Got a new catalog today from NH, Keepsake NeedleArts. Like most catalogs, it has a lot of kits. I try to avoid them because of the inflated costs but understand the necessity for this kind of markup in the industry. Otherwise the shops would never make a cent. Anyway, there's stuff I've never seen before in it: cross-stitch (stamped and counted), needlepoint, crewel, stumpwork, rug-hooking, fibers and tools. They've got Hinz-it charts, Sandy Cozzolino perforated paper santas that I don't own yet (not the Mill Hills in The Stitchery), and the cutest "sampler scissors box." It's a shaker box with a stitched lining that has a pocket to tuck your scissors in. I must get it and finish it before I go to Tulsa (registration was today and the 5 southern girls and I are in). I will be the envy of my fellow stitchers. The catalog doesn't seem to have a web presence, but the # is 800-852-7338. Despite the proximity of my parents' address to the mail order address, I've got no connections to this business. I just get a lot of catalogs.
Finished backstitch on all the leaves; have half the rose to complete.