Sunday, October 4, 2009


When I said I would be taking a short blogging break for the summer I really didn't mean to be gone so long!
Once the family had left I did have good intentions of updating my blog but kept finding other things to do.
I'm finally back now so on with the pictures................

A few weeks ago I received a beautifully stitched and framed mermaid from Nancy.
If you are a reader of Nancy's blog then you'll already know her lovely work so, as you can imagine, I was thrilled to add this new mermaid to my collection.
Nancy added little sequins to the piece for a bit od added sparkle and the frame is one of her vintage finds.

In addition to the mermaid Nancy sent this gorgeous hand painted oyster shell that she found on a visit to Charleston S.C.

The artist has signed and dated it on the back

It's so unusual. Thank you for the lovely gifts Nancy :)

About two years ago I started stitching the Beatrix Potter Sampler as a SAL but it turned into something of a chore for me and has taken all this time to finish.
I stitched it on 36ct antique white Belfast linen using one strand of Vikki Clayton silk in Dusty Rose.

Not a very good picture but it should be clickable for a better view.

I can't tell you the relief now that I'm finished. I think I prefer stitching smaller things these days.

When my daughter was here she saw me doing some stitchery and decided to have a go.
She stitched two small Halloween pieces and I turned them into little pails for the kids to store their treats.

I think they should be able to get plenty in there!

I've made some progress with the hexagons I've been doing in Civil War reproduction fabrics

Finally, a small Stacy Nash Primitives finish. This is a heart shaped pinkeep.
A quick stitch and an easy finish.

Stitched with one strand of DMC on 32 ct Lambswool Linen using fabric from Blackbird Designs Harvest Home line for the backing

I think that's all I can show you for now. There are a few things awaiting finishing that I can, hopefully, show next time.

No nice beach pictures as we have had a couple of weeks of storms and torrential rain. Yes, when it rains here it really does rain!
We're back to the blue skies and sunshine now but I haven't been anywhere to take pictures.

As always thanks for visiting! I hope to be back soon ;)



corinna said...

all lovely

Daffycat said...

I've missed you margaret!

Beautiful work, as always! I really like the Halloween treat bags, so clever!

Welcome back, dear one!

Anonymous said...

Such lovely presents from your friend Nancy (that painted Oyster is sooo unusual, indeed!), and also such lovely works you did - as usual ;>)

ENJOY the sunshine !

Stina Blomgren said... that sampler... so pretty and all the work..pheew.. its gorgeous!!!
Love the Stacy Nash heart too... !!

jane said...

lovely work as always Margaret - it's great to "see" you

Patricia Lessell said...

Love it all. You are just so talented. You were missed - please don't leave it so long next time. Lots of Love Patti xxx

Margaret said...

I can see you've been very busy! Lovely gifts from Nancy! Great Bea finish and Stacy Nash finish. And I love your hexies -- such pretty fabrics! I want to make a hexie quilt someday. Looks like your daughter has your talent btw. :D


Hello Margaret,

How great to see your lovely posts again. The Halloween baskets are just to cute. I am sure your grand children will love them. Your sampler is gorgeous. And the gifts you received from Nancy very lovely indeed.

The past couple of weeks we also had several bad rain and wind storms and it is still very chilly and wet. WE had a lovely Indian Summer for 1 month and now I reckon we will be most skipping Autumn and heading right into winter. very sad face. Hugs Judy

Nancy said...

Hola Margaret! It's so nice to see a post from you. You are very welcome for your gifts, and I'm so happy you enjoy them.

Your Beatrix Potter is gorgeous!, and the color is so soft and soothing. The quilt is going to be a masterpiece for sure, and I love your Stacy Nash heart. The Halloween pails are wonderful, and I can see Dee inherited your stitching talents!

Enjoy your sunny day!

Chocolates4Breakfast (Terri ~ Boog) said...

Welcome back, Margaret! Wonderful stitching - the BP is gorgeous - I know you're happy to have her done. Lovely gifts from Nancy and the Halloween pails are just too darn cute!

Jeanne said...

You certainly used your time well this summer. Beautiful finishes. I really like the Halloween pails you made from your daughter's xs pieces. The hexagons are right up my alley, too.

Olga said...

Congrats on BP finish! It is just stunning!The heart shaped pinkeep turned out so nicely too.

Sandra said...

I love the pails you made and also the SN heart, all very neat as usual. Great mermaid gifts you received - how kind of Nancy.

Sheila said...

What beautiful gifts from Nancy ... that Oyster shell mermaid is so unique - fabulous :)
And those Halloween bags are such fun - your daughter did a great job on her first stitcheries.
BP looks wonderful - and even better IRL, the colour is very calm and peaceful.
Looking forward to seeing everything up close on Wednesday :)

angelasweby said...

Your blog entries are really worth waiting for and today, when I popped over to see if there was a party at your house i discovered it in full swing :>)
I love the gifts from Nancy - always such a treat. The mermaid framed piece is absolutely gorgeous. The colours are so delicate and soft and the vintage frame is really pretty. I love the oyster shell too. What a great addition to your collection
Your BP is really stunning Margaret. I know you're relieved to have finished it but it really was worth it.
I love the SN little heart - so primitive.
The Halloween pails are just amazing. The kids must have loved them and the quilt is making great progress.
Hugs Angela

Andrea said...

A beautiful collection of finishes. Love the Halloween pails. :) A wonderful present from Nancy too.
Someone from work had been to Spain for their holidays a couple of weeks ago and I don't think they had a very good time because of the rain. It was sunnier in the UK when they went! :)

Peg said...

Great to see you back Margaret. I had lost track of your blog when my laptop was stolen but I have found you now. Lovely picture of your piece from Nancy. Hadn't heard from you by email for a long while either. Hope all is well with you.

Deb said...

Wow Margaret, such great things. I love those treat bags - such a great idea. And I'm really drooling over your hexagon quilt. I have wanted to try one of those, but am just too chicken to do that! I can't wait until you show it finished!

Oh, and how can I forget your Sampler. It's fantastic and I love the color you chose for it!

Dovilė said...

lovely little pails you made:) and the heart of Stacy Nash I like too, look my variantion of mine;)

Carol R said...

As always a lovely selection of beautiful projects!

If you miss stitching on Beatrix maybe you would like to finish mine? ;-)

Julia said...

Welcome back Margaret! Your Beatrix Potter Sampler is amazing -what a fantastic achievement. And I love your BBD pinkeep too:0)

Roberta said...

Glad to see you back blogging. BP is lovely and I know you are happy it is finished.

Love the Halloween pails and the stitching your daughter did.

Happy stitching -- Roberta

Misty said...

I'm so happy to see your blog post! You always receive such lovely mermaid gifts--you must have a nice collection going.

Everything you made is gorgeous and, as I love Halloween things, I must say that charming treat bags are adorable!

Take care!

staci said...

So happy to see a post from you! I've missed all your beautiful and creative stitching and finishing! I have to say I ADORE those Halloween buckets...way too cute!

Pat said...

Lovely gifts Margaret. Love that SN Heart! You did a great job on the treat pails.

Dorothy said...

It's so good to see you back Margaret. The Halloween Pails are so cute, your grandchildren will love them. The Beatrix Potter sampler is wonderful!

Sherry said...

I love all your finishes and the pails are adorale! How sweet of Nancy to send you those lovely goodies!

Brigitte said...

It's great to see you back after the summer and blogging. From my own experience I know it's hard to get back into the swing of things, lol.
The gifts you received from Nancy are so darling. I love the mermaid on the shell, what a cute idea.
BP looks terrific but I can understand the relief you felt when it was done. My feeling of relief is still ahead of me, there are still a couple of motifs that need to be stitched.
Your finishes are so beautiful. The grandchildren must have loved their treat bags for Halloween. And the Stacy Nash heart looks so very special. I love her designs very much.
Looking forward to seeing what you will be doing with the hexagons.

Michelle said...

Everything is so beautiful! Welcome back!! Nancy's gifts are wonderful, I love mermaids too. And your completed Beatrix Potter and hexagon quilt are lovely! What fun those little bags are, love them!!

Olga said...

very beautiful work and most delightful and precious gifts, have enjoyed reading and looking at your pictures :o)
luv from olga (uk)

Peg said...

Oh Margaret, beautiful stitching as always, how nice to have shared the making of the bags with Dee. It's so nice to see you posting your finishes again I always thoroughly enjoy looking at the very professional work you do. I'm making a concerted effort to make sure I stitch daily again and try and keep up with my blog. Life has the most annoying habit of getting in the way doesn't it.
Take care

hugs Peg xx

Carolien said...

Hello Margaret,

I just catched up with your blog after some months of absence from my part. You made beautiful bags and mermaids and ... Your 'speed' is enormous! Thanks for sharing, I enjoyed it very much.
I am also back in blogland. Due to my health and family 'things' it was good to stop for awhile, but I decided to give it a new start.

Wish you a nice day & hugs, Carolien

MysteryKnitter said...

The BP thing is lovely! I couldn't make one single stitch of such an awesome sampler. You're very patient stitcher.