My Summer Finishes

Hello friends,

I know I haven’t posted in a few weeks. Reasons being I am spending time with Madison and I didn’t have anything finished to post anyway. Now that summer is winding down, I hope to post more regularly. I am beginning to get into fall stitching mode. The weather sure has felt like it.

I wanted to share with you today what I have been working on this summer. I have mentioned before about my love of the 1000 Islands.

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This is what we see when we walk out in front of our cottage. This picture was taken in the morning so the water is really calm. If you look closely at the bottom of the picture you can see the bottom of the river. It’s really shallow right there. I love being on the river. My visits there are so relaxing and I get lots of stitching done. LOL! I recently had my last trip up there for the year. It makes me sad for 2 reasons: 1) Summer is coming to an end and 2) I won’t be on the river until next year.

To keep the 1000 Islands alive in my mind all year I’ve decided to design patterns that remind me of it. (It seems I have mentioned this before but am now going to follow through.) Some I probably will sell and others I will keep for myself. I have a very long list of ideas and more keep popping into my head so the list grows every day. So here is some of my summer stitching:

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Love Story: I called it this because of the love story between George and Louise Boldt. The story of Boldt Castle is my all time favorite. I aged the fabric after I stitched it and I think it came out pretty well. I filled it with walnut shells and also made a matching fob to go with it.

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Made this into a pincushion to resemble Alexandria Bay. The small town in the 1000 Islands where everything happens. I also made a fish fob and thread keep to go with this one.

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I made these sweet fish pillows. One for me and one to leave up at our cottage. I sewed up pillows using the fish fabric and then attached my stitched fish in the corner. It is actually the same fish I used for my fob and thread keep. I love how they turned out. I have ideas for other ones.

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This little pillow resembles my little paradise. I have a thing for pine trees lately. I seem to like stitching them but there are also lots of pine trees up there. The fabric is what I used for the back. I also used this for The Bay. It’s perfect cottagey fabric.

Now I just have to say that the fobs I showed you, well, I changed my mind and I have them hanging on my little tree. They are now ornaments. So since I love smalls I am going to make more into ornaments and have a 1000 Islands type tree. Love my trees!

So that’s it. I have place all these in a basket for my viewing pleasure. As I said I may have future designs that I will offer up for sale. I also have several ways I want to finish these designs as well. It’s on my LONG winter projects list. LOL! Gotta have something to get me through the LONG winter. Right!

Well this is a longer post than usual for me so if your still reading I thank you from the bottom of my heart. It means alot to me. Thank you also for the comments you all leave. I really appreciate your kind words.

One last thing, Please send prayers to my friend Maggee and her husband. Her husband is in the ICU and prayers are much needed right now. Thank You!

Happy Stitching Everyone!

~Maureen~

Finishes and Antiques

Madison has bowling camp this week so that is why I am able to fit in this quick post today. I have a few finishes today. The 1st one is By The Sea Needleroll:

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This is from the 2011 Dyeing to Stitch Retreat and it is by Theresa of Shakespeare’s Peddler. I put light blue felt on the inside and whip stitched the edges. It is all ready to put my needles in.

I also wanted to sneak this in:

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I finally finished stitching this from the 2009 retreat. Now I just have to finish it. It feels so good to get some of these done.

I also finished this very sweet little mermaid freebie by the Little Stitcher:

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It is the cutest little mermaid and stitched up so quick. Be sure to head over to her blog to get this sweet freebie. This is the fabric I used for my beach project in my previous post. As I said, you are going to see this fabric again. LOL!

I also wanted to show you my purchases from my recent trip to the antique store.

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I bought this little frog (which is my third one) and some antique pictures. The pictures I am still trying to figure out what I want to do with them but I really liked them so I had to buy them.

That’s all for today! Have a great weekend everyone and thanks for reading. I really appreciate all your sweet comments.

~Maureen~

New Designs!

Hello friends,

I have 2 new designs to show today that I made for my personal satisfaction. Whenever I go to the beach, I feel inclined to make something beachy. So I designed this back in April when I was at the beach:

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I backed this with fabric that has starfish and sand dollars on it. You may also be seeing this fabric on future projects. My friend recently went to a local park and picked me up some driftwood specifically for this little design. So this one was perfect for hanging it on.

My next design I have had done for several months but am just getting around to posting it. It was inspired by a friend and co-worker. She is also a personal trainer and she got me to exercise again. I thank her for that. She is also very encouraging and positive and she always knows how to make you laugh even when you don’t want too. Anyway, she posted this on her website so I asked her if I could stitch it. Obviously, she said yes because here it is:

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It makes me smile! I hope to stitch more things like this. Everyone could use more encouragement and positiveness in their lives. It also makes me feel like I can do anything!

That’s all I have for you today!

Have a great week!

~Maureen~

 

Celebrate + Freebie

Well, actually I am showing the freebie first. Yeah! Freebie time! Summer seems to be flying by so here is a little summer stitching to enjoy while it is still summer.

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Hope you like it! Just send me an e-mail if you would like a copy and I will get it out to you as soon as I am able in PDF format. I added a little bee in the sunflower but you could also add a ladybug if you prefer.

Per request, I am doing the seasons so be on the lookout for the fall freebie.

I also just wanted to show you the new release from Threadwork Primitives-Celebrate:

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I actually purchased this at the Dyeing to Stitch Retreat and was so excited that she released it while I was stitching it. ( Just in case you were wondering how I got it done so quickly. LOL!) I used a red stripe fabric for the back and trimmed it with small red rick rack. I love it! I want to expand my patriotic stitching so this is my second one for this year. Yahoo!

That’s it for today, off to finish more projects and make mac salad for dinner tonight. Thanks so much for your comments, I really appreciate them.

Have a great stitchy week everyone!

~Maureen~

 

A Finish and Fun Things

Hello my friends,

I hope everyone is having a great summer. We’ve been busy. There is alot to cram in such a short period of time. My posts will be a little sparse the next couple of weeks (once a week maybe) so Madison and I have more time to do things together before school starts.

One finish I wanted to show today is Be Kind and True by Stacy Nash:

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This was our Friday night class at the 2013 Dyeing to Stitch Retreat. Yeah!! I finished a retreat project! It is supposed to be a thread keep but I left the ring off and I am just going to display it. I just love this design.

I saw some time ago a bird’s nest in a jar on the Pioneer Homestead blog. I have wanted to do this but wanted a real bird’s nest not a store bought one. While I was at our cottage over the holiday, outside the porch was a perfect bird’s nest. I was so excited! When I came home I bought a jar and added a few eggs and viola:

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Can you see the eggs? They look real. I love it! I am on the lookout for more bird’s nest. LOL!

The last thing today is Madison’s project she did while we were away. She made:

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She did such a great job and we had fun. I cut the strips of fabric for her and she tied all of them on one by one.

That’s it for today but I do have lots of projects in the works. Stay tuned for a new freebie next week!

Have a great week everyone!

~Maureen~

Ornaments in June!

Ahhh!! Ornaments! I just love ornaments! I have a few to show you today. The first one is by Little House Needleworks from the 2013 Just Cross Stitch ornament issue called Cozy Inn.

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I love this design and I think it is adoreable but for some reason I had the hardest time stitching this. I kept making mistake after mistake and I wasn’t going to keep taking it out so I did the best I could and made up some of my own things to make it work. How does it look? When I reached a certain point on this I was thinking I just need to get this done because I want to work on something else. I am glad it is done and finished. It will still make a nice addition to my tree.

The next 2 ornaments are my designs:

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HoHoHo and Noel! I plan on kitting these up and selling them in the fall. I’ll let you know when. They are a quick stitch which is great when you need a quick gift. Hmmm! I might need to make an extra one for Madison’s teacher for Christmas. Viola! One gift done. Yeah!

I will be away next week but I hopefully will be back with some stitching etc. to show so please stay tuned. So until then I hope everyone is able to stitch to your heart’s content.

~Maureen~

Freebie Finishes

Hello  friends,

I have 2 small finishes to share with you. First is this sweet bunny:

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This was a freebie by the Little Stitcher. Isn’t it so sweet! I love little bunnies so I had to get this stitched up. I put lace in the middle like the Little Stitcher did. In the picture it is hard to see. Sorry about that but it does look good.

Second is the fabulous freebie posted recently by Primitive Betty:

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Love this! I changed the colors a bit and just made it into a simple pillow. I used some flag fabric on the back which is perfect for this piece for obvious reasons. LOL!

That’s all I have for today. I have some ornaments finished so I hope to show those on Thursday.

Have a great day everyone!

~Maureen~