Wednesday, December 30, 2015

One Last One!!

I forgot one last present I stitched! For my stitching buddy, Sheryl... It is from a larger design, in the 2015 Christmas Ornaments issue of JCS, called Hope, by Needle Bling Designs. I had intended on doing the entire piece, but... was afraid I would run out of time... so... shortened it! This is my first time doing that kind of fabric frame. It is stuffed with walnut shells. The stars and Hope are stitched with sparkly Au Ver Soie silk threads, tho it doesn't seem to show up!



End of the year tally...

Hope everyone had a nice Christmas! I enjoy having my family here for Christmas, and get a little sad when it is over. This year, my oldest daughter and her family stayed from Wednesday through midday Sunday. My youngest lives here in the beach, but we only saw her and her daughter on Christmas. Ah well, they have lives... I did not get much more stitching done, and no finishing except one piece you will see... Perhaps when my headache goes away (it just started raining, and I am sensitive to humidity) I will dig into my finishing pile once again.

So, without further ado... here come a few pictures:

Stitched this Bent Creek small and thought I would put it in the frame next to it... but... changed my mind as I looked at it today. I adjusted the color so the fabric would show truer to life (it is on Rue Green linen)... I have a different small that will be so much cuter!! Stay tuned while I switch things up!

Snow White by Little House Needleworks has been done since November, but with all the stuff happening, did not get a snap. I think I will do a flatfold finish with it. Again, stay tuned!

And this is the Nintendo controller finished-finished! Top...

Bottom... stitched the PacMan, just because...

And a side view. Putting it together was not really that enjoyable, because the fabric was an 'unevenweave' and well... it just took forever. I DID get it done before Christmas, and my son liked it. Said it is almost the size of a real one... that was purely a coincidence!

I am working on a Lizzie Kate Christmas piece... not small, but very cute. It won't be done this year, but I need a fairly easy piece to occupy my time right now... while I think about next year's stitching!

I counted up my finishes, and surprised myself!! I finished 44 pieces! Only 1 was large (Jenny Bean's Christmas), 12 were medium sized and the rest were smalls. I finished MOST of them myself.. the rest are languishing in my drawer! NO professional framing this year... lean year... I also saw that I made a list of projects I wanted to do in 2015--what a JOKE! I am terrible at keeping to goals! Out of 10, I finished only ONE on the list! Maybe 2016 will see them done... (yeah right!!)

Thanks for visiting my blog! Have a safe but Happy New Year's celebration! See you in 2016!

Hugs, Maggee

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Twas TEN DAYS until Christmas...

And I have been stitching and have a few finishes to show... Funny thing about this... I decided to double-check if I had anything else to share, so went thru my computer picture folders and found some ornaments that I totally forgot about!! I might not have given them to my granddaughters!! Phew!!

On to the show!!

Did these little Cardinals that are so popular... It is such a tiny space, I just did a quick little ornament... And found out I dislike stitching on perforated paper...who knew??

Then I did these little guys... I like them cause they are sort of worn looking... Thrift store finds!

And I finished this little beauty recently... I think it is by La D Da. I put it in a frame for a Christmas present, but forgot to take a snap! I want to stitch it again for ME in 2016!

I was recently RAK-ed...twice! This came from Ireland, from my good friend Gaynor (stitchersanon). She knows I like purple, and sent me this lovely fabric! And I just LOVE the card too!

Closeup of the fabric... in not-so-great lighting... I am still thinking about what to stitch on it... whether or not to do a large project or smalls... decisions, decisions...

Andrea , from England, sent me this beauty! Her stitching is just beautiful and the finishing is perfect! She just randomly picked me to gift... what a really nice gesture! I appreciate it a lot! Plus she made the card also!! How talented! I have not become that good at scrapbooking! It kind of went to the side in favor of cross stitching!

Back of the ornament--the fabric was perfect... I am not that good with circular finishing... but now I have an excellent example!

See the little charm on the back? just another sweet touch to such a wonderful RAK!

Stitched this but am not done yet. I intend to stitch 'You Never Forget Your First' on the side borders, and make it into a 'mattress pincushion' though it is going to my son, who will NOT be using it as a pincushion! Found this idea online earlier this year... knew I would do it for Christmas!

Just finished this Lizzie Kate piece today...

And finished this one, Christmas Birdhouse, by Little House Needleworks, last week. I have a lot of finishing to get done, but these last two are for me!

I really hate that I am posting a month after my last one, but there are reasons. The biggest reason being that we lost Bill's sister to cancer on the 22nd of November. We had visited with her the week before and he/we got to say goodbye at that time. Doesn't take away the immediate feelings of loss, but makes it not as difficult, I think. Because we visited her (and their dog), I had bronchitis by the time we got home... off to my doctor... Then Bill suddenly showed BAD symptoms of diabetes! Off to HIS doctor we went, and sure enough, he has diabetes. We could not go to the funeral because he was in the throes of these problems (extreme thirst, and consequently, lots of peeing!)that would restrict us from an 8 hour drive one way. (Let me now say, I have curtailed his diet, and his 'numbers' are now excellent! Doctor doesn't want to see him until February. Plus he is losing weight--already lost 17 pounds!) So, in a nutshell... LOTS going on... I am ready for a year without crises!

Not sure if I will post before Christmas, so will send out wishes to everyone for a Very Good Christmas! May you make many wonderful memories with family and friends!