Making Money Cross Stitching & Crafting

I’m constantly on the hunt for money saving tips and small business ideas. I can’t begin to list all the hours I’ve spent online searching through spammy offers or just wishing I could come up with one perfect business idea that I could start that could be started on a budget.

The experts say, “To do what you love and the money will follow.” I wasn’t always sure that I subscribed to this way of thinking because I never felt like I was good at very much when it came to art and crafts. So, I started by making a list of things I am good at and or those things that maybe I wanted to learn to do. In a previous post I mentioned that I am not good at cross stitching and that is still true. But, I am however good at quilting and crocheting.
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May Ornament Club Pattern

MayOrnamentPreviewThis was a little more than a two-for-one deal and it’s quickly becoming a favorite for this year’s ornament club. The chart includes options for a monogram letter or the year 2013, but instead of providing a separate alphabet I charted each letter as a full ornament so you don’t have to mess around with placement or anything like that, unless of course you want to get creative and squeeze in extra letters.

Order January 2013 Ornament PatternIf you missed the club registration deadline you can still purchase the PDF file of this pattern individually right here for $2.75.
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Friends Welcome is Chart of the Week

friends-welcome“Friends welcome, relatives by appointment.”

This Friends Welcome pattern comes from one of our STNA contributors, Kelly, aka Stitchnmomma, and can be found in her Etsy shop. It’s a fun lighthearted piece with a stitch count of 70w x 90h. While you’re visiting her shop you can also pick up some of her new hand dyed fabrics, she has some vibrant amazing colors available right now.

Happy Stitching!

Celtic October is Chart of the Week

Celtic-October-Vickery-Collection-Cross-StitchI love all things Autumn, not just pumpkins and fun Halloween designs. It’s my absolute favorite time of the year, from September right through to December.

This chart caught my eye this week with the bright Autumn colors and, of course, the knotwork accents. So pretty!

Celtic October by Vickery Collection. Stitch count is 140w x 200h, and from what I can tell the model is stitched on white aida using DMC threads. Such an amazing use of color here, I honestly expected to find a list of specialty threads and overdyed floss, but according to the floss list those are standard DMC. Autumn colors are just the best ~ they don’t need any doctoring up ;-)

Okay, enough gushing about my love of Autumn.
Click here to get the chart and threads for this design.

The Beatles Silhouettes Cross Stitch Pattern – Saturday Night Etsy Find

So when I’m waiting on files to upload/download, when I’m bored or procrastinating on doing something I should really be doing, or just being random, I often find myself browsing Etsy for new and interesting things, independent designers, and crafty folks having fun. I love Etsy.

This is a fun Beatles cross stitch pattern from Kaplio


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