Saturday, December 31, 2011

I won a Pay It Forward Challenge!

Karen in Arizona posted on her blog about doing a PIF (Pay It Forward). And I won! So, what do I have to do? I will have to send at least 5 stitching accessories to 2 other persons within a year. It can be any combination of things, such as threads, buttons, trims, needles, pins, whatever! So easy!! And I have decided to end the year by personally asking two fellow stitchers to be my recipients! As a recipient, you must also agree to do the same to two others, and post about it on YOUR blog. So, I will be emailing two lucky recipients tonight!

(An example of some accessories that can be sent in this PIF) Gee, I hope they want to play with me!!



Final Finish and Final Tally for 2011!

I cannot believe it!! I completed 66 stitched pieces this year!! I exceeded my total from last year!! I may have missed a few but that is what I see from my blog, anyway! And I completed my Final finish last night--Winter Band Sampler by Little House! Too cute! Not a hard stitch... Started it after Christmas.

I spent time with a stitching buddy today, working on a WIP from my Challenge pieces. The Bent Creek one, called Cabin in the Woods. Did a good amount on it. It will be one of my projects to finish in 2012. I want to finish all the ones I listed for this year, along with at least 8 or 9 new starts (and ornaments as it strikes me!). No pressures, just would LIKE to get these done, if at all possible. Not going to join in any Year-long Challenges or WIPocalypses, just going to stitch as it pleases me. That is my New Year wish! What is yours??

Blessings to all my followers this last night of 2011!



Tuesday, December 27, 2011

A few more finish pictures...

I have pictures of my last few seasonal finishes. Only one was finish-finished and given to the recipient. Lost my finishing mojo... I HOPE to finish stitching Winter Band Sampler by Little House before the new year, so that will round out my finishes. I have no idea how many I did this year... guess I will count on New Year's Day.

Wishing Ewe Joy from Lizzie Kate's Tiny Tidings IX. Love it!

This is a variation on a Freebie called Holiday Spirit by Samplerbird Stitchery. I was in a beading mood. Came out kind of cute. Used Noel variegated thread by Weeks.

Gave this Lizzie Kate one to a friend, thus the finish. Darned if I can find the chart to give you the name!!

I used a piece of overdyed rick rack from Victorian Motto and a tiny charm on the right at the top that says 'Made with Love'. My friend loved it!! She loves sheep, and loves the true meaning of Christmas, so it was perfect!

This is Merry Christmas by Country Cottage Needleworks from the just Cross Stitch ornament issue this year. I think I will make a cube! Love the new colors--goes with last year's ornament, Merry and Bright, that I love dearly!

I did do another one on 25-count fabric, from the 2010 JCS ornament magazine called Oh Joy by Val's Stuff. I finished it and gave it away in the Ornament Exchange we have at my LNS--without snapping a photo of it! Dang!

Christmas morning, I made my daughters open their stitched pieces together, and then show each other... They were done to 'match' their home style and personalities. Cannot wait to see where they may hang!

Well, going to go stitch now...



Monday, December 19, 2011

IHSW pictures

I did manage to get a little stitching done this weekend. I threw away two projects (yes, I really did--they were not pleasing me... I had not gotten far, so it was Okay! Really!!) but I did complete the N-O-E-L for my dining room wall. The letters are from a Lizzie Kate chart named ABC-XYZ I think... I had a very busy weekend, so it is a miracle I got ANY stitching completed! Without further ado:

Hugs, Maggee

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Giveaway Winner!!

Thank you ALL for the kind comments! One HUGE milestone passed!

Thanks to the Randomizer, the winner of my Giveaway is Libbie in Oz !! Congratulations! Please send me your address and I will mail out the winnings!

Have been thinking about what to do next year as far as stitching goes. Think I will keep away from Challenges and just stitch from my ever-growing stash! Will get only what I may need to complete a project if I do not have it in stash... Sounds like a plan, anyway!

Off to work!

(Hugs, Maggee

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

5 Year Anniversary Giveaway!

I got out of my funk when I realized that TODAY is my 5-year Breast-Cancer-Free Anniversary!! WooHoo! I choose to celebrate with all my blogging buddies by having a Giveaway! I have been purging charts from my stash, and will just say that the winner will receive all kinds of goodies, to include: LHN (5), Lizzie Kate (1), Homespun Elegance (1), The Workbasket (3), 4 old magazines that have all kinds of great charts in them, and who knows what else I may include before this is over?? I am pretty HAPPY right now, despite the troubles I have in other body parts!

In order to enter, you must be a follower and have an active blog! That's it!!

***Edited to add--you have to comment here too!!***

***Also edited to add that I will be doing the drawing on the 14th!!***

So, the moral of MY story is: EARLY DETECTION!! Get those Mammograms! KEEP getting them! They only hurt a few minutes! A MUCH better alternative to chemo, surgery, and all that comes with cancer! (getting off my soap box...)

Hugs, Maggee

Monday, December 5, 2011

Down for a little while...

I AM stitching a little, but not doing so much on the computer right now. Recovering from a surgical procedure, which was mainly exploratory so no relief yet...waiting for results. Have to go back to work today, so it will take me a few days to catch up and get in the swing of things again. I appreciate all your comments of late, even if I do not reply back. Bear with me! I will be back! Hugs, Maggee