Up and At It

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I spent yesterday sort of organizing my computer and my bookkeeping stuff. I always dread it so much, but then when I sit down to actually do it I get all ambitious, organizationally speaking: This is fine! Why don't I run these reports all the time? How come I don't use Quicken more? Right. It reminds me of that one time Andy Paulson mopped the hardwood floor of our apartment with Murphy's Oil Soap and, while mopping vigorously, had some sort of olfactory-inspired crazy-talk fit: "This is so easy!!! It smells so good! Why do we not do this all the time??? Yeah. I'm gonna do this, I'm gonna wash this floor every night when I get home from work! I will do that! I will do it!" Pan to me, falling off the couch laughing with my hands over my mouth. That was in 1996. He did very kindly wash the kitchen floor for me one other time, just the other day. I sat in a chair with a cat on my lap and said things like, "It's so weird, it doesn't seem like just yesterday when you said you were going to wash the floors every day. It seems more like it was . . . oh . . . sixteen years ago." But I totally get it, because every year when I am printing out year-end summaries and pretty pie charts of income and expenses I have the same sort of unlikely enthusiasm for keeping house, financially speaking. It lasts about as long as it takes to hurl it all toward the mailbox and get it out of here and off to our accountant. Bleh.

Do you like the sampler? It's about the winterwoods. I'm kind of infatuated with it. It's not quite done, but almost. There are a few little things left to do. I think maybe I'll just become an alphabet sampler designer now. I really love these. I drew all the letters freehand. I wanted them to look like letters you would carve into a tree trunk with a Swiss Army knife (not that I've ever done that [wink] ). This will definitely be a pattern. Trying to figure out whether I can also afford to make this into a kit. Counted cross-stitch supplies — the really good ones, which are what I used here: varigated hand-dyed embroidery floss, 28-count Danish linen — are expensive. I always think that if you're going to take the time you should use the best stuff. Well, we'll talk more about it. Still thinking. Please raise your hand if you like kits.

Are people afraid of counted cross-stitch? I keep hearing this. DON'T BE SCARED. OF COUNTED CROSS-STITCH. I will help you.


Lovelovelove the sampler! Will buy a kit or two if you offer them!!

I definaely vote for a kit- I'd never attempt it without one, and I would positively want to use the finest supplies. I love that you know about quality!

Love, love, love the winterwoods alphabet sampler! Yes, please, make a pattern. A kit would be lovely, too but I would be thrilled just to have the design to work ...so beautiful and charming. I love cross stitch and, though I haven't done any in years, this makes me want to jump right in again.

My hand is up! I love everything you do, so of course, I love this. I don't know why folks would be afraid of counted cross stitch...maybe someone told them it was hard. But we know it is not. I'll wait as patiently as possible for a pattern (or kit).

Yes please!

Oh love, love, love!! I'm not afraid of counted cross stitch at all. Please make this into a kit or a pattern. :)

Barb Coleman says: January 08, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Major love!

love it

Love it! If you are willing to help count me in!

I'd be happy with a pattern--don't need a kit.

I think kits are good for people who are beginning to cross stitch but I like getting my own supplies. Plus you can always buy less expensive floss and material, which is nice for the unemployed among us. :) (One reason I enjoy x-stitch so much is that I can still afford to do it.)

I was googling silverware patterns and found your sight. Love it!!!

oh yes a kit please! At the very least a pattern. This is so cute and lovely.

lovely! please make it into a kit. yes!
i have not done cross stitch in years...
your design looks beautiful.

Never have done cross stitch, but I LOVE this!!!

This look's so nice but unfortunately I am not the 'counted cross stitch' type, I wish I was and I have tried but OMG I have totally failed.

This would make an amazing kit!!! Count both of my hands in!!

Hi! CCC is easy peasy -- no fear here. I like just the PDF only as I like to make my own color and fabric choices to suit the occassion -- and sometimes, I just like the alphabets in samplers for other applications. I love the winter wood feel. Thanks for dreaming it up!

Love the sampler, love the idea, love counted cross-stitch, love the nice cross-stitch supplies and would pay what they cost for them, for sure! Please proceed!!!!

Raising hand-- like kits! this is so gorgeous!

I love this cross stitch. I haven't done one in years, but would love to do this one. And I love the kit idea. I live in an area where I end up buying most of my supplies online anyway as the local source for quality materials is not great. So, I'll stay posted for the kits, right?

*raising hand* I am not afraid! :)

Kristen from MA says: January 09, 2012 at 02:07 PM

Gorgeous sampler!

I know I'm a bit late with my comment, but please consider offering a chart-only option. A lot of the time, I can't afford a kit, and may have some of the supplies needed already in my stash. I also prefer to have a choice in fabric (the color you chose is lovely, but I prefer 40ct linens to 28ct).


Would LOVE to make this sampler! Would love to order a kit. Don't worry about expense....your designs are so beautiful...well worth the cost of lovely supplies!

Totally afraid of counted cross-stitch but would love to do one with your help!

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About Alicia Paulson


My name is Alicia Paulson
and I love to make things. I live with my husband and daughter in Portland, Oregon, and design sewing, embroidery, knitting, and crochet patterns. See more about me at aliciapaulson.com