Wednesday, March 8, 2017

News

Hello friends. I have no stitching mojo right now...My personal life is in total chaos (not HEALTH issues), and I do not anticipate being able to relax until maybe mid-April. I haven't been able to read blogs lately either...But, I hope to get all caught up eventually. Thanks for understanding.

Hugs,

Maggee

Monday, January 2, 2017

Last of the stitching and End of 2016 Tally and ...

I have two finishes to share, a WIP, then the year-end tally and a NEW project! So let's get busy!

First, I wanted to stitch a small ornament, but didn't want a lot to do, so found this one... It is a freebie by my dear friend Gaynor French (stitchersanon), and it went quickly! Just what I needed! Obviously finishing will be this year, even tho it was finished LAST year! Sigh...

This is by Plum Pudding Needleart, and I will say the name of it is Peace on Earth, but for the life of me, I cannot locate the pattern to verify that! Done on a piece of fabric gifted to me by Gaynor, interestingly enough!! Given to my stitching buddy Sheryl for Christmas...She and I both love purple... Don't those sparkles make it pop?? I used a variegated thread, but... again, cannot locate that either...

This is a WIP that I was stitching with a friend as a SAL. She finished hers a while ago... but I think I will finish stitching mine this week, and then I will finish it and stuff it... It is pretty cute. Called Pomegranate Pin Cushion, by Hands on Designs, that I won in a giveaway by Vickie!

So, I did a count of my finishes for 2016, and surprised myself again... I came up with about 46 finishes! Last year it was 44... so that surprised me even more! No BAPS, a few medium sized pieces, and a lot of smalls. Yay!

I know with a New Year, we are supposed to be making our resolutions for stitching...like what WIPs we will finish, what new starts we will begin, what SALs we will join. I am just not there yet! So, NO PROMISES!! Of course, I would like to finish off my WIPs I showed you... but... I saw a design and just HAD to get it!!

Maybe you will understand now... It's a Cardinal BIRD!! I love birds, and Cardinals at this time of the year are so beautiful! Just look at the picture I got of one today!!


However... I cannot decide which fabric to use...

This is the called-for fabric, called Sand by PTP.

But this is Earthen also by PTP... and I think it has more 'warm' tones in it, like the picture. But... is it too 'warm'? That is what I have to decide... And since I am nearly done with the Pomegranate piece, I must make my decision soon!

That's it for now!

(A little Cross Stitching humor snatched from Facebook!)


Happy New Year Hugs,

Maggee

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

November Stitching Report

First of all, I have a NEW camera! It is a lot more complicated than my old one, so I have been going out and taking pictures, just to get used to it! And they don't necessarily all come out... But stills--I got these! It is the birds that are not always clear!

All in all, I got a fair amount of stitching done this month! The one large-ish piece I completed cannot be shown, as it is a gift and the receipient possibly reads my blog! So after Christmas you shall see that one! Now on to the finishes!

First of all, I DID complete the Little House Needleworks Little Sheep Virtue set! So, here are November and December... they are on top of some of the backing fabric I will be using. I started cutting out the squares, stopped for some reason or another, and haven't looked back...But I shall work to finish-finish them soon!

Here is the November one...I really like the colors in this one!

And here is December! I had purchased two of the button sets earlier this year, but... now they are finished, I am not going to use them because I am not interested in getting the rest. So, they will have to stand on their own... I think they will be fine!

This is my second Long-Legged Seasonal Bird I have stitched, Heart in Hand. But--I gifted the first one to Justine, so I will have to stitch Winter again, for me! I am using 36-count, and think I shall go get more so they are all on the same fabric and count! They will be finished as cubes.

This is a design by Hands on Design, Cathy Haberman. It was a quick stitch...Not sure how I shall finish it!

And this little guy is by the Trilogy, called Happy Gobble Gobble Day. I have a few of these Happy Day ones--they are really cute!

Well, that is all I have to show of stitching finishes! I have started another piece, on a piece of that grey and white polka dotted fabric. Not sure I like it. The polka dots seem to be painted onto the fabric, and it is somewhat difficult to get the needle through them. But I may reserve a final decision until I finish, as it may just turn out great after all! Of course, it is a Christmas piece! IF I end up liking it, I no doubt will do a Winter piece on it too!

This is NOT my yard or anything to do with me, personally, but just wanted to share a bit of the fall colors!

Hugs,
Maggee

Friday, October 28, 2016

October 2016...

Hello! I wanted to get this post in before the month was over!! October was an extreme month for me... I was up in the mountains of Virginia for the first three weekends, helping my oldest daughter, Jessee, at the annual Apple Harvest Festival. It was very hard work, and I can't express how very proud I am of her, despite setback after setback after setback! She is quite a trooper!
I still managed a few finishes this month, and have two others I did in September that I forgot to share...Though they are all 'smalls' at least I stitched! First is my WIP I worked on last night...

Cinnamon Stars from Plum Street Samplings. I stitched the one wall of the house, and started on the roof. I will probably work on it again today... unless I change my mind, as I am apt to do these days! I am having to use my iphone to take pictures, as my camera is not working. Not sure why...seems to be the batteries, but still investigating!

Here are the September AND October Little House Needleworks Sheep Virtues... I finished Friendship in September, just neglected to show it in my post! I am thinking about stitching the last two in the series right now, so that I can finish them all before end of the year. It could happen!

This is called 'Full Moon Rising' and is by Bent Creek. I saw these patterns many, many years ago... and FINALLY located them and bought the magazine!

This is called 'Here Comes the Sun' and is the complimentary piece to the above one. I will hopefully get identical frames for them to be displayed side by side... (at least that is my vision right now!)

These were completed in September. They are the first of three sets of pillows from Hands on Design that I will stitch. I have LOTS of little pillows to finish, don't I?? As you can see from the photo, I changed up a lot from the original design!

And early last month... my stitching buddy Lisa RAK-ed me with these three charts, ALL of which I intend to stitch! I pulled out a Weeks Dyes variegated blue to do the Dessins Designs 'Birds Roundelay'... and have the finish in mind already!! Thanks again Lisa! :)

So, I THINK that is all to show for the month...

If you are inclined, please keep Jessee and her family in prayer. They have been going through so MANY things this year, and now they are about to go visit her husband's father for no doubt the last time, as he has terminal cancer and nothing is working anymore. It is a very distressing thing for them, so I would appreciate your prayers in this difficult time.

Hugs,

Maggee

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Pumpkins for Cathey 2016

I will not forget...

(grabbed from the internet... not MY photo...)

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month! Be sure to get your check up!

Hugs,

Maggee

Monday, September 5, 2016

Mish Mash... ( a couple Finishes, new little WIP, and some framing)

Just a quick post, to share my latest Little House Sheep Virtue finish for August, which is Wisdom:



And another finish, called Shelter a Friend by Glory Bee:



And then I started a new freebie, by Heartstring Samplery, called Earth Laughs...



AND... I did a bit more lacing and framing for my friend, of the 'inherited' pieces:





And the Snow Couple one, with a frame that I painted to match... Love this one!

And finally, my husband put together a frame for the Prairie Schooler Birdhouse Sampler that I finished, and I laced it and framed it... Gave it to Aunt Audrey in Maryland, when we went back in July...

...cutting frame pieces from scraps...

Ta-Da! (we tidied up those inside edges after I took the picture) I loved this... and was kinda disappointed when it was not as well received as I thought it might be... She has done cross stitch in the past, plus quilting... thought she'd like it...Those are the chances you take, gifting to other than family and fellow stitchers!

Well, that's it for now...

Thanks for visiting!

Hugs,

Maggee

Monday, August 1, 2016

One last July Finish and a WIPS review

Well, in between so many things in July, I managed to finish my July LHN Sheep virtues piece... It is a cute one!

I may start finishing them soon...we shall see...

After I finished that, I got hit with a 'bored' bug... nothing appealed to me! NOT that I don't have LOTS to stitch... but... just couldn't do anything. After a couple of days of that, I just pulled out a WIP and stitched on it for a bit... Got bored... Pulled out another... little stitching... got bored... And pulled out yet another...same same, got bored again... THEN, I started a new big one... So the end of July was kinda weird. I think it is because I have been stuck inside, due to the excessive heat and humidity...and I am stir crazy!! Anyway, thought I would share pictures of the four projects I worked on in July, then the rest of my WIPS... And at the end, I will share a few unstarted WIP-wannabes! In other words, ones I WANT to start but haven't... :)

Worked on Cinnamon Stars by Plum Street Samplers, finishing the fence and bunch of sunflowers on the left.

Worked on the Orcas piece that will be for my daughter... maybe next year! Just taking my time...

Worked on the Pomegranate pin cushion a little more, after pulling out a quarter of the border and redoing it... Now I think there is another mistake... the flowers don't look right... sigh...

I worked on this Jardin Prive Sampler au Bouquet, Part 1 just a little... Added about half of what is there now.

And HERE is my new start! Daisies!! I really wanted to dive into this one... it is so pretty! So I have been focusing on it the longest...and probably will do some more this month... who knows? I am NOT doing the background, but letting the fabric be the background... We shall see...It is 36-count Blue Moon Java by R&R

This is one of my older WIPS... it is John Foster 1885 Sampler by Historic Stitches. The fabric is so pretty, tho it might be a bit dark for the design. Sigh. But I do want to complete at least ONE big historic sampler in my lifetime!

This is Snow, a freebie I think I started earlier this year... when it was cold... I should work on it NOW!!

These are The Littles by Hands to Work... they are on a really tight 40-count fabric, and... I am using the called for threads, one over two. But, not especially liking the ways they are coming out... Thus dragging my feet on this group!

So, those seem to be all that are in my cupboard, EXCEPT FOR the THREE I WANT to start!! But--they are all HUGE projects! One is Red Birds by Marie Barber, in a JCS magazine from 2011... you know... this one?
(grabbed these pictures from the web...) I have a really nice piece of Lakeside Bisque in 40-count for this...so it won't be as large, but it is a lot of stitching...

Next is Lizzie Kate's Holly and Hearts Mystery Sampler...

I know I have a piece of 36-count, but forget the color right now... and don't feel like jumping up and going upstairs to dig it out... (see, I have it bad!!)

AND the third one is Christmas Garden by Blackbird Designs...

This one will also be on 36-count.

I have not pulled threads for any of these three wannabe's... I KNOW I must finish three at least, before starting them! And that is in between the smalls I like doing...Stay tuned!

P.S. Did any of you notice that my monthly piece was called Patience, and that I seem to have run OUT of it?? Hmmm...



Thanks for visiting my blog!

Hugs,

Maggee