Sneak peek of cross stitch mini book

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The Hydrangeas in the garden are magnificent right now. The purple ones are growing outside my kitchen window. They bring a smile to my face every time I look at them.

In the meantime I am continuing to polish the cross stitch mini book I am writing. It is taking much longer than I thought it would. It’s my first mini book so there is alot to learn.When you pick up a magazine or a book from the shelf it’s easy to take for granted how much work has gone into producing the final glossy product that appears on the shelves. There is the design, the stitching, the photography, the color palette and then the writing of the book itself. I am much more appreciative of all the work that goes into producing a single publication.

The biggest challenge with writing this book has been doing everything. From creating the designs, to stitching them, taking photos and writing the content. Add on top of that the challenge of using software including Indesign, Illustrator and Photoshop without any lessons but working it out as I go along using information available online.

Taking very good pictures makes the world of difference to the look and feel of the book.  This has been very challenging. It would be great to hire a professional photographer but the budget does not extend that far at the moment. The second challenge has been finding the time to work on the book and trying to fit it around my full time job and kids and etc etc. The third challenge is actually getting the book done and released.

So, here is a sneak peak at the last page of the mini book. It’s a small sample of the 12 beginner cross stitch that will teach you all you need to start your cross stitch journey. All going well it should be released by next weekend.

So while I enjoy the Hydrangeas in the garden and work on my book, I wish you a happy and peaceful weekend.