A Small Gifty and a Fall Freebie

Hi all,

I wanted to show you first a small gifty that my good friend Erika sent me.

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She sent me a super long letter, the Halloween Just Cross Stitch issue and a vintage thread winder. So cool! I already have some Halloween ornaments lined up to stitch. Thanks so much Erika!!!

Next is a fall freebie just for you! You are all wonderful and I appreciate your kindness.

Enjoy!

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I finished mine as a little pin pillow and the fabric shown is on the back. I used orange rick rack for the trim. Love it and I also the fabric I found.

If you would like a copy please leave me a comment for your request on this post or send me an email. I will send it out to you within 24 hours since there are some days I am not able to be at the computer.

Please direct others to my blog for their own legal copy. Thanks so much!

Have a great weekend!

~Maureen~

Fall Finishes and my New tree!

Hello stitchy friends,

How is everyone today? Working on all your fall projects I am guessing. I am getting some done which I am going to show you today. I have Stitching Witch by the Stitcherhood:

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This design is from the October Just Cross Stitch issue. As soon as I saw it, I knew I wanted to stitch it.

I also want to show you Autumn is Here by the Snowflower Diaries:

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This is a freebie from last year but I do believe it is still available on her blog so be sure to check it out. I love the sweet bird. I used the fabric shown for the back.  I also want to stitch the Autumn Witch. She is adoreable!

Thank you for your comments on my last post about my tree. So this is what my new tree looks like:

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I love it! I plan on leaving it out and filling it with ornaments I can enjoy all year. my wonderful sister in law gifted me with this tree after I saw it at her house a few weeks before. She stopped by one Sunday to give it to me and that totally made my whole day. Thank you Kacey!

I will show it periodically since adding to it will be a gradual process. A turbo stitcher I am not!

That’s all for today!

Enjoy the day!

~Maureen~

 

Miscellaneous Finishes

Hello my friends,

I wanted to share with you just a few finishes I have done.

First up are these 2 ornaments I designed:

Christmas

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Happy Howlidays

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Madison wanted me to do this one for our sweet Perry.

I really like how they turned out and I have so much fun designing and finishing ornaments. They aren’t just for Christmas anymore. My wonderful sister in law gifted me with a tree which I will post later. I plan on filling it with ornaments all year so I hope you are ready. I will try not to just post about ornaments though. LOL!

I am finishing up 2 other ornaments I designed and am very excited about them. I will post them as soon as they are done. I hope you like them as much as I do.

Who remembers some posts ago the little fireplace thrift find? Well, for those that remember I wanted to show you what I did with it. Ta Da!!

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I designed a fire and stitched it on plastic and placed it in the fireplace. Viola!! My own little fireplace. Love it! Thanks everyone for the great ideas.

That’s all for today. Hope everyone has a great rest of the week.

~Maureen~

Matilda Hornbuckle and a Witch

Hello my friends,

How is everyone this fine day? The kids go back to school and it gets super hot out. Go figure! Now that school is back in session it is time to get serious stitching and blogging done. My list of things to do has gotten way out of hand.

I wanted to show you Matilda Hornbuckle by Notforgotten Farm. I started it last year and just finished it because I knew it had to get done.

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I used the orange plaid fabric in the picture for the back. I also left off the border. It looks great in my cubby for fall. When I get it all set up I will share it with you.

A few years ago my mom gave me this little kit for my birthday:

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So on my last trip to the 1000 Islands I brought her with me and finally put her together. Introducing Wendy Witch:

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Isn’t she adoreable! She’s too cute to be scary even though she has a green face.  I just love her.

I hope to be getting a little more stitching done in the next couple of weeks so I will have more finishes to show you so stay tuned…

I am going to leave you with a picture of my big 5th Grader on her first day of school. I can’t believe she is in her last year of elementary school!

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Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Yeah! Football season starts. While the hubs watches football, I will be stitching. Ahhh! I love this time of year.

Ta Ta for now!

~Maureen~

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~