Friday, December 26, 2014

Framed Campfire at Pine Lake picture

Okay--here is the framed piece that I stitched for my son-in-love, Abe. He loves it, and is pondering where to hang it! Due to lighting restraints, you cannot see that the entire frame is black, but there is a gold ring inside it. Sets it off beautifully!



Off to stitch... yay!

Hugs,

Maggee

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Merry Christmas!! (and catch-up stuff--picture heavy)

Whoa! The time has just flown by... but finally I can post and share. I need to go back to Thanksgiving, because I received an 'early' Christmas gift from my oldest daughter and her family when they came up the Tuesday before... they got tickets for me and Jessee to see Mannheim Steamroller in concert in my area!!!





The concert was AWESOME! They are quite entertaining... We had really good seats, but because we got there about 5 minutes late...(due to rain and traffic) we had to wait to go down to them. So, when we DID go to our seats, they were in the middle of a row and we had to disturb quite a few people to get to them. I saw two end seats two rows ahead and 'suggested' to the usher that we take those until someone comes along wanting their seats back or... So we did, the new seats were just as great (about 8 from the front, close enough to get 'snowed on' during one song!) and we had a great time! I never ever expected anyone to remember that YEARS ago when they came, and a work friend went, I was bemoaning about missing it, cause I didn't know soon enough, plus the tickets were SO expensive... But apparently Jessee did remember that!

Now on to December... I have been busy sewing and making Christmas gifts for family and friends, in between LIFE. Without further delay, here are some pictures:

For my daughter Tracy, who did not get one last year... and felt left out...(I did not think she would like them... go figure!)

For Tracy's husband, AJ, tho for the life of me, I cannot get it to show straight!!!



This is my first attempt at a Pillowcase for my oldest granddaughter, Tori, who is 19 and likes purple... (grrr again... so sorry!)



For my second granddaughter, Maghen, who is 16...



For my third granddaughter, Kenzie, who is 14...



And for my youngest/4th granddaughter, Olivia, who is 4... (By now, I really like making these pillowcases... they have french seams which were interesting to do... but I LOVE YouTube tutorials!



I also tried my hand at making Project bags. This one went to a stitching buddy, Sheryl...



Not bad for the first try! I will do more with them in the New Year.



And I made my first lined bag. Can't remember whose stitched piece that is... but it was a fun, easy stitch. Went to another stitching friend, Darlene...



The lining...Love this ticking fabric! Got it in a couple of colors.



Made this cute little ornament, a freebie by San Man Originals. To another stitching friend, Patti.



The back of the San Man ornament...



And stitched this pattern on an overdyed fabric I received at PALS last year. Not sure of the count, but it was interesting to stitch on. I laced it...



And also laced the back, then put them together, laced them and used a piece of antique lace for the outside edging, interspersed with purple pins. For Sheryl...



Closeup of the top details...



Stitched a couple more ornaments...Peppermint Paul on the left and a freebie on the right (sorry, forgot to get the name)--for Sheryl and her husband, Paul...



The backs...

And I was GOING to show the framed Campfire picture, but it is sideways too, and I just don't want to show it that way... However, it is wrapped and under the tree right now, so I will have to show it after Christmas! The problem is some of these pictures were taken with the iphone and they are not compatible with blogger! Grrrrr...Moving on...

Next are some gifts or exchanges I have received. Without further ado...

Shirlee and I did a personal ornament exchange this year again. The next few pictures are what I received from Shirlee...(I totally neglected to take pictures of what I SENT to Shirlee, so, unless she shares... you have to trust that I sent some nice things!)



The entire contents of the package from Shirlee...



An ENTIRE set of floss from Sullivan's. In Spring colors! I can hardly wait to start using them... They are new to me. Feel kind of silky...



The stitched ornament, which is by Little House Needleworks I believe. Love the color! It is flawlessly finished.



The back of the ornament... really cute homespun-type fabric...love it!



Two little notepads, one of which has been in use since the day I opened the package!! I write notes everywhere, about everything!



This little mirror is so Adorable--it went right in my purse. Tho I might take it from there, because I rarely see it... May have to pose it somewhere... I love the birds! And the saying!



The lovely sparkly Christmas card and some scented hand lotion are next.



And a chart by The Cat's Whiskers called Noel...Naturally, and white Dinky Dyes silk to use. I am thinking I will stitch that on Christmas, when all the festivities have slowed down...

Next are a couple of stitched gifts from other friends...



This Lizzie Kate design is stitched by my friend Maureen. Didn't she do a fabulous job? She has been a busy bee this year, stitching many lovely ornaments!



The back



Cute little penguin (I also like penguins!) stitched by Sheryl and on one of those little sleds by Foxwood Crossing that everyone is using this year.

I did some thrifting recently, and wanted to share two items that I really, really like...



Found this Nativity set at a local antique mall. It really caught my eye--I just had to have it! And I do!



And found this angel at one of our local thrift stores... There are so many cute things about this angel... I love copper, and her wings are copper. She has yarn hair. And her arms move. Plus she is simple, plain but the message is to the point! Hanging on my office door!

I am winding down now... just wanted to share my FAVORITE ornament that is ALWAYS on my tree...The little Cupie Angel that my mother made for me a long time ago! She crocheted the little dress and wings. Love love love it!



So that's it... I finished just in time, cause I need to sit and relax now for a bit before I go to bed... So nice not to have much left to do! Just start cooking...

I wish all of my friends in blogland a Very Merry Christmas! I'll be back after Christmas!



Hugs,

Maggee

Friday, December 5, 2014

Where is November?? (picture heavy)

I have been saying I have to post on my blog for days and days... but something always came along... Such is life, I guess! But today is the day! Got all my photos uploaded, so let's get started!!

At the end of October, we went to our friends' place in the Outer Banks--in Rodanthe. We spent three days there. The weather was BEAUTIFUL!! They have a cabin close to the beach, not on it. You could see the ocean on the left and the sound on the right--pretty cool. There are lots of 'sounds' along the outer banks, so I think it was Pamlico Sound. Our friends have medical problems, and my husband has to take it easy too... so we didn't get out a lot. But we saw a few things... It was MY first time to the Outer Banks. Without further ado, here are some of my pictures...

We barely stopped anywhere on the way down there, but this is one place we visited. It is one big store with lots of little shops inside... LOTS! Usual tourist-y type, and over-priced, but fun to look around...

I was fascinated by this thing-a-ma-jig...

They had quite a collection of stepping stones there...
And also this cute little bench...

One last stone...

When we got close to their place, they asked if I had seen the movie with Richard Gere, 'Nights in Rodanthe". Is the sky BLUE?? Of COURSE I had seen it!! Well, the house that they used for local scenes was actually really on the Outer Banks... However, it got banged up from weather so much, it was condemned after filming because it was actually sitting IN the ocean! New owners decided to move it, and used the same company that moved the Hatteras Lighthouse (pictures later) to move it to its present location in Rodanthe. We just HAD to stop so I could grab a photo or two!

Close up...

This is a snap of the view of the ocean from the place we stayed at... It was a quick walk to the beach if we wanted... but we drove later...I had the windows open at night, to hear the ocean waves LIVE!

View off to the right of the cabin... To old-timers, who grew up in the area, we were actually in Chicamacomico...as can be seen on the water tower.

And way behind these houses, can be seen the Pamlico Sound. We never really came close to the sound side...

The day we went down to the beach, we apparently disturbed a sand crab. He was MUCH bigger than the ones we find here at Virginia Beach! And he skittered away quite quickly!

To the dunes... thought he was hidden, but we found him tucked away...

The beach was lovely. I think if you blow this picture up, you will see the shore birds that I love!

And there was a fishing pier not far down the beach... looks kinda rickety, but they said people use it...

A shot of the place we stayed at...from the beach...

Another little ways down the road, off the main drag, was an area called Kinnakeet... You could tell it was a quaint village at one time, though the 'new' beach houses and cabins have infringed on probably every available square inch of land! Outer Banks is a popular summer destination.

One of the days we visited the Wright Museum, a tribute to the Wright Brothers and their contributions to manned flight! This model was apparently life size! Quite impressive!

There was another model somewhat smaller too...

And another view of the two models, tho the 'smaller' one is in front. It was shorter, not necessarily smaller.

Wayyyy up a pretty steep hill is 'the' momument dedicated by Congress to the Wright Brothers. Yes, we walked it... three out of four of us did. And with a man recovering from a knee replacement, a man recovering from two brain surgeries, and plain old me... we were ALL huffing and puffing! It was quite an incline!

Quite a view looking down...

Another direction....

We also visited Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, also my first time.

Thankfully it was closed for climbing! After the memorial climb, there was no way I was going to go up 248 stairs!! Besides, asthmatics are not supposed to attempt it! Phew! An actual Excuse!

Getting close, you realize how really BIG it is!

In 1999, the same company that moved the Inn at Rodanthe, moved this lighthouse a few thousand feet inland for the same reason... encroachment by the sea! I remember watching it on tv!

On our walk towards the lighthouse, I happened to be looking down and found this! I love it! Sad for the lizard, but it is pretty cool!!

I was on a kick about looking up and taking pictures on this trip...

See how small my husband is next to the base??

Afterwards we stopped to visit the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum. This sign greeted us from the back parking lot. It marks a spot where slaves stayed in the Outer Banks,after the start of the Civil War.

The front looked like the hull of a ship, doesn't it?

Inside was a lot of memorabilia about the old Hatteras Lighthouse...

Up until this visit, I had not considered that the Civil War affected North Carolina much... I am from California. My excuse...

On the way home, we stopped in at Pea Island Wildlife Refuge to see the turtles. They came right up to us...

This is my favorite picture... cause it shows ME taking the picture in the reflection! Ha!

I guess I should show some stitching pictures, eh? I have done a little bit of stitching... I try every day. Just doesn't happen.

THIS is my BIG FINISH! And I got it done in time for Christmas too! By the time I was finishing it, I really hated it! Never again will I stitch on black fabric! But it will look spectacular framed! He's gonna love it!

AND I did finish one of my old WIPs! Lo How a Rose E'er Blooming by Brightneedle. Yay!

Plus I finished this Bent Creek cutie into a cube...

the top...

...and the back...

Oh yes, did finish this one too... Haven't decided how I will finish it yet. Love it!

And just for kicks and giggle, I made myself an ornament... used wool fibers. Kinda cute!

Now I am working on a Tra La La piece...no picture yet. I THINK that is all that I can show right now. I sent off an exchange and am waiting to hear it was received. I have a few to finish off this weekend. So I shall (hopefully) post again next week.

Time to decorate for Christmas! Lots to do... In between running back and forth to get my husband's vehicle repaired from when I got rearended a couple of weeks back... Still having headaches. Hope they go away. And MY car's heat won't blow out... it gets warm, but if you try to do the dials/blower, it smokes! Ain't doing that!! Gotta get IT fixed... We have found a really GOOD mechanic so it is just a matter of scheduling to get it there and get it done!

I will close with a picture from Halloween... of my local granddaughter, Olivia, and her parents. They have Always dressed up as a family for halloween. She is four this year... wonder how long that will last?
Can you guess what she is?? AND her little teddy bear also is in costume! Such attention to details!

It wasn't too cold out so we went down my street trick or treating... Just a handful of houses 'played' along. Not a problem, because they went to the other grandparents' house after mine! Yikes!

Until next time,

Hugs,

Maggee