Monday, April 4, 2011

One day at a time

That's how I'm feeling.  With my stitching and with the boy child's activities.  Stitching-wise, I have to say I'm quite enamored with Ann Grant -- despite my mind also dreaming about other projects I want to get to. Here she is so far.


I even did one verse of over one stitching, and it wasn't that painful either!  (One more verse plus the attribution to go.  Sigh.)


The motifs on Ann are so much fun.  Too bad the birds are such dull colors.



Here's my TUSAL report for April's new moon.  I do love seeing all the colors inside!


(Background provided courtesy of Kleenex (registered trademark).)

The boy child has been so busy with hs musical rehearsals that he's hardly been home.  And last week, the father type was away all week on a business trip too.   So poor Mia was quite forlorn, missing her menfolk.  She was always so happy when the boy child came home late at night.  I grabbed some pics of the boy child doing one of his favorite things with Mia.  (Note the expression on Mia's face in the first pic.  lol!)


I'm not sure this is one of Mia's favorite things to do with the boy child, but the boy child loves it.  lol!



Just one more week for the hs musical!  Shows are Friday and Saturday.  Then the boy child will just have NYSSMA audition preparation, SAT prep, his orchestra rehearsals and concert, jazz (they're going to a festival this Friday, day of the first musical show too), and other things I'm probably forgetting.  lol!  Argh!  Somehow I don't think college visits are going to happen till the summer.

Thanks as always for stopping by and saying hi.  I hope you have a great week!

48 comments:

Bertie said...

Great progress Margaret, I just looked at a small version of Ann on the Shakespeare site, also lovely with the house:))and not so big LOL.

Annie said...

Ann Grant is looking great and does look like fun to stitch. Always annoying when the cute motifs aren't popping the way you want them to, but I like the subtle look here.

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

Unbelievable progress, Margaret! She is a beauty and you do have to wonder, with all the pretty colors, why she picked such dull (eh-hum, boring) colors for the birds. They remind me of a couple of the birds in Elizabeth Savilles. No matter though, the rest of the color is gorgeous! Mia and the BC are so cute! Good luck to him with all his activities!

Laurie in Iowa said...

You're making great progress on Ann and she's looking marvelous. I wish those birdies had a bit more color too.
Yikes... the boy child has a jam packed schedule. Makes me tired just reading all he has going on.

Catherine said...

Oh, she's pretty!! Great pics of the boys with Mia - so cute! Crazy schedule here too - only with baseball and not much stitching! Have a great week!

Anonymous said...

Oh, Margaret, Ann Grant is so beautiful!! You have made great progress on her. Blessings to you - kelley

Deb said...

You are making such wonderful progress on Ann, Margaret! I've barely touched mine but have to get back to it soon. I've just barely started compared to you! The colors are just so pretty, aren't they, but I have to agree with you on the birds - I'd like a little more color in them

Love the pictures of your son and Mia. I have to say that she seems to just be smiling now that he's around to play with her.

Good luck with the hectic schedule. I feel your pain! :o)

BrendaS said...

Great progress on Ann Grant. I just love the colors.

Cute pictures of your son and Mia:)))

The French Bear said...

Wow, you are amazing, I do love the border....you are doing so great! I think the birds are okay, she could have chosen brighter colors....it will all work out in the end!
That boy child is busy busy isn't he...what do you feed him, he is growing so fast!!!
Kisses to sweet Mia, she is so pretty and growing too!
Hugs,
Margaret B

merumo said...

What a great view! My eyes are glued on her pics!! Lovely progress :)))

Sherry said...

Ann is just beautiful! You are making unbelievable progress! Mia looks so happy to see the BC.

merumo said...

I'm back again! lol I can't believe you are XXXing at over one area, too!!! (I just do /// over one for 40ct.) I'm also planning to stitch her on 40ct fabric and thinking if I can do XXX over one with that? Veeeeeery inspiring. Mia must be keeping you motivated very nicely :)

Erica said...

WOW! Ann is just looking great! Those colors really pop!
Very cute Mia photos!

Michelle said...

Ann is gorgeous! You are moving along so fast on her (as usual!). I love the colors in her, the birds give your eyes a bit of "rest" from the bolder colors. Glad you are getting closer to some of his committments being over with. You'll be so relieved when summer comes!

Ellen said...

You are absolutely amazing, Margaret!! Another beautiful sampler!! You sure know how to pick them.

I always look forward to checkingout your blog to see what masterpiece you are creating.

valerie said...

Awesome progress...you're speeding along! I am in love with the eyelet alphabet! The colors are quite vibrant. Mia has gotten big! She is so cute. Hope all works out with the Boy Child's busy schedule.

Love to Stitch said...

You are like lightning! Excellent progress on Ann, she is so beautiful. I do want to know, what is with all this over 1 on these samplers we all love??!!!!!! We are addicted :)

marly said...

Holy cow Margaret - you are quick! Ann is looking wonderful. I had a hot flash when I read about the over one part. But sooner or later, I'll be doing the same. Maybe.

Siobhan said...

Beautiful progress, Margaret1 I'm always amazed at how much you get accomplished in a week. I just love the colors in Ann. Great pics of a kitty and her boy. :)

Cari said...

Oh Margaret, your Ann Grant is simply divine. I am always AMAZED at the speed and expertise of your stitching. Just beautiful. And, of course, I love the pics of Mia and the BC. Thanks for sharing!! Hugs

Daffycat said...

*squee* Ann Grant is sooo beautiful, Margaret!

Lovely ORTs to share and I really like your tissue box, lol!

sampler lover said...

Ann is looking wonderful Margaret. I am really enjoying working on her. Yes, I agree with you on the birds. They sure aren't that colourful but because she is such a beautiful sampler, I will forgive her lol.

Lovely photos of BC and Mia. Yes BC is growing up into a lovely young man. His busy schedule will work out fine. If he is doing something that he enjoys doing, it isn't a problem - Sandra.

Jackie said...

Ann Grant is beautiful! You always seem to have a flying needle!

Mia looks perfectly happy to be hanging from your son's hands. The other pictures looks like she might be smacking him!

Melissa said...

You are just zipping along on Ann Grant! She looks beautiful!

Your boy and Mia - what a cute combination!

mainely stitching said...

:D Love the boy and kitty pics. :D

Cathy Lloyd said...

Ann is just looking so fabulous! I can totally see why you are enjoying this stitch! Love the pics of Mia and the boy child! Hopefully you all can get through the week...just one day at a time!

Glenna said...

Ann is so glorious, and you are making such quick progress on it--it makes my head spin. How cute is little Mia and your dear BC?

Berit said...

Wow! Beautiful progress, and busy times. :)

Natalia said...

Margaret, look how much more of Ann you've stitched in a week !!! You are so efficient. It is looking great and I look forward to seeing it finished :-)
Great pictures of Mia and your boy !!

marylin said...

Oh how wonderful Margaret Advanced! it's amazing how fast you are stitching! I found the birds very pretty and the colors are fabulous! I assure you! Mia is adorable and your son had to miss it! animals are so endearing! I wish good luck to your son for his music! You understand that I link a lot more since I go through the translator!
I always admire your work as much, and I'm very happy of our friendship,
marylin

Sylvia said...

She is such a lovely girl, your Ann. The colors are just fabulous.

Mia always manages to crack me up.

Your son is so busy! I don't know how you keep up.

krayolakris said...

Great progress, your Ann is beautiful! Love the pics of Mia & her boy!

Nicole said...

Oh wow Margaret!!!!! You have gotten so much done on Ann!! I'm so impressed! Ok, I really want to finish up Sarah and get back to Ann now!! Gorgeous progress! Great pics of your son and Mia! :)

Katrina said...

Ann is just gorgeous!!!!! I can't believe how much you've got done.

Jan said...

Boy Margaret, you are cooking with Ann!! She is lovely, and I really do need/want to stitch her.

I always love seeing your pics of Mia and the boychild...you can definitely see the kinship exposed in pictures!:) Hope he does well with all of the year end activities!!! And praying that you survive!:)

Giovanna said...

Wow, terrific progress - Ann is a beauty!

Carol said...

Ann Grant is growing into a great beauty, Margaret :) Really lovely work, as always!

You always amaze me with the amount of stitching you get done in a week--it would take me months to complete a project this size!

Valerie said...

Ann is just lovely! I too love motif samplers. They are fun to stitch, in my opinion, because before you get bored you are finished and on your way to stitching another!

woolwoman said...

that is some kind of busy schedule Margaret - I don't know how you find the time to get that much stitching done but Ann sure is looking lovely - what a pretty sampler with your usual perfect stitching! YGG - Mel

Suzanne said...

What amazing progress you have made on Ann. It's funny, but when you are really enjoying stitching on a piece, even the over one doesn't seem so bad.

Rhona said...

Great progress on your stitching, it's looking fabulous!
Wish I had the energy the kids have to do all their activities!I get tired just doing the driving!Love the pics of your son with the cat...adorable!

Jean said...

Beautiful colors.. you can tell that child hates that cat, lol!

Karen said...

Margaret, your Ann Grant is absolutely stunning. I love the colors in it. You must have jet-propelled needles -- you're my hero!

pat said...

just adorable sampler !
Pat

Kathie said...

beautiful work I am always in awe everytime I visit your blog. A beautiful sampler.
ah spring time music events was always stressful around here timewise...feels odd not having them this year....
good luck to him, college visits will be fun make sure you make a list of cross stitch, quilt shops near the colleges he wants to visit !
Kathie

Kim said...

Ann Grant is beautiful!!! You get so many things done!! Love the pics of the boy child and Mia, she looks like she is smiling as he holds her!! SWEET!!

Lois said...

Well doesn't Ann look lovely - great progress Margaret! I'm thinking the birds will likely work well in the grand scheme of the whole piece. Good luck to the boy child!

Karoline said...

Ann is looking stunning, great progress