Monday, December 19, 2011

I love Noah and Nicholas Mosse -- and mail!

The model stitching is done for now.  And so is Noah.

Noah's Stocking by CHS
40ct. Lentil

I know, I know, he's not finished into a stocking yet.  I have to think on that.  lol!

(Don't you like the sunrise on Noah?)

Love that ark!

And how cool is that alligator?  (Or crocodile.)

I also have been showered with prizes and gifts lately.  Christ of Tot Hill Farm Stitches gave me this lovely chart of Jane A. Jackson.  Thank you, Chris!  I love it!  (I took the chart out of the plastic to avoid the glare.)

RuthB of The Musing Badger sent me this wonderful prize of a cache of fibers. 

There are a slew of Gentle Arts fibers, a slew of Belle Soie silks, a couple of Waterlilies silks, a few Carrie's Creations, and a Needle Necessities.  All so pretty too!  Thank you, RuthB!

And BeckySC of Beckybee's Stitching Hive sent me this lovely gift out of the blue.  I was so surprised and touched.

It's a beautiful wooden box with Becky's lovely stitching on top.  Thank you so much, Becky!  You are so sweet!  I will treasure this forever!

A blogging friend asked me the other day to show off my Nicholas Mosse pottery collection.  Her sharp eyes spotted a few pieces on the table for our Thanksgiving feast, and she asked to see more. 

Well, I've been collecting Nicholas Mosse Pottery for years and years.  In fact, the pictures of my collection I'm going to show you are from quite a few years back.  I took them back when the boy child was in middle school and had braces.  (Yes, that's the boy child.  lol!)

Isn't he cute?  Oh yeah, and that's my pottery collection.  A bit much, huh?  I'm very good at collecting through the years.  lol!

I've added one or two more pieces since those pictures were taken.  But we'll ignore that fact.  lol!  I'm a devoted fan of Nicholas Mosse, in case you couldn't tell.  We always use my dishes for the holidays of the year.  The kids look forward to choosing which plate they will use.

Sorry for the long post.  I just had a backlog of things I've been meaning to post about so I thought I'd do it in one fell swoop.

Thanks as always for stopping by and saying hi.  I hope everyone has a wonderful week.  And many wishes to everyone for a Happy Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah, or whatever you might celebrate.  Enjoy all the festivities and celebrations!


Jennifer said...

oh how gorgeous is that stocking finish, I can't even describe how beautiful!

The pottery is also gorgeous and looks so good displayed in the cabinet.

Your box is beautiful as well. What a great post!


Sandy said...

Noah is spectacular, Margaret! Your stocking collection is growing as is my need for a larger drool bib. LOL. LOVE all of them!

And your pottery collection! That stuff is just ridiculously pretty ... I love it! Too cute about the kids choosing which plate they want to use.

Berit said...

What a great post! I have two thoughts about Noah: 1. There are WAY more than a pair of bunnies (This strikes me as quite funny, the way they are packed down into the toe, with one small rabbit having gotten loose from the hutch and migrating north) 2. There are no foxes. :(

But, I still love Noah! Also I enjoyed seeing your pottery collection--the cookie jar (I think that it is one) is my favorite because the flowers remind me of clover, which is a favorite flower of mine.

Merry Christmas week!

Faye said...

Your gifts are so touching and I LOVE the stocking!! I have a couple of them, but not that one...One day I would like to stitch them all....Another thing on my bucket list~~

The pottery collection is breathe taking!! I see you are quite the collector.... I can see why the kids like picking out their plate come Christmas.

Hope your Christmas is great Margaret. I know you will enjoy having the family home and taking time to make a few new memories!

Looking forward to a year of new stitching in 2012, Faye

Cari said...

Love, love, love Noah !! It looks like it was a fun piece to stitch.

Your pottery collection is wonderful. How much fun to pick the pieces you want to eat from. Great memories.

Have a wonderful week Margaret. And a Merry Christmas to you and your family. Warm meow hugs to Mia too!

Myriam said...

Bravo for the Noah!Wonderful collection! The son changed!!!!!!!

Cathy B said...

Stocking is gorgeous. Noah kind of looks like your DH, don't you think? :)

Beautiful pottery...

Nancy said...

Your Noah is a beautiful stitch! However you decide to finish it I know it will be amazing! You received some very lovely gifts. That is a beautiful picture of you and the boy child!

Annie said...

Noah is really fabulous! That will look so great as a stocking.

Lucky you with all those received goodies. Should keep you 'in stitches' for a while!

Very cool pottery collection.

Happy Holidays!

Lene said...

I love the Noah stocking:) I see the bunnies have sneaked a few more than two into the ark.... hehe. Have a wonderful Christmas, enjoy spending time with your family.

Vonna said...

My goodness Margaret, your needles and you never cease to amaze me! Noah is gorgeous! And that pottery....STUNNING! :)

Stitching By A Cornish Sea Shore said...

Hi Margaret I love you pottery collection. I have always wanted to stitch a stocking, hopefully, when we have grandchildren I will. Wishing you a very blessed and joyous Christmas and a happy New Year, may it bring you gifts of joy, health and happiness.

Michelle said...

I can't believe you are already finished with Noah!! I am going to start sending you my stitching to get done. LOL! Gorgeous finish. What's next?

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Oh Margaret, you Noah is so wonderful. I think the stitched Noah resembles your honey too!

I love all the pottery! How fun it would be to pick which piece you want to use. It would be a tough choice. It's all so pretty!

I hope you and yours have a great holiday and a happy New Year too!

With hugs!

BrendaS said...

Your stocking looks gorgeous!
Congratulations on your prizes and what a lovely gift from Becky:) She is always so thoughtful.

Beautiful collection of your pottery. I can see why you collect it!

Merry Christmas to you and your family Margaret:)

Zlata said...

Great finish of Noah stocking! I like deers and crocodile on it! )))
My congratulations with such wonderful gifts! Scheme and threads are especially good! And your collection is impressive! The pottery are very beautiful!

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

What a great post, Margaret! I love your Noah - he turned out great! You received some lovely things and the gift from Becky is wonderful. Now... about your pottery collection. How is it I didn't know about this? It's beautiful and I fear another obsession coming on... I will not collect more pottery, I will not collect more pottery, I will not collect more pottery. Maybe if I say it often enough, I'll adhere to the saying. Doubtful...

valerie said...

Congratulations on your Noah finish...and the model stitching finishing. How'd you get both done so fast!?

Congrats on your wins and gifts. They all look great! And your pottery is fantastic!

Laurie in Iowa said...

Good grief woman... you have one turbo needle. Your Noah stocking looks fabulous. I love all the critters, especially the herd of bun buns at the toe.
Your pottery collection is beautiful. Your table must looks so festive for your holiday meals.
Great giveaway winnings and gifts. Enjoy them all.

Tammy said...

Loved the post! Beautiful stocking, and beautiful pottery!

Marjorie said...

I hope you and your family have a great Christmas! Love the stocking finish especially the alligator/crocodile--those bunnies beneath his tail better be careful!

Deborah said...

I love the stocking. beautiful! The pottery is wonderful. Hope you and the family have a great holiday.

Penny said...

Noah looks wonderful! It must be true what they say about rabbits. :) The one above the alligator must be a little nervous though.
Gorgeous variety of threads.
I've never heard of that pottery before, what a beautiful collection.
I saw that box on Becky's blog - very pretty!
Hope Mia is behaving herself. :)
Wishing you and your family a very merry Christmas! :)

Annemarie said...

Whuuuuuuut? You finished Noah already? Thats amazing! YOU're amazing! Noah's amazing. Wow. Congratulations! Also lurve the pottery and the pic of you and your son. Très cute :o)

Dona said...

I love Noah, too, Margaret!He's wonderful. I always wonder about the second crocodile, but then I guess one is enough. Love all of the butterflies.

You have a great Mosse collection! It is pretty.

I know you were trilled with all of your mail, too.

Lizzie said...

Lovely gifts Margaret and of course fabulous stitching as always. I brought four Nicholas Mosse coffee mugs home from Ireland, wrapped in my clothes, I just love them but we can't buy them here. Maybe it's time I looked online and started a little collection....

marly said...

Noah is great Margaret. I can't believe you're finished with everything! Very nice thread assortment and gifts. Amazing pottery collection!

Gabi said...

Gosh, that is beautiful. LOVE that stocking. Congrats on another gorgeous finish.
Your pottery collection is also lovely.

Nancy said...

Noah is gorgeous...can't believe you finished it so quickly! Your pottery collection is beautiful!

Lois said...

Lovely stocking finish and what nice goodies have been arriving in your mail box! Great collection of pottery. I have a couple of Nicholas Mosse pieces and just love them.

Deb said...

Dear Margaret,
Just stopping by to wish you all the best this Christmas. I love to see what you're stitching and what your thoughts are throughout the year even when I can't take the time to leave comments every time. I hope you know I'm a phantom fan and friend, always.
Merry Christmas, dear friend.
I love your pottery collection so much!

Melanie said...

Wow! That is a lovely collection. It makes me itchy to start my own. (Must must must NOT! *twitch*)

Love Young Santa, errrrr.. Noah! :)

Natalia said...

Margaret !! Are you for real telling me that you have already finished Noah???? You are amazing, girl!!! It is beautiful too. I have several of the CHS stockings and now I want to stitch them all !! I had never heard od Nicholas Mosse and I absolutely love it. Thanks for the pictures.

Glenna said...

Noah is wonderful, and so is the Nicholas Mosse pottery! First I've heard of it, but I love the colors and designs.

Katrina said...

Love the stocking and the pottery!!! I have just a few pieces of Nicholas Mosse :-).

jean said...

I think we must be kindred spirits, I also love Nicholas Moss pottery and adore that Noah stocking. You have been busy.
Have a wonderful Christmas Margaret and much health and happiness in 2012 along with plenty of sewing.

Anonymous said...

Noah is beautiful and how wonderful that you have finished your model stitching. Congratulations. You are an amazing stitcher.

Congratulations on your price of threads. All those silks! Yummy!

A gorgeous gift from Becky. :o)

Your pottery is stunning!

Mouse said...

ohhhhh just look at that stocking .. Noah looks real happy you've done .. and there are wee mice's at the top ..:) ... and cute photo of you and the boy child along with that fab array of pottery :) hope you have a great Christmas and a merry new year :) love mouse xxxx

Anonymous said...

Your Noah stocking is fabulous. Hope you get it finished in time to use it this Christmas. Congrats.

Jackie said...

What a fun family tradition to pick out a plate to use for the holiday meals. Things like that the kids will remember forever!

Congrats on your Noah finish - that is one big alligator!

Chris said...

Noah Looks amazing Margaret!
I hope you enjoy stitching Ms. Jackson. I love the border.
Your pottery collection is wonderful!
Merry Xmas to you and your family!

Sylvia said...

Love Noah - it makes me want to finish the stocking I have going now so I can start Noah.

I am a big fan of pottery and I just love your collection - lots to look at. Thanks for sharing.

Poussy Stitches My Love said...

vraiment magnifique cette broderie !
et toute votre vaisselle ! c'est vraiment superbe ! bisous

Giovanna said...

Congrats on finishing the stocking! Just last night I was helping a stitching buddy do the over-1 on hers - it's gorgeous seen close up.

Lovely gifts!

Sherry said...

Noah is great! Congratulations on all the wins! Have a wonderful holiday and Merry Christmas.

Charlene ♥ SC said...

Noah is a very neat stocking - and does look like young Santa! Your collection is awesome, so keep it up, and show us more. Great goodies you've received - nothing better than fine stash and places to put them. Merry Holidays to you and yours!

Carol said...

Oh, that stocking is spectacular, Margaret. It really looks like it was so much fun to stitch, too--all those adorable creatures!

And what gorgeous gifts--it's always nice to find a little surprise in your mailbox, isn't it?

Merry Christmas to you and your family!

The Scarlett House said...

You rock, M! Another fabulous finish. Nice collection. I bet that it's a pita to dust, lol.

Bertie said...

A truly beautiful stocking Margaret, will you finish it in time for Santa!!
Your Pottery cupboard is fabulous, so many different pieces, looks great:))
Becky's present is lovely.
Wishing you and your family a Happy Christmas :o))

mainely stitching said...

I don't know how you do it - but I'm glad you do! What a thrill to see Noah stitched up so quickly!

woolwoman said...

OMGosh Margaret - I can't believe Noah is finished - looks awesome! I thought about getting my Noah WIP out when you mentioned it but NAH - I won't bother LOL - Love your pottery collection - I love pottery - I collect Denby - a commerical pottery company from England but it is a very old company and they do awesome stuff. What neat gifts you have rec'd lately - lucky girl - hope you are enjoying the holidays - take care mel

Anne said...

Wow! You stitched Noah up so fast!! I love him! LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! That crocodile/alligator is the best!! What amazing gifts you received too! That box from Becky is adorable and will be great to store all sorts of lovely things in. Your pottery is divine. Never heard of that designer! Maybe that's because you bought all his stuff! Just kiddin'!

Merry Christmas to you and your family :D

Mindi said...

Noah is fabulous! I love the croco-gator, he's got to be my favorite. Now I'm regretting not bringing all of my CHS charts with me, oh well, its preventing me from starting something new and working on my WIPs.

You really did hit the jackpot with the gifts and prizes. Becky's box is lovely. Suck a simple and sweet motif, but so elegantly finished.

Joy said...

Margaret, Didn't you just start that stocking? It's beautiful. I have always loved Mosse pottery but stayed with my redware collection. And no, you cannot have too much of a collection!

Lovely gifts for a special gal!

Merry Wind Farm said...

Hi, Margaret,
I just love your Noah stocking, that crocodile, or is it an alligator, is just too cute! And what a wonderful collection of pottery you have,
Merry Christmas,

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Siobhan said...

Zoinks!!! Be still my heart. You do know that showing pictures of pottery is like showing porn photos to me, right?? LOL I LOVE pottery and am in awe of your collection. It's funny, I've seen it in shops but I have this thing about buying pottery from local potters--I don't want to buy made in China pottery that is supposed to be Pennsylvania redware when I'm in PA, know what I mean? So, anyway, I admired the pottery but didn't look at it because I didn't know it was Irish. I did a google search to read about it and OMG! It's Irish! Then, just the next day I was driving the kids to school and saw a display of the pottery in a shop window in town. Now I am bugging DH about how I need to collect it, too. :D

Great job on the Noah stocking!! You are a stitching machine, gf!! I love the box from Becky, too, and all the floss, etc. Lucky you!

Sally said...
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Sally said...

Wow, Noah looks fantastic! Looking forward to seeing it finished as a stocking :)

You have a wonderful collection of pottery. Every piece looks gorgeous. Lovely photo of you and the boy child ( I felt so stupid I had to delete my other comment!)

You received some lovely gifts. The box from Becky is stunning.

Kelly said...

The stocking is beautiful. I had not heard about that kind of pottery. It is a wonderful collection. I will have to look him up on the internet.

BTW...Thanks for your kind comments on my blog. Beautie is going to be done soon!!

Suzanne said...

I can never believe how quickly you can stitch! I love the stocking, it's beautiful.

Your pottery collection is amazing. It's great that you use your collection and not have it for display only.

You have been very lucky to receive som many wonderful gifts.

Wishing you and your family a very merry Christmas.

krayolakris said...

Oh Margaret, I love them too!

Catherine said...

Wow! You certainly finished Noah in a hurry!! Such a cool stocking. And that! Love it!
Wonderful gifts you have received!
Merry Christmas!

Sherry :o) said...

Your Noah is absolutely stunning - as per usual with your stitching. I absolutely love the bunnies at the toe. And the pottery - really cool - I am not familiar with it at all. I love the kids picking out their plates! Hope you enjoyed your Christmas - and keep stitching!!

My nephew is in chamber orchestra at his h.s. and wow, what an awesome concert I attended a couple weeks ago - never gets old!

Jenny said...

Wow - what a collection of Mosse! I also love your wonderful Noah stocking - gorgeous! That is a lot of stitching on 40-ct! Looks like the mailman had some really great stuff for you too! :-)

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