Loving…cross stitch “LOVE” cushion

I used to enjoy doing cross stitch projects when I was at school, since they were quite quick and easy to do.  However the repertoire of inspiration for projects was somewhat limited.  Since the revival of hand crafts over the last few years, I’ve spotted some “cooler” cross stitch projects.  I fell in love with these “Hug” and “Kiss” tapestry cushion kits from Emily Peacock.

I couldn’t really afford the kits, and I would prefer more subtle colours, so I decided to hunt for a similar pattern.  I was so pleased when I found this free pattern from Felicity Hall.  I chose pale greens, blues and greys to go with our bedroom colour scheme, and I used an evenweave fabric rather than traditional cross-stitch fabric.  When I was done, my mom was kind enough to sew it up into a beautiful cushion.  I’m not a big embroiderer or sewer, but this proved to be a relatively simple project with great results.  I recently read an article that calls these “bossy cushions”, since they instruct us to “live” or “laugh” or “love” – I’ll never think of them the same way again!

Remember to grab the pattern here if you want to make your own!

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Loving…gifts in a jar

Looking for some gift-giving inspiration?  I love the idea of buying a Mason jar and filling it with pretty and useful things.  There are also loads of recipes-in-a-jar ideas all over the internet, perfect for a house-warming or thank-you gifts.  Laurie from Tip Junkie has compiled an awesome list of ideas and recipes, so make sure to head on over to check them out.  Here are some of my favourites.

Salted Caramel Sauce from Recipe Girl

Cowgirl Cookies from Bakerella

Pancake Mix from GoodLife Eats

Lavender Bath Salts by Garden Therapy

Quickbread by Tip Junkie

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Loving…making necklaces

I’ve been inspired by the pretty pastel colours coming into the stores for Spring, so I decided to make some colour necklaces.  The beads are painted wooden beads, and the chain is adjustable so it can be worn long or short.  I quite like the way they came out, what do you think?

If you live in South Africa you can design and buy your own wooden bead necklace at Cute as a Button.  You can choose your own colour combinations, so the options are limitless!  Here are some of my favourites.