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~

Thrifts

So I went thrift shopping recently and although I didn’t come home with much I did want to show you a few things I found:

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I found this sweet little wooden fireplace. I am not sure what I am going to do with it but since I don’t have a fireplace in my house I thought it was too cute to leave there. It measures about 3 x 5. What should I do with it?

I also found this:

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It was calling my name and saying “save me” so I picked it up and brought it home. I took it out of the frame and made it into this:

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That’s the fabric I used for the back which I thought was perfect. It now has a new life and sits in my cubby. Although I am not a huge fan of aida the design is very sweet. Makes me want to thrift and save some more cross stitch designs.

That’s all for today! Hope everyone has a great weekend!

~Maureen~

Coupon Pocket and Stitcher’s Finishes

Hello friends,

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Just wanted to share my coupon pocket with you today. On my shopping trips, I am tired of losing my coupons in my purse and forgetting about them when I check out so I thought I could put them in this pocket so I will be able to grab them quicker. I designed Coupons and used a pair of jeans from goodwill for my pocket. I sewed fabric on the back and put my design and buttons on the front. I used Weeks Dye- Confetti for my thread. I really like how it turned out. I have a little strap on it so I can either carry it alone or in my purse.

I am posting this as a freebie in case you would like to make your own pocket. Use the color of your choice. I was in the mood for bright colors that’s why I chose Confetti. If you do decide to make one please send me an email. I would love to see what you come up with for your finish. If you have trouble seeing the image after you print it, please let me know and I will send it to you.

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Have fun!

I also wanted to share 2 finishes that were stitched by my friend, Robin. She stitched my first 2 freebies and here they are finished:

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Aren’t they wonderful! Thank you so much Robin for sharing your finishes with us. I love seeing what you did with them.

 

Have a great day everyone!

 

~Maureen~