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British Craft Awards 2017 and stitching news

Hi everyone, I have always been a Prairie Schooler fan, I just love the cute designs, this one was a quick stitch that I took with me on the flight to England last week, the little pouch for the threads and scissors came in really handy. I am not sure how I am going to finish this yet but I am pleased with how it looks.

British Craft Awards 2017
I went to the British Craft Awards last week, I had a fabulous time but I cannot announce the winner as I think I should allow the winner to do that herself, suffice to say it was no surprise as she is a very talented stitcher. 
I met Ruth the editor  from the World of Cross Stitching Magazine which was one of the highlights of the evening for me, it was funny because I said “oh you may not remember me but I am Lynn from Happiness is Cross Stitching blog” and she laughed and said “of course I do, we read your blog in the office”! Well that was a nice moment for me, its kinda funny when the blog world becomes reality, it is a bit surreal too because I was seeing faces that I had only ever seen on the internet and you feel like you know them very well, when in fact you have only read their blogs.
I saw lots of faces I “knew” but was a bit too shy to approach them, maybe if I ever get chance to attend again I will be brave!  Lol……  
Thankyou for voting for me, I got the chance to see lots of “famous faces” and it was a real treat, and I could not have been there without your kind votes, it was an honour to be there.
Stitching news

I have made another project bag and I can also show you a couple of gifts that I made.
I have had this fabric in my stash for a long time but it was perfect for my latest project bag.
This is my favorite side of the bag 
I delivered this gift last week, the recipient loved it!
My sister lived in North Carolina for a few years,  so I decided to make her this cross stitch for Christmas, it was a real quick stitch, you can purchase this pattern and many other maps  here in England, it is by one of my favourite designers,  Sue Hillis designs.  
 I also stitched the address under North Carolina but erased it for the blog post
I finished stitching the free Spring design, hopefully I should get time to do the Winter design for next Freebie Friday.  
I can be found on Pinterest here and on Ravelry and Instagram as stitchingfairy.
Until next time, happy stitching!

Best Wishes and Happy Stitching.
Lynn B


  1. February 28, 2017 / 8:51 am

    Love, love your beautiful project bags – they are adorable!! Your PS stitched piece is one of my favorites. Love it. Happy stitching and thanks for sharing your wonderful talents.

  2. February 28, 2017 / 8:51 am

    I just love your sweet stitching, Lynn! The little girl covering herself and her dog from the rain is adorable! And what a great bag–I can see why you fell in love with that fabric–how sweet. I didn't know your sister lived here in the States! We vacation each summer in North Carolina for a week–it is about a 10 hour drive for us. I look forward to seeing your winter Freebie–I'm sure it will be a cutie 🙂

    Hope you have a wonderful month ahead–can hardly believe February is almost over!

  3. February 28, 2017 / 8:51 am

    I am glad you enjoyed the awards show. I couldn't make it because I don't drive it would have involved an over night stay. It would have been so much fun to see everyone and put faces to names.
    I haven't heard who won the blog category so I'm guessing it wasn't me. No-one has delivered a cut glass trophy either!
    Do you know how we find the results out? I thought they would at least email me to let me know.

  4. February 28, 2017 / 8:51 am

    Glad you had a good time at the awards last week…..wish I could have been there too. It would have been nice to meet you in person….and all the other people that you get to know through blogging etc.
    The fabric for your bag is adorable! I love your finishing for your free patterns, they are wonderful.

  5. February 28, 2017 / 8:51 am

    Congratulations again on being nominated for a British Craft Award. Glad to hear you had a wonderful evening. As always your cross stitching is amazing! Love your project bag…..fantastic material.

  6. February 28, 2017 / 8:51 am

    I love your craft bag, the fabric are so nice.
    And the map you have cross stitching are so beautiful, very nice,
    I hope your week be nice.

  7. February 28, 2017 / 8:51 am

    Congratulations on your nomination! That sounds like a really fun trip.
    I love everything you have made but your latest project bag is absolutely gorgeous!

  8. February 28, 2017 / 8:51 am

    Dear Lynn,
    I am sorry you didn't win the British Craft Award, but for me you are the winner!
    Thank you so much for your beautiful blog, your lovely patterns and the inspiration you bring me.
    It must have been great to mingle with all the famous bloggers and others. How nice to read that you were recognized! (Sorry don't know how to write that…the same counts for 'mingle' *Ü*)
    You have beautiful presents in this blogmessage, but the projectbag is the most of all: what a great fabric you have used!!
    Greetings again

  9. February 28, 2017 / 8:51 am

    Beautiful work – seeing your work is always so enjoyable. I am glad you enjoyed the British Craft Awards – what a treat that must have been!!

  10. February 28, 2017 / 8:51 am

    Hi, Lynn! Another beautiful post full of inspiration.

  11. February 28, 2017 / 8:51 am

    Oh Lynn, your project bags are pretty. Your PS stitch is cute. What sweet gifts you have made! Thank you for sharing about the award show. 🙂

  12. February 28, 2017 / 8:51 am

    As usual your stitching is wonderful. Sounds like your trip to the awards was fun and exciting.

  13. February 28, 2017 / 8:51 am

    It sounds like you had a great time at the craft awards,being nominated is a fantastic achievement, your blog and stitching do make great reading as well as the lovely free stitching you generously share.
    I love the map you stitched for your sister.The detail is amazing and I love Voilà bien 🙂

  14. March 4, 2017 / 8:03 pm

    Congratulations, sounds like you had a fun time at the awards show!
    Your gifts looks wonderful, I'm sure they'll be treasured. I've made Maryland before, but I think I might make it again for myself.
    I love your project bag, the fabric is perfect!

  15. March 4, 2017 / 8:03 pm

    Such beautiful projects and presentation, Lynn. Congrats on your nomination.

  16. March 29, 2017 / 10:49 am

    How fun! It sounds like you had a great time! Love the bag 🙂

  17. March 29, 2017 / 10:49 am

    Love your project bag! The fabric so pretty. Congrats on the nomination, truly deserved. Love the Prairie schooler piece too.