Sampler Kits Update

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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!


Happy Birthday to the outstanding Andy! (Wait, is that a banana cake?!) It's actually the best decade-you're old enough to know yourself, what you love, what you want, what you don't want, and young enough to do all the things you want to do.

Oh yeah, you just said it was another banana caae. Maybe being over 40 has its drawbacks, from my end here....

Happy birthday to your lovely husband! And from someone who is happily awaiting the arrival of my kit, I don't at all mind waiting a few more weeks! Good luck with the whole patience bit....

Beautiful cake -- as much so as the last one! I also love that shirt that Andy is wearing -- did you make it for his birthday? Your back yard is so pretty -- everything has a place and a purpose -- I like that. As soon as it gets a little warmer, I want to do some interesting things in my own small backyard -- for the time being I'm being creative in planting herbs and other small vegetables in old wooden drawers bought at a garage sale for $.25 each -- all handmade and dovetailed instead of using nails!

As we practice to be patient, it is only fitting that we are rewarded with week-long birthday celebrations, and do-over cakes! Cheers and cheers!

now THAT'S aa pretty cake...but i still say cake with a spoon is always a good idea!

Cheryl Babington says: June 09, 2011 at 10:42 AM

I'm looking SO forward to getting my sampler kit!! Thanks for the update!


I do not mind at all waiting a bit longer for my kit to arrive! Due to inspiration from you, I've signed up for a quiltmaking class that starts next week, so I'll be busy with that for a while. Happy b'day to Andy!

Thank you, thank you, thank you for the PDF pattern!!! I am SO excited! Your sampler is my inspiration for all the decor in my newest daughter's nursery (she is due in September). Can't wait to get started!!

...and happy birthday to your husband!!

Mary Lynn says: June 09, 2011 at 11:05 AM

When it comes to Birthdays, my husband says, "you only get a day"! (chuckle). Andy you are special to have five birthday cakes. Way too many calories for me. Hello to Alicia and Clover Meadow.

That's a very CLEAN looking cake - no crumb-y edges - I'm impressed with that!

michele (maryland) says: June 09, 2011 at 11:41 AM

LOVE your back yard! Good job! Happy birthday to Andy too!

I am so excited about my sampler, i too need to learn patience!
happy birthday to Andy, it is my birthday tomorrow and guess how old??? 40 ...i don't want it to come!
p.s that cake looks delicious x

I am looking forward to my kit--it will be a wonderful surprise whenever it arrives!!

Happy birthday to Andy!

You make everything so nice Alicia! That's a beautiful cake! and I love the candles:)

Happy Birthday, Andy! Love your pictures. ~ Lisa xo

Yeah cake! I'm making so much cake this week, though I think I will break free of the 4/5 cakes you made and stop at 3.

5 cakes - now that sounds like my kind of party!!
Yeah for the sampler update!! It's probably a good thing it got delayed as I have tons to do around here for my local farmer's market. I think it would be too tempting to not stitch it right away.

Honey, since I figured it would take me until next January to even find the time to sit down and make my sampler, there's no worries on my part!

Happy birthday to Andy. It's good to know that I'm not the only needleworking husband in the world!

No problem on the kit, it will just make it even more exciting when it does come!

Sounds like you're busy. All the best to the Paulsons.

The cake looks beautiful. Bet it tasted awesome, all the better for having to bake it twice!

Mr. Lee and I both have birthdays in December so we always celebrate for a week each with Christmas in the middle.

Way to go Paulsons.

Firstly, the cake is a beaut.
Secondly, y'all's yard is so dang gorgeous. It's We need rain in the worst way down here...

The remake cake was every bit as pretty as the first!

Your photos are so inspiring!

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About Alicia Paulson


My name is Alicia Paulson
and I love to make things. I live with my husband and daughter in Portland, Oregon, and design sewing, embroidery, knitting, and crochet patterns. See more about me at




Since August of 2011 I've been using a Canon EOS 60D with an EF 18-200mm kit lens and an EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens.