About Loretta

Stitcher from a young age. Mom of four amazing boys. Wife to the comic book geek who makes me smile every day. Transcriptionist by trade. Gluten-free by necessity. Writer at heart. Dreamer of big colorful creative dreams.

12 Zodiac Block Sets – Special Preorder Price

If you just want to stitch your own Zodiac sign, then the individual files are your best choice. If you want to stitch them all together as a sampler, stitch a few for gifts, or maybe even make some family ornaments, then this combo pack will save you 50% off the cost of purchasing each Zodiac individually.

We’re half way there with the Zodiac pattern series. So far the Zodiac signs that are ready include Gemini, Leo, Aries, Capricorn, Virgo, and Aquarius – and those are all available through my Craftsy shop.

I’ve had a few people write and tell me that they’re waiting until the end to pick up the entire series all at one time. I have a bit of a special offer if you’d like to preorder the full 12 pattern sets in advance. This is only available for a short time, I’ll be closing the offer on August 7th.

If purchased individually the full set of Zodiac patterns at the single introductory price would be $35.88. If you’d like to preorder the full set of Zodiac signs and receive all of the patterns you can do that for the discounted price of $12.00 (that’s one dollar per Zodiac)

Order Zodiac Pattern Set for $12
Click here to reserve your pattern set for only $12 now.

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Pattern Pick of the Day: Oblivion

Oblivion colorful fractal cross stitch pattern from StitchXI love these colorful fractal patterns by StitchX, always so pretty. You can see this one over on Craftsy.

This pattern uses 90 DMC thread colors and the stitch count is 400 x 400, but don’t be intimidated by the numbers, every stitch is worth it :)

Enjoy & Happy Stitching!

Flaming Floral Sunshine Pattern

Flaming Floral Sunshine Cross Stitch Pattern in Coral Red

Pattern Available at Craftsy
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Aquarius Zodiac Blocks

Aquarius (♒) Friendly, outgoing and intellectual, Aquarius is always brimming with great ideas and fun conversation. Plus, they’re ever-willing to lend an ear or a helping hand. Aquarius is symbolized by the Water-Bearer, though it’s actually an Air sign.

Aquarius Zodiac Blocks for Cross Stitch and Blackwork

Pattern Available at Craftsy
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Each block in the series is 45 x 45 stitches so they can be used together or individually and be interchangeable. On their own they’re the perfect size for an ornament, a card, or a scented sachet. You can group several symbols together for a family sampler or stitch all 12 for an annual sampler. So many stitchy possibilities to explore and have fun with.
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Coloring Animal Mandalas on a Rainy Saturday

Working from home and meeting people online over the years has brought many interesting and amazing people into my life, and for that I am very grateful. When one of those people accomplishes a goal, I’m excited to be there to watch it happen and I’m ready to cheer them on.

Wendy Piersall is one of those people. Wendy is a talented artist and a fun blogger to follow. Her first coloring book came out in October, Coloring Animal Mandalas and of course I bought it right away.

The book was a beautiful success. She has two more books out now, a fourth one that you can preorder!

I enjoy coloring as a nice break from everything; it provides the same stress relief feeling that stitching provides me and it gives my brain a break because I don’t have to count or check a pattern. (Though, while we were coloring Ethan did suggest these mandalas would make cool cross stitch patterns, and I certainly agree with that… we’ll stick a pin in that idea for later.)

Coloring Animal Mandalas

A magical thing happened when I got out the colored pencils and sat down at the table on a rainy Saturday evening. Ethan shut off the television. Lucas hooked his iPod up to the soundbar speaker. Noah came out of him room. And we were all coloring together. Next thing we knew it was 2:30 in the morning ~ oops!

Coloring Animal Mandalas

They were actually still coloring when I went to bed! and making plans for what to color next, and thinking about how they could design their own coloring books, and talking about getting new markers and colored pencils on our next trip to Michael’s for sketch books and supplies. :)

Coloring Animal Mandalas

Virgo Zodiac Blocks

It’s time for the next pattern release in the Zodiac Blocks series, and Virgo is ready to go.

Virgo (♍) a loving, loyal, and true friend you can always count on. As an earth sign, Virgo’s colors are blues, tans, browns, and greens, which are very soothing to the sign’s anxious temperament.

Virgo Zodiac Cross Stitch and Blackwork Patterns

Pattern Available at Craftsy
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Each block in the series is 45 x 45 stitches so they can be used together or individually and be interchangeable. On their own they’re the perfect size for an ornament, a card, or a scented sachet. You can group several symbols together for a family sampler or stitch all 12 for an annual sampler. So many stitchy possibilities to explore and have fun with.
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Giveaway: Win a Free Zodiac Block Pattern

You have all weekend to enter to win your choice of any Zodiac block set … even if it hasn’t been released yet. Entering is easy peasy, you can leave a comment, share a tweet, or visit us on Facebook.

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I’ll choose and announce five winners Tuesday when the weekly newsletter goes out. If the Zodiac sign you want isn’t released yet, that’s okay, I’ll send it to you as soon as it’s ready and you’ll be first in line.
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Stitching a Fine Thread Between Hobby and Insanity

Any crafter can tell you that it is a very fine thread between the boundaries of hobby, obsession, and complete craft insanity.

stitching a fine thread between hobby and insanity tee shirt preview

This fun shirt design is available via teespring until July 28th.
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