Monday, March 3, 2014

Flowers take forever and a visitor

I made some progress on A Parrot this week.  That red flower seemed to take forever.


I forgot once again to put in a quarter for size.  Next time maybe.  It's on 50/62ct fabric.

And here's my fussy cut star for the week, using an Andover by Jo Morton fabric.


We had an unexpected visitor this weekend.


My girl needed a little loving from her parents this weekend so she turned up and it was a very nice surprise.  I wheedled her into taking my red Bugga lightweight pullover sweater that I knitted.  It fits her too!  (Good thing loose fit is in.)

We ended up going out to see The Wind Rises by Hayao Miyazaki (of My Neighbor Totoro fame).


I stole the selfie the girl child took of us at the theater.  So cute, my girl.

Then we went for dinner (I had udon noodles with veggies).


And we had yummy ice cream from Cold Stone Creamery for dessert.  And ogled the other offerings on display.


It was a fun day.

For once, the big snow storm we were expecting didn't happen.  We didn't get one flake from the storm.  So bizarre!  The girl child's area got more though.  I'm hoping she will get to work safely this morning.

Thanks as always for stopping by and saying hi.  I hope everyone has a great week.  (Here's a sneaky pic of Mia as she was 5 minutes ago.)


39 comments:

Sherry said...

Your stitching is so lovely! It will be a beautiful addition to your wall when completed. Love the new star. What a cute selfie!

Vickie said...

Good for you all. Looks like a lot of fun.
What a good mom you are Margaret! Giving her that beautiful sweater you just knitted. Looks great on her.

Karen said...

Oooh, such pretty flowers! I'm looking forward to seeing the finished product. Sounds like you had a nice visit with the Girl Child. :-)

Miss Pants said...

Beautiful stitching! Looks like it was a nice visit this weekend. Hope you enjoyed the movie. It's on our list as we've seen all the Miyazaki movies.

Ann at Beadlework. said...

It's a big flower, but very pretty. Glad the snow didn't appear for once. Those toffee apples took me back in time - I used to adore toffee apples made by a local lady in aid of church funds.

Mugwump Woolies said...

As always, beautiful stitching! Wonderful family pic...what a fun time ! How lucky your beautiful daughter is to receive such a lovely red sweater made by Mom with...as Annie always says...extra love. Have a great week!
Robyn

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

Girl child is beautiful--never get to old or to big to need parental loving. Nashville got hit with ice storm--it's nasty--so glad am home where it is warm and I have projects.

Laurie in Iowa said...

The girl child looks fabulous in your sweater!

Krista said...

The flowers look beautiful. Looks like a fun weekend. The sweater looks great on your daughter. Mia is such a cutie. Have a great week!

Keeper of the Crowes said...

Your daughter looks beautiful in your sweater.

Julianne said...

Great picture of mom, dad and daughter! Glad you had a fun time. It certainly reflects in your faces.

Lovely quilt star. Will you be using them all in a full-sized quilt?

Melody said...

Hi Margaret. Lovely stitching. I bet those flowers do take awhile, they are big! How nice your daughter showed up for a surprise visit. Looks like you had a nice evening out too!

BrendaS said...

Nice progress on your stitching Margaret!

Great pic of you all at the theatre! Isn't it great when kids come home unexpectedly? Glad you had a great time:))

Have a good week.

Cari said...

I always love seeing pics of your wonderful family. Thanks so much for sharing your day! Love your stitching too. I was surprised how easy it was to stitch one the 50/62 count fabric. Would you agree? Although it's tiny, I think the difference in the count helps to keep track. I love, love, love your piece. Hugs to you and sweet Mia !!

Love to Stitch said...

Your stitching is just what we need during this cold and dark winter! So bright and colorful-- just beautiful, I cant wait to see the size of it :) Your daughter is lovely and that sweater you made looks fabulous on her!! WOWZA! Glad you had some nice family time, that too is another great pick me up!! Impressive your fussy cut quilt stars-- they are impeccable. Someday I will have to give that sort of quilting a try! Have a super week Margaret!!!

Melissa said...

What a lovely surprise to have your beautiful daughter home for a visit. Looks like you guys made a good time out of it too!

Love the stitching. The flowers are so pretty!

Linda said...

Beautiful red flower Margaret. A nice surprise from your daughter. Sounds like a fun day.

Linda

Kim said...

Looks like it was a very good day!!
Love the flower, the star is so cool!!! Having a surprise visit from you daughter was very special, we love to see our kids!!!!

Kim~

Mary Ann said...

Love the red flower and the star! And, it looks like the surprise visit was a whole lot of fun!!

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Oh Margaret, each star is prettier than the last one. I love how the dots line up on this one. Girl Child looks cute in your sweater and that selfie is crackin me up. Nice picture of all three of you. Have a good week!

Chris said...

Yea for fun!! I love the selfie. It sounds like a perfect day.
Gorgeous stitching progress!
Hugs to you and Mia!

Charlene ♥ SC said...

Nice to have a weekend with the GC. Looks like your events were fun. And of course your stitching is great - and tiny! We had 75° Sunday, and supposed to sleet tonight with snow Thursday. Come ON... Nothing like your terrible winter, but SO unusual for us. Snuggle up with Mia!

Charlene ♥ SC said...

Nice to have a weekend with the GC. Looks like your events were fun. And of course your stitching is great - and tiny! We had 75° Sunday, and supposed to sleet tonight with snow Thursday. Come ON... Nothing like your terrible winter, but SO unusual for us. Snuggle up with Mia!

Jackie said...

Your daughter looks fabulous in your sweater. I'm sure every time she wears it, she'll think of it as the next best thing to getting a hug from you.

Mia looks like she's seeking warmth from the light.

The red flower is BIG!

Carol said...

So nice that you could spoil your daughter this weekend--the sweater looks fabulous on her! Looks like the three of you had a great time together, Margaret...

I'm loving your stars--each one is so unique and pretty. What do you plan to do with them?

We only got 3 inches out of what was supposed to be "the biggest storm of the winter"! Such a relief :)

Annie said...

At least the flower was a pretty red/pink.. always good when the ones that seem to drag on are nice colors I find.

You sure wouldn't have had to talk me into accepting that sweater! It looks wonderful!

We did get about 6" of snow here and it's super cold. But it could have been worse (I keep telling myself so I remain positive).

Busy Lizzie said...

beautiful progress and pictures

Beth said...

Yikes that linen count floors me! 40 count is about as small as I can 'see' any longer. Looks like a wonderful weekend with you daughter.

Giovanna said...

Noce stitching and sewing. Glad you got spared the snow this time :-)

Vera said...

The sweater looks wonderful on the girl child! She's lucky you gave it to her - lol. I remember stitching that flower -- and yes, it did go on forever...just wait for the big blue one on the right -- that one took me longer! I didn't have snow at home, but my office was closed yesterday - yay!!

Sonda said...

Sounds like some fun family time! Love the sweater.

Brigitte said...

The sweater's colour looks gorgeous on your daughter, too. Such a wonderful gift does not only warm the body but also the heart.
What a nice new star could add to your collection. And your stitching is just gorgeous.

Dawn said...

The flowers are beautiful! 60 count, oh my, impressive. Fun quality time w your DD. Sweet.

woolwoman said...

gorgeous project - I have always loved this SL sampler. I don't see how you can see this linen but is sure is beautiful ! What a noble gesture to give up your lovely handknit - only a mother can love that much (wink!) Glad to hear you got NO MORE SNOW !
Mel

Melanie said...

Ooooooo, what fun!!!! I'm such a fan of his movies. AND cake batter ice cream. AND noodles. I think we are the same person. lol
She looks great in the new sweater. You might have to make another one. :)

Lois said...

A gorgeous flower and I'm so in awe of stitching on such a high count! So nice to have had an unexpected visit from your daughter. Love your star and hope the weather warms up soon!

Karoline said...

PLL is looking gorgeous & your fussy cut star is lovely.
The jumper really suits your DD, glad you all had a good time.

Sally said...

Wow how do you manage to stitch on such tiny fabric? It looks amazing!

Love the selfie! Such a cute pic. Glad you had a great time.

WordsPoeticallyWorth said...

Thank you. Love love, Andrew. Bye.