Saturday, July 13, 2013

Did you see that???

Time just FLEW by!!! Gosh, I can't believe it is the middle of July now...Well, I have a few things to share. First--a new store went in just across the road from me...pretty cool! It is called Sew EZ, and it is a quilting store! Which means they have fabric! I went for a quick look today, and their prices are competitive and they have different fabrics so that is good... later... Don't know that I need anything right now! (I took a picture but apparently Blogger STILL doesn't like iPhone pictures!!!)

Next up concerns something that has been nagging me for weeks. I joined the Ladies Prim Society being hosted by my local shop, Dyeing to Stitch. I liked the first piece by Threadwork Primitives, even though it was on 30-count fabric. I made mention of that fact that I really DON'T like using that count, but I guess it is what the designers like, so too bad for me, because the SECOND piece by Blackbird designs was also on 30-count. I am stitching it on 36 count. Additional cost. Now I have the third piece, and it is on two different pieces of --yup, you guessed it--30-count fabric! I am experiencing MANY emotions over this--MANY! When you sign up for the society, you HAVE to sign that you will purchase all the pieces during the year. But I cannot afford to just throw away money on fabric I will never use! I am figuring I paid for it, to do as I want... And, I think I have decided to sell my Kit. So, here are pictures of the kit--which includes EVERYTHING: fabric, backing fabric, whole thread skeins (4), perfectly matched trim and even a needle! Plus very complete instructions to finish it!





So if anyone is interested in purchasing this from me, just let me know...

On the news front, my husband MIGHT have latched onto a good client for work. He has not worked in about three months (well, he had one little job). Retail therapy has been so tempting, but with things the way they have been, thrift-ing and antique-ing are my stores of choice. Thus--I have some GREAT finds from the past three months!



First was this pair of beautifully framed bird art prints. I don't really care if they are old or out of fashion--the frames are magnificent and I love birds! Plus they were $5 each!! I couldn't pass that up!!



Then I found these stacking boxes that have everything I like--Americana AND beach or ocean scenes! For less than $3, I grabbed them!





Next up were these adorable, kind of primitive 'firecracker' metal honeycomb votive holders. For now, I took out the bottoms. But with flickering battery-operated votives, they are just too cool! Less than $5!



And then, I couldn't pass up this crock, though I really didn't know WHAT it was originally for--until the clerk picks up a spoon that had dropped. THEN she said that it was such a cute coffee crock! So, I got the bigger one a couple of weeks ago. THEN my sister found the smaller one this week, so Friday night--off we went, hoping it was still there--it WAS! No spoon, but who cares?! For less than $7, I got these great beach scenes on two crocks! Woo hoo!!





And because this IS a stitching blog, after all, it must have SOME stitching pictures. I only have one, since I did not take progress pictures. This is a piece I pulled from my WIPs or UFO box... By La D Da, called Lauren's Voice. I finished it quite some time ago, but forgot to post it.



Well, that really is ALL I have today. I may take progress pictures soon, and let you see what I am stitching. It has been a competition between reading and stitching lately. I came across some Debbie Macomber books at the thrift store (for 28 cents each!!) and have been trying to finish up reading the Cedar Cove ones, because next weekend the SERIES starts on the Hallmark channel. I am excited because the books are fabulous! And Andie McDowell is starring in it. Should be terrific! I cannot read and stitch--they weren't audiobooks, sadly...

P.S. I am still working on RAK's of charts I won't be stitching again. I think everyone should either let me know what their likes and dislikes are, or have a Wish List on their blogs, so I can get a few packages out!

Hugs,

Maggee

26 comments:

CalamityJr said...

That stitched piece is something we should remind ourselves of every day. How nice that you have such a beautiful reminder! I will pass on the prim kit, but if you should decide you don't have a home for the bird prints I have the perfect spot! Great thrift shopping!

Ellen said...

Wonderful thrift goodies, I especially love those boxes! Lauren's Voice is so beautifully framed!

Happy Summer!

Hugs,

Barb said...

Great stitching and thrifting! You are so right about the kits. I am stitching a very small piece on 30 count I don't like it either. It seems very big to me and I usually stitch on 32 count. I didn't expect that much difference. By the way, I live about 30 minutes from the town that Cedar Cove was based on. They had a fun Cedar Cove Days a few years ago. The town is Port Orchard , WA.

Linda said...

Great stitching Maggee. Love all your thrifting finds.

Linda

Carole said...

Maybe try stitching them over one thread....reduces the size, but try playing around with what you could do with smaller size....pin keeps?. needle books?... I know what you mean by 30 count....I don't care for it either and normally use 40 or 36.

stitcheranon said...

I am very wary of SALS and projects you have to sign up for. I dont know why they would chose 30 count..I dont think I have ever used it nor wish too. I LOVE your thrifty bargains...they are all totally gorgeous!

cucki said...

Wonderful thrift goodies...I love those boxes so much..
Happy summer xx

Marilyn said...

Great thrift finds and pretyy La-D-Da piece too.
Marilyn

Peggy Lee said...

I agree...I don't care to stitch on 30 count. I will use 28 count sometimes and stitch over one on it.

I really like that little La D Da design. Good words to remember.
Have a wonderful week ahead.
~hugs

Robin said...

Lauren's Voice is simply stunning and definitely words to hold on to tightly. I really like your bird prints that you found.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Robin in Virginia

Shirlee said...

Great La-D-Da design, & what wonderful finds you found : ) I was just telling Edgar that when I go to thrift stores, all I find are used baby clothes & old plastic containers that once held butter!

Vickie said...

Well hey there Maggee! Oh my! You did very well thrifting. I love doing that.
I am stitching on 30 ct right now actually. Over one. I am not having trouble? Why doesn't anyone like it I wonder?
I had never seen Lauren's Voice before. How wonderful and different. The frame looks excellent too. Is that a large piece Maggee?

Samplers, Silks and Linens said...

Hmmm .. actually i dont mind 30 count as long as its linen i'm happy - glad to hear your husband is finding work, my husband is fiftyone and selfemployed and finding it harder every year to keep up with the young ones! love your la d da design havnt seen that one before, will go for a look around see if anyone has the pattern instock - great finds too! - Amanda

Catherine said...

Fabulous thrifty finds!! Love your finish too ~ they have such great designs. I have that kit and the others, but haven't stitched any of them yet. I don't normally stitch on 30 either, but I guess. I will since I spent the money.

Karen said...

Maggee I love stitching on 30ct but haven't signed p because you have to buy all 12 on this and wasn't ready to commit. I would buy your kit if still available. Here is my email.

kmdecker2000@yahoo.com

Melanie said...

Very nice thrifty finds! Quite the steal!
I have to agree - 30ct is not my favorite either. It's not bad per se, I just like something a little finer. Also, I figure my eyesight is going to go at SOME point so I might as well work as small as I can WHILE I still can. :)

Beth said...

With my near-sighted eyes 30 is my best friend, but I understand that you don't care for it - that's the problem with kits - they aren't always kitted to suit.

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Great finds! I don't blame you for selling your kit. If you aren't going to be happy with it why keep it. Ya know!

Carol said...

Oh, you found some great treasures in your thrifting, Maggee!! I sure hope your husband's potential new client works out--keeping my fingers crossed for you both!

Stitchinowl said...

Your Lauren's Voice came out great - very meaningful sentiment. I love your thrifting finds, especially the cute crocks. I wish I lived near your thrift stores!
Carolyn

Anne said...

I feel the same way as you about kits and fabric. I like to stitch on a higher count too. Fabulous thrift finds! I love thrifting and getting good deals. Hope the client works out for your hubby!!

Ann Robbins said...

Just so you know- the first Ladies Prim Society kit was on 32 count. Trying to keep the costs down,thus,30 count.

Charlene ♥ SC said...

Oh, I agree. I haven't joined any of those clubs - that being one of the reasons. In my opinion they should let you choose the fabric count. When/if you get tired of the bird prints, those are nice looking frames! Aren't storage boxes just the greatest? Lovely stitching, too! Hope the new client works out. Be well.

butterfly said...

Great stitching, and love all your buy's love the boxes.
I do love Debbies books I think I have read most of them now, hugs.

butterfly said...

Great stitching, and love all your buy's love the boxes.
I do love Debbies books I think I have read most of them now, hugs.

Mouse said...

gorgeous finds and perfect for your theme ...don't mind 30 count at all as a nice easy count to stitch on :) love mouse xxxx