Sunday, April 10, 2016

Forgot to update on Family...

Well, things are not entirely better in my daughter's family... but... there have been changes. Their middle daughter DID have the appendectomy, and it was determined that she had been having Chronic Appendicitis after all, by all the scar tissue they had to remove! The surgeon was amazed... she had never seen that before! No signs of endometriosis, and she is on the mend. I went down there to stay a few days, as my son-in-law had to go to a two week training! The other girls seemed to be doing better also... Oldest was proud to show me the scars on her wrist... ick! Youngest... well, she is big hormonal, so... you can guess the rest! Like a seesaw... And last, but not least, son-in-law's father was found to have a tumor on his pancreas, and had to travel from Montana to Denver for the surgery. This was during the time of the granddaughter's surgery...(With the surgery, he would live another 1-2 years; without... 6 months) We heard he went through it okay, but that was it. It has been two weeks, and we just heard that he has an infection either on a cyst or in a cyst and needed to have more surgery. Don't know if he was still in Denver or back home... Have heard nothing more. So, if you are a praying stitcher, please pray that he gets the care needed, and also pray for my son-in-law, as this is really hard for him... He loves his Dad dearly. But he has the same tendency to withdraw to himself in times of trials...

Thanks so much!

Hugs,

Maggee

Just a couple of small finishes to share...

I have been busy with other stuff of late, so not much stitching has been done. I do have two finishes to share...

First is the next LHN Virtue Sampler, for March... Peace. Stitched, not yet finished. NONE are finish-finished yet, tho I have all the supplies. Just need some time!
Then, entirely on a whim, I pulled out Just Nan's Bluebird Sampler and completed that! I have seen others' finishes of it, and I just wanted it for ME! I skipped the back stitched letters... not my fave!



I have made a start on a piece for my younger daughter. She likes Orcas...

This is the chart....but...

I am doing the Orcas on the bottom left, here on the back cover...

So, that's really it! I can't believe it, but... that is all I have to share!

Hugs,

Maggee

Thursday, March 10, 2016

The other finishes... so far...

I am blogging FIRST THING today, cause I never know what the day will bring when I have no FIRM plans! Justine received her Birthday package, so I can show those stitchy presents...

So, this was my first Ort Catcher that I made with the sewing machine all the way. (My very first one was the project I was doing when my sewing machine quit!) The stitched piece is called Winter Bird by Heart in Hand... and the Biscornu was a freebie called Spring by Angie Designer that I have had for a while (2010!!)...

back view...

I have not stitched a biscornu in quite a while... I really enjoyed it! The button was from my collection I inherited from my mother, and it matched so perfectly!

side view...

I do hate it when the button falls out of place when adding it, but... it works... Really loved the flowers in this biscornu!

In the past week, I have stitched a few smalls...

A freebie from Primitive Hare...

The back, in reverse... Stitched together by hand, like a biscornu, cause I wanted that line of green between the two parts...

This is another little freebie I got from a magazine... It sure didn't come out right, but I still like it. May end up finished... we shall see...My collection of St. Patrick's Day pieces is woefully lacking.

This little design is a bonus pattern from the Lizzie Kate Boxer that had Spread the Love of God... cute...

Of course, these pieces will require additional finishing... I am pondering that now... stay tuned!

Well, that's it for now... Off to begin formatting about 300 pictures of birds from a trip we took yesterday to Sylvan Heights Bird Park in Scotland Neck, NC. What a GREAT place! Wow! Wow! Check my birding blog (link is on my sidebar)later this week...

Hugs,

Maggee

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Five Finishes (that I can show today!!)... and more...

I told Kaye that I was surprised to find that I also had five finishes in February! But actually it is SEVEN! (Two are presents, winging their way to my Birthday Twin, Justine in the UK!) In spite of all the stressful time, I actually got stuff done! I am proud of that! So, let us begin...

First of all, I finished a Christmas ornament from the 2015 JCS Ornament issue, called Decked for the Holidays by the Workbasket. I will finish-finish it later on...



Next is a Trilogy cutie, called Cromwell the Snowman.



And I did the February LHN Little Sheep Virtue piece, which is the Love one... I will be finishing them as the little pillows are pictured by the designer, just haven't started yet.



And then there is the little Lizzie Kate one I had a whim to do... called Remember Me...



And finally, to remind me that Spring IS coming... I did this fun design by Glory Bee, called Spring, of course! This will be my next cube finish! (My camera is beginning to give me problems, tho it is possibly operator error... sorry for the icky picture!



THEN, my stitching buddy, Sheryl, has been making items for an auction to raise money for hospital bills for her niece, who has been in the hospital for over a month. I finished her pieces for her... and then some...

This is a Prairie Schooler piece... made it a standup piece...

Used a velvety fall fabric and some soft brown chenille.

Next up is a LHN piece called North Pole Express.

Made it into another standup, with fluffy white chenille trim...

This one is by Hands on Design... Sheryl and I intend to also stitch this for ourselves!

Made a flatfold, with a perky pink multi colored fabric, some off-white rick rack and coordinating pins around the edges, plus cute pink buttons instead of daisies.

This cute one that I intend to stitch for myself also, is by Heart in Hand, called 4th of July Bird... there are several in this series, all so very cute... I made a 'cube' finish but unfortunately, forgot to snap a picture of the back. You can just see the coordinating stars fabric on the edges...



And here is another patriotic one, from the JCS magazine... tho I haven't got any more details. By now, something has gone wrong with my camera, and it is taking craptastic pictures. But it is a cute little pillow, stuffed with walnut shells.

I decided to also contribute to the auction, so made three table runners. I love them all...and wish I had bought more fabric of each!



Since I was in the mood, I continued finishing some pieces that were languishing...

This is Signs of Winter by Bent Creek...

Made into a pillow...filled with crushed walnuts...

And this is a Lizzie Kate Boxer... finished as a framed, stuffed pillow... sitting on my dresser in my bedroom... Makes me smile every time I see it!

So, Justine and I share a birthday on the 8th of February. I discovered we were Birthday Twins from Nancy's blog, when she started a monthly Birthday Giveaway at the beginning of the year. Justine sent me a birthday package while I was still working on stitching for her! So without further ado, here is what I received:

This is my FIRST ever stitched card! I really like it! So cute! Notice the BIRD theme to it!

Next, she stitched this Lizzie Kate piece called Collect Moments. I have this one, to be stitched, in my stash... Now, it will be a gift for someone in the future...

The back has this silky fabric...

And, she also gave me two of these charts by Lizzie Kate called Cold Hands and Warm Hearts, along with the Weeks threads to do them! She was very attentive to my likes and dislikes... and I love it all!

IF you are still with me... at the end of January, June did a post, sharing her ribbon and trims stash... and invited her readers to share their trim stash too. So... I took pictures of mine, and here they are!

This is my chenille trim stash...

And this is my rick rack stash... which includes some that I dyed myself...

And here is the bigger container, filled with ribbons and laces... LOTS of them!

Side view...

So, that is all... While I was in the midst of all the sewing for finishing, my sewing machine quit working! Don't know what is wrong, and was not happy! Sheryl loaned me hers to use until I get mine fixed... Phew! And now it seems my camera is messed up... Hmpf! When it rains it pours apparently. I will see what can be done about them both... At least my needle stock is good, and no worries about my stash!

Thanks for sticking with me for this kinda long post... I didn't realize I had so much to report!

Hugs,

Maggee

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Updates...

First of all, I want to thank all of you for your prayers and kind thoughts about my daughter's family and all their medical issues. Where to begin? Well, the oldest had the pins removed from her wrist, was put on heavy antibiotics, new cast and sent on her way. She seems to be doing okay. Still has some pain, but she DID have surgery! Middle grand had an endoscopy and colonoscopy after spending a few days in lots of pain at the hospital. The doctor said he saw nothing notable, and that if that happened, he suspects it is chronic appendicitis (as was suggested FOUR years ago, when this began happening!!), so he was going to recommend a laparoscopic appendectomy to stop the madness. However, have heard nothing further, so my daughter is going to call about it again tomorrow. They have a follow-up appointment in four weeks, which is NOT acceptable. Gee whiz! Youngest daughter has been doing okay... As long as she keeps herself well hydrated, this will not happen again. Because of her brain surgery last year, things can go downhill very quickly. And being a typical teenager, when she gets stressed, she tends to skip eating and drinking fluids... I bet that sounds familiar to many of you! My daughter is so exhausted. I get stressed just thinking about how it is for her/them! So, continued prayers appreciated, and I will keep updating as I know anything worth sharing!



I have been stitching, and find that I have several finishes to show you! But, I still have to format the pictures and such, so it will be up tomorrow! February just FLEW by!! I look forward to Spring, and warmer weather!! It cheers me! (Definitely have SADD tendencies!)

I shall post again tomorrow!

Hugs,

Maggee

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Need Prayers too!

I am a nervous wreck! My daughter and son-in-law that have three daughters are going through a time of it! Yesterday, the middle daughter started having horrible abdominal pain, with vomiting and fainting... went to the doctor, got sent to the ER. ($$) They think she has Crohn's Disease (instead of chronic inflamed appendix as has been diagnosed for the past four years!!??). She went home last evening, with future appointments with gastro, etc... ($$) This morning, youngest daughter is going for a checkup on her horrible migraines (she was treated for a WEEK for them about two weeks ago!! $$), and fainted twice before getting to the car. Got to the ER, fainted again. Lost use of her bowels while waiting, didn't even know it! Being admitted... ($$) Oldest daughter went in to get her cast off her wrist (had pins surgically put in about two or maybe three weeks ago because she had something wrong with her bones... frankly, I forget what the details were!) and they find that the pins are INFECTED!! INSIDE her wrist!! Hello??? Waiting to hear on that one also... She has been in such horrible pain but they kept saying she was just not tolerant!! ($$) Good golly, when will it stop? When will they be fixed properly, instead of 'missing' the true causes, messing up in surgery and so on??? Please pray for them! I can't even begin to say what to pray for... there are so many things! Just lift them up!! Thanks so much!!

Hugs,

Maggee

Thursday, February 4, 2016

A couple of more finishes...

Well, got a few finishes done, plus a bit of finishing... For February, besides doing another LHN Sheep Virtues this month, I haven't decided what else to start or continue... Decisions, decisions... Here are three projects I can show you (one is a present so gotta wait):

This was a Blue Ribbon Designs piece, made for my stitching buddy, Sheryl, whose birthday is two days after mine! Finished as a flat finish, with beaded rick rack that I had dyed a while back.

And purple backing, as she also likes purple!

Then there is Snow Days by Glory Bee Designs. Since we had snow recently, it put me in the mood to stitch a snowman...

Made it into a cube finish, to go with last year's Winter cube. I used wool from a shirt that no longer fit my son... NOTHING gets thrown out until I check it out first!

Just finished this last night! The LAST of the seasons in this set... Spring Sampler by Little House Needleworks.

I did the finishing on this cute little ornament for Sheryl...

HAD to use the penguin fabby, as it matched and is one of the animals Sheryl loves the most. This is for her grandniece.

These have been hanging around to be finished for quite a while...Filled with crushed shells, made into simple pillows...

Backs...

I even worked on this Snow WIP... it is a difficult one for me to follow... have to take it in small bites. Perhaps I should have reversed it, and done the white on blue fabric!! Ah well, you know what they say about hindsight... I will finish it...eventually!

I was the lucky recipient of a giveaway by Clare-Aimetu recently... won the Earth Sampler by Primitive Needle! I have wanted to do that one for quite a while... meaning years!


Of course, I could have acted on that, but I never did buy the pattern. Now it is here, waiting for my needle!! Thanks again Clare!

That's it for now. I shall be back later this month with more progress photos.

Hugs,

Maggee