Monday, January 16, 2012

The fun part

I got over the tedious brickwork on Sarah Elizabeth Brooke.  I'm in the midst of the fun part now.  Yay!


I just love all the motifs on the sides of the house.


I'm still working on the ones on the right side of the house.  Then comes the other stuff -- like the over one words.  Ugh.


I also managed to work a bit on And They Sinned on Sunday.  I'm hoping to manage Sundays on ATS, but I won't show a pic till it's worthwhile.

The drain work is mostly done.  The jack hammering part was just on one day, thankfully.  And they were done with the inside work by the end of the second day.  They are coming back to do the outside piping on an unspecified day, plus they have to install backup batteries for the system.  The electrician is coming tomorrow.  The workers also managed to damage a pipe -- luckily the drain company will pay for the work to fix it.

The basement is a mess -- nothing can be moved back into place against the walls until the cement over the new drains is dry.  It's interesting trying to do the laundry with the washer and dryer in the middle of the room packed in tightly among the other furniture.  I'm hoping we can move things back soon.  I'm also hoping we can manage to do it ourselves!

The boy child had his first audition for a college music program this past weekend.  3 more to go!  Hopefully the weather will cooperate for all of them -- none are close by.  Here is a pic of the boy child warming up for his audition.  He looks so refined, doesn't he?



The boy child also had his winter concert for his non-school orchestra.  It's always so nice to hear some beautiful music from a live orchestra.  Here are a couple of pics.


He is first chair of the bass section, so you can see him on the right there.


Mia has decided it's way too cold for her taste.  When the boy child leaves his winter coat at home, she dives in.


Thanks as always for stopping by and saying hi.  For those who have Martin Luther King Day off, enjoy the 3 day weekend!  Have a great week, everyone!


62 comments:

Joy said...

Brick by brick, Sarah is looking lovely. Hope your basement is complete soon...hate messes.

You must be quite proud of "boy child"...he's very handsome too;)

I love Mia's hideaway!

Happy Week!

BrendaS said...

Margaret --
Sarah looks wonderful! I'm always amazed at how fast your needles fly:))

We had drain tiles put in several years ago and I remember the mess but it is SO worth it when it's all done. A lifetime guarantee of 'no more water':))

Cute pics of Mia and your son is looking like a true college boy!

Bertie said...

Fabulous Margaret, love it-)
Good to hear your basement is nearly up and running!
Mia doesn't really care does she lol

Siobhán said...

Sarah is looking gorgeous, Margaret! You've made such progress. I love all of those little fun motifs on the sides of the house.

Congrats to the boy child--hope the audition went well for him.

Edgar said...

Sarah is just beautiful!! great snaps of the BC and of Mia - so toasty warm.

Nicole said...

Sarah is looking great Margaret! I need to catch up to you!!

Good luck to Eli on all his interviews!!

Gabi said...

Oh so beautiful. I love every bit of your Sarah. It's just - oh so beautiful.
Love Mia's hiding place

Deborah said...

You have done so much work on Sarah! She is beautiful. I have french drains in my cellar and really, it was so worth it. Luck to the boy child and Mia is so cute.

Cristina said...

Sarah is looking gorgeous. I just adore it.

Good luck to all auditions of the boy child... and good weather.

I'm sure you'll be happy when the basement is finished.

Doesn't Mia knows what the best for her.

Thanks for stopping by in my blog and have a great week.

Vonna Pfeiffer said...

Sarah is stunning, stunning, stunning!
And Hurray for the Boychild, I wish him so much luck in his finding the right college and for them to find HIM!
Good luck on the rest of work in the basement! I know it has to be aggravating, but the result will be worth it!

Krista said...

Your Sarah is so beautiful. I wish your 'boy child' much success on his interviews. And Miss Mia is a cutie pie all snuggly warm :)
Have a wonderful week!

Anne said...

Margaret, that brick house is so lovely and I love the motifs on the side too! I have to say I'm getting excited to stitch the motifs as well!! I think they are quite fun!

Good luck to your son in his auditions. That's amazing that's he's first chair! What an important position!! I love the bass :D

Sweet little Mia playing hide and seek in a jacket! So cute!

Hope your basement woes will be over fast!!

Hugs

barbara said...

Your progress is amazing!!! Gorgeous sampler. :)

Your son looks so amazingly proficient and professional. It's amazing that they go from babies to ... this. Wow. Congratulations on doing such an amazing job.

Katrina said...

Sarah is gorgeous!!! I love the little motifs too :-).

Ranae said...

Yay! the masonary is done, let the fun began
Good to hear the basement is alomost done and you can get it organized again.
Good luck to your son, you must be a proud momma

Lene said...

Sarah is lovely. I just wonder about the ones who made it first - weren't they bored? Poor Mia, she is cold, isn't she? She needs some more fur:)

Beth said...

Sarah looks great - congrats on all your construction work on her, and on your home. So cool your son loves music. We used to have a wonderful music program in our public schools (Eugene, OR) - back in the day when I was in school many of my peers ended up with careers in music - now, due to excessive budget cuts, there's almost nothing left. So very sad.

Chris said...

Your sampler is looking great. I am glad that you finished the brickwork and are on to the fun bits.
It sounds like the basement work wasn't too disruptive and will be a memory soon.
I hope that your son's auditions go great.
Mia looks like she is hibernating :)
Have a great week!

Michele said...

Sarah Elizabeth looks wonderful! Good luck on the college auditions!

Poussy Stitches My Love said...

absolument merveilleuse la broderie !
bisous bisous

marly said...

I've been thinking about ordering Sarah but worried about the oomph to finish it. But seeing it actually stitched is making the decision easy! Good luck to the boy child. What can I say about your imp Mia? She's a character!

Dawn said...

Nice to see your finished brickwork. The motifs are all devine!! I'm loving the red buds in the border too.
I think lanudry sounds like a full workout for you now - I hope it dries out fast.
Mia is brilliant- and warm.
Congrats to your son - best wishes for his auditions.
Thank you for sharing

Penny said...

I think you have earned your degree in masonry. :) So worth it, Sarah is beautiful! The boy child does look refined - very handsome! Hope all goes well with his auditions and that the weather stays calm. We used to have a subscription to the Philadelphia Orchestra - boy do I miss it! I always enjoy seeing Mia's sweet little face -hope she stays warm. :)

Charlene ♥ SC said...

Beautiful progress! My DS was a bassist, and I loved it. It was not to be, but sending my best for your DS. Stay warm.

Laurie in Iowa said...

The brick work on Sarah's house looks wonderful... well worth all that tedious stitching. Glad you're enjoying stitching the motifs.
Good luck to the boy child on his college auditions.

woolwoman said...

Mia is so cute hanging out in that warm coat. I am amazed at how you have filled that brick in just one weeks time. YGG! Glad your drains are almost in place. No flooding this spring YEAH! have a good week Mel

Cari said...

I love Sarah...she's beautiful. I love all of the motifs as well. They are so much fun to watch come to life. And sweet Mia...she's a smarty cat for sure!!

Melissa said...

That Mia is a smart girl. She knows how to keep warm!

Your boy looks very professional! Good luck to him.

Sarah is on my list - she is so pretty. Glad you've passed the tedious parts!

doris said...

Your progress is amazing! She's so beautiful, that Sarah.

Ugh, all that work on your house sounds like a good reason to go away until it's done. If only, huh?

BeckySC said...

I know I say it every time...but I just DROOL over your gorgeous stitching :)

I hope the audition went well for your son :)

((hugs my friend))

Kerri said...

Your bricks are lovely all put together. I wouldn't have made it pays all that grass!

Best wishes for the uber talented boy child. We are just starting with the trumpet and I hope my boy child gets a lot better very soon! LOL!

robindefender said...

Sarah is look fabulous!

Catherine said...

Beautiful stitches! You are moving right along!
Good luck to your son with all of his auditions...I'm sure you be glad when he's through all of those.
Mia is too funny!!

Carol said...

Lovely progress on your sampler--that does look like such a fun part of the piece to stitch!

I really miss hearing my sons' concerts, Margaret--I'm sure the orchestra was wonderful... Hang in there with the construction--it will all be worth it!

valerie said...

Wow, you've gotten quite a bit done since the last show and tell. She is looking lovely! Hope all continues well with the basement work.

That Mia is so funny! She has a knack of finding the coziest place!

merumo said...

Great progress on Sarah! You are almost done with her for sure :))) Your son must be a very talented guy. Hope he will be chosen by them and get to play more and more in public. Oh, Mia, you found a perfect place to be curled up, didn't you?

Mouse said...

ooo well done on finishing the house ... that was an awful lot of brick work there ... love the wee motifs and the over one words will be a doddle after bricks ...lol
glad to hear the basement is almost done and I can just picture the washing n drying saga too ...
fingers crossed for the auditions ... been there seen and done them :)
and mia shove over ,, its cold here tooooo ...lol love mouse xxxx

Giovanna said...

It might have been tedious, but the house is just lovely. You'll soon be done with this, great progress.

Michelle said...

Are you really going to leave all that over one for last? LOL! Sarah is looking fantastic. Congrats on your progress. So glad the drain project is coming to a close. I hope he did well at his audition, and those to come!

Nicola said...

You and your DH must be very proud of your son. Do you get emotional when you watch him playing?

As always your stitching is amazing. So glad you are preserving with ATS on Sundays.

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Oh Margaret, your bricks look awesome. Boy Child looks so professional there!

Myriam said...

BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!! And Mia also!!!!!

Marjorie said...

That is a lot of bricks! I love brick houses but that is too much lol. Keep warm Mia!

Sylvia said...

Sarah looks wonderful!! Mia is a crack-up and Eli looks smashing!! Hope your house is back to normal soon.

Nancy said...

Just beautiful stitching! Hoping your son has wonderful auditions and gets his pick of schools!

Lois said...

I'm loving Sarah! Glad the drain work is going okay and good luck to the boy child with his auditions.

Sherry said...

Sarah is just beautiful! I hope the basement gets finished soon. The boy child is so talented! Looks like Mia has the right idea!

Sally said...

oh wow, Margaret, Sarah looks amazing!

Good luck to your son for his audition :)

I don't blame Mia for finding a nice cosy spot:)

Natalia said...

So beautiful, Margaret !! It is a sampler that I love. I think Tanya does a wonderful job at reproducing, don't you think?

Sherry :o) said...

I knew you'd get throught that brick, lickity-split!! You must be a fast, fast stitcher.

Love the pics - so handsome all dressed up...and I meant the boy child as well as Mia!

Jackie said...

SEB is looking good! I don't know why, but I don't seem to mind brickwork. It looks like you're going to have this one done fairly soon.

How soon will the Boy Child know whether or not he's been accepted? He must have nerves of steel. An audition would terrify me!

MoonBeam said...

Your brickwork looks amazing. Great job. Mia is quite a nester.

Veronica said...

The brick laying is done. Congratulations. Sarah looks lovely. Hehe... Trust Mia to find a warm and toasty hiding place.

Hugs,
Veronica.

ElisabethB said...

Like you, I have the pleasure to hear one of my daughter to play double-bass in orchestra (see on my blog). Yes, we can be proud ;-)!
How the houses are nice in samplers but, yes how is annoying to stitch !
have a nice day

Melody said...

Margaret, what a beautiful sampler! I just love this one, and admire you endlessly for stitching all those tedious bricks! LOL. I know, I've been there..done that with other pieces in the past.

But, the end result is so worth it.

I bet the music was beautiful, you are lucky to have such a talented son!

Happy stitching!

Sandra said...

Sarah is looking lovely, you've done so much since last week! Mia certainly does know the cosiest places to curl up!

Brigitte said...

Now that the brickwork is finished the variations in the red colour show pretty well. Looks gorgeous. And I'm sure that you have finished the fun part by now as well. Waiting for the next picture ...

Sharon said...

SEB is looking fabulous! Best wishes to your Boy Child in his musical endeavors!

Susan said...

Margaret, I continue to be amazed at how fast you stitch! I'm happy for you that you finished all those bricks. I'm sure it was pretty boring.

Best wishes to your son and you as you go through the college admissions process!!

Karoline said...

Sarah is looking gorgeous, great progress.

Good luck to you & your son with the college admissions

Suzanne said...

Sarah is looking great and the brickwork has just the right amount of varigation.

Good luck to your son with all his auditions.

Zlata said...

My congratulations to the first complete work this year! The choice of design simply magnificent! And the speed of execution, as always amazing!