Friday Finishes #15: Frog and Bee

The finished piece!

Today’s Finish!

Ahh it’s the dreaded frog! Just kidding! This frog won’t make you rip up your stitches. Today’s Friday Finishes is about all number five in the Mini Kits Series, a cute frog with a little bee!

Name of Piece: Item #021-1389 Froggie (Frog and Bee)

Designed by: Kit doesn’t say! (I don’t think any of these kits are ever going to say, are they?)

Distributed as a kit by Janlynn Company under their Design for the Needle series

Kit Contains: 18-count aida fabric, 6 strands embroidery floss, needle, graph, instructions, self-adhesive mounting board, & frame.

Finished Size: 2.5 inches round.

The Story: Okay, when I first bought this kit, I still didn’t know the meaning of frogging or the connection it had to frogs, so I bought it in total innocence. It hasn’t changed my feelings on it, but now that I know what frogging is, it gives me a good laugh and makes it that much cuter! Anyway, this design was very simple but I liked the colors and I thought the tiny little bee was very cute. So I added it to my group of Mini Kits and it ended up being the fourth to get stitched.

Time To Complete: Around 3 days.

Review: So the number one problem I had with this kit – the spots on the frog were supposed to be stitched in a dark green. So I opened the kit, counted my thread… and the dark green wasn’t there. I had extra of the regular green, but no dark green. I was utterly flabbergasted, I’ve never had that happen with a kit before. But! luckily I had already started my ORT Jar and I had a stash of unmarked thread I needed to go through, so I dug through the stash and found some dark green thread to replace the one the kit left out! I don’t know if it’s an exact match but it’s close enough for me.

Despite the lack of the dark green I love the colors in this kit. The pink, yellow, and blue in the flower and the yellow and blue in the bee especially are my favorite colors. I’m drawn to colors, if you can’t tell! But I had a lot of fun stitching this design because I loved the colors.

It was interesting because I did the white in the eyes first, and then the black, and it was weird having the eyes half-finished like that. I couldn’t do the back-stitch all the way around until I finished doing the green all the way around, so the eyes sat half-finished for awhile. But the back-stitch wasn’t very difficult and the framing was easy on this one! (Unlike the Noah’s Ark piece.)

The finished piece!

The finished piece!

Final Verdict: The picture doesn’t do the colors the best justice, but if you like the colors (or just like the frog story like I did) you should stitch it too!

Have you done this kit before? How did it go for you? How did you like it, or not like it, as the case may be?  Leave a comment below or head on over to our Facebook page and tell us how it went!


Friday Finishes is a segment where I catalog and review all the cross-stitch pieces I have ever completed. Some of the pieces I no longer have information on, or I don’t have pictures because I gave away the piece as a gift and forgot to take a picture, but I’ll do my best to be as informative as possible! Check back on Fridays for more.