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Monday, 15 August 2011
Scissors and the Mystery SAL

Last week I received yet another pair of scissors that I won on French ebay. They are actually a lot nicer than the picture shows them to be. The seller wrapped them in two old picture postcards which I thought was a nice idea. These postcards have now gone in my 'postcard box'.

This is the Hobby Lobby card box which I will be using to mount my Mystery SAL piece once it's finished. It comes unfinished and I was undecided whether to just wax it or stain and distress it. As you can see I went with the latter option. I wasn't too fussy about the top of the box as, of course, this will no longer be seen once I mount the stitched piece.

This shows the inside of the box and, as you can see, the glue remains uncoloured but this will be hidden once the lining of French Navy silk goes in.

I have a few of these boxes being sent over from a friend in the US and once they arrive I will be able to offer some to readers in the UK and Europe so if you are stitching the Mystery SAL (on 40ct linen) and would like to 'finish' it as a box top, please keep visiting here as numbers of these boxes for sale are limited. Please do not email me as yet as I do no not have them in stock. Of course if you live in the US these boxes are widely available at Hobby Lobby. The bonus chart, which will be sent to you on completion of the SAL, will be a pincushion to fit in one of the sections inside the box.

And now to the Mystery SAL. I continue to be amazed at the response to the SAL and I have already received 19 pictures of finishes of Part 1. The different threads chosen are gorgeous and a couple of choices have already caused me to 'Add to Cart' on different websites! Well done to all.

I sent the chart out a few hours earlier than I intended (some of you just could not wait - you know who you are) so, as it was already Saturday in Australia, I capitulated and out they went. By late evening here I had received two pictures - one from Brenda in the US and the other from Paule in France! I look forward to receiving more pictures. I am preparing a slideshow and will be posting this shortly.

I am sorry that some of you have missed out on this SAL but I had to keep the numbers manageable. By request I have opened a waiting list which appears to be growing daily.

Thanks for visiting
Take care

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  • On 15 August 2011 at 12:04, Blogger Gabi

    Beautiful scissors Carol. I buy quite some scissors from France too. My latest are Dove and Flower ones.
    Looking forward to see some pictures of your SAL. The few ones I saw until now all looked gorgeous.
    Next time when you're having a stitch along, I'll jump in before it's too late...lol.

  • On 15 August 2011 at 12:25, Blogger Kate

    Gorgeous scissors. Love the box colour. I'm not sure how I will finish mine - just waiting to see how the mystery unfolds before I decide.

  • On 15 August 2011 at 15:20, Blogger Annie

    A gorgeous pair of scissors!

    I love how you stained the box. I have no idea how to do that. If your are looking for something to blog about, maybe you could offer some hints for that part of the process? ;-)

    Looking forward to the next installment!

  • On 15 August 2011 at 15:33, Blogger Lili

    Lovely scissor!
    The box is wonderful!!

  • On 15 August 2011 at 15:59, Blogger Meari

    Very cool scissors, Carol. I've got my SAL about 1/3 done. Boy, those ladies are fast!

    Is there a number on the box so I know which one to get?

  • On 15 August 2011 at 19:57, Anonymous Anonymous

    Please give us the recipe for staining the box. Which ingredients do you use ? It does look good.
    Not quite yet finished the first instalment. I love Edgar's version.

  • On 17 August 2011 at 14:31, Blogger angelasweby

    Ooh what lovely scissors.
    The box looks perfect. I love the staining.
    I really loved the slide show. Everyone looks so different. This is going to be really exciting :-)
    Angela xx