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Hoops or Q-Snaps and a Winner

Hello all,

So today I have a question for you all on hoops and Q-snaps. Do you prefer stitching with a hoop or a Q-snap? Which do you use most or do you prefer stitching in hand? OK, that is a few questions but curious minds want to know.

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I have used Q-snaps for years and I love them. I started using hoops in the beginning of the year after seeing stitchers on other blogs using them. I decided to give hoops a try and although I like them I do find that Q-snaps are easier on my hands. Am I missing something about using hoops that I should know?

I do still enjoy using them and will probably switch back and forth depending on what project I am working on. Here is a work in progress in a hoop now.

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Who knows what this is?

Since I stitch a lot of ornaments I also do stitch a lot in hand.

I will be anxious to hear your thoughts on this. What is your preferred method of stitching- hoop, Q-snap, or in hand?

Now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for- the winner of the Shepherd’s Bush kit.

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drum roll please….

And the winner is: Erika

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Sorry that is so blurry! Congratulations Erika!!!

Thank you to all who entered the giveaway and if you didn’t win this time I will be having another giveaway to ring in the new year so be sure to check it out.

Have a great stitchy day my friends!

~Maureen~

 

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New patterns!!!

Hello everyone,

The time has finally come and I have some new patterns listed in my Etsy shop. YAY!!!

If you are interested in checking them out go to http://www.etsy.com/shop/stitchorizeit

There is Spool Tree:

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I finished this as a pillow ornament and I can’t wait to hang it on my tree. It was a pretty quick stitch and doesn’t have to be finished as an ornament. With all those creative minds out there, it could be finished as almost anything.

The Christmas Tree:

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This I also finished as a pillow ornament. A very simple tree with a star button added at the top. I coffee stained my linen for this just because I wanted an older looking tree.

My last pattern I am listing is by request:

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A simple little bunny that is very versatile. I stitched him up with thread that I dyed on linen that I also dyed. I actually showed him in a previous post and had a request to put him in my Etsy shop. Of course I am happy to oblige.

He can be stitched with any color threads on any color linen. Could be fun! The possibilities are endless.

That’s it for now. More to come later. Thanks for checking them out.

Have a great weekend!

~Maureen~

 

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Fall Giveaway

Hello,

So I was thinking it has been a long time since I had a giveaway. Fall is a great time for a giveaway so what am I giving away you ask- I am giving away this Shepherd’s Bush Kit called Into the Night. Very fitting for this time of year, don’t you think!

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The kit comes with everything you need for the project and is super cute. You’d have plenty of time to get it stitched up for Halloween.

If you are interested leave me a comment on this post and I will add your name to the pot.

I will draw a name on Sept. 25 and announce the winner in my Sept. 28 blog post.

Good Luck Everyone!

~Maureen~

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5 Things That Make Me Smile

Hello everyone,

Today I wanted to share 5 things that make me smile. Although there are a lot of things that make me smile, I chose 5 things for this post.

First is this sweet Virginia beach ornament:

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Made by my dear friend, Erika when we attended the 2016 Dyeing to Stitch Retreat. Love this and have it hanging in my stitching room so I can enjoy it everyday. I absolutely love the way she made this. So clever!

Second is my Liberty Box from the 2013 Dyeing to Stitch Retreat:

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And the inside:

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This was our gift that we received on our last night.

Third is my Stitchorize it journal:

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I ordered this from Vistaprint and I just love it. I put all my fun stitchy and favorite things in here. It comes with me everywhere so I don’t miss putting anything in it. LOL!

Fourth there are 2- My baskets:

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The bigger one is from the 2011 Dyeing to Stitch Retreat and the smaller one is from the retreat this year. These are my favorite baskets. I use them for patterns and accessories and love how they remind me of fabulous stitching time with friends.

Fifth is Madison’s abstract project:

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She made this in art class in 6th grade and I have it hanging on the dining room wall. I love it because it is different and she made it which is the best thing of all.

One more thing that makes me smile is the first day of school which is today.

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Look at that smiling face!! (It’s fake, it’s just for the picture)

1st day of school makes a sad pup though.

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Have a great day everyone!

~Maureen~

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Finished Ornaments

Hello stitchy friends,

I wanted to share with you some ornaments I have finished for my dear friend, Robin.

Robin asked me to finish these ornaments for her so of course I jumped at the chance. Thank you, Robin for trusting me with your stitching. I hope you and your recipients enjoy them as much as I enjoyed finishing them.

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I have some more to finish and I will show those in a later post.

Thanks again Robin and I hope you will trust me in the future with more of your finishing needs.

With summer winding down I will be sharing some fall stitching and believer it or not I will also have some new patterns in my etsy shop soon.

First day of school is next week. Yay!!!

Have a great week everyone!

~Maureen~

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Finishes and Antiques

Hello,

I have a few finishes to share today.

First is this sweet design by Niky’s Creations:

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This design was from the spring issue of the Punch Needle and Primitive Stitcher magazine. I made it into a small ornament. I love this little design.

This next design is a bunny by me on some fabric I dyed and also floss I dyed.

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I was just experimenting but I do like how it turned out.

Changing gears a little on a recent trip to Pennsylvania I had the pleasure of visiting this fabulous antique store:013

It was 3 floors of antique goodness. I am not sure how I had not discovered this before.

In any case I did find a few treasures:

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A few scissor frogs to add to my collection. I believe these 2 make 6. Also, a few wooden spools which I love. I could have spent an eternity in this antique store but since I was not alone I couldn’t. I am sure there was a lot I did not see. I will be sure to plan another visit the next time I visit the area.

Have a good day my friends!

~Maureen~

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My Childhood Home

Hello dear friends,

I wanted to share something non-stitchy today.

This is the house I grew up in:

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With its big backyard:

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And pool (which I almost drowned in when I was 2. LOL!)

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My parents moved out last week. I am sad thinking I will no longer drive down this street and walk through the front door or swim in the pool. There are a lot of memories in this house that I will always have with me like swimming with my friends in the summer all day long without a care in the world. As a kid that was the best summer ever.

There were lots of kids to play with and everyone knew each other. It was a great place to grow up.

The street has changed a lot over the years. All the kids have grown and moved on, people have sold and moved elsewhere, and some of the older people have passed on. Younger families  are moving in now and will give new life to the neighborhood.

A young family is moving in to my parents house and I take comfort in knowing that they will be making memories of their own just like we did.They adore the house so it will also be well cared for.

It is time to move on and let someone else make great memories.

Have a great day!

~Maureen~

 

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Boldt Castle

Hello Everyone,

I wanted to share with you this beautiful place. It is the greatest love story of all time.

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Boldt Castle in the 1000 Islands, NY. It is one of my most favorite places and after several years since my last visit, I got the opportunity to tour it again. I just LOVE it!! The Bridge Authority has been spending years restoring this beautiful castle and these pictures are the result of their hard work.

Here a few more pictures of the inside for your viewing pleasure:

Skylight

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Louise’s portrait (George Boldt’s wife and for whom the castle was being built.)

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Louise died suddenly at age 42. Unfortunately, the castle was never finished and was left to deteriorate in the harsh NY winters and vandals.

Louise’s Bedroom

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Who would not love a bedroom like this? It looks out onto the river.

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This was Madison’s favorite room!

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Dining Room

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This was the original table designed for the castle. Isn’t it gorgeous!!

Original Wood Door

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This is one of the original doors built on the castle. As you can see in the picture the hardware is hearts. This is one of the few left as some have been stolen over the years. So sad!

Entry Way

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This is the entry way from the water. In 1904 the castle was deserted after the death of Louise until 1977 when the bridge authority took it over. They have been restoring the castle room by room. The pictures don’t do justice. It is beautiful. Even all the gardens on the grounds just take your breath away

A lot of the items in the castle were in storage while the castle was being built. Since the castle was never finished the items stayed in storage until the bridge authority began remodeling.

For instance, the large the large dining room table was originally bought for the castle by George Boldt in the early 1900’s. It never made it to the castle until the dining room was rebuilt by the bridge authority. This is the case with a lot of the items in the castle today which makes all the more intriguing to me.

If you ever get up to the 1000 Islands in New York make sure this magnificient castle is on your list to see. It is well worth it.

Here is a sneak peek of something I am working on that relates to the castle. Not sure when I will have it done but I thought I would make your mouths water a little in anticipation. You’ll be the first to see it when it is done.

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12 Days of Christmas

Hello everyone,

I have an update on the 12 days of Christmas that I am stitching with Robin.

Here are 4 Calling Birds, 5 Gold Rings, and 6 Geese a Laying:

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These are so fun to stitch and I am still on track thanks to Robin.

Just to remind you these are the freebies that Plum Street Samplers offered last year.

Stay tuned for 7, 8, 9 coming soon.

Have a great stitchy day everyone!

~Maureen~

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Treasures

Hi All,

I have collected a few treasures that I wanted to share. I have mentioned before that my parents are moving from the house that they have been in for 48 years. I have been over to help them clean stuff out and have managed to save a few treasures and give them a new home.

I brought home 3 of the old mason jars:

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I love these and have a few others that my mom had given me a few years back. Hmm! What do I want to fill them with? What do you use your mason jars for?

I also brought home this small oil can:

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It’s so cute and miniature. I knew I needed to bring it home. I fear it may have ended up in the garbage if I didn’t.

I’ve saved the best for last, Raggedy Ann:

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I brought her everywhere when I was a little girl. That’s the reason for all the stains. I can’t tell you how many times she has been washed. She definitely lives up to her name, Raggedy Ann.

She now resides in my stitching chair. She keeps my chair warm for me when I am not stitching in it.

I am so glad we found her. I had been wondering for quite some time where she was.

Could be some more treasures before they move. Who knows?

Have a great week everyone!!

~Maureen~

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