Monday, November 14, 2011

Big finish, small start, and my cuties

First off, here's Ann Smith in all her glory.

Ann Smith Sampler by the Scarlet Letter
36ct Light Examplar
AVAS called for

Isn't she pretty?  (Sorry I'm a bad photographer.)




I'm so glad I stitched her!

Now I know the question is, what's next?  Here she is.


She's Margaret W. Brown by Milady's Needle.  I'm using 40ct vintage Palomino and AVAS 100/3.  It's my first time using the 100/3 -- nice stuff!


The linen color is washed out in the photos, but hopefully you get the idea.

My stitching sisters have suggested I have a Margaret sampler wall.  I may have to do that!  

I think the boy child is feeling at loose ends now that the play is over.  All this free time!  lol!  I keep telling him he needs to use that free time to do his college applications and practice for possible auditions. Hopefully he'll listen.  The boys did manage to visit another college on Friday, so that's good.  So far, the boy child has liked all the colleges we've visited.

I think Mia is very happy to have the boy child around more.


What do you think?  :D


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


72 comments:

natalyK said...

Love the pics of Mia. She loves her boy:) I love your sampler finish and new start. The colors are beautiful.

Robert said...

Ann Smith looks great Margaret! And you finished this one very fast (especially considering it has all that over one). Glad to see that you are stitching Margaret Brown as well. If you look closely at the pattern you will see my name listed as the model stitcher. It is a great little piece and will be a good one to add to the Margaret wall.

Joy said...

Beautiful finish and start. I like the idea of a "Margaret" wall. Mia and boy child too sweet.

Cristina said...

Your samplers are always a feast for the eyes!

Mia does love her boy.

Thank you for your kind words on my blog.

Sally said...

Oh wow what an amazing finish Margaret! A gorgeous new start too!

Vonna said...

Margaret is stunning, stunning, stunning! And of couse you need to have a Margaret wall!!! How cool is that?!
:)
Your sweeties certainly are sweet :) Cracks me up how Mia uses the boy child for a big mattress :) Darling!

BeckySC said...

ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!! WOW!! What a wonderful finish! Congratulations! AND you have a great start on your new WIP!!
Have a lovely week dear Margaret!

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Congrats on your finish. She's awesome! I like your new start too. Love the pics of boy child with the furbaby. Too cute!

Betty Lou said...

I always enjoy you post so much, I am such a novice stitcher but I can dream. As I have said before "Your work is outstanding."

Kim said...

Margaret! ANN! STUNNNNNING! Absolutely beautiful. I love all that COLOR! And you're correct...Mia looks perfectly pleased! ;o) Congrats on the gorgeous sampler finish. I had sworn her off because of all the over 1, but...maybe will have to rethink that! LOVEit!

Love to Stitch said...

Simply gorgeous!!!!!!! Love the colors!!!! Amazing start on Margaret......I have this one kitted up and ready to go too. Will enjoy watching ur progress on her too! Mia is always soo cute snuggled up

BrendaS said...

Margaret --
LOVE your finish! Beautiful colors!

Great new start. I love that 100/3 silk too!

Cute pictures of your son and Mia. I'm sure she's glad to have him around more to get more attention!

Have a great week

Mindi said...

You finished her! She looks amazing, and all her bright colors bring a smile to my face.

I love the new start, and I think a Margaret wall would be perfect. Too bad there aren't many Melinda or Mindi samplers out there :p

merumo said...

Congrats for Ann's finish! I ran out of the word to express how beautiful your work is, but you know I admire you! Having a Margaret's wall sounds like a great idea. I love AVAS 100/3 thread. It gives such clean look to your work, doesn't it? Hope your boy child feels better. I'm sure with a little nurse Mia, he will be fine soon!

Laurie in Iowa said...

Congrats on an awesome finish. I'm so in love with Ann Smith. You've got a good start on Margaret B. Glad you enjoy stitching with the 100/3... I wish is came in the same colors as AVAS and we could interchange the silks.
Yup... Mia is definitely keeping a paw on the boy child in hopes of keeping him home.

Annie said...

Your Ann Smith finish is just wonderful. Can't wait to see that one framed.

Love the idea of a Margaret wall!

mainely stitching said...

WOW, wow, wow!! That's an impressive finish - and I just love what you're starting now!

Edgar said...

Mia is looks sooooo comfortable!! Your finish is simply gorgeous!! - and - I am lovin' your WIP.

Deborah said...

Ann Smith is so beautiful! You are one fast stitcher. Love the new start. Mia and her boy are as cute as always.

Zlata said...

Excellent finish! So beautiful sampler!
And very nice new start! Margaret for Margaret is good idea! )))

Kellie said...

Mia loves her boy! So funny how she snuggles up to him. Ann Smith is absolutely beautiful! I love how colorful and cheerful it is. You already have such a great start on Margaret Brown. I have never seen anyone who can crank samplers out as fast as you can. :) Your lightning needle amazes me. :)
You may have mentioned this on your blog before, but I am curious... Do you stitch in hand or do you use a stand or hoop? What are your fast stitching secrets? :)

Bertie said...

Congratulations Margaret, it's a very colourful sampler now you show all and a lot of work!!
Am intrigued by your new piece because I don't know it, looks lovely so far!
Pictures tell all about son and Mia!! too funny laid out like that, LOL

Carol said...

What a beauty, Margaret!! Congratulations on another wonderful finish...

I know you'll all be relieved when your son has those college applications all finished up :)

robindefender said...

beautifule finish!

RuthB said...

Wowser!!!!!! Such beauty.... and fuzzy cuteness -- It must be hard to knw where to look first in your house :)

Penny said...

Ann is such a beautiful sampler and what pretty colors in Margaret too! I would love to see a Margaret wall. :) The picture of your son and Mia is too cute! It definitely looks like she wants him to stay put. :)

Lizzie said...

She is totally classic that Mia, love her and it's not hard to see just who is her favourite person at all...!! Gorgeous stitching as always Margaret..
take care and have great week..
Lizzie
xxx

Lene said...

Ooooh, Ann Smith is sooo beautiful! I like the brightness of the colours, and the amazing work you have done on it. Can't wait to see it framed and on your wall. Your new one looks interesting, fun to see how it progress. Your pictures of the boychild and Mia made me laugh:) So cute, both of them. Best friends, looks like.

doris said...

Oh, that Ann Smith! I love her so. I want her! If only they'd let me stitch at school.

Merry Wind Farm said...

Oh, my goodness, Margaret, Ann Smith is absolutely beautiful!! What an amazing accomplishment...
I admire how you have the entire border done on your next sampler, if I stitched the entire border first, I'm positive I would make a mistake somewhere. And you've accomplished so much on her already. Can't wait to see your progress as you work along.
Melinda

Littlebit said...

Oh my gosh, Margaret! You amaze me! Is that the one you said you stitched for me? Lol! It is beautiful. You need an Ann and a Margaret wall.
The pics of Mia on her boy child pillow are precious.

Cross Stitch Crazy Mum said...

A beautiful finish and intriguing start. Love the photos of Mia and boy child

samplerlover said...

Ann looks really lovely Margaret. Congratulations on finishing her. Mine is in my sewing basket. Every now and then I add a little bit more ot it.
Oh I love Margaret. I thought this one was really lovely when it first came out. I actually know a Margaret Brown lol. The colours in it are really lovely. - Sandra.

Cari said...

Oh Margaret...Ann Smith is OVER THE TOP beautiful. Your work is amazing. The colors in this piece are so much fun to look at. Again...AMAZING.

Of course, Mia is pretty amazing too. What will she do when her buddy goes away to school?? Love the pics of the two of them!!

Mouse said...

awwww mia is cute ... almost stole the show from the sampler finish hehehehe and wow love the new start too the colours are gorgeous :) and think you ought to have a wall dedicated to all the Margaret's :) love mouse xxxx

krayolakris said...

Yes! a Margaret wall...you should do that! Love your finish and the accents of blue. Looks like Mia is very content with her boy child!

Jackie said...

Ann Smith looks fantastic. All the bright colors work really well together. I too like the idea of a Margaret wall!

Your son looks buried in his studies and MIa looks extremely comfortable!

Faye said...

Margaret! OH MY GOODNESS~~ Ann Smith is absolutely stunning~!!! And, look how much you have done on your "new" Margaret Sampler...wow! I want to be you when I grow up...hahahahaha....Very nice job my friend!

Melissa said...

Awww, those photos of Mia on your son's back - they are just so sweet!

Congratulations on that beautiful finish of Ann Smith. She is truly stunning! I love your new start too - so pretty!

Karen said...

Beautiful samplers! I love the pics you post of the boy child and Mia...such good friends.

valerie said...

Congrats on your Ann Smith Finish! She's amazing! Love your Margaret start too. This one has been cropping up on my radar...

Chris said...

Hi Margaret!
I think that the idea of a MArgaret sampler wall would be great.
Ann is so lovely, what a beautiful finish. The new star is beautiful too, such soft colors.
Your cuties look so cozy!
HAve a great week!

marly said...

Oh Margaret Ann is so amazing. Look at those tiny over ones! Beautiful colors and so much work involved. That Mia loves your son doesn't she??

Karen said...

Beautiful finish Margaret! The colors are amazing. Nice new start too! Such a cute kitty...

happy stitching...

Cathy Lloyd said...

That Mia is just darling! Oh I love the colors in Ann! Love her and your new start!

Patty C. said...

Your work is just beautiful !!

Poussy Stitches My Love said...

oh my friend ! very beautiful stitching !!!

have a good day

Natalia said...

Margaret, so gorgeous !!!!!!!!!! I am always amazed at your speed, girl !!! You can stitch !! Love how Margaret is looking. Beautiful colors......

And This Little Pig said...

Stunning, the finish, the start and Mia
LiBBiE in Oz

Deb said...

Oh the photos with the boy and the cat are just precious! And the sampler is so gorgeous. You really are a beautiful stitcher.

Giovanna said...

Congrats on the huge finish, she's gorgeous!

Katrina said...

Ann is just beautiful, I love the bright colors!!!!! Congrats on the finish. Pretty new start too :-). Sweet pics of Mia and your son, she loves her brother ;-).

Dona said...

Ann is glorious, Margaret! Really beautiful!

Your MWB is beautiful as well. I love the color of the vase. A perfect addition for your "Margaret wall"!

Mia is too funny! She does love napping on your son's back!

Anne said...

Gorgeous finish Margaret!! Truly a stunning sampler piece! I really love the 1 over 1 bits, even though I know how hard it is to stitch that tiny!! Love your new sampler you started. And a Margaret sampler wall?? Pray tell what is this?

Mia is adorable as usual.

Michelle said...

Beautiful beautiful finish!! And I love your new start...don't you find the 100/3 silk great to stitch with? Those two sure are buddies...what is she going to do without him next year???

Melody said...

Margaret, beautiful finish on the sampler! What a gorgeous blue color throughout.

Mia does look happy to have boy child home more.. :)

jean said...

Margaret, the pics of the boy child and the cat are adorable.
Loving your stitching as always

Catherine said...

Oh Margaret - what a stunning finish!! And already so much stitched on your next piece!!

Your son and Mia look comfy cozy! They are truly great pals!

Ellen said...

Margaret,

Another beautiful finish!! I've always love Ann Smith, and seeing your photos make me want to do her even more.

And wow--look at the progress you've already made on your new sampler.

So cute to see photos of Mia and your son.

Siobhan said...

I think Mia is going to be mighty upset if the boy child decides to go anywhere far away to college!

Fantastic finish!! Ann looks great, and I love love love the start on Margaret! I do have to say, though, Margaret Pence will always be my Margaret Clooney sampler and it'll always make me think of you! ;)

Sherry said...

Wow! Double Wow! A Margaret wall is a fun idea! Mia looks right at home and cozy with the boy child! What would she do without him?

Melanie said...

Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow.
That.piece.is.stunning.
Truly. It's a knock out.

Mia is such an awesome kitty. She just lurvvvves her 'boyfriend' to pieces, doesn't she? :)

Kathie said...

love the pictures of Mia and your son, you need to print out the last one and send it to college with him next year.!
Your sampler is amazing, love the colors and just the whole design......
Kathie

Suzanne said...

Margaret, Ann looks amazing. I really love the vibrant colours in her. The new start is a pretty one.

Kerri said...

Your stitching is beautiful as always. I love those parrots (?) and the colors on this one. I am sure you will have Margaret done by the time I get this written!

Nelli said...

Wonderful!

Lois said...

Gorgeous finish and a gorgeous new start! Looking forward to watching your progress on this one. I think a Margaret wall is an excellent idea!!!

Susan said...

Margaret, I continue to be in awe of your ability to finish these big samplers so quickly and with such beautiful stitching. Ann Smith is gorgeous and this chart may be finding its way into my stitching basket soon!

Good luck with the college apps!!!

Brigitte said...

A Margaret wall, now that sounds like a plan, lol.
But I have to admit that I love the Margaret samplers you have stitched so far. And the latest is so beautiful in all her wonderful colours. I can't believe how far you already are with your new Margaret. Amazing, really.

Charlene ♥ SC said...

Oh, you must be delighted that you've stitched Ann - beautiful! and Margaret will be as well. Love watching progress... and the kids enjoying each other, too!

Lizzy said...

OH, Margaret ~ Ann Smith is AMAZING ~ I just LOVE her and the colours are gorgeous~ I have been so busy sitting here lost in awe that I forgot to leave a comment before congratulating you on another BEAUTIFUL finish ~~~ Mia is precious~~~ Blessings always in stitches...

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