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12 August 2008

Cupcake!

I got Cupcake all stitched up! Told ya I'll be more diligent in stitching and updating my blog when I’m in a SAL. So here it is…

I’m finally not too far behind Jessie and Carol. In fact, if I'm not mistaken, I think this brings me more or less to the same progress as Jessie. I've now started on Tart so watch it, Carol, I just might catch up to you ^.^ I know, I know, an SAL is not a competition... but hey, whatever drives you to keep on stitching, right? Then again, these designs are so fun and easy to stitch I doubt I'll lose interest anytime soon.
Now, you might have noticed that I left some of the brown French knots on the cupcake and white confetti stitches around the block off. Don't worry, I didn't forget. I'll be replacing them with beads later on. I reckon they would look nicer. Of course, that has nothing to do with the fact that I hate confetti stitches. Say you believe me?
I got a lot more done on Gingerbread Cottage as well. This picture shows a much truer colour of the fabric that the previous sloppy, last minute, close up picture I took of the house.

Once again, yes, I've left out some stitching. I guess you can guess what I'm gonna do about the confetti stitches at the top and bottom border. As for the other missing items, I'm still playing around with an idea I have. Nothing is concrete yet. You'll see soon enough what I have in mind :)
Last week, I mentioned that there were more stash that I might have forgotten to show you and since a number of you mentioned that you don't mind me raving about my stash, Here's more... :P

I think I'm addicted to band samplers. I mean, look at the collection I've accumulated since "discovering" them. It's getting out of hand. Here's another one - The Drawn Thread's Prairie Garden. Even though I've yet to start this one, I'm already contemplating getting the other 3 gardens in the set. Someone tell me, am I insane to even think about it? I bought it during Mary Kathryn's Handcrafts Online summer sale. Love her reduced postage bargain. I swear, some ONS just charges their overseas customers an exorbitant amount for shipping cost. And when the package arrives, it's actually only a couple dollars.
Rant aside, look what I found on Ebay:

Just Nan's Out of Print Patience. It says on her website that this design is limited to only 3000 copies. I'm so lucky to have won all 4 chapters with their embelishment packs still intact. And as an added bonus, a very huge bonus, I've gotten to know the seller, Dixie (no blog). Her Ebay name is dws1010 and she's an avid stitcher like me too. Not only is she very friendly, she went over and beyond the call of duty to have the package shipped to me at the lowest rate possible. Most sellers would have just charged an estimated amount that's usually more than the actual shipping cost and leave it at that.
My Vikki Clayton order arrived in record time as well. Seriously, these two are great examples of what I call excellent customer service. Many people just don't realize how much giving or withholding good customer service can affect a business. Never underestimate the power of word of mouth.
Back to the original topic, look at these lustrous silk - Vikki's conversion for LHN The Rose in Morning.

I've been naughty girl and started it. I'm stitching it on 32 count natural Italian linen. However, there's not enough progress to warrant a picture. Next time, perhaps.
The silk package for the Little House Neighbourhood that I've been going on and on about was in that same package too but I'm still waiting for the fabric to arrive. Will do a floss toss then.

21 comments:

Chiloe said...

I'm with you with the postage for overseas stitchers like us ;) I hate when I get overcharged: I feel they keep me hostage for stuffs I can't get at home. Anyway, beautiful stash ;)

Sally said...

Cupcake looks gorgeous as does Gingerbread Cottage.

Gorgeous new stash. I have to agree with you on postage charges. Some places charge way over the top!

Milly~ said...

Yummy Cupcake. Nice job!

Anonymous said...

Veronica,

Next time u want to order from VC can I tumpang a couple of floss?

Wonderful job on everything.

Joei said...

Lovely stash. Cupcake looks fab as well as gingerbread cottage. Haven't tried VC silk yet, I'm sure it is as fun and easy to use as the other brands. I can see the colors are rich and lustrous.

Jessie said...

wow Veron, you are fast and seeing both you and Carol progress Sweet Treats beautifully stitched really makes me can't wait for the fun of our SAL.
I like your Gingerbread Cottage, it looks very pretty with that blue fabric you have chosen.
For the empty areas, just to share some ideas, u may want to take a look at mine stitched months back, posted in my blog. I actually lazy to stitch the border, hence i added lace to it and for the gingerbreadman, i used buttons instead :)

Christina said...

That cupcake looks good enough to eat!! Congrats on the finish and thanks for sharing pics of your new stash. I love seeing new stash!

tkdchick said...

Congrats on finishing cupcake!

Jean said...

How "sweet" the cupcake looks! I might just have to make some cupcakes! I love your stash. I need more experience with different fabrics. I just got back into cross stitching. What are some nice evenweave brands?

Kathy said...

Wow you have been busy hun, they are lovely.

Hugs xxxx

Ivory Spring said...

Lovely work! The cupcake looks yummy! :)

stitcherw said...

Cupcake looks wonderful, you're really flying along on this series. Gingerbread House looks great too, I love it on the blue.
Sue

Renee said...

Cupcake and Gingerbread House both look GREAT!!! And I'm a Vikki Clayton silk addict! hehehehe Gorgeous colors

tammie said...

I think your stash and stitching is brill and thanks for leaving such great comments on my blog. I am with you on the bargains on ebay as well as the postage some charge overboard and others dont charge you enough. well done on the progess i look forward to reading more

Elisabeth Braun said...

Looks good enough to eat!=) Looks like you're like me - get more stash building than stitching done!!!

Beatrice said...

What a lovely finish. Congrats to you!
Beautiful stash there!

Yuko said...

Your cupcake looks beautiful!!
I love the design, am looking forward to seeing more of your progress!

Sharon said...

Lovely finish and great stash!

Lillie said...

Yummy cupcake! Gingerbread cottage is looking good.

Congrads on your JN's win - Patience.

Am drooling on you VC silks!!!

sugardoll said...

That one cupcake piece is eat-able!

It's fine to be addicted girl, just LOTS and i mean LOTS of wall space to hang all those beauties you have accumulated through the years! agree?! =)

sugardoll said...

Hello dearie,

I gave you an award. this time it's my turn! I'd have to give it to you because of your cross stitch addiction LOL. You are what i would call best cross stitch collector!!

mwah!