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Cross stitching, a new shawl and an award!

Hi everyone, I have started a new cross stitch this week and caught up with stitching mini cats from my calendar patterns.

I love Country Cottage Needleworks, in particular this pretty pattern that I have had in my stash for quite some time now, I started this a couple of days ago and can’t seem to put it down!

Don’t you just love the colours? I know I do.
Liberty Love by Country Cottage Needleworks
There is quite a bit of white in this design but I am stitching that  last to make sure it stays as clean as possible.
I have also been stitching the mini cats for May and June but I have not had chance to finish those yet, but here they are for you to see the colours of the fabric I will be using.
The purple at the front will be for July, I am hoping to design that over the next couple of days and get that posted on my blog for  next Friday on the 9th June.    
You can get the free patterns from my blog here
A blog award

I was pleased to receive an email this week informing me that I am one of the top cross stitch blogs in the UK at number three, thankyou so much everyone for this honour, I am thrilled!
Apparently you are chosen for the following criteria:
Google reputation and Google search ranking
Quality and consistency of posts 
Feedspots editorial team and expert review.
You can read all about the top ten blogs here
Mmmm not so sure about consistency of posting recently as I have been a bit busy but I aim to get back into posting more frequently when I get my craft room sorted, it is still a mess at the moment because we have not had time to decorate it, but watch this space!  
I was also pleased to be asked to review some labels from the Dutch Label Shop and I must say I really love these! They are of good quality and I highly recommend them. There are lots of labels to choose from, some are iron-on and some are for stitching onto your projects, they also offer hang tags, care labels and size labels.  
In a future post I will be offering a discount code from my blog for any order placed with the Dutch Label Shop so keep a look out for that, in the meantime you can check out their website here  
I have been busy adding a few extra charms and bag pins into my Etsy shop, I love these sewing themed pins, they are so cute!

A shawl finish
Last but not least I finished this shawl, yay!!!
I talk about this shawl in my previous post here where you can get the details of the pattern if you wish. 
This shawl is a delight to wear, it feels so soft as it is made from Alpaca.  

Until next time, happy stitching!
Best Wishes and Happy Stitching.
Lynn B


  1. June 3, 2018 / 1:10 pm

    Your stitching is lovely and the shawl beautiful!

  2. June 3, 2018 / 1:10 pm

    Nice stitching, and colours are really good, like a candy 🙂

  3. June 3, 2018 / 1:10 pm

    I love Liberty Love, so cute. I really adore the happy colors. I might need to stitch this one. 🙂 Your shawl is lovely. It looks cozy. So glad you got the award. I love your blog and always enjoy seeing what you are making. Thanks for the adorable cat designs, too. Wishing you a lovely day. 🙂

  4. June 3, 2018 / 1:10 pm

    Hi Lynn! Congratulations on the award! Well deserved I believe! I'm in the process of stitching June of the 2018 Mini Cat Calendar series – got a big behind with having to make 3 small projects/ornaments as gifts for the month of May. Lynn, I can't seem to find the polka-dot fabric you are using for finishing – especially not the color for January, that electric blue. Would you be able to share a source for the polka-dot fabric? Looking forward to the July chart soon! ~Barbara

  5. June 3, 2018 / 1:10 pm

    Congratulations on your blog award. It's well deserved. Love the shawl. It LOOKS soft and cuddly.

  6. June 17, 2018 / 6:00 pm

    Congratulations on your well-deserved award! I love your blog. The CCN design is gorgeous, I love designs like this that can be broken down into little sections to stitch. So pretty. And your shawl is stunning.

  7. June 17, 2018 / 6:04 pm

    What a great start, those colours are very pretty! Of course I love your cats, I really need to start them. Thank you for sharing.
    Congratulations on your award, what fun!
    Your shawl is gorgeous, wear is proudly.

  8. July 1, 2018 / 11:21 am

    Hi Lynn, fantastic news about your award well done, you share so much with us. I love the pins and your shawl is lovely nice colours to.
    I am catching up with the calendar sort of, I have nearly finished April so I will get stuck into it.

    Hugs Julie.C xx

  9. July 1, 2018 / 11:21 am

    Congrats to a most deserving winner – your blog and your work is always sheer perfection!

  10. July 1, 2018 / 11:21 am

    Lynn: Congratulations on the Award what an honor, I am lucky to be a follower of yours.
    Your shawl is stunning, the colors are lovely and of course the different stitch’s in it.
    You new design stitch is very sweet, I love that designer.
    After I get done with this project I am working on I need to start stitching the cats, they are so cute and sweet.