Monday, December 24, 2012

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Oh So Funny!

A good laugh.... worth it!
; ) 
Click on it!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

They're Here! Finally, right?

Fiiiinally ready!

Better late than never, right? It's not Christmas yet

Still plenty of time to pull up your favorite stitching chair to your TV with your favorite movie and stitch ALL night! ooooor Stitch under a cozy lap blanket by the fire while listening to your favorite Christmas carols!  Add some hot chocolate or eggnog for best results! ; )

Oh, yes, there's still time.

While you run around enjoying the festivities and Christmas spirit... remember to treat yourself... and treat yourself WELL! 
; )

Happy Pre- Holiday Craziness My Friends! Enjoy! ) ~ M

BOTH Available here: 

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Christmas is coming!

Christmas is coming!!!
Here's a sneaky peek at 2 new Christmas designs in the works 
(more to come after that, I hope).  
IF I can get my shopping and cleaning and cooking done 
(family is also coming!)
I hope to finish these off this week! 
 ; )  ~ M

A companion to my Halloween "Spell Shelves", 
this is my Christmas "Elves Shelves" ; )

AND... a tribute to the annual untangling 
of the big ball of Christmas lights! ; )

Friday, October 19, 2012

Amazing colors of fall!

I've been swept away...
my yard is a wonderland of color! 

= )

Thursday, October 4, 2012

New Design!!!!!!!!!!!

    Hello! Hello! Hello!

    Hope you are well!

    I have a new pattern ready,
    this one has 2 designs in 1!
    One for Halloween
    and one for Christmas!

          = )

    I LOVE the holidays!
    So many traditions... 
    happy memories...
    what are your favorite holiday traditions?

Available here:

and here:

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Published... again! Happy. Happy. Happy.

I'm so very excited to announce that I have another design published, this time in the Just Cross Stitch 2012 Special Christmas Ornaments Issue!

See there in the second picture... #3

Last time was the 2012 Halloween Issue... and now Christmas! 

Wow, I'm so honored as these are my 2 favorite magazines on the planet! I've collected them for years. 

 I am stunned and amazed to be included in this magazine with such amazing designers as Blackbird Designs, Lizzie Kate, Plum Street Samplers, The Prairie Schooler,  La-D-Da, The Workbasket, oh... I could go on and on and on... so humbled... these are some of my absolute favorites!

So if you haven't gotten them yet... run out and find yourself a copy of both. You won't be disappointed!

~Maria (on cloud 9 =)

PS - A special thanks to Faye for the lovely finishing work!

Friday, September 14, 2012


Hello and Boo to you!

I wanted to offer my older freebie
 "Boo" as several folks have asked about it. 
So... here  ya go....

I stitched this fella in DMC 310 (black) 
but you could stitch him any way you choose. 
He is 35 stitches wide and 43 stitches high... 
just perfect for a pin keep, Halloween 
card, ornament, anything. 

Click on the picture to email me to request 
the free Boo PDF pattern! = ) 

I'd love to see and share any pics of finishes!



Thursday, August 30, 2012

New design in my "eXpressions" series! = )

Hello my friends!

With my daughters back in school, cooler temps (downright chilly at night!) and even the beginnings of leaves 
turning red in my yard, I've been thinking of fall!

As promised I have my newest "eXpressions" series 
design done and ready.

Here is.... Taaa Daaa.... "eXpressions: Thanksgiving" !!!

What do you think? I'd love to see you all make these into ornaments, holiday cards, pinkeeps, etc. be creative! If you do, please send me photos of your finishes so that I can 
share them and we can all marvel at them!

Available here:

or here:

Thanks, and enjoy the changing seasons!  = )
~ M

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Here's another one!

Another Halloween design is ready! I just LOVE stitching Halloween designs, don't you? I still have one or two more in the works as well as a new design in my "eXpressions" series, this one will be Thanksgiving.

Hope you like 'em! 
: ) ~M
Available here:

or here:

Friday, August 10, 2012

Halloween Fun!

Hey all! It's almost fall!

They're here! My 2012 Halloween designs!

Not much longer now... cooler crisp fall days with leaves crunching under your feet, pumpkins all decorated and glowing, hot apple cider, candy corn... I can barely wait! Especially since I "slept" through last October!

So, happy (upcoming) fall y'all!  : )  ~M

PS - There are a few more in the works if I can get them done in time! Have you ever noticed that there's never enough stitchin' time?

Available Here:
or here:

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

I'm Back! : )

Hello my friends!

I'm back up and running. Finally. Second computer virus of the summer has been repaired!

While it was down, I was able to squeeze in a short recharging trip to one of my favorite places on earth, Lakeside Ohio. 

I just LOVE the water and was blessed to spend some time with my family, float on some waves, eat a ton of ice cream, and, of course, get some stitching done.

In the next day or so I will have some Halloween designs ready so stay tuned!

~Smiles~  : )


Tuesday, July 10, 2012


Hello! I just wanted to let everyone know that I might be MIA for a bit.... I got the dreaded computer virus that was all over the news. If anyone is trying to reach me, please be patient, I'll be in touch ASAP... And hope to talk more to you all soon! ~M

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

~ SIGH~.... of Happiness!!!!!! : )

 Hi Y'all!

After 5 days... and temps very near 100 degrees for those 5 days... my power is finally back on!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Soooooo happy!

On a sad note - Friday - the catastrophic storms that hit much of the eastern US - came through my small neighborhood. I'd never seem anything like it, trees bent sideways.... 100 mile an hour winds... and lightening everywhere - many trees down...and once again the tornado sirens went off scaring my girls quite badly! 

On a bad note... Power went out... and stayed out for a loong time. Friday to Tuesday. Temps were (are) an unbearable near 100 during the day... 80's at night. Had to throw away 3 trash bags of food from my very warm fridge since I had just gone shopping.  Bummer! : (  Whole town was/is under a boil order and all stores were out of bottled water and ice.  (at least now we CAN boil the water)

On a good note - there was one night of candle light, cooler temps and a portable battery powered DVD player with my hubby & daughter where we watched "Apollo 13" (man, those guys had it bad!) and ate pringles. 

On a funny note - it took me 4 days to stop trying to turn on the light switch every time I entered a dark room - which was every time I entered a room! 

On a happy note - it's back on!!!!! Sooo happy. Thanks to all of you who left lovely comments and if I've received emails from you... I'll be in touch soon. Working my way down the list and trying to get caught up.

I never realized how much I love my 'lectricity... but I do! I'll try to remember to be grateful from here on out!

Hope you all are doing well, staying cool, and enjoying some electricity! I'm off to do a few (hundred) loads of laundry!

: )


Wednesday, June 27, 2012

2 new designs!

Hello my Friends!
I hope this post finds each of you well and happy!
Sorry to be missing for so long... but...
I'm happy to say that I've been able to finish 2 new designs in the 
last week while hosting my sister-in-law & niece in town 
from Orlando...while ALSO moving my 19 year old daughter 
into her first house. 
Happy and Sad at the same time - 
but my stitching has always been a great comfort!
She's settled in & happy & I'm already stitching new 
designs & happy!
Hope you like 'em! 
: )
 ~ M
Available Here:

and Here:

Saturday, June 9, 2012


I've just discovered that the new "Just Cross Stitch" 

 Halloween Issue has one of my designs in it!

Top Left "Spells!"

Sooooooooooo excited!  : )

Monday, June 4, 2012

There I go again!.... : )

I swear that I have been stitching and I do have some new designs in the works... coming very soon... but I watched this & I laughed so hard... well... I won't tell ya what I almost did... but good thing I wasn't drinking milk!

The quality stinks... but it sounds oh so familiar!

Tee Hee Hee. 
Laughter is good for the soul!
Watch it when you get a minute!

: )

~ M

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

2 New Designs!

They're here! WooHoo....
2 New designs....

"My Magic Needle"


Available Here:
and here:

Enjoy!  : )

Saturday, May 12, 2012