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Thoughts on Pricing Handmade Goods

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Hello! Long time no blog. Apologies for the extremely sporadic blogging schedule but inspiration to write is hard to find. Fortunately, I have a lot of feelings this month - feelings make great blog fodder 😉. Today's topic is a bit of a tough one because humans can be quite icky about money chat. But since signing up to do some markets in the autumn, I've been thinking about money - specifically pricing - a lot. I suspect many fellow makers share some of these thoughts too, so hopefully the following word vomit is helpful in some way. Let's chat about the cost of handmade goods, and why artists and makers deserve to earn...

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New Year, New Nie McDee (sort of)

Posted by Leonie McDonald on

Happy new year, friends! 2021 is already... interesting, isn’t it? I really hope you’re doing OK. Over here the shop is back open, the website has had a refresh, and I’m happily stitching away again. I’ve got some fun plans for Nie McDee this year but first, a few changes are coming. To keep this post short and sweet, I’m just going to jump straight into them.  Last Chance to Buy Kits The main news is that kits are going away. Once I’ve sold out of the remaining stock, I won’t be listing any more. Kits are really costly and time-consuming...

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Essential Cross Stitch Supplies And Where to Buy Them (Affordably)

Posted by Leonie McDonald on

I have two criteria when I’m looking for cross stitch supplies; quality and price. I am pretty fussy about materials. I like DMC threads, Elbesee hoops and 100% cotton Aida (usually by Zweigart or DMC). Using branded materials can get expensive, so I’ve sunk a lot of time into looking for them at reasonable prices. Fortunately, there are a few online retailers who really deliver the goods and some of them are even independents! 

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Nie McDee Covid-19 Update

Posted by Leonie McDonald on

Well… here we go again. Lockdown version 2.0 is about to start in England. I wanted to let you know how my little business intends to continue operating during this second wave. I’d also like to share some thoughts about lockdown’s impact on small businesses and what we can all do to help.

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Greetings

Posted by Leonie McDonald on

Hello and welcome to my new website and blog! It's been a labour of love, but I'm so proud of it.  Here you'll find my cross stitch kits and a handpicked selection of crafting accessories, as well as cross stitch guides, blog posts and other goodies. If you want to be the first to hear about new products, discounts, giveaways etc, you can sign up to my mailing list at the very bottom of this page. I have only partially flown the Etsy nest, and you'll still find all my digital patterns over there (I explain why in more detail here). As for...

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