Wednesday, January 6, 2016

The After Holiday, Holiday Post

Because I have a lot of pictures of great stash and fun stuff!
First is a surprise RAK I received. Thank you Renee, I love it to pieces. Another Charting Creations chart that I just fell in love with. I can't wait to stitch on this one, but I will wait. I plan to start it around March. I want to find some special threads, or possibly special fabric for it. The chart is available here if you are interested in seeing a much better representation of it than the quick phone picture from my computer screen below.

I love the swirling lines and the hearts and obviously, Family.

I had planned, for this blog post, to tell you all about how I'm planning to stitch from my stash and not buy new stash that I really don't need. I still plan all that but it doesn't sound bad at all when you see the rest of the blog post!

My SS gift. I was overwhelmed with my Secret Santa package. It weighed a ton and my SS, as we said in my youth, went off. I love it. Last year's SS package was the same. I can see I am dealing with some seriously professional Secret Santa shoppers here! Merlin even got a pressie!

The cloth is 18 count aida, and a whopping big piece of it. I'd show you a pic but it is on my phone, and my husband has it with him right now at work. Whopping Big. Someone knows me very well.

Husband and I bought each other a gift and had planned to split any money left after our other shopping to each pick out our own 'gift'. But then Dean had to go to the vet and that was the end of that for awhile. We both worked a lot of overtime though, and the week after Christmas found we had enough money to go ahead and have a little fun. Not as much as originally intended but enough to have fun with.
I got myself this. Please note that there was an amazing sale on at Hancock Fabrics that day, and while we were driving out there they sent a 25% off of total purchase to my phone. I promise I only went in to get 2 or 3 skeins of sparkly floss for an idea I have for when I start my crazy quilt.
So a late Christmas gift that I got to pick out myself. I've been wanting the stocking collection for years. I'd still love to have the first collection, but it isn't as if I need it!

And lastly, I've had a bunch of these on my wish list for ages. A friend of mine received 5 or 6 of these as a gift from her son and new daughter in law last year and I've been fascinated since then. Hers were brought back from China when her son went there with his bride to spend time with her grandparents. Mine came from Amazon. Here is a link if you are interested.  Be warned that another seller on there has it for twice the price. It is Prime eligible.

I have been hesitant to buy a Chinese cross stitch kit. I've heard both wonderful and bad things about them. I've also seen for myself that some of them are blatant rip-off's of copyrighted works. I decided that I wouldn't ever try one, until I realized they have a small selection on Amazon. I am thinking and hoping that Amazon would yank anything that was copyright protected as soon as they became aware of it, and that this should make it a reasonably safe place to purchase from.

It shipped from Amazon, and even with the Holiday was here in about 3 days.
Now for the pictures of the kit that I took.

This Kit is huge. 120 X 57 cm, or 47.2 X 22.4 in. But isn't nearly as big as some I have seen on Facebook. It is 11 count aida and the cloth is very nice. A little stiff, but not so stiff that you can't stitch on it (Remember Frederick?).
My right wrist is hurting this week so I'm not stitching much, if any this week, but I've played with the floss and it too is really nice. I am going to thread up a needle (it comes with 2) and do a few left handed stitches to test it out, but it feels great in hand and looks lovely. As you can see it also lists the colors in a DMC conversion and they appear to be very close, and even spot on, on the few I checked out. I love the cards by the way, I really dislike the ones with holes but this you can take the hole bunch out and put them back in an instant, no tying off or anything. Really like that.

I have some stitchy news and pics to share with you next time. This has gotten long and picture heavy so I will save that for a later post.

Happy Stitching everyone!


Anonymous said...

Love seeing all your new stash, especially your Chinese cross stitch kit. I've so been wanting to get one. Please update when you have stitched a little of it and let his know how it goes!

sharine said...

Great new stash. I love the stocking book:)

Anonymous said...

Wow!!! The stocking book rocks. I've seen it and have thought of getting it. Lucky girl! The Chinese kit thing is awesome. I've seen a couple on floss tube but never wanted to order one from E-bay. I love that Amazon has them and that you posted yours. I know some of the people in my cross stitch group are really condescending about them, but I can't wait to try one now that I know where to get one legitimately, and the price is super good


Julie said...

Such a lot of lovely things in your post, lots to keep you busy in the comings months.

Anonymous said...

Wow, your going to be a busy bee this year! I too am interested in the Chinese kits. Can't wait to see more of yours. I am seriously tempted to order this same one for myself.

Mama Dog said...

Thanks everyone, I'm feeling very spoiled. I love the stocking book and eventually will pick one out to start.
If you would like to do the same kit (sorry, I isn't showing your name), that would be great. I don't think you will be disappointed with it and at less than 20 dollars US it is a great deal for all that you get.
Tammy, I worried a little about what people would think and then said to heck with it. I'm not a stuffy stitcher, I just want to stitch and see pictures of what others are doing.

Renee said...

What a wonderful Secret Santa package! I am thrilled you like the Family chart. :) The kit you bought with the trees is amazing. Wow. I look forward to seeing your progress posts on that one.