Mary Allen Sampler - Samplers Remembered
32 count French Vanilla
NPI Silk Thread
I've been wanting to start this piece for a long time. I am having a lot of fun with it being on 32 count. I wanted it to fit into a specific space on a wall so 32 ct. fabric fit the bill. Finally, after some back and forth about what sampler to stitch together, my dear friend Loraine and I decided to start on it. We're going for a page of month (think I'll make it - me who never finishes a SAL?). Loraine and I met last year at the Shepherd's Bush retreat and she has become a very, very dear friend to me.
Then, when I got tired of playing around with words, I started another A&E (always need to have one of those in the fire):
Sun & Moon Sampler - The Scarlett Letter
36 ct. Edinborough Sand
This one is working up so quickly - except those pesky frogs came again. The border is a little bit of a PITA as it's in two colors. Where my needle is - well, I have to "frog" out all of what I already stitched below because it's one stitch off! AUGHHH!! But, as I've said before - I can't stitch a small sampler without those frogs coming to visit.
Then for those nights when I couldn't sleep, I did some slicing and dicing (luckily I stopped before I sliced and diced myself with the rotary cutter):
Oh, those little pieces in the Farmer's Wife quilt are going to be the death of me!!! But, out of the 15 blocks that I needed to cut out so that I was closer to the Grande Finale, I only have two more to go! Woo Hoo!! Then I can start putting this baby together. It's been a fun 18 month journey with this quilt, but I think that I'll be doing a happy dance when I'm finally finished. I still have the sashing to cut out, but the blocks are what takes so long with all the template cutting.
And I managed to pick up some framing and Mr. Tom the Framer didn't disappoint:
I was hesitant about this frame, but Framer Tom assured me that I'd love it - and he was right - I do!! And I also picked up Sarah:
I think the frame is perfect!
So, why all the stress and drama? Well, I won't bore you with the drama. And I guess it wasn't really stress - maybe more apprehension. I was just being a typical mom and realizing that my son is grown up - my first born. My baby! Not such a baby anymore. He graduated from high school with Honors:
The baby picture is one of my favorites because that huge smile (actually looks like a lion roaring to me) is how I have seen him throughout his life. Always with a big smile and a great sense of humor.
I'm so proud of this young man! He has worked so hard, taken so many AP classes (although the AP Bio about killed him), and he never flinched. Just kept going and never complained even with all the late nights of homework (but teens are definitely used to late nights - right? Although I think he'd rather have been playing Xbox). He set goals and achieved them! And he has barely given me a bit of trouble over all his 17 years (well...there was that one time........LOL). As you can imagine, it was one of those emotional days seeing him walk across the stage to receive his diploma. Then not two weeks later, it was time to put him on a plane to Spain:
All of the students seemed so excited to go - and who can blame them? Me? I was so anxious for him, but I survived (obviously if I'm writing this!). It was hard making sure he had everything he needed especially when he assures me that he only needed to take a t-shirt and shorts - oh, and a change of underwear and deordrant. For two weeks? I know that men tend to be minimalists, but that was taking it a little far! First reports from Spain - the plane ride was way too long and all the buildings in Madrid are so close to each other! That's all I got out of him - he's a minimalist when he talks too. He didn't sleep on the plane and had been up for quite a while and he was ready for a shower and to hit the hay. He's got a busy couple of weeks ahead of him visiting museums and cathedrals and a five day stay with a family there. Such a chance in a lifetime! But all of this is just a precursor to be sending him off to college! I guess it's time for mom to realize that he's not a baby any more!
Well, I think that's all the news that's fit to report today. With all the ups and downs of the past coulple weeks, I've also had some exciting news, but I'll share that with you next time! I think I've posted enough today! Oh, and before I forget - I'm still having some problems with Blogger and commenting and my wireless cutting out. Now that all the end of the year stuff and getting my son off to Spain is over with, I guess I'll have to hunt down a new wireless. It only happens when I go into blogs, but this router is getting on in years, so it's time. It's the only thing I can think of that could be causing my issues - beside the occasional Blogger blips that we all seem to be encountering. So just so that you know, I have been reading, just unable to comment at times.
Hope that everyone has a great week. And thank you again for all your wonderful comments and emails!!