Monday 25 September 2017

Joy with Every Stitch - Share the Joy Linky

Majority of the time my days are filled with focusing on keeping my children happy and safe or thinking about ways to make money to release some financial pressure off my husband and myself.  Although this past week, I have been taking some time to focus on one of my favourite hobbies of cross stitching. My mother creates beautiful pieces of embroidery with very complex stitches while cross stitching is my favourite past time. My first cross stitched piece was done as an art project in high school. I must admit that attention to detail was not my greatest strength while in high school so I would stitch the pattern during the day and then my mother would sweetly unstitch and fix the messy sections at night. I rediscovered and properly learned to cross stitch while my son was a baby and was a simple creative project while he napped. 

This week, I was inspired to create a Halloween themed cross stitch piece. I am not brave enough to design my own patterns yet so I often purchase a pattern from Etsy. This week's pattern was from RedBear Design.  I will normally purchase a pattern for the design instructions and then change the thread colours or alter the design a little bit. As I was working on the Halloween design, there was request by my husband and daughter to remove the skulls and replace with cheerful pumpkins.

I enjoy counting the stitches and watching as a design slowing appears with each stitch. My daughter loves coming home from school to see what new elements I completed while she was away. She sweetly asked me if I was going to sell my current cross stitch project but the answer is "no" and that is part of the joy.  I enjoy that there is no pressure to make the back of the cross stitch look perfectly neat and I often find that I have missed a stitch or created an accidental knot in the thread. I should finished this week and will update this post with a photo.  If you want to try cross stitching, comment below so I can give you some encourage and I would suggest subscribing to RedBear Club where you will get free patterns monthly. 

This week, I am hosting the Share the Joy Linky! Thank you everyone that linked up their Share The Joy posts over at Virtually All Sorts last week.  I enjoyed everyone's posts but especially blog post by Pen of The Single Swan with her "Autumn Pep Talk" and Laurie of Vanity and Me with her makeup review and Autumn Fashion preview.


Share the Joy is the happiness-focused linky.  Bloggers, writers, artists, poets, if creating something made you laugh out loud, opened your heart, raised your spirits or just made you smile – you’re welcome here.

1) Link up a creation that has brought you JOY – all genres are welcome, new or old favourites and as many links as you like!

2) Include the Share the Joy badge (below) or a text link back to this page in your own post.

3) Please comment on one of our hosts’ posts and a few others. Let’s Share the JOY through commenting!

A new "Share the Joy" linky every Monday and runs for a whole week, so you’ll never be too late. And don’t forget to tweet me @LadybugHome1 and also @lizzie_roles , @AllSortsHere and @SpiritKidNet the URL to your post using the hashtag #ShareTheJoyLinky so we can retweet it.

Feel free to invite your friends to join in – JOY is always better when it’s shared!
Share The Joy Linky @ Ladybug Home



  1. Tank you for hosting.I haven't done cross stitch for years! I might have to oick it up again, I remember how relaxing it can be xx

    1. Thank you for linking up this week. Looking forward to reading your posts. I used to work of for Laura Ashley. Have a wonderful week!

  2. Thanks for hosting and have a wonderful week.

    1. Thank you for linking up. I hope you have a wonderful week too!


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