Wednesday, August 20, 2014

NEED PERSONAL PRAYER, PRAYER, PRAYER!!

I am going to be away for a while. My husband is in the ICU after having undergone a craniotomy to remove a very massive subdural hematoma from one side of his brain, that had shifted it and affected his day-to-day living (walking was not functioning well, motor skills were slower or inaccurate, thinking was slowed or incorrect, etc.) Upon doing a post-op CT scan they saw they were successful in removing that mass, it looked good, the brain had shifted 4 mm back, BUT they found another large mass on the other side which had been hidden by the shift! So, this morning there will be another CT and then... possibly another surgery. I request all my blogging friends to please pray for my husband, Bill. Pray for the right things to be done, to spare his life and give him back to us. Have to go back now... Thank you so much!

Hugs,

Maggee

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Summer Postcard Blog Hop

I decided to join in on the fun of another Blog Hop with Jo at Serendipitous Stitching. This time it is a Summer Postcard Hop!

My postcard comes from Gracie of Needles, Pins and Dragonflies in Arizona! Here is her message:



"I absolutely love having a garden year round with something always in bloom here in Arizona. Watching the bees happily visiting the flowers, listening to the pond fountain gurgling and of course having delightful hummingbirds visit me. It is so relaxing to sit and stitch or read in the garden. This stitched piece is called Garden Party by Just Nan."

I love MY fountain too!

Thanks so much Gracie!

Hugs, Maggee

Sunday, August 3, 2014

My finishing plus ...

I have procrastinated from doing the finishing on several finishes this past week, and finally got them done Friday! I did a bunch of pillows and a flatfold. Here they are:



Here is the patriotic piece for the year! I really do like the looks of this piece... Since there is a border on the stitched piece, I just did a close pillow.



The weather has been cloudy and rainy so these pictures are not the best, but this backing fabric really looks good!



It really must be the lighting, because in this one, it looks like the colors ran... which they did not! Oh well!



Though this is a 'Quaker' piece, I decided to go more modern on the back. Again, it had a border so the finish was close.



I stitched and finished LHN's Summer Garden. I did not know that one of the flowers was specialty stitches...not my fave, but you could not tell by the computer generated picture. No biggie... I put the date in, instead...



And the back... very pretty, tho the lighting...



I attempted another flatfold again. First I used one tutorial(LONNNGGG time ago), but then got interrupted... and when I continued, I used Vonna's, which was easier for me to follow. However, I am still not pleased yet. Perhaps the next one will cinch it for me. I used matboard, and that is a bear to cut (for me, at least!). Next time I am at Michael's, I'm getting some foamcore board!



Side view... It is still a pretty flatfold... You know how it is--we are our Worst critics!

I am participating in the Summer Post Card Blog Hop over at Joanna's blog (tho I may have been late in entering... ) and one of the things I shared was that I saw 4 Flickers in my garden! That was such a surprise, but a treat for sure! And in case you don't know what they look like, here is a picture from the internet--I could not get my camera fast enough to snap one! But it was so exciting to me!



I recently ran across an old chart(1997?) that I really thought my one son-in-love would like, so I hunted it down and purchased it on Ebay. It was stitched on black...something I have avoided! I have a piece of 25-count Lugana, but there was no way I could even SEE that to stitch on it! So I got a piece of Aida, and began this new adventure. I am REALLY enjoying this piece! It is the OPPOSITE of the way stitching usually goes... hard to explain...so here is a picture of my progress:



Isn't it cool? I am using 18-count which is working fine. Love it! Have not used Aida in many years! It will be his Christmas present. He has had a love for outdoor camping and adventures as long as I have known him... which is about 22 years!

And thinking about family, I have a great picture of all my girls: daughters and grands, to share with you. They were at Busch Gardens this summer...



I popped in to a local Thrift store last week, and just browsed... I found a GREAT Christmas gift for my oldest daughter. Years ago, I collected Fitz and LLoyd Charming Tails figurines. I grew tired of dusting them, and either sold them online or gave them to my eldest daughter. Her nickname is 'mouse' so, she loves anything to do with that... Well, I found a musical one, called Daffodil Twirl, and it WORKS! NO box, but hey... for less than $4, I am not complaining... It still sells for $25! A steal!!



It plays "The Entertainer"... so cute!

Also found more books there... This particular store is the BEST for books! I always find inspirational books there... So I thought I would start sharing some of the inspiration from these books. Today I am going to share from 'God's Way to Worth' which is an 80-day devotional type calendar thingy... by Karen Moore. The tagline is '80 days to enriching your walk with God' I KNOW I can always use a bit of uplifting, and thought I would spread the wealth!

"As a Woman of Worth, you're alive in God and living in His Spirit. You're on the path and you are ready to walk. You're going to walk with His arm wrapped around you for the rest of your days. (emphasis mine!)When you're walking in that kind of love, you're becoming an even stronger woman of worth." "If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Galatians 5:25

Well, that's it for now...

Hugs,

Maggee

Friday, July 11, 2014

Frogs and scissors and fobs... oh my!

It's time to share another Collection. Today it is my Scissor Frogs and the assortment of scissors and my very few fobs. Most of the scissors were purchased between 2006 and 2009, and the fobs were received or made beginning in 2006. Without further ado, here is my next collection:


This was the first frog I found. The bowl is from my china cabinet... nothing special. I filled it with scissors!



And this depression glass pink frog was given to me by my friend, Patti. She is also my framer extraordinaire. I found the perfect sized bowl for it while thrifting in North Carolina! I haven't put too many in this one... just the bigger ones.



This was my first fob ever! I received it as a RAK from a Multiply blogging group that I belonged to called BAPXS I think... It's been quite a few years ago and unfortunately I do not remember the name of the person that sent it to me! I do remember she lived in England... See that it is purple? She noted that I liked purple. I was so surprised to get a present from abroad--my first one! Stitching has opened so many opportunities to me...to make new friends, to learn about other traditions, and so much more. Of course, I put it with my purple scissors, which have been well-used and are showing wear...



Once I started to stitch on linen, I made this teeny tiny biscornu. It was not on 40 count, probably 32 at that time, but it sure was cute and fun! And it is attached to my multi-colored Dovos! Second pair of German scissors I bought many years ago! They are such pretty, and smooth scissors...Can't say enough good about Dovos!



This red and white fob was made by Bindy, a former co-owner of my LNS. I paired it with Blue scissors, for a patriotic effect.



One weekend, when we were having our stitching group, we decided to make our OWN fobs. So everyone brought some of their stash, and we made fobs! This is mine! The beads are sort of pinky-violet, and my scissors paired with it are pink polka dots...I haven't tried to make another... I really should! They make great gifties!



This particular fob is attached to a pair of Gingher scissors that my stitching buddy, Darlene, gifted me one Christmas. The Acorn Fob is a specialty of said Patti, above... she has great skills! Besides framing, she is a finisher, and she has designed some Reproduction Samplers.



This is my only pair of Stork scissors... I think they came from one of my exchanges at PALS. I have gifted two other pairs but I always seem to receive another to replace them!



I really like these black ones... They have a nice leather case, but for now they are in the frog. And the other ones were given to me by my husband! They are probably not for stitching exactly, but he was so pleased that he could give them to me... they deserve a place with the others!



In case I have not mentioned it lately, I LOVE COPPER! And these scissors --magnifique! They are Bohin scissors from France--they are bigger...probably 4 inch. But I love them. They are sharp and work fine! I got them over at Anitas Little Stitches. She has quite a large collection of scissors!


These are just colorful little scissors I sometimes find at Hancock Fabrics when I am there... I am surprised to find that I have doubles of this blue, purple and pink pair!




Again, I find all sorts of cute scissors around town... These green and white polka dot ones were popular a while back. And I received this heart set from the OTHER PALS exchange... I THINK! I went twice, thus two exchanges? Gee, I didn't realize that I may forget where these came from...



These Pink Ribbon ones were too cute to pass up! I bought them from a fellow blogger that had two pairs. Now they are readily available online...



I received a RAK which was a DMC accessory kit. Inside this pink vinyl bag were these great scissors! Besides being comfy, they cut really well. I use these upstairs when I stitch...



I have acquired a bunch of polka dotted scissors. I like them, they are too cute! The larger, non-polka dot ones are from Dinky Dyes, whose overdyed silk threads are my all-time favorites!





Last but certainly not least are my FIRST pair of Dovos!! They are magnificent! They are three and a half inch, with very fine blades. Sort of pewter in color, not silver. Love them!!

So that is my next collection! Hope that you enjoyed it, and that I have inspired some others to join in this Collection sharing! I love seeing what others have! Collections or stash... it's all great!

And onto other matters... like the Giveaway I was supposed to have completed on Monday! I had a whirlwind weekend with family, and Monday was crash-and-burn day. Didn't do ANYthing but rest! So, without further ado, I did the random thing and the winner of the Red, White and Bloom chart is Mii Stitching! Please contact me as soon as you can so I can get this mailed out to you! And congratulations!

My daughter that came to visit is a Face Painter/Henna artist. So.... I got my first henna of the year done...this time on my hand!

Henna is NOT a permanent tattoo, and washes away after a little while. It starts out with a dark paste drawn on you. You let it sit for a few hours, until it starts to peel off...



And the final product is a lighter version. I LOVE Hennas! But next time, I will do it on my ankle or upper forearm, because I wash my hands ALL THE TIME, and it is wearing off quicker than normal!

I worked on my Tulip SAL a little more before putting it away last week, and here is the result.



NOW you see a tulip!! It is going to be gorgeous... Next year!! I will be putting beads here and there, just to make it pop! I think I will wait till the end to fasten them, because it is a BIG piece, and they might get broken off as I progress... Any opinions about this?

Then I was inspired at seeing Anne's Quaker Summer piece and pulled the pattern out of my computer and voila! Finished!

I wanted it to look like a beautiful Sunset... Going to work on finishing this weekend... because...My husband's work vehicle is broken! So he is using my van, and I am stuck at home! At least I am able to do that, being unemployed, and we don't have to rent a vehicle! There is a blessing in everything!

A few MONTHS back, I agreed to do a Mug Rug exchange with my dear buddy Gaynor at Stitchers Anon. Well, SHE came through with this!



There WAS a chocolate bar inside but of course it is gone!



Here it is closed up! I hesitate to even use it, cause I don't want it to get wet or ruined! I attempted to make her a Mug Rug, but after struggling and struggling, as I was finishing the binding, I found that several edges that were SUPPOSED to be sewn WERE NOT! I was heartbroken... and put it away. I am feeling the call again--so hang in there G! It's coming!

And lastly (thanks to you for getting this far!!), I neglected to show this really neat mug I found while thrifting! I don't normally use mugs, so haven't decided whether I will gift it or not...but it is an Excellent one!





(And a bottom view, just in case anyone wanted to know who made it!)

Well, I am going to close for now... this post is pretty longggg. I will be back next week!

Hugs,

Maggee

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Happy July!

Wow! The last month just FLEW by! We are possibly going to get brushed by a small hurricane this holiday weekend... what a way to start the summer season!

Want to share another cube finish... I did this Erica Michaels piece last fall when I was at Myrtle Beach for PALS with my daughter. I finally decided on a finish! I wanted to be able to display it, and if I made it into a pillow, then it would have to go in a container and so on... After making my friend's cube last month, it really helped me get excited to do it again for myself! I love the Beach, and this will fit in with my beach decor that I leave around all year!



Erica does these really cute designs as 'kits' to be done on gauze. NOT by me! But since I still love the designs, I paid the extra price and just pass it on to someone who will use it the way it is kitted!



I picked what I thought was a nice summer-y fabric, in a muted tone so as not to overpower the design!

And I did the buttons on top with pins that match the crab, to make it pop a little! All in all, I really like this one!

I then worked on a piece for the SECOND time, after changing my mind about the first fabric. Well, after frogging it again and again, I almost did a 'Shirlee' and have decided to have a GIVEAWAY instead! I will offer the chart, 'Red, White and Bloom' by Country Cottage Needleworks, to a current follower of my blog, via a Random Drawing on July 7th. You just need to comment on this post that you would like to stitch this chart to enter the Giveaway. Good luck!



So, I moved on to stitching on a couple of my SAL's and have a bit of progress to show... First is Maryse Dupont's SAL 2014. I completed the border then the alphabet across the top, and then finished part One on the left top.



Then I switched to stitching on the Tulip Garden SAL, which has ended... but I found out about it late, and knew I would not complete it with those great stitchers in Europe! So I only worked on it last night, but a little progress is better than none! Do you see a similarity in the two SAL's? I like Borders!



I got my husband interested in gardening last year, but he was not listening to my advice... so it pretty much failed. Since then, I gave him a book about organic gardening (but it has NO pictures, so he didn't like it much!) and then this spring I gave him a book about Square Foot Gardening with LOTS of colorful pictures, and short, easy paragraphs... I say this not to knock him, but to emphasize that MEN do not always read, so you have to entice them with such things as short paragraphs and chapters and lots of PICTURES! Have you noticed the large number of graphic novels out there? They appeal to more than kids! They appeal to the kid in our Men!!

Anyhow, THIS year we are having more positive results!! He planted cucumbers, green, red and orange peppers and tomatoes... So far, we have had one cuke, and more coming. The peppers are getting chewed on the leaves, but there are flower buds... Have to research that... Made him a spray bottle of dawn soap and water... Haven't seen it since... Hope he isn't overdoing it! We have LOTS of green tomatoes--soon to turn red! He did not listen to me about getting heritage plants, but... baby steps! He went out and bought seeds (again, he did not listen and he did not use the organic or heritage seeds I gave him from last year) and planted yellow squash, onions and radishes. Onions are spindly but there... Radishes grew but did not produce. He finally pulled them out. I told him he could replant again, but he did not. The yellow squash are growing great! He picked three so far! Lots to come. The tomatoes and squash beds were moved from one side of our house to the other. Apparently made all the difference. So I suspect next year, he will be doing more of the same--bringing everything over. EXCEPT my Loofahs! They are doing great in the same spot as last year. I think I have about 8 or 9 plants growing! Last year two survived. And I got two loofahs, which I shared with family! Miss Olivia was especially intrigued! This year--who knows?! They are slow-growing and once they are harvested, then they have to dry. It will be close to Christmas when they are ready...for gifts!!

So, here are some pictures...



Here is our first cuke! Hubby just ate it with lunch! Said it was good! He puts salt on it... and even on melons. Is that a southern thing? Anyone else do that?



This is the bed where the cukes and peppers are planted... There is a big tree in the neighbors' yard right next to it, and an even larger tree in the middle of their yard, which gives shade... Not good for gardening! Very limited sunlight...



And here is our first yellow squash! We have had three now... this was taken Monday! They were good, according to my husband. I fixed them the way HE likes them this time, so I didn't have any. Next time, they will be grilled!



And here is one shot of ONE squash plant! See the difference being in the sun makes! Wow!



And here is the other squash plant! I LOVE Squash! And it's a good thing!



Here is a view of the tomato plants... lots of green ones coming along.



And here are the Loofah plants... Though you can't see it in this picture, I have placed wire across each square of the trellis and then down also, so they have more to grab! And they are starting to climb... I will take a better picture this weekend!

That's it for now! Don't forget to enter my Giveaway for that CCN chart!

Hugs,

Maggee