Love and Joy Come to You

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Stitching is just plain good medicine. Put on your coziest clothes, turn on the twinkly lights, make some tea, find a good movie or your favorite music, get a full-spectrum spotlight (that's the one I have) for those dark nights, call your puppers or your kitters or your friend to your side, thread your needles, and stitch your heart back together. If yours feels good but you know someone who could use some love, stitch one for them. Even if cross stitching is not for you, I sincerely encourage you to find one of the needle-arts that appeals to you and make something sweet and simple by hand this season.


This one, of every cross stitch kit I've ever designed, is probably the easiest. It's fairly small (the design area is about 9" wide by 6" high), fairly simple, doesn't have too many colors, and has elements that connect just enough to make counting fairly easy.

What is also nice about this, unlike almost every other cross stitch pattern I've ever designed, is that it can fit into a standard (8" x 10") frame. Wow, is it ever cheaper to frame things this way. What you can do is go to your local frame shop and ask them to cut you a piece of white foam core just slightly smaller than fits into a standard frame. (My local shop literally charged me $3.00 to do this.) You are going to wrap the fabric around this board, so you probably need the board to be about 1/8" shy, on every side, to make room for the fabric in the frame. Get some sequin (short, about 1/2") pins and follow my directions for stretching your finished piece here. Make sure that whatever frame you choose is deep enough to hold the foam core board and still put a backing on. I think that you could also get a frame shop to cover the back with paper and put hangers on it, if you did everything else (to keep costs down). And of course, a frame shop could do this whole thing for you but you would still save money not needing a custom-sized frame, because frames can be just ridiculously expensive.

The Love and Joy Cross Stitch Sampler KIT is available HERE.

If you would like just the downloadable PDF PATTERN, it is available HERE.

Here are the details:

Finished Size of Design Area: 9.14" x 5.79" (23cm x 15cm); 128 stitches wide x 81 high on 28-count fabric

The kit contains:

One 14" x 16" (36cm x 41cm) piece of 28-count Zweigart Cashel linen in Smokey Pearl
(29) 24" (61cm) lengths of various colors of DMC 6-ply cotton embroidery floss
Stitching instructions
Illustrated stitch tutorial for special stitches
Color cross-stitch chart with symbols
One piece of chipboard for creating a floss organizer
*Frame not included.

You will need your own:

#24 tapestry needle(s) for cross stitch
Embroidery scissors
4" (10cm) embroidery hoop
Frame and framing supplies

If you are new to counted cross stitch, or need a refresher on the basics, please see my "how to do counted cross stitch" tutorial here.

Also, as you probably know, I also carry my favorite supplies in my web shop, should you need lovely, high quality tools. For this project, we have:


Gorgeous little embroidery scissors.


Hardwicke Manor 4" hoops.


Twill tape to wrap around the inner hoop. You don't need to do this, but it's nice, and provides more tension to keep the fabric from slipping out of the hoop as you stitch.


And size #24 tapestry needles for cross stitch on linen.

All supplies will be shipped along with your kit.

We also have a limited number of wintry older kits left. There are 101 Winterwoods ABC Samplers:



We have 42 Ice Skating Afternoon Ornament Kits left:


We have about 60 of each of Snow Day and Night Before Christmas, which we did reissue again a couple of years ago:


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We only have  21 Phyllis Mouses:


And about 100 each of Basil Fox and the Cold Day outfit (for boys and girls, sold separately but fits all the animals)


Of everything else, we do have a pretty decent stock or none at all. Any kits that you do not see on the web site most likely will not be coming back, especially animal softies and ornament kits. I am probably going to bring back a limited supply of My Sweetiepie Sampler kits sometime in 2017, but it won't be anytime soon. I really, really want to make room in my brain and in my space for some new ideas and new kits in 2017.

We do ship overseas! To place your order, you will be required to read this information, which contains details about international shipping and customs fees you may incur when ordering outside the U.S. (If you are overseas, the shipping cost charged by Posie does not include any further charges you may incur when importing goods.) To see the shipping-only costs for your order and location, just place the items in your cart and choose your location (or enter your zip code, if you are in the U.S.) and it will tell you how much the shipping is. As usual, I have a sincere request: Please check on and update your shipping address correctly in your Paypal preferences so that there is no confusion when we go to ship. If you do need to add things to your order or change your address after you've placed the order, just email me and we'll figure it out, no worries! I just like to remind people of this ahead of time, because it's a bit easier.

There is something so poignant about holiday crafting, to me. I honestly think it's the sweetest, most optimistic kind of making we do all year. It doesn't have to be perfect, it just has to come from the heart. I hope this new little sampler kit provides you with many (but not that many; it's just the right size) quiet hours of peaceful stitching this season. And I wish you all the love and joy in the world.



I used to do cross-stitching when I was a young girl, and I remembered that when I actually sat down to do it, I loved it---something about the stitching and the repetition was meditative, in a way. (Of course, the trick was to choose to do that INSTEAD of doing one of the many other things I loved, much like I struggle to CHOOSE to do meditation now because of all the other things I could do instead).

But I always love (both of) those things when I do choose to do them!

This kit is absolutely lovely. I'm going to ask my sister if either of my nieces have ever tried cross-stitching.

I'm in love with that pattern, and everything you do. I wish you all the love and joy in the world too!

I am so tickled... I just bought this kit about an hour ago in your shop. It is truly lovely. Thank you!

Perfect timing for this gorgeous pattern. Thank you. Love and joy come to you, too, Alicia.

Oh Alicia, this cross stitch is just so lovely and thoughtful. I can't wait for mine to arrive. To be stitching all the healing love I can muster. May love and joy come back to you and your dear family. ❤

I just placed my order. It's just beautiful, Alicia! Thank you for sharing with all of us.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Bless you Alicia for your talent and creativity. ✂️
To you and yours have a very Happy Thanksgiving! 🎃

Just all so pretty ♥

Patti Dunaway says: November 15, 2016 at 12:00 PM

Absolutely lovely Alicia! And yes, thank you SOOOO much for the design that will fit into a standard frame. That fact alone means I will likely start on this project immediately! It's sometimes so discouraging to have a sweet project but realize that framing will cost upwards of $100 or more. Your reader who likened stitching to meditation got it exactly right. I stitch and the stress just melts away. Long time ago you yourself likened stitching to "righting the ship". What we all need now!

Gorgeous, and so very "you". I love that the counting looks nice and easy. Definitely need one of those lights you mention though, I am struggling with my sampler at the moment, an earlier one of yours, through not being able to see it in the evening! CJ xx

Very sweet things.. you uplifted me during a time when I needed it. I did a very honest post yesterday and am hearing from people all over the world. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

I always love your kits/patterns!! I just ordered this new kit and a few other supplies from your shop! I wanted to say..ordering from you is such a treat for me because you package everything up so nice and cute!! Hope your day is wonderful!!!

Thank you, Alicia...and I wish you and yours all the love and joy in the world, too. xx

So excited about purchasing this kit. I love all your designs, and this one is especially lovely. It's making me feel rather festive already! I also really appreciate that it will fit in a standard size frame. It makes it much more economical to display. I would love it if future patterns could be in standard sizes, too. However, I will purchase most anything you design because they are so beautiful. Love and joy to you and yours!

Karen Costello says: November 15, 2016 at 02:38 PM

You are just so sweet! In a world full of so much turmoil, it is comforting to come here and read your words, see your photos, and catch a glimpse of what peaceful looks like!

I'm on my way to my very first Avett Brothers show this evening, at our wonderful Akron Civic Theatre! I can't wait!!! I want to leave NOW, and my son keeps saying it's too early to leave...but I can't wait!

The new design is lovely---I'm not a stitcher, but I am cuddled up with my sock knitting, fleece blanket, and snoozy little Yorkie---bring on the Winter!

This is so amazing! I practically tripped over myself to get to the credit card! So beautiful, and you have included all my favorite things - cardinal, tree, snowflakes, and a great house. (I actually found your blog many years ago because I was googling small cottages!) The moon, reindeer and other details around the edges are just lovely. Thank you for a very bright spot in these gloomy times.

Hi Alicia,

I was just wondering if you ever put glass over your framed cross stitch pieces. We live in Western Colorado and it is really dusty here....!

Kathy-June Colwell says: November 15, 2016 at 08:25 PM

"...and stitch your heart back together."
Yes. Someday, could you please make a cross stitch with this as the title? Then I will lay aside the knitting that is holding my heart together, take up your "Stitch Your Heart Back Together" kit and finally, joyfully, take up cross stitch. In the mean time, I will think of this every. Single. Time. I sit down to knit. Thank you.

How did you know that this was just what we all needed right now? In fact, how do you always know? I've been seeking solace and inspiration in your words and pictures for so long (I'm sorry this is my first comment). Thanks for being there and sharing. Can't wait to see another Posie on my wall xxxx

It's just beautiful! I have no idea when I'll have time for stitching (Waaaaaah!!) but I had to have it. You never know...

Another beautiful kit! I am so looking forward to time between Christmas and New Year to be cosy and craft something special. There is a lot of gift making between now and then though.

You have such lovely words. I always love coming to read them, but in these dark days I so very much appreciate the calm, warmth of your heart. Thank you for being a bright spot in my days.

Help! I am trying desperately to place an order, but all the links I click just take me to blank page! Or won't even take me there.
I was so hoping to order today....

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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




Since August of 2011 I've been using a Canon EOS 60D with an EF 18-200mm kit lens and an EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens.