Magpie Murders

Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz My rating: 3 of 5 stars This is an interesting book, a book within a book, one a 50s style crime novel with a Hercule Poirot style detective and a murder in a sleepy English village, the other is the story of the book’s editor, who (trying not to give…

Christmas gift tag DIY

If you stitch up all the motifs in the Brighter Industries Xmas A to Z, one of those motifs will be ‘spare’. I stitched up the UK version, which has F for Father Christmas and S for sweets but if you stitch up the US version, F is for fireplace and S is for Santa…

5 things I liked this week – 11.11.16

1. My copy of Zakka Embroidery by Yumiko Higuchi arrived. I’d been eyeing it obsessively on Amazon for months and the book is as good as I thought it would be, I can’t wait to stitch from it, I will review it properly then. 2. I haven’t had much chance to go for walks recently…

A proper introduction

Well, Brighter Industries introduced itself to the world yesterday with the Xmas A to Z pattern but today, I thought I’d introduce you properly to this blog. Some people may know me from when I was blogging over at Lacer’s Life, I’ve retired Lacer’s Life (which is actually a little bit sad, as I’ve been…

Xmas A to Z Cross Stitch Pattern

Welcome to Brighter Industries! You can read more about us or should I say me, Jo Stafferton (but they always say to talk about yourself as a company in the plural don’t they?) over in the about section and there’s a more general introductory, bloggy type post coming tomorrow but today I wanted to introduce Brighter…