Winter Cabin Ornament Kits, and a New Web Shop!

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Hello! Do you like bluebirds? And tea kettles? And lighted windows? I do!!!

Introducing my new 2012 ornament-making kit: WINTER CABIN:


There is a Lighted Window, to welcome all passersby . . .


There is a Western Bluebird, to provide the winter song . . .


And there is a Whistling Tea Kettle, to make the Earl Grey . . .


Each Winter Cabin Felt Holiday Ornament Craft Kit contains materials to make one of each of the three ornaments, including:

16 pieces of wool blend felt in assorted colors
11 skeins coordinating DMC cotton embroidery floss
1/4 yd imported French gingham ribbon (for hanger)
1/2 yd imported French rick-rack (for hangers)
1/2 yd imported French calico bias tape (for curtains)
Stitching instructions
Pattern templates
Illustrated embroidery tutorial

You will need to have your own:

Wool batting or Polyester Fiber-fill
Sharp embroidery needle
Dressmaker's chalk pencil or fabric marker
Dressmaker's chalk carbon paper
Sharp fabric scissors and paper scissors
Kitty-puppy foot warmers
Television to watch the new season of Psych if they ever start it for goodness sakes!!!!!!! This is exactly what I said last year and it's double-true now. C'mon, son!

We have also put together limited editions of previous years' kits, including:


2011's kit, SWEET HOME:


It includes a Blue Door, with a wreath to welcome you home . . .


A Glowing Candle, to light the night . . .


And 2010's kit, SNOW DAY:


2010's kit, SNOW DAY:


It includes a Red Wool Coat, to keep you warm and dry . . .


A traditional Norwegian Selbu mitten, to keep your hands toasty . . .


And a Polar Bear, far from the Arctic Circle, peeking out from behind the trees.

2009's ornament-making kit, WALK IN THE WOODS, is also available:


It includes the Cozy Cottage, with the wood fires burning:


The Snowy Tree, sparkling with ice crystals:


And my favorite, the Little Deer, who watches shyly from the trees:


And there are also a few of 2008's kit, ICE SKATING AFTERNOON, as well!


There's the Hot Cocoa Cup, to warm you up:


The Ice Skate, with pom-pon for good measure:


And lastly, the Gingerbread Girl, the sweetest of all:


Please click on the links for each of the kits above to take to you the web shop pages, which list what's included in each and what you will need to have. Each ornament kit costs $30 each, plus shipping.

About the skill level needed to complete these: In previous years I said that, while I don't think of these kits necessarily as a children's or a beginner's project, if you have some experience working some basic stitches, these ornaments take more time and patience than skill. I will include directions on transferring the designs to the felt, and basic diagrams for completing the types of classic embroidery stitches you will need to know — backstitch, lazy-daisy stitch, satin stitch, French knot, and blanket stitch — but once you are comfortable working those stitches, if you just take your time and settle in, you will be fine.

If you are interested in ordering any of these kits, the very best advice I can give you is do not wait to place your order. Unlike previous years, we are not taking pre-orders this year: We have instead made up a limited number of each kit, and will ship them out as fast as we can. In previous years, these kits have sold out every year long before Christmas, and once they are gone, they are absolutely gone until next year (and even then, there are no guarantees that we will continue to do them, of course). Usually, Andy and I put these kits together ourselves, sourcing all of the materials, cutting the felt and the ribbons, packaging the embroidery floss, scooping beads and sequins, winding yarn, and then doing all of the shipping. This year, we have been so lucky to have Greta helping us with every aspect of this operation all summer long, and together we have completed 1,200 kits total. It's a lot of shipping to do in a couple of months, but I think we have a great system now, and with the new web shop and shipping system, I am beyond excited about how easy it will be to ship these kits quickly — they're finished! — and easily. And yes, we do ship overseas, and THAT has been ridiculously simplified now as well. So — I'm really excited.

(That said — I also wanted to mention that because we are shipping so quickly, PLEASE make sure that your shipping address is correct when you place your order. In some cases, we are shipping orders the exact same day the order is placed, so it's important that you check your address on your end properly before submitting your order, because once it's out there, it's out there!)

All five patterns are also now available as downloadable PDFs. (Usually we wait until all the kits are shipped to release the PDFs, but I got everything finished early this year.) A list of the specific felt colors and piece sizes and floss colors you need can be found here. The cool thing now, too, is that all of the items — from kits, to digital downloads, to embroidery supplies — can all be put in the same shopping cart. I will give you a full-on tour of the site later this week, too, but when you go over there you can cruise around a little bit and see what's available to help you complete your projects.

The new web shop has been quietly open for about a week as I've worked out various kinks. I feel really confident that it is funcioning well now, but if you have ANY problems, questions, or comments, please leave your messages on the blog there (there's a little News blog that is just for the web shop), and I will do much best to keep a sharp eye on that and fix anything that comes up. And of course you can always email me at

Again, thank you beyond words for all of your enthusiasm for and support of these kits over the years. They are a big part of my life and I am so grateful that your interest and orders allow me to continue to do exactly what I love to do, every single day. Thank you, more than I can ever find words to say, for that.


So charming, every one of them. That red coat (with its own mittens!) is just the best. Congrats on your new web shop!

Love the new shop!! I've been saving up so when the kit went up I'd be ready. Now I'll have to save up for some of the beautiful photos! Every year I think 'this is the best one' and I'm right :)

Oh thank you for another beautiful kit, these are such a treat every year - even though I never seem to get far with the sewing! I'm excited I got my order in yesterday and your new shop was very spiffy and whizzy and worked perfectly :)

Just ordered the 2012 kit and once again you have knocked it out of the park. So glad you had an extra pair of hands to help out this year. I can't imagine how you do it! Now comes the hardest part, waiting for it to arrive! I

You always do such beautiful work!! Lovely!

I've been checking everyday for your new kit and was so excited to see it today! It's really cozy and perfect. What an extra treat to see that you re-released some of your previous ornament kits! I love Walk in the Woods but it was sold out long before I started reading your blog. Now that I've ordered both, I only hope I have the skill to make them!

Lisa in Brisbane says: September 10, 2012 at 05:01 PM

The shop site was super easy to navigate and also very inspiring of course! So excited to get my kits, and thank you so much for shipping to Australia :-)

Oh! I'm so excited! Every year I say I'm going to order one of your ornament kits and then every year I chicken out or put it off too long but this year I did it! I can't wait to get them! And, yes, I'm a beginner embroidery person but I will find a seasoned vet to show me the ropes if I get stuck.

LOL, and last night I thought I had missed the big reveal and off I hurried to order. I was thrilled to see your shipped today and then I had to laugh when I saw your post today! i wasn't late but I actually snuck in a day early. They are so lovely Alicia, I always buy 2 sets, one for each small granddaughter. I hope they will love for all their Christmas' to come.

Fabulous kits! Your work is exceptional.

kristi shreenan says: September 10, 2012 at 07:37 PM

I am so delighted that I was able to order a kit this year. I've drooled over them in the past and cannot wait to begin stitching as the autumn air has come to the Northeast and is begging for cozy activities. I chose the one with the arched doorway with the pretty wreath on it. It reminds me of the door on my childhood home and all those Christmases when my dad and I would go choose the wreath that we thought would most beguile Mom. She was always thrilled! Thank you for this sweet memory, Alicia.

Yeeeaaaaa!!!!! New kits!!!!! They are seriously precious =D

Oh, my! You've done it again Alicia, you've captured the absolute essence of winter in an adorable kit. It was 86 degrees today here in the Santa Cruz Mountains, but looking at this makes me want to sit with a pot of tea and a book by the fireplace.

Wonderful! I feel a little holiday cheer coming on just looking at all these darling ornaments.

These are truly precious!!!

I'm making them ALL this year! this is happening. i love them so much and really just feel like everything you touch is infused with beauty. what a gift that is!

they are exquisite! congratulations on your success with these kits-you are an inspiration.

Wow, your kits are just adorable!
Congrats with the new shop!


Oh boy. that was one deadly blog visit in my lunchbreak. :) Looking forward to the mail coming in a couple of weeks or so...
Also I wanted to let you know that you and your blog a pretty much solely responsible for my sudden embroidery fever. Not that I needed another hobby. ;) Thanks for everything (and I mean that!).

Ok, I can relax now, just ordered the last 2 kits, now I have them all. Literally woke in the middle of the night, hoping that they didn't get sold out before I got those last 2 kits ordered, these things are addictive in a very good way. Not too happy to come to work today, wanted to stay home and embroider, but must come to work so I can start ordering more items. Trying to talk myself into being happy about being here, not working!!!!

Why! Mrs. Paulson..I LOVE lighted windows, teakettles, and bluebirds:))) and I LOVE your new shop! Just purchased my kit!!! SO excited to start stitching! Thank you SO very much for all the loveliness you add to the world:) XXXOOO

*squeak* I've been hoping for this day for AGES! I can't wait to make! :D x

Seriously beautiful! Can I confess to looking forward to Christmas now or is it still too early? ;)

I've been so very patiently waiting for the kits to appear! So happy they're available for international shipping!!

I just ordered my kit last night, and I really have to emphasize to everyone who has not ordered one of these kits that they are of the highest quality! Alicia and Andy (and Greta!) do a marvelous job of finding the finest materials for them; the kits themselves are a work of art, and I really enjoy just unpacking the kit and looking and savoring all the pretty little packages and bits and bobs that come in the kits before I start the project! And the finished ornaments... I am not the most skilled person at crafts, but these ornaments are exquisite! I just can't say enough about them. Thank you, Alicia, for sharing your joy.

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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