Embroider The Truth!

Thought of this last night when I couldn’t sleep. I swear, that’s when the magic happens. The insomnia magic. In the PDF shop now–probably more to come–summertime means design time!

O HAI

Sorry I’m slow on the blogging thing… I promise to check in here more often and share what’s going on. Mostly it’s just freakin’ HOT in Texas right now so that kind of limits your enthusiasm once the heat hits you in the face. I am filling orders, planning for the Christmas holidays already with an awesome collaboration, wondering if I should do Halloween patterns again this year and what you might like…getting some more die-cut material in because I’ve been out and there’s a weird delay…trying to keep up with Facebook, Twitter and Instagram…writing down new pattern ideas for when I have more time. Y’know, the usual madness. Anyway, I love hearing your thoughts, ideas, suggestions, so feel free to email me or interact in social media and speak your mind. I will blog more, I swear, and maybe even bring over some of the most popular posts from the old blog. Those were good times! Hope your summer is going swimmingly well.

Summer Freebie!

Check out this cute bottle opener! Pop it on your keychain and watch summer hijinks ensue. Don’t forget to look for a message from me in tiny print along the side. Get one free with every purchase of $30 or more, while supplies last!

Advanced Kit: Circle Fuck

New kit: Subversive is growing up! Now that you’re hooked on cross stitch, it’s time for something more challenging. This kit includes 18-count material and it is definitely a challenge. Now I know why people like sharp little embroidery scissors–I had to undo my stitches so many times… it’s kind of embarrassing to admit. This was really fun to do, but you have to pay attention! And you might need some teeny scissors like me! But I think the end result is worth it–this might be my favorite of all the things I’ve stitched (so far!).

Three MORE SCS Fonts!

I don’t know about you, but these fonts make my pattern designing SO much easier. I just open the PC Stitch version (they’re all available as PDFs or PC Stitch files) and then cut and paste the letters as I go along. I’m always looking for something like this on the web, where I don’t have to recreate the pattern by sight every time… I can’t believe I didn’t think of making these earlier. So say hello to the three latest fonts: Skinny, Scripty and Smarty!

And The Winners Are…

Okay, after MUCH deliberation and input from a few trusted friends, here are the winners of the caption contest (I could not possibly choose just one). These will all be coming soon!!

In THIRD PLACE, we have a tie between two submitters and four phrases—I’m thinking this will be a series of Great Quotations ($15 gift certificate to each submitter):

“Too fucking busy, too busy fucking.” [Dorothy Parker] from Diane

“An apple a day keeps anyone away if you throw it hard enough.” [Stephen Colbert] from April

“You have delighted us long enough.” [Jane Austen] from April

“The world is a stage, but the play is badly cast.” [Oscar Wilde] from April

In SECOND place, we have a tie between two submitters and two phrases I just have to see realized in cross stitch ($25 gift certificate to each submitter):

“I wish I were a unicorn so I could stab all the useless people with my head.” (from Nysa)

“When work feels overwhelming, remember that you’re going to die.” (from Sarah)

And in FIRST PLACE, the Grand Supreme Full Glitz Queen Champion winner of the $50 gift certificate!):

“THIS PLACE IS TOTALLY GAY.” (from Ingrid)

(you know I mean that in a super positive celebratory way, right?)

Also, a Special Award goes to Eileen, a middle school teacher in a rough part of Chicago who sent several gems from the mouths of her students including “Shut up talking to me!” We all liked this so much that we’re planning to work on a series with her if she’ll have us. Stay tuned!

Honorable mentions:

“You can’t leave early if you don’t come in late.” (Julie)

“”If the world didn’t suck, we’d all fall off.” (Joan)

Thanks so much to ALL of you for taking the time to send in your ideas and for making me laugh all weekend! I’m definitely going to do this again. And let me know if you have any ideas for other contests or things you’d like to see happen around here. You are my fuel!

I will be in touch tomorrow with gift certificate info.