Christmas on the Cover

If you had told me 12 months ago that I would end 2012 with my crochet designs featured on the cover of two best selling magazines  I would never have believed you. But here we are with the new issues of Craftseller magazine and Inside Crochet on the supermarket shelves, each featuring my work on their covers. In Craftseller, you can find a very pretty little heart pattern, ideal for wall hangings and Inside Crochet features some very easy Christmas decorations, ideal for beginners (bookmark them for next year!).

Without the encouragement of my friends, readers of this blog (in particular Anne, who told me to “go for it”) and my family this would not have happened. So, thank you to all of you and in particular to the editors of two fabulous magazine who have been great to work with.

This has been an exciting year, the teen has just finished her first term at University, I have qualified as a children’s yoga instructor and Mr T has patiently endured my cooking experiments!

I hope that your year has been as rewarding as mine and that 2013 sees your dreams come true.

Remember, life is what you make it, so start planning now.

Happy Making.

Tracey x

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  1. Congratulations Cover girl!! What a fab creative year you have all had!
    Its so inspiring to see your creations adorning the shelves…I often feel like saying proudly to bystanders ‘my friend designed that!’
    Hope 2013 is as successful, if not more so Tracey…it will be exciting with your new venture! Keep reaching for the stars! xx Ali


  2. Congratulations Tracey – all well deserved as your designs are really lovely. I hope to get back to more magazine commissions once the hat book is finished (if I ever finish it!!!). Fingers crossed for another good year for us all. Good luck for more front cover projects xx Lynne xx


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