aliciawatkins

Watty's Wall Stuff and Cross Stitchery

Plainville, Connecticut · 10959 Sales

aliciawatkins

Watty's Wall Stuff and Cross Stitchery

Plainville, Connecticut 10959 Sales On Etsy since 2011

5 out of 5 stars
(2109)

Announcement   PLEASE NOTE: Read the shop policies and the listing you're purchasing before ordering. (You probably don't need to have it repeated if you're reading this announcement blurb, you avid reader you, but here it is again: please, please read the listing you're purchasing before ordering, so that you're not sad when you get your cool cross stitched item. I don't want you to be sad. Cross stitch is a fun-time craft.)

Welcome to the cross stitchery! There are other Wall and off-the-wall Stuffs coming, but for now, revel in the multicolored threads and the simultaneously ironic and earnest needlework of what I've got here. REVEL IN THEM.

Especially during the holiday season, if you've convo'd me and I don't get back to you right away, please read the entire listing you had questions about or look over my shop in general -- you may find an answer to your questions there! Please forgive my lateness in responding to you, and please do feel free to write again if I haven't replied in my usual time frame to pop your convo back to the top of my inbox. I promise that I want to respond to everyone, and I apologize for any delays. I'll be prioritizing answering questions that aren't already answered in my listings, shop policies, or shop in general.

I love to do custom work during the non-holiday months! I try to work on one custom project at a time so that I can give each project my full customizing attention; as a result, a significant lead time on deadlines for receiving your custom order is very much appreciated. If possible, try to contact me at least a month in advance of a deadline for receiving a 5x7 custom cross stitch. (That said, if you're in a pinch and you know I'm the stitcher for the job, convo me anyway! If I happen to be in between custom orders, I can often get things out in a much shorter time, and like I said, I love working with customers on personalized stitchery.)

If you've read this far into my shop announcements, here's a joke to reward you:

What do you call an alligator in a vest? *An investigator.*

You're welcome.

Alrighty. Back to the stitching.

Announcement

Last updated on Nov 29, 2016

PLEASE NOTE: Read the shop policies and the listing you're purchasing before ordering. (You probably don't need to have it repeated if you're reading this announcement blurb, you avid reader you, but here it is again: please, please read the listing you're purchasing before ordering, so that you're not sad when you get your cool cross stitched item. I don't want you to be sad. Cross stitch is a fun-time craft.)

Welcome to the cross stitchery! There are other Wall and off-the-wall Stuffs coming, but for now, revel in the multicolored threads and the simultaneously ironic and earnest needlework of what I've got here. REVEL IN THEM.

Especially during the holiday season, if you've convo'd me and I don't get back to you right away, please read the entire listing you had questions about or look over my shop in general -- you may find an answer to your questions there! Please forgive my lateness in responding to you, and please do feel free to write again if I haven't replied in my usual time frame to pop your convo back to the top of my inbox. I promise that I want to respond to everyone, and I apologize for any delays. I'll be prioritizing answering questions that aren't already answered in my listings, shop policies, or shop in general.

I love to do custom work during the non-holiday months! I try to work on one custom project at a time so that I can give each project my full customizing attention; as a result, a significant lead time on deadlines for receiving your custom order is very much appreciated. If possible, try to contact me at least a month in advance of a deadline for receiving a 5x7 custom cross stitch. (That said, if you're in a pinch and you know I'm the stitcher for the job, convo me anyway! If I happen to be in between custom orders, I can often get things out in a much shorter time, and like I said, I love working with customers on personalized stitchery.)

If you've read this far into my shop announcements, here's a joke to reward you:

What do you call an alligator in a vest? *An investigator.*

You're welcome.

Alrighty. Back to the stitching.

Alicia Watkins

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Alicia Watkins

Cross stitch PATTERN -- Binary Heart "I love you"
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Cross Stitch Pattern -- Breakfast in Bed
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Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(2109)
Sherilynne Fehr

Sherilynne Fehr on Dec 3, 2016

3 out of 5 stars

Never received item. USPS has on file it was delivered to the wrong address when correct address was given to seller. Seller unable to ship again.

Alicia

Alicia responded on Dec 3, 2016

Hi, there, Thanks for posting this review! I'm glad for the chance to point out my shop policies for anyone considering buying something from my shop, before they purchase. I use Etsy labels for shipping, which print out addresses just as they are shown at checkout. As we discussed via convo and as delineated in my shop polices, USPS marking your item as "delivered" means I'm unable to offer a full refund or a free replacement. I have no idea why USPS decided to deliver to a different, strange address, but I'm afraid that to avoid fraud, I have to rely on USPS designations. I'm sorry you decided not to take me up on my offer of a replacement at cost or shop credit for PDF patterns. I hope you have better luck with future USPS deliveries and Etsy experiences! Cheers, Alicia.

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About

I like turtles. I mean, cross stitch.

When it comes to cross stitch, I ask two standard questions: is the design funny or unique in the context of historical craft? And does it also earnestly incorporate the things we love now into that history?

I stitch things that answer those questions in ways that I find interesting. In my shop you'll find rude/sarcastic stereotypically-un-feminine sayings, science-focused projects like the microbe collection I've been adding to since 2012, or meme-based images that make the ephemeral internet culture we live in slightly more...phemeral?

I occasionally teach local classes in basic cross stitch, really enjoy selling my wares at the monthly Love Local market hosted by Get Baked -- a bakery in Windsor CT with dangerously tasty food items -- and in general spend most of my days walking around with stray thread stuck to some portion of my sleeve.

Away from the shop, I give my stitching fingers a rest and stay busy creating by working on a short-episode, mostly scripted podcast with my husband, which is called Nihilist Podcast Network (found anywhere podcasts are found, and also at its own website). I also designed the set, worked on tech crew and provide the cross stitch merch for Ruts! The Oregon Trail Experience; you can find the shop for that here on Etsy as well. In 2015, my husband and I also completed a year-long writing/music project called Paulicia's Weekly Whatnot, which you can find on Facebook or youtube (for just the music), or probably just by Googling.

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  • Alicia Watkins

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Stitcher

    I'm weird, and I like weird stuff. Probably just like you do. In my free time, I work on the Nihilist Podcast Network (on iTunes or other podcast apps) with my husband. In 2015, we also did a joint music/writing project, Paulicia's Weekly Whatnot.

Shop policies

Last updated on September 16, 2016
PLEASE NOTE: In 2015, I got EXTREMELY far behind in convos and convo responses due to the volume of correspondence I receive and the fact that it's only me running the shop. Before convo'ing me, please read these shop policies and also read the ENTIRE listing description of the item you'd like to purchase -- click "Read All" if you're on a mobile device. I will be prioritizing answering questions that are not already answered in listings or here in policies, first, to try to provide the best customer service I can to everybody.

Please forgive my lateness in responding to you if I don't get back to you within that time frame, and please do feel free to write again if I haven't replied within a few days, to bump your convo up to the top of my inbox. I promise that I want to respond to everyone, and I apologize for the delays.

Unless specified otherwise in the item description, I strive to get my items out into the mail within 2 weeks of your order. If you need something sooner, let me know -- preferably before you make a purchase, if there's a deadline coming up quickly -- and we'll see what we can do.

The "Ready to Ship" section of my shop is perfect for last minute gifts!

In cases of a general backlog, I'll make a note in my banner and shop announcements (below the banner), and here in the shop policies, or I'll put a note in the purchase confirmation sent by Etsy, or contact you to let you know the expected time of shipping for the item you've purchased via Etsy convos. During the holidays, I will make every effort to update my shop policies and announcements to reflect longer shipping times when they're necessary so you know exactly when items should arrive before you purchase. In general, it's a good idea to order any item you want to have for Christmas gift-giving as early as possible, preferably by December 1.

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Payment
Paypal or Direct Checkout with Etsy (use your credit card!) are my strongly preferred methods of payment. : )

If you find you need to cancel a made-to-order item, and I have not yet started working on it (which usually happens a few hours after I receive the order! So be quick), I will refund you the full price minus fees (listing and Etsy fee). This is also my policy for already made items that have not been shipped.

If you need to cancel a made-to-order item I have already started working on (to a significant degree), I will refund all but half the price or $10, whichever is lower, to make up for materials, labor and fees. (For instance, if an item is $20, I will refund $10 and shipping; if an item is $5 I will refund $2.50 and shipping; if an item is $40, I will refund $30 and shipping.)

If you've ordered a custom order that cannot be sold in my shop, and you'd like to cancel your order, contact me so we can discuss details.

Orders that have already shipped cannot be cancelled or refunded without clear communication between you, the buyer, and me, the seller; expect to return the item at your own expense and have the cost of shipping and relevant listing fees deducted from your refund, please.

I pay sales tax only on items sold to other Connecticut residents; if you are living outside CT, please consult your state's tax laws to determine whether you owe use tax to your state for items purchased from my shop.

For the convenience of other CT residents, sales tax will be added to your purchase price at the time you order. This means your sales taxes are taken care of, and you do not need to include your purchase when accounting for "use tax" at year's end.
Shipping
Please make a note in your purchase order or contact me if you have a deadline by which you'd like to receive your stitchery so I can prioritize accordingly, even if you believe it will definitely reach you in time. : )

I send items out via USPS, usually first class and with tracking. Please be sure your address is correct *before* you check out. If you need me to change your address for you, I can usually do that but I do not guarantee it. I will not replace or refund an item that is delivered to an address that you entered incorrectly (either by typing it in or automatically filled in by Paypal, etc.). PLEASE DOUBLE CHECK YOUR ADDRESS.

NOTE to UK CUSTOMERS: If your total order is valued above approximately $25 USD, please know that based on my experience, you have about a 50/50 chance of having your package stuck in customs in your country and waiting for you to pay a fee that will probably be NO LESS THAN 11£. This will include a holding/processing fee of 8£ plus the actual customs tax. For some reason, you will probably NOT be informed that your item is being held in customs, but if you see your package listed as "delivered" according to Etsy's tracking number and the USPS, it's very likely that customs is holding your package. I recommend you check with your local post office or customs office to try to locate your package; I can't do anything helpful for you from here. If you choose not to pay the fee, your package will probably get sent back to me after a few weeks. When I receive it back, my current policy is to refund the cost of the item (unless it is in any way a custom item), but not the cost of shipping, since it was shipped and did incur that cost. Contact me for details if this happens.

Please consider these facts before purchasing anything from my shop. By purchasing anything over about $25 USD, you are agreeing to your country's customs laws and these shop policies.

International Buyers in general: Please note that import duties, taxes, and charges are not included in the item price or shipping cost. These charges are the buyer's responsibility. Please check with your country's customs office to determine what these additional costs will be prior to buying. I will not lie on customs forms, so please don't ask. Penalties for lying on a customs form are severe -- and sure, there's plenty of time to cross stitch in jail, but I'm pretty sure they wouldn't let me bring a needle in there anyway.

If an item is listed as "delivered" to the location you have on file with Etsy (or a specified location you include either in a convo or purchase order note), and you haven't received it, it is considered delivered. If that occurs, consider contacting your local post office and inquiring; ask neighbors if they saw your package; and, as a UPS delivery man once told me, "check the bushes." ;) Unfortunately, in that instance I cannot offer you a replacement or a refund, as it is considered lost or stolen at its destination. (But feel free to contact me in any case, as I certainly don't want you to feel disappointed in your purchase.)

If the item never arrives according to the tracking number you will receive in a shipping confirmation email (directly from Etsy to the email address you have on file with the site), please contact me so we can discuss a replacement or refund.

If you would like insurance, PLEASE LET ME KNOW and I will invoice you for the additional shipping amount. I do not automatically include insurance in my shipping rates for most items because it adds cost. I will insure higher priced items, which will be reflected in slightly higher shipping charges.

When the item is 5x7 or larger, Priority mail or Priority flat rate are occasionally cheaper, and in that case, your items will be sent priority. In rare cases, I may ship larger pieces with heavier frames parcel post.

Framed cross stitches will be wrapped in clean paper and sent in either a yellow envelope or (if relevant) a box, unless you request otherwise. Glass will not be included in the frames, and refunds are not available for frames, which are secondhand and free to you.

For international shipments outside the U.S., 4x6 or larger cross stitch pieces will be sent without a frame. The cost of shipping a secondhand frame is prohibitive, and it's very likely you can purchase a better frame in your local area for less. Instead, the stitch will be sent to you ready to frame yourself, mounted on a self-stick mounting board. Please convo me with your preferred dimensions if your area uses standard framing measurements that do not rely on inches, and I will cut the board to your standard.
Refunds and Exchanges
If your item does not arrive, or arrives damaged, please contact me.

I cannot replace broken frames, and because the price of my items is the same with or without framing (it's optional and free!), broken frames will not receive a refund.

Because needlework is best shown without being smushed up against glass, and because of the fragility of glass in transit, glass will not be included in the larger framed cross stitches. Please request that your stitch be sent either mounted or plain on cloth if this is unacceptable.

If the needlework itself arrives irreversibly damaged, please be willing to take a photo that shows the damage. If you asked for insurance on your shipment, I will replace the needlework (with an identical piece) as soon as possible. If the item was uninsured, we can come up with a case-by-case solution, but I cannot guarantee a free replacement in every case.

Replacements will be shipped without a frame except in cases of wood embroidery hoops, which will be replaced.

If I've listed your item as "shipped," but it has not arrived in due time and the tracking number shows no progress toward its destination, let me know. (You may also want to contact the US Postal Service in this instance or if you are not in the U.S., your local post office or customs office.)

Again, if an item is listed as "delivered" to the location you have on file with Etsy (or a specified location you include either in a convo or purchase order note), and you haven't received it, it is considered delivered. If that occurs, consider contacting your local post office and inquiring; ask neighbors if they saw your package; and, as a UPS delivery man once told me, "check the bushes." ; ) Unfortunately, in that instance I cannot offer you a replacement or a refund, as it is considered lost or stolen at its destination. (But always feel free to contact me in any case, as I certainly don't want you to feel disappointed in your purchase.)

Payment for shipped items will only be refunded in extreme circumstances.
Additional policies and FAQs
Unless specified otherwise in the listing, the frames I use, especially with 4x6 and 5x7 cross stitches, are secondhand and will vary from item to item. I believe in this policy because it's eco-friendly, supports the local thrift shops in my area, and it allows me to frame your items, if you'd like that, at very low cost.

I do not frame finished work that is 8x10 or larger except in special circumstances when I have been convo'ed in advance of an order.

I cannot send you a photo of your options for 4x6 or larger frames; I have too many frames and a too quickly rotating stock for that. However, you're welcome to let me know your preferences in color and material (i.e. wood, metal, plastic) and I'll do what I can to accommodate your wishes.

Because they are unique and unapproved by you, I do not pass on the cost of the secondhand frames to you, except for the cost of shipping (usually about a $2 difference). This is why international orders do not receive a discount for frameless stitchery -- because the frames are free. (International shipping reflects the real cost of sending a mounted, unframed cross stitch. Smaller stitches ship as shown, but please see individual listings for details.)

When you order an item from me, rest assured that you are only paying for the stitchwork (plus other relevant materials), and you may treat the frame as a "suggestion" -- if you don't like it, give the frame away! Your 4x6 or larger cross stitch will come with a mounting board that will allow you to easily pop it out of the "suggested" frame I've sent it in and into any same-sized frame of your choice.

If you're pretty sure you'll dislike the frame I'd send, please request that your stitch be sent either mounted on board ready for you to frame, or on just the cross stitch cloth, and I'll save the frame for future customers. :)

Again, because needlework is best shown without being smushed up against glass, and because of the fragility of glass in transit, glass will not be included in 3x5 or larger framed cross stitches. Please request that your stitch be sent either mounted or plain on cloth if this is unacceptable.

AGAIN, NOTE to UK CUSTOMERS: If your total order is valued above approximately $25 USD, please know that based on my experience, you have about a 50/50 chance of having your package stuck in customs in your country and waiting for you to pay a fee that will probably be NO LESS THAN 11£. This will include a holding/processing fee of 8£ plus the actual customs tax. For some reason, you will probably NOT be informed that your item is being held in customs, but if you see your package listed as "delivered" according to Etsy's tracking number and the USPS, it's very likely that customs is holding your package. I recommend you check with your local post office or customs office to try to locate your package; I can't do anything helpful for you from here. If you choose not to pay the fee, your package will probably get sent back to me after a few weeks. When I receive it back, my current policy is to refund the cost of the item (unless it is in any way a custom item), but not the cost of shipping, since it was shipped and did incur that cost.

Please consider these facts before purchasing anything from my shop. By purchasing anything over about $25 USD, you are agreeing to your country's customs laws and these shop policies.

More information

Last updated on Sep 16, 2016
Frequently asked questions

Custom and personalized orders

I love to do custom work during the non-holiday months! I try to work on one custom project at a time so that I can give each project my full customizing attention; as a result, a significant lead time on deadlines for receiving your custom order is very much appreciated.

If possible, try to contact me at least a month in advance of a deadline for receiving a 5x7 custom cross stitch. (That said, if you're in a pinch and you know I'm the stitcher for the job, convo me anyway! If I happen to be in between custom orders, I can often get things out in a much shorter time, and like I said, I love working with customers on personalized stitchery.)

Gift wrapping and packaging

Most of my small finished cross stitches have an option for gift wrapping.

If you don't see a drop-down list as you purchase a small hooped or framed cross stitch (smaller than 4x6), but you would like your item to be wrapped in plain paper (with a small notecard for your message included), request gift wrap as you check out in the "notes to seller"!

If you're having your gift sent directly to the recipient, please double-check the address it's going to before you finish checking out, and let me know what you'd like me to write in the notecard to your recipient! :)

Wholesale availability

Mini kits are available for wholesale ordering at any time; contact me for details on which kits I have available with shelf-ready labeling, and for pricing details!

I also offer a selection of finished cross stitch available for wholesale or certain consignment situations, for stores that feel my work would be a good fit. Contact me if you're interested in carrying my work in your store, and we'll talk about what I've done in the past and what you're looking for! :)

I don't like my secondhand frame! It's ugly/broken/scratched/the wrong color/not my style. What can you do to help me out?

I believe in using secondhand frames because it's eco-friendly, supports my local thrift shops, and allows me to frame your items, if you'd like that, at very low cost.

Because they are unique and unapproved by you, I don't pass on the cost of the secondhand frames to you, except for the cost of shipping (usually about a $2 difference).

When you order an item from me, rest assured that you are only paying for the stitchwork, and you may treat the frame as a "suggestion" -- if you don't like it, give the frame away! Your 4x6 or larger cross stitch will come with a mounting board that will allow you to easily pop it out of the "suggested" frame I've sent it in and into any same-sized frame of your choice.

Can I see a photo of the secondhand frame you would send before I order/before you send an item framed in a secondhand frame?

I can't send you a photo of your options for 4x6 or larger frames; I have too many frames and a too quickly rotating stock for that. However, you're welcome to let me know your preferences in color and material (i.e. wood, metal, plastic) and I'll do what I can to accommodate your wishes.

If you receive your stitchwork and you HATE the frame I chose from my cache of secondhand frames, never fear! The stitching for a 4x6 or larger frame will be mounted on a board that you can simply pop out of the secondhand frame you received, and pop INto a frame you choose from a local store, another Etsy seller, or anywhere you find perfect frames.

Because the secondhand frames I send are free, I cannot offer replacements or frame-related refunds.

How do I learn to do counted cross stitch?

Google and Youtube are your BFFs in learning to cross stitch, but if you've purchased a kit or pattern from my shop, I can also offer you a Basic Cross Stitch instruction booklet via email. Just let me know you'd like one, and I'll send it along! :)