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Life: Summer Holiday Juggling

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Every working mum will I am sure relate to the juggling involved in the long Summer Holidays when the kids are off school … and trying to fit it in with work and keeping the money coming in!  This Summer our kids term ended on the 6th July and we had 2 months to fill (and not endless money!)…  so I have chosen this year (mainly due to the deliciously kind weather and lack of funds for a big holiday) to make more time to just hang out with my kids.

I get up early and cram a working day in from 6am until lunch and after that I am all theirs….  den building, swimming in the sea, walks, tea parties for teddy bears, baking, crafting, drawing, cycling, decorating their rooms, building a book nook, gardening, having a disco, experimenting with venus fly traps…  and yes I dragged them along to 3 events I was styling and they made me proud as they fluffed poms and hung tassels like a pro!

…and so that is my excuse for not blogging so much.  Something had to give, and it was very much a conscious choice and the business in part has suffered without my foot on the perma pedal!  But from a personal perspective, all these moments are much more valuable to me.

#simplepleasures #hangingoutwithmykids

Enjoy the sun while it shines …  lord only knows that Christmas lunacy is looming soon enough!  Then I will be blasting you with updates…  x

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Crafts: Christmas Gift Series for Cross Stitcher

Little mash up of my crafty contributions to Cross Stitcher Magazines as a Christmas Series of Works in 2012

Cross stitch Christmas gift ideas in Jacqui Pearce’s retro style! | Cross Stitcher.

Crafty Judge: Decision Time

For the past few months.. Marmite have been running a campaign looking for an elite group of fans with ‘special talents’… dubbed the MARMARATI

I was privileged to be asked to judge the Craft Category and had to complete my own challenge to set the bar… {WHICH YOU CAN READ ABOUT HERE}

Hundreds of crafty entries were whittled down to 50 finalists and we had to choose a winner and runners up.. You can see the full list of recruits here

My choice as the main Craft winner was this upcycled stool from an old Marmite Apron, created by Genea W …Why?  Mainly because I SO want one!..

I also loved the bespoke Lego Mini Figure too… plus some of the stitchery that was submitted  and you can see my favourites below

Well done one and all!

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Crafts: Knit Look Cross Stitch Christmas Stocking

Over the next 3 months I have created 3 special Christmas Projects for Cross Stitcher Magazine.  One of my latest design obsessions has been trying to blend crafts – taking one craft and seeking inspiration from another.  It all started with my GRANNY SQUARE project – which I did a variation of for my book.  Making Granny Afghan Crochet Squares from wooly cross stitch….

and so began my obsession …

Over the past 18 months, I have created lots of new stitch look patterns which are being launched later this year on my dedicated JACQUI P site.  Using one of these as a base I designed this Christmas stocking – which is made to look as if it is made from giant knitted stitches…. finished off with some colourful pom poms!  Think Santa will like this one..

It will be in issue 258 out next month

Crafts: Cross Stitch TV and A Supersize Preview

This weeks issue 257 of Cross Stitcher Magazine has a project preview of my new book SUPERSIZE STITCHES..  and the team chose to publish the Supersize Granny Square – cross stitched onto canvas.

Its a great introduction to the book – and there is a special readers offer too… so why not take a peek?

Charlie (the Editor) has also made her first venture into film!  With Cross Stitchers first you tube promotional video – which features some kind words about yours truly..

Happy Stitching x

Jacqui: My Books arrived on my desk today!

Beyond giddy to reveal that my books (solid flickable colourful real ones) arrived on my desk this afternoon!

Big Stitch Cross Stitch is the US version of the book – whereas here in old Blighty it is the cross stitch delight known as SUPERSIZE STITCHES

The rest are on the water and should start to hit the preordered mats at the end of this month

Fancy a flourish from me?  Then you can have yours with a personalised signed message from HERE  or ORDER FROM AMAZON

Our Pinky Pink Cancer Race

Libby (my very determined 7 year old daughter) has decided that she would like to raise money for Cancer
A little boy at her school has cancer – and so does one of the mums.. and so she has asked me to train with her to get fit for the local Race for Life
At the weekend we walked (and jogged downhill) in the rain for 10 miles – her furthest yet
I promised that if she managed the distance we would start a page, buy a tee shirt and train for the real deal
So we have – our group is the PINKIE PINK LADIES (obviously!) and we are running on the 24th June at Ardingly

I hope you can support us with a little sponsorship – whatever you can, to help her in her quest.. £1 even makes a difference.

CLICK HERE TO SPONSOR at JUST GIVING

Book Translation News

Well lordy me… SUPERSIZE STITCHES is out in the UK and US on 10th October this year and whilst promoting at the London Book Fair last month, my publishers have also secured translations into 4 other languages – Finnish, French, German and Swedish (plus a couple as yet unconfirmed)… so Bienvenue, Willkommen … and ..?  Sorry my school girl linguistic skills end there.  Best leave it to the experts!

So onto the other news…. I have just had confirmation that my second book will be out in Spring 2013 .. so ‘watch this space’ (or follow the blog) for the latest news.

All a bit too much for a stitchy chick like me!.. off to celebrate with a custard cream. x

5 Coolest Cross Stitchers

Well get me … thanks to Jen Fox-Proverbs and I-Village, I feel super priviledged to have been picked as one of the top 5 of the coolest cross stitchers.

Won’t let it go to my head folks – promise x

 

Supersize Stitches Book Cover First Look

Tada!  I am beyond excited to unveil the first release of my book cover / projects from Supersize Stitches.  Featuring over 30 cross stitch projects in 7 and 5 count this is a great book for beginners to crafts – especially if you like bold, bright colourful things!

The book is out in September in the UK (October 10th in the US).  The publishers were umming and ahhing – but have settled on the XXL typewriter project of 3 cushions, alongside the mixtape ipad cover as the cover pictures..  I will be announcing more taster projects over the coming months – so follow our blog for the latest releases.

I really hope you love stitching the projects, as much as I loved creating them.

I am thrilled with the results and hope that you like it too.

BUY ON AMAZON HERE>>

Supersize Stitches Book Cover Taster

Tada!  I am beyond excited to unveil the first release of my book cover / projects from Supersize Stitches.  There are more than 30 projects to complete – all in cross stitch and most of them in wool in 7 and 5 count canvas.  So if you are a fan of bold, bright and quick stitching – this is the book for you.

It out in September in the UK (October 10th in the US).  The publishers were umming and ahhing – but have settled on the XXL typewriter project of 3 cushions, alongside the mixtape ipad cover as the cover pictures..  I will be announcing more taster projects over the coming months – so follow our blog for the latest releases, or become a FACEBOOK FAN.

I really hope you love stitching the projects, as much as I loved creating them.

I am thrilled with the results and hope that you like it too.

PREORDER ON AMAZON HERE >>>

Supersize Stitches Book – Shoot Part 2

Yesterday was the second shoot of my book SUPERSIZE STITCHES which is due out in September this year…  it was rather fabulous to have a jaunt out of the office, and watch a team of lovely talented people making my stitched creations look fab.

The photographer RUSSELL SADUR made it all look so easy – and the stylist ALICE KING had bags and bags of delightful prop goodies, which made everything look so pretty.

The first shoot was in Queens Park (London), but the house yesterday in Crouch End (nr Alexander Palace) was a gem – and Andy and Sue made us all feel very welcome.

I cant at the moment share any of the finished shots, but I did take a couple of ‘snaps’ of behind the scene action..

Photo Shoot for My Book – Part 2

Yesterday was the second shoot of my book SUPERSIZE STITCHES which is due out in September this year…  it was rather fabulous to have a jaunt out of the office, and watch a team of lovely talented people making my stitched creations look fab.

The photographer RUSSELL SADUR made it all look so easy – and the stylist ALICE KING had bags and bags of delightful prop goodies, which made everything look so pretty.

The first shoot was in Queens Park (London), but the house yesterday in Crouch End (nr Alexander Palace) was a gem – and Andy and Sue made us all feel very welcome.

I cant at the moment share any of the finished shots, but I did take a couple of ‘snaps’ of behind the scene action..

 

Free Sapphire Battersea Sampler by Jacqui P

Designed by Jacqui for Jacqueline Wilson (read about it here)..  We have made it super easy for you to download your free Sapphire Battersea sampler..  simply JUST CLICK HERE >>> FREE SAPPHIRE BATTERSEA SAMPLER to view and download your pdf pattern… available for a limited time only!

You can find instructions on how to stitch your design here with the official Jacqueline Wilson Mag here>> Sew with Sapphire Or you can follow them here:

Shopping list:

  • Embroidery Transfer Paper
  • White Cotton Fabric (an old shirt, sheet or pillowcase is fine) approx 25 x 35 cm
  • Embroidery hoop (4 inches is easy to work with)
  • Stranded cotton yarns (separate 2 strands out of the 6 strands to stitch with)
  • Needle
  • Scissors

Colours Used:

  • Red
  • Navy
  • Aqua Blue
  • Golden Yellow
  • Sapphire Blue (Teal)
  • Hot Pink
  • Lime Green
  • Pale Pink

How to Embroider PDF from Granny Knits >> FREE TO READ HERE

Jacqueline Wilson Free Craft Project

Regular readers will know of my recent commission by Dame Jacqueline Wilson to create a crafty piece to coincide with the launch of her new book Sapphire Battersea.
Jacqueline Wilson is a legend – and the most borrowed author in British Libraries, selling over 25 million books in the UK alone.  Most famous perhaps for her character Tracy Beaker, she has very loyal young fans (including my daughter!).  I cannot tell you how thrilled and utterly honored I was to be asked to complete this challenge for her.
Today Jacky sent me this picture of her and the sampler at the Superfan Party for the book launch – so I thought I would share …
The sampler is in Septembers The Official Jacqueline Wilson Mag..  there are lots of events this Autumn for Jacky’s fans, including her very own festival.. so this really is a very exciting project… and you can download it for free here for a limited time only.
>>Buy Sapphire Battersea here
>>Buy Hetty Feather here

Craft Book Frenzy

I am lucky enough to be sent review copies of craft books by lovely publishers.. who like to get my crafty chatter feedback..

September is obviously craft month as I have been sent a total of 5 already this week.  Reviewing and taking notes in the sunshine today – ready to share with you later on…

In addition I have been busy finishing off all the projects for my first book out in Spring 2012 world wide (*hardly containing excitment*) and I am totally thrilled to say that I have books 2 and 3 in starting stages with the publishers too!  Only downside with this is that the whole process takes so long and I have to be secret squirrel about all the projects (not my strength) for over a year!

So back to the secret design desk it is …

Jacqueline Wilson’s Super Fan Party

Regular readers will know of my recent commission by Dame Jacqueline Wilson to create a crafty piece to coincide with the launch of her new book Sapphire Battersea.
Jacqueline Wilson is a legend – and the most borrowed author in British Libraries, selling over 25 million books in the UK alone.  Most famous perhaps for her character Tracy Beaker, she has very loyal young fans (including my daughter!).  I cannot tell you how thrilled and utterly honored I was to be asked to complete this challenge for her.
Today Jacky sent me this picture of her and the sampler at the Superfan Party for the book launch – so I thought I would share …
The sampler is in Septembers The Official Jacqueline Wilson Mag..  there are lots of events this Autumn for Jacky’s fans, including her very own festival.. so this really is a very exciting project… and you can download it for free here for a limited time only.
>>Buy Sapphire Battersea here
>>Buy Hetty Feather here

Free Jacqueline Wilson Sampler for Sapphire Battersea

This week is the launch of the new book by Jacqueline Wilson – Sapphire Battersea.

At the beginning of this year I was asked by Jacqueline and the team from Jacqueline Wilson Magazine (JW Mag) to design a sampler that Sapphire could have stitched over the course of her life.

It has to be naive enough to have been started when she was a tot – and only have a couple of stitches so that her readership of young girls would be encouraged to take up the craft!

The stitched framed sample was launched at the Book Launch and a the Super Fan event while I was ‘in recovery’..  and the fans seem to like it!  The sampler is going on tour with Jacqueline on her promotional travels over the next few months – including her own festival!

But from today you can download the sampler exclusively from Granny Knits FOR FREE HERE, for a limited time only.

I has been a complete honour to have been involved in this project – and I hope that it inspires some new young blood to take up stitching.

>>BUY SAPPHIRE BATTERSEA BOOK HERE

In Recovery

I am back home now from the op and in recovery…

Thank you to all of you who have sent well wishes, and I should be up and running in full effect in a few weeks. Meanwhile I am loving the time out to rest, think, stitch and write up my next book (which is weird when number one is not out yet!)..

Big thank you to my fabulous consultant and all the team at St Richards in Chichester, who were a jolly set of souls. Plus to the lovely ladies in my ward – get well soon x

Off for an Op

A personal post this one – to let you all know that I am off to hospital early tomorrow for an operation..

This is good news as I have been poorly for a while – but it does mean I have not been in the office and will not be for a couple of weeks.  So apologies if you are waiting for a response from me…

I have packed a big bag of designs for my new book – so hoping I will not be coming home with some crazy ass stitching from all the drugs!

It could be interesting!  Will let you know how it goes.

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