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,



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!



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!



Wednesday, August 20, 2014


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!



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 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...



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 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!