Friday, 31 July 2015

Society6 new products


Just wanted to share some of the new products I have got listed in my Society6 store. I've got a great range of art prints and have just started listing throw pillow, bags, mugs and clocks.

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Spoonflower design competition - goats

Do you know Spoonflower? It's a great website which allows you to design and print your own fabric. It is also a great place to shop for unique and original designed fabric as many of the designers list their work in their own little store. I have a store on Spoonflower and would love it if you took a look.

They also run a weekly design competition and I love to take part as it often make me design things I wouldn't normally draw.

This weeks theme is Goats. This is the brief from Spoonflower:
'Goats are leading the cute clickbait on the internet these days. The way goats bounce and jump in their fits of joy has captivated all of us at one time or another. Take this opportunity to create a restricted palette goat design to illustrate your interpretation of goats with the colors dark green (#0F310C), emerald green (#4A8E35), grey (#B4B5AA), light yellow (#F9F78D), mustard (#EDE442). Black and white are optional.'

Spoonflower design competition - goats

I found this one particularly hard as most of the goats I drew looked evil, I think it's something to do with the positioning of their eyeball, but in the end I was happy with my design. Using the limited pallet was a good challenge for me as well as I don't often choose such muted tones.
What do you think?
If you like my design please pop over to Spoonflower and vote for me. The voting opens today.

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Redbubble store

I have been working on some new surface pattern designs recently and have just opened a new store at Redbubble. I really like the format and have found it easy to upload and curate my work on the store. I hope to continue adding new designs and I am currently working on some seasonal stuff. I'd love it if you took a look.



Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Superhero smoothie recipes

Last week it was the start of the summer holidays. We try to have a theme for each week at home, with focused activities, perhaps a trip and some themed food. I have been getting into having smoothies for breakfast since my diagnosis. The boys often have a small glass too, so we thought we would include these in our superhero theme. All the smoothies are gluten, wheat and lactose free. They are all suitable for vegetarian and vegan diets.
These were our favorites from the week.

Hulk smoothie
Hulk smoothie

Make one very large glass.
You will need

  • One banana
  • Two kiwis
  • A small bunch of grapes
  • One tablespoon of soy Yogurt
  • One cup of Unsweetened almond milk.



  1. Peel the banana and kiwis. 
  2. Wash the grapes.
  3. Place in a blender with the yogurt and almond milk.
  4. Blend until smooth.


Best enjoyed straight away. If you want a more chilled smoothie use a banana that has been peeled, chopped and frozen overnight.

Hulk smoothie
 The next recipe was definitely my favorite from the week. I am totally addicted to the toasted almond butter.
Superman smoothie
 For the Superman smoothie you will need:

  • One banana
  • Four strawberries
  • Half a cup full of raspberries
  • One teaspoon of toasted almond spread
  • One cup of Coconut milk.



  1. Peel the banana.
  2. Wash and hull the strawberries
  3. Wash the raspberries
  4. Place the fruit in a blender with the almond spread and coconut milk
  5. Blend until smooth.
  6. Enjoy straight away and feel like a superhero all day.


Superman smoothie
 This was most popular with the boys and if left for 5 minutes after blending it sets into a jelly smoothie which the boys loved eating with a spoon.
Captain America smoothie. 
For the Captain America smoothie you will need:
  • One banana
  • Three strawberries
  • Half a cup of blueberries
  • One tablespoon of smooth peanut butter
  • One cup of coconut milk.


  1. Peel the banana
  2. Wash and hull the strawberries
  3. Wash the blueberries
  4. Place the fruit in a blender with the peanut butter and the coconut milk.
  5. Blend until smooth.
  6. Enjoy straight away or leave for five minutes until set and eat with a spoon.


Captain America smoothie


Monday, 27 July 2015

Free cross stitch chocolate chip muffin PDF pattern

Free cross stitch chocolate chip muffin PDF pattern
 How about stitching up this delicious treat? It would look great in a kitchen or a cafe or perhaps even on a bag. Happy stitching.

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Spoonflower competition, National parks

Do you know Spoonflower? It's a great website which allows you to design and print your own fabric. It is also a great place to shop for unique and original designed fabric as many of the designers list their work in their own little store. I have a store on Spoonflower and would love it if you took a look.

They also run a weekly design competition and I love to take part as it often make me design things I wouldn't normally draw.

The latest competition is entitled National Parks. This had a bit of an American slant on it and I had to do some research on it before I came up with a good idea. My idea uses some of the most recognizable imagery from the American national parks and the final design makes me think of vintage boys bed linen.

Spoonflower competition, National parks

What do you think?
If you like my design please pop over to Spoonflower and vote for me. The voting opens today.

Monday, 20 July 2015

Free cross stitch doughnut PDF pattern

Free cross stitch doughnut PDF pattern
 Who doesn't like a doughnut? Dough not ask me! Click on the read more link to download your free copy of this pattern.

Friday, 17 July 2015

Spoonflower shop

Have you checked out my spoonflower shop recently?
I have got some great new designs listed. If you ever want a custom design created or like something but want different colours, please feel free to message me and I will see what I can do. 
I am also available for freelance design work, contact me to see the full range of my portfolio. 


 

 


Monday, 13 July 2015

Orange butterfly cross stitch thank you card

Orange butterfly cross stitch thank you card

I must admit I haven't done much blogging recently. I have been busy working hard on my design work, both my cross stitch and textile designs. I have been stitching up samples and working with my new design software. I have just launched two new stores on Redbubble and Society 6. So I only thought it fair that I give you a quick update on my stitching. Don't forget if you like my stitching style you can follow me on Instagram as I tend to put more WIP pics on there.

Monday, 6 July 2015

Spoonflower Design competition - What's in your bag.

Do you know Spoonflower? It's a great website which allows you to design and print your own fabric. It is also a great place to shop for unique and original designed fabric as many of the designers list their work in their own little store. I have a store on Spoonflower and would love it if you took a look.

They also run a weekly design competition and I love to take part as it often make me design things I wouldn't normally draw.

The latest competition is entitled Whats in your bag. My interpretation was my mum bag. It has everything in it and somethings that really should be in the the bin. Loose raisins, an old straw, a lipstick (hardly ever used), keys, a toy car, old crayons etc. It made me chuckle to think about drawing the contents of my bag.


What do you think?
If you like my design please pop over to Spoonflower and vote for me. The voting opens today.

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Construction Birthday party

For my youngest's birthday we decided to have a 'bob the builder' party. He is absolutely mad on it from the things we had kept from my eldest when he was younger. But when it cam to doing his birthday we hit a brick wall as much of the merchandise is now not longer available because Bob is being re-branded and updated.
Construction Birthday party
So we came up with a construction inspired birthday and it turned out to be really simple to put together. I made a building site cake with chocolate raisins rubble and added a few little toys (washed) to finish it off.
Then to dress the table I raided the toy box again. As a center piece I used a crane and then used dumper trucks and diggers to hold some of the snacks. It only took about and hour to put together and I was pleased that it pulled the theme together.
Construction Birthday party
You fancy doing a construction party too. There are some great ideas on my Bob the builder Pinterest board.
               Follow Ruth Cartwright's board bob the builder on Pinterest.  

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