Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Happy 2018! Apology... then Recap!

Where does the time go?? The last 6 weeks or so of last year.... FLEW by! And now it is already the 8th day of the New Year!?!? Yikes... I am not liking this.... So much I want to get done... yet time just passes quick as a wink! Sigh...

I went back through my emails, pictures, and box of 'to-be-finished' pieces and am going to piece together a picture of what I have been up to in my absences from blogland... I may forget stuff but maybe it will pop up later on... So, let's do it!

FIRST of all, I owe a HUGE apology to my Birthday Twin, Justine!! She sent me the lovely Birthday package (below) LAST YEAR and I cannot see where I ever acknowledged it! So... Justine, I LOVED my package! The February pillow will make me think of you always... and once I get that adorable Robin stitched... it will also bring a smile to my face, reminding me of you!


And tho I acknowledged the birthday package from Robin that arrived a bit earlier, I usually share on the blog... and had not! She made me a beautiful cushion with my initial, in my favorite color, plus sent along some notecards and birdie note papers! And of course, she sent a birdie Birthday card!!


And going a little further back, I came across this Britty Kitty Christmas ornament I made, intended to be gifted to my husband to put on our tree in 2016!!!! Sigh... Tho I do know that I had to hide it at first, so he wouldn't see it... but then it went to the finishing pile... instead of staying in my sights! It glitters!


Right after the New Year LAST YEAR, I took out this pattern from Erica Michaels called Winter Messenger, and stitched it right up! It was one of those designs that you stitch on gazillion count gauze... OR whatever fabric you want, which is what I did. I used a scrap of fabric in my stash... don't know what it was now... Maybe I will have it finish-finished before Winter is over this year... 


These next two were done mid-year... to see if I liked stitching with white any better... NOPE! But they are very cute, and hopefully... will be on Next Year's tree!


In the Summer, I stitched these two pieces that will be turned into pillows, tho not like the pictures. They were quick and fun to do! Now I have two of three sets done... One more for this year? It could happen!


 Now, this one came up in a previous post when I was considering frames... Well, I got inspired and went to Michael's and picked up some glossy green spray paint. And voila! I LOVE how this looks!! It just pops! Traditional Quaker design, in non-traditional colored thread, and quite the frame! Ha!


In December, I had some more finishing to do for my stitching buddy... Christmas presents for her sisters... Two were made into flat finishes to be put on a little easel...



This day, the weather outside was frightful... so I could not get a good picture. And the piece left a day or two later... so... this is as good as it gets! It was gorgeous!



Then, she stitched these Shepherd's Bush pieces and I made them into little pillows... Used Vonna's technique (http://tts-learntofinish.blogspot.com/2016/12/new-simple-pillow-ornament-video.html)      on stuffing it, for the first time. Still need a bit more practice towards getting those perfect corners... but I am getting there! She loved these and said the backs were really nice...Thanks Vonna!




The last piece I finished was a framed piece. I have done a LOT of lacing lately!! This is a really cute one! Probably Country Cottage Needleworks... Again, crappy weather makes crappy pictures...



And because she loved the finish I did for her sister when we went to PA, I did one for her Autumn finish... which she didn't get until early December... but... she liked it... It's one of those magnetic ones, like I showed in another post. Technique learned from Priscilla (priscillas2000.blogspot.com) on her blog and Flosstube! And I am using it whenever I can! Makes finishing in the future easier... just swap out finished pieces...


This is a present for HER... We haven't had any time together since early December... we missed Christmas! The pattern was in the 2017 Christmas ornament issue of Just Cross Stitch. And I saw this finish on Flosstube somewhere!! (can't remember now...!!) The stitched piece is about 3 inches, the backing may be around 4, and the snowflake (found at Target) is probably 6 inches. Magnetized finish... 



And my buddy and I both stitched this piece... in two colorways. She did the traditional, called-for colors... And we had agreed on a flat finish... But then I went thrifting and found a metal tray, used some of that fabulous green spray paint, finished as a flat finish, edged in bright Christmas red lace, and magnetized it! Voila! I really really LOVE this one!


So, when I finish MINE, I will used the SECOND metal tray I found, and do the same finish for me! Trying to decide what color lace to use... but the tray will be painted white, so leaning towards the purple... Unless I find PURPLE paint!! :)  Then I will use either the white or pink lace! Stay tuned!



I showed my progress on this Lizzie Kate piece in a previous post... but now, here is a shot of the finished piece! I finished it before I did the Joy piece... mid December-ish... Thinking about how to finish it...later. I do really like it!



This came up after seeing it everywhere... so we both stitched it. Mine has my 'personalization' on it... I only did one row of Gingerbread men, at the top, and did not embellish them. They look fine, and I just don't like all that... Still pondering their finishes...


 Last I have a few WIPs... This is by Hands On Designs... Called The Smallest Seed. I got it thru Casa Cenina to support ongoing Earthquake relief in Italy last year. It is a nice piece... easy on the eyes. Using a piece of light yellow Lugana, either 25 or 28, two over two...


And this is a small start of a design by The Sampler Girl that I purchased MANY years ago... It is called Sense and Sensibility, and is a quote from the Jane Austen book of the same name. I have joined a FB group that is going to be reading her books, and stitching designs pertaining to Jane Austen, all year long. Should be fun...


I have another WIP going along that is called Forest Snowfall by Country Cottage Needleworks. I am going to be finished probably by tomorrow... But only after I frog out a couple of parts that just don't please me. First of all, through no one's fault, I find that the dye lot of the thread for the house color I purchased does NOT match the one pictured. Throws everything off, but I am NOT ripping out all that stitching. I have learned to like it. However, the same goes for the roof color, and that carries over to the door... which really looks awful... so frogging that out. And the window panes look ugly too... called for two threads... I am going to try just one... Hopefully I can make this piece look good, cause it is going to be a gift for a friend doing me a favor!

I think that is all I have for stitching. Since we have been stuck inside because of over a foot of snow, I changed the house from Christmas to Winter this week...Thought I would share some pictures...

I got this ornament, and the next one, AFTER Christmas... but since they are sort of for Winter, they go perfectly!



And my dear friend that moved to Tennessee gave me these Snow Babies before she left. Her friend, that I also knew, made them! They are such a delight to see every year!


This year, I did not do a 'theme' tree with only gold and purple ornaments or silver and purple. This year, I decorated with everything else... from stitched ornies to ones from when the kids were little. And while digging around in the boxes, I came across this ceramic piece. My parents made this... We had a ceramic kiln in our basement, and my parents made all kinds of pieces. They had many molds, and poured liquid clay (?) into the mold, heated (fired) it, took it out and painted it, fired it again, and put a finish on it before firing for the last time. This winter vase is just lovely. The gold is 24-karat gold... that I remember!! And on the bottom they put their 'trademark' name: Mickit... which was a combination of my older siblings' names. Next year, I will find some type of greenery to put in it!


And here is a fun Snowmen display... Except for the Cardinal on the mantle, ALL were thrift store finds!  The two Hallmark pieces on the ends still sing and dance! My grandkids grew up with the one on the right! I have a short video of Olivia dancing to the song it plays! Everyone was laughing and enjoying that! The Snowman quilt was also a thrift store find... I think I paid no more than $4.00!



If you got this far, thanks for sticking with me! I will try to be better about posting. But... I can't promise any regularity! My life is a roller coaster, with many twists and turns. Next weekend, my stitching buddy and I are going on a little stitching getaway to a Williamsburg timeshare. Can't wait! Then the following week, on Friday, my husband is having surgery on his nose for a more serious patch of skin cancer. First he is with the surgeon, then we have to go straight to a plastic surgeon to fix it up... Never done this before, and kinda nervous. Then there is recovery time... So, maybe lots of stitching or finishing or both will be done! It could happen!

Well, I have run out of steam, so will close for now!

Hugs,

Maggee

17 comments:

Kay said...

Oh, you have been busy. Such beautiful stitching and finishing. x

Robin in Virginia said...

Maggee, what a super post to read. What fabulous finishes you have created for your stitching buddy and yourself. I hope you have a wonderful stitching getaway. Will keep your husband in my prayers for a full healing following his surgery.

Denise said...

Maggee..that was a marathon! Any hints for me...haven't posted since October.

Your stitching and finishing are amazing. You've been busy. Good luck with hubby's surgery. Enjoy your winter get away!

Vickie said...

wOw Maggee! You are on a roll girl. That ceramic piece your parents made is lovely. So are the snow babies your friend gifted you.
I am praying for your husband.

Vicki said...

What a great post, so many gorgeous designs to look at. You've been busy. I am praying for your husband, for a successful surgery and swift recovery and for you - peace of mind!

Katie said...

Wow wow and triple wow. So many beautiful finishes and WIPs in your post. Just gorgeous. Love your decorations too. My mom did ceramics fo a long time when I was little. My grandpa just went through the same surgery as your hubby. Hope everything goes smoothly for him.

Carol said...

That must have been your longest post ever, Maggee--just jam-packed with great finishes, gifts, and WIPs! Really love them all, but I think your Joy finish in the purples is going to be very, very special :) My favorite of all, though, is the Erica Michaels cardinal--oh, so gorgeous. Can't wait to see how you finish it :)

How did you like stitching on the polka dot fabric? I've heard mixed things and bought some, but still haven't given it a try.

Wishing your husband all the best in his surgery and reconstruction. I know several people who have had this done and they've had great results. I'm sure his will go well, too... (( Hugs ))

Barb said...

This was a wonderful post full of beautiful stitching and finishing. I will send lots of good wishes to your DH.

marly said...

Well that's a lot of good looking stitching. And very nice gifts!

Justine said...

Hello birthday twin! You know, you sent me a lovely thank you email last year when you received my little gift so please don't worry! Your finishing is so good, I love everything you have been doing for your stitching buddy! Your Joy finish is my favourite too, so pretty.
Hope all goes well with your husband's surgery. It's amazing what doctors can do.

The Inspired Stitcher said...

This was a fun visit. I too need to do a catch up/apology post. Funny how life gets in the way and then before you know it time has whizzed past. Love and hugs!

Beth said...

Lovely gifts you received Maggee. And wow! Have you ever been busy stitching and finishing for yourself and for others. I don't even know where to begin with comments.Winter Messenger, the Quaker finish, those are both wonderful! Hope that you are back on track. I seem to go into a slump with the start of a new year - cannot seem to help it though I do try.

Maggie said...

What a great post, filled with such lovely stitching and finished pieces too!

Good luck to you husband for his operation, hope everything goes well.

Have a great time at your stitching get away :-)

Linda said...

Congrats on all of the lovely finishes Maggee. Loved seeing all your decorations. Good luck to hubby.

Linda

Sally said...

Wow what a fantastic, crafty filled post! You have been so busy and it’s so lovely to see a post from you.

Hope it all goes well for your husband.

Brigitte said...

Wow, Maggie, such a great post packed with wonderful stitching and finishing made by you. And you also show some awesome gifts from your stitchy friends. Wonderful to see all this together.
I hoep everything went well with your husband's surgery.

eileeninmd said...

Hello Maggee, Usually I am always looking fora new post on your birding blog. But, I wanted to visit this blog, your stitching is beautiful, lovely creations. I like your snowman display and decorations. The Snow babies are a wonderful gift from your friend, great collection. I hope you are well, it is a rainy day here. Enjoy and have a happy new week ahead!