No Traveling Light Here!

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Going on vacation and as you can see I don’t travel light. These are just my project bags. (Kimberly I can hear you laughing at me!) The brown bag has all my reading material for the beach. I am addicted to ebooks and have been printing them out at work to bring with me.

The blue bag has my stitching projects which I probably have to many but, who cares. It gives me a variety of things to work on and then I can work on what I am in the mood for. I hope to be able to finish something by the time I get home. The middle bag are my stitching supplies that I just can’t live without. It seems I always need the one thing I don’t bring with me. Does that happen to anyone else?

I have started my Shepherd’s Fold and am so excited about it. I will show my progress when I return and hopefully have a few other things done as well.

Have a great week everyone!

~Maureen~

Stitcher’s Finish and a Surprise

A quick post little post today so I could show you Marilyn’s finish of my Spring freebie:

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Isn’t it so cute! I just love how she finished this. So sweet! Thank you Marilyn for sharing your finish. It really is too cute not to share. LOL!

 

This next thing isn’t really a surprise. It was my birthday present from my parents so I new it was coming it was just later than expected. I was so excited to see the box at the door yesterday that I think I was out of the car before it stopped. LOL! Madison told me to calm down it was just a box. Little does she know what is inside. It’s like gold to me.

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Ta Da!!! A Full Heart- the first kit in the Shepherd’s Fold and I can’t wait to get it started. I was really hoping it was going to come before my vacation and it did so I am happy. I will keep you posted on my progress. Look at all their cute little things with it. I love Shepherd’s Bush!

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

~Maureen~

Thread Keeper and being more organized

YEAH!!! The stitching is finally finished!

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Kimberly and Erika aren’t you proud of me! LOL!

This is Be Kind and True by Stacy Nash from the 2013 Dyeing to Stitch Retreat. It is a thread keep and it is at the top of my list to finish after my vacation. I am so glad I have finished this. I just love this design!

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I also wanted to share my new blog planner. I made it with various freebies I found on the internet. I was thinking I will use it for this year and decide what is working and what is not and I will make my own for next year and maybe offer as a freebie. So far so good though. It isĀ  helping me to keep organized with my posts and things to do. The cover I found on Mama Jenn.com. She had a big planner which did not suit my needs so I just used the cover. My dividers are very pretty and I love them. The first one you can see in the picture but they are all different. How come I didn’t find these before? I live at Target. LOL! I have a monthly calendar in the front, then my tabs start. Week of, Future blog post ideas, Brainstorm(where I write all my ideas down, if they don’t end up on paper they are gone. I know I am not alone on this.) Running to do list(which is getting quite large), and Notes. I have a few miscellanous things at the end. It is filling up quickly as I have quite a bit I would like to accomplish this year. I am hoping this will help. What do you use to keep organized? Anyone use something similar to this?

I will be back Thursday to show you a stitcher’s finish of my Spring freebie. It is so cute! You are going to love it!

 

Happy Stitching!

~Maureen~

A Stitching Pocket and Some Experimenting

Hello friends,
I have a stitching pocket to show you today that I made.
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It’s a small pocket which is perfect for scissors, pins, or threads. I figure I could make different sizes too. Depending on the size of the design. On this I actually picked out the fabric first and then worked around that. I really like how it turned out and plan to make more.

So on to experimenting:

I have wanted to experiment with the aging process.( Just with fabric, not on myself LOL!) When I went to Hobby Lobby and asked for the walnut crystals everyone uses, they looked at me like I had 10 heads. I did end up finding walnut ink but when I opened it I found out that it is one of those that you kind of roll it on. I tried it with this little piece.
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Although I didn’t like the aging with the roll on ink, I still wanted to make this into something so since it is small I decided on a thread keep. The year is actually the day and year that my husband and I met. Just some random year but actually has meaning for me.
I did go back to Hobby Lobby and got ink pads instead so I am going to try those next. I feel I will have more control with those. I’ll keep you posted.

Have a great stitching week my friends!

~Maureen~

2 more days until Spring

At least that is what the calendar says. It will be here soon. I can feel it in my bones. After this very long winter I thought we could all use some spring cheer and some spring stitching. So here is a spring freebie just for you:
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I hope you enjoy it!
This is what I did with it. I just made it into a small pillow. ( That’s a surprise. LOL!)
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I did not use the colors it is graphed with. I actually used Weeks Dye: Celebration, Lilac, Saffron, Beige, and Sweetheart Rose. Also DMC 703.
So on this one use the colors of your choice. I don’t know how to do the patterns without the colors yet on the program. LOL!

It is a nice quick spring stitch. If you would like a copy just send me an email and I will send it to you. You need to have capabilities to print in PDF format. Please do not share with others or upload this pattern to any website. If anyone would like a copy please direct them to my blog and I would be happy to send them their own legal copy.

Happy Stitching!

~Maureen~

A Stitcher’s Finish

Hello my friends,
Quick post today so I can show you a finish that my friend Erika did. She finished my freebie I posted a few weeks ago called Hot Cocoa and she finished it as a mug cozy:
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Isn’t it the sweetest! Very clever! I also love her picture, it looks like it is an advertisement in a magazine. I love to see what finishes can come out of the same design. It’s so fun! Thank you Erika for letting me share your finish.
We have another snow day today. Although it is not snowing anymore, the wind is brutal and the roads are not the best because it so cold the salt is not working. The sun is making an appearance now and then so that is good. I am working on a spring freebie which I hope to post next week. After the winter we have all had I am sure we all could use some spring cheer!

Have a great weekend everyone!

~Maureen~

Snow again!

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This is what we are getting today. How about you? All day and will end up with about a foot. I took the day off today to stay home with my girl because school is closed today. They closed school last night before it even started which is very unusual for us. Take care everyone and stay safe.
Happy Stitching!

~Maureen~