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Valentine’s Sale at Little Dorrit & Co.!

Sale!

Sale time! We’re running a little sale over at Little Dorrit & Co. to get ready for Valentine’s Day! We’ve got a lovely selection (if I do say so myself) of romantic embroidery patterns, perfect for gifts or just to set the mood: there’s Romeo & Juliet, Pride & Prejudice, loving quotes – even Snow White & Prince Charming!

Enter PLEASEBEMINE at checkout for 20% off your purchase from now until Valentine’s Day (February 14th)!

Shakespeare’s Flowers Embroidery Patterns – Out Now!

Shakespeare's Flowers - Wild Thyme

Yay! The last set of Literary Flowers are done and in the shop: Shakespeare’s Flowers!

Shakespeare's Flowers - Woodbine

This pattern pack comes with five small floral patterns, all mentioned in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (my favorite Shakespeare play – one of my favorite books ever). Where our poppies were bold and our tulips dramatic, these little flowers are sweet and delicate.

Shakespeare's Flowers - Violets

And small! Most of our patterns are large and detailed, but these flowers are by their real-life nature small and uncomplicated. Quite fitting for being the home of the fairies and all.

Shakespeare's Flowers - Eglantine

We thought it’d be nice to have some patterns that would work well on a pair of pillowcases (I can’t stop thinking of these on pillowcases, especially the Eglantine above!), or as embellishment on any wearable / useable item (a little sewing pouch! a tote bag!), or just as little wee hoop decorations. This one below, the Primrose, is going to stay in its hoop and hang on my wall – it’s just too sweet!

Shakespeare's Flowers - Primrose

There’s five patterns in the pack and you can check out all the pattern details on Etsy. We sure hope you like them, and there’s more photos on Flickr if you’d like to have a look!

The Black Tulip Embroidery Patterns + Celebratory Discount!!!

The Black Tulip Embroidery Patterns

It’s been a while, but we’ve finally got a new set of embroidery patterns in the Little Dorrit & Co. pattern shop today!

The Black Tulip Embroidery Patterns

This set of three patterns was inspired by “The Black Tulip”, written in 1850 by Alexandre Dumas. The story takes place in 17th Century Holland and involves a race to find a true black tulip – with not a fleck of color on it.

Black tulips have always been my favorite – they’re just so sleek and dramatic. And because I basically grew up in Holland myself, tulips always remind me a bit of home. Of course, real black tulips are actually in shades of the deepest, darkest purples, and we’ve tried to capture that with our thread choices.

The Black Tulip Embroidery Patterns

This set of three patterns features two tulips – one long and slinky, potted in Delft porcelain, the other a parrot-style full of detail – and a small Delft-inspired motif.

The Black Tulip Embroidery Patterns

As usual, they all include stitch and color guides! And if you’re stitching them up, check out my tutorial on &Stitches for the type of long-and-short stitch – I use the same stitch in the detailed tulip pattern (top photo).

The Black Tulip Embroidery Patterns

To celebrate the release of this new pattern set (which is the first in a small series of literary-inspired flowers, by the way!) we’re offering a discount code for 15% off in the Little Dorrit & Co. shop! The code is TULIPSEASON and will expire on July 16th, 2013. Happy shopping!

(More photos of these embroideries in my Flickr photostream.)

Real Life.

Crashed the heck out in my lap.

I share so much of the everyday regular-old-life stuff over on Instagram and Twitter that I really neglect it here. If you’re one of the few readers that I don’t know for real or that I chat with on either of those places, I suppose I’m just a never-ending stream of half-finished projects. Which I kind of am. But there’s other stuff sometimes too, and these last two weeks have been a bit of a doozy.

A couple of weeks ago, I noticed a lump on the back of my darling Oscar’s (pictured above) back. I didn’t worry about it too much right away, but I knew I had to keep a close eye on it. When it didn’t disappear after a week or so, I thought he better get it seen to since I’m going to be going away for a week and didn’t want to leave it until after that. I dreaded it though, because we’ve come to not really trust our usual vet, suspecting him of tacking on costs that aren’t really necessary, or put your little creature under too much stress, taking advantage of your concern.

As predicted, that vet did exactly that, so we took the estimate away and decided to get a second opinion. The dear Mrs. Suzy Sewing gave me an awesome recommendation for a new vet who I felt immediately comfortable with.

So my gorgeous little bear had surgery on Monday and since he’s an older gentleman – 16 this spring – it’s always a scary thing. Oscar’s been with me for so long, I can’t bear to think about life without him – we do everything together. He sleeps in a ball next to me, sits on my lap while I knit, waits for me at the door when I come home. We’re inseparable. But he did great! He’s remarkably healthy and strong and came through the surgery like it wasn’t no thang, and is now recovering with barely a change in his normal behavior. What an amazing boy. (The photo above is him totally crashed out last night, getting good rest in after a long couple of days.) It was a terrifying few days that I’m still exhausted – physically and emotionally – from. But so so so relieved. I wish I could just spend the next three days scratching his brave little head and giving him snuggles.

At the same time, I submitted two knitting pattern proposals to be considered for publication! Eep! I don’t know how it’ll really feel if they are rejected, but at the moment I’m thinking it’d be ok. If they are, I’ll keep working on them and stick ’em up on Ravelry anyway. But I had to just jump in and give it a go, because if I stick with the crafty world, there’s going to be submissions and that sort of thing in my future and I can’t get anywhere being afraid of them. I don’t know if the pattern ideas will be what they’re looking for at all, but I can at least say that I’m really proud of the quality of my submission itself, and that’s something, right?

Phew. So how have you guys been?

Gift #29 Winner!

Woohoohoo! Vanessa (aka #4), c’mon down!

Mr. RandomMan picked Vanessa who told us this about a recent thing she’s done for someone else:

My husband was away on a business trip for a week and just got home Friday evening. While he was gone I wanted to surprise him with our bedroom being repainted and window treatments redone – fresh and clean – he loved it. I also embroidered on stock card paper a card for him that said I love You ! with a cloud around the words!
Gifted an infinity scarf that I made to a co worker.
Gifted hand knit socks to my daughter.

Which I have to admit, was one of my favorites. Surprising a loved one with a huge project in a really short time like that! You’d really have to plan it out to get it done so quickly, which is so sweet! I also loved Karen’s comment, who had just given me a gift (she did! And I loved it!) and Kate’s, who had to struggle to get a gift to her equally generous friend without being paid back in return, and Jessica’s, who has been sending cards out to friends (including myself, I got one just right this second while writing this!) — and all of them, really! I have to say, I’ve been having a bumpy couple of weeks, and your comments really made me feel like the world is full of lovely, generous, thoughtful people. So you kind of gave me a gift back. This whole gift thing rocks.

As for the end of my 29 Gifts challenge, here’s my final thoughts: I loved it. So much. But it was crazy hard too. And I think it might’ve been even more fun if nobody knew I’d done it, so they were like little no-reason gifts, and maybe I’d do it again that way one day. But I wanted to tell you all about it, and anyway, I also kind of liked dedicating a whole day to one person at a time, and letting them know they had this special day that was all about them, gift-wise. Also, here’s a funny thing: I could swear I got extra little gifts and nicenesses from people during this time too, as if the generous spirit was contagious! I hope it sticks with me, and I don’t get distracted by everyday nonsense and forget to keep doing these small nice things for people. It made me feel awesome, too.

So with Gift #29, my challenge is officially over. Vanessa, you win any two patterns of your choice from either of my pattern shops – I’ll email you shortly to find out which you’d like!

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