Wednesday, August 20, 2014

NEED PERSONAL PRAYER, PRAYER, PRAYER!!

I am going to be away for a while. My husband is in the ICU after having undergone a craniotomy to remove a very massive subdural hematoma from one side of his brain, that had shifted it and affected his day-to-day living (walking was not functioning well, motor skills were slower or inaccurate, thinking was slowed or incorrect, etc.) Upon doing a post-op CT scan they saw they were successful in removing that mass, it looked good, the brain had shifted 4 mm back, BUT they found another large mass on the other side which had been hidden by the shift! So, this morning there will be another CT and then... possibly another surgery. I request all my blogging friends to please pray for my husband, Bill. Pray for the right things to be done, to spare his life and give him back to us. Have to go back now... Thank you so much!

Hugs,

Maggee

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Summer Postcard Blog Hop

I decided to join in on the fun of another Blog Hop with Jo at Serendipitous Stitching. This time it is a Summer Postcard Hop!

My postcard comes from Gracie of Needles, Pins and Dragonflies in Arizona! Here is her message:



"I absolutely love having a garden year round with something always in bloom here in Arizona. Watching the bees happily visiting the flowers, listening to the pond fountain gurgling and of course having delightful hummingbirds visit me. It is so relaxing to sit and stitch or read in the garden. This stitched piece is called Garden Party by Just Nan."

I love MY fountain too!

Thanks so much Gracie!

Hugs, Maggee

Sunday, August 3, 2014

My finishing plus ...

I have procrastinated from doing the finishing on several finishes this past week, and finally got them done Friday! I did a bunch of pillows and a flatfold. Here they are:



Here is the patriotic piece for the year! I really do like the looks of this piece... Since there is a border on the stitched piece, I just did a close pillow.



The weather has been cloudy and rainy so these pictures are not the best, but this backing fabric really looks good!



It really must be the lighting, because in this one, it looks like the colors ran... which they did not! Oh well!



Though this is a 'Quaker' piece, I decided to go more modern on the back. Again, it had a border so the finish was close.



I stitched and finished LHN's Summer Garden. I did not know that one of the flowers was specialty stitches...not my fave, but you could not tell by the computer generated picture. No biggie... I put the date in, instead...



And the back... very pretty, tho the lighting...



I attempted another flatfold again. First I used one tutorial(LONNNGGG time ago), but then got interrupted... and when I continued, I used Vonna's, which was easier for me to follow. However, I am still not pleased yet. Perhaps the next one will cinch it for me. I used matboard, and that is a bear to cut (for me, at least!). Next time I am at Michael's, I'm getting some foamcore board!



Side view... It is still a pretty flatfold... You know how it is--we are our Worst critics!

I am participating in the Summer Post Card Blog Hop over at Joanna's blog (tho I may have been late in entering... ) and one of the things I shared was that I saw 4 Flickers in my garden! That was such a surprise, but a treat for sure! And in case you don't know what they look like, here is a picture from the internet--I could not get my camera fast enough to snap one! But it was so exciting to me!



I recently ran across an old chart(1997?) that I really thought my one son-in-love would like, so I hunted it down and purchased it on Ebay. It was stitched on black...something I have avoided! I have a piece of 25-count Lugana, but there was no way I could even SEE that to stitch on it! So I got a piece of Aida, and began this new adventure. I am REALLY enjoying this piece! It is the OPPOSITE of the way stitching usually goes... hard to explain...so here is a picture of my progress:



Isn't it cool? I am using 18-count which is working fine. Love it! Have not used Aida in many years! It will be his Christmas present. He has had a love for outdoor camping and adventures as long as I have known him... which is about 22 years!

And thinking about family, I have a great picture of all my girls: daughters and grands, to share with you. They were at Busch Gardens this summer...



I popped in to a local Thrift store last week, and just browsed... I found a GREAT Christmas gift for my oldest daughter. Years ago, I collected Fitz and LLoyd Charming Tails figurines. I grew tired of dusting them, and either sold them online or gave them to my eldest daughter. Her nickname is 'mouse' so, she loves anything to do with that... Well, I found a musical one, called Daffodil Twirl, and it WORKS! NO box, but hey... for less than $4, I am not complaining... It still sells for $25! A steal!!



It plays "The Entertainer"... so cute!

Also found more books there... This particular store is the BEST for books! I always find inspirational books there... So I thought I would start sharing some of the inspiration from these books. Today I am going to share from 'God's Way to Worth' which is an 80-day devotional type calendar thingy... by Karen Moore. The tagline is '80 days to enriching your walk with God' I KNOW I can always use a bit of uplifting, and thought I would spread the wealth!

"As a Woman of Worth, you're alive in God and living in His Spirit. You're on the path and you are ready to walk. You're going to walk with His arm wrapped around you for the rest of your days. (emphasis mine!)When you're walking in that kind of love, you're becoming an even stronger woman of worth." "If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Galatians 5:25

Well, that's it for now...

Hugs,

Maggee