I have not been a very good girl! This past weekend, I fell behind on my List of a Great Many Things to Do.
Falling behind – it can be such a Frustrating Thing.
But in this case, you know what? I had a lot of fun falling behind! You see, I had a distraction…
Last week, I received in the mail a very kind anonymous gift from a very kind reader. Inside the box were two charming kits from Ann’s Orchard, the website of Emma Pavier, who designs very delicate, pretty, fun bead embroidery kits. One of those kits, I’ll review in depth later, once I get started on it.
The other, this little Blue Tit mini bead kit, I’ll show you now, in the interest of justifying why I fell behind this weekend. I think you’ll understand!
The mini bead kits at Ann’s Orchard are adorable. They feature birds, flowers, animals (really cute animals!) and fruit, all in a tiny little space, and all worked out with seed beads on a tent-stitched background.
The kits come with everything you need to complete the tiny design, including an amazing array of seed beads, considering the size of the project. There are no less than 10 colors of beads in this wee, tiny bird!
Inside the kit, you’ll find a chart, instructions, a piece of canvas, all the beads, white thread for stitching the beads into place, a good hank of floss for the background stitching, and needles. All you have to supply are some nice, sharp scissors!
There’s also a three-fold blank card that you can mount your finished little canvas in to use as a greeting card, along with a matching envelope.
The design finishes at slightly less than 3″ square. And the whole thing takes only a few hours or so to stitch up – making it an Extremely Satisfactory Little Project!
For weekend stitching, there’s nothing I like better than a tiny little needlework kit like this! I started this one around 7:00 am on Sunday morning, while the birds were going crazy outside with their Spring shenanigans. It was a quiet, peaceful morning, full of bird song, and a perfect time to break out this little beauty.
Before I knew it, the little Blue Tit had appeared before me in all its tiny beaded glory. After that, it was just a matter of stitching in the background – the perfect type of stitching to do while enjoying a favorite old movie. And that’s just what I did later Sunday afternoon!
About 3 – 3.5 hours of stitching went into the whole piece. They were very welcome hours of pleasure and relaxation! So, thanks to Emma for including the extra little bead kit, and thanks to my friend out there, whoever you are, who sent the gift in the first place! I love the kits!
If you haven’t had a chance yet to browse through Ann’s Orchard, trust me – you don’t know what you’re missing! So many pretty little kits! And they’re all thoroughly well supplied and packaged beautifully.
For US readers, remember that prices are in British Pounds, so you might want to use an online currency converter to figure out the equivalent US price. Shipping is super fast – my package arrived in less than a week from the time it was mailed.
And now, I’m off to catch up on that Ever Lengthening To-Do List.
Or maybe….maybe I’ll just indulge in a few more stitchy distractions.
If the latter, I’ll never tell.