Monday, May 14, 2012

Another long post -- and a pretty wooden thing!

First off, my new project.  Seems a lot of us in the stitching blogger's world have started this one!


Never Let You Go by Heartstring Samplery
40ct WDW Straw
GAST and WDW fibers as called for


It sure is hard to capture the linen color -- in real life, it looks very different!  I had a hard time choosing the fabric, but I think I'm pleased with what I chose.  I just wish I could convey the color better.

Before anything else, I have to show you the lovely spool cabinet I spoiled myself with.  It is for many special occasions -- Christmas, Mother's Day, anniversary, birthday, -- you name it.  lol!  I was so thrilled when it arrived!


Isn't it wonderful?  This beauty was made by Richard Hyers.  His work is wonderful!  He also made that spool caddy I showed in an earlier post around Christmas.  His website is here.  Here is a closer up picture of the front -- sans my pincushion collection.


And here is a pic of the back -- Richard sent me this picture before he sent it out to me.  Isn't it cool?  My cabinet is made of cherry btw.  One of my favorite woods.


I love it!  Thanks again, Richard, for your lovely workmanship!  

I also picked up some framing this past week and dropped off tons more to be framed.  Here are the two I picked up.  First, Ann Wheatley by Needlework Press


Here's a closeup of the frame.


And here's Ann Smith by the Scarlet Letter.


And the frame.


We spent part of the weekend rearranging samplers on the walls so my new A&Es would fit.  I will have to show you the results sometime.

I rarely show pictures of the girl child on the blog anymore -- cause she's never home anymore.  lol!  She is graduating college this June -- unbelievable to me -- and starting life in the big world.  It freaks me out to think of that.  Anyway, I could only get a small picture of this poster, but here is a picture of a poster featuring the girl child -- another dance show.


I love how she has been featured for posters for at least a couple of dance shows.  :D  My beautiful girl.

So yeah, the boy child graduating high school in late June, the girl child graduating college early June.  And a summer of equipping both kids for their new ventures.  You think we're going to be busy this summer?  lol!

Of course I can't let a blog post go without a pic of Mia.  Here she is with her boy child lolling around on the bed.


Isn't she cute?

Thanks for stopping by and saying hi!  I hope everyone who celebrates Mother's Day had a good one yesterday!  Have a wonderful week!


71 comments:

Julie M said...

Beautiful framing and stitching! Congrats to the girl child for graduating and yes, I think you will be busy this summer!

Littlebit said...

Oh goodness, Margaret!! My congrats all around! You deserve that beautiful cherry chest just for your accomplishments! It is beautiful! And your framed samplers..oh my. Stunning!

Keeper of the Crowes said...

Beautiful girl, indeed. Best wishes to her in all her endeavors. Your framed pieces are just beautiful. The frames are works of art in and of themselves! Have fun filling that fantastic cabinet!!!
Linda

Nancy said...

Your framed samplers are gorgeous, and I love your new spool cabinet! I agree your daughter is very pretty, and kitty hugs to Mia!

Lene said...

Oh, I do love the Ann Smith. Such wonderful colors, and the framing is equisite. I look forward to see the full wall. Congrats on the chest. Can we see inside? :)

Stitchesbyme said...

gorgeous stitches and framing,
Never let yo go, is also on my to do list, love it

Mugwump Woolies said...

Your daughter is, indeed, beautiful. What a good job you've done with both of your kiddos! Bravo! You continue to amaze me with your gorgeous samplers...the frames are perfect! The spool cabinet is wonderful...I'm sure you will put it to good use.
Have a good week,
Robyn

Dona said...

Gorgeous stitching and frames, Margaret! I love your new cabinet, too! You deserved that.

What a beautiful picture of your DD! I know you are proud of her!

Laurie in Iowa said...

The spool cabinet is gorgeous... lucky you... enjoy!
I'm in love with the frame you chose for Ann W..... it's fabulous and a moulding I have not seen before... Ann S. looks wonderful in her frame too.
Of course your new start if gorgeous too!

Vickie said...

Wow! Pretty daughter, pretty cabinet, pretty stitches, pretty frames! Your son can be handsome instead! Ha ha :)

Bertie said...

Lovely new start, the linen looks fabulous Margaret.
Your cabinet is to die for!! Beautiful and good for you to treat yourself:)
The framed samplers are gorgeous!
Have a great week:)

Katrina said...

Gorgeous cabinet and the framing is wonderful!!!! I need to go upstairs and see if I have the chart for Ann Smith, LOL. Love your new start too :-).

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

I am pea green with envy about your new cabinet! It is awesome! Every stitcher should have one!

Your framed samplers are beautiful--Ann Smith is a knock out.

Your daughter is beautiful and talented and smart. Please share graduation pictures with us. Enjoy the summer--there will never be another one like it.

Sweet Mia is going to be so lost when the BC goes to college.

Rebecca said...

You have been very busy. The two new framed pieces are fabulous...love the frame on Ann W. I haven't seen this frame before...my framer doesn't have it...it is great.
Congrats to your children on graduations and also to you.
The picture of your son and the cat reminds me of the new commercial out with the man talking to his cat on the front porch about going on a picnic. If you haven't seen it, watch for it...what a clever cat food company.
I guess I will be joining the bloggers that love the Heartstrings chart. I just recieved it the mail this past week. I didn't realize it was going to be so popular at the moment. I best get started on mine right away.

Natalia said...

Oh Margaret, I love your spool cabinet !!!!! Now I want one for myself.... Yikes !! Beautiful frames too !!! And I like your WIP and can't wait to see more...

BrendaS said...

Margaret -- I LOVE your cabinet. Woo Hoo to you:))

Great start on your new project and your framing is just super!

Congrats to your daughter. What a lovely young lady! Good luck as you get your children started in their new ventures!

robindefender said...

Looks like good progress on your newest sampler, and your little cabinet looks very cute. Loved your framed pieces. I'm hoping to place an order for some long overdue framing later this week.

BeckySC said...

Oh, I am drooling again :) What a fantastic post. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your framed pieces and your new start is beautiful already as is your sweet DD :)
Have a lovely week my friend :)

Michelle said...

Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous! I love your new start and your new spool cabinet. So fun! And your newly framed pieces are sooooo beautiful! I especially love that frame for Ann Wheatley!

Charlene ♥ SC said...

Beauty abounds! Love your chest, lovely framing, wonderful stitching, and such gifted children, and Mia, too! Thanks for taking time out of your busy days to share!

Deb said...

I love your start on Never Let You Go. I guess that's another one that I'm going to add to the stash pile. Your framing is just beautiful - perfect frames for both of them.

And love your cabinet. I found one like that last summer at a barn sale of all places. A little worn but still in really great shape. I don't think I ever posted a picture of it though.

I think that you're going to have one busy summer! But enjoy it - they just grow up too darned fast.

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

Great start on NLYG! I ordered it when it first came out but have yet to start it.

Your cabinet is wonderful and the collection of pincushions on top is just fantastic!

Your frame choices are perfect, Margaret but I especially love the one for Ann Wheately!

Your DD is beautiful and what a thrill to be on a poster(s)!

Brigitte said...

Bonjour, je suis nouvelle sur votre blog.Je vie en France.je suis aux anges par tant de merveilles que vos doigts créent
J'adore les Samplers & là je suis dans un nouveau monde, tant par la variété & le choix des couleurs
Un grand bravo pour vos broderies & pleins de câlins à Mia qui est adorable.
Amitiés
Brigitte

Annie said...

That spool cabinet is just too fabulous!

The framing really shows off your masterpieces. Those colors in Ann Smith are just too beautiful.

How cool to have your daughter featured on the poster. She really looks lovely.

woolwoman said...

Margaret what a fantastic post. From all your beautiful framing to the wonderful spool chest - WOW is all i can say. Each sampler is beauifully framed - I love the mouldings you picked for them all. Your DD is so talented and so lucky to be featured in the posters advertising her dance troop. I'm sure you and your DH will be very busy this summer with two graduations to plan for. congrats on that too ! I am about to start my first Heartstring design - however I chose Permit Me Not to Stray - a funky A&E that I saw while on vacation last summer. I love the one you are doing but so far have resisted pushing the button on that one. Hope your Mothers Day was a good one. Hugs mel

Karen said...

Kudos to you and your children on their upcoming graduations! It is such an accomplishment and exciting when they can move on to another stage in life.

Your samplers are beautiful and I can't wait to see your sampler wall. Beautiful stitching as always....

happy stitching...

Chris said...

What a lovely post.
First the new start looks wonderful, the colors!!
The frames for the finishes look amazing. They are perfect for both the samplers. I am looking forward to seeing a picture of your updated sampler walls.
There is nothing to say about your cabinet, wow!
What an exciting time for your family.
Hugs to you and Mia!

Beth said...

I want to see the A & E wall! Your two framed pieces rock - I especially like the colors used in Ann Smith. Oh, and your spool cabinet is so cool - I once saw a true antique one in Alexandria, MN on vacation many years ago - it was not expensive and why I did not buy it, I'll never know!

Myriam said...

Ouf...Mia is staying at home with you!!!!!!!!So nice samplers!!!!!! BRAVO !!!!!

Carol said...

Lots of changes in your life right now, Margaret... and oh, how little Mia is going to miss your son when he leaves for college!

Your framed pieces are exquisite and I'm in love with your new cabinet! What are the inside drawers like? It really is a perfect gift to yourself!!

How pretty your daughter looks on the poster; no wonder you are so proud of her :)

Enjoy your week!

Anne said...

Oooh Margaret! That chest is so beautifully crafted!! He's quite the talented carpenter!! Love your new sampler from heartstring. And your framed samplers. WOW!! Those frames are perfect matches. I'm really loving the Ann Smith...perhaps one I should start up...oh so many samplers to choose from!!

Congrats to your daughter for graduating college and your son for graduating high school. Whoa, loads of changes for all of you. Poor Mia won't have a sleepy buddy :( She's so cute!!!

Zlata said...

I like your new stars! very nice sampler!
And framed works are beautiful!!! Great to see Ann Wheatley in all it's glory! ))
Your daughter looks great on the poster! Good luck to her!

Mouse said...

gorgeous framed pieces and stitching now too ... love the poster of the girl child and hellooo Mia :) love mouse xxxx

Mary said...

Beautiful stitching - as usual - and your frame choices are suited to both pieces perfectly!

What exactly are you planning to put inside that lovely spool cabinet?? I'm expecting pics when you have it fully stocked.

Seems like life goes by in a blur at the point you're at with your two. Enjoy every moment with them while you still can!

Miss Pants said...

Ann Smith turned out gorgeous! The close up of the parrot is amazing. So vibrant!

Karen said...

Beautiful stitching as always and I love that spool cabinet! Great pics of your youngsters.

Melissa said...

Oy! What a lot of lovelies! The stitching and framing are gorgeous! Sigh-worthy for sure! The wood cabinet is beautiful. Lucky girl!

Congrats to your beautiful daughter on her graduation! It will be a bit like a swinging door this year won't it, with your boy then going off to college?

Mia will keep you in good company!

valerie said...

Great start on Never Let Me Go! I really like this one. And the framing looks fabulous! Now to find a spot on your walls! :)

I hope you had a nice Mothers' Day! Love your floss cabinet!

That's a fantastic photo of your girl child on the poster for the show!

Cari said...

Talk about an 'eye candy' post .... Love your new start. I have that one waiting in the wings. The wooden chest is ALL THAT !! Beautiful piece. The frames you selected are perfect for the pieces. You have excellent taste good friend. Also love hearing/seeing pics of your children. Congratulations on the pending graduations!! Hugs to sweet Mia too!!

Michelle-ozark crafter said...

I really enjoyed my visit. such lovely stitching!

Laura said...

oh my goodness! Where to begin! I love the colors of the new Heartstring Sampler!!! Just gorgeous! I love the pieces you framed and you picked such fabulous frames! Your new cabinet is droolworthy!!! The kids are doing well! Mia is so cute. Life is good!!!

marly said...

Margaret! Those framed samplers are terrific!! Superb! This of course isn't anything new since you are one of blogland's samplers Queens. And very well deserved I might add! Congratulations to both of your children!

Sherry :o) said...

Oh my, Margaret...your wip is so pretty and very nice progress. The frames are beautiful and set off your stunning work! Love to see the kiddos on Mom's day - and the kittie too!! LOL Keep up the fast stitching - you are such an inspiration.

Penny said...

I love the fabric you chose for Never Let You Go! Your spool cabinet is beautiful! And I'm in love with the frame for Ann Wheatley. :) Can't wait to see your wall. Your daughter is just beautiful and how exciting to have two graduations coming up! I've probably said it before, but your son and Mia sure make a cute couple. :)

Deborah said...

So many lovely pictures. Love the pieces that were framed. I love the spool cabinet! I also got a pincushion from him recently. I will show it on my blog. His work is beautiful. Your daughter is lovely. Stella sends puppy hugs to Mia.

Sylvia said...

I love your new start, Margaret!! Just lovely. The frame on Ann Wheatley is amazing. Wow! Ann Smith is a beauty as well.

Oh, and your spool cabinet ...too cool.

Poussy Stitches My Love said...

Your Sampler very nice !!!

beautiful stitching, my friend

bisous de FRANCE

Giovanna said...

Nice start on the sampler! And the framing is gorgeous, well done.

Lois said...

Love the framing - I'm drooling over them both!!!! Great new start, looking forward to watching your progress on this one and I'm loving the spool cabinet!

Sherry said...

I always enjoy Beth's designs! Lovely stitching and framing too! Your chest is beautiful! I have drooled over these for quite awhile. I may have to give in and get one someday! Congratulations to your DD.

Siobhán said...

Your framing is WONDERFUL, Margaret!! Oh my gosh. Ann W is gorgeous but Ann S makes my heart sing. I LOVE your Heartstrings piece, too--I must do that sampler! Great choice for the linen. Good for you for treating yourself--that cabinet is perfect for you! Beautiful poster of your daughter!

Krista said...

Oh, Margaret, both framed pieces are stunning! :) I have my eye on that Heartstring sampler too, your new start is really coming along!
Congrats to both DS and DD on their graduations. Lots of celebrating! :) Mia is cute as always :)

doris said...

Amazing framed pieces! I want so badly to get back to Miss Wheatley. Soon ... soon.

Hooray for graduations!

Lanie said...

Hi Margaret! Love your new start, love your new spool cabinet, love your newly framed pieces, love the photo of your daughter! Love, Love, Love!

samplerlover said...

Hi Margaret, sorry I haven't been in touch lately. Have had a lot going on.

Another lovely sampler to add to your lovely collection and Don has done another wonderful job with your framed pieces. They all look beautiful and each frame sets the sampler off beautifully. Love your cherry chest as well. It is really lovely and your pin cushion collection look lovely on it.

Your lovely daughter looks lovely in the poster. Are you going to frame it. - Sandra.

mdgtjulie said...

Your gc is beautiful. And so is Mia, lol. Love the frames you picked out for your samplers. They're both complimentary to the pieces they're used to frame. I really like the first frame too. It's wonderful!! Grats on the progress on your new sampler too. I love the flower colors in that. Beautiful!! Keep up the good work, Margaret! And grats to both kids on their graduations. That's awesome!!

Melody said...

Margaret, What beautiful framed finishes on your samplers! Love the frame choices. Your spool cabinet is wonderful as well. I am sure you are enjoying it!

You must be very proud of your daughter's accomplishments.

Tell Mia hi, from the kitties at our house.

Veronica said...

I'm drooling over your spool cabinet. Any chance of seeing how you've arranged your floss in it?

The details of both frame is exquisite. Beautiful stitching as usual.

Lovely poster of your daughter.

Hugs,
Veronica.

Catherine said...

Oh wow, Margaret! Such an eye~candy filled post! Your stitches and framed piece are, as always, stunning! I have that Heartstring piece in my ever growing pile. The cabinet is very cool! Sometimes we just have to spil ourselves, don't we?
The poster with your daughter's picture is very pretty! Do you collect the posters and frame them?
I wonder who is going to miss who more next fall, your son or Mia?

Melanie said...

Beautiful frames!! They look amazing.

Graduating college? Oh my. That must be a big adjustment for her *AND* for you. :) Congrats to her!!

The chest is positively swoon-worthy. Lovely!

Lucy said...

Ann smith is really pretty tho I love them all!

Jean said...

What a wonderful Mother's day present. The cabinet is beautiful. Love both your finishes, had to go look for them online. Mia as always is adorable.

Teresa S. said...

Ann Smith is beautiful and the frame really sets her off!

Your spool cabinet reminds me of my moms. She has an antique one with 8 or 10 drawers. I love them all!

Have a great weekend.

Ranae said...

Wow! Your sampler is coming along really good.
I'm waiting for the skinny dip thread, it's on backorder, figures, lol
I love the dark frame with the beading, perfect!
Love the spool cabinet
Congrats! to your DD

Patty C. said...

Your samplers are beautiful & that spool cabinet - just awesome

Love to Stitch said...

Oh my!!! Where do I begin?!!!! Fantastic Spool case!!!!! Incredible job that gentleman does-- and way to keep it local LOL :) I would love to see what you decided to put into those great drawers. Fantastic start on Never Let you Go. I just got that pattern and I am debating on linen and colors. It is just terrific.
Your framed pieces are incredible!! I am way going to have to break out Ann W. those gals at Needlework press sure do a great job on keeping us hooked!!!!! Ann S is wonderful--
So fun to see your daughter "up in lights"

Nicola said...

A beautiful post Margaret. You must be very, very proud of your girl child.

I love your spool cabinet, my caddy arrived this week from Richard which I ordered after you showed yours.

Your samplers as always are an inspiration.

What is Mia going to do when college starts?

Kathy Ellen said...

As always, your samplers are masterpieces, and the frames are so perfect for each design. What a wonderful spool cabinet! It is every stitcher's delight!

Congratulations to your beautiful daughter and son upon their graduations in June! Mia is a cutie as usual:)

Karoline said...

Great framing, your samplers look gorgeous and I love your new spool cabinet.

Susan said...

Margaret, do you think starting Never Let You Go is a reaction to what's happening in your life right now? :) Sending your kids off in various directions is hard, isn't it? Congratulations to both of them. I hope you enjoy your daughter's graduation. We had such good times at both our sons' ceremonies and just couldn't believe that four years had gone by so quickly. Love all your work, as usual, but Ann Smith is now definitely on my wish list.

Jane in Wisconsin said...

Margaret. Your samplers are wonderful as usual. Love your new spool cabinet!! Thanks for sharing pica of Mia and the boy and girl child. Jane