I'm now a lady of leisure with very little spare time. I look after grandchildren each week for 2 days and help in a school for 3 days. I have two sons who have 3 children each. I have had varying jobs from working in a Bank in the '60's to a Bookmakers in the '00'. I enjoy cross-stitching as I find it has a calming effect on my sometimes frayed nervous system. I think my favourite type of designs are the Christmas ones. I thoroughly enjoy doing the Jim Shore, Mill Hill designs purely because I enjoy the beading. There are just so many designers out there it 's a hard choice sometimes.