Wednesday, August 1, 2012


I decided to sit down at my desk after I was able to clear away everything!  I would love to say I am perfectly organized and everything has a place, but the reality is I am always on the go and sometimes things have to wait. If you are one of those people who has got it all together, let me say up front...I admire you (smiles).

My goal was to work with what was on my desk and this new little stash of fabric is perfect.
I love the happy colors, they make me smile
: )

This is my little piece I stitched up. I am thinking I will put it on the Grandmother quilt because it is those retro 1940's fabrics.


Also, I thought I would share the ever rotating desk menagerie'.....

New nail polish for my toes...I know it is kind of wild, but I wanted turquoise! lol! I took my daughters
shopping for school clothes and all I wanted was nail polish. (It's the little things!)

Sweet card for my Birthday from my youngest one <3

A birthday gift from a dear friend... Gaian Tarot cards. 
Let me just say they are beautiful and what I love most is that the  author adds a positive affirmation for each card.
Thank you xoxo

Note: there is a button on the lower right of this blog that links to the Gaian Tarot.

What can I say...I love Sublime Stitching. She started her business in my home town,

Lastly, this is not at my desk. It is a cross stitch that is a Yard long.
It has to be at least 20 years old. This is a picture of it after I hand washed it. First I treated the stains with vinegar, then washed it in a mild soap. Does anyone out there have an idea how I can get rid of the pink? The backing that was used was an old campaign poster that had red on it and I think that is where the pink came from.

One idea I had was to do white cross stitch over the pink, but that will not completely resolve the issue.
Also, I do not want to put too much time into this. Someone spent countless hours stitching this and I
think it is a real treasure at $4. Again, any ideas????



  1. your "begin" made me smile!
    i don't know how to get rid of the pink, i kind of like it, maybe you could go with it & paint other colors around it to surround them w/a rainbow?
    & love your turquoise toes. i've got some green around here somewhere...

    1. i forgot to say happy happy birthday!

    2. Thank you so much <3
      Painting around it is certainly one good idea (love rainbows) I was reading your thoughts it occurred to me I could cut around the pink and add newer fabric??? hmmm...something to think about.
      I wanted a really fun turquoise color for my makes me happy : )
      Hope you find your green : )

  2. Happy Birthday, Marie! The older I get the more i find that happy colors on my toes are just the ticket! I would google the pink problem. What a treasure, you can almost imagine the lady sitting in front of her TV or radio stitching...

  3. Hi Gina...thanks! : )
    I agree...the older I get the more I want fun colors on my toes, especially when I wear sandals. Yep, I will google the pink problem again. I tried the one thing I found...vinegar, but it did very little. I know I wondered who made it. I can say that I do believe it came from Mass. because the campaign poster board that was on the back of it had the state outline.
    I like to imagine what the person was like...

  4. Happy Birthday, dear Marie! I'm happy for you that you got the Gaian tarot cards because I remember that you liked them so much. :)) And the way your little cloth piece came together is inspiring and comforting somehow, too -- taking what's there and making something so sweet. Lastly, I thought, too, of using paint on that cloth but I think you could also do some applique a la Jude style or use thread as you've already mentioned. I loved reading this, it was like a good visit. xo

    1. Hi Peggy :)
      I have been thinking about applique,as you mentioned a la Jude style, and I think that could be fun.
      It would be like "stepping out of the box" for this piece. I think I will dig through my fabrics and see what I can come up with. Thank you for the inspiration :)
      When I visit your blog I always feel like I am visiting a dear friend too! xo <3
      Oh and thank you for the birthday was actually July 6 :)
      I was just showing things on my desk and the card was from my sweet young one. Actually she is almost 14 lol!

  5. Here in Oz we can buy a product called Dylon Colour Run-away, for when whites get washed with colours that run. If you have it there, it might work on this pink.

  6. Hi Nanette,

    Thank you for your suggestion. I think I have come up with a crafty alternative (which I am going to post about as soon as I upload the pictures...,
    but I will remember this product for future use. : )
    Thank you again <3

  7. Loving all the happy fabric colors and your stitching projects. Can't wait to see how they all come together. I like the pink, too...for some odd reason...Happy Birthday, sweet Marie!