Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Sad...

A friend from work had a baby girl, very prematurely. She was 2 pounds at birth, but she did well and was off all the tubes and stuff and gaining weight. Until the 24th, when she got very sick from an infection that started in her intestines and, eventually, took her to heaven. Even tho I never saw her in person, her mommy came back to work several times and shared pictures of her, plus her sister also works there and every day I got 'reports.' I am just so SAD about this. Thus little to no regular posts. I am trying to cheer myself up. They had her baptized before she left, so I should be happy that she went home... Just something I have to work out. Hugs.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

One finish to show that is for ME!

I did the last of my commitment stitching, which should go out in the mail this week, and also finished a piece that I made for moi, that I just adore! It is Homespun Elegance, Snowman Sampler. I used a scrap of linen, 32-count I am sure, Waterlily's Teak silk,and mostly DMC and a white overdyed for the snowman. The finish is what drew me in... love it! I am a little late in doing my giveaway. Stuff happens, and I get distracted. Like having my husband around ALL the time... 'Nuf said... So, all that to say I am still working on it. Guess it will have to be re-named, but I will come up with something appropriate I am sure. Hugs.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

glitter graphics
May you all have the nicest Christmas ever! Hugs, Maggee

Friday, December 18, 2009

LNS Exchange ornie

Here is a picture of my ornament I received in the exchange last night. It was stitched by Ann, over 1 on God-only-knows some tiny itty-bitty count fabric, and it is by Homespun Elegance. I LOVE Red Birds, so this is a perfect fit! Hugs.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

One more finish to show...

We had our annual Christmas ornament exchange at our LNS tonight, and now I can show my last finish that ended up with my good friend, Sheryl! It is called Merry Stitches by Homespun Elegance, and I did it on 28 or 32 count R&R linen called Cranberry Bog, one of my favorites! Am kind of tired tonight, so will post my ornie tomorrow morning. Hugs.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

100th Post!!

It is only fitting that I post the Good News that the surgeon gave us today: NOT Cancer!! Phew! Yahoo! and all that... I didn't feel apprehensive like last time. I had too many pray-ers blessing me!

I have more pictures to show! First is an ornament I received from Lynn for the Stitching Exchanging 'Anything Christmas' exchange, along with a few other goodies:

Then, a few more ornies I stitched... First is the Quaker Flamingo by Aury, done on 25 or 28 count sparkly evenweave. Made for Virginia, my flamingo-loving friend!

Next, the Homespun Elegance 'Peace to All' piece, done as a small pillow, for my stitching buddy at work, Marianne:
And Bent Creek's 'Happy Christmas' done on 32-count Dirty Linen, for my neighbors, the Bach's:
I sent off the piece I stitched in January, 'I Wish you the Merriest Christmas' that I did for my sister, Maryanne, on Monday. I nearly missed sending it, because I had it tucked away in a drawer of waiting-to-be framed pieces! But, no picture here...

And I have a couple more to show, but once they are given out. The one for my sister Catherine will not be given until late January, as she is moving to NC. And the other will be given out this Thursday... stay tuned! Hugs.

Friday, December 11, 2009

I am up and getting around...

Surgery went well, just waiting for pathology now. Doesn't hurt too much, which is nice. Darvocet works well! Thank you for all the well wishes, I appreciate them muchly. I have been able to stitch some, so that is VERY good! Hugs, Maggee

Monday, December 7, 2009

News

If I do not post much right now, please bear with me. My husband was fired today from his job of 31 years, and we are stunned. Not to mention, I am having surgery on Thursday. Not the best times... Lots of plans are changing. It's a struggle... Hugs.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

A few finishes to show off!

Here are the pictures of the ornaments I have stitched and exchanged or given...

First is Little House Needleworks JOY ornament. I used 32-ct linen, DMC thread and seed beads in the flower border. I love the backing fabric, as you will see! Then, this Joy Snowman ornie from a JCS ornament magazine. Used a scrap of linen, and DMC threads. You may recognize the backing fabric... it goes quite well with those colors! And, then Willy's Gift from a JCS ornament magazine, using 32-ct Bone lugana, mostly DMC thread with a little bit of wool thrown in, and a dash of sparkly ribbon! And finally, this singing birdie, adapted from a french freebie chart (will look up name later)on 32 count natural linen, using all wool threads. Well, I think that is all I can show for now. I have a bunch more to finish, so stay tuned!
Hugs,
Maggee

Friday, December 4, 2009

Exchange received from April

Here is the exchange piece I received from April. It is a Shepherd's Bush design done as a little pillow, and look at that adorable hat button on top! Thanks so much April!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Heard that two exchanges have been received

I heard from Angela and Wendy that they received my ornaments. However, my camera was not working so I have it on the charger again. Will have to show pictures tomorrow... AND I received one from April. But, again... have to wait to take pictures or retrieve them. Hugs.

Explanation of Wordless Wednesday yesterday

Tho I am sure SOME of you readers have seen snow already, it is a rarity here in SE Virginia and when it does snow a measurable amount, we folks play in it. On this particular day, the first order was to build a snowman (that is my son). After which, there ensued a Snow War with ALL the neighbors on the block! I took pictures! I ain't crazy!! :) Hugs.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Wordless Wednesday 12-2-09

I am a WINNER!

I belong to an online group for Little House Needleworks and Country Cottage Needleworks designs, and they recently did a Bingo game, and I am one of the 4 winners!! I believe we will receive 4 of the upcoming new patterns!! It is my first time winning ANYthing, and I cannot be more pleased! Yay!! I will post pics when they arrive... Hugs.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Mailed out ALL the packages now

So SOON, when I hear from the recipients, I can finally show the other finishes I have done. And today, I finished another ornament, so I can start work on the next two or is it three? And I hope to have a time of 'finishing' one evening too. It is turning out to be a busy week. Have to get a chest x-ray sometime too...pre-op... Well, at least work was not busy today! Off to cook dinner... Hugs.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

One ornie I can show

Yesterday I went to my LNS and stitched a bit... and also gave Debra her ornie I made just for her! I believe she liked it! It is one of the Heart Struck Friends designed my Midnight Stitching, and I stitched it on a scrap of Wedgewood Blue Lugana using DMC and Pearl seed beads. It was an easy stitch, and I just may stitch some more by Marianne!





Hugs.

Nina's Giveaway!

I follow Nina on her blog too, and she is having a fabulous giveaway also. It ends tomorrow, so you will need to visit her blog very soon... Can you tell I am not in the mood for cleaning and shopping today, but have been blog-surfing instead? Seeing all these blogs all 'dressed up' for Christmas makes me want to investigate how to change mine... Maybe I will experiment...? Hugs

Jennifer's Beautiful Giveaway!

I follow Jennifer on her blog, and she has just posted about a fantastic Christmas giveaway! The prizes are so wonderful, you need to go sign up Right NOW!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

About WW for 11-25-09

I am doing the 'happy dance' because my husband, who took a fall off a ladder two weekends ago, and hurt his elbow pretty badly, is A-OK! Doctors sent him to an orthopedist this week, and the resulting diagnosis was great! Nothing broken or chipped, only a bad bump to the 'funny bone.' There had been talk of surgery, and I was not too happy because with him down and then me down... ugh! But--YAHOO! He is doing fine!!Happy Dance! Happy Dance!!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

I finished five ornaments (out of 10)

I finished my 3 mailing pieces and mailed one out yesterday, to Angela, for our personal Ornament exchange. I neglected to take pictures, so hope she does and I will grab them... Will probably mail the others Tuesday. Now am working on pieces for peoples around here that don't need mailing... Have 6 in all, and 4 left to do! And lastly, I have to begin my leisurely piece for another personal Ornament exchange with April that is not due until 12-30! Then I may do doubles cause some of them are pretty darned cute, and I want them for myself too! :) But no hurry on them. So MUCH calling to me... so LITTLE time. I am going to have surgery on the 10th, so MAYBE I will have a little extra time to stitch during recovery... we shall see... Hugs.

Wordless Wednesday for 11-25-09

Friday, November 20, 2009

Thoughts on a Giveaway!

I have been wanting to do a Giveaway, and I see that I am near my 100th post, so.... I am going to plan a giveaway! I need to de-stash, and focus on charts I really, really want to stitch. It's amazing how my tastes have changed during the year! (thanks to so many enablers both in person and virtually!!)So, I think I will go through the piles and have a Big Giveaway near the end of the year. I wonder if there will be anyone interested? Hugs.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

I AM stitching...

but I cannot show any pictures because it is for exchanges. I am just about done with the last one, so will be mailing this week. My plans are all askew due to having too darned many doctor appointments! But I am close...hang in there! Hugs.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Friday Fancy for 11-13-09

'Firelight will not let you read fine stories, but it's warm and you won't see the dust on the floor'

Irish Proverb

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Received Personal Ornament Exchange

I received my ornament from Angela P. today! (By the way, she is having a great End of the Year Giveaway on her blog!!) It is called 'Rejoice' and it is by Lizzie Kate. Isn't it sweet? Love it! Thanks so much Angela, and I will probably be sending yours out next week...

Thursday, November 5, 2009

A Few Words about Wordless Wednesday for 11-4-09

A few years back, my daughter and her family came to my home for a visit. One sunny afternoon, after they had tuckered us out, they asked if they could use chalk on the driveway. So, they made a 'guide' for Grandpa and his boat! It was hilarious to see the reactions! Hugs.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Friday, October 30, 2009

I keep forgetting...

I am the featured stitcher on my LNS' website, Dyeing to Stitch , on the Home of a Needleworker page. So, if you wanted to see what my stash looks like, and what supplies I use for finishing, where I stitch, etc... go on over for a visit. Hugs.

Two Finishes and a New Start

First is the piece for the 'purple' granddaughter for Christmas. I filled it with crushed walnut shells... It's kinda cute, huh? Second, is an October Breast Cancer Awareness piece that I stitch for myself... It is a freebie from By the Bay Needleart, on 36-count cream linen using DMC threads. I plan to make it into a small wall hanging real soon. And the new start is a 2nd go-round piece by Bent Creek called Happy Christmas Row. I am using overdyeds as called for, on 32-count Dirty Linen by R&R, and making it for some very dear neighbors. Last year (?) I made it for my sister, only on 16-count aida... I have 'grown' !!
I am also working on an ornament for SOMEONE's exchange... haven't yet decided whom!
Hugs.

Friday Fancy for 10-30-09

This is exactly how I feel today/tonight.... Not a good mammo today. First, they did 6 pics... that's two extra on the BC side. THEN, I usually dress and wait till the radiologist checks the pictures... takes a minute or two. Well, today it was 45 minutes! It scared me! It was deja vu from 2006 when they found the cancer! But--she said only that I could go now, not that they saw anything... so I have to wait till Wednesday when I go to the Onco to know what that was all about, IF ANYTHING but them being slow.... I cannot get the asthma to go away, am so disturbed. Plus a little sore still....
Hugs.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Words about yesterday's WW

I always giggle when I see this road sign on our way to family in western Maryland. This is actually for a really small town named Accident. For all the times I have been through it, you can only go 25 mph, so I wonder about the history of the naming of the town... Guess some research is in order! Pics of finishes coming this afternoon... Hugs.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Friday, October 23, 2009

FRIDAY FANCY for 10-23-09

Two men were walking home after a party and decided to take a shortcut through the cemetery just for laughs. Right in the middle of the cemetery they were startled by a tap-tap-tapping noise coming from the misty shadows. Trembling with fear, they found an old man with a hammer and a chisel, chipping away at one of the headstones. 'Holy cow, Mister," one of them said after catching his breath. "You scared us half to death -- we thought you were a ghost! What are you doing working here so late at night?' "Those fools!" the old man grumbled. "They mis-spelled my name!"

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Castle where my ancestors lived in Carcasonne, France

A fellow stitcher, Edgar, mentioned he had visited the town of Carcasonne, and I thought I would post my pictures of the town and castle and also a map of the street named for my ancestors, Rue Chartran (down at the middle bottom). Looks like a great place to visit!
Hugs.

Word about yesterday's WW

That was a picture from a book (1912) about San Francisco, California, called "Care Free San Francisco" by Allan Dunn. I transcribed it for the SF GenWeb site many moons ago, before it disintegrated before my eyes ( I inherited it). You can read it online at: http://www.sfgenealogy.com/sf/history/hbcare1.htm I haven't been there in quite a few years, and wonder what is still left there? I know the Fun House at Ocean Beach was taken down, years ago. The 'Record' that spun you around was the most fun... As for my picture of the view from the Fairmont in the early 1900's versus now... visit fairmont.com and scroll through the rooms... Especially interesting is the skyline view from the penthouse! What a change! Hugs.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Sunday, October 18, 2009

A Few Finishes to show

I got one of my pieces back from the framer this week. It is the "If I Can't Stitch" piece. Isn't it cute? I must find an appropriate, public place to hang this in my house! Next is the last project for my oldest GD. A freebie from My Big Toe Designs. I am still deciding how to finish it... And, lastly, my 2nd Autumn exchange has been received by Gaby in Germany, so I can show it here. It is by Ewe & I and Friends, done on a scrap of R&R linen, probably 32-count, with DMC colors. I found the perfect backing fabric, at a nearby quilting shop. Back to laundry.... Hugs.

October TUSAL

You can see the proliferation of Weeks Crepe Myrtle orts in the jar this month. Like I said, I had to tear out Ribbon Topiary THREE times before I decided to put it aside for a few months! All that stitching was done when I was sick, so apparently I cannot stitch well when I am sick... (at least it SOUNDS good...)
Hugs.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Words about yesterday's WW

It was a picture of a 'step-down' in front of the house my ancestors lived in on Meeting Street in Charleston, SC. Way back when there were no cars, when people arrived in carriages, it was a big step down (like in an SUV!!) so they built these little steps to make it an easier exit. Here is a picture of the house. It was being restored to it's original shape in 2001, but... I never heard that project got finished. I was allowed to tour it while in construction by the new owner... what a thrill!

The house is on the Historic Preservation list, and the sign can be seen by the front door. It is huge, and has so many beautiful features! Next door to the right, was the Carriage House which has been made into another beautiful residence.

Am feeling somewhat better. Strep turned to bronchitis, which I am fighting off now... As for stitching, I had to put away Ribbon Topiary because I took it apart 3 times and could no longer stand to work on it!! Maybe in the spring... Back to working on commitment stitching... no pics...

Hugs.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Friday, October 9, 2009

Diagnosis...

I have strep! Where the heck it came from is anyone's guess, but I am forced to take two days off from work to get over it...Yesterday I spent too much time for the doctor appt and trying to get my prescription filled (had to come back twice!), but today--I am going to spend as much time as I can stitching!!! Am just about halfway through on The Ribbon Topiary for BCA month. But, alas, I cannot judge how much thread I need and am not going to have enough... so I will switch projects probably tonight. Maybe I will work on a BAP! Or finish an Autumn ornie I was making for myself. Or maybe I will begin a new project. So many choices!! Hugs.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Description of WW for 10-7-09

Went to a car show while visiting colleges years ago with my son, and couldn't resist a shot of this beautiful PINK Thunderbird! Since it is Breast Cancer Awareness month, thought it an excellent choice for WW!

I am not feeling at all well this morning. Had a tiny scratchy throat last night when I went to bed, but this morning my tonsils are so swollen, it spread to that wiggly thing in the back of my throat and that is almost swollen to where I cannot breathe! Of course, today is the day I have to sub for my boss lady... If it is slow, I am going to see about the former person taking it today... the one we had to let go cause she was so slow... And I am making an appointment with my FP, to get on antibiotics asap!(there goes my overtime...) This is the start of some uncomfortable times... unfortunately... But I may get in some extra stitching time!! That could be good!

TTFN.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Picture of one exchange piece

I sent out two exchange pieces, and can show one, as it has been received by Sheril, from Stitching Exchanging. It is Autumn, from the Automnology chart by Trilogy. I used DMC colors, on a random piece of R&R linen.

On Saturdays, I usually go stitch at my LNS, Dyeing to Stitch, for the day. Since this weekend is their Harvest of Friendship Retreat, we had visitors from out of town come in during a break. I enjoyed talking with a few of them. One girl from Iowa City (Hi Trisha!) was intrigued by the piece I was working on--I had just started The Ribbon Topiary by Knotted Tree Designs. And her buddy, Margaret (Hi Margaret!) needed to know where she could get some trim like in a piece in the newly released Blackbird 'Joyeus Noel' book, so I sent them to Hancock's since it was fairly close and easy to find from the shop. Tina from Shepherd's Bush, Charland and her daughter, Sydney, also dropped by. I mentioned that Thursday night, I met two designers. One was Alma from Blackbird Designs, and the other was Charland. Here is a picture I had taken with them, from left to right: Charland, her daughter Sydney, me and Alma. As you can see, I usually do NOT like my pictures that are taken... I am so lucky to have a graphics program!! hehehehe....

I must go now... I got Pride and Prejudice today from the library and hopefully will be able to watch some of it tonight, unless I fall asleep. I did a LOT today and am very very tired. Still am doing laundry...

Hugs.