Sep 24, 2011

Sneezing & scratching

Hello everyone.  I haven't had much progress on Lucy.   The colors that I switched from alphabet to border did not work for me.  This is menobrain at work, once again.  If I didn't care for the color in the alphabet because it blended into the fabric color, why would I think it would show up in the border?  So I ripped it all out, stitch by stitch, and now have it completed with color 680.  I like it.  Haven't got to the flowers in the design yet but will follow the chart color for those.  Between scratching poison ivy (or some other ungodly punishment), my eyes dancing to a pounding head cold, and reaching for a Kleenex, I was leery of having a needle in hand lest it end up in my leg or my face.  I'm not complaining.  These maladies are nothing compared to what some women are enduring.

So here's my giveaway...

you get to choose one of my 6x8 journals, with primitive painted finish and lined paper inside.....






a dried clove studded pear, Kitchen Spice tart from Yankee Candle, mini candles from Bath & Body Works in their new fall scents (Creamy Pumpkin and Pumpkin Caramel Latte), and a blast from the past .. Line-a-Timers.


I used these for every project back in the day, and they are no longer being made.  If you've not heard of them, they are colored transparent markers that stick (from static) to your charts, books, patterns, and highlight an area, or allow you to focus on one line.   I thought of something else but my head is still a little fogged.  I can always add to it if I remember!  So if you would like this little package, leave a comment on this post only.  I will draw a name/number next Saturday.

My Stacy Nash bag has been here and there and not displayed to my liking.  So here she is now...



I wanted to hang her so decided instead of using a thin dowel rod, I cut a wire hanger to length, curled the ends up, spray painted it black, and attached one of my favorite hanging loops, leather laces.  I saw a braided hiking book lace at Wally World (Walmart) that was black and orange.  So cool for Halloween projects. 
  On my Lucy project, (here's a surprise...), I can't find my hoops.  So I'm using these large office clips and they are working great.  There's plenty of room in these clips to prevent any fold marks and they can be moved easily. 

 We finally got our stamped concrete finished.  I used the lightest wood stain - golden oak from Minwax - in a spray bottle with a fine mist to mimic the barn stone colors.  Concrete stain is costly and looks like paint.  The release they use for color when stamping is an absolute mess to clean up so we went light on that (gray) and then I used the wood stain for the brown tones.  Mr. concrete man said I couldn't do it - it can't be done - never heard of it!!  The guy was so impressed with my work that he asked if I would do this for his other customers.  Not going to happen.  I also redid the older stamped concrete brick walk with the stain and that took a very long time.  I used a sponge dipped in stain instead of spraying so as not to tint the recessed gray grout lines. 



That's it.  I'm going out with the hub on one of his wild mushroom hunts.  I'll be picking some fallen walnuts from the ground for garland, but not too many.  Wildlife need what nature is providing them more than I do.    Until next time - have a great weekend!  Thanks for reading!

45 comments:

Mouse said...

Hi Marly :) oooo hope you are feeling better soon *passing kleenx and lemsip .... would love to be entered in to your draw :0 and the stain you've done is fantastic... love your new hanger too :) love mouse xxxx

Shirlee said...

No matter what project you tackle, you always seem to make it unique. I wish I had some of that same talent : ) Please do enter me in your wonderful giveaway! So sorry you are suffering with the maladies. Get better soon! Blessings, Shirlee

Carol said...

Hi Marly

Your stitching projects always amaze me. You're soooo creative. I love your concrete staining.I would love to be entered in your fantastic giveaway, please.

Carol

Chris said...

Hey Marly!
So sorry about the poison ivy. Yuck.
I am glad that you are happy with Lucy and have found a color you like. It is so easy to put a project down when you are not happy with it.
The patio looks beautiful.
Good luck with the mushrooms!

Mindi said...

I hope you're feeling better, because I feel for you. I don't have a head cold or poison ivy, but I sure did something to trigger an allergy attack. Runny nose and crying all day long.

I love your Stashy Nash pocket, its such a beautiful design and your finishing on it is wonderful.

Thank you for doing such a fantastic giveaway.

Mindi said...

I hope you're feeling better, because I feel for you. I don't have a head cold or poison ivy, but I sure did something to trigger an allergy attack. Runny nose and crying all day long.

I love your Stashy Nash pocket, its such a beautiful design and your finishing on it is wonderful.

Thank you for doing such a fantastic giveaway.

Nan ~ Threadwork Primitives said...

Your creative concrete stain looks awesome. Looks like you found a new career :) I really enjoy stopping by your blog to read up on your happenings.
~Nan

ohiofarmgirl said...

I hope you havent drawn the names yet..sorry I am behind...please include me! Dianntha

Penny said...

You are one talented woman!!
Feel better soon -- I've had several bouts of poison ivy this summer and it's no fun.....
Please enter me in this generous giveaway!
Enjoy the rest of your weekend....

Carla said...

I'm so impressed with how much stitching you get done and staining concrete to boot! I'd love to be entered in your drawing. Hope you feel better soon.
cjherron54@yahoo.com

Margaret said...

I'd love to be entered in your giveaway! You are so creative in everything you do. How cool is the concrete and the fact that a pro wanted you to do it for his customers? And your stitching is wonderful as usual. Love how you're displaying your pear piece -- it's still one of my fave finishes of yours. Hope you're feeling better soon. I hate having a cold -- and I especially hate poison ivy!

Sherry said...

I hope you feel better soon! Allergies have hit me this season! Ugh.

Your SN bag is lovely! How creative. And so is stamped concrete! I can't wait to see more of Lucy. What a great idea to use the office clips!

Yes, please enter my name in your wonderful giveaway!

Vanessa said...

Love the job you did on the concrete, looks very authentic. I am a stone fanatic, so I appreciate a good looking job. I would love a chance at your great giveaway, and hope you are feeling better soon.

Frances said...

Sorry to hear about the poison ivy--it makes me itch to think about it!! Your concrete is beautiful! You could go into business with that! You'd make $$!! Thank you for a fun giveaway--I'd love to be entered!
fnelson1@comcast.net

Ginny said...

I'm a relatively new reader of your blog, and Marly, you are such a hoot! Now, perhaps I shouldn't say that, but you have such a way of making light of your infirmities, which strikes a chord with me because that's what I've tried to do as I've coped with my husband's serious medical conditions over the past six years. I recently had a food processor accident (fingers vs. blade, guess who lost), and several people found it really funny how I told my story. Anyway, I digress. I would love to be entered in your giveaway! Love your Stacy Nash bag, what a creative way to display it.

Denise said...

I really like the concrete project!
You are having a very unique giveaway, please enter me.
Hope you are feeling much better.

Joy said...

Gosh, hope you feel better soon. Keep at Lucy, you will love her when you get a little more stitched.

Those journals are awesome. Hope it's not to late to enter your giveaway.

Concrete man is a man...what did he know? Looks great.

Carol S said...

Great look on your concrete, & beautiful stitching, as always. Wild mushrooms sound yummy! Please include me in your giveaway entries.
Carol S

carolannei said...

So glad to hear you've got a BIG sampler started - looks great! I love my Lucy. Your concrete is wonderful too - so aged looking (you can do most anything you set your mind to - great). Feel better and thanks for your nice comment on my WebShots. Would love to be entered in your giveaway too. Enjoy the weekend.

Solstitches said...

I never heard of stamped concrete.
There seems to be no end to your creativity!
I love, love how your finished Stacy Nash piece looks. Mine has almost turned UFO as it is a long time since it was out of the project bag.
I feel inspired all over again but have a long list of commitment stitching to finish first.
Hope you are feeling better.
Margaret

Viola di Nebbia said...

So Lovely... *.*

Linda said...

A giveaway to yearn for! I love the journals, the fragrances...
Hope you are feeling better soon. The SN bag is precious. I'm working on a piece by her right now.

rx2massey said...

Line A-Timers look like a handy item!

pjrusty122 said...

I know! I know. I never leave comments!!!! But I'm soooo badddd. Please enter me,me,me in your giveaway. LOL. Hope your feeling better,and I love what you did with the cement to match your stones. Fa bulous. MD appointments were all routine.(answer from email.I am still bummed so bad about Robinsons. Hope I win!! patti(pjrusty)

Suzanne said...

Sorry to hear you have been unwell and uncomfortable. I love how you chose to hang your Stacy Nash bag, it really looks great this way. What an awesome job of the concrete you did!

Simple Pleasure said...

I do hope you will feel better soon. I think a good blast of cool weather will help us all...I'm dealing with seasonal allergies.
Please enter me in the giveaway.
Busy Hands...Happy Heart
Patricia

dq said...

great giveaway and would love to be included
bogfairy@yahoo.com

Joanie said...

Feel better! Scratching and sneezing, who's mad at you to give you this double whammy?
Love your pieces and I love your stained concrete! I wish I knew that secret last summer when I was fighting with my contractor over the stone on my front porch. Love your stitching too!
Give me a chance for your giveaway too!

Siobhan said...

I'll share my box of tissues with you. :P~~ Ugh--I think it's the time of year for head colds! Sorry about the poison ivy! I hope you're feeling better soon.

The stain looks wonderful! Love the pocket, too.

Cindy said...

Love your stained concrete...great job! Your stitching and ideas are so cool....hope you feel better soon :D

Anonymous said...

Hello from Kentucky! I love reading your blog posts! Menobrain is certainly a good term for whatever happens to your brain at this point in life!! I would love to be entered into your drawing. Thought of you this weekend when I looked at the pears. Wondered if I could be as creative as you. Hugs to you - kelley

tesisto said...

Love all your projects - journals are wonderful & have been wanting to do the clove spice pears. Your giveaway is great - thanks for the chance to win it. Feel beter soon.

Edgar said...

Get to feeling better soon!!! The concrete is just beautiful! I LOVE the SN pocket! Please enter me in your super drawing! Thx - edgar

Amy aka: ropergirl3 said...

Your concrete looks fabulous! I would very much love to be entered into your giveaway, more than generous!
Amy

The Inspired Stitcher said...

You are just so creative! What a great way to solve a problem. The concrete looks great too. I'll keep my fingers crossed that I might be the lucky one.

Anonymous said...

If it's not too late I'd love to have my name thrown in the hat for one of the 6 x 8 notebooks.

Ann from Kalamazoo

samplerlover said...

Hi Marly, sorry to hear that you have been ill. We don't have Poison Ivy here, but it sounds horrible. Hope you feel better soon. I have been stricken with a bout of Whooping Cough which isn't the nicest thing to get.

My goodness you are so clever. I love your journals. They look really lovely and Stacy's piece looks lovely in it's new home. - Sandra.

O.Tracie said...

Hope you are feeling better soon! Your journals are amazing. I have been looking for something like that for quite awhile! I'm so glad I found your blog! I have you saved in my bookmarks!

Carol said...

I'm always amazed at how much you get done, Marly--whether it be stitching or projects around the home... Not sure which I'm more impressed with--your beautiful bag or that handsome stained concrete!

Your giveaway is so very generous--of course I would love to enter. Never heard of a Line-a-Timer, but it sure looks handy. Thanks for the chance...

Patty C. said...

Your Stacy Nash bag is lovely
You always have interesting finishing techniques - Very unique - Great colors

Please include me in your Giveaway - Your journals are just as lovely as your other projects

Starry-eyed stitcher said...

Hi Marly, you have some lovely work here, quite unique as Shirlee said.
I would love to be entered in your draw, but I won some fabric last time, so I don't mind missing out if you have a lot of entries. Love Irene xxx

Laine said...

I have just stumbled upon your blog and am putting it in my favorites. Sure hope your itching and cold is gone. I seem to have gotten you cold. Have Kleenex boxes all over the house. Love the ones with lotion in. Hope I am not too late for your drawing.

lsandes@comcast.net

Sharon said...

I found something like the line a minders at a stitching store in my town. Store is called Gittas, just anyone wants to know....You can google it.
I have no connection to Gittas, if one store can carry them though, most others could.
I cant find the package but I believe they are called static highlighters.
Sorry, I couldn't give anymore info.
Sharon

Patty C. said...

I am so excited
I have to go and email you now
Thank you so very much ;)

Grillosnvp said...

I do hope you will feel better soon. I think a good blast of cool weather will help us all...I'm dealing with seasonal allergies. Please enter me in the giveaway. Busy Hands...Happy Heart Patricia

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