Monday, 20 April 2015

Twenty to Make ~ Mini Cross Stitch ~ Book Review

by Michael Powell

ISBN: 9781844486571
Publisher: Search Press
Publication Date: 09 April 2013
RRP:  £4.99

Available direct from Search Press


The "Twenty to Make" range
is a range of books that offers
fantastic value for money.

Each of the designs by accompanied by a full-colour chart, key and general instructions.

They bring together a varied collection each
with Michael's unique and popular look.

Each of them has a different theme
and are quick and easy to make.

Each of Michael's unique, quirky contemporary designs measures approximately 3½ x 3½in (9 x 9cm), 
though the designs come in a variety of formats 
and include tall, narrow designs as well as borders. 
All the designs can be worked on 14-count Aida or evenweave fabric. 

They would be fantastic for bookmarks,
cards or a group of small pictures.

Each of the designs are easy to follow
and the instructions help you to get the 
required look.

It's a really enjoyable book
with beautiful designs for you to create.
There's a broad range of subjects to choose from, 
including country cottages, flowers, hearts, 
and festive Christmas trees, so whatever the occasion, there is bound to be a design that suits it perfectly.

I received the book to review. 
However all opinions expressed are my own.
Affiliate links are included on the post.
No monies were exchanged.

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Twenty to Make ~ Crocheted Beanies ~ Review & UK Giveaway

by Frauke Kiedaisch

ISBN:  9781782210009
Publisher: Search Press
Publication Date: 04 September 2013
RRP: £4.99

Available Direct from Search Press


I love the twenty to make range of books.
They offer fantastic value for amazing 
how to's.

Crocheted Beanies is a fantastic addition
to the range.

Personally I would classify them as slouchies
rather than beanies.
This shouldn't however detract from the fantastic designs
held within the book.

There is a good range in the designs and they cover
most crocheter levels from beginner up.
Some of the designs are in written format and a couple
are in chart format.
I love the use of different materials, techniques
and styles to create such a varying design
of hats.

I had never followed a chart but even I
found it easy enough to make one of the hats
I really like this book and have already
chosen another hat to make for a friend.

I decided to make as my first project the
Filet Fun hat.

It was a really fun easy hat to make and I love the design.
I love the added touch of the flower design as well.
It adds that little something extra to the hat.

Overall this book offers amazing value for money.
You get a varied amount of designs for such a small price.
If you want to crochet a hat then
this is a fantastic book for you.

Now to the fun part
One lucky UK follower 
will win a copy
of the book

I received the book to review. 
However all opinions expressed are my own.
Affiliate links are included on the post.
No monies were exchanged.

Saturday, 18 April 2015

1000 Mini Cross Stitch Motifs ~ Book Review & Giveaway

by Sharon Welch

ISBN: 9781844488940
Publisher: Search Press
Publication Date: 29 August 2013
RRP: £9.99

Available Direct from Search Press


I'm new to cross stitch and this book has been
invaluable since I got it.

The book has everything you need
whether new to crochet or not.
The book starts with;
  • Materials
  • How to Start
  • Using the Charts
  • Stitches
  • Project Help

And then it goes on to give you all the 
motif diagrams.

The instructions are easy to follow and have
useful pictures and photos to help you on your way.

If you aren't new to cross-stitch then don't worry
the book is jam packed with motifs.
You can either use them individually
or put them together to make beautiful pictures.

They can be used in so many different ways.
Creating everything from cards to personlised 
clothes and bags.

Every subject possible is covered;
  • Animals
  • Around the World
  • At Home
  • Babies
  • Birds
  • Birthdays
  • Cakes & Cooking
  • Camping
  • Cars & Trucks
  • Cats & Dogs
  • Christmas
  • Dinosaurs
  • Easter
  • Elves
  • Gardens
  • Halloween
  • Hearts
  • Hospital
  • Houses
  • Knit & Spin
  • Makeup
  • Mermaids
  • Music
  • People
  • People at Work
  • Playtime
  • Rabbits
  • Safari
  • School
  • Seaside
  • Sewing
  • Shopping
  • Teddy Bears
  • Tools
  • Wedding
  • Zodiac

With so much covered you are sure to find something for
every occasion and every theme.

The diagrams are easy to follow and 
are a really good size.
I decided for my first motif I would
try and make my niece an Easter Card.

I made a mistake with the right hand wing
but that was just the brain fog and not the pattern.
I really enjoyed making it and it was really
easy to follow the chart.
I loved the design and will be making
loads more in the book for other occasions.

If you cross stitch then this book
is a fantastic addition to your library.
It's one you'll use time and again.

Available Direct from Search Press


Now for the fun part.
One UK follower can win a copy of the book.

Good Luck!!!

I received the book to review. 
However all opinions expressed are my own.
Affiliate links are included on the post.
No monies were exchanged.

Friday, 17 April 2015

LifeWell 3 Piece Ergonomic Garden Tool Set ~ Product Review

Life Well
3 Piece Ergonomic Garden Tool Set


Quality just sometimes shouts out!

With have pheriphal neuopathy I have to be
careful how much I use my hands and how
much stress I put on them.

I no longer have to worry with gardening
as these fantastic quality ergonomic 
garden tool set
means that any work I do isn't aggravated
but the shape of the tools.

Each of the handles are shaped so that you have an easy
place to place your thumb 
and it's even shaped on the back to place your fingers.
I had to alter my grip slightly as my hands are small
but apart from that there wasn't an issue.

The tools are also shaped so that they aren't straight.
They are angled at the angle you would use them with.
This means there is less strain when you are using them.

The rake is fantastic, it's so easy to use
and it really does grip the soil and plants (weeds).
Family and friends have been very interested in the 
tools since I received them.

Everyone has been pleasantly surprised 
with the quality of the tools!
They are made out of high quality polished aluminum.
This means they won't rust 
and they also have a lifetime guarantee.
What more could you ask for in a product.
I love the bright and dark colours as it means 
they show up easily and they are less likely to get lost.

Overall I would said a high quality product 
that you will be using for years to come!


I received the product to review. 
However all opinions expressed are my own.
Affiliate links are included on the post.
No monies were exchanged.

Premium TRANSFER PAPER Tape ~ Product Review

Craft Transfer Paper


0.5cm by 2.4M (12in. x 8ft.) 
Roll with GRID for even cutting

As a frugal paper crafter 
it is a bonus for me to get a lovely paper positive 
and a substantial negative stencil - 
as well as the stand alone die cut vinyl
embellishment from one item.  

This is a great addition to my craft.  
I used an Ebosser but would work just as well 
with a manual die cutting machine.

Vinyl has memory, which means it will roll
back to it's original position.
It has improved stability and "cutting".

The transfer paper is 3 mll thick
which makes it a more premium product.

It is made to be used more indoors than outdoors.

It's great to use for home decor, weddings,
scrapbooking, stencilling, papercrafting,
signs, windows, glasses, tiles and so much more.

Transfer tape means that if you cut out a vinyl design
you can then easily transfer it onto your surface.
The lines means that you can get everything straight
and then you rub the vinyl and pull of the transfer tape
and presto it's all transferred so that 
you don't have to worry about aligning your design.

If you have a cutting machine
why not cut out your name or any design you prefer.
Take away the excess vinyl.
The add your transfer tape so that the design is straight.

You can then take the vinyl off the backing paper.
Place it on the required surface.
Rub your design.
Pull of the design and you are left with a professional design and none of the hassle.
No more using lines and markings to put everything straight,
just use your transfer tape with the grid lines.

If you use a lot of vinyl products then
this is well worth buying.
You'll wonder how you lived without it.


I received the book to review. 
However all opinions expressed are my own.
Affiliate links are included on the post.
No monies were exchanged.

I've Made Friday Week 147

Good Morning everyone!
I hope your week is going well.
I hope you are looking forward to the weekend.

Little Red has been back at school
and things are starting to get back to normal.
The sun has been shinning again
and the world seems a nicer place when it does.

I've decided to start avoiding the news as much.
There is so much horror in the world today
that I feel I can't do anything to change
that I think for me I'm going to have to give it a break.
It's strange I love watching true murder stories
(as long as they don't involve kids or animals)
but the horror that is on the news at the moment
is really starting to affect me.
It just seems the world isn't as nice a place anymore.

On a positive note. I'm finding things
in my daily life to feel positive about more and more.
As a person who suffers from CFS (M.E.) and fibromyaglia
the heaviness and darkness can take over.
I'm trying a new tatic and trying to find as much
things to be happy about as possible.
Even stopping for 30 seconds to watch the magpie
building his first nest over the road is making
me smile so much.
When the winds were really strong it kept falling
to pieces but now the weather is nice it's
getting bigger and looking more like a proper nest.
He looks so proud of himself each time he makes
it a little bigger.

I'm afraid I haven't actually got
anything finished this week.
With getting back off holiday and Little Red
having tons going on my things have taken
2nd place.
Plus it was my mums birthday on Tuesday
so she came to our house for tea
and hubby made us all roast chicken dinner :-).

This weeks finish that I do have is actually
Little Red's.
He had to make (as part of his homework)
a scene about Easter.
He had to research the Easter story,
pick a part of it and make a scene
or make a story board about it.
He decided he would make the scene out of Lego.

He decided to make the scene where when they go to the cave
the rock has been rolled away and Jesus isn't inside.
He has the crosses on the hill to show
that he was crucified on the cross.

I don't think he did quite a good job.
I helped a little with the cave
but he mostly did it himself.

I still haven't got any reads for you this week
either.  I've started one so I should have more
details for you on Wednesday and I might
get it read for next week.

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