Monday, February 27, 2012

A repro -- yay! Plus other stitching, prizes, and a meerkat

What repro, you say?  Yes, a beautiful repro!  All I've worked on so far is the border, so I won't bother showing a picture of my progress yet.  But I did get permission from the designer to show off what I'm stitching now.  I love her!  Mary Roe by The Scarlett House, a new reproduction.

Isn't she gorgeous?  I can't wait to get to the insides of the piece!  The colors are so beautiful!

I did finish the next Toy Chest Etui page for the SAL I'm doing with Loraine.  It's a scissor fob/crayon box.

So cute!

And I got page one done and started page 2 on And They Sinned.  Yay!

The tree is really pretty with all its foliage and fruit.

And I couldn't resist starting the next section.

I was lucky enough to win a couple of prizes recently.  First, from Patty C. of Hanging on by a Thread, I won a needlebook she made -- it's so pretty!  She also included some Bohin needles which I've been wanting to try out, plus some Mill Hill glass beads.  Thank you so much, Patty!!!

Isn't that rose amazing?

And from Annie of Annie Bebop's Coloring Book, I won a chart, which I've been wanting forever.  Go to the link, and you'll see Annie's finished piece of this design.  It's gorgeous!

Thank you for the chart, Annie!

The boy child has been needing a haircut for quite a while now.  Unfortunately, I didn't get a pic of him at his shaggy worst.  Such long hair!!  We determined that the last time he cut his hair was probably around May of last year.  lol!  But it was an extremely short haircut that time.  Well, I guess the boy child likes the idea of annual haircuts.  He got it cut very short once again.  Sorry for the blurry pic, but you get the idea.

Whenever he cuts his hair this short, I'm sad -- I miss his pretty hair.  lol!  Well, as he says, it'll grow back.  And then I'll be bothering him to get a haircut again.  :D

Mia has a favorite toy, which lives on the top of a high chest of drawers in the bedroom.  She periodically looks up lovingly at the spot where she knows it's hiding.  The other day, Mia went through a long period of looking longingly up at her toy.  This involved getting up into what we call her meerkat position, then getting back down into sitting, then up into her meerkat pose, over and over again.  I caught her at it to show you her meerkat pose.

Isn't she cute?

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

Can I have my toy, please?

Quick ETA:  The toy that lives on top of the chest of drawers is this "bird" thing made of feathers in a very clever way.  It dangles off a long, thin stick.  When the owner (DS, father type etc) rushes the toy through the air, it makes a fascinating whirring sound and spins in the air.  Mia is endlessly fascinated and tries to catch it etc.  BUT she can't play with it on her own -- if she does, she'll break the feathers on the "bird."  (The replacement birds are expensive!)  Thus, the toy lives up on the chest of drawers for those  times we play with her.  She loves it so much!  Poor thing -- I promise, I don't torture her on purpose.  lol!


Laurie in Iowa said...

The boy child looks very handsome with his new haircut. OK... why are you torturing Mia? Is there a reason she can't have her favorite toy? Poor kitty.
Your ATS looks amazing and your toy etui will be an heirloom.
Yay to your new repro start.

Nicole said...

I'm so glad you're stitching Mary Roe! I can't wait to see your progress. I hope to get my chart soon! :)

Bertie said...

Oh a wonderful sampler yet again by Tanya, gorgeous!
When did you start ATS, fabulous so far.
The boy looks like a very handsome man, I am sure Mia the MK agrees!!
Congratulations on your wins, gorgeous and the QoH is wonderful!
Have a lovely week:))

Catherine said...

You have been busy with such lovely projects! And what wonderful goodies you received! I was excited for you when I saw you won Patty's giveaway!
Your son looks very handsome with his haircut. You'd better watch out for those college girls next year - a handsome, talented young man!
Mia is too funny! I was wondering how/why her toy is out of her reach!?!

Jennifer said...

I LOVE that repro sampler. So sweet.
I'm finally catching up on blogging just for a bit. FIghtin the flu right now. The boy child looks very good!
I love those brand of needles by the way too. They are wonderful.


Cari said...

I LOVE Mary Roe. I agree the colors are amazing. Your work on ATS is wonderful. I so love this piece. Geese...I love everything you stitch. Queen of Hearts has always been a favorite of mine too. Your son looks so handsome with his short hair. He's too cute. Of course, Mia's meerkat pose is ADORABLE. She is one cute CAT !!! Hugs

BrendaS said...

Margaret -- LOVE your new start, you're right - the colors do look gorgeous!

Very nice progress on ATS. Your needles are always smokin'!

Your son looks very grown-up with his hair short:) CUTE CUTE pics of Mia. What a sweetie:)

Nicola said...

Oh you are so lucky having Mary Roe, Sew and So haven't got it in yet. I am so looking forward to seeing your progress.

ATS is looking good.

Young men are so handsome when they get their haircut. They often take more trouble over their appearance when a girl is on the horizon.

Mia is adorable, our pets never cease to entertain us.

Krista said...

What a great new repro, Margaret! Love it. And that queen of hearts looks like a real fun stitch. Miss Mia is so cute. When Gigi is ready to play she sits and just stares at me LOL.. usually she wins! :) Have a great week!

Dawn said...

That Mia is just the funniest cat! I love har and have never met her.
Your projects are fabulous. Love the floral branch, the tree with fruit - all the wonderful motifs! Just beautiful.
Oh, and the haircut is fun (and the story).
Have a great week!

Michele said...

Nice progress! I love Mary Roe!

Anonymous said...

Love your new start! I am anxious to start Mary Roe but have to wait for fabric to arrive! I love her colors and look forward to seeing your progress. Hugs to you, dear Margaret! kelley

robindefender said...

ATS is looking fabulous. And Mia doing her meercat impression cracks me up. They are such intelligent little creatures at times (well, some of them are anyway), it's so amazing.

merumo said...

Another productive week for you! (as always.) I saw Tanya's framed model on last Sampler Sunday and i really liked her a lot!! Especially the light blue caught my eyes. I may have to get out from my little Christmassy box I planned for this year :O Poor Mia begging for her toy? Limo does the same thing and even worse as she appeals herself very well with crying in such weak voice. Wondering what's Mia's favorite toy?

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

Mary Roe is a lovely sampler; I can't wait to see your pictures! I can't get over how much you've done on ATS - it's a beauty and for me, it was a really fun stitch (till the end and I had to improvise due to short fabric)!
Your toy chest is coming along beautifully, too! You do have a lot of projects going, don't you?
Great pic of Mia sitting up - I'm not sure I've ever seen a cat do that.
BC looks great with the short hair. One of my son's friends is growing his hair out for Locks of Love - That's a lot of hair!

Mugwump Woolies said...

Beautiful sampler! Love that tree in the A&E sampler...the colors are fabulous. Handsome fellow you have there...his haircut is very fetching. Sweet kitty!
Have a great day, my friend.

Myriam said...

Poor Mia! You are so adorable!!!!!!!!!
Congratulations on your embroidery fast and congratulations also to your son for his haircut!

Berit said...

Gosh, the ATS tree IS pretty (never noticed it before). I also love that oversize black squirrel.

Debby said...

Mary Roe Ia a wonderful sampler! You are so lucky to stitch her!

greetings from Debby

Annie said...

Love Mary Rose. good gig for you.

That toy chest is just so much fun. The crayon box is such a cute idea.

Great progress on those sinners. Another really fun sampler to stitch I'm sure.

Have fun with your winnings. And thanks for the nod to my stitching!

Lene said...

I love the bright colours on And they sinned. Looking forward to seeing it finished. Your meerkat is cute, as always:)

Teresa S. said...

Your stitching is such an inspiration to me, Margaret! I love everything you are working on right now.
Mary Roe is on my want list!
Love the short haircut, too!

Siobhán said...

Awww, what a sweet little meerkat! LOL Would you give that poor cat her toy?! ;)

The boy child looks great with the hair cut! My son dyed his hair pink yesterday for Shave or Dye, a fundraiser for cancer research. I'll just say that the dye didn't take too well but he looked like an Oompa Loompa. He's going to bleach it and then dye it again. Oy.

Your stitching looks great! Can't wait to see Mary as she progresses.

Deb said...

You're making great progress on ATS!! And I love Mary Roe and can't wait to see how far you've gotten on it.

Your SAL piece looks wonderful too. It's going to be so beautiful when you have it finished.

Love the pics of Mia. She is precious. And your son's haircut made me smile. Nick left his hair quite long and finally got it cut. He looks so much better but he hates it!

marly said...

Give her the toy!!! All your stitching is looking great as always, (boy child's looking good too) and I want to know why these sampler women always have waists the size of my wrist. Mary Roe must have been one skinny chick.

Poussy Stitches My Love said...

Oh I love your sampler my friend, and beautiful cat ....
bisous xxx de France

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Your stitching progress looks awesome. Boy child does look different with his short hair. LOL! Love that meercat pose. She just too cute.

Jackie said...

My son has long hair too and I'm not sure he's had his cut since October 2010 when he cut it for Locks of Love.

Congratulations on your wins - such nice goodies!

ATS looks wonderful. Are you stitching it on scroll rods? Are you going to assemble the Toy Chest etui yourself?

I didn't know cats could do that. My smallest pup can do it. It's always fun to see!

Penny said...

That's a sweet little sampler. Definitely one for my list. Good progress on ATS. Love the pin cushion and other goodies. Very handsome haircut. Mia is too sweet! Hope she got her toy. :)

Ranae said...

Mary Roe is surely a must have.
ATS is looking so darn good, keep it going
Congrats! on the wins
Awwww! Mia is such a sweetie
And your son is so handsome sporting a new cut
Take care

samplerlover said...

Hi Margaret, Tanya has done it again with another stunning sampler. Mary Roe is really lovely. Looking forward to seeing your progress on her. I love the floral border between the alphabet and figures.

Great progress on ATS and looking forward to seeing your toy etui put together. Sandra.

Elizabeth said...

Really love that sampler and I am always amazed at how fast you ladies work - especially on giants like ATS! Cannot wait to see more of Mary Roe and hope you have a good week as well.

Deborah said...

Let Mia have her toy. She deserves it just for being so cute. ATS is beautiful.

Carol said...

I've said it before, Margaret, but I'm always amazed at how much stitching you get done each week!! ATS is looking spectacular--wonderful work :)

Your son looks so grown up with his new hair cut--all ready for college life, I guess!

Enjoy those goodies, too!!

Merry Wind Farm said...

Love the Mary Roe sampler. I may have to get that chart, her birthday is the same as mine! Your And They Sinned is just beautiful, I love the tree. And poor Mia, she wants her toy so badly!!! Maybe Momma can get it for her :)


valerie said...

That Mia is so funny! And BC looks awesome with short hair! Great progress on your're really moving along after that massive cloud!Love the new repro!

Cathy Lloyd said...

Your little Mia is just so darling! I miss having a cat. Someday...*sigh*...
The boy child is so darling with his hair cut! Oh you stitching woman...always making me envious! As always, your work is fabulous!

Cathy Lloyd said...

PS..I have had Queen of Hearts all kitted up for years...wonder when I might get around to stitching it? Congrats on your winnings!

Sherry said...

Love the new pattern! All of your work is stunning, as always! Mia is so silly!

barbara said...

Your stitching is always so beautiful!

Congrats on the boy child's haircut. We are also overdue for a trip to the hairdresser ... hope we come out looking as spiffy! :D

Mary said...

Ohhhh I love Mary Roe. We had a Mary Roe in my Father's family back in England in the 1800's.
And they sinned is looking wonderful but what is the angel doing to that poor squirrel??
Congratulations on your lovely gifts and thanks for sharing the family snaps too. Mia is so beautiful. What fun you have with her.

Veronica said...

Mary Roe is gorgeous! I can't wait to see your WiP. I love the satin/basket stitches on Toy Chest. Yay for page 2 on And They Sinned. Oh, you got Queen of Hearts! This design is on my wish list too. Lucky you :)

Mia's meerkat pose is the cutest.


Erica said...

Great progress on ATS!
Hang in there!

p.s. Mia is so cute!

Melissa said...

Oh, this is a new look for leaving comments...

Mia the Meerkat - who knew? She is sure cute. I wonder when she will figure out how to climb up there!

I'm jealous that you are going to start Mary Roe before me! ;-) I told Tanya the first time I saw it that I adored it! Have fun!

Kate said...

Beautiful stitching.
Congrats on your wins.
Your meekat just wants to play!

Giovanna said...

Phew, thank goodness I'm not in love with Mary Roe (waaaaay too religious for me!) - don't need another project-in-waiting. I'm sure you'll do the usual lovely job on it, as you are on ATS and Toy Chest - they're gorgeous!
Mia is so cute as a meerkat, but why does she have to beg for the toy?

Chris said...

I LURVE the repro. I might have to get this one.
ATS is looking great, you are making fast progress.
Your son's haircut looks great and Mia is a hoot. I think she needs some kitty quality time, aka play time.
Have a great week!

Michelle said...

Can't wait to see your Mary Roe - I love her!! And I can't believe you finished page 1 already. It's taken me two years and I still haven't finished page 1!!! LOL - she does look like a meerkat! We have one of those bird things and they are great toys.

Katrina said...

Everything is so pretty!!! Love your new start and your ATS is really coming along :-). Pretty gifts too!!!!

Joy said...

MR is lovely...can't wait to see your progress. Congrats on your wins...yes that needle book is very pretty. The boy child is so handsome.

Sally said...

I can't wait to see your progress on Mary Roe. What a beautiful piece.

ATS looks fantastic and the etui is beautiful.

Congratulations on your win!

Zlata said...

Your ATS sampler growing quickly! There are bright colors! I love to watch in it every detail!

Really looking forward to showing of the new sampler from Tanya! It is awesome!

Melanie said...

Ooooooooooooooooooo, these pieces are just soo so so pretty. Mary Roe is divine. I love it!

Mia is so funny. lolol God, I love cats and their goofy ways. :)

Patty C. said...

You are welcome ;)

Jane in Wisconsin said...

I love your story about Mia. It reminds me of the pink feather that our dog always begged for! She loved to bark and bite it. Thanks for putting that memory back in my head. Mary Roe is on it's way to me, I just love it. ATS looks fabulous! I have had this all kitted up(ever since it came out). I really should work on it. Thanks for all the inspiration that you give to us!

Mouse said...

ohhh well done on the stitching front I've seen the chart for and they sinned and sooo glad its you that's stitching it heheheh ... love the new one you're model stitching too
and mia love that pose hehehe

and cute crayon box too can't wait to see that one made up :)
love mouse xxxxx

Dona said...

Margaret, I can't wait to see your progress on Mary. Such a pretty sampler. It will be fun to stitch. I've ordered the chart.

That is a great cut for your BC - he looks very handsome!

Mia's merkat picture is priceless! Sounds like a great toy and one that my Miss Kitty would like, too.

woolwoman said...

ATS is really rocking now Margaret - I love Mary Roe too - such a funky neat sampler. Your DS looks so dapper with his new do.
Enjoy the extra day ! Mel

Littlebit said...

I'm sure that repro will grace your walls in no time, Margaret! lol! And your ATS..fantastic!! Your boy child is quite the handsome young man..and Mia KNOWS she's a cutie.

Anne said...

LOL! Mia as a Meercat made me chuckle!! I LOVe that repro you are doing! So pretty and looks fun to stitch too!! That little etui toy/chest thingy you are making is adorable! Crayons in a box! Too cute! ATS is epic....and amazing!! You are an extremely fast stitcher. I bet if you made Jane, it would be done by now!!


Lois said...

Love Mary Roe! No surprises that you are enjoying stitching her! Well done on completing a bit more on ATS and on your SAL. Some lovely goodies have been arriving at your door. Great haircut for the boy child and Mia just looks so cute!

Karoline said...

I like your new repro, looking forward to seeing your progress.

Congratulations on finishing the stitching on your winders keepers & nice progress on your other wips, ATS is looking gorgeous.

Cats are so funny when they 'Meerkat' aren't they!

Anonymous said...


Just stopping by your blog.

That repro sampler is lovely.

All your stitching is beautiful.

Love Mia, she is so sweet!

Charlene ♥ SC said...

There are portions of AtS that I really LOVE, and other that are ok... I wonder if you ever stitch just the parts you love and improvise on the borders and surroundings to make it 'your own.'
Congrats on the wins - love those Bohin 28s.
Handsome young man - whichever hair style!
Poor Mia - longing for her toy...

Suzanne said...

Oh I love your new start, the colours look so pretty. Nice work on ATS and such a beautiful section completed on the toy etui. I can't wait to see this one all finished and sewn together (no pressure, lol).

Brigitte said...

Wow, you have had a productive time. ATS shows some gorgeous progress. And the new sampler is just you. Great, great!

Stitch By Stitch said...

Hey there!! I am so excite to see someone else just starting on "And they sinned"! I thought I might be the only person in the world who had not even started it! And look how Mia has grown! Such a big kitty now! And as beautiful as ever.

Isadarena said...

Wow !! Margaret I love your new sampler : too nice !!
and Mia, how cute she is !!
Cheers from Isa

La Comtesse said...

Beautiful, beautiful work! ...
A warm greeting from Italy!

Jenny said...

I love the pic of Mia doing a meerkat! That reminds me of the bunnies when they stand up and look around at stuff. I just learned when I got the buns that the "stand-up routine" is called "periscoping". How cute is that!?

I had no idea that you had started on "And They Sinned" (just goes to show you how out of touch I have been lately), it will be fabulous! (And many hours of stitching-fun, I am sure!)