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!):


(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.


You may have heard by now via enews, FB or Twitter that I’m having a contest for a new phrase. I’ve gotta say this is truly the most fun thing I’ve done in a long time. You guys are REALLY hilarious smart-asses! I have no idea how I’ll decide on one winner, so I’m thinking of a way to have a kind of honor court of winners… more than just a first-place prize. I LOVE it, please keep ’em comin’! Here’s the low-down on the contest in case you didn’t see it:

I really liked the squirrel phrase that became the PDF pattern. Since that one was suggested by one of you & is something I never would have thought of, how about a little contest to see what else is in your collective genius? Email me your phrase idea and if it’s the best of the bunch, you’ll win a $50 gift certificate!

Deadline is Tuesday, June 5th & I’ll announce the winner on the 6th, then turn the phrase into a PDF available on the site. I hope your thinking cap comes with air conditioning!