Monday, October 27, 2014

Around the World Blog Hop by Stitching Devotee

My very faithful friend, Vickie, invited me to join this bloghop, so here I go! I love blogging and sharing with all my stitching friends, new and old! So without further ado... I am going to answer a few questions to share with you:

First: What am I working on? What a LOADED question! Because my life has changed so dramatically with my husband's health, I cannot seem to really concentrate on any one thing! But, I have put in a few stitches on... lots of WIPs! And I have dragged a lot of them out, because I WANT to work on them... So here are some pictures of a few of them! I have MORE... but they haven't been touched of late, and I would have to dig to get to them...



Here is the latest snapshot of Camping at Pine Lake. The green part is giving me a fit, thus not very much progress... which made me move on to...



Jingle by Nancy at Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe. But for some reason, I felt inclined to move on to...



Lo How a Rose Ere Blooming by Brightneedle... I plucked out some parts that were not pleasing to my eye, replaced them and started stitching... for just a little bit... then the bug hit me again, and I pulled a NEW project out by Little House, called...



Simplicity. It is so dang cute! If only I had stayed with it... I may work it this week again...not much to it. But, I had a really strong urge to stitch an alphabet. So... I dug into my smalls by Lizzie Kate and...



STUCK with this one, called Autumn ABC's, and finished it in two sessions of night stitching! It is on a piece of 40-count fabric too! Yay! I plan to make it into a cube finish... LOVE those!

But, I thought I would show you the rest of my WIPs, that I have at least TOUCHED this year...and that I HOPE to make into finishes NEXT year! (as long as no one ELSE comes out with terrific new designs or SAL's!!)



This is my progress on the Jardin Prive SAL of 2014. I love her designs, and fully intend to finish this baby this coming winter! It is gorgeous so far... one more installment to come, and we will see the completed piece done by all those faithful stitchers who kept up!



And this is the Tulip SAL. I love flowers and borders, in case you couldn't tell... Many people all over the world finished this one right away. It has been done in a multitude of colors... I chose purple as my dominant color for this.



Here is one I started years ago, and thought I MIGHT finish in time for Christmas... hah! Maybe 2015! It is Jenny Bean's Christmas by Shakespeare's Peddler. A really nice piece... just keeps getting put off to the side...



I also did not complete all of the selections from the first year of the Ladies Prim Society. I always do the border first, and am so GLAD when it matches up!



And here is another cute Christmas one I have been struggling to complete. Last time I worked on it was a YEAR ago, at the PALS retreat... But everyone KNOWS you never get anything done at a retreat!



Last summer I thought I would try my hand at a Quaker ball. Started to get low on my thread, and found out it is discontinued... so I put it aside to contemplate how to complete it. I know what I am going to do now, but... have not put it into action!



I love this Lizzie Kate one... but, unfortunately, after stitching it a while, it became apparent that I started it way too high on the fabric! So, I put it aside... (do you see a pattern now??) to again contemplate whether I should continue or start over. I have decided to start over. Eventually! I also seem to have lost the thread for the current lettering... so, just as well...



Then one day I was in a mood to do repetitive stitching... and brought this little gem out. It is The Rose in Morning by Little House Needleworks. But after an hour or so of repetitive stitching, I was over it.

If you notice, three of these WIPs have their project bags by them... I have lots of those! Sure keeps me organized! I may just start making my own... I used to sew a lot, way back when... I might be able to do it again.

Second Question:
How does my work differ from others? Well, you tell me... do I win a prize for the most WIPs yet??? I have more, I promise!!

Third Question: Why do I create (stitch) what I do? I have NEVER been a creative person. This was just a whim one day, and it stuck! Despite the fact that I am like an autumn leaf floating on the breeze right now, I have created a lot of great pieces for others and also for me! And I have received many great pieces as gifts, exchanges and RAKs. I think it keeps me SANE!

Fourth Question: How does my creating (stitching) process work? Cross stitch is multi-faceted. Besides actual STITCHING, there is also the fun of 'COLLECTING the stash', 'ENABLING others to collect their own stash', 'HUNTING down a particular pattern', 'SHARING progress and finishes on a blog and/or FB', to name a few. I partake in ALL of it!

So, the second part to this Blog Hop is to pass the baton on to others, and I invited my friend Beth, who shares her stitching and the nature all around her , with so many beautiful pictures; and Gaynor, who also stitches, but has so many other crafty skills, you just need to go read her blog! Gaynor is a fellow Breast Cancer Survivor, and is raising funds to donate to the National Breast Cancer Research Institute in Ireland. She is holding a raffle for participants, with all kinds of crafty prizes, not just cross stitch! Please be sure to visit their blogs for their posts next Monday!

Thanks for visiting!!

Hugs,

Maggee

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Progress on WIPS and stuff...

I thought I might share what I have been working on the past month or so. I do try to carve out some time here and there to stitch or whatever. It's not that we are ultra busy, cause we aren't... Not so sure where my day goes sometimes...

So, here we go...



This is one of two PINK pumpkins I decorated in honor of Pumpkins for Cathey Day, which was (and always will be) September 27th, but heck... it is the thought that counts! I HAVE had her in my thoughts for WEEKS! I loved her endearing spirit, and miss her, as do many of you in stitching blogland. Also shown is my latest Pink finish, which I made into a standup. I like it!



This one is more simple, and my favorite. And it shows the Pink Cube I made in 2008, to commemorate being cancer-free for a year! Now it is 7 years since the surgery, and 2 since I finished the daily pill treatment! Don't forget to get your Mammogram!



This is what I am seriously working on...until I get bored or cross eyed! It will be for my son-in-love for Christmas. I have progressed more on the green than is shown here, and it is looking good.



In between working with the black, I took out this Christmas piece by Nancy at Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe. You would think I would fly through it... but no...



That's because I got this urge to start an entirely NEW project by Little House Needleworks called Simplicity! It is so cute, and I have no idea what I will do with it-yet!



And I brought this WIP out too, for a possible Christmas finish! But it would be for me. Maybe... Of course it will be framed.

That's it for the stitching front. On the home front, my husband is doing well I think. Will know for sure this Friday, when we get to see the neurosurgeon and get the results of the CT scan done Monday. I hope and pray that his brain has begun at least to shift back to the center of his head, and that all is well. We shall see...

THANKS for all of your continued prayers and words of support. They mean a lot to me, and even keep me going some days!

Until later,

Hugs,

Maggee

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Jules Bianchi of Formula 1



Here's something most of you do not know about me... I am a Formula 1 Racing Fan! And last week a driver named Jules Bianchi, who is as young as my son, had a terrible crash and suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury. Since I am extremely Familiar with TBI's at this time in my life, I feel that I should pray for his recovery. His injury is different than my husband's of course, but it is gravely serious nonetheless.

So I am praying that he comes out of his coma, and recovers fully. Being where I am with our own TBI, and our prognosis, I am not so sure to pray for him to return to racing, exactly, but to at least live a full, long life! My husband is basically retired now, due to the possibilities of incurring additional injury that could be bad, should he try resuming his work in construction. Driving a race car at VERY HIGH SPEEDS could lead to a crash also, though it doesn't happen very often, it is true. So this is just my mothering/wifely opinion... why tempt fate?

I will be back tomorrow to do a post!

Hugs,

Maggee

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Gosh, it's been a LONG LONG time... UPDATE

Where has summer gone?? It got away from me, though September does have some nice warm days here in our area. I am trying to get back into routines now. But our lives are changed, perhaps temporarily, perhaps not... time will tell. For the next six months, my husband cannot drive, work, fish or go fishing--basically no strenuous activities because he could have a seizure or a stroke. He was having TIA's (mini strokes) throughout the TWO craniotomies he had, and at discharge last week, so... I am trying to keep him from endangering himself. Unfortunately, he 'thinks' he is fine and back to normal. But his brain has not shifted back, there is still a large hematoma on the right side and a somewhat smaller one on the left, not to mention the shift. Not out of the woods yet, but he will be monitored with CT scans by the neurosurgeon monthly I think. The slurred speech has diminished for the past four days or so--good sign. However, he absolutely HATES not being able to do things he always has, and using a cane, and us monitoring his every move when he is up and about. As if things were not serious enough, they cultured tissue in the cranium before the second procedure and found it to be contaminated, so there is a 'wait and see' attitude for that right now, with him taking mega doses of penicillin vk. Don't truly know if there was more bacteria in the cranium that we have to worry about. And the penicillin does not really affect this particular strain of bacteria, but the Infectious Diseases doctor is in touch with us and will call in two weeks instead of waiting the month to the appointment, so I am somewhat confident in him.

Lots of new stuff in my life. My oldest daughter came up to help out when he was discharged again, and has been a GREAT help. My youngest daughter,when coming to visit when he was in the hospital, tripped in the parking lot, breaking her baby toe in two or three places. So she has been in a walking boot on a little scooter thing to get around... She would help if she could, but has her hands full (ha! literally!)... My son is always available for me, helping around the house and yard, and so much more, and I truly need that. I have a couple of friends that have been helping out with meals or gift cards which are appreciated greatly, because time just flies by and there is lots to do. Paperwork alone seems neverending... But I think hubby has become REALLY OCD about stuff, and has me doing laundry more frequently and so on.

I have NOT stitched in over a month, but did a little yesterday. I hated to stop. Trying to work it in now that things may be settling into a pattern. But my husband is very impatient, and that makes me be on edge all the time. I hesitate to work on anything for fear I will have to FROG it right back out!

I may be able to post more often--we shall see how it goes. I am TRYING to read your blog posts a little each day, tho I don't always have the time to reply. But know that I am trying to keep up... last count it was down to 142 posts in Bloglovin to read!

Well I think that about covers it. Keep us in your prayers if you would, as this is going to be an ever-changing process, as/if he heals. And thanks for your prayers so far! I/we appreciate them!



Hugs,

Maggee

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