Wednesday, June 29, 2016

An Update... Finally!

Gee whiz! I cannot believe it has been over two months since I last posted on my blog! I have been stitching... some... I hope to start a big finishing time this week... Too many languishing pieces!

So, what have I stitched you ask? Well, I am keeping up with my LHN Monthly Virtues pieces...

Courage, for April...

Faith for May

And Simplicity for June

Then, I did a piece for my friend in Tennessee, and gave it to her when we visited her on our trip in April... (we went to Tennessee and Alabama, visiting folks and birding!) By My Big Toe, called Bless the Lord...

I took the photo with my phone, and unfortunately, this is what Blogger does to them! I really loved this piece, and will be stitching it again, for me... at least! Got a store bought frame from Hobby Lobby... did a pretty fair job of framing it.

Then I stitched a few more pieces...

This is Sweet Home by Jardin Prive... has been in my computer for a long time...Saw it on someone else's blog, and pulled it up to stitch! I think I want to do it again, in softer colors. This is okay, but I envisioned something different.

This is Bluebird Zipper by Bent Creek... I love this one, and cannot wait to finish-finish it this week!!

This is by Bent Creek, called God Bless You. It is much smaller than I thought it would be, and I used a scrap piece of 32 count R&R Old Mill Java!

A Lizzie Kate piece that has been sitting in my stack of patriotic pieces to stitch... Finally got it to the top and it was a quick stitch!

And I made this for my stitching buddy, Sheryl. She has stitched it twice... and given them away as gifts. I wanted her to have it for her new stitching nook! Filled with crushed walnut shells, it will sit nicely by her chair! It is a piece by Hands on Design. Love her designs!

It took longer to put together, than to stitch the piece! But it was a labor of Love, and I did not mind at all!

I THINK that is all, though I feel like I am forgetting some... oh well, perhaps it will come to me... I wanted to show my progress on the Orcas piece I am doing for my younger daughter... It is not easy... especially after doing lots of smalls, but I got a good rhythm going now, so will do a little every day on it, till I get bored. I did one entire symbol in the wrong color, and spent one night frogging--ugh! But I am past that now...



Did some finishing for my buddy: (I neglected to take a picture of one flatfold piece, so that will be at a later date...)

On a personal note, recently my husband refinished two antique tables I inherited 25 years ago, and they are beautiful! I am just so pleased. Unfortunately, I do not have before pictures, but the after ones show the beauty now!

This one has been in my living room for those 25 years, with a tablecloth over it because the top was so awfully faded and beat up... You would NEVER have known it was such a beautiful table... It was such a dark dark stain all over... it took him quite a while to strip it. He is a carpenter, and took every piece apart, numbering them so he would get them back in their correct places. You just would not believe the difference! Do you KNOW how much money you save when your husband does the work??? :)

On Saturday, when my stitching buddy came over, the first thing she noticed was the lack of a tablecloth, and then the beautiful table in that spot!

This table has been in our front foyer, and my husband used it 'roughly' at first, until I told him it was an antique. By then, the top was ruined... or so I thought. This one was darker stained, and he just stripped it down and put a finish on the natural colored wood... Another winner!
Love it! Plus it is so smooth now... before it was rough, scratched and dinged.

Unfortunately, he doesn't want to ever do that again... even if it would be a great hobby and he could get paid well... Sigh...

But--before he did those, he redid the flooring in our dining room. We are getting a new dining table and chairs, and we have toyed with the idea of taking up the carpet, which gets so dirty because there is a door to the back there... and well, lots of goings and comings by a working man makes dirt! So, we finally decided to put in tile... and then get an area rug...What do you think??

Dang--it is sideways too, because I used my iPhone again!! Sigh... Anyway, the tile very nearly matches the color of the tile in the kitchen and foyer (see it in the 2nd table pictures?) which we put in 12 years ago--our original color is no longer made. But anyone would be hard pressed to see a difference. Plus he matched it up perfectly to the kitchen so it 'flows' nicely throughout the two rooms now. And I LOVE the rug!! Just have to find small runner rugs for near the back door that will somewhat match.

So, as you can see, I have been busy... When he does jobs, I am the runner. I run to the store for stuff he needs. Sometimes I am his Helper. I run the house, with meals on the ready and lots of drinks to cool down a sweaty husband. Plus regular, everyday interruptions... The days just fly by!

Thanks for visiting my blog, after such a long absence!

Hugs,

Maggee

19 comments:

Karen said...

Great finishes. I have always loved the LHN The Virtues series. Can't to see how finish them. Those tables are beautiful. Wish I had the patience. Happy stitching....

Robin in Virginia said...

What super pieces you have stitched, Maggee! I like the sheep virtue for June. I like the cubes you created for your friend and of course, the pincushion by Hands On Design. Your tables are beautiful; your husband did a great job on both along with the tile on the floor. Thinking of you!

marly said...

Great finishing! You've got a nice batch of stitching completed. Table's wood is beautiful. Husband does great finishing too!

Brigitte said...

Oh my, what a delight to get here and see all your wonderful stitching. And wow, have you been busy lately. Great for you that you are up to date with your monthly LHN pieces. And all the other pieces, just gorgeous. That Bent Creek Bluebird is so sweet, but all the other smalls are not less beautiful. I love the mattress finishing that you made for your friend. Such a lovely pincushion.
Sorry to read that you had to do such a lot of frogging on the piece for your daughter. It's always bad when you have to do that but once done it's such a relief.
Wonderful cube finishes that you show here. Each time I see one I think that I should try this finishing technique as well. Maybe one day. At the moment I can't bring myself to do any finishing at all, lol.
Wonderful how your husband re-did the old antique tables. Good to have one in the house who knows doing these things.

Vickie said...

Wow! You have been very busy Maggee! Great work.
My eyes really lit up when I saw how great the antique tables look. I two that need help also. And now we have Emerson, OUR carpenter. tee hee! I will give him a while. Not 25 year though. ;)

Lynda Ruth Bowers said...

I have a table from the 50's that I need stripped and redone but I will wait until I retire at the end of the year and can do it without hubby around, he is helpful but not nerve freindly if you know what I mean. I need to do it without his help. It works allot better. Can I borrow your husband for a day. I love the looks of the tables and your stitching is beautiful. hugs Lynda Ruth

The Inspired Stitcher said...

What a fun visit with you today, Maggee! I understand busy too. I'm hoping to throw together a post soon. Fingers crossed! Love all the stitching and tell DH he did a wonderful job. You got yourself a keeper there. :-) Hugs!

Beth said...

You have been BUSY Maggee! I love your patriotic flatfold finish as well as the Hands on Design finish. So neat that you are able to display your antiques without covers. Glad you received the Bluebird chart.

Jeanne said...

Wow Maggee...you sure have been busy! Lots of lovely projects and how nice of you to make the cushion pincushion for your friend. I think we all do that - we stitch something for someone else and then we don't get around to doing it for ourselves! Kudos to your hubby for doing a terrific job on your antique tables so now you can really show them off. And I love the tile and area rug you did - beautiful.

It's hard to keep up with blogging with all the other social media distractions but I'm glad to read an update from you. Just got my blog updated finally too :-)

Tiffstitch said...

Lots of finishes and busy around the house too! Beautiful work on the tables and nice look for the new floor.

Barb said...

You have done lots of great stitching! Plus you have a very handy husband. The table is lovely.

Katie said...

Lots of beautiful stitching going on. Congrats on the finishes. The wood pieces are beautiful indeed. Love the new rug and floor. Very nice.

Carol said...

Your stitching and finishing and your husbands refinishing are just beautiful, Maggee! Oh, how I wish my husband liked to do things like that--we certainly have some piece that could use a bit of renovation :) There is something so special about the wood on those old pieces and I love your new rug, too... such wonderful colors. Where did you buy it?

Hope you and your family enjoy a lovely long holiday weekend (with lots of feathered friends visiting!).

Chocolates4Breakfast (Terri Malinovich) said...

Beautiful stitching and finishing, Maggee! Your hubby did a great job on the tables, too, they're really beautiful!

butterfly said...


What wonderful stitching Maggee, love all .
You have been a busy lady , hugs.

Kay said...

It is lovely to catch up with your stitching. I really like the Jardin Prive design and also the Lizzie Kate. x

Heather said...

He did a great job! I love the area rug :)

Justine said...

You might not have been blogging but you've certainly been busy! I love your sheep virtues, and the Bluebird Zipper especially. A gorgeous gift that you made for Sheryl too.

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

You have stitched and finished so many lovely pieces! The Sheep Virtues are a great series and very popular.
I love your antique tables, they look like brand new antiques! Your hubby is a very skilled craftsman.