Thursday, July 19, 2018


This little guy was another one of my planned starts for Maynia...I didn't actually start him in May, but he was nicely kitted and ready to go, which is half the battle for me.  So here he is, "Red St. Nicklaus" by Astor Place.
I love him - he's just so jaunty!!  The green fabric makes me quite happy (it is the last of my 30-ct. Garden State Java), and I'm going to stitch him without the rectangular border used in the original design.  Then I'm going to mount him to a triangular plywood "tree" that I picked up in the after-Christmas sales at Joann Fabric.

I also finished yet another re-purposed jewelry box - I'm up to 5 now.  I've given one to my mom, and she actually BOUGHT another one from me to give as a birthday gift to one of her friends, but that still leaves me with 3 finished boxes and at least 2 or 3 more boxes waiting my finishing corner for the right piece.  I really need to find a way to sell them....other than Mom, that is!

Wednesday, July 04, 2018

A 4th of July finish!

Lizzie*Kate's "3 Little Words" freebie
stitched on 28-ct. evenweave, my own floss choices

I finished this little piece up today, after my daughter asked me last week "why I didn't finish one thing before I started another."  Hmmm, busted...  LOL  This was one of my Stitch Maynia starts.  I had hoped it would fit in the picture frame you can see in the top of the picture, but the frame is just about a half-inch too small.  Ah well.  It is still a sweet little piece!

Friday, June 15, 2018

Kinda Like Lincoln Logs

I got this little pattern from a book my mother found at the thrift the book it was finished using popsicle sticks as a "frame."  I had some little pre-cut wood bits, so I got out my Dremel sander and made this -
Just a wee little primitive thing, but kinda cute!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Danger - Auction Ahead!

Several years ago, my father introduced me to the magic (and the frustration) of auctions.  It was right after we'd purchased our house, and needed a few things - including a decent kitchen table and a new range.  And since I'm an incurable bargain hunter, auctions were a wonderful fit.  I try to be careful not to collect things I can't use, but sometimes....well, sometimes the deal is too good and the temptation is just too much.

So last night was the college surplus auction.  I went because I saw these -
- and thought, "ooooo, perfect for the craft cave!"  (I currently sit at my counter on an old desk stool, which, while functional, is not what I'd call comfortable.)  And I got them for $1.00 (each).  Seriously, a dollar!!!  They came from the college's old nursing lab, which was recently renovated and updated.  For another dollar, I scored this - 

And then for a measly $2, one of these for the garage.
(Those are stacked 2 high, so the one I purchased is about 3 feet tall, and has a shelf inside.)

The biggest purchase I made was this little table, for $6.
It could probably stand to be refinished, but for right now, it is fine.  My daughter spotted it and said, "hey, that could be mine, to put my tablet on next to the sofa!"  My husband came to get her before the auctioneer got to the table, so I told her I would stay and bid on it for her.  I asked her how much I should spend - she said "as much as you have!"  LOL  I told her that wasn't how auctions worked, and that she needed to decide what was the most we should pay for it.  She thought for a minute, and then said, "9."  So I agreed to bid as high as $9, and maybe she'd have a table.  And I got it for $6.

I also grabbed a little jewelry display spinner (the college bookstore is also being renovated, so lots of their shelving and fixtures were up for bid) for $1.

I'm pretty pleased with my $12 haul!

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Christmas Finish in June

A sweet little kit I ordered from Sandra over at Homespun Elegance - her "Hospitality of Christmas" design released at a stitching retreat in Williamsburg a few years ago.  Obviously, I changed the date...and put my initials where "WMBG" was charted on the left side.  I also have to confess to playing with some digital photo filters on this one - my pic was really washed out! 
Still trying to decide what to do with this little guy, since he ended up being just a wee bit too big for the recycled frame I was hoping to use.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

My Attempt at a Pumpkin.

It may be an orange apple....I'm not sure.
LOL  But it IS cute, even if it isn't perfect!

I also got an email from my mother yesterday, and she found another jewelry box for me to customize with a piece of stitching.  I'm not sure what size the box is, so I'll have to wait and see if I have something that fits or if I need to stitch something new.  Pretty soon I'm going to have to find a way to sell my finished boxes, because I certainly don't need them all!

Sunday, May 27, 2018

JoAnn's is Evil.

I don't need any more starts....especially since Stitch Maynia, I certainly have enough things awaiting my attention...but when I saw this frame on the clearance shelves today, I knew exactly what it would be perfect for.
I think I've figured out that I have to stitch the pattern on at least 36-ct. (and probably 40-ct. would be best) in order for it to fit, and I don't have either in my stash, so it will be a while before this is in my project basket.  But still...evil!