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Looking for a lighter me?

No, I’m not talking about weight here.  I’m talking hair color.

For many years, all 37 of them in fact, I have been unhappy with my hair.  Recently, though, I decided that I would like to try a lighter shade.  This is easier said than done as I have red hair.   Red hair is notoriously hard to change, as I have found out over the years.  Black dye makes it turn brown, a deep burgundy shade just makes it a slightly darker red.  And even this is only achievable by leaving the dye on 3 times longer than recommended on the packet.  To be honest, a darker shade doesn’t really suit me as I have very pale skin.

What’s a girl to do?  This year, I decided to take advantage of the bleaching effects of the California sun.  After all, if I leave my stitching out in the sun, it would fade the colors, so, what about hair?  I was onto something here.  A friend suggested using lemons and sunlight to lighten hair.  I would give it a try.

Apparently, you squeeze some lemons, put the juice in your hair and sit in the sun for about an hour.  Then, when you wash out the sticky lemon juice, and dry your hair, it will be a shade lighter.  I did some reading online before attempting this, as it’s not exactly reversible, and I didn’t want to end up with platinum blonde streaks in my hair.  The online advice was to dilute the lemon juice slightly and then spray it onto the hair with a spritzer until damp.  Then you sit in direct sunlight for an hour.

Let’s be honest, there’s only so much direct California sun a redhead like me should be sitting in, even with SPF 30 on my skin.  I had to be very careful.  I have spent the last two days with lemon juice in my hair, sitting in the garden stitching.  Granted, the stitching time was of a quality nature, but did the UV rays from the sun do their job with my hair?  I am yet to be convinced.  I can’t see any significant change yet, so perhaps I need to do it again over the next couple of days just to be sure.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not looking to go completely blonde, just a few shades lighter than natural.  I’ll be off up to the store to buy more lemons in the morning.

Has anyone else tried this?  I would love to know if you had any success with it!


Stitchy Hugs to you all



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What can come from an idea

Along with the launch of my new website and blog, I am offering a new service of artwork conversion into cross stitch.  Today, I’ll be sharing the story of Ditsy Sun.

I was browsing through some of my Artfire Guild members stores online and came across a fabulous piece of art that I loved:  Ditsy Sun by an artist called Amy-Elyse Neer.


It caught my eye because I thought it would look great in cross stitch.  I took a deep breath and contacted the artist to see if she would allow me to experiment with a digital image of her artwork using my new cross stitch design software.   She said YES!




After a couple of days, I came up with a cross stitch pattern that very closely resembled the original piece of art.  I spent some additional time tweaking the chart stitch by stitch, to make it appear a little more symmetrical and more “stitchable” for a cross stitcher to follow.





The piece was then stitched by the artist’s sister, and we got an amazing result out of this.  She now has a cross stitch pattern of her own artwork to be able to sell.  You can actually find the pattern on TheCraftStar if you wish to purchase it.





Remember that this project started as an idea and an experiment.  I had no intention of charging the artist for this project, as I simply wanted to see if it would work.  What we ended up with was a legitimate and sellable item and she did insist on paying me for my time and efforts, which was very generous of her.   Just with a little partnership, and an ounce of work, this is what can happen with just an idea!

Put YOUR ideas to work and you might just come up with something amazing!

Amy has also written a blog post about this project here, which includes some more details and photographs if you would like to give it a read.  You can find her artwork for sale on Artfire, and she is one of the valued members of the Artfire California Crafters Guild, of which I am the Guild Master.

If you are an artist, and you have a bold and bright design that you would like converted into cross stitch, please contact me to discuss your project.  Details of this service can be found on my website.


Stitchy hugs to you all!


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Happy 4th of July!

It’s that time of year again!  Americans celebrate America!  This is a rather strange day for me, as I am British.  I always feel like I should keep a low profile on the 4th, due to the nature of the celebration.

However, this year, I have placed a small Stars and Stripes plastic windmill in a plant pot outside my front door, and there will be hot dogs for lunch, so I am in the spirit!  Planning to spend some time stitching my new design, Sail Away, in the garden!

Wishing you an awesome 4th of July!


Stitchy hugs to you all!


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SALE time is here!

Christmas in July SALE

Woop Woop!  This is the cry that you can hear from CrossStitchCards today, as we begin our usual monster sized sale!  Every July, prices are reduced storewide by 10% of the whole month.  This is a fabulous opportunity to pick up  some cards at a great price.  You can even think ahead to Christmas, as there will be Christmas cards available in the sale this year!

Some items were already marked with a 50% discount before the sale, so they will have that extra 10% off as well!

All my items are included in the sale, so this may be the time to think about buying or pre-ordering one of my larger pieces of needlework, as you will get a great deal on it this month.  These items make great pieces of home decor or even a gift.

In my Artfire Store, prices are already marked down by 10%, and on Etsy, you will need to use the Coupon Code CIJS2012 at checkout to get the discount.  Why not take a look at what I have to offer today!

I am here to answer any questions you might have about anything I am selling, and would love to hear any comments about my items, so get in touch!

Stitchy Hugs to you all!


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A New Look for CrossStitchCards

Welcome to my new website and blog!  Earlier this year, I decided to give CrossStitchCards a makeover and go for a complete rebranding.  The previous pink and fluffy look was OK for a first attempt, but as time went on, it lacked the professional appearance that my brand now represents.

A new look, a new website, and a new blog!  Over the coming weeks, I will be writing about my new products in more detail, but for now, I offer you a product page on this website for each item and service I offer.  My Christmas in July Sale 2012 will be launching in a couple of days, so if you haven’t signed up for my event on Facebook, you can do so here.

See you soon!


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