Sunday, November 10, 2013

Bits and pieces

Of course, I have a bit more that I did not post about...

My buddy, Maureen, came to Virginia Beach in early October for a retreat, and we had lunch together on Saturday. She stitched me a wonderful pillow, and I gifted her with a pillow too!

Yeah, I know... another picture of me. Actually I don't object cause this one is pretty good, despite the fact that I was not feeling up to par! Maureen is such a sweet person! We had a great lunch!



Maureen loves Christmas, so this was calling her name. The buttons were straight when I put them on... rascals! I even made the pillow inside, because I refused to pay what they were asking!



This is the pillow Maureen stitched for me. I like everything about it! The words, of course; the fabric, the trim and the backing. Thanks again Maureen!



Here's the cute backing fabric!

Recently, Nancy at Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe, had a giveaway for some of her Necessaires, and I won! Not only did I win, but it was a TRIPLE set! They are exquisitely crafted! Nancy does a great job! Plus the notions inside... wowee! Without further ado, here are some snaps:



First look at all three...



Love the tag with it! Reminds me to be on the lookout for more of the same...



A closeup



Inside the first one - two of Nancy's great overdyed threads! Yummmm...



A shot to show the wonderful fabrics she used in making this one!



And here is the second one I received. You can't see it too well, but there is a really cool safety pin holding that little wool pocket closed! Love that!

And inside the little wool pocket were these buttons and charms, and up on the right at the top of them is THE pin! See it? Plus some lace and ric rac trim!



A shot of the fabrics for this one... they are very well done and coordinated.



Last but not least (who could choose a favorite here??) is the third one...



With a really cool safety pin again, and some of her ric rac trim we all love!

Thank you very much Nancy, for picking my name in the Giveaway! And also for ALL the great Giveaways that you do! You have a very giving spirit!

Now, before I close, I wanted to share a funny story about ORTS! Last Christmas, my husband was given a gag gift from his buddy. It was one of those 'Redneck Champagne glasses' that we see everywhere now, tho the name may be different according to where you live! He had NO idea what to do with it, and all I saw was ORTS in it! So, he 'gave' it to me... I may have blogged this... who remembers? Anyway, a short time ago, my son was emptying the trash for me, by my stitching chair, and saw the glass which was now full of so many lovely ORTS... and made the decision that I had not got around to throwing them out, so he did it for me! A few days later, when I discovered it, and asked him about it first (cause my husband could easily have done it also!!!)he was mortified when I told him I WAS saving them -- though it was for the birds, and they didn't think much of them THIS year... I told him it was fine. It's not like I am NOT going to make more! Ha!

That's it for now...

Hugs!

Maggee

Sunday, November 3, 2013

MUCH Catching up to do.... LONG post...

Well, I will try to do some catching up here. I was pretty sick with pneumonia and other stuff beginning at the end of September, so that threw me off. Then Cathey's passing just stunned me for quite some time. It is hard to describe, but though we never met in person, she was such a kind friend and will be greatly missed.

So, without further ado... First up, I stayed at the Lankford Hotel, which is owned by the people who also own the Salty Yarns cross stitch shop on the boardwalk! Had a great time! Loved the beach! Loved the shop! They own other shops too--a book shop, a souvenir-type place, a swimsuit shop, and a beach-y type shop... I visited a couple of them too! Here are a few good snaps...



The hotel is right on the boardwalk. You walk down those steps and you are in the midst of it! Love the rockers on the front porch! They own a bunch more 'cabins' behind the hotel...pretty busy place! I parked about half a mile away! That was REAL fun...lugging my bags...



And here are the signs for the other shops -- one is next door to the Salty Yarns, and the rest are down a stairway, under the shop. Pretty cool!



Looking to the right, from the front porch. Lots of shops and sights to see!

And looking to the left down the boardwalk again...

Due to the number of pictures I have to share, I made a page for Ocean City, to show the rest. If you look at the top of the blog, there is a new page called 'Ocean City Maryland, August 2013' up there. You can see more of my pictures there...

Next up is The PALS Stitching Retreat at Myrtle Beach, S, in mid-October. Hmm...I am seeing a pattern here! I only go to places with a beach? Actually, these are closeby... that is why I went! This is my second time going to PALS. Last time I went with my sister that I had not seen in a long time. THIS time, my eldest daughter joined me. I coaxed her into it, cause she just needed a break from her very busy life with three teenaged girls! My wonderful son-in-love agreed, and took the time off from work to fill in for her! He is an angel! So the big 'draw' of PALS is that it costs very little, and we just sit and stitch and have exchanges IF YOU WANT TO! You are pretty much on your own... There were a few vendors there, also, for our shopping pleasure. My daughter and I stayed across the street in a timeshare (how VERY convenient!) so we cooked most every night, to save costs. Our resort was very nice. My first time there. I will consider it again...

Here are a few pictures from PALS. I put the rest in another new page, the link is up top...

Here are some of the ladies, stitching away...

And more...

And another view... There were 114 women there this year.

This is one of the Christmas ornaments I stitched and finished. It is an old one, from Bent Creek. I originally told my daughter she could have it if she wanted, but then totally forgot and put it in the exchange. So I guess I will be stitching another one!

Here is the back.

And here is the other Christmas ornament I stitched and finished. This is a CCN ornament from one of the JCS Christmas magazines. It was originally shown in the new Christmas colors: pink, teal, light green... and that is how I did it for me. This time, I subbed out for 'original' colors, and it is just as cute!

Here's the back!

One of the exchanges is called the Grab Bag Exchange. We put a certain amount of new notions into a 'container' and swap in the exchange. The 'highlight' of this exchange is the variety of the containers, and watching how many times they are stolen throughout the exchange! So here was my contribution.

And here is the inside. The recipient told me that she liked it, so I did okay.

I got the scissors at Salty Yarn! I made the little pouch with some wool... it was a fun little project.

And the back of the pouch...

On the way to PALS, my daughter and I stopped in at our favorite second-hand store, and tho it wasn't a good visit (rude employees!!), I managed to find some things... One of which was this basket of shells. It jumped out at me because on the top was a beautiful PURPLE, shiny clam shell! We looked it over and it seemed to be real, tho I have never seen a purple one. The entire basket was $5 so I got it.

As I was going to check out, this RUDE, GRUMPY employee came up behind me and was grumbling... and sort of came towards where I was standing, to get past me. In doing so, I was jostled and the basket tipped... and out fell the one purple shell, shattering to pieces! Sigh... I still got the basket, because I do love shells. Put it aside until this week. As I was going through them, sort of in the middle was a Seahorse. I figured it was fake, but it was NOT! Kinda gross... poor thing. He is petrified--as in very stiff. Interesting but kind of icky. I will keep it till the grandkids come around... maybe one of them will want it.

When I returned home from PALS, it was time to change out the house d├ęcor from summer to fall. So, here are a few pictures of how I have decorated this year...

I have seen a lot of blue bottles used in decorating, so here is my spin on it. I am going to switch out to orange-y flowers next week.

Saw a version of this on a blog I follow, and made it my own... mostly due to lack of supplies! I sure like them tho!

Closeup of the blue one... I love the color of copper. Colors are not that great in this one, but it is just so you can see the little decorations...

And the white one is so cute too. I will have these around a couple of years!

Moved my plant off the mantle to this spot... I think it will do better as there is more light here. Stuck some of my yellow flowers in it just for fun! The two items on each side were thrift store finds--my faves.

Close up of the turkey plate--it is too cute for 58 cents!!!

So, I redid the mantle. Here is a half view...I found those wood knitting needles in my aunt's things I inherited. They are probably 50+ years old... Boye.

Can you see the bird here? He is made of rusted metal or wire, something to that effect. He is really cute!

Well, this post certainly is lonnnnggggg... I am going to stop for now. I do have a bit more to blog about, but I will do it later. Don't forget to check out the new pages for the blog--links are at the top of the blog posts. Hope I didn't lose anyone...

Till next time!

Hugs,

Maggee