For the past month we've been busy behind the scenes here, working to get all of the sampler kits ready to ship. The silk screening is finished, the patterns are proofed and printed, the packing slips are printed and organized, the postcards are written, the customs forms are filled out, the crewel needles are ready, the scissors and hoops are waiting. Seven out of nine colors of crewel wool skeins have been received, but I just found out that the last two colors we've been waiting for are still in London being dyed, and won't leave the UK until June 16. The Appletons company (the company who manufactures the crewel wool) had an unexpected week-long shut down last week, and part of our order was delayed by that. I've been on the phone with my US distributor, trying to expedite things, and I'll find out tomorrow if that June 16 shipping date will hold (*as of Friday, they say it will). If it does, that means that stuff will take about another week or so to arrive here in Portland, and then we will begin the final assembly of kits and the printing of postage immediately. It will take us several days to get everything ready and shipped. So, a little delay, but we are here anxiously waiting the arrival of this one last box, and the minute it shows up we will work light lightning to finish these and send them on their ways to you. If you have any questions, just let me know.
In the meantime, I'm sort of sitting around doing nothing today. Our new back door is scheduled to be installed around July 8, so I have to find a deck plan, and a new back path plan, since we've decided to have the sidewalk back there removed to make way for a bigger deck. Can't use the door until the deck is built; can't build the deck until the door is installed. I'm trying to learn patience, in so many ways big and small, these days.
Thank you for the calico cake commiseration! Silly Paulsons! I did wind up baking another one, it's true. Cream-soaked banana cake was banana mush, and as I mentioned, I had twelve thawing 'nanners (seven left, at that point) so there were supplies.
Besides, our boy had a wish to make! You don't turn 40 every day.
Well, actually, you kind of do, around here. Since we had four cakes (five, actually) and the b-day went on for a week! Pffft! :-)
*** Oooo — I forgot to mention that the downloadable PDF of the sampler pattern is now available HERE. It also includes comparable DMC six-strand cotton floss color numbers, if you'd prefer to use floss instead of crewel wool. The stitches work either way. Thank you!