Saturday, February 2, 2019

Let's get 2019 started!!

I have been stitching here and there! I wanted to finish the EMS Flowers series in January, so I no longer have that deadline hanging over me! I set goals... but... I end up stressing out... so, no more! I DID manage to get the two flowers done tho... so now I just need to finish-finish them. Thinking of doing pillows... we shall see! Here they are...

January Jonquils....

And February Violets...

I also completely stitched and partially finish-finished Little House Needleworks' 'Winter ABC's'  Still have more to do... going to add another board to back it, before I attach it to the shutter I purchased. Getting a picture of the entire piece is difficult cause it is so LONG! 

My current WIP is the long snowman in this old Heart in Hand chart... Using a piece of blue, rustic 14-count Aida... and DMC. Was going to do his sweater in the called-for colors... but now that I'm at that point, I am thinking I will change them. The only problem is the tie and  cap should somewhat coordinate, right? I'm stuck... but I will get it done!

Also started Christmas Garden by Blackbird Designs, using the called for threads and 32-count fabric. Using my new Rolaframes, but... the dowels (21 & 23) are too long to use comfortably in my chair. The ones shown above are the 21's... I shall try to sell them and get 18 or 20's

I also stitched a little on 'Northern Lights', but it was not even picture worthy! It is extremely hard to do for some reason! But I will keep at it!

Then I did a little finishing... Can't wait to stitch the companion piece to this and hang them both together!! Prairie Schooler sometimes hits them out of the park! 

This is the last one of the series, so they are all ready for 2019!

I especially love this one! 

Here is how I finished the penguin ornament for my stitching buddy. 

Also finished this one...Love how it came out! 

Thought I would share some winter decorations....

I change out the letters in this each season... I really did not want snow, and did not get any! Now I will change it to L O V E... for a few weeks!

This is half of my long buffet/hutch... to show you a new addition. My granddaughter Olivia gave me those birds on the far left top for Christmas. So sweet!

And on the far right top, she made that snowman in school for us! Plus--that little blue sleigh down below was an antique store find! I have yet to put a little pillow in it... oops! And that Snow Days cube underneath ALWAYS makes me smile, because the backing is from an old, outgrown wool flannel shirt that was my son's many years ago! I don't throw anything away until I consider it for stitching or crafting! 

Store bought little star I could not resist... got it after the holidays, when it was very inexpensive!

One last matter... I offered two charts in a giveaway last post. And the winners are...

For the Flower charts: Linda/stitchingwithmyfurbabies

For the Garden Biscornu: Katie/dragunslover

I will contact you both for mailing info! Congratulations!

Thank you for visiting! I appreciate you taking the time...



Monday, December 31, 2018

End of 2018 wrap-up!

Well, it is that time of the year... to post all that I've done in 2018, that I haven't shared already! I really shouldn't let it go this long because I forget about stuff I may no longer have in my possession and so on! But, to the best of my knowledge... here comes the wrap up for 2018!

First is WIPS:

I worked on my one and only Reproduction Sampler, John Foster 1885 Sampler by Historic Stitches. I had put it away for quite a while, because I thought I had made a big mistake and didn't want to fix it... But, when I picked it up this weekend....and checked it carefully... there was no mistake, so I stitched on! This is a 36-count fabric that I seem to have lost the tag with the name on it. So, after pretty much stitching on 32-count all year, it was a challenge for me. But with persistence, I got a fair bit done. Finished the flower on the right, then did the round flower vine and the beginnings of the maze inside it.

I decided a little late in the game to stitch Autumn Leaves by Prairie Schooler. However, after getting into it, I saw there was a squirrel in it... I detest squirrels! So I decided to change the pattern a little to get rid of them... And... it wasn't looking that good, so I put it away. I will bring it back out before next fall and get it finished.

I also started the first of the Little House Needlework Seasons ABC's--the long ones... I am stitching them with my local stitchy buddy... We are both using the same fabrics, but I am using mostly DMC, and she is using what is called for in each one. So they might differ a slight bit, when finished. I decided to do the words in an overdyed thread, Shamrock, because the white barely shows... lessened that problem. This is Winter ABC's.

Next are the finishes & FFO's that I could find...

 This is Calendula, one of the Ellen Maurer Stroh flowers I have been doing all year. 

And this is Carnation...

This is Chrysanthemum...

And this is Poinsettia... I still have two to do...dang it... But, it will happen!

Merry Christmas by Shop Around the Corner blog... Used a piece of aida that I dyed...Love this one! 

Did the Vonna finish down the back, so used an additional piece of ribbon to cover the bumpy seam I made. Eventually I will learn to stitch that better... Can you see the sparkles in the backing fabric? 

 The pillow on the left was my 2018 finish... the rest were done years ago. Did some finishing... 

Not until I decided how to decorate the basket did I realize this was a Basket of Birdies!  So I got a birdie pick to go with them!

 This one went to my stitching buddy before I took a picture of it fully finished as a pillow ornament. 

And this one had to go to NC at Thanksgiving, so I totally forgot to take a picture of the finished piece. But, I laced it, trimmed it with some black chain links, put magnets on the back, and attached it to one of those corrugated metal sheets from Walmart. She loved it!

Speaking of loved it, I also took some time to crochet a blanket for my middle granddaughter in NC. She had asked me for one for years... after seeing a few around my house. So, I just decided on a whim to make one for her. When I was about a third of the way along, as I was talking to her mom about my progress... she mentioned that she still 'liked' pink but she also really liked orange and yellow now! Whaaaattt??? Well, I managed to find some yarn with those colors in it, that went with what I had already done... and this is the end result:

(haven't made one in many years... she is 20 now!, so the size was kinda wonky... but... she loved it!)

And I did a bit more finishing of my works... I had previously finished by stitching buddy's piece like this, which she did in the traditional, called-for colors. I ringed hers in red lace. It's on the blog somewhere. Well, I love purple, and I loved this piece so much, I wanted it to be able to be displayed year round... This is the end result! It makes me smile...

And then I did this one in the same fashion... Since it is seasonal, it will always be displayed downstairs with everything else Christmas... so they won't clash. Actually, after taking this picture last week, I changed the tray to one in an off-white color... made it pop! 

I also laced this one, and it is framed, and now put away. I did have it out on display for a week...

Before I show you a few of my New Starts, I have a couple of things I received that are worthy to be shared! First is a hand-turned pen from a dear neighbor down the street. He put it in a leather case, which is awesome. It went straight to my purse! Pretty Nice!!

And... this picture contains some of my Christmas presents....

The two Rolaframes at the bottom of the picture, which have projects in them... I had previously. But for Christmas, I received the two at the top of the picture! Woohoo! The one that is ready for a project will have Blackbird's 'Christmas Garden' on it! I will be joining the SAL that is going on, with no end date in mind tho! I have had it ready to go for a while now... The fabric is a Lakeside Linen, in 32... my second attempt. I could not stitch it on 40-count, as I had previously purchased. So, I got some 32-count, and I am ready.

The other, unassembled Rolaframe is for 'Red Birds' by Marie Barber, from an older JCS magazine that I have had for YEARS... (since seeing Denise's finish I believe!!) Again, it will be stitched on 32-count linen (which I have... and will get the name later...) plus it is all kitted:

This is the fabric for Red Birds...  I will have to find the name by the first progress update... 

And then... my stitching buddy and I are starting 'Northern Lights' which was featured in a British magazine...Cross Stitch Crazy, issue 246, October 2018. It is by Emma Congdon... We are stitching it on 16-count Black aida... It's gonna be awesome! 

(this is the best picture I could get of it...We got it digitally)

Last project I am working on is making a 'stitching wall' upstairs. There is a LOT of wall space, and barely anything on them! So, after seeing Teresa/kittenstitcher talk about hanging her stitching every which way she wanted, I decided to do the same. I am using Command strips so they can be shifted around and won't leave holes (my husband would go ballistic... long story... sigh). This is all I have up at this time. I've got a few more to go up on this wall, plus on the adjoining wall....

Now, if you have lasted this long, making it to this point.... you're in luck! I am going to give two charts to my wonderful followers! One is  Mini Flowers Trio,  a pattern that I got on Ebay. They are very cute and very tiny. 

The second pattern is one that I purchased on Etsy, but... it is too much specialty stitching for me! It is called Garden Biscornu, and after stitching it, there is some assembly required. I love stitching biscornus, but I do not like specialty stitches or backstitching.

 So... To WIN, all you need to do is tell me you want to be entered. IF you want to try for both, say so in your comments. IF you only want to try for one, just say that one. You will only be able to win one.  I will keep this open until January 7th. I will do the random number generator, and I will contact the winners via email. 

Thanks for visiting! May 2019 be a great year for everyone!



Monday, October 8, 2018


For the past few months, when I finally DID post to my blogs... I never received comments. Before that, they always came to my email... for moderation. I did not think about searching the settings, to see if something was amiss... I actually just got depressed that no one was coming around... But!! I SHOULD have done the research, because I had LOTS of comments waiting for moderation. And my settings had NO email account listed! I did NOT change that... and do not know how it even happened, but... I am SOOOO HAPPY that I still have blogging friends out there, who have been patient with me! I have ALWAYS replied to my comments... but now there are over 70 that I just approved, between all my blogs... So, it's gonna take time to go through them and reply back to you guys. I hope you understand, and forgive this oversight that I did not even know was happening!

With appreciation for you all,



Thursday, October 4, 2018

It's always catch-up time!

Since I last blogged, I decided to stitch TWO of the Ellen Maurer Stroh monthly flowers, so that I will finish the series this year, and be able to display the entire set all year round. So, here is what I got stitched next...

September 'Aster'

April 'Sweet Peas' 

Then I also finished Autumn Band Sampler by Little House Needleworks, which has been in my stash for quite a while.... It will be laced and displayed soon. 

Then I also  stitched and fully finished Flax Fields by Carriage House Samplings (Kathy Barrick),  with Hubby's help (he sprayed the wooden easel),  and it is on display where I see it every day!   

Worked on IAE Elizabeth by Jan Houtman a bit too... got from the numbers over to the right edge stitched! This one is such a delight to stitch... 

And I don't think I have shared this WIP yet. It is my first full-coverage piece. It is not huge like a HAED, but to me it is daunting... I am stitching it on 16-count aida, probably cream, from my old stash. Using  two strands of DMC. 

This is after three sessions of stitching on it. I am a HUGE Beach Lover, so... had to try it! It looks like I have finished half of page one! Woohoo! May get it done by end of 2019! :/

 Here are my threads, organized by number with the symbol written on the little labels on the right of each floss bag. Learned to do this by watching Pam (#pamscraftycorner) on Flosstube. 

So far, this is working for me. 

I counted how many days I have been able to go birding since I last posted, and it was 8 days!!! So, not as much finishing done as I had anticipated... but I did get a little done! First are two Fall pillows... The one on the left is Happy Gobble Gobble Day by the Trilogy, and the one on the right is Give Thanks by Hands on Designs. 

Did the Vonna pillow finish... where I sewed all four edges, and had an opening in the middle back to stuff them. Worked well... and with time, I will perfect it! 

This is an old one that has languished in my finished stash because I could never find a frame for it. Well, found the perfect-sized metal tray, painted it, laced the stitching, and put magnets on the back. Put some lace around the edge and inserted into the tray... Perfecto!  

I ended up dyeing some white lace to trim it. 

As I may have mentioned, I ask Hubby for assistance with painting frames and whatever, and he ALWAYS ends up doing the painting. This little frame perfectly fit this Erica Michaels former 'Petites' piece called 'Always Thankful' that I did NOT stitch on the zillion-count gauze, but chose a piece of 36-count linen from my stash! I started & finished this when I was on vacation many years back... changed the colors to whatever I had in stash that jumped out at me! All silks...

 And he also painted this one for me! It is Jenny Bean by Shakespeare's Peddler that I stitched a while back! 

This last one is Cinnamon Stars by Plum Street Samplers, which I stitched in a SAL with my stitching buddy when it first came out! Found this cute little fox hanger at a local thrift store. Hubby repainted the arrow black cause the original paint looked awful... and we made the little curly bottom wires, which he sprayed black and I inserted them in the piece. 

More finishing to share, but it's not my stitching. Inherited this piece, and had originally intended to make a bellpull... But put it off for a couple of years, as I've never made one successfully. When I found this long piece of wood at Michaels for 70% off, I grabbed it and hoped when I got it home... it would work! Yes, it did! So, after a very long lacing session, I added some blue chenille... LOTS of it! Did the magnets and metal thing... and Voila! Beautiful finish!

This ISN'T cross stitch, but it IS stitching! Made a cute little summery table runner... And after I finish this, I will be putting it away and displaying the Autumn one!! 

And just because I had the camera  handy when I passed this, thought I would share this Beautiful Woodpecker that I got at the Apple Festival in 2015 for Hubby. It makes ME smile each time I go by it! It is a Pileated Woodpecker, in case anyone wondered....

Roosters are all the rage, especially in  our Cross Stitching World! I got this metal tray at an Antique Mall this summer. I will NOT be painting it over... Hubby wants me to display it! OK!

Think that's it for now!

Thanks for visiting!

Hugs, Maggee