When and Where It All Started
Back in 1996 Linda had seen a new program for designing your own Cross Stitch Patterns. That was PixelStitch and so she spoke to Tony about it and about selling the product and so the very first market was at the Cambridge Town Hall for the Leamington Kindergarten Fundraiser.
We had the Cross Stitch Program and a few small cross stitch kits along with new designs we had made up from the program. We also had a few products for Decoupage and Paper Tole. From small beginnings like Topsy the business took off and grew and grew and then in 2004 Linda found a new craft called PixelHobby from the suppliers of the new Cross Stitch Program they were now selling called PatternMaker.
She had to get a kit to see what it was like of course. It became an addiction and we just had to sell it. We bought in our first bulk order of 1 box  of each Pixel Colour, 1 box  of Baseplates as well as very fine tweezers, thimbles - medium and large and two-way glue. At that time we only had 39 kits available which ranged from 1 Baseplate pictures to 12 Baseplate pictures. We started adding our own designs and then we found other designers which helped us add to our current range of over 1000 kits ranging in size from the 1 Baseplate to 56 Baseplates which has taken six years to build up. In 2005 we took on the huge task of travelling around New Zealand with the Dunkleys Great New Zealand Craft Show and had a wonderful time meeting new people from all walks of life - some of whom are still purchasing the product from us today. Due to our health problems we no longer go round the markets and shows so rely heavily on this website to bring in our Daily Bread. We are available at home for you to call round and see what we have available or to show you how to make your own pictures into a wonderful personal picture or maybe a portrait to hang in pride of place on your wall. These pictures also make the perfect personal gift for friends and relatives. At the present time HOME Is a House Bus but I will be back in the family home next year in March/April 2021. It will seem huge compared to what we have been used to for the past 3.5 years.
We now send designs and kits all around the world and we have the knowledge that payments made through the PayPal Site are extremely secure for both parties involved in the Sale and Purchase of our products. With PayPal you are able to pay from any Credit or Debit Card that you may have - it costs you nothing!!! We pay the commissions on the Sales we make which is similar to having Credit Card Facilities or Eftpos without the added monthly costs from the bank.
We just love to make up new designs and obtain new designers so that there is a great variety of kits to choose from. If you have designed a great picture that could possibly be of commercial value then send us the information and we will advise you what you need to do next if we accept your design to be added to our site. When sales are made we pay you commission on the sales. Since Tony passed away on the 16th May 2020 our grand daughter Jordyn has been helping to get the orders out and is currently learning all aspects of running the bsiness. She is doing very well indeed and catching on very quickly. I'd better behave myself or I may find I am out of a job.
BELOW IS A PHOTO TAKEN AT MARTINBOROUGH - A very hard place to get a stall at. This shows Keith Hutton looking at what is going on. We shared a stall with him and his wife who were selling possum skin gifts as well as knitted garments.
Below is a photo of Tony in all his glory in his casket before he was cremated. He is currently overseeing things from the bus as his ashes are with me here.
On The Road With The Dunkleys Great New Zealand Craft Show
This photograph shows our stall at the Dunkleys Great New Zealand Craft Show held in Whangarei in June 2005. This was the start of a great new adventure of tripping around New Zealand with Dunkleys. It was an exciting time, never knowing what was going to happen at the next event. We made many new friends amongst the stall holders and got to know about other craft markets, shows, etc that were on in different places around the North Island. We have had to give up this way of life now that both of us no longer have the good health that is needed to keep tripping around the countryside. Mind you we keep hoping that these miracle drugs today will help us get back to this extraordinary way of selling our product and meeting such wonderful new people from all walks of life in many parts of New Zealand.
We had made up all these pictures to put on display ready for people to come and admire and to purchase their kits from us. We did a comparison of size so that people could compare the 1 Baseplate picture of our grand daughter Jordyn to a cropped picture done in 2 Baseplates which showed the enormous difference in the features. We couldn't leave out Jurvarn so we did another 1BP picture of him which showed the difference of how two people can be shown so differently in the same size. These photos were made up from their school photo.