Last Friday, as usual, the postman dropped off the mail while I was at work. One of those little “we’ll re-deliver” cards was included in among the regular collection of Junkmail and Boring Stuff. The postman had written that the sender’s name was “China.” All day long, I thought about that.
I like the man who delivers our mail on our street! He knows everyone and is very friendly – all very small-town-rural-ish, and that’s great! Often, if he misses me in the morning but passes by later and notices I’m home, he’ll stop to deliver a missed package. So on Friday, curious about “China,” I waited. Alas, no postman.
Our post office keeps the screwiest hours in the world. They open after 8:00 a.m. (when everyone else in the world is already at work), and they close at 4:30 pm! Oh, but there’s always lunch time to hit the post office, right? No, no – they close (completely) at 12:00 noon, until 1:30 pm, for their lunch. On Saturday, they’re open from something like 8:30 – 9:45. Yes, it’s all very small-town-rural-ish!
So I appreciate our postman and his kind efforts! I really do! BUT – on Friday – with “China” nagging me all afternoon, there was no sign of second delivery. WHAT WAS CHINA??? I knew I could not rest until I knew…
So, at 4:20 pm, I called the post office. The card said I could pick up the package the next day, and in the past, I’ve never had success trying to pick up on the same day I received that taunting card. But I thought it worth the effort to call “just in case,” and… sure enough, I was rewarded! They had it in hand! They closed in 10 minutes! I rushed to the post office and got there just as they were coming out to lock the doors.
And there, in my hands, was placed a package. It didn’t feel remotely like china. It didn’t look as if it had come from China! Indeed, the return address was South Africa. And though I’ll never quite know how China figured into the picture when the card was left at my door by the postman, I was thrilled and ecstatic that the package was from South Africa!
Because I knew what was in it! I had been waiting…
A mighty collection of Trish Burr’s new embroidery kits!
The kits are professionally packaged in a sealed pastic sleeve, and the contents are tucked into a folded cover page that has a full-color photo of the project within on it.
On the title information, you’ll find the intended skill level of the kit, and I believe each levels is further categorized by the color stripes on the side of the cover.
Inside each kit ordered with threads, you’ll find the instruction pages, which include a supply list, a stitch glossary, a color guide, and step-by-step photos and instructions on completing the project. You’ll also find the threads arranged in groups and marked clearly, separated either in bags or on hanging tabs. You’ll find the fabric for the project, with the design clearly printed on the fabric. You’ll find a needle. And finally, you’ll find a most pleasant surprise – a practice cloth, with little design elements drawn out, for you to practice long and short stitch on! A very nice addition to each kit, I think!
The instructions, as you can see above, are accompanied by a photograph of the project developing at every step of the way. Very helpful!
I’m so excited to see these kits in person!!! And now that I’ve seen them, I can reiterate that this is a great way to learn needlepainting, or long and short stitch embroidery! The rosebud is absolutely perfect for beginners – clean instructions, simple design, and all the perfect little touches to bring the design to life.
I cannot wait to finish my currect project so I can launch into one of these kits!
You can find Trish’s kits on her website, for those of you in the USA who want to try them. For readers in the UK or Australia, check the suppliers listed on Trish’s site!
Also, keep an eye out this week for my Give-Away, which will include one of Trish’s kits!!!
Enjoy your Monday!