LoveCrafts? I’ve got a discount code for you!

A while back I did a profile on LoveKnitting and LoveCrochet. Well, a lot has changed with them lately, so I figured it was time to take another look at one of my favourite online craft shops. (Keep reading for a special discount code!)

LoveKnitting and LoveCrochet have combined together, added a dash of needlework (yes, cross stitch!!), and are now LoveCrafts. You can still find all the great yarns and patterns that used to be part of LoveKnitting and LoveCrochet, and they also now carry DMC floss, cross stitch kits, and lots of other goodies. And, as I understand it, more needlework is on the way.

Lost Souls Shawl

The yarn selection of LoveCrafts is excellent. I’m crocheting up a positively spooky Lost Souls Shawl using a ball of Scheepjes Whirl in Liqourice Yumyum that I bought from LoveCrafts. How awesome will this shawl look with tessellating skulls ranging from black at the bottom to white along the top? (You can get my favourite crochet hooks from LoveCrafts too–Clover Soft Touch.)

I’m probably most excited about the new needlework section. Cross stitch is my first love, and I’m always so happy to find new places to buy awesome cross stitch kits. LoveCrafts carries tons of DMC kits, which can be hard to find in North America. I’ve already added a couple of kits to my cart in anticipation of my next order.

And, speaking of orders, LoveCrafts has given me a discount code to share with all of you. From now until August 31st, 2019, use the code LOTUS15 to receive 15% off on all orders of $10+. Make sure to add the code when you check out to get your discount. And, be sure to come back here and let me know what you bought. Yarn, notions, a cross stitch kit?

While you are visiting LoveCrafts, be sure to take a look at the Inspiration tabs in each section. They are full of tutorials, round-up articles, and lots more. LoveCrafts is much more than an online craft shop. It is a crafty community full of ideas.

(LoveCrafts graciously supplied a discount code, but they did not pay me for this post in any way. I do not receive any commission from your purchases. All opinions in this post are my own.)

Halloween Stitching!

During the hottest days of summer all I can think about is the cool fall weather that is just around the corner. And with fall comes my favourite holiday–Halloween! (Of course, if you ask me in December, I’ll say my favourite holiday is Christmas, so…) I’ve been working on a ton of projects over the past few months, but these ones are my favourites.

Mill Hill Halloween Stitching!

First up is the two Mill Hill lanterns. They are from this year’s fall line. They are meant to be finished into magnets, but I haven’t decided yet if I will do that or use them as ornaments for my Halloween tree.

Moonstruck Manor Ornament and Taboo Kitty Ornament

Moonstruck Manor Ornament and Taboo Kitty Ornament

When I first bought them I thought they were the same shape, so I had planned to place them back to back. But, unfortunately, they are a little bit different from each other. That’s okay though! They are very cute, and I hope Mill Hill releases more lanterns for next fall’s lineup.

Tangled Web, designed by Mill Hill

The large piece is Tangled Web, a Buttons & Beads kit from back in 2012. It has been in my stash for a while, and as much as I don’t like spiders, I felt I needed to stitch it up this year. I’ve framed it in one of Mill Hill’s wooden frames, which is the perfect size and perfect colour for this piece.

What are you stitching now? Are you already getting ready for Halloween? How do you feel about spiders? Am I crazy for stitching one? 😉

Next up–another Halloween project and a small surprise from a previous sponsor.

A Fancy Hat

Hello, Stitchy Friends! I found myself running way behind all of last year. So many projects just didn’t get finished on time and so they were left partially planned and totally undone. I wanted to change that this year. Holidays and special events come and go so quickly and it is so important to recognize them.

With that in mind, I got out all the bits and pieces for a big Halloween project that I really, really wanted to have done for last year. It combined lots of different materials and techniques, but mostly involved using my Cricut. I was so afraid I was going to mess it up that I never got started. Isn’t that silly? Instead of just trying it and maybe making a mistake (with materials that I had lots of too), I left everything to sit in the craft closet.

Witch’s Night Out Hat

What do you think? This is my take on a Cricut project called Witch’s Night Out Hat. (Here’s a link to a post on the Official Cricut Facebook page.)

The ribbon is just plain with heat transfer vinyl applied to it. The flowers and spider are all made from paper. I inked the edges of the pink one with a darker pink and the very edges of the purple one with gold ink. I then added feathers, cloth ribbon, and a gold glittered tulle to complete the hat.

I added a skull bead to the centre of the pink flower as a cute little surprise.

The large purple lotus-like flower is my favourite. I think I may make more of it.

If you have a Cricut, this project is listed under “Free for Cricut Explore Air 2”. It uses flowers from the Giant Flowers and Flower Shoppe cartridges.

What projects are you putting off? Or what do you have planned that has a hard deadline? Leave a comment. I’d love to hear all about them!

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween, spooky stitchers! I hope all your little ghosts, goblins, and witches are having a wonderful day. As per usually, its a rainy Halloween day here, but hopefully it will clear up by the evening when all the little monsters go on the hunt for candy.

I’m sure it isn’t a secret that I love Halloween. Sadly, that love isn’t shared by my family, so I don’t go crazy decorating. But, because I love to craft, I can’t help but make a few projects every year. I’ve shared a few of the stitching project I worked on this year already (here, here, and here), so today I’m going to share some other things. (Remember: you can click on any picture to see a larger version.)

I think I’m most proud of this piece, the Boo-tiful Bat Clock from Dreaming Tree. All the of the pieces were cut out on my Cricut Explore Air 2, and then I assembled everything using a lot of glue and some 3d foam squares.

Boo-tiful Bat Clock, designed by Dreaming Tree

The clock movement in it is real, so it actually keeps time. I needed to paint the clock hands though, since I was only able to find a brass movement.

Halloween towels from Embroidery Library

Of course, my kitchen and powder room both needed some new seasonally appropriate towels. The designs are all from Embroidery Library–Jack o’ Lantern Sketch, Stirring Up a Little Magic, and Magical Things are Crafted in this Kitchen. The pumpkin is stitched on a terrycloth towel from goodness knows where, and the kitchen towels are stitched on some Aunt Martha’s flour sack towels. I used Embroidex thread for all three. It is super cheap thread, but it looks great and washes well.

Witch Hat Lace, from Embroidery by TM

This very sweet witch hat was created on my embroidery machine as well. It is Witch Hat Lace from Embroidery by TM. I’m using it as a topper for my little Halloween ornament tree.

Stingy Jack’s Halloween Lanterns, designed by Dreaming Tree

Jumping back to paper crafting: I made these fabulous lanterns from Dreaming Tree. The orange sections are actually tracing paper that has been printed with a design, so they are translucent when a light shines through them. There is a third lantern that completes the set, but I ran out of time before I was able to get to it. The design is called Stingy Jack’s Halloween Lanterns.

And what is Halloween without a little bit of sparkle and shine?

Skull ring from ArtBeads

This over the top cocktail ring was made using a kit from Artbeads. It features my favourite Swarovski bead, the skull, along with several spikes and a generous helping of little flatback gems. It is highly impractical but I love it anyway.

I had so many more projects planned, like an awesome embellished witch hat and more 3d machine embroidery pieces, but Halloween is already upon us. Tomorrow it will be time to turn my thoughts and needles to Christmas projects.

Happy Halloween, stitchy friends!

Smalls SAL – September 2018 Check-In

Oh dear… Somehow it is October already and I missed the Smalls SAL check-in day again. I am so very, very sorry. I have no excuses other than I just forgot. My project was done and waiting to be photographed, but I just kept forgetting to do it. Please accept my apologies.

So, as what is seeming to become the normal, the Smalls SAL is late again. My hope is to not let you down like this again–October’s project is being stitched already and I’ll take a picture ASAP and get the post scheduled. I really appreciate those of you who have stuck with me through all of the nonsense this year.

That said, it is time to get to this month’s smalls! Since Halloween is just around the corner, I figured it would be a good time to stitch another Halloween designs. (I mean, all year is a good time to me, but you know. 😉 )

Hazel Fun Mouse, designed by Just Nan

This month (last month) I stitched Hazel Fun Mouse, the newest Halloween mouse from Just Nan. She is stitched with DMC thread on 32 count Stone Grey Belfast linen. I finished her as per the included instructions, using the super cute witch hat included in the kit. I love these adorable little mice and I can’t wait to stitch a couple more this year for Christmas.

What did you stitch this month? Are you in an autumn sort of mood (pumpkin spice everything!) or maybe spring if you’re down under? Have you been stitching up a storm for Halloween? Or are you already at work on Christmas? I can’t wait to see! Please head down near the bottom of this post and leave a link to your finished small. And remember: for everything month you share a finished project you get one entry into the end of the year draw.

The link list will remain open to new entries until approximately midnight Eastern time on October 9th.

Next Month

The next Smalls SAL check-in will (absolutely, 100%) take place on Friday, October 26th.

Thank you again, so much, for taking part in the Smalls SAL and for your patience.

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