Summer Kits (and Lots of Soap) Now Available!

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Golly day! It's here! The day when I show you all the things! I was up at 4! Then I fell back asleep! Now I'm scrambling! This'll be short! You know what to do! It's Strawberry Season Cross Stitch Sampler Kit, above, and I love it! (Please note actual strawberries and actual flowers from our garden. Free photo props! Yay.) And here is the Strawberry Season PDF pattern.

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And this is your new hoop for summer, the eponymously named Summer Wreath. The kit comes with the printed pattern, floss, fabric, ribbon, and hoop for framing.  The Summer Wreath PDF is here. There will be a fall coming in 2021 and then we will be done with this sweet series.

Also, we still have MANY Spring Wreath kits, Winter Wreath kits, and Whan That Aprille kits (the first in the 2021 cross-stitch series) left available.

Now, as you might know, Andy and I made a whole lot of soap this spring and it is all now ready to come home to you. We make our soap by hand with all natural ingredients using the cold-process method. We have various but very limited quantities of eight different kinds of soap available today. They are all available here, along with our beautiful handmade, natural lotion bars (finally restocked!). Please enjoy browsing the soaps. I'm running late so I don't have time to post a picture of them each here, but they're nice. They're huuuuuge bars, they're gorgeous to use, I am super proud of them, and I mean seriously — I don't know if we'll ever do this again. We're funny like that. This was kind of a weird lark we both got on for a while during lockdown and I don't know if it will stick.

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I also just got a little bee in my bonnet to make these little mini Handmade Bubble Scoops, mostly for Amelia's baths but I also made some for you. Filled with natural butters, oils, and skin-loving ingredients, they'll bubble a little in your or your kid's bathtub and just make you smile. I think it would also make a sweet little gift. They're scented with blueberry, buttercream, summer berry, and apricot and smell delightful.

We have also issued 46 Daisychain ABCs Crewelwork Sampler Kits! Yay! You may remember these from many, many years ago. These kits include fabric, nine skeins of Appletons crewel wool, and a printed pattern with all the instructions for transferring and stitching the design you need. This fabric is discontinued by the manufacturer and once these are gone they are literally gone forever. We happened to have these pieces of fabric left over from our original launch in 2011 and I'm really glad. I loved this kit and am happy to have a few of these for you here.

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I had to include this picture because I literally laughed out loud when I saw the horizontal lines of the wainscoting and the picture frame tilted in opposite directions. I honestly don't know how the heavens I managed to do that, but I can't seem to correct it now so, there it is, my photography circa 2011. Not that I'm much better but I can see it now in a way I probably couldn't then. Or maybe I saw it then. I don't know, I can hardly remember 2011. Anyway.

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Anyway, because look, yay! We have 109 Things of Summer in stock!

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And I just wanted to remind you: We still have 53 Flower and Frond kits left, and these will never happen again, so please enjoy making jewelry this summer. I think you will love it. I'm really proud of these kits.


This is a lot of stuff. Are you freaking out? I kind of am. My new assistant, Anna the Great, has been working overtime to stuff these kits and wrap soaps and cut fabric and bundle crewel wool while I've been snowed under a cascade of pattern writing and reprinting and printing. Anyway, I wanted to keep you busy this summer, too, so let me know if you have any questions, and as always, thank you for the bottom of my weary little heart. I love you.

P.S. I'm really rushing here so if any of these links are broken or go to the wrong place please let me know and I will correct, etc. Thank you! Also, I've changed my shipping charges to calculate based on the total weight of the order, so I'm praying that works — it's essentially untested because I couldn't figure out how to test, but yeah, let's do this! What could go wrong! :)


Things in Summer is gorgeous!! How fast is the shipment? I'm leaving for a (international!) trip in 10 days and want to take this with me to gift a friend.

So happy that the crewel sampler is back! I have always been sad to have missed out on kits from some of your earlier years and it is absolutely gorgeous!

Chelsea w says: June 21, 2021 at 12:50 PM

Hi Alicia, thank you so much for telling us about the samplers that you still had available. I’ve just ordered one and I think it will be the perfect summer project for me :) as always, love reading you blog posts, they are magical. ~Chelsea

Yay! New patterns! I love your 4 seasons cross-stitch collection, Alicia. I've made all the designs so far and really hope you won't stop this wonderful tradition and will continue design that. It makes every season so special.

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dale duckworth says: June 26, 2021 at 09:48 AM

Hi Alicia,
I just ordered the summer wreath and another lotion bar, so enjoying these. I’m looking forward to receiving them.
I am also praying for you and all the people on the west coast with that heat coming in, so scary. I hope you have a/c and can weather it in comfort.
Take care,

Dale mentioned the heat. I was wondering if you had posted about it. I am in Cashmere with a window unit and 116 predicted for tomorrow. The dog is snacking on ice cubes and I don't know if the petunias are going to make it.

I came back here to say Thank you! I received the kit on the 3rd day after I wrote a comment here. I'm leaving in two days and I wanted to say how much I appreciate your caring customer service, Alicia. No, I have to correct myself. You certainly made me feel like a friend, rather than a customer. Thank you!

Adrienne says: July 01, 2021 at 05:10 PM

the bubble scoops!!!! Normally I check your site daily but life has been hectic and then we went camping at Mt rainier, on the river, which made me think of you and all your amazing river vacation pics. Anyway- I missed all the good stuff! I managed to grab a summer cross stitch before they sold out but the bubble scoops are sold out. Will you be making more??? The packaging is amazing and I love the idea of an ice cream scoop of bubble bath.

I hope you make more, I want to buy myself a package for my birthday :) and of course for friends as well. What a great gift. Love it. It also sent me don a rabbit hole of the bath and body items...I forget how absolutely stunning those lotion bars are. I love all the cross stitch and I'm seasons behind on my patterns, every little image is always perfect and so fun...but you have a gift for bath and beauty. Wowzer.

Looking forward to more summer photos and all the wonderful items you create.

Carmen Ferguson says: July 08, 2021 at 11:08 AM

I just received my bar of soap. It was quite a splurge for me, but it will last me a year and each time I use it I will think of Andy and Alicia making it and of all you have shared of your life and your many gifts. I'm a vicarious visitor usually....once I stopped checking a few times a day, I'm much happier to see the results of your parenting, cooking, creative projects, home design, and your exquisite partnering with your community. Thanks for sharing your lives.

Anamaria says: July 15, 2021 at 05:34 PM

I received my orders a few days ago and just finished the Summer one, I really love it, I ‘m so glad you had them again, I still have the Winter one to finnish they are so lovely, your jewelery is also beautiful, a few years ago I did like to do tiny embroidery, but my eyes are not capable any more !

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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