God grant you the light in Christmas, which is faith;
the warmth of Christmas, which is love;
the radiance of Christmas, which is purity;
the righteousness of Christmas, which is justice;
the belief in Christmas, which is truth;
& all of Christmas, which is Christ.
--Wilda English

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Stash Addition??? Really???

You would think that after the stash addition Santa gave me for Christmas that I not only couldn't possibly find but also wouldn't possibly need even one more chart or kit.  That's what I thought too although I wasn't totally disconnected from reality & knew that I'd probably find a chart or kit every once in a while that I would fall in love with & didn't already have.  One day last week I was perusing eBay & what did I find but an auction for 4 out of print Prairie Schooler Santa charts ... 1984, 85, 86, & 87.  I placed my bid ... then someone overbid me!  How dare they!  I placed a higher bid & even though I was having my oral surgery done when the auction ended & thus was not able to monitor things I was not overbid & here they are safe & sound in my humble little home ...

Also on eBay that very same day was an auction for three Pine Mountain kits.  A great deal & no one else bid on them so I've got these too   : )
The next thing that happened was a new post for Anita's Little Stitches came up on my blog feed.  I've been following Anita's blog for a while now but for some reason never noticed the link to her webpage on her sidebar.  When I went there I was in awe not only because of the vast array of things she has for sale ... charts & threads & scissors & charms (lots & lots of stuff!) ... but also the great deals she had!  I was delighted to find 3 more old PS Santas I didn't already have plus a couple BBD charts & Homespun Elegance's Snow Babies ornament.  
Anita is very nice to deal with, provides excellent customer service in addition to what I mentioned above, & she packages your purchases carefully & gets them in the mail to you quickly!  I am definitely a happy customer & am sure I will remain so   : )

Is this the end of my after-Christmas purchases?  No, it's not.  I revisited 1-2-3 Stitch (twice!) & found a treasure trove of stuff in someone's Etsy shop & then 2 more Pine Mountain kits in another Etsy shop.  I also ended up ordering something from an online shop which for now will remain nameless.  I truly hate to order from that shop because their customer service is terrible & you wait forever to receive something after you order it ... but sometimes it's the only place you can find something you're looking for so I bite the bullet & just accept the fact that I'm going to be treated poorly but I'll get what I want in the end.  I will share these other purchases with you at another time.

So did I need all these additional things for my stash?  Of course I did!  They all pretty much revolve around my stitching for winter/Christmas theme & many were out of print!  I did good   : )     


Stitching By A Cornish Sea Shore said...

I love browsing eBay you never know what you will come across and we all like a bargain. I have bought some beautiful out of print charts over the years from a lady in Canada who has subsequently become a dear friend.

Michelle said...

Wonderful bargains - you are so like me my dear friend. Off to e-mail you now x

Shebafudge said...

Congratulations, you got some wonderful things there. Have fun stitching them!

Mrs. GraceWorks said...

Fun, fun, fun! I need to see that snow babies one up close. I think I need to add it to my list. LOL!

Cottonwood Lane Primitives said...

I used to have two of those Prairie Schooler Santas designs. They were probably sold in a garage sale many years ago :-(. Happy stitching! ~Roberta

bettyj said...

You are so funny! I think you are going to have sore fingers and tired eyes, but beautiful stitcheries to enjoy. Stitch on m friend.

cucki said...

wowwwwwwwwwwww more lovely stash..i love them all so much..
now you going to be busy with more stitching now..enjoy them all..
love and hugs cucki xx

Chris said...

So many wonderful things!
I am going to love to see all your finishes :)

Sally said...

Wow you have bought some wonderful new stash and what wonderful bargains too! Looking forward to seeing you stitch some of these:)

Siobhan said...

Fantastic stash haul!! Love 'em all! I don't know if I mentioned this before, no affiliation, but it's helped me a lot--I love to use www.auctionsniper.com when bidding on Ebay. I've scored a lot of nice pottery that way!

Ma Teakettle said...

Oh what awesome stash! I think you did great and one can NEVER have enough stash, especially when it's a bargain!
I adore your blog and now, I am off to check out some bargains too :)
Ma Teakettle

Carol said...

Oh, what a bundle of goodies, Shirlee!! You are going to need an addition to your house to store all of these things :) What will you start first?

Jane said...

Good for you Shirlee, you make me feel less guilty for my recent additions now and as we both seem to be concentrating on winter/christmas stitching for the year then you can pass them all on to me when you've finished (LOL)~ hee hee! I say KEEP BUYING xxx

butterfly said...

Hello Shirlee, Wow you are a girl of my own heart,
What a lovely lot of stash, makes you feel good.
Happy stitching.

Kendra said...

I found two of the four Santa's almost finished in my mother's cross stitch things that I got when she passed. She passed in 2003 and I discovered them while going through some of her stuff this past December...what a nice Christmas surprise! Love them.

TheCrankyCrow said...

I wanna come shopping at your house.... ;o) (And, yes, OF COURSE, you needed to increase your stash!!!) I'm still waiting for you to post a photo of your chandelier though.... ;o) Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin