Looking back on my year, it has been much busier than I expected, but that has been a good thing. I started it off with great excitement about the surprise New York trip I’d planned for Lee and I’m finishing it off with great excitement about what 2017 holds, as there are going to be some […]
Goats, street cars and the world’s best hot dogs. These are a few of my favourite things from our Cincinnati trip earlier this year.
It’s been a whole month since I retired! I can barely believe the time has gone so quickly. Perhaps if I wasn’t flat out at real work, I’d have noticed it pass. What have I done, apart from work down the TV salt mines for what feels like 27 hours a day? >> I’ve taken […]
Twelve long years ago, I started a business. At first, with my best friend and then latterly, just me. It was a roller-coaster. I did some cool things, I had a following, life was good. It was hard work but I hustled hard and I loved it. I worked on it every single day, […]
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This is a little later than intended but here are the winners, drawn at random from the magic hat (an actual real woolly one): Ruby Urquhart Jo Fiona Life At Magpie Cottage Tracey Thanks to everyone who left a comment. Winners, I have emailed you to get your addresses to post these out immediately, so […]
I’ve introduced a new colour-way in the Beyonce kit. You can now select either the original multi-colour or hot pink and black! Don’t forget, if you’re in Glasgow and would like to win some tickets to the Christmas Crafts show in a couple of weeks, check out the giveaway here.
Following on from my post last week about not quitting your day job, I wanted to highlight how it works for someone other than me. Looking at my local designer peers, I was drawn to Sally from Hand Over Your Fairy Cakes as I know that not only does she design the brightest jewellery around, […]
Honesty is the best policy, so they say, and honesty and transparency in small, indie business is something that you don’t see a lot of. So many one-man bands portray the image of “we” and “us” when it’s just one person in their pyjama bottoms all day at a laptop. I guess they feel that they […]
I am so bored of lunches eaten at my desk, another cardboard sandwich from the Co-op hastily stuffed down whilst working on something or other. Last night, I thought about what I really wanted to eat. I love ramen noodle soup and haven’t had any for eons. I could eat it every day. Plain-ish, sure, […]
Yay, I Heart… badges are back in stock! All the gang are here, including two new guys… I Heart Cats and I Heart Dogs join us fresh from the presses. Perfect for the animal lovers in your life. Check out the Badges section of the shop for the full range of badges, cross-stitched and non, […]
About 10 years ago, my best friend Jo made herself a cross stitch pattern to stitch up Napoleon Dynamite. It was simpler times, and cross stitch software wasn’t quite as sophisticated as it is now (ho ho). Anyway, it was a labour of love, but about half way through, she put it aside to start […]
A few years ago, at a loose end around new year, Lee and I booked into the Malmaison in Glasgow for a treat. We had stayed at the one in Leeds before and it was quite swish and thought as a bit of a luxury night in, we’d book in, eat in the restaurant, relax and […]
If you’ve suddenly realised you’ve under-gifted this Christmas, there’s still time to whip up a quick handmade gift, you know. As well as my own quick and easy cross stitch patterns (and don’t forget, there’s 25% off them before they disappear), there are a few places I’d recommend to hit up, if you’re of the […]
Well, that was rather a longer hiatus than I anticipated. The truth is, I’ve been at work for most of the last 2 months, bashing my head metaphorically against a brick wall of despair. Whoever said a career in broadcasting was glamorous was off their tiny rocker. In the intervening times, I have closed The […]