Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Sneak peek!

OK - things are a little crazy (and messy) around here. We packed orders all day and we're tired.  But, we're also really thankful for every shop who orders from us! We release new products 5-6 times a year and work hard to ship every shop who participates in our automatic program on the same day.  That means alot of messy buildup in the office for a few days as we assemble and pack all the orders.  We'll celebrate when they go out the door on Friday!

Here is the promised SNEAK PEEK!  This is the new Flora McSample Strawberry Sampler Quick-it. You saw a preview of this design on the earlier blog post on Friday, March 11.  We were still stitching the model at that time, so now it is all framed and published and ready to leave home. 

Who is this Flora person, you ask?  Flora is our (fictitious) sampler girl who helps L*K with her new line of sampler-ish designs.  Flora was created recently as a friend of Jenny Bean (and Theresa from Shakespeare's Peddler). Theresa invited other cross stitch designers to create "friends" for her Jenny Bean sampler character.  We were already interested in doing some sampler-inspired designs, so it was meant to be!

This little Strawberry Sampler is a Quick-it, which means that it comes with a pattern and embellishments.  The embellishments are lovely dark berry colored beads which become (you guessed it) the seeds on the strawberry. I've been busily gluing the beads in these designs, while Carmen assembles the Halloween Rules Double Flips.

Here's our little assembly line we use when packing auto orders. Each cardboard bin holds a pile of the new designs. I stand on this side of the table and pull each order, according to the shop's desired quantities.  The finished order boxes (at the far end of the photo) are then handed to Alan.  He stands on the other side of the table and puts the merchandise in the appropriate mailing box. If a shop receives an incorrectly pulled order, it's probably MY fault!  

When we're all finished packing orders, we begin attaching USMail and UPS labels. Henry is already tired, just thinking about it!  What a wimp...we aren't finished for 2 more days!



  1. I love, love, this Strawberry pattern hun; and can't wait to get it. Thanks for the wonderful charts...keep em comin!!!

    Hugs, Shar

  2. Love the Flora design. It's also interesting to see the process behind the scenes so thanks for sharing.

  3. Wow! You really do have a FULL time business! But at least you're very organized, which helps a LOT, I'm sure!
    The new pattern is very cute and I love seeing how this is all processed.
    Thanks so much!


  4. Alison is completely obsessed with strawberries right now, so I can't wait to get this next shipment! :)