Success be careful what you wish for

Before my on line store was even a twinkle in cyberspace I use to spend hours in my craft room designing and creating premature baby clothes.  I enjoyed the peace and tranquillity of embroidering a cute design on a finished garment.  I use to spend an enormous amount of money on frivolous craft supplies.

Anyone whose hobby includes a craft will tell you that they enjoy what they do; it brings relief from the everyday grind.   There are those including myself who have taken things to the next level and turned their hobby into a commercial venture.

However the reality of becoming a successful business means that I no longer spend as much time as I would like to in my craft room.  My time is now often occupied by maintaining my presence on the web, which involves writing articles, posting on my blog, building and maintaining contacts via a social media network. Then there is the time spent processing orders and the numerous trips to the post office.

Once I use to spend the majority of my spare money on craft supplies, now my money goes on graphic designs, domain name registration, web hosting, SEO, advertising and packaging the list goes on and on.

The moral of this story is be careful what you wish for


Cute Baby Finds on Craft Juice

Craftsmanship is alive and well and I’m really pleased to be able to showcase a small selection of products produced by some very talented artisans.

Baby pink booties

These gorgeous pale pink hand crocheted baby booties by NOfkantsCurios make the ideal gift for a newborn baby girl.

Baby Gift BoxHand made nappy and gift box to celebrate the birth of a baby girl by cutiecupid.  The nappy is made from card and white towelling, and complete with a pink safety pin.

Knitted Baby RaglanHand knitted baby raglan by Worldknits made from an acrylic-merino wool blend, perfect for baby during the cooler months.

Baby Bandana BibsThis sweet pink baby bandanna bib by Prem2Pram with its delicate white butterfly print comes in sizes premature baby, early baby and newborn baby.  Visit Prem2Pram’s on line shop to see their full range of neonatal, premature, newborn baby clothes and accessories.


Craft Juice Tuesday – In the nursery

With so many talented artists concentrated in one place it was very easy to find items for Craft Juice Tuesday.  The difficulty started when I had to choose which items to feature.

Handmade baby's wall hangingI adore this magnificent hand quilted nursery rhyme wall hanging by handmadewithlove; what a wonderfully unique gift for a new baby or for a toddlers birthday.  It’s sure to enhance a little ones bedroom and is available in both girls or boys version.

Storage boxHow cute is this reconstructed tin box made into a wristlet, can also be uses a storage box. A must have for any Hello Kitty lover! By sassyNpunk

Blue newborn baby beanie hatThis hand crocheted blue baby beanie by mysparetimedesign is perfect for keeping your newborn baby’s head warm.

If like me you love hand crafted gifts then pop over to Craft Juice, there’s a wide variety of unique hand made goodies just waiting to be discovered.

Also don’t forget to visit our on line baby store at where you will find unique appliquéd baby clothes.

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Machine Embroidery Thread Update

I have once again been looking at the various different brands of embroidery thread and found that very few companies offer a swatch card.  Whilst this isn’t a problem if you purchase your thread from a physical store it can be a nightmare if like me you purchase the majority of your thread on line.

Some companies offer a printed colour chat, however the quality of the printing will affect the results of the chart, quite often these printed charts do not match the actual thread.

Why is this a problem I hear you saying, well when you look at images of embroidery thread you will see a vast choice of different shades, however the image you see might not be identical to the thread, this is because computer displays are not all perfectly calibrated to the same specifications.  Every monitor has its own brightness, contrast, and colour levels, and that means an image will look different on every computer you view it on.

My advice would be to go with a company that offers a swatch shade card rather than a printed colour chat that way you will be able to physically see the different shades and even match them to existing threads you might already own.

I have just started using Royal Rayon embroidery thread for all my baby clothes embellishment; its 40 high sheen offers optimum sewing performance and a top quality finish. There are 500 different shades to choose from and the choice of 1000m cones or 5000m cops.

You can purchase a swatch shade card for Royal Rayon from Somac Threads.

Embroidery colour swatch

Embroidery swatch shade card

Colour chart for embroidery threads

Machine embroidery thread colour chart

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