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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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Tags

So I love perusing the $ 1.00 spot at Target (anyone else!) One day while perusing I found these canvas tags:

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I was thinking I will design something for the front. It could be a gift tag, an ornament, or a scissor fob.

Hmm…any other thoughts!

Hope everyone has a great stitchy day!

~Maureen~

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A Little Patriotic

Hi All,

Some patriotic stitching to share with you.

First is July 4 by The  Stitcherhood:

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I fringed the edges and put felt on the back. Added a hanger for a very simple finish. I had started stitching this design last year so I was glad to finish it up this year to hang on my tree.

Next is America by Twisted Threads:

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This design was supposed to be over 1 but I pulled out some linen from my stash and stitched it over 2. This is the result. I made it into a small pillow and it fits nicely into my cubby.

Last but not least is Liberty For All by Lizzie Kate:

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I have had this kitted up for a very long time and I am happy to say it is finished. This also looks great in my cubby and I am so glad I stitched it this year.

That’s all for today!

Happy Stitching Everyone!

~Maureen~

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Sister Stitcher

A short post today!

I have a quick finish to share. I have had this stitched for quite awhile and finally finished it. It is Sister Stitcher by The Primitive Hare:

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I just finished it as a simple small pillow and it sits with a few other pillows in my stitching room. It is a reminder of all the wonderful stitchers out there.

I hope to show you my stitching room after I get it cleaned up a bit.(Always a process.)

Have a great week everyone and happy stitching!

~Maureen~

 

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Experimenting and Stitching Bliss

Hello,

Well, I was experimenting with some scraps of linen the other day and this is the result:

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What do you think Donna? LOL! It is a little darker than I expected. That’s why I used my scraps first. Although some of these scraps are big enough to use for something.  I am using one now (more on that in another post.) I do like the orange and I have a couple ideas for that.

Next time I am going to use less dye and less time in the dye and see what happens. I may get a little crazy so watch out! The wheels are turning!

Also wanted to share that my first issue has arrived:

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Yay! This magazine is fabulous and there are so many projects that I want to do.Thank you Donna for showing it to me. I am not sure how I have lived without it. Sorry for the flash in the middle of it.

Have great stitches my friends!

~Maureen~

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Spring Finishes

Hello,

Hope everyone had a great holiday weekend and found some stitching time. I did some non-stitching things also. I made these wine charms:

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I love making these and haven’t in awhile. I found these charms at Hobby Lobby so I wanted to use them right away. Some of my friends at work have been asking for wine charms so I figure I better get some made.

I also have a few finishes to share. First is Springtime by The Humble Stitcher:

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I love this design! I coffee stained the fabric after I stitched it to give it a more primitive look and made it into a small pillow. I also filled it with walnut shells to make it a little heavier. I love how it turned out and I also loved stitching this design.

I also wanted to share this sweet little design by Priarie Schooler:

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This was on a little card and stitched up really quick. Quick to finish too. I just mounted it to a piece of black felt and done. I just love it and it looks great on my tree.

Now on to summer stitching!

What is everyone working on?

Have a great week!

~Maureen~

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