Surprise mail is the best ~ especially when it delivers exactly the thing you didn't know you really really wanted.
Um no, not this canning jar pin cushion. I was inspired to make that after I spotted the pretty things at this shop.
No, it's these cross stitch stamps. They came in a small package last week from Lecien and I just about died over the cuteness. Look at the adorable motifs... aack! You can stamp them onto anything, but the coolest thing is that you can stamp them onto fabric with erasable fabric ink... and then embroider away.
I was anxious to get started. (Not like I didn't have a hundred other things to do.) What I love about the stamps is that you can make your own patterns, designs, or scenes so easily... just stamp as you like. This little cherry stamp I did was a practice run. I think it's only the second time I've ever cross stitched. I enjoyed it thoroughly, but once it was finished I realized that the crosses are probably meant to be a little denser, maybe closer together. I would, by the way, accept it as kind mentoring if any of you cross stitch experts want to throw me a few tips... ;)
But, I think this turned out pretty cute anyway.
And one can never have enough pretty pin cushions, I say. Still, I've decided to throw it in with my little giveaway. It makes for a pretty, but flimsy, pin cushion... or better yet, a really cute mouse pillow.
Lucky me, I was sent a few of the stamp sets in multiples, so I thought it best to share. I'm giving away this bear set, along with a few others. (You can also find the cross stitch stamps available for sale at Superbuzzy.) Lecien was kind enough to also send me some beautiful Cosmo Marble floss...
Each skein of Marble thread holds 15 meters of six-strand Egyptian cotton floss... and the color changes about every four inches. I'm giving away these 16 different skeins:
Thanks to Lecien. So, if you're at all into free floss, cross stitch stamps, and a handmade pin cushion (or mouse pillow) ~ simply leave a comment on this post telling me... your favorite line of fabric of all time. Ok? I'll close comments on midnight next Tuesday and announce a random winner (open to everyone) on Wednesday, May 1st.
But I'll be seeing you in a few days with a certain quilt top that I've been working on. Cheers!