Monday, May 6, 2013

Rachel and crafts

I can't wait for Rachel to be done.  Not yet though.


At least the border is done.  And the cute couple.



This past weekend, we went to our favorite craft fair.  It's held twice a year, in spring and fall.  Besides crafts, there were lots of yummy food booths.  We always get kettle corn.  And this year, we also tried this.


A peach-raspberry tart from Dutch Desserts, Inc.   So yummy!!  I did bring home a couple of things as well.


You might remember the larger, greenish pear from last year's craft fair.  Had to get another this year.  They are brass, quite heavy and wonderful to hold in the hand.  They are made by Laura Baring-Gould. 

I also came home with this.


I've been wanting a pretty switch plate for my sewing room.  Found this one and fell in love.  It's by Dwo Wen Chen.   His booth was full of bright, whimsical, colorful ceramics.  Just lovely!

We also brought home a welcome home present for the boy child, but it's a surprise for him.  :D  He will be home soon!  He has final projects and final exams to deal with first though.

Mia was once again displaced from "her" chair, so resorted to her usual tactic.


Nesting on the father type's clean clothes.

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


49 comments:

Lene said...

Love the skinny lady with the hefty arms:) so much detail on the Rachel, fun to see it develop. It's gorgeous.

Cari said...

Oh Margaret...Rachel is beautiful. I'm stitching as fast as I can so to finish Isabella Fox so I can start her !! Maybe I'll just start her anyway...the story of my wonderful life !!

Mia is a wonderful companion !! Hugs to you all !!

cucki said...

Aww sweet Mia ..kisses xxxx
Sweet sampler..looking so cute..
Big hugs x

HollyXSing said...

Hey, Margaret! Your Rachel is AWESOME....everytime I see it, I want to start mine!!!!!! AND I can't...model stitching is slow going!

Yes, I got the Bohin Scissor from the Attic!

You need to post a picture of your Manifesto!!! I need some motivation and some company!

All the best,

-Holly

Kim said...

You are just whipping along on Rachel! LOVE it!!! And oh my gosh I like all of your purchases from the craft fair!! Off I go to research Laura Baring-Gould!!

BrendaS said...

Rachel looks FABULOUS Margaret! I'm sure you will have a finish very soon.

Nice things you got at the Craft Fair!

Have a great week:)

Vickie said...

I just adore samplers with dogs. These have silly noses don't they.
How wonderful that your son will be back soon for the summer! Hooray!♥

Sherry said...

Rachel is looking wonderful! The tart looks extra yummy! I love a good craft fair.

Poussy Stitches My Love said...

Superbe votre broderie, oh le gâteau comme j'aimerai bien y gouter .... bisous mon amie

Katrina said...

Your Rachel is gorgeous and fun craft fair finds!!!!!

Mugwump Woolies said...

Oh that Rachel is one pretty girl! What a great way to spend a Spring day...a craft fair...we just don't them around here any more...so sad. Mia will be so happy to have her boy home!
Have a great week,
Robyn

Bertie said...

Wow Rachel is lovely Margaret, very colourful! Oh Dutch cake, must say they are the best but I am biased lol.
Love the little bird on your door. Hug for sleepy Mia!
Have a lovely week;))

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

Rachel is gorgeous, Margaret! What fun goodies you found at the art fair! Can't wait to see what you got the BC. You're such a tease! Sophie and Gracie prefer to curl up in dirty clothes. Maybe that's the difference between dogs and cats!

Laurie in Iowa said...

Love your craft fair finds... the switch plate would make me smile every time I walked into the room.
You're not too far from the finish line with Rachel. Can't wait to celebrate your finish. The couple are sweet and your post may just be the encouragement I need to get back to my Rachel.

By Juut said...

Great progress, love it

Michelle-ozark crafter said...

Rachel just keeps getting prettier! I love the switch plate! So bright and cheerful! Have to laugh at Mia! They do have their tactics don't they?

Annie said...

Feels great when the border is done, doesn't it? Looks beautiful and just a center section to go... you'll have that knocked out in no time.

Love your new crafty finds.. that switchplate is so cheery. Looks like a fun, successful day.

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Rachel is looking good! Love a good cherry anything too. At least that's what I think it looks like. LOL!

Miss Pants said...

What great progress on your stitching! Mmm..I just love going to events like that good food and good crafts. :D

Love to Stitch said...

Your Rachel is gorgeous. Since seeing your progress the last month or so, I have decided to kit her up :) Looking for something to jumpstart my stitching again and I am hoping she will be in the mix!!
Love a good craft fair-- nice things you have added!

Vicki said...

Great finds at the craft fair, great progress on Rachel!

marly said...

Anxious to see Rachel completed (as you are!). I love that birdy switch cover!

valerie said...

You're really moving along on Rachel! Go Margaret! I am excited that I am almost 2/3 done on my Jane. I'm slow. LoL That peach raspberry tart looks so yummy! I am going to try my hand at peach pie again once peaches come into season. I haven't seen them out here yet. That Mia! =)

Keeper of the Crowes said...

Wow, Margaret that first year went so fast. Seems like you were just sending him off!!!! The progress on Rachel is amazing. She is such a beautiful piece. Love all your great craft fair finds!!!

Evelyne said...

Rachel is so beautiful, lovely couple.
Mia will be very happy when the boy child coming home.
Great craft finds!
Hugs, Evelyne

Deb said...

You're getting so close to being finished with Rachel. I'll bet you can't wait for that final stitch. And I love fairs too - we have a lot of them around here in the summer. Love your craft fair finds and the tart looks wonderful!!

Ann at Beadlework. said...

I love your switch plate, it's so eye catching. You amaze me with the amount of stitching you get through. That little pink nose is so cute, I just love seeing your Mia at the end of your post each week.

Merry Wind Farm said...

Hi, Margaret,
That tart looks so yummy...I don't suppose the recipe came with it?? Rachel is so pretty, what's left to do in the bottom middle? A verse? Glad your son will be home soon for the summer. My son (who goes locally) got off a week ago, but is taking one summer class with is four days a week, but only in the morning, and only for four weeks. Mia, as always, is so cute, she will be a happy kitty when your son gets home!
Have a wonderful week,
Melinda

Linda said...

Rachael is looking great Margaret. You have made good progress. How exciting - the boy child will be home soon. Love the pics of Mia.

Linda

Jean said...

Love Rachel's colors, so bright and cheerful.. love all your finds as well

Melissa said...

Rachel is sooo pretty! I bet you don't want to finish her that quickly do you? It must be nice to be stitching those bright colours! She's on my list!

Love all the goodies you brought home. Mia is looking very cute all curled up. I think just looking at a snoozing cat is stress therapy!

merumo said...

Rachel seems to be getting close to be finished pretty soon. So beautiful! Mia all agrees with me, too!

Annette-California said...

Rachel is getting to look lovelier each time you share her. What wonderful souvenirs from the fair. love that bird switch plate - DARLING! I can't wait for finals to be over for our son too. He lives at home but hes ready for summer break:) love Annette

Nicola said...

Well done or should I say "da iawn" on your progress with Rachel as she is a Welsh sampler.

The plate for the light switch is so charming, I would have found it hard not to of purchased it.

Krista said...

Rachel is looking gorgeous, love the sweet couple, the man reminds me of a a santa claus with beard :)
Lovely little treasures you found at the fair and that peach-raspberry tart.. YUM! that is my fave combo!
Mia looks so sweet all nestled up, that was what I wished I could do all day too, lol!

Carol said...

Don't you love craft fairs? So many talented folks out there!! You picked up some cute and unique things, too, Margaret... And, oh, that tart looks amazing!

Love your progress on Rachel--you'll have a finish in no time, knowing you :)

Melody said...

Rachel is looking good. This will be another beautiful finish for you!

I bet you are looking forward to your son coming home from school. I'm sure Mia will be happy!

Elizabeth said...

Rachel is looking great - I love all that red. I cannot believe how fast you're moving on this!

Melanie said...

I lurve a good craft fair. The kettle corn is always awesome too. Sooooooo much better than the micro kind.

Soo close to finishing this piece!!!!!

Mary said...

What great treasures you found! I'll bet the little switch plate is perfect in your new stitching room.

I really must find Ms Rachel for myself. I've so enjoyed seeing your progress on her!

Chris said...

Great Rachel progress. She is a gorgeous sampler. Will she go on your red wall?
Great finds at the craft fair. I can see why you look forward to it every year!

Karoline said...

Rachel is looking gorgeous, great progress

You got some lovely things at the craft fair

Brigitte said...

Oh oh oh, looking at that peach-raspberry tart makes me so hungry. If Only I could reach through the monitor, lol.
GREAT progress on Rachel. NOt long and she'll be done.

Dona said...

Margaret, your Rachel so pretty! I love the little couple, too. The lady reminds me a little of the lady in Mary Roe.

Great craft fair treasures! Beautiful pears and light switch plate.

Miss Kitty sleeps like Mia. She also likes to find Cait's wool jacket and curl up in it. Cait had pretty given it to her now! Can't wait to see what the surprise is.

Wish I had a slice of your tart - it looks so good!

Dawn said...

Rachel is stunning - I love that red and greenish combo. Looks like a fun show at attend and how nice to bring some treasures home ;-)
Mia looks so cozy napping!

Giovanna said...

You've probably finished her by now - she's a beauty.

Sally said...

Wow she is beautiful! Not much more to go now :)

Anne said...

Love your Rachel! She is so close to being done!! Those pears are beautiful. I remember you getting one last year. Glad it's found a partner. That light switch plate is darling and perfect to add some charm to a room!! Say hi to Mia for me!!

Catherine said...

Love Rachel!! Great goodies you have found ~ love that switch plate! It will be fun seeing pictures of Mia and your son again!