Monday, October 20, 2014


Here is my progress on His Eye is on the Sparrow for this week.

Now I know how wide it will be at least!

I like this middle part.

Here is my fussy cut star for the week.  I used the raccoon fabric from the Acacia collection by Tula Pink.

This has been a very strange week.  My laptop broke down, but luckily it turned out to be something that wasn't too expensive to fix.  I took my laptop to the Apple Store on Wednesday and picked it up on Friday -- very speedy!

And then family members started appearing and disappearing.  My girl child came to spend the weekend with me.  She came partly to see a certain someone.

One of her neighborhood friends, with whom she's been besties since babyhood (14 (friend) and 6 (girl child) months old), recently had a baby of her own.  Which is wonderful, and is even more wonderful because it means girl child wants to see baby and mother and comes home more often.

Girl child and I also had a girls' night out.

with dinner and dessert too.

And in the morning, we had breakfast at our favorite diner.

While all this was happening, my father type left on an adventure.

He was only in London long enough to spend the night at a swank hotel, and then to see this in passing -- pretty literally.  (He was on a bus driving by.)

And he saw this, perhaps for slightly longer.

Lucky guy.  Then another flight to end up here.

And here.

Google is paying for a "team building" vacation for his group to Greece.  5 days of sun and sand, followed by a one day work meeting in London.  (They passed through London on the way to Greece and will go back to London for the meeting.)  Poor guy.  lol!  I think he's enjoying himself already.

Mia has been a bit unsettled by the changing of the family members.

But she got to enjoy a coffee high from the girl child

and has been doing a lot of this.

She loves lap time.  lol!

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

Mia at the time of writing this post


Cari said...

Love seeing this stitch piece …. it's so beautiful. I can hardly wait to start it !!

So glad your family has been coming and going this week. Sounds like fun for everyone !!

Hugs to you and sweet Mia !!

Vickie said...

Wowza! That is a big 'ol sampler. =)
I have never seen that much of Mia's eyes! hahaha
Is she proof reading in the last snap? ;)

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

You have had a lot of comings and goings! His eye is on the sparrow is beautiful--love your fabric and that fussy cut with the raccoon eye. Lucky Hubs for his "working vacation." Miss Mia is so expressive with her feelings

Brenda A said...

His Eye is on the Sparrow is looking wonderful!!

Annie said...

Always fun when borders are in place! Lookin' good.

Love how you got to spend quality time with your daughter. One of those "priceless" opportunities.

And what great perqs for a Google guy! I assume Google takes it out in sweat equity at some point!

Ann at Beadlework. said...

Lovely stitching Margaret, this design is so appealing. It sounds busy with your family at the moment - neither wonder Mia is a bit confused:-) It looks a bit wet at Buck House - lucky husband getting to visit different places. Hi to Mia, cute girl.

Vera said...

Hi Margaret, the "Sparrow" sampler looks does your fussy star. Love those. Such interesting fabrics. Nice for you and the girl child to have time together. And what a great "business" trip for the father type!

Alice said...

Your stitching is amazing! Love all the pics and your sweet kitty too!

Linda said...

Beautiful stitching Margaret. Looks like your almost done. Yeah for hubby. To bad you didn't get to go. Looks like you had fun with the girl child. Mia looks happy.


Carol said...

Oh, I had no idea that sampler was so wide, Margaret--what a beauty!! And how nice that you'll be seeing more of your daughter :)

I'm so envious of your husband--Greece is one place I've always wanted to visit!

marly said...

That's a biggie! You're way ahead of others I'm watching. That first picture of Mia looks like it was taken after the coffee sips! Authentic Greek desserts and pastries are what I'll dream about tonight.

Melissa said...

Gosh I love that sampler! I just wish it was smaller...for me I mean.

How lucky your husband is on his fun trip! I hope he gets you a nice pressie.

Lovely to see your daughter, her friend and the sweet baby. Does that get you thinking of becoming a grandma one day? ;-)

woolwoman said...

DH trip sounds just wonderful. Only drawback is all this air travel with this Ebola scare. Glad you got to spend some time with DD. That spinach omelet looks yum! your Sparrow sampler is sure moving along at your typical lightning speed. I love it ! hope you have a good and non-strange week - Mel

samplerlover said...

The Sparrow is looking lovely Margaret :). She's a big one isn't she.

What a pity that you couldn't squeeze into Dave's suitcase. He could leave you in London while he is in Greece and pick you up on the way home. I'd hate to see your luggage going home though :). You would have loved it there. Hope he brings something lovely home for you.

Mouse said...

oooooo it looks fabulous :) and I have been down that street when I was in London last year .... hope he has a wonderful time and awwwww mia you look adorable as always ....
and lovely that you are getting to see the girl child more often too :) love mouse xxx

Wanda said...

Oh Margaret, I love seeing your updates on this sampler - it is so gorgeous! Your star is beautiful as always!
What a fun week you've had. Mia is priceless!

krayolakris said...

Fun post Margaret! I love your daughter' s hair! She is so pretty. Lucky DH! And little sweet in her little softie bed. Have a great week!

Jackie said...

Team building in Greece - that must be hard! :) I hope he has a great time. I know that while you miss him, it must have been pretty special to have 1:1 time with your daughter.

Brigitte said...

Such great progress on your sampler, it's definitely a huge one with very beautiful motives.

You never seem to get bored with your family, some in and some out, lol. Hopefully your husband is having a good team building time in Greece.

Irene said...

Il sampler รจ bellissimo!

cucki said...

This is a pretty sampler and I love your pictures so much
Hello to Mia x

Amanda said...

When the top picture of "His Eye Is On the Sparrow" loaded and I saw the whole thing, it took my breath away. What a spectacular piece! The Fussy Star reminds me of the paintings of Ohio wildlife artist Charlie Harper. He used to joke "Other artists count the number of feathers on the wings; I count the number of wings."

Rugs and Pugs said...

That sampler is simply breathtaking!
Daughter time looks very special.
Hugs :)

Michelle-ozark crafter said...

Love that sampler and all the family news. Poor mia! Sylvia has been in a bit of an odd mood. Restless and nervous and she took a pretty good swipe at jack.

Loraine said...

As always I love your current sampler!!! You always pick such wonderful things to stitch.
Your husband is so lucky! I hope you are getting a lot done while he is away.
It is so nice to see you daughter visiting often too. I'm sure you love it!
I hope all is well. I need to catch up with blogs. It's been a busy month!
Hugs to you!

Melody said...

Your sampler is just beautiful! How exciting for your husband to travel. It will be interesting to hear what his trip was like. I bet Greece is pretty. It must be quite an adventure working for google.

Beth said...

That is quite the trip 'extra' as part of a one day conference - wow! You know I love London and I'm sure I'd love Greece too. Looks like you had some great Girl Time with daughter and Mia. His Eye is going to be Monster Big!

Annette-California said...

Love the photo of showing how huge your sampler your stitching is! Gorgeous Margaret! Lucky hubby! So Mia likes coffee - lol! Hugs to you and Mia!!!
love Annette

Sally said...

Wow Eye of the Sparrow is stunning! And huge!

Glad you had a great time with your daughter. I could just eat your breakfast! It looks delicious.

Mia makes me smile. It doesn't matter what she is doing, She is just so sweet.

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

Your sampler is stunning, Margaret! Lucky hubby! Now your hubby's trip sounds like a team building event I could actually get excited about! HaHa!
Your DD is beautiful and the pic of her and her bestie is darling!

Ranae said...

The sampler is looking soooo gorgeous