and obviously this is page one.

This is the first kit I have done that isn't by Bothy Threads or the photo stitch company I like. I'll be honest, Bothy Threads is far more user friendly than this one is. For starters you have to wind each thread before even thinking of using it, or you will end up with knots. (Believe me, you will end up with knots!) Secondly, the thread is of a poor quality compared to DMC threads. I've no doubt it will look beautiful when it is finished, but it's definitely my least favourite kit to use so far, which is saying a lot considering the Gorjuss ones had metallic threads!

Speaking of Gorjuss, I decided to take my own advice and search through my craft stuff this week. I have a spare room with loads of craft supplies, as well as the ones I use more often which are in my room. Basically, I have so much stuff I get overwhelmed when I look at it and creativity goes out the window! I have a plan for the next few items, which I will get to when I start the project. Today, I used the Gorjuss papers I had to alter an altoid tin.

As well as the Gorjuss stuff, I used a vellum saying, some paper flowers, a metal charm (present) some vinyl sticker flowers for the front of the tin, and some chipboard wings and heart. The wings were painted black and distress glitter was added (just the basic distress glitter) The heart was inked with shaded lilac then a matching distress stickle was added. 

One thing that I love about other craft blogs, and that I try to do as much as possible, is explain either where I got the items I used, or how exactly I achieved the finished look of the item. I believe that crafting techniques are there to be shared. We all have something in common; a love of making things to the best of our abilities and sometimes it's a lovely feeling when something that you have created inspires a fellow crafter.

Happy crafting everyone
Emma x


  1. Wonderful creations yet again Emma. The cross stitch always looks so relaxing to do :)

    Donna xxx

    1. Thanks Donna :) I'd definitely recommend cross stitch - it takes a long time but it is definitely relaxing


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