Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Back....

Hello everyone! If anyone is still following me, thank you for being patient during my down time. I started stitching again in April, just a little at first... Now it is pretty much back to normal with stitching every day or at least at night. So, I have some finishes to share and then progress on a few of my WIPs. Let's get started! (In no particular order...)

I am really RESISTING new starts... but it is a struggle! How can you resist Maynia!!! I have worked on several of my WIPs and finished them, so I am happy about that! First is Sampler au Bouquet I by Jardin Prive. There are three separate parts to this, and I finished the first finally. I don't know if/when I will start the next one...


Next is Winter Messenger... by Erica Michaels. This is from her Petites Collection, you know... with the zillion-count gauze? I KNEW I would stitch it on linen... Turned out ever so cute! I think that it is stitched on Rue Green, though you wouldn't know it from my poor picture. Lighting is bad... cloudy day here.



Then there is C'est l ete by Tra La La Collection... Oh how I love this one! I don't know what I will do to finish it--if it will get framed or made into something... But it sure is pretty!  It reminds me that I picked strawberries twice this month! 👏


Next is a Britty Kitty ornament, from one of my older JCS Christmas magazines. I don't feel like getting up to find out the name, sorry! IF someone MUST know, let me know in comments, and I will do it then! Made this for my husband, so he can be represented on my purple tree! He likes cats... I made it with various purple threads. And a silvery-purple Kreinik or something like that... I actually made this in December, but... not in time enough for Christmas. I knew that...


Then I did Happy Spring by Heartstring Samplery. It was a quick and fun stitch, and I added that bumblebee button to make it more festive!


A couple of weeks back, I decided to stitch the Garden Duet pillows from Hands On Designs. But.. I was not in the mood to stitch 'Prosperity'... I didn't think it went well with 'Harmony', so I re-charted it to say 'Peace'... which I like! Now I have done two sets of these pillows (though they still need to actually be MADE into pillows!!).



I like quick stitches! but... I started some big ones, and I'm gonna finish most, if not all! And the last finish just recently done is Cinnamon Stars by Plum Street Samplers. Oh how I dragged my feet on that one! I stitched it one over two on 36-count linen, which was okay. But I really didn't like the row of pumpkins floating in the air... that really bugged me! However, I LOVE the stone house! And all in all, it came out fine... I will frame it...


Now... to some WIPs I have worked on lately... First is The Littles by Hands to Work. Finally finished my second one, and made a start on the third... If I concentrate on it for a couple of days, I can knock it out too... but... it's one over two on 40-count, and I struggle... But... I am going to say it will be finished in June, and hold myself to that or else!!!


The next WIP I've got going is the Orcas one for my daughter. I am thinking I can finish it for Christmas IF I keep at it... But... it is a tough one for me, with all the thread changes. I could NEVER do a BAP like a Mirabilia or HAED... not for me! Though I really LOVE them--finished!


I have put some time into John Foster during my respite... But now... I find that I have made a mistake somewhere and need to frog out a bunch... so... away it goes for a while, till I resign myself to that tedium... Here is my progress...


And I made a start on a Christmas Cardinal one... and never put it on the blog, so here is that...


I am liking this one... of course!! It's a BIRD!! I will have it done by Christmas time!


So, that's all I have to show at the moment!

BIG NEWS: I have discovered Flosstube! So, now I have company while I stitch, whenever I want! Not to slight a 'live' buddy, but the videos keep me inspired ALL THE TIME! We got a new BIG TV which is a 'smart tv' and it can do Apps, like YouTube...(and Flosstube).. Loving that! Which reminds me... if you still have an emongous tube TV like we did (it was a Sony, 36", about 20 years old, weighed 233 pounds, but it worked FINE!!) and you decide to downsize... good luck! I tried giving it away... no one wanted it! And none of the thrift stores would take it! But, I called the city trash recyclers, and they said they would take it away for us! I had two neighbor husbands (young ones!) come over on trash day, and they struggled! My husband had to help, which is what I wanted to avoid... sigh... but... what a relief when they got it to the curb and it was removed the next day! Hopefully they can find use for some of the parts!! So... all this to say, Flosstube--try it!

Okay--I am off to stitch! If you've gotten this far, thank you So Much for sticking with my blog! I shall continue posting every once in a while, when I have something to share...

Hugs,

 Maggee

17 comments:

Robin in Virginia said...

Welcome back, Maggee! I enjoyed reading your return post. I am glad you are returning and better yet, that your stitching mojo has returned. I really enjoyed seeing what you have finished and what you are working on. Are you going to the other 2 parts of the Jardin Prive design on the same fabric or stitch them individually? Love your cardinal pieces -- both the finish and the WIP. I like how you changed Prosperity to Peace on the Hands On piece. I think you are making good progress on your WIPs. Hope you are staying dry! Thinking of you!

Bonnie said...

Happy you are back. Your stitching is so pretty and
so many. Always enjoyed your reading selections also.

Vicki said...

Happy to "see" you again! All of your finishes look fantastic, but I think Winter Messenger is my favorite...

Linda said...

Congrats on the beautiful finishes Maggee. Great progress and starts.

Linda

butterfly said...

Good to have you back and you have been busy ,so many lovely stitched designs .
Congrats with all your stitching.

Sally said...

Welcome back Maggee! It's so lovely to see a blog post from you. So many lovely things to look at. You have been very busy and it all looks so lovely.

Vickie said...

How wonderful to read a post by YOU Maggee! My oh my, you have been busy! Love those cardinals. Cinnamon Stars is lovely. You are in my prayers.♥

valerie said...

Welcome back! So many wonderful projects...so great to see you got your stitching mojo back! Yay!

Carol said...

We missed you, Maggee! So wonderful to catch up with you--you sure have been busy. Love everything, but the two with cardinals really catch my eye :)

Wishing you a happy, healthy June!

Pam in IL said...

Good to see you posting again. Great projects you've been working on. Hoping things have settled down for you.

Beth said...

You have been busy! Wow!

Barb said...

Nice to see your blog. You have been busy with some beautiful stitching!! I do love that cardinal Christmas start!

Mary said...

Oh my Goodness!!! Just a little stitching?? You resumed stitching with a vengeance!! Such beautiful projects!! I love anything with birds and you have quite a few, I love all your cardinal stitches, I will have to buy the Winter Messenger, never saw it before and it's a stunner!! So, glad you came back to stitching and happy I found your blog! My friend RJ and I started a new blog in April and would be so happy if you came over for a visit! Mary @stitchingfriendsforever2

Kay said...

You have been busy. i love all of your stitches, especially the top one. x

Brigitte said...

It's so nice to see you back on your blog, Maggee. And you don't come back with empty hands. Such a lot of stitching and finishing, totally impressive. And impossible to choose a favorite :)))

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Hi Maggee! Lots to see here today. Fund stuff! I know what you mean about being in a slump. I'm there. Oh well, I still think about stitching if that counts. LOL!

Von said...

You've sure been busy stitching! Glad you found Flosstube; it seems to be the new blogging. Not sure I want to take it up for myself, but I do enjoy watching. :)