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

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