1 Wild Irish Rose


Snowzy2I have become obsessed about inventing no-budget marketing tactics. Not all have worked brilliantly, but several have proven reasonably successful. Continue reading

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Crochet Fleur de Lis


I’ve searched everywhere in vain for a  Fleur de Lis motif crochet pattern. I nearly gave up until I decided to figure one out myself to add to MCatherine Designs!

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Branding


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How does your branding go? Do you put a business card into every package of product you ship? Do you add a brand to your handmade crafts? Just when I think I have got this micro-business finely tuned, I discover something that once realised, I think, “Now, I should have already known that!” Continue reading

Muscle Memory Knitting


My mother had six sisters, all of whom had various special talents. My Aunts had a tendency to believe they had an obligation to teach me some of their many crafting skills. I was taught to knit by Aunt Helen, the eldest sister of my mother. 

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Aunt Helen was a stickler about the”perfection of work.” If I made a mistake on a project, I had to rip the work back to the stitch before the mistake and make the correction, adding, “This is how you learn to ‘read your work’ so that you can fix it.” Can you imagine how long a piece took to finish? Nevertheless, the lesson is one I embrace with deep appreciation and smile every time I pull a piece apart.  Continue reading

The Meaning of Heart


The heart (♥) has long been used as a symbol to refer to the spiritual, emotional, moral, and in the past, also intellectual core of a human being. While the heart in the Western world is largely the symbol of love and affection, the heart symbol itself has various meanings throughout other parts of the world. Continue reading

Perking a Package with Bold of the Day


My friend Carrie works at Starbucks. After morning walks, I often stop by her store to order a “grande ‘bold’ coffee of the day, room for cream”. Sometimes I stop to pick up the coffee to take along on the walk simply because it makes me happy. I like feeling happy and figure my customers do too. Have you noticed tucking a little extra ‘happy’ into every order might have value beyond the obvious immediate? Continue reading