Monday, October 8, 2018

Apologies...

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,

Hugs,

Maggee

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

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Summer stitches and finishes...

Got a fair amount of stitching done in June and July... August is a toss up so far, as I am trying to get some finishing done... But... let's get to what you CAN see!

Starting the end of May, after Maynia, I've been stitching the free monthly Ellen Maurer Stroh (EMS) Flowers. They are all going to be stitched on 32-count Platinum Linen, using DMC floss. So, here are the first four...

May's Flower is Lily of the Valley...


June's Flower is 'June Wild Rose' 


And July is 'Larkspur' while August is 'Gladiolas" . I may start finishing them soon, so I don't get overwhelmed when ALL TWELVE are awaiting finishing! 


This is how far I have progressed on Lae Elizabeth by Jan Houtman. Love this one! It is on my first set of Rolaframes (thank you Vonna for the recommendation and the tutorial on how to load them!!) that I LOVE! They fit in my stand that has been in a corner for quite a few years... so that makes me want to stitch it more!! I have a SECOND set of Rolaframes for my first 'full coverage' piece, that is going to be shown in the next blogpost, cause I haven't started it yet!


Finish-finished the LHN Summer Band Sampler, but needs a little tweaking. 


 And the Spring (and Autumn, when stitched!) will be interchanged in that same frame, using different backing fabrics.  This  yellow seersucker Gingham will be what Spring will be paired with, NEXT year!


And Surprise! I was just not enjoying this Maynia project, so... I changed it up! Brighter fabric, and brighter thread. Unconventional but I like it!! I had this thrift store frame that worked for it, but it was a much darker brown color... So... my husband refinished and restained it... Perfect! 


This is called Lighthouse by Bent Creek. Been in my stash for MANY years! Was seeing it on Pam and Steph's wall behind them, in  their Flosstube videos (justkeepstitchin channel) and telling myself to pull it out and stitch it! So I did! This is another thrifted frame, that was a lovely green color... sprayed it blue and dinged it up a bit. Love it! 


Finished stitching this one yesterday... I started it late Friday night... a quick stitch. It is called "Sunshine on a Stem" by Hands on Designs. I basically followed the colors, but used threads from my stash. It is so very cute!! 

Now comes some finishes... Not many yet... had a few fails... reworking them... 

My stitching buddy stitched this elephant for a family member. This metal tray was the perfect size for my finishing idea! Sprayed it with grey chalk paint, attached magnets to the back of the stitching, and put gathered lace around the edge. It is very cute! 


Made a square pincushion and stitched it together a bit ago. It is a secret piece...  

There is a LOT of stitching in that piece!  

 
This is also a secret piece, traveling with the pincushion above. I will be making it into a flatfold with the fabric shown.... 


 So far, I laced this piece. Still needs a trim of some kind, and the metal pieces on the back to attach it to this wood hanger which has magnets already. But... did I mention that it has been RAINING so much lately, (97% of the time for the past six weeks at least!!), so the lighting is horrible. Not at all conducive to much finishing work. I have an OTT light, so I can at least stitch! 

Lastly, this WIP is for my oldest daughter. She (and all of us girls!) LOVES the movie, "Princess Bride' and this is a favorite line from it. She loves the color orange, so I dyed a piece of 22-count aida, then picked a DMC that would not look black, and would stand out on it. Peacock Blue  (807) DMC it is! Note to self: Don't dye anymore 22-count... it is sooooo tiny and sorta hard to see! :/



That's it for now! Thanks for visiting! 



Hugs,

Maggee

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Lots of Stitching, because of Stitch Maynia 2018 and just because!!

April was a VERY busy month because it's the start of Warbler migration, so I was out and about lots and lots! Then I would get home, eat and start stitching... Usually, during that busy time, I fell asleep too! So, I got more stitching done after dinner than in the afternoon. And I made plans for joining the madness of Stitch Maynia...I decided I would stitch Freebies... and only 18, for 2018. So, I pored through the stacks, picked them, and kitted them up... Yeah, that took quite a bit of time... May was the same scenario, tho birding fell off because it rained so MUCH that we couldn't go out, or the roads on the places we went were washed out, and so on... So, I stitched like crazy! Well. That about covers what I have been doing for the past two months! On to the pictures!! Of course, there are finishes, WIPs, and a thrifting find... the usual... Just where to begin...?

Luckily, I can go back to Instagram and kind of piece it together chronologically. Some of you are on there, and have seen a lot of this already... But, blogging is a good way of keeping track for me, so I will still do it.

First, I have worked a little on the Jan Houtman Quaker piece. I decided on a medium blue (DMC 932) and a medium brown (3790), as that is a favorite combination of mine. My floor stand set up was OK, but... not the best. So... I took the plunge and got a set of Rolaframes! What a difference! Wow! The biggest plus is the way the dowels 'grab' the fabric... I am in LOVE! In fact, I am waiting on a SECOND set, somewhat smaller, that I can start another BAP on! It will either be a Cardinal piece or a Chickadee piece. Can't wait! So, without further ado... here's where I left off, before starting Maynia :


I finished my Jane Austen piece, by the Sampler Girl, called Sense and Sensibility Sampler. I love it and will find a frame or make one (well, hubby will make it!) . I had to take some of these pictures today, because tho they are on IG, I don't know how to get them off onto my computer. I've tried, but you can't 'save image'... only a webpage!


This is 'Giving Thanks' by Little House Needleworks. It is all ready to be finished, just have to take the time! Love it too... Stitched on 32-count Vintage Country Mocha, which I intend to get more of, cause it is wonderful!!


This is Redbird, a Nashville Market release this year, by Heart in Hand Needleart. I did a bit of finishing once Maynia ended for me on the 18th... was kind of tired of stitching! It's a magnetic one...that can be swapped out... My stitching buddy and I both stitched this piece, but I used 32-count Weathered Rose Belfast linen. She used the called fors... They both turned out well.  I made hers into a cube finish... which she loved. But, no pics.


This one is called Spring Robin, and is by Widgets and Wool. It was in my stash for many years... finally got it done and finished this year! And it is stitched on 32-count Vintage Smokey Belfast linen, yet another color I want to get more of soon! I finished it as a magnet one too... this is MY board. The Redbird above is on my buddy's board, which has yet to be used.... so I grabbed it for the picture! Spring Robin is up on a wall in my living room, but will be switched out soon for Redbird, cause it seems that Summer is upon us... it is HOT! 




Here is another Little House Needleworks that I stitched just before Maynia, and finished just after Maynia. I LOVE THIS! I can't say that enough!! It was a perfect finish for this vintage frame that I found when I was in PA last fall... oh, it is my favorite! So perfectly shabby and dainty. It's actually my second try at stitching it, because my first attempt was on a different fabric, and one of the pinks was not showing well... so... tossed it and started over. It is called Rose Sampler, stitched on 32-count Flax linen... one of my faves.



Now, comes the MAYNIA stitching stuff... I finished-finished just a few of the ones I stitched. And I finished stitching all but three... Not bad... The three I did not yet finish, I was really struggling... lost interest, and wanted to do other things, of course! To start it off, I made a list of the 18, then 15, new projects, and randomly generated which ones to do each day. So, lets get to them! (Remember these are all Freebies!)


 Day One: "Home Again' by Stone Street Stitches... stitched on a scrap of old Aida that I tested dyeing some blues on... It's a pretty quick one! Just used two called for DMC colors. Framed in a Thrift store frame... They are a fairly new designer, and this can be easily found online.


 Day Two is a Freebie by Kissy Kross (or Kirsten Schmidt)... using an older piece of Flax that was in my stash, with GA Lavender Potpourri and Weeks Scuppernong. I finished-finished it after Maynia was over... This WAS a black metal display thingy... we painted it white. Got it on Sale for $1.25 at Hobby Lobby! Actually, got three!! Got them all!! Perfect to switch out small finishes... and, uh, I think I have a few of those now!!


Day Three is 'Checkerboard Bunny' by Waxing Moon Designs. I put this one down and never came back to it. It has a pretty long list of threads and is pretty detailed, so I wasn't ever in the mood to pick it back up! I shall this week, along with the others...



Day Four: Joyful by By the Bay Needleart. One of a series of  'word' freebies she offered last year. I intend to do many more of them! Again, stitched on a scrap of Aida that I practiced dyeing. I love the effect, and didn't throw it away! In fact, I have a little collection... :)

Day Five is an abbreviated version of a Freebie by Gentle Art called 'Flowers for Spring'. This is the part that drew me in, so that's what I stitched! It's stitched on a piece of 40-count linen, and I used the called-for GA threads, of course! It is pretty small, so pondering how to finish it! 


This is the next project I selected to stitch for Day 6. However, I didn't like how it was coming along on a random scrap of grey high-count fabric over two... so, I tossed that part, and started it again with ONE thread. Nope! Didn't like that either. Realized it was the fabric, so put it aside for a while...

This was my Day 7 project. It was so tiny, I finished it that day. I have since finish-finished it, and gave it to my Stitching Buddy. It is called 'Kaschen in der Grube' by Ulrike M. Stickvirus. It is charted for one color, but I decided to change things around a bit! It is stitched on a scrap of 36-count fabric, using three randomly picked cotton threads, and light yellow-y beads for a pop!



This is Day 8, and I also love this one!! I know it's kinda close in the frame, but it really is cute to me! It is called 'Tweet' by Kincavel Crosses, and stitched on a really stiff piece of cream fabric, with randomly chosen DMC threads. One of my favorites that is already on display!


Day Nine is 'Hare's Another Rabbit' by Mosey 'n Me, on 32-count Flax linen (can you tell I was using up stash??), and using GA Highland Heather and DMC 3790. I is an abbreviated version, as there is more to the border, but I decided not to go that route! 


This is Day 10, by Modern Folk Embroidery. I love many of his designs, but wanted to start small, so found this one. Stitched on R&R Beach Brew, using GA Cranberry. Much as I love Quakers, this is one of the yet-to-be-finished ones... ? 

Day 11 was started and finished on the same day (must have rained!)! It is so tiny... those are regular embroidery scissors... what four inches? Anyway, this is by Prairie Schooler, think it is called 'ABC'. I used a scrap of 36-count linen and just random DMC. However, it is so so tiny, I haven't come up with a finish idea yet!

Day 12 is a Freebie by Hands On Design, called 'Tulip Time'. I originally started it on a piece of really soft, 32-count linen that is not my favorite (wasn't labeled but this scrap is about the end of the piece I originally purchased... yay!!) Anyway, it was barely pink, and I wasn't too enthused about the combinations. So, as I was contemplating this, my eye fell upon my 'Welcome Spring' on the purple fabric that I dyed, and I decided to experiment. So I went from one light pink extreme to the other extreme of dark pink. Meh... I like it. I used the called for colors at least! No finish in mind yet.


Day 13 is called "The Simple Things' by La Contesse @ Le Point de Croix. I used part of my last scrap of specially dyed 16-count Aida (by R&R for my Rosemarkie), and I used a little bit of GA Presidential Blue. Easy peasy... It had more little flowers and such through the design, but they weren't appealing to me. I may go back and sew on some buttons... depends on the finishing.  But, no finish in mind yet!

 Day 14 is a Freebie by Bent Creek called 'Robin on an Egg' and it is another teeny tiny piece. I used a scrap of 36-count mystery linen and the called-for threads. It is really cute, and I look forward to finishing it... sometime soon! This was the day I changed from 18 projects to 15... I was not enjoying it anymore.

And... the Final Project...!!!


Day 15 is "Spring Thyme' by Waxing Moon Designs. It's kind of funky. I need to find a 'Sun' button to fit over the sun that is stitch, cause it is just not working for me! I'm lookin... Anyway, used 32-count 'Vintage Sahara' Belfast linen, and the DMC alternate colors except for the sun's yellow, which is GA Daisy... IF I don't find a button or charm, I will frog the Daisy out and pick another color... We shall see!

Ta-da!

 After Stitch Maynia was finished for ME, I started on an Ink Circles design, gifted to me, called 'Blue Morpho'. I finished it yesterday... finally!! Phew! It's somewhat tedious, but the end result is certainly worth it! Now to find a frame... I don't have one in my stash... sad face!



 And one last finishing project to share... I finished  LHN's older 'Summer Sampler' in coordinating colored ruffling, and magnetized it so it can be swapped out. It is already hanging up, even tho, technically, it is not yet Summer. Tell that to the atmosphere!



I have LOTS more to share... thrifting scores! But, this is plenty long... so I am going to close for today, and finish up tomorrow... However, here is one piece that I love! I hadn't put it outside yet... Not sure that is a good idea.... someone could steal it! :(   Think I will just hang it on my wall!



I will post again tomorrow... Be sure to come back and see my 'finds'!!

Thanks so much for visiting!

Hugs,

Maggee