Friday, May 30, 2014

Concerns with the Owl Birth Sampler

We have had a few complaints this week about this chart. I wanted to address them here, so everyone can be made aware.
Issue #1: The stitch count listed on the back of the chart does not include the personalization.

There is a reason for this:
Unlike birth samplers where the name and date is incorporated into empty space WITHIN the artwork, the space for the name and date in this design is at the bottom of the chart, UNDERNEATH the artwork. While that allows greater flexibility if you need to add extra lines for multiple births (twins?), long names, or being born in a month like September, the amount of fabric you need really depends on how you intend to personalize it.

Does that make sense?

The stitch count given on the back of the chart is for the top of the owl down to the squiggly wavy line underneath the word goodnight.

So that raises the question--how do you know how much fabric to buy?

We tried to address this on the leaflet.

The information that is currently printed on the back of the chart reads as follows:

Model stitched over 2 on 28 count Gray Jobelan
using 2 ply thread.
Not including the name and birthday,
the stitch count is 96w x 163h.

The finished design measures approx.
6.5”w x
 11”h without
the name and birthday.
the name and birthday added, the finished
design measures approx. 6.5”w x 12 3/8”h.

In other words, if you want to add 2 lines of personalization using the font included in the chart, stitched on the suggested 28 ct. fabric, you will need to plan on the design being an additional 1 3/8" high.  

Stitchers who purchase the chart from local shops will hopefully be able to read this and recognize you need to make extra allowance for the customization when purchasing fabric. Online stitchers don't have the luxury of reading the back of the leaflet, so we ask online shop owners to make note of this in the product description.

Issue #2: The chart is small and may be difficult to read for some stitchers.

If you are having this issue, please contact us at

We have a solution for you, but cannot help you if you don't contact us and let us know. I do want to mention that since the initial printing, we have modified the chart pattern to be larger, but if you got one of the charts with the smaller print or are having difficulty even with the larger print, please don't hesitate to contact us. We want your stitching experience to be a positive one!


Wednesday, May 21, 2014

May Releases

C'mon. Let's admit it. We all have a little girl in our lives who is basically a tiara and a pink dress, amiright?

This one is mine :).
Or maybe we know a hero who is battling or has battled breast cancer. 
I know some of you are in the trenches or have come out on the other side, and I love and admire you for the strength and courage you have shown. I know there are days when your only option is to just plow ahead, one moment at a time...and you do it with gracious dignity. Some of you have shared your stories with me and for that I am so grateful!

So...the first release this month is for you. For the survivors, for the heroes, and for those of you who love (or who are!) a pink princess.
Pink is an Attitude

The second release this month has a bit of a story. Many of you know our fourth child was born with some health struggles.
When he was 1 day old, the doctors at the hospital approached us and told us that if we wanted to have color pictures of him while he was alive--it
was time to call a photographer.

So we did.

A volunteer photographer from an organization called Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep came and took some beautiful photos for us.
Thankfully, the doctors were wrong. Our baby pulled through.

That photo shoot with NILMDTS was only the first encounter of many we have had with organizations in our new, unfamiliar special needs universe; organizations run almost entirely by volunteers.

Amazingly unselfish, generous, kind, heart-of-gold, I-wanna-be-just-like-them volunteers.

We, along with that little baby, have been blessed to see the very best side of humanity. He has been the beneficiary when neighbors, friends, and family jumped in to help when they saw a need--even when we didn't ask. With him, we have seen people who are facing unimaginably hard things turn their difficult situations into something that would benefit others.  We've met parents, doctors, nurses, teachers and therapists who just quietly do what needs to be done day in and day out with no recognition for the immeasurable difference they are making. Because of he journey we are taking with him, we KNOW that this world is full of so much good!

When I ran across this saying on a friend's Facebook page it resonated me to the core. I knew I had to stitch it!

Believe there is good in the world.
Be the good.
What a great reminder!!
I chose a rainbow palette because that is what appeals to my kids, but with only 5 colors it would be easy to modify to make it match your home.

One last thing.
We are still looking for a model stitcher. If you are interested, email us!