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

Monday, July 11, 2016

A Finishing post...

Hello again! Did a bunch of finishes this past weekend, and thought I would share... I still have more to do... these were the easy ones! Without further ado...

Remember this Glory Bee freebie? I wanted it to be cheery...

I think I accomplished that!

This little Lizzie Kate piece got framed!

I love pink!

This little Lizzie Kate piece fit perfectly in this adorable metal stand that I found at a thrift store! Love love love it! I didn't take a snap of the back, but I glued a lovely piece of scrapbook paper back there, to cover the back's finishing

On the Bent Creek Bluebird Zipper piece, I tried a finish that I have seen numerous times, then dyed the rick rack to match the beak! Came out good!

My Just Nan Bluebird Sampler got a real pretty finish... This fabric was a perfect match, then I had the perfect green ribbon... and since there were a few beads in the piece I thought more along the edges would be pretty... so... there you go...
the back and side views...

and a closeup of the beading... found the perfect color beads, and used blue pins to secure them!

Liberty from Lizzie Kate got a simple cube finish...

a nice, modern patriotic fabric....

And another patriotic for next year--Bent Creek? I forget... already...

I like the look of this one...

This one is really tiny... just made a little filled pillow.

and the back...

On to Christmas... we can say I am early!! Really love this Reindeer--it is really cute! Just a pillow finish... filled with crushed walnut shells...

A cute, whimsical fabric on the back.

This is a Lizzie Kate finish, done last year ...
and the back... (can you tell I am getting bored of finishing?? I am repeating fabrics, rather than digging into my stash... ALTHOUGH, they DO go well... I really should finish as I go...)
This is Cromwell the snowman, by Trilogy (??)... done last year too...
And the back...
A modern tree ornament...The silver threads got kinds smashed when I ironed this one... fabric was REALLY wrinkled and stiff... hard to work with it.

And the back...

THIS is a piece by Erica Michaels that I just stitched last week... Haven't thought about a finish, yet! Really love it though...

I am working on another new piece, then I will pull out a WIP or two... do some working on them! Which one to do tho...I won't think about that right now...

Thanks for visiting my blog!

Hugs,

Maggee

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

An Update... Finally!

Gee whiz! I cannot believe it has been over two months since I last posted on my blog! I have been stitching... some... I hope to start a big finishing time this week... Too many languishing pieces!

So, what have I stitched you ask? Well, I am keeping up with my LHN Monthly Virtues pieces...

Courage, for April...

Faith for May

And Simplicity for June

Then, I did a piece for my friend in Tennessee, and gave it to her when we visited her on our trip in April... (we went to Tennessee and Alabama, visiting folks and birding!) By My Big Toe, called Bless the Lord...

I took the photo with my phone, and unfortunately, this is what Blogger does to them! I really loved this piece, and will be stitching it again, for me... at least! Got a store bought frame from Hobby Lobby... did a pretty fair job of framing it.

Then I stitched a few more pieces...

This is Sweet Home by Jardin Prive... has been in my computer for a long time...Saw it on someone else's blog, and pulled it up to stitch! I think I want to do it again, in softer colors. This is okay, but I envisioned something different.

This is Bluebird Zipper by Bent Creek... I love this one, and cannot wait to finish-finish it this week!!

This is by Bent Creek, called God Bless You. It is much smaller than I thought it would be, and I used a scrap piece of 32 count R&R Old Mill Java!

A Lizzie Kate piece that has been sitting in my stack of patriotic pieces to stitch... Finally got it to the top and it was a quick stitch!

And I made this for my stitching buddy, Sheryl. She has stitched it twice... and given them away as gifts. I wanted her to have it for her new stitching nook! Filled with crushed walnut shells, it will sit nicely by her chair! It is a piece by Hands on Design. Love her designs!

It took longer to put together, than to stitch the piece! But it was a labor of Love, and I did not mind at all!

I THINK that is all, though I feel like I am forgetting some... oh well, perhaps it will come to me... I wanted to show my progress on the Orcas piece I am doing for my younger daughter... It is not easy... especially after doing lots of smalls, but I got a good rhythm going now, so will do a little every day on it, till I get bored. I did one entire symbol in the wrong color, and spent one night frogging--ugh! But I am past that now...



Did some finishing for my buddy: (I neglected to take a picture of one flatfold piece, so that will be at a later date...)

On a personal note, recently my husband refinished two antique tables I inherited 25 years ago, and they are beautiful! I am just so pleased. Unfortunately, I do not have before pictures, but the after ones show the beauty now!

This one has been in my living room for those 25 years, with a tablecloth over it because the top was so awfully faded and beat up... You would NEVER have known it was such a beautiful table... It was such a dark dark stain all over... it took him quite a while to strip it. He is a carpenter, and took every piece apart, numbering them so he would get them back in their correct places. You just would not believe the difference! Do you KNOW how much money you save when your husband does the work??? :)

On Saturday, when my stitching buddy came over, the first thing she noticed was the lack of a tablecloth, and then the beautiful table in that spot!

This table has been in our front foyer, and my husband used it 'roughly' at first, until I told him it was an antique. By then, the top was ruined... or so I thought. This one was darker stained, and he just stripped it down and put a finish on the natural colored wood... Another winner!
Love it! Plus it is so smooth now... before it was rough, scratched and dinged.

Unfortunately, he doesn't want to ever do that again... even if it would be a great hobby and he could get paid well... Sigh...

But--before he did those, he redid the flooring in our dining room. We are getting a new dining table and chairs, and we have toyed with the idea of taking up the carpet, which gets so dirty because there is a door to the back there... and well, lots of goings and comings by a working man makes dirt! So, we finally decided to put in tile... and then get an area rug...What do you think??

Dang--it is sideways too, because I used my iPhone again!! Sigh... Anyway, the tile very nearly matches the color of the tile in the kitchen and foyer (see it in the 2nd table pictures?) which we put in 12 years ago--our original color is no longer made. But anyone would be hard pressed to see a difference. Plus he matched it up perfectly to the kitchen so it 'flows' nicely throughout the two rooms now. And I LOVE the rug!! Just have to find small runner rugs for near the back door that will somewhat match.

So, as you can see, I have been busy... When he does jobs, I am the runner. I run to the store for stuff he needs. Sometimes I am his Helper. I run the house, with meals on the ready and lots of drinks to cool down a sweaty husband. Plus regular, everyday interruptions... The days just fly by!

Thanks for visiting my blog, after such a long absence!

Hugs,

Maggee