Monday, April 25, 2011

Ann Medd Framed and an Easter Surprise

Woo Hoo!  Ann Medd is finally framed!  Actually, she was done last week, but between our not so perfect weather around here and getting ready for Easter, I didn't have time to take a picture of her!  So here she is in all her glory:


The frame I chose for her is a very simple one.  After spending an almost an hour throwing frames on her, I kept coming back to this one - simple with not a lot of foo-foo.  I didn't think that Ann needed a lot of fussing.  I suppose I figured that in the 1700's things would be simple, so that's what I did.

Just a little bit of distressing so that it looked a little old and slightly beat up.  I think that it works very well.  Now to get her on the wall with ATS and all the others that I've been working on over the past few years.

No stitching to show this time around, but I am making somewhat good progress on Elizabeth Clayton and should have a finish on her soon.  I've been playing with stash to figure out what the next victim of stitching will be!  It's a hard choice.

But something exciting happened yesterday (at least for me).  The Easter Bunny came to our house.  He comes every year and leaves baskets for the kids.  Even though the biggest kid is getting ready to head off to college, he still wants a basket.  Mom never gets a basket.  I think the Easter Bunny thinks that either Mom is too old or seriously doesn't need the chocolate!!  You know "a moment on your lips, forever on your hips" thing!  Well, I manage to eat a couple things while the Bunny's assistant (me) makes those baskets.  But after the hunt was over, the kids told me that I had to hunt for something.  That perhaps one of the Bunny's assistant's had left something for me.  Of course, the kids can't keep quiet and just make me look for it, they have to hint that it's near something that I had recently done.  So, of course, my first thought is Ann, who was propped up against the wall in the dining room:


So I looked behind Ann.............
And what do I see???????
OMG, OMG, OMG..................

An Ipad!!  The latest one!!!!  I have only wanted one of these since they came out.  Dreamed of one, hinted for one.  I see people working on them at Starbucks, people reading books on them and wanted one......oh, did I want one.  But I never asked.  Seems that with having two kids around and their need to be technologically "with it", I never asked.  But I wanted one so bad!!!  And as you can imagine, when I found this I cried.........cried like a baby, I'll tell you!!  I couldn't get it out of the box fast enough!!!   And what do you think I did????

Yep, you guessed it.  Hit the blogs since I'm so behind on reading.  And what do I see, but Becky talking about an abundance of frogs - flower frogs that is!!  That got my attention wouldn't you know!!  Love, love all those frogs you found Becky!!

So now Mom is "with it".  I can read blogs, emails and troll the net from anywhere.  I can download books, figure out where I'm going with GPS.  It was a little eerie when GPS pinpointed us to the back of our house - kind of like Big Brother watching.  Now, I don't have to spend endless hours at dance lessons staring at four walls when it's too cold to get myself into trouble shopping.  I am just beside myself!!  I was informed by the other Easter Bunny's assistant (that would be my DH) that this would just about cover all those gift giving occasions this year (Mother's Day, my birthday, etc.).  But that's good in my book.  I'm now going to be technologically "with it" like my kids.

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Easter and has a great week.  We're in for some heavy rain this week, but that's okay in my book.  I'm taking the Ipad into the craft room and watching a tutorial on sewing!  Oh happy day!!!!

75 comments:

Dianne said...

WOW!!!! Your Easter Bunny was VERY nice to you! Have fun with your new toy ;)

LiahonaGirl said...

Absolutely exquisite! And you picked the perfect frame. You will love your iPad. I've had one for about 6 months and am in love!

Yvette said...

Your stitchery looks perfect in that frame!! You must be so excited!!!

You are going to love your Ipad!!! I use mine all the time!!

WoolenSails said...

That piece is so beautiful and a lot of work, that you put into it. I think the frame is perfect for it. And you sure have a different bunny that i have, lol. Nice surprise to find.

Debbie

Bekca said...

Wow, what a treat! I'm sure you'll love your ipad, and wonder what you ever did before it came along. Ann looks amazing, I have never seen a project quite like her and you should be so proud. Happy stitching to you and I hope you had a lovely Easter.

BrendaS said...

Ann looks FANTASTIC! I think the frame you picked it just perfect.

Love your Easter giftie too! I got one a month or so ago and we just LOVE it! It stays in the family room and we use it every night. I know you're going to LOVE it too:))))

Have a good week and stay dry. We're supposed to get a lot of rain too:(((

mdgtjulie said...

Wow, Ann is huge. I didn't realize she was that big. And grats on your Easter surprise. Your bunny is obviously much more with it then mine, lol.

Sally said...

Wow your Ann looks stunning!!

Oh you have a wonderful Easter bunny! I am so jealous! Lol! Have fun!

Cari said...

Deb, the frame you picked for Ann is perfect!! Excellent choice. And a great big happy Easter iPad!! How cool is that? I love my iPad too!! It's really quite amazing isn't it? Have a great week and enjoy the rainy weather!! Hugs

Glenna said...

Lovely, lovely framing on Ann Medd--perfectly complements her! And what a wonderful suprise the Easter Bunny brought you!

Shelly said...

Ann Medd looks great in that frame! Have fun on that ipad:)

Jackie said...

Ann looks perfect in her frame. Something more ornate would just fight with Ann herself I think.

I'm SO excited for you! I love how you were surprised with it. It makes it so much more fun!

Doris said...

beautiful frame, look just perfect!.
congratulations for your new Ipad!! i have a tablet, and they are so useful, you can read emails, blogs, news, see videos,etc..i like it!

Gabi said...

Omg...Ann looks fabulous in her frame. SO beautiful. You chose a great frame for her.
How lovely for you to have an ipad. They must be fantastic.

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

Ann is gorgeous, Deb and I think the frame suits her perfectly!

I always get an Easter basket but have never gotten a gift that exciting! Yeah for you!!!

Jennifer said...

Oh how exciting!!!!! I love the frame you chose, fits Ann perfectly....perfect! I know you have to be so proud! What a big finish.

And the IPad, I bet that was the best surprise for Easter!
It looks cool. I still haven't figured out my Iphone yet...LOL
I would love to have an IPad too one day.
What a clever way to hide, right behind beautiful Ann. Your kids sound like the best!
Take care.
Jennifer

Pointed Stitcher said...

Wow, what a great post. Ann is absolutely stunning, I mean STUNNING. That is the perfect frame for her (but this must have cost you a fortune to get framed).

How sweet of your kids/family to get you the ipad. Your excitement definitely has come through ;)

Cindy said...

The sampler is beautiful. I love the simplicity of the frame. I hope you enjoy your ipad as much as I do mine. My dh gave me an Apple gift card for Valentine's Day before the first one was released and then stood in line with me to get it.

Such a smart man.

Nick said...

Ann Medd looks ever more wonderful framed! A agree, a nice simple frame really compliments it!

The "Easter Bunny" still leaves me and my sisters (20 & 14) Easter baskets as well. And what a cool surprise from the Easter bunny to you! I've been drooling over an iPad since they came out, and when I found out they were doing the iPad2 in white I about fainted. The only thing I don't like about the iPhone 4 is they didn't do it in white like the previous versions.

Thanks for the comment on Biff. I'll have my maize & blue fingers crossed your son hears something good from the U of M this summer!

Margaret said...

Love how Ann Medd came out! Congrats again on the iPad too! (It's funny -- your framing reminds me that I was supposed to put some framing on my blog post this week. lol! I guess it'll wait till next week!)

Karen said...

Your framed piece is gorgeous! The frame does fit it perfectly. And...what a great gift from the Easter Bunny....he still can't seem to find me!!! Enjoy your new Ipad.

Happy stitching.....

Alice said...

What a wonderful Easter! I love Ann Medd, it looks just perfect. I'm sorry to say that it would take so much more than an ipad to make me 'with it'.

Cath said...

Your sampler looks lovely in the frame , bet you can't ait to get it on the wall .
Wow , the Easter bunnies did good . . Enjoy !

merumo said...

Ann is beautifully framed! I love what you chose for her a lot with some distressed look. And iPad II!! Isn't it a lot of fun? I enjoy APPLE's products so much. They are not only good looking stuff, but also really fun to play with :))) But don't forget to stitch and sew!! lol

Annemarie said...

Perfect frame for the most beautiful sampler on the planet!

Congrats on the iPad. I have no idea what it does or what makes it so great, but you sound happy with it, so that's very, very good. You have some very nice Easter Bunnies in your part of the world :o)

woolwoman said...

Deb - Ann's frame is so perfect - I really think it is a super great choice - like you said simple but heavy enough to support the huge sampler size. OMG - an IPAD from the easter bunny - you must be a really good mommy to get that - It gave me a big smile reading how happy you were to receive it - I know you will LOVE playing with your new toy - ENJOY! Mel

Kathy Ellen said...

Debbie, Ann Medd is absolutely incredible! Such beautiful stitching and beyond words.....gorgeous!!

Aren't you the lucky girl....receiving such a wonderful gift....your very own IPAD! Congratulations! Have fun!

Anne said...

The frame looks perfect with Ann! I like the simplicity of it and what a nice surprise to get an ipad! Conrats!

Nancy said...

Ann Mead is beautiful, the frame you picked is perfect!!

So glad the Easter Bunny was so good to you! I can feel your excitment through the computer screen!

TeresaB said...

Now that's my kind of Easter Bunny! You'll love the iPad. I bought one last year and now my mom has "taken it over" to read on. I'm wondering if I shouldn't just get another one and let her have the one I have now which she'd be plenty happy with.

Love the frame you picked for Ann, it looks perfect.

Siobhan said...

Woohoo!!!!!!!!!!! Ann looks fantastic!! I love it. You chose the perfect frame for it, IMHO!

Congrats on the iPad! What a rockin' Easter bunny!! ;)

Kim said...

I LOVE the simple frame for Ann! LOVE it. It looks fantastic! And OMG how FUN for you to get an iPad! You'll have to let me know how much you love it....I've been thinking of getting one but haven't taken the leap yet!!

Michelle said...

Ann looks lovely framed! I think that frame is the perfect choice - and OMG she was framed fast!! The Easter bunny did you right this year! Woohoo!!! Now you've got me wanting one. LOL!

marly said...

O. M. G. My magnifiers fogged up. It makes me want to stitch Ann Medd, but I don't think I'm ready yet. What a wonderful surprise from your family you lucky girl!

Denise said...

Love your frame - perfect choice! Can't wait to see her hanging up.

And good for you that EB understands the 'not asking for it I want' thing. Have fun!

Rugs and Pugs said...

Deb ~
Lovin' Ann Medd!
I am so jealous!!! I am techno-stupid, but my DSO just got the ipad 2 and I LOVE IT!!! Have fun with it.
Pug hugs :)
Lauren

Teresa S. said...

Oh, Ann is SO wonderful! Congratulations on a beautiful frame job that really sets off the stitching! WOW! And the Ipad too-your cup runneth over :O

Deborah said...

Ann is even more spectacular framed!! Love the ipad. I haven't justified that purchase yet.

Kathy A. said...

Ann Medd is stunning framed. What a beautiful job.
Love the Ipad. I so want one too - but I don't think it is going to happen. Never thought to talk to the Easter Bunny. Maybe next year

Laurie in Iowa said...

Ann looks beautiful in her frame... you picked the perfect one.
Yeah on the great gift from the EB.

Me and My Stitches said...

Wow! You must have been awfully nice to the Eater bunny! That is awesome...maybe I need to start dropping hints to my DH!

valerie said...

Ann Medd looks fantastic all framed up. Congrats! And how sweet of the Easter Bunny to bring you an iPad. How exciting! I hear they're great! Me..I have enough issues with the gadgets I already have. lol

Tanya said...

I think you chose the perfect frame for Ann. I can't wait to see pictures of it hanging on the wall.
Your Easter bunny assistant is awesome. Have fun with your new gift.

KimV said...

All I can see is WOW!

LauraNorthernCA said...

I'm behind on reading blogs. You finished Ann????? Woo Hoo!!!!!!! Congratulations!!!!

sampler lover said...

Oh Deb, Ann does look wonderful in the frame that you picked out. Mr Framer did a wonderful job.

Oh you lucky thing. Your Easter Bunny was very generous lol. His twin brother wasn't so and it was even my wedding anniversary. Oh well, he has a good excuse being laid up. - Sandra.

Sylvia said...

The frame on Ann looks perfect - did you frame her yourself?

I am so happy that you have gotten an I-pad... a wee bit envious as well. You will have to keep us updated on how you like it.

Nancy said...

What an incredible sampler, and I think your frame choice is perfect for it! It looks amazing!

The Easter Bunny likes somebody! Enjoy your IPad.

mbroider said...

Ann looks lovely in that frame!! Have fun with your ipad!! You lucky you....

Paulette said...

Oh that's WONDERFUL!!! I'm SO EXCITED for you! I loved reading how you actually received the iPad.. I got my husband one for Christmas last year, even though he had never asked for one either. Now, he's NEVER EVER without it. LOL I'm so happy though - best thing I ever got him! Your DH is a sweety... and Ann? TO DIE FOR.

Paulette

Nicole said...

The frame is perfect for Ann Medd!! It's just gorgeous!! Lucky you on the new iPad! The Easter Bunny Was definitely good to you this year! :)

Carol said...

That frame is just perfect, Deb--you want Ann to shine and shine she does :) What is the final framed size of her anyway? It really is such an impressive piece...

Enjoy that Ipad--you lucky girl :)

Linda said...

Deb, your peice is exquisite.Wow! How long did that stitchery take?
I'm still working on my little piece I picked up last spring. You are one talented lady.
Oh how awesome. Your own ipad. You must have been an extremely good girl.

Ranae said...

That didn't take long at all to get framed
Ann is a beauty dressed in her new frame.
Congrats! on the Easter find

Lois said...

Love the frame you picked for Ann -she looks wonderful!!!! And as for the gift from the Easter Bunny's assistants?!?!?! Well, not surprised you shed a tear!! Enjoy!!!!! (have you eaten that chocolate bunny yet?!?!?!)

Vilma aka Examplar Dame said...

Love the frame you picked for Ann Medd, it is perfect, and what a masterpiece you have created to admire through the years. Wow Easter bunny was good to you, an iPad wow you are really going to enjoy it spool much, that you will take it with you wherever you go. Vilma

Linda said...

That is gorgeous...the frame is perfect!

I think I shed a tear for you when I read about your gift too! Aren't surprises are wonderful!!

Vonna said...

Ann looks perfectly dressed in her frame :)
And I must say I love what the bunny brought you!
JEALOUS is what I am - but in a really good for you way! LOL!

Suzanne said...

Ann looks absolutely stunning. You certainly chose the perfect frame for her.

You must have been a very good girl to get such an awesome gift from the Easter bunny. Have fun with it!

PS. The GPS is really accurate. My DH has it on his iPhone and it can pinpoint if he is in the back of the house or the front of the house.

Natalia said...

Oh Deb, Ann looks just stunning !!! I know I am going to have to stitch it at some point... It is just beautiful.
What a nice Easter gift you got !!! Enjoy it !!

♥marylin♥ said...

merveilleux !
bisous bisous

Katherine said...

What a wonderful gift! You sound like me when my husband gave me my first laptop. I cried and cried! Ann looks wonderful! And, you didn't say anything about the crash, or bruises or a call for the ambulance, so you must've taken that chair along with you to the framers! All the best!

Nancy M said...

Your Ann Medd looks great. Did you have to take a full size pickup to bring it home?? LOL Great gift and surprise. DH just said he wants a new laptop, I was thinking of that, but I just bought him a portable Bose Ipod wave machine so it'll have to wait! They must be great since Oprah HAD to have them for her favorite things show!!!

Loraine said...

I can't believe I haven't seen your post yet! Gosh so sorry for being a slacker!
I was so excited reading about your surprise, it was like I was getting a new ipad! Congrats to you. Tell your hubby we are all jealous! What a great present!
Love your Ann Medd. The frame is stunning! I think you made an excellent choice, and it looks perfect. I hope it's hanging proudly in your home next to ATS. Hugs to you! Have a great day!

Lei B. said...

The frame you chose is perfect - your Ann Medd sampler looks just beautiful. I love what the Easter bunny left for you. You sure are one lucky girl.

Karoline said...

Ann is stunning, great framing

What a great gift from the Easter Bunny!

Mylene said...

The sampler looks GORGEOUS!!! Great job!

Sherry said...

Ann is just stunning! And how lucky are you to get the iPad! Have fun with it.

Mary @ Neat and Tidy said...

This sampler is just wonderful; what a work of art. So glad I got to see this!

Giovanna said...

Ann is even more stunning in her frame - lovely choice of molding! And congrats on the iPad :-)

Justflo said...

A beautiful choice of frame for Ann/


Lucky you with your surprise. I'll have to try and get 'with it' ....some time.

Terri M said...

Deb, it's gorgeous, congratulations. :) And hooray for the Easter Bunny, rewarding you for your assistance all these years!

Elaine said...

WOW Deb what a stunning piece!!
That EB sure is a keeper, wishing you many hours of joy and fun on your new I-pad.

Deborah~TheBookishDame said...

What absolutely wonderful children you have, Deb. That's some tribute to their mom, I'd say! I'm glad you're going to be catching up on your reading, there's so much out there to read and it's fantastic!
I am awed by your beautiful needlework and finish of "Ann.." It's an heirloom. Just gorgeous and your handwork will be in your family forever. So proud of you!
Hugs,
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Berit said...

Deb, WHAT a post! :D

Congrats on BOTH of your new toys! (I think new work framed totally counts as a toy. :D)

I recently checked out one of those Fons and Porter books you recommended; indeed a treasure trove of info. :D