Thursday, July 16, 2015

Smatterings...

Well, I HAVE stitched a little here and there! I do NOT know where the time goes every day!! But I am trying... Without further excuses, let us begin...

First are finishes... three since we last met! The first one is very small, and will fit in one of those tart tins like in my June 1st post! It is a patriotic apple! A freebie I found somewhere...


Next is a piece by My Big Toe Designs, called Walk Humbly. It is a definite favorite!


And my latest finish is by Lizzie Kate, called Spread the Love... Going to make a (quilted?)wallhanging with this one... It's really cute!


Then a few WIPs I have worked on the past two weeks or so... First is a piece in Just Cross Stitch magazine sometime last year... darned if I remember the designer or name, but it is one I have really enjoyed seeing done, so finally took the plunge. Funny story about putting together the fabric and threads... I have had a piece of Belfast linen, called Peach Whisper in my stash for quite a while. So I thought that might be pretty and pulled it out... unrolled it, only to find out it was overdyed INSIDE the roll I have had sitting there for years!! I did NOT KNOW that!! So funny! I liked the back when I got it!! Anyway... here it is... Using one of Nancy's Victorian Motto Threads (it is blue and brown)...not the best picture... fabby is more peachy, but the threads are gradually variegated. Nice!


Did a little bit more on the next 'Littles' by Hands to Work (Tracy Riffle)...


I was working on another patriotic piece, but really disliked it so threw it out! There are plenty of others to do!!

Next are a couple of presents I received from dear blogging friends! First is from Brenda at Time to XStitch. She sent me a patriotic Thread Organizer Pack (T.O.P.s) that she made. Love it dearly and will use it with my next patriotic piece I am going to stitch this month!


The inside... has little floss bags for the project threads, and a piece of felt/wool for needles... I have another one in use already, for my Jardin Prive SAL 2014 that I am not stitching very quickly!


And Vickie at A Stitcher's Story sent me a chart and fabric that I won in her Giveaway, PLUS a bookmark she made (she is getting quite famous doing these!) and some flower seeds from her garden! I am blessed! The chart is Pomegranate Pocket and Pin Cushion by Hands On Designs...


Back of the bookmark, which she made in my favorite colors of purple, by the way! Yes, I noticed that!!


Well, that is it for now... Wonder what I will work on tonight? I am back in a patriotic mood... :)

Don't forget to check out my Stash For Sale Page!!

Thanks for visiting with me!

Hugs,

Maggee

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Stash Sale

I have a bunch of charts for sale, so I listed them on a SEPARATE PAGE. You will see it at the TOP of the blog, under the Header. IF you are interested in any of the charts, just drop me an email at stitcher dot maggee at g mail dot com. Comments have been disabled on the Stash Page for obvious reasons. If you have any questions, you can ask here in comments (they won't be published, but I will answer them). I have more to list, so be sure to pop over here every so often... and I will try to post to let you know.

Hugs,

Maggee

Friday, June 26, 2015

Patriotic Decorating....

I have stitched a bunch of red, white and blue lately, so I finally got them finished and up on display!! Without further ado...



If you have followed my blog, you might have seen this wall display as I change it out every season... This is my LAST season needed! Yay! It is actually my second attempt at patriotic lettering...(you will see my first attempt below)



Here is a closeup on the left side...



And here is the right side...



Here is my first attempt... I was cutting them out to put in the frames when I realized they were a smaller count, and thus I was cutting off too much. Nothing I could do... except make walnut-shell filled pillows. They are lined inside, so no shells will come out... The second set above got only the outlined letters, as I was over it by then!



This is one of my new favorites! It is by Sam Sarah Designs, called Stars and Stripes. The frame is one of a set of three that I got at a thrift store for very little. I painted this first one white... I will experiment on the next two... Anyway... I put batting and then denim on the backing board, and velcro'd the stitched piece to the denim. It came out really cute, if I may say so myself!



And I have also been making table runners for each season... This is my patriotic one...

This is my Spring and then a bit of summer one... I MAY make a beach one for the end of summer before Fall... we shall see... I also made one for my sister-in-law in the Spring. They are very easy to make if you have a sewing machine, and they don't take much fabric at all... IF anyone is interested in them, I can share the pattern with you--just let me know. It is free to all--a university project I believe.



I was looking online for the type of paint to cover a mason jar when I saw this instead. THIS took five minutes to make... Found it on Pinterest, where else?



A snap of my patriotic display in my living room... there is more all around, but that is the biggest display.



I also pulled one piece from my Finishing Drawer to do. This is a Little House Needleworks piece I did a LONG time ago... made it into a cube-type finish (it's not exactly a cube...)



The top... I am running out of these colored head pins I use. They are really long. I cannot find them anymore. I originally got them YEARS AGO from a seller on Ebay but they don't have them now...If anyone knows where they can be found, in all different colors, let me know!



And the back and side...



This is my latest love from the thrift store! I just LOVE the entire thing--it's coming in my office!! Plus it was less than a dollar!! Can't go wrong!

I have been posting more often on the Gladitudes blog (link on the right), to share some encouragement. There is so much negativity around, it can really get to us. So, if you are in need of uplifting, go for a visit!

I also posted on my Birding Blog (Birding Devotee of course!) this week--link is also on the right!

Well, that is it for now...

Hugs,

Maggee

Sunday, June 21, 2015

In Search Of...

Hello everyone! I just realized that I do not have a chart to finish a series... this is not like me at all, but... I have searched and searched, and cannot find it... The chart is called Spring Sampler, by Little House Needleworks. It originally was a kit, but I do not require the threads... I have enough of them for sure!! Here is a picture of it:



So, if anyone has this chart, please drop me a note and we can make a deal (either purchasing it or trading for it--I am open!)

++Edited to add that my friend Robin has the chart! Thanks so much!!++

Hugs,

Maggee

Friday, June 5, 2015

Friday Funnies

Went to the Thrift Store last night, and found this hilarious book that I thought I would share here every once in a while... like on Fridays! After a week of whatever, we could use a little levity! The book is called 'Signspotting" and was compiled by Doug Lansky. There is a website out there related to the book, called signspotting.com of course! So here we go (pardon my date stamp on the pictures!):



Before I close, I will say that I DID work on a WIP this week... but I did not enjoy it. Not that I don't like the piece... but I am just not in the mood for stitching large pieces... Here is my progress picture of the Maryse Dupont SAL 2014. I did that bird and the house... around 600 stitches, more or less...


That's it for now. Hope you enjoyed!

Hugs,

Maggee

Monday, June 1, 2015

Finishings

Well, it is a brand new month... and I have some finishing to share that I did 'last' month...Can you believe it is June now??

This is a really cute, quick design called The Heart Flag by Forever in my Heart designs. It is stitched on 36-count Pearl Grey linen, using random red, white and blue threads... The Tin was gifted to me by a friend--it is the larger size, about three inches.

Side view... really fun finish. I may put a magnet on the back... Going to make more of this design! Love it!

Then I did a flatfold finish with this Little House Needleworks piece called Simplicity. I really really like making flatfolds (thanks Vonna for the tutorial!)!

A side view...

Had just the right colored fabric...

You may remember this piece from my last post. I did not like the color for the word 'Choose'.. soooooo... I changed it!

MUCH better, yes? My friend really liked it. She was feeling down from work, and needed some cheering. I brought it to her right after I finished it! Now she can just look at this adorable piece in the equally adorable frame, and smile!

Here is one WIP I have taken up this weekend... My Big Toe Designs are so appealing to me... I love the song by Casting Crowns that references these verses (Micah 6:8) called 'Courageous'. I tried to put up a link, but blogger apparently doesn't like it. But... it's a good song, and there is a movie by the same name that is good too!

And here is another small WIP I am stitching on also... one of the Littles by Hands to Work. That border is tricky!! But I am nearly done, and can start the reddish color for hearts! Yay!

I am feeling a tug to pull out a larger piece. I have a bunch of 'big' WIPs languishing, and just may get some stitches in one or two this month. Stay tuned!

My son is progressing. He can chew a little more now. Still is painful and has pain after each time he chews, but it is progress nonetheless... Now to get some weight on him! Thanks again for the prayers! They work--God always honors them!

Hugs, Maggee

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

A couple of finishes...

I am still trying to get back to 'normal' -- though, what is normal these days? I want to thank everyone that has prayed and is still praying for my son Jon. He is still not able to chew, thus he cannot really eat good. There has been some improvement in that he can open his mouth a bit, so he shoves in soft foods that require little chewing, and basically swallows it. But pretty much still on a liquid diet. I have asked around, and this kind of thing just takes time to return to the way it was. I still believe in praying, if you are so inclined...

Meanwhile, I have a finish or two to share... I finished a birthday piece for Jon before the day, but didn't finish-finish it until last week. Hard to figure what to do with it, since he doesn't like hanging pictures... but I played it safe and did a simple little pillow. He can just place it somewhere... Anyway, this is called 'Pretty Little Chicago' by Satsuma Designs. I have not stitched a piece with so many color changes in quite some time... but I was determined.





simple cotton ticking on the back... sorta masculine...

And then I finished the Spring is in the Air piece by Maryse Dupont. Made it into a simple pillow also, because there is a lot going on already... But I am still thinking about further embellishments...



I changed the colors of the large circle with writing in it... more to my tastes... purple of course!



And a simple little pink flower back fabric...

Yesterday I stitched a quick little piece for a friend, but... I may rip out the one word in green... just cannot decide what color to do it again...or maybe I will just leave it off!! It is Choose Joy by Trilogy



The frame was a thrift store find for less than a dollar! Love it!

I started a little patriotic piece last night. I may finish it in a day or two... I have a really SPECIAL finish in mind, so stay tuned.

That's it for now... I gotta get showered and get moving on my day!

Hugs,

Maggee