I'm sure that I'm not the only one who cries over new-to-me designs that I eventually find are out of print (OOP, in ebay speak)
I completely fell in love with Brightneedle's Lo How a Rose design when I saw that several stitchers were working on it last year. Not only is it my favorite Christmas hymn, I love it's style and colors. But last year, if you didn't already have this Better Homes and Gardens book in your stash, it was difficult to find. There were ebay sellers but...Good God....they wanted $35 for it. I mean, if the book had been chock full of designs that I loved, sure...no problem. But this was really the only design that most of us wanted. For months I kept my eyes peeled at flea markets, used book stores, and yard sales. I'd spy a yard sale with lots of crafts or newly opened used book store and start twitching like a crack addict. But I had no luck after several months and eventually I gave up.
Until about three weeks ago, when I saw it on the Amazon site for sale. Good condition, and a costing a whopping 99 cents. Altogether with shipping? About five bucks. Score one for me!
It's a joy to stitch. I just wish I had more time. And here's where I am as of today.
Now my next OOP search is for an older Prairie Schooler Santa freebie card. It's a design of Santa paddling a canoe and was released to promote a leaflet called Santa Rides. For someone who lives on a lake? Well, what's not to love?
Sure, I've seen it on ebay. This "free" card is priced at $7.50. Oh yeah. And free shipping. Very generous at a whopping 44 cents. Seriously. I'd pay a few dollars, but I'm not crazy.
Ah well. I'll keep watching ebay and see if something less highway robbery-like turns up after the holidays are over. Meanwhile, I'll congratulate myself for being so reasonable and hate myself for the very same reason.