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

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