Cross Stitching Stash

Everyone knows that embroiderers buy embroidery kits “for later”. They buy them because Dimensions, for example, sometimes stop producing some kits, so they become rarities. In this situation, it’s better to have such a kit in stock than not to have it at all and then look for it on eBay or another platform and overpay three or even more times the price. I do not squirrel stitching kits away for a rainy day. But at the beginning of my embroidery career, I’ve got under the general trend. To convince me that I’m doing the right thing by not buying kits “in stock”, I decided to show my stash here. The first are two Luca-S kits that I haven’t even opened yet. Each kit contains a black-and-white cross stitch chart, a backstitch chart, presorted Anchor thread, 16-count white Aida, and instructions. I don’t plan to embroider these kits just yet.

Cookie Bear

New start : Cookie Bear cross stitch card for a little princess. One of my favourite motifs to stitch. This free kit from The World of Cross Stitch Magazine contains 14-count Aida (I change it to 28-count evenweave), tapestry needle, 18 lenghts of stranded cotton, colour chart & key, envelope, and pretty illustrated card.

Shipping

Yesterday I packed and shipped orders to the USA: cities of Arvada, Colorado and Dublin, Virginia and today to Stamford, Lincolnshire, UK. They were sunflowers, daisies and poppies garlands. Business is booming, so I am making more garlands again. The packing looks like the picture in my house. I use several types of stickers: the small white ones are my favourite, I ordered them a lot in the UK for my old shop, and I still use them (I won’t throw them away), and the big brown ecological ones I ordered locally in Poland, I don’t like them very much. As soon as I finish them, I will purchase new ones in the UK with a new shop name. I made The stickers as arrows made by myself and stick the box so that the customer knows how to open it. I am proud of these stickers. What is your opinion about them? And at the end, I always tie the box with the threads that I used for crocheting the garland.

Holidays!

Some more fun things from my holiday are in these photos. We found a former weather forecast station almost in the centre of the town. At least that’s what it says on this strange device consists of a rope, a stone and a wooden plummet:

The stone is wet – it is raining.
The stone is white – it is snowing.
The stone is dry – the sun is shining.
The stone is invisible – it is foggy.
The stone in motion – there is wind.
The stone is lying on the ground – the end of the World!

New Frog Pattern

We have a new cross stitch pattern – the Red-backed Poison Dart Frog, a terrestrial frog, gets its common name from the splash of colour across its back that can vary from scarlet red to fiery orange. Less than an inch (2.5 centimetres) in length, this colourful frog is small enough to be included in the group of frogs called โ€œthumbnails.โ€ Primarily a ground dweller in lowland areas of the upper Amazon of Peru and Ecuador, it does occasionally climb trees. Its poison is moderately toxic (from https://www.aquariumofpacific.org/onlinelearningcenter/species/red_backed_poison_dart_frog)

Holiday!

Today is the last day of our holidays and we back home. We were walking, swimming, sleeping and eating a lot during this week. I wasn’t sunbathing, but crocheting all the time and made two nes Poppies garlands here. Two! What means 18 poppies and 16 leaves and I’m proud of myself!