Monday, July 29, 2013

A milestone

First off, here is my progress on my A Needleworker's Sampler Huswif.  I'm loving stitching this!


I always seem to be working on the large flower bands when I take progress pics!

In the past couple of weeks, I have received a couple of prizes I won.  First, I won a beautiful pack of luscious wool squares from Heirlooms by Ashton House.


So many pretty colors and so yummy!  Thank you so much!

Next, I won a copy of the Just Cross Stitch Annual Christmas Ornament Preview magazine from Jan of Tree of Life Samplings.


Jan has a lovely design inside, and she signed the page for me too!  So special!  Thank you, Jan!  I love your designs!

Now for the milestone.  All summer since the boy child got home, he and I (and the father type on weekends) have been going out driving.  Boy child driving.  Both my kids got late starts on getting their driver's licenses -- neither was in a hurry to get one, and we didn't push for it either.  But this, we decided, was the summer for the boy child to get his license.  So driving every day was the routine.

Last Thursday, the boy child went for his road test.  And he passed!!!  Hooray!  Now here in NY, the tester gives the successful test-ee something that is basically a receipt that serves as a temporary license (along with the test-ee's driver's permit) until the real thing is mailed to the person.  So I couldn't take a picture of the boy child with his new license yet.  But I did take a picture of the boy child as he was about to leave on his first ever solo drive.


Congratulations, kid!  You are an official driver now!

Our elusive girl child came home this past weekend as a surprise belated birthday gift to me.  She also gave me a lovely, delicate little bracelet, which I love!


She's back to her own home and work now, but it was so nice to have her visit.

Here are a few pictures of the boy child and his companion.  I love this series.




And yes, I was watching all the royal baby news last week!  lol!

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

Mia's current position on my lap

47 comments:

Vicki said...

Congrats to your son for achieving a major milestone! How cool that you got a designer signed magazine - that'll be a keeper. Have a great week!

Vickie said...

Hooray for your son. That's great.
You sure made wonderful progress with stitching.

Cari said...

Your Monday updates always make my Monday special. Your Huswife is coming right along...love this piece. Congratulations to the boy child on receiving his driving permits...major milestone !! Mia is so sweet...she loves her family doesn't she? Hugs and have a great week!!

marly said...

Now you have a driver Miss Margaret! Wow that huswife is gorgeous and as usual, you're making short work of it.

Bertie said...

A stunning huswif Margaret! Congrats to the boy, he will be driving you so you can stitch lol.
Mia is gorgeous as ever. Lovely bracelet;))
Have a fabulous week.

Giovanna said...

Congrats to your son. The sampler is coming along beautifully, and congrats on the wins. As a UK (as well as Italian) citizen, I've been very puzzled to see how obsessed non-UKs have been about the new royal - what's the big deal for you all?

My Xstitch Place said...

Congrats for your son and the beautiful prizes you have won. I am in love with your sampler, it is gorgous.

BrendaS said...

Great progress on your stitching Margaret -- LOVE the colors in that one.

Congrats to your son!! I'm sure he's excited too:)

Vera said...

Hi Margaret! congrats to the boy child -- you should have more time to stitch. Your huswife is gorgeous and love the bracelet your daughter picked for you. Mia -- great pics!!

Susan said...

Beautiful stitching as always, Margaret!

Congrats to your son! None of our kids had their license before the age of 18 (one was 21) and I was always glad they waited. Still, that first solo drive is a bit nerve-wracking, isn't it?

Ann at Beadlework. said...

I look forward to seeing your progress on this design each week, I so love it. Congratulations to your son - Mia just loves him does she not.

Dawn said...

The huswife is really pretty, and ohh so tempting.
Congrats on your new driver.
Always fun to stretch a birthday out with company and gifts!

Lois said...

Such a gorgeous WIP Margaret! Congrats to the boy child - being able to drive is a good life skill to have. Those first few solo trips though?!?! Mia is sure going to miss his company when he heads back to school.

Mugwump Woolies said...

Congrats to the new driver! Your Huswife is beautiful...you must be stitching in your sleep again... you have made so much progress!
Love the pics of "a boy and his cat".
Have a great week,
Robyn

Melissa said...

Awww, I love the boy-and-cat photos. Very sweet. Congrats to your son for his license. Our boy was not in a hurry to get his neither. Here in the "big" city he was happy enough to use transit. Besides it's very costly here to insure young drivers.

Love your stitching progress and that's a lovely bracelet from your daughter!

cucki said...

yayyyyyyyyyyyyy for your son ..congratulations.
beautiful stitching..very pretty sampler.
big hugs x

Melody said...

Congrats to your son! Interesting how different kids are. Ours couldn't wait until they were old enough to drive and get their license...

Nicola said...

A great post Margaret, love the sampler and your bracelet. Well done Eli on passing first time. Now the worry will begin when he is out in the car!!!!

Is insurance expensive for youngsters in the States, in the UK it can be unafordable.

Charlene ♥ SC said...

I think you've chosen a perfect huswif! It is lovely. Nice BD surprise, and great wins, too. You're the first to tempt me with the Christmas preview. Congratulations to the DS. Now you can send him on errands - as long as he's home! Be well.

Patti-Rocky Mtn Stitcher said...

Isn't it a fun piece? Amazing how much you have done. It's like a good book-hard to put down isn''t it?

Evelyne said...

Congrats to your son. I Love your sampler so much it's so beautiful.
The pictures of the boychild and Mia are so great, very sweet!

Nice week, Evelyne

Merry Wind Farm said...

Hi, Margaret,
Your sampler huswife is gorgeous. Will you use it as a huswife or frame it? You have courage to go driving as your son learned. My husband taught Evan. I went out with him once and nearly had a nervous breakdown! I too didn't get my drivers license on time. My mother bribed me with a horse if I put it off for a year. Good deal, 40 years later I still have horses! Adorable Mia, such a ham!
Melinda

Teresa S. said...

That sampler is gorgeous! Why am I not surprised that I like what you are working on??!

Oh, wonderful news for your son! And a belated birthday gift is so special from DD.

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

The huswife is beautiful. Congratulations to Eli!

Ahh Miss Mia never a dull moment

Laurie in Iowa said...

Your huswif looks fabulous... gorgeous colors. Love the bracelet the girl child gave you! Big congrats to the boy child in passing his driving test.

samplerlover said...

Congratulations on DS getting his licence. A major milestone for him. Your new piece is lovely Margaret. Love your birthday present. Sorry I have been out of touch lately have been away for awhile. = Sandra.

P.J. said...

Congrats on the boy child becoming a licensed driver!! Lovely stiching as always. Mia and her boy. :)

Ellen said...

Your sampler huswif is gorgeous! Congrats to your DS, now he is an official driver ha ha!

Hugs,

Melanie said...

That's SOME progress!!! It's beautiful. :)

Congrats to the son on his license! That is a big milestone. I SMELL A ROAD TRIP coming up.

Penny said...

Beautiful stitching! Congratulations to your son!! I was a nervous wreck when my son took his first solo drive. :) What a lovely bracelet! Great pictures of your son and his sweet little companion. :)

Krista said...

Congrats to your son, an exciting milestone for sure! Your huswif is beautiful, love all the jewel tone colors in it. Mia always makes me smile :) Have a wonderful week!

Chris said...

Gorgeous stitching progress! Congratulations to the new driver in your family!
Hugs to you and Mia!

Sherry said...

The sampler is looking stunning! Congratulations to the boy child! That is a big accomplishment! What a cute picture series of Mia and your boy!

Sally said...

Beautiful progress on your sampler.

Congratulations to your son!

Love the photos of your son and Mia. She is just so sweet and he clearly adores her.

Beautiful gift from your daughter.

Carol said...

Great news that your son got his license, Margaret! Just think of all the insurance money you saved by him not getting it at 16, too :)

Lovely progress on your sampler and wonderful giveaway goodies--enjoy!

woolwoman said...

glad the summer is coming along with some major milestones around your house. Love the bracelet from your DD. The WMN piece is just stunning - enjoy! Mel

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

OOOH! Your huswife is looking gorgeous, Margaret! Congrats to your BC for getting his license. That first time the boys drove off by themselves left an icky lump in my throat for a long time. Luckily, it doesn't last forever! Cute series of pics of the BC and Mia and your new bracelet is lovely!

Amanda said...

The Huswife is gorgeous, it is going to be a beauty! The sequence with Mia reminds me of a Chinese comment to the effect that cats are part lion, part monkey. When you watch her antics, you can believe the bit about the monkey. She is such a character!

Jackie said...

Great progress on your sampler - it's a pretty one!

My youngest was a bit late getting his DL, about 6 months. We didn't let him drive with passengers for a while so he would gain experience on not be distracted. It was nice to have someone to run to the grocery store in a pinch vs having to pick him up at the movie theatre at midnight!

Karoline said...

Congratulations to your DS on getting his licence

You are making great progress on the Hussif, it's looking gorgeous

Brigitte said...

Veeeeery beautiful stitching on the huswife. I'm always surprised how much you get done between the different progress pictures.
Congrats to your son for getting his driver's license that's definitely a milestone. I still remember how grateful I was when I didn't have to be the mama taxi any longer, lol.

Anne said...

Loving the band sampler Margaret!! The colours and variety of bands are so pretty. Big congrats to your son on passing his driver's test!! That's a big thing to do...I still have to do it..hehe!! Love the photos of Mia with your son!! She's such a card. So sweet!

Juels said...

I was a late starter when it came to driving, too. In fact, so was my son. I think he just liked being driven to work (not!)... anywho, congrats to your son on getting his driver's license! Andd you huswife is beautiful and you have accomplished quite a bit since last post.

Kathy Ellen said...

Margaret, your progress on your Huswife is just amazing, as always. Congratulations on your two giveaway winnings!

Happy Belated Birthday Wishes!
What a lovely birthday bracelet from your daughter.

Hope that your 'newest driver' is doing well on his own driving now.
Ah, that Mia...she is just such a wonderful kitty, and it certainly looks like she loves your son!

Blessings!

Sharon said...

Wow, love your Huswife piece Margaret It's gorgeous. Congrats to your son, my daughter goes for her drivers test on Tuesday.

Sharon said...

Your finishes are stunning, especially the Huswife. Congrats!

Catherine said...

Tfabulois stitches! Congrats to your son ~ love the pics with Mia!!