I'm in the home stretch with Blessings and Kind Wishes. I started the actual house this morning and I'm sure I won't have much to do at all this weekend. Yeah!
When I got home from work yesterday I had a huge box waiting for me. I opened it up and inside was the Big Zipper from Bent Creek. I managed to hit the New Year's sale at the Silver Needle and got 20% off the piece. Of course it was short two kits because the terms of the sale were in-stock items only and they must have been out of the last two. So now I need to hunt them down at full price. I made myself workout before I opened the packages because I knew I would spend quite a while looking at my treasure. When I finally got a look at everything the contents of the kit kinda hit me. What was I thinking? This thing is HUGE - it's on 18 count linen (quite stiff and rough - I hate it) using pearl cotton, most of which is plain DMC. I swear the size of the linen is 36 x 36. Each piece has full size buttons. But as I looked at it, I realized that I still love the design. Who says I have to do it on 18 count with pearl cotton? Of course I've already paid way over $100 bucks for this and still have two kits to buy at $16 a piece but why can't I do it the way I want to? :-)
So I quickly made a decision. I'm going to use just the charts. I'll do mine on 32 count (maybe even 36 count) and convert it all to overdyed floss. I'll have to buy all new buttons because of course, the large ones won't work but I know that Just a Button Co. makes many tiny ones that will work perfect. And I'll spread the costs of the floss and buttons out over the year. And then I'll sell the original kit complete. I'll take a huge hit in the cost (it's $168 for the full project) of course but at least I'll get what I want and I'll be happy. And that's what it's all about right?
I'll put it up on eBay when I'm done with all the charts. Hopefully I can get about at least 50% of the kits.