Thursday, August 20, 2009

Some framing (finally!), WIPs, and birthday pic

Well, I'm way behind on my framing. I have so many pieces to frame and no money! But I did manage to get 3 done at my LNS and I picked them up on Monday. I'm so happy with them! First off, here's Charlotte Clayton, the sampler in my heading.




The frame is a really pretty green color with a bit of the rusty color on the inner edge.


Next is Lois Minshall, which I dedicated to my mother. (Sorry for the poor pictures.)




I love the frame! It looks sort of green and sort of blue. So pretty!



And finally, Dutch Beauty.




I still haven't decided where to hang it, but I sure do love it! I'm not sure why I decided to go for the frame I did, but I'm happy with it!



Stitching was reduced to a minimum over the weekend with the girl child's birthday, but I finally got some stitching in come Tuesday. I neglected Rebecca Robinson to work on the Sail Away SAL. I'm loving how it's looking! And thank you Terri, for my scissor fob! (Terri made everyone in the SAL a fob -- unbelievable!) I forgot to take a picture of it, but I love it! It's so funny -- I didn't open the package for a long time just so I could admire the wrapping. :D




Finally, I did manage to make a bit of progress on Rebecca. As you can see, I'm still mired in the fill in on the big house in the middle. But I'm getting there!



This is such a pretty piece. I'm looking forward to stitching something other than the house! lol!



In other news, the girl child wanted to go into the city for her birthday and do some shopping. So that's what we did, despite its being one of the hottest and most humid days of the summer. I think the girl child was pleased with her purchases. And I enjoyed the people watching -- along with a tiny bit of shopping of my own. Here's the only picture that got taken -- at an open pizza joint. I have no clue what the name of the place was, but the pizza was wonderful! New York pizza is the best!



(Yes, my poor father type is usually the one behind the camera. I need to change that -- I hate being in pictures.)

I hope everyone has a great TGIF Friday and an even better weekend! Thanks for stopping by!

46 comments:

Andrea said...

Oh my gosh, every single sampler you had framed is just drop dead gorgeous!! I esp. love Charlotte, she's in my stash :-)
Great progress on your Sail Away! I am almost done with week three too! I think my scissor fob that Terri sent got lost in the mail, but it was super sweet of her to do that for everyone, she's a gem!
You crack me up with how you refer to your hubby and kiddos, too cute!
Congrats on all of your great finishes!

Loraine said...

Oh my goodness how I love your samplers and the frames! So wonderful.
Your Sail Away is looking great! I'm so inspired to hurry up and get mine stitched.
Have a great day!

Jan said...

Oh they are all just dropdead gorgeous, Margaret! I love them all!! Would be so hard to pick a favorite!!

Glad girl child enjoyed her birthday celebration.

Love your progresses, Tanya is right, you do have a turbo needle, can I borrow it?

valerie said...

Great framed finishes! Dutch Beauty is stunning. I love seeing your progress pics of Sail Away and Rebecca. Happy belated birthday to the girl child!

Deb said...

Oh Margaret, your samplers are absolutely spectacular! My mouth just hung open looking at all of them. I love each and every one of them, but have to say that Dutch Beauty stops me dead every time I see it. I love all your frame choices too.

Sail Away looks wonderful and is probably a welcome respite from stitching that house on Rebecca - but Rebecca looks wonderful too.

Looks like you and family had a great day celebrating your DD's birthday. Tell her Happy Day (belately) from me.

D said...

I think it was

Brick Oven Pizza 33‎
527 6th Ave,
at 14th Street
New York, NY‎

I was just looking at it in Google Street View. What a world!

Melissa said...

Lots of beautiful stitching and framing! I like that frame you picked out for Dutch Beauty. It echoes all those little details.

You're almost done Rebecca's house! You're so quick!

Love the photos of your lovely daughter. They grow up so fast!

Vonna said...

You make it all look so effortless...everything is beautiful Margaret, just lovely, lovely, lovely :)

Laurie in Iowa said...

Your framed samplers look awesome. The gold frame is just perfect for your DB.

FayeRaye said...

You have blown me away!!!! These samplers are absolutely beautiful beyond words!! And you have a great framer!!! Keep it up because I just love to look at your blog!~ I just want to be you when I grow up!!!hahaha...Excellent job! Faye

Karen said...

Your stitching is beautiful and the frames set the samplers off perfectly! I love Charlotte and Lois; they may have to come live in my stash!

Glenna said...

What inspiring, perfectly wonderful stitching and framing. Looking at your beautiful finished works makes me want to hurry up and finish and get things framed. I loved the tribute to your daughter on the last post also.

Loretta said...

1) You have a blog!
2) You've been married 25 yrs??
3) The samplers!!!!!!!!!!!!
4.) Your kids are gorgeous!
5.) You have a blog~

Love to Stitch said...

My oh My Margaret! You have 3 GORGEOUS pieces framed-- I love the frames you chose! They are outstanding. Each one fits perfectly! I love all 3, have Charlotte & Lois, have started Dutch Beauty. A great inspiration to keep stitching!

Siobhan said...

FABULOUS framing, Margaret!! Woohoo!! I love them all but as I said to you before, I think Charlotte is my favorite. Not just because of the A&E but just everything on it. Love that big cat!

Wonderful progress on your Sail Away & Rebecca. You're going to be done with both in no time!

Love the pizza pic. :) NY pizza.... yummmm...

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Cari said...

Margaret - congratulations on such beautiful framing! Next to finishing a project, having it framed is just the most wonderful feeling of accomplishment!

And yours were some massive accomplishments! Can't wait to hear where you decide to hang them.

Rebecca is coming along nicely - try not to finish before Tanya, or she'll be so upset :-)

Enjoy your weekend - hope you get lots of stitching time.

Susan said...

All your pieces are amazing, and I really love the frame you picked for Dutch Beauty - its like its part of the pattern.

A Happy B-Day to your daugther!

Erica said...

Absolutely beautiful work!
The framing is lovely too!

Cari said...

Once again Margaret I am in awe of your work. You, my dear, are simply an over the top enabler for me!! You Charlotte Clayton is BEAUTIFUL. I'm working on her now. I love, love, love the big cats. And, of course, the other two samplers are just STUNNING. Love the frames too! They all compliment your stitching. Isn't Sail Away a fun stitch? I'm just about done with part 3 and I am loving every bit of it!! Have a great weekend and thanks so much for sharing your wonderful pieces. Hugs and Happy Stitching!!!

woolwoman said...

Oh Margaret - all your framing is so perfect - I know you are tickled to get them back and get them hung. I never tire of looking at DB - so many awesome motifs in that sampler. Love love Rebecca - I think I am going to have to add that one to stash - WOW you have sailed thru your assignments on the SAL - I am behind as usual but enjoying the pretty colors. What a fun day you had in NYC - too cool! Mel

Jane said...

Margaret,
The samplers are gorgeous, just gorgeous and I'm so inspired. I hope this doesn't sound too too nosy, but would you consider some pics of where you've hung them in your house? Do you have a sampler wall?
Keep stitching and posting!

Barbeeque4 said...

Such gorgeous samplers beautifully framed!!!

Karoline said...

All three samplers look gorgeous, great framing. Lovely progress on the other two

doris said...

Oh, too, too beautiful. I immediately emailed a link to my mom, because she has Dutch Beauty all kitted and ready. She'll be so amazed. All of your pieces are incredible.

I can't wait to get home and start stitching!

Tanya said...

They are all gorgeous Margaret!!! You should be very proud and I am green with envy! I am going to have to wipe the slobber of my chin.

Sherry said...

Wow! You have every right to be thrilled with these! The framing is lovely but only accents your wonderful job on the the stitching! You must take some pictures when you hang them! I love to see stitching walls.

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

Gorgeous framing, Margaret. Each frame is perfect for the sampler it holds. I love the Dutch Beauty frame especially - a regal frame for a really regal piece of stitching!

Glad you liked your little fob - I've got to get busy stitching - I'm so far behind in everything!

Cathy B said...

Wonderful samplers! Like you, I have quite a few pieces to be framed too! Do you have these grouped together on a wall in your home or are they scattered throughout the house?

samplerlover said...

Hi Margaret,
Wow, your 3 samplers look wonderful framed. Love them all. Lois is very special.
Your Sail Away is looking lovely and what can I say about Rebecca. It won't take you long to finish the house.
Happy Birthday to the girlchild. Looks like you all had a wonder day shopping in NY. - Sandra.

mainely stitching said...

Your stitching and framing are drop-dead gorgeous. :D And your daughter - what a lovely tribute to the wonderful woman she's becoming! Congratulations on her birthday and best wishes to all!

Lelia said...

Oh my --- your projects are beautiful & all dressed up, ready to show off ... LOL

Stitch well!

Glenna said...

Oh, my, yes, I saw Helen Kutz at Essamplaire. And about 20 others I'd like to have also! The Essamplaire's photos aren't the bets--not quite large enough to really ogle over, or I'd be in worse trouble than I am....

Rachel said...

Everything looks gorgeous! I can't believe how beautiful that Dutch Beauty is. The frame you chose is perfect.

CARole said...

What a nice surprise to find a new person comment on my blog today. I loved looking at your samplers. Dutch Beauty is gorgeous and if you want to know where to hang it, i have the perfect spot. LOL-You do beautiful work. Oh, I wanted to also tell you that I think you picked the perfect from for Dutch Beauty. I have several samplers that I did many years ago and have framed all of them in gold frames. After all that work, I think they deserve a gorgeous frame.
Carole

The Scarlett House said...

Hi Margaret, I've been meaning to leave you a comment about your samplers for days. You should be SO proud, they are truly spectacular! It's hard to pick a favorite with such unbelievable choices. Excellent framing picks, as well.
I especially love the honor and dedication to your Mother.
Well done, my friend.

Littlebit said...

Oh my, Margaret..absolutely BEAUTIFUL work AND frames!!!!!! I LOVE your Dutch Beauty, especially.

Julie M said...

Beautiful samplers Margaret! The framing is beautiful also!

Dona said...

Margaret, they are all lovely. The dedication to your mother is very sweet and I know she would be so honored. Dutch Beauty - I am speechless! What a treasure!

Sharon said...

Oh Margaret, everything is just so incredibly beautiful. I can't stop admiring them. Wow, they are going to look fabulous no matter where you put them. Happy birthday to your daughter. That pizza pic looks wonderful. Wish I was sitting there with you. XOXO

Ninnu said...

The very very beautiful frames and works you have.

Lisa said...

Your framed pieces are amazing! Sound like a great time was had in the city.

Cindy F. said...

Oh Margaret!! Your framed finishes are absolutely gorgeous!! and your frame choices are so perfect for each piece!! I'm so happy for you:)

Beautiful progress on your wips!

Happy belated birthday to your dd:)

gio162 said...

Gorgeous pieces, congrats on all of them! Nice to catch up on your recent stitching, too - wonderful stuff :-)

Anonymous said...

Your samplers are more than wonderful. It is so inspiring to look at them. Once I got the chart for Dutch Beauty, it comprises about 20 pages, so I have a good idea of the work you put into it. It is reassuring to be given evidence that it is possible to do it. Congratulations!

Michelle said...

OMG - your framed pieces are amazing!!! Especially Dutch Beauty. There are probably very few stitchers that can say they have Dutch Beauty hanging on their wall. Love that big cat on the sampler too!!