Monday, November 12, 2012

stitching post finally....

I finished what I could on that model so far, so I picked up an old WIP to work on.  I don't know why, but whenever I tried to work on this one in the past, it was a complete failure and I would put it away again.  This time, however, I seem to be enjoying it.

It's And All was for an Appil by Scarlet Letter.  I'm using DMC and 40ct linen of some kind.  I think it's an R&R fabric.

Love the colors!

I was so surprised the other day to receive in the mail a gift from my dear friend Laurie of Corgi Cottage.  She sent it just because as a way to cheer me up.  She's so sweet!

Love the t-shirt!  And some Little Gem scissors, a Kelmscott Threadkeep -- so pretty!  And also a Mary Englebreit needle keep.  Love Mary Englebreit!  Thank you so much, my friend!  You are the best!

I also won a prize from Sandra of Homespun Elegance.

And here's what was inside.

Thank you, Sandra.  I love it so much!

I was throwing away a kleenex box, and of course Mia was interested in it.  Then the boy child reminded me (via IM) that she used to play inside kleenex boxes as a kitten.  Well there's no way she would fit inside one anymore!

She's a bit too large to fit now.  lol!  Here's a pic of her inside a Kleenex box as a kitten.

So cute!!

Thank you to everyone for sending such wonderful emails and comments asking after us and how we were doing through Sandy and its aftermath.  I'm still feeling a bit shell shocked, but it's so nice to be getting back to normal again.  We are very lucky in so many ways.  My thoughts and prayers continue to be with those affected by Sandy.

Thanks as always for stopping by and saying hi.  I always appreciate your visits and comments.  I hope everyone has a wonderful week.

ETA:  Forgot about my TUSAL report.  Here it is.  Doesn't look very different.  :D


Annie said...

Good to see a resumption of sampler production at your house. The new one is so pretty and colorful.

Gifts and prizes.. you gotta love 'em!

Charlene ♥ SC said...

So glad to see a post that says things are coming back to "normal." Ah - maybe the reason was doing all that outline stitching! Now that it's colorful, lots more fun!
Mia is always sweet - but what an adorable kitten!
Hope things continue to progress quickly and solidly.
Be well.

Nicola said...

What lovely gifts from Laurie and Sandra. I have this chart on my wish list, the colours are so beautful. Have you sorted out your car?

Mugwump Woolies said...

Happy dance glad you're able to stitch again! Hope you had a warm and toasty weekend....have thought about often during the past days.
Mia is so sweet!

Myriam said...

So nice the Sandra's gift!
Oh are just a little coated ( not sure for the translation!!!!)enrobée) for the box!

Erica said...

A for an Apple is on my to-do list! Hope I live long enough!

Love the picture of Mia!
We have a cat, Ollie who used to sit in my husband's shoes! He would never fit in them now, although he does still play with the laces!

Dawn said...

Fabulous gifts and prizes ;-)
Love your sampler - I think the colors SING. Nice you can stitch again.
Mia is so cute - I bet she has a great box collection!

Vickie said...

Squeeee!♥ ooOoo! Mia, so cute!
What a neat stitch you are working on now.
Cool presents, but I love that shirt!

cucki said...

Beautiful gift and super cute stitching
Hugs xxx

Vonna Pfeiffer said...

That Laurie what a sweet, good and generous friend she is! :) Sweet gifts for a sweet gal!

LOVE All for an Appil and I must say, you are painting by thread! LOL! I thought I was the only one that did outline and then filled in :) what a grown up girl she is!

The Inspired Stitcher said...

I'm glad things are starting to feel a little "normal" these days. I like that you stitchied the outer parts and are now coloring it in. Makes for bliss filled stitching. Sweet Mia!

Krista said...

Hi Margaret, I am glad that things are getting back to normal again for you. Each of us on the East Coast has had a time of it to deal.

LOVE your new stitching piece! I have never seen that one but looks like so much fun.

Cute baby pic of Mia, it is fun how they love to get into things, she looks like she is trying to figure out how to make it into that box! Enjoy your week! :)

Kathy Ellen said...

What a very unique and interesting sampler....great outlining and love the colours. Wonderful gifts you received from Laurie and Sandra. Sweet Mia is such a darling cat, always doing something so cute!


Catherine said...

It's great to see some stitches from you! You are always working on the most beautiful samplers.
Mia is such a funny critter! Has she tried to get into the box?
Lovely goodies you received and I am sure it brightened you day! Hugs!

Laurie in Iowa said...

I'm glad to see your working on AAWFAA. It's a fabulous sampler. I still haven't finished the verse yet... let's see that's three years ago, I think, when the rest of the sampler was completed. Maybe you'll inspire me to get her finished.
Love the photo of Mia in the Kleenex box.

Francesca said...

Lovely to see you back to a normal life, I have been thinking of you during Sandy.
And Mia, always makes me have a big smile, I just love her !

Siobhán said...

I hope things are settling down & will stay calm for the foreseeable future, Margaret! I love the progress on AAWFAA. Great gifts and prize, too! Lucky you. :)

Anonymous said...

I do love that sampler!

It's great to see you getting back into "normal" and I hope things continue to settle and feel good for you and your wonderful family. :)

Anne said...

Oh wow!! That sampler is stunning! I love the colours and the "colour it in" style of stitching :D It'll look gorgeous when finished!! Such lovely gifts you received. Mia is uber adorable as a kitten! She still is!! I hope everything's okay now with you and your family!!

Miss Pants said...

Great to see that you are up and running (or stitching in this case) again. I can understand your WIP. I think all the outlining would overwhelm me and I'd have to put it down and take a time out. But the colors will make it so pretty!

samplerlover said...

Hi Margaret, so glad that everything is coming back together including you being able to do some sampler stitching. I have always liked AAWFAA. Lovely gifts from Laurie and Sandra. - Sandra.

BrendaS said...

Margaret -- So good to see a post from you and your stitching! Looks lovely as always:))

What a great give from Laurie and a fabulous win from Sandra! Something to brighten your day:))

Cute pics of Mia -- my how she has grown!

Have a good week.

Cari said...

I am loving your AAWFAA ... and also happy that you are enjoying it this time around. Have fun....

Glad to see Mia too. She's staring down that tissue box though isn't she...I wouldn't be surprised to see her in it !!


Gabi said...

What a beautiful sampler. Lovely colors indeed.
Beautiful gifts too. After all what had happened to you, you do very much deserve a bit of cheer ups.
Little Mia is adorable as always :)

Linda said...

Wow Margaret. I love the piece your working on. I would like to do that one if it doesn't have over one stitching as I only use 14ct aida. Glad to hear things are getting back to normal. Give Mia a hug for me.


marly said...

Appil's colors are very nice and I love seeing those tiny 40 count stitches. The magnified photos on the computer are the only way I CAN see them! Sweet little pillow from Sandra and gifts from Laurie.

Melody said...

Cats seem to find boxes irrestible. Too funny that Mia doesn't fit in the Kleenex box anymore.

Nice to see you are enjoying your stitching again. I am also very glad to read things are returning to normal for you.
Take care.

Vera said...

Hi Margaret -- tried to comment earlier, but alas, unable (again) to comment at work. I love Appil...have it in my stash but have yet to start it...maybe New Year's Eve? Mia has grown so much!! So glad that things are gradually getting back to "normal" for you. Vera

Annette-California said...

Such lovely gifts from Laura and Sandra. Cute Tee and Mia is so precious. Love your wip. I noticed you stitched the motifs and now are coloring the insides:) Looking pretty.
love Annette

Poussy Stitches My Love said...

OH J'aime beaucoup les couleurs de votre nouvelle broderie, super cadeau de Sandra .....
bisous de FRANCE

Evelyne said...

I love the colors of your sampler they are so beautiful it's nice to stitch again.What a lovely gifts you received from Laurie and Sandra!
Love Mia she is an growing up girl!!

Have an good week, Evelyne

Giovanna said...

Great going on the WIP - beautiful. Lovely gifts too.

Chris said...

SO glad that life is getting back to normal for you guys.
I love your current project. The colors and design are both so pretty.
Wonderful mail!
Hugs to you and Mia!

Michelle-ozark crafter said...

Enjoyed my visit with you. I like the WIP you have picked up and your presents too! Mia is pretty and was a very darling kittens. Bet she remembers being little and being in those boxes!

Loraine said...

So glad to see you! I'm so sorry for the awful ordeal you have been going through. I hope your husband is feeling better now. Food poisoning is the worse thing ever!
I love your sampler! I swear when I first looked at it, I thought that it was done on muslin or something...good grief it looks small! It's going to be beautiful when it's done.
Your gifts are wonderful! I'm so glad that you got something fun in the mail.
Mia is so cute. I bet she has kept you company the past few weeks.
Love to you!

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

What a thoughtful gift from Laurie and a great prize from Sandra!

I'm so glad things are getting back to normal for you. I just hope everyone else can get their lives back, as well.

Love AAWFAA and will enjoy watching you work on this one.

Mia is adorable.

woolwoman said...

cute little baby Mia - they grow up so fast ! love your AAWFAA - looks awesome. thoughtful gift from Laurie and a neat halloween pillow from Sandra. Hope things continue in the right direction around the house. Melody

Carol said...

Good to hear you have settled back into the comfort of a warm house, Margaret--what an experience! Your WIP is so pretty as is sweet Mia--my she has grown :)

Love the gift from Laurie and the giveaway win from Sandra--enjoy!!

Karoline said...

Glad to hear everything is getting back to normal.

Nice to see AAFWAA again, you're going great guns this time.

Melanie said...

My cat Maggie wouldn't stop trying to shove all 8lbs of herself in that box. She's got a bit of box thing a la Maru.

Love the new (old) stitching! It has a modern art aesthetic to me.

Elizabeth said...

I'm very eager to finally see what secret project you've been working on for us :) It seems like you're two samplers ahead of me at all times and always giving me that extra push to ones I've been on the fence about - which is again the case with 'All for an Appil'. I shall blame you when my husband uncovers my re-growing stash! Glad things are calming down a bit around you all!

Pixie said...


I found your blog through Stitchyangel's Treasures.

I love your WIP it looks very pretty.
Mia is just adorable.
Happy weekend.

Jackie said...

I hope things get to be even more normal for you and for the other Sandy victims. I'm sure it feels really good for you to be stitching again.

krayolakris said...

Margaret, you deserve many prizes! So glad you are doing well after the storm. Thanks for sharing baby Mia picture!!

Suzanne said...

What wonderful gifts you received! Love this sampler, I have it in my stash to stitch one day. Good to see that you are back to stitching as normal.

Solstitches said...

I'm several blog posts behind so just having a little catch up.
Your sampler is amazing. I've not seen that one on any blog before now.
Lovely win from Homespun Elegance and sweet gifts too.
Mia always steals the show :)