Wednesday, January 30, 2013

If you give a stitcher a gift card

It's Mom's fault.  She gave me a $25 gift card for my birthday present.  I sent her the following picture as an idea for my birthday gift.  It was only $6.99, and would fit in with my office projects.  

 Instead of ordering it for me, she gave me a gift card.  So I ordered the above  kit along with this:

Tempo tape.  I use it to mark my spot on patterns.  It just  helps me keep my spot.  And since it's removable  it doesn't damage the paper.  I had used up what I had and needed more.  

Unfortunately, the day I ordered the above, I'd forgotten to use my gift card, so I paid for it.  

A short 24 hours later, I got a catalog with the pattern for this listed:

Oh my gosh!  I was in love.  This was the perfect project to use my gift card on!  I showed it to a friend and we then ventured to the Heaven and Earth Designs website to look at other designs.  Once there, I found that their patterns were on sale.  More than half off the price listed in the catalog.  So, I bought the above pattern.  I was able to download it, so I printed it out.  I think it's going to be my next project (well, after Mr. Jefferson, but he's a quick-y project.)  

And, in my excitement, I forgot to use my gift card.

The pattern is called "Mini Eldars Secret."  The pattern is 12 pages.  Every single square of those twelve pages is one stitch.  Stitched over 25 count fabric.  The finished design will be 9 x 13 inches. It also uses 89 colors of floss. It's a big commitment. But, before I can start on it, I need fabric. 

 I ran to Hobby Lobby and bought the linen I need...and some new needles.
 . Because it's such a densely stitched project, it's not advised to use a hoop, so, of course, I had to buy a scroll frame to hold my project.
Once again, I forgot the gift card.

Then I went back to the  catalog I originally saw "Eldar" in, and ordered the following:
This box holds 100 floss baggies, which is what I store my floss in.  I decided this would be perfect for my project.  I could pull my 90 colors and keep them organized in a box nice and neat.

This time, this final time, I used my gift card. For an $11 item.

But because of the stinking gift card, I spent way more than $25.  

If only Mom had just bought the Jefferson sampler instead of giving me a gift card...


Ranch Wife said...

LOL - sounds like your gift card had a mind of it's own. I'm glad I'm not the only one that happens to. I've never seen that tape. It would have come in handy when I worked on my monster bear cub project. That dragon is just too cute! It'll be fun to stitch! The other day I was in Hobby Lobby and I saw they had linen. I did not know that. 40% off coupon for linen? Yes, please!

Michelle said...

It looks like you're having all kinds of fun! I've been drooling over their Rhyme and Reason chart for months -- think I'll go order it now that it's on sale. Thanks for the tip!

jengels said...

What catalog? Clue me in here, as it looks like I may be spending alot of time with Dad at Dr. appts!

Shelljo said...


I found it in a Hershnerrs catalog. But other catalogs for x-stitch I use are Keepsake needlearts, Nordic Needle that just left my head. I'll email it to you. All have websites :)