Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Ooops... one more July finish and a small August one!

Hello! That saying, 'Out of sight, out of mind, really DOES apply here! I had finished 'Jingle as Ye Enter' by Nancy at Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe  in July, and I put it in with the finishing pile... totally forgetting to snap a picture of it! Yesterday, I took ALL of my finishing projects out, and look what I found!


Believe it or not, this is stitched on a light linen fabric! It has been raining here... so the light is awful for picture taking. Just imagine it on a cream colored linen... I haven't decided if I am going to frame it or make a wallhanging! oh the Suspense! :)

Then, beginning of August, I whipped out this little cutie by Little House Needleworks, called Silent Night of course! It will be a hanging ornament... But then I intend to stitch it again, and make either a flatfold or something along those lines that will NOT hang on a tree... Again, believe it or not, this is stitched on a piece of  36-count R&R Expresso ... shaking head sadly...


Next I have started stitching a largish piece, called Birdsong II, by Prairie Schooler. Love it! It is on a piece of 32-count Cream Linen that I purchased years ago, with the chart... when it was NEWish! So I'm using it! Kinda nice to use a larger count, plus I seem to be flying along. I am nearly half done! I TRIED to take a picture, but it came out SO dark, twice... forget it! 

Well, that is all this post. My NEXT post should be chock FULL of finishes, as I have taken them all out and have them ready to be started. Tho I tend to need better light, so maybe I shall start in earnest tomorrow! But they won't be done for a few weeks... Yes, I have that much!! Sigh... I will be reviewing Vonna's techniques, as her finishing is always par excellence! If you don't know about this gem, go visit her at Vonna's Blog ... you might be there for HOURS! 

Thanks for visiting!



Hugs,

Maggee

Monday, July 31, 2017

End of July and two finishes!

I really thought I would have more stitched this month, but... one thing or another interferred with my plans. Note to self: Don't bother making plans!!

Anyway, I have two finishes to share! One is a WIP... finally done! And one was a new one!

First is the WIP. It is Merry Christmas Ornaments by Country Cottage Needleworks. I don't know what specifically made me drag my heels on stitching this one for sooooo long, but... glad it is done! I may do a tiny little stitch on some of those straight stitches but... It will be framed and gifted. Stitched on R&R Old Mill Java, 36-count, 2 over two... that may be why I didn't enjoy the stitching... next time, one thread with 36-count!!



And then the new start, and finish... Willie's Quaker #7, by Monasterium? From an old digital issue of The Gift of Stitching. Again, it is unusual... I used a variegated thread by Hand Dyed Fibers called Examplar Autumn from Vicki Clayton (she no longer offers these threads), stitched on 36-count R&R Foggy Bottom fabric, ONE over two! It will be framed and I will hang it by the other Willie's Quaker that I did and love also (the one with the numbers across the middle)! I love the motifs, but sometimes I want to just surprise people with my stitching! :)


I took out a few, new, kitted projects to think about doing, and one WIP for August stitching. Who knows? I DEFINITELY want to do some finishing in August. Gads... there's a lot to be done! And I am ready! So, look forward to seeing a report in August! Maybe... :)

Till next time,


Hugs,

Maggee

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Finishes and one less WIP

I have five more finishes to share with you! I am cranking them out, aren't I? Ha!

First is the last 'Littles', called Peace, by Hands to Work... Now they are all finished, waiting to be made into little pillows for a bowl or something...



Next I finished 'Because it's Spring' by From the Heart... it was still late Spring (barely!) when I stitched it, and I just wanted something colorful at that moment! Not sure how it will be finished yet...stay tuned!


Then I finished another big, pain-in-the-butt piece called Daisy, which is a chart by JanLynn. This WAS a full coverage chart. At first I thought I would just do the flower and the words...but not the background. But as I went along, I hated the words too... I don't know if any of you have done this with a full coverage piece, but I basically marked the working copy of the chart up BIG time, by coloring out ALL the background EXCEPT for the daisy and stitching from there. It was tough going to me! I can't tell how many times I nearly threw it in the trash! But I stuck with it, and finally finished it.  By the way, I  also bought another chart by JanLynn, with an Aster I think... that will stay in my stash... not sure I will ever stitch it!!


After stitching such a complicated piece, I decided to go with a monochromatic piece and chose Birds Roundelay by Dessin. It was RAK'ed to me by my buddy Lisa... (Waving hello!!)  I used a piece of Americana Blend linen by R&R, and GA Peacock. I intended to do it in blues but that was last year! Hey a girl can change her mind!! It took about three four days to stitch... finished it Saturday night... late!! Ok, fine... Sunday morning...early!! As I was closing the circle, I noticed the FIRST bird was off by ONE thread... and try as I might, I could not let it go... so I had to frog about one eighth of the design and re-do it. But it turned out so cute... it was worth it!


And last night I finished this little one... in two days! It is by My Big Toe Designs, and I used a piece of 34-count mystery linen given to me years ago, and just picked DMC threads. Not sure what finish it will get. Still pondering...


So... News Flash! I decided to dump the Orcas! I just really hated stitching it. And could not force myself to go any further! I will buy my daughter a picture or something!! Ain't gonna get a stitched piece from ME! But--I am frogging it out because I really like the fabric! I've done a lot already, and for the most part, the holes are not visibly enlarged... But IF it ends up looking used and somewhat hole-y, does anyone have a tip as to how to make the holes shrink back to normal? I was thinking a rinse in hot/warm water? I appreciate any advice!

Don't know what I will stitch next... Am thinking I will pull out a WIP next. But the weather is hot and humid right now, so I will get plenty of time to stitch! So I just may finish a WIP and maybe pull a new one out to stitch also! Decisions, decisions!

Before I close, just wanted to share a little bunny taking a rest in our neighbor's yard. We found out yesterday the bunnies have tunneled under our deck! Not good, but we don't want to do anything to cause them to die under there, so hopefully they will move out in the fall... I don't know that much about them...yet!



Thanks for visiting!


Hugs,

Maggee

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Back....

Hello everyone! If anyone is still following me, thank you for being patient during my down time. I started stitching again in April, just a little at first... Now it is pretty much back to normal with stitching every day or at least at night. So, I have some finishes to share and then progress on a few of my WIPs. Let's get started! (In no particular order...)

I am really RESISTING new starts... but it is a struggle! How can you resist Maynia!!! I have worked on several of my WIPs and finished them, so I am happy about that! First is Sampler au Bouquet I by Jardin Prive. There are three separate parts to this, and I finished the first finally. I don't know if/when I will start the next one...


Next is Winter Messenger... by Erica Michaels. This is from her Petites Collection, you know... with the zillion-count gauze? I KNEW I would stitch it on linen... Turned out ever so cute! I think that it is stitched on Rue Green, though you wouldn't know it from my poor picture. Lighting is bad... cloudy day here.



Then there is C'est l ete by Tra La La Collection... Oh how I love this one! I don't know what I will do to finish it--if it will get framed or made into something... But it sure is pretty!  It reminds me that I picked strawberries twice this month! 👏


Next is a Britty Kitty ornament, from one of my older JCS Christmas magazines. I don't feel like getting up to find out the name, sorry! IF someone MUST know, let me know in comments, and I will do it then! Made this for my husband, so he can be represented on my purple tree! He likes cats... I made it with various purple threads. And a silvery-purple Kreinik or something like that... I actually made this in December, but... not in time enough for Christmas. I knew that...


Then I did Happy Spring by Heartstring Samplery. It was a quick and fun stitch, and I added that bumblebee button to make it more festive!


A couple of weeks back, I decided to stitch the Garden Duet pillows from Hands On Designs. But.. I was not in the mood to stitch 'Prosperity'... I didn't think it went well with 'Harmony', so I re-charted it to say 'Peace'... which I like! Now I have done two sets of these pillows (though they still need to actually be MADE into pillows!!).



I like quick stitches! but... I started some big ones, and I'm gonna finish most, if not all! And the last finish just recently done is Cinnamon Stars by Plum Street Samplers. Oh how I dragged my feet on that one! I stitched it one over two on 36-count linen, which was okay. But I really didn't like the row of pumpkins floating in the air... that really bugged me! However, I LOVE the stone house! And all in all, it came out fine... I will frame it...


Now... to some WIPs I have worked on lately... First is The Littles by Hands to Work. Finally finished my second one, and made a start on the third... If I concentrate on it for a couple of days, I can knock it out too... but... it's one over two on 40-count, and I struggle... But... I am going to say it will be finished in June, and hold myself to that or else!!!


The next WIP I've got going is the Orcas one for my daughter. I am thinking I can finish it for Christmas IF I keep at it... But... it is a tough one for me, with all the thread changes. I could NEVER do a BAP like a Mirabilia or HAED... not for me! Though I really LOVE them--finished!


I have put some time into John Foster during my respite... But now... I find that I have made a mistake somewhere and need to frog out a bunch... so... away it goes for a while, till I resign myself to that tedium... Here is my progress...


And I made a start on a Christmas Cardinal one... and never put it on the blog, so here is that...


I am liking this one... of course!! It's a BIRD!! I will have it done by Christmas time!


So, that's all I have to show at the moment!

BIG NEWS: I have discovered Flosstube! So, now I have company while I stitch, whenever I want! Not to slight a 'live' buddy, but the videos keep me inspired ALL THE TIME! We got a new BIG TV which is a 'smart tv' and it can do Apps, like YouTube...(and Flosstube).. Loving that! Which reminds me... if you still have an emongous tube TV like we did (it was a Sony, 36", about 20 years old, weighed 233 pounds, but it worked FINE!!) and you decide to downsize... good luck! I tried giving it away... no one wanted it! And none of the thrift stores would take it! But, I called the city trash recyclers, and they said they would take it away for us! I had two neighbor husbands (young ones!) come over on trash day, and they struggled! My husband had to help, which is what I wanted to avoid... sigh... but... what a relief when they got it to the curb and it was removed the next day! Hopefully they can find use for some of the parts!! So... all this to say, Flosstube--try it!

Okay--I am off to stitch! If you've gotten this far, thank you So Much for sticking with my blog! I shall continue posting every once in a while, when I have something to share...

Hugs,

 Maggee

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

News

Hello friends. I have no stitching mojo right now...My personal life is in total chaos (not HEALTH issues), and I do not anticipate being able to relax until maybe mid-April. I haven't been able to read blogs lately either...But, I hope to get all caught up eventually. Thanks for understanding.

Hugs,

Maggee

Monday, January 2, 2017

Last of the stitching and End of 2016 Tally and ...

I have two finishes to share, a WIP, then the year-end tally and a NEW project! So let's get busy!

First, I wanted to stitch a small ornament, but didn't want a lot to do, so found this one... It is a freebie by my dear friend Gaynor French (stitchersanon), and it went quickly! Just what I needed! Obviously finishing will be this year, even tho it was finished LAST year! Sigh...

This is by Plum Pudding Needleart, and I will say the name of it is Peace on Earth, but for the life of me, I cannot locate the pattern to verify that! Done on a piece of fabric gifted to me by Gaynor, interestingly enough!! Given to my stitching buddy Sheryl for Christmas...She and I both love purple... Don't those sparkles make it pop?? I used a variegated thread, but... again, cannot locate that either...

This is a WIP that I was stitching with a friend as a SAL. She finished hers a while ago... but I think I will finish stitching mine this week, and then I will finish it and stuff it... It is pretty cute. Called Pomegranate Pin Cushion, by Hands on Designs, that I won in a giveaway by Vickie!

So, I did a count of my finishes for 2016, and surprised myself again... I came up with about 46 finishes! Last year it was 44... so that surprised me even more! No BAPS, a few medium sized pieces, and a lot of smalls. Yay!

I know with a New Year, we are supposed to be making our resolutions for stitching...like what WIPs we will finish, what new starts we will begin, what SALs we will join. I am just not there yet! So, NO PROMISES!! Of course, I would like to finish off my WIPs I showed you... but... I saw a design and just HAD to get it!!

Maybe you will understand now... It's a Cardinal BIRD!! I love birds, and Cardinals at this time of the year are so beautiful! Just look at the picture I got of one today!!


However... I cannot decide which fabric to use...

This is the called-for fabric, called Sand by PTP.

But this is Earthen also by PTP... and I think it has more 'warm' tones in it, like the picture. But... is it too 'warm'? That is what I have to decide... And since I am nearly done with the Pomegranate piece, I must make my decision soon!

That's it for now!

(A little Cross Stitching humor snatched from Facebook!)


Happy New Year Hugs,

Maggee

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

November Stitching Report

First of all, I have a NEW camera! It is a lot more complicated than my old one, so I have been going out and taking pictures, just to get used to it! And they don't necessarily all come out... But stills--I got these! It is the birds that are not always clear!

All in all, I got a fair amount of stitching done this month! The one large-ish piece I completed cannot be shown, as it is a gift and the receipient possibly reads my blog! So after Christmas you shall see that one! Now on to the finishes!

First of all, I DID complete the Little House Needleworks Little Sheep Virtue set! So, here are November and December... they are on top of some of the backing fabric I will be using. I started cutting out the squares, stopped for some reason or another, and haven't looked back...But I shall work to finish-finish them soon!

Here is the November one...I really like the colors in this one!

And here is December! I had purchased two of the button sets earlier this year, but... now they are finished, I am not going to use them because I am not interested in getting the rest. So, they will have to stand on their own... I think they will be fine!

This is my second Long-Legged Seasonal Bird I have stitched, Heart in Hand. But--I gifted the first one to Justine, so I will have to stitch Winter again, for me! I am using 36-count, and think I shall go get more so they are all on the same fabric and count! They will be finished as cubes.

This is a design by Hands on Design, Cathy Haberman. It was a quick stitch...Not sure how I shall finish it!

And this little guy is by the Trilogy, called Happy Gobble Gobble Day. I have a few of these Happy Day ones--they are really cute!

Well, that is all I have to show of stitching finishes! I have started another piece, on a piece of that grey and white polka dotted fabric. Not sure I like it. The polka dots seem to be painted onto the fabric, and it is somewhat difficult to get the needle through them. But I may reserve a final decision until I finish, as it may just turn out great after all! Of course, it is a Christmas piece! IF I end up liking it, I no doubt will do a Winter piece on it too!

This is NOT my yard or anything to do with me, personally, but just wanted to share a bit of the fall colors!

Hugs,
Maggee