Tuesday, June 30, 2009

A finish, a WIP, and my baby girl is home!

So this is the project I picked up for a quick finish -- The Tulip Garden by Goode Huswife. I used Belle Soie and DMC on 40ct light examplar.

I was going to take more pictures of it, but I couldn't get any clear ones so I gave up.

Then I had problems. I picked up Sailor's Wife by the Sampler Company, but I wasn't happy with the conversion I was using so I put it aside for now. Next I picked up Fruit of the Spirit by Plum Street Samplers (told you, Paulette!). And I love it. :D

The colors aren't coming out correctly at all. It's on 45ct vintage Sand Dune. Sure looks like it, doesn't it! lol! I'm using the called for NPI and Threadgatherer silks.

I'd picked up the 45ct vintage Sand Dune so I could copy Tanya from The Scarlett House on Sarah Hartley, but I gave up on that idea when Tanya mentioned all the over one on that piece. Of course, this has a bit of over one as well, but not half as much as Sarah Hartley! Thank goodness! See those little birds by the bird house? They're over one. And there's more to come. I'm using tent over one for the over one part. The 45ct is fun to use, but I think I like 40ct better. Sarah Hartley will definitely be on 40ct!

In other news, my girl child is finally home from Spain!!! Yay!!!! We went to pick her up Saturday evening from JFK, and I was cursing all the way there -- there was tons of traffic. I decided that it was because of a baseball game at the new Citifield stadium, and I was right! Thank goodness we left for the airport when we did or we would have been late! As it was, we got there after the plane landed, but way before the plane "docked." We had to wait a good long while till the girl child finally walked out of customs, but then finally, there she was, looking so grownup and lovely. And of course with that huge smile!

It was so good to see her, to hug her, to have her around us again! And it still is!

(Yes, I cut myself out of the picture. That's my arm. Hee hee! Thanks for the pictures, father type!)

So we're all home now -- except that the boy child is next door sleeping over and the father type is at work. You know what I mean though. No more Spain! It's great!

Now for the looooooooong summer. lol! Already life is more interesting with two teenagers plus a boyfriend to worry about. And stitching time? I never have as much during the summer. Ah well, it's worth it! :D

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great week -- and a new month! And for those of you watching Wimbledon -- go Federer! Go Murray! I'm for a Federer- Murray final myself. :D


doris said...

Wow ... over one on 45-count. I feel that I should bow to you. It looks fabulous, and I think I'm gonna have to try 45.

Congrats on having your little girl(not really little anymore) home. It's always nice to know they're home, even if they're being "interesting". :)

Siobhan said...

Wonderful finish, speedy gonzales! Your Tulip Garden looks great!! Love your WIP, too. Over one on 45 ct. You rock. I'm so glad your baby girl is home again, I know you are much more content now. :) Great pics of the kids!

karenv said...

I love your finish Margaret, that's a lovely design!

Glad that your daughter arrived home safely! Enjoy your summer with your family :)

I'm hoping for a Murray/Federer final too, although yesterday's match was too close for me LOL!

Deb said...

Wow, wow, wow Margaret. I can't believe that you have another finish! I love it. And you're so brave to be working on 45 count especially the over one part. I'd go cross-eyed and blind, for sure!

Glad to hear that your daughter is back home again. I'm sure she had a wonderful time in Spain. My son is going next summer and I'm afraid to let him go - I'm going to miss him so.

Cari said...

Too funny, I am headed home this evening to begin work on the same PSS project. My NPI Silk arrived yesterday evening. I can't wait to start on it and after seeing yours, I am even more anxious :-)

So glad that your daughter arrived home safely.


samplerlover said...

Hi Margaret,
Your Tulip Garden is beautiful. I love the little man in it and what a great start on your Plum Street Sampler. It is looking wondeful.
I am glad the girl child is now safely home. I am sure she had a wonderful time in Spain. Did she bring you anything nice back lol.
My middle son has come home for a weeks break. It is nice to have him home for a little while.
Enjoy your summer and the tennis. - Sandra.

Vonna said...

I absolutely love your finish Margaret :)
And I"m so glad that your baby is home...golly, I don't like this growing up bit....I hope mine stay still for awhile!

Shannon said...

Both of these are lovely.

Cari said...

Love your finish, your WIP and glad your baby girl is home from Spain. It's always good to hug isn't it? My granddaughter will be here tonight from Chicago for two weeks!! Can't wait to get my arms around her too! And what's with the over 1 on 45 count?? !!! You are simply the BEST stitcher. AWESOME. Have a great holiday weekend!!

Melissa said...

Wow, lots and lot of lovely stitching. OK. I'd thought 40 count was ridiculous but 45? 40 is the new 32 right? ;-)

Love the Tulip Garden. I don't have that one but I have the one with the woman (still to stitch).

Nice to have your girl home and now and great family summer!

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

OMG! I can't imagine working on 45 count - 40's bad enough!! It is looking beautiful!

I love TGH Tulip Garden - really pretty - I'll have to stitch that one of these days.

Love the pics of your kids and your daughter looks just as happy to be home as you are to have her home!

Jan said...

YAY RAH for the girl child arriving back home safely and with that beautiful smile! I know how much you have missed her!!

That is going to be so awesome, I love that project, it has the cutest little details to it. You are brave, to do that over 1 on 45 count, good call to use the tent stitch. Can't wait to see more! That is a lovely little finish, although not so little, but little to you I know! LOL

Love the pic of your kiddies together!

mainely stitching said...

Hooray that your daughter is home! :D And wow on the 45 count. Yikes. 40 count is stretching it for me. 35 count, depending on the manufacturer, is just right. :D

Anonymous said...

Congrats on the lovely finish... and what a great new start!

Karoline said...

Congratulations on a great finish, it's lovely.

I'm hoping for a Federer/Murray final too :)

The Scarlett House said...

Glad to know that the baby girl is home safe and sound. I still worry about my kids when they travel, and they are much older than her!
Now that Sarah Hartley is behind me, I can admit that it was a challenge at times, and truthfully, I didn't always enjoy stitching on the 45ct. That color fabric was really hard to see. I wasn't about to let it go unfinished though, yea...hear me roar, lol!
I love Paulette's design. Thanks a bunch, now I have to do it, too.

Cindy F. said...

OH MY GOSH!! Wish my eyes could handle over one on 45ct.! I know that is gorgeous!

Congrats on your beautiful finish and your dd coming home!!

Sherry said...

Yea! I am so glad everyone is home safe and sound! Your new finish is wonderful and I just love that WIP!

woolwoman said...

WHOA - no 45 ct for me LOL but your little PSD is just gorgeous! Love the tulip one too. I'm just curious about the Sailors Wife conversion you said you didn't like - can you email me the details?? linen color did not go with silk choices or what? I have this to start and am gathering up the silks now. Hope you enjoy having all the activity around your house this summer with the kids home. Melody

Anonymous said...

The tulip garden is very sweet as is these others. I saw this chart going for something like $40 on ebay this week.

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Yuko said...

Hi Margaret,
Thank you always for your lovely comments on my blog, and sorry that I hadn't have chance to left you comments much...

Your finished piece by Good Huswife is wonderful, I like the design so much!!

And your daughter is SO CUTE!!
Have a lovely weekend all together!


cindy said...

Your Tulip Garden is wonderful.How do you finish so many stitches so rapidly!!

I am so happy to hear your daughter is back and beaming from her trip.

Thanks for stopping by my blog.


Annemarie said...

I can imagine you being thrilled to have your girl back home with you!
Sorry, did you say 45 count? Surely you must mean 35 count? And if you do really mean 45 count, well... Excuse me while I breathe into a paper bag for a while.

Brigitte said...

What a beautiful finish. Congratulations! And you have some great WIPs on the go.
Enjoy the time with your daughter. Mine will get home next Sunday after I haven't seen her for a year. I'm already very excited ...