Saturday, October 1, 2011

Finally back (picture heavy)

It's a month ago since my last post and it was a pretty busy month. First my husband had a surgery followed by a rather painful recovery. Thankfully he's better now and back at work. Then I got a nasty eye infection and looking at a monitor was not an option. And above all I'm a bit stressed because my step father is since 3 weeks in ICU and the situation is worrying.

I'm so very sorry that I hardly visited any blogs, yahoo groups or bulletin boards, but I just don't function well under stress. Things that come easy normally tend to get too much and I fall back to the basics.

On to more cheering things....

A finish!!!!

Birds of a Feather
Desinger: Brenda Gervais (With Thy Needle and Thread)
Fabric: 35ct WDW linen in Confederate Grey
Recommended WDW fibers

The two changes were changing the color of the house to Cappuccino and  stealing the idea of the red letter shamelessly from Edgar

I'm giving away the 3 charts for this design. If you're interested in it, just state so in a comment. If there are more then one person wanting it, I'll draw a name. :)

There is also some progress on Mary Allen:

Village Square Sampler - Mary Allen 1818
By Samplers Remembered
Stitched on 36ct Edinburgh "Buttercream" from Silkweaver
with NPI silks 
Worked on the birdie....
Frederika by Carriage House Samplings
Stitched on 40ct Lakeside Linens "Vintage Pearled Barley"
with NPI silks

Joined a SAL for "A Petit Sampling Etui" held by Nataly.
With Affection
Part one of "A Petit Sampling Etui
Designer Louise Henderson by Cherished Stitches
Fabric: 36ct Silkweaver linen "Heritage" 
Recommended Crescent Color Threads

Finished the scarf for my daughter. She was quite happy with it and was even willing to pose without make up for me !!!

I got also 2 lovely gifts. A gorgeous tissue holder which I carry around everywhere and some beautiful floss together with a darling chart. I'll post pictures next time :)

Wishing you a great time wherever in the world you are (and hopefully better weather then we have here right's pouring)


gracie said...

Your finish is beautiful...and your WIPs are also. Your daughter looks pretty with the scarf. I am glad your hubby is on the mend.

staci said...

I am so sorry about your stepfather, I hope that he is doing better soon!

Congrats on your gorgeous Birds of a Feather finish! Your daughter and her scarf are both lovely too!

Gillie said...

Would love to have a chance to win. I have been admiring your progress, congratulations, Gabi! Not surprised you went a bit weak at the knees, that is a lot all at once. Hugs to your stepfather.

BrendaS said...

Glad to see a post from you! Sorry to hear about your FIL. Glad you and your husband are doing better.

Congratulations on the finish! Beautiful. Love all your WIP's. Just gorgeous stitching:))

Ineke said...

I can imagine you are a 'bit' stressed and tired because of all the things that happened last month. I hope you all feel better soon. Birds of a Feather is a beautiful finish. Your daughter is a very pretty young lady. Take care!

Maggie said...

Congratulations on your stitchy and your knitty finish, both are beautiful!

Glad your husband is better and wishing your FIL better too.

Don't apologise for not visiting blogs or blogging - sometimes we all need a break to come back afresh .

I'd love to have a chance at winning the charts if i can.

Have a good weekend :-) (we have glorious sunshine here in the UK BTW - 28 degrees today, and it's supposed to be Autumn!!!!!)

Carissa said...

Gabi, it sounds like the last month has been stressful, I hope now that your hubby has recovered and your eye infection is better, it calms at least a little bit. I'll be thinking of your stepfather and I'm sorry he's not well.

I love your Birds of a Feather, it turned out beautifully and that scarf you made your daughter is a beauty, and so is she!

butterfly said...

Oh Gabi i am so sorry for all your worries of late and hoping life gets better soon.
Sometimes life is not easy.

Your stitching is so beautiful and a lovely daughter and scarf.

Please i would love a chance to win your chart.

Have a good weekend. good to have you back.

Hazel said...

Beautiful wips. So sorry to hear you haven't been well and all the business of life. Love the scarf. Your dd looks fab in it. I already have the three charts so don't include me in the giveaway for it. xx

Wagapapa said...

It's nice to read about you again. :D I'm sorry things are not going very well, think they will improve soon.

Love your Birds of a feather, so I'd like to get the chart :)

Big hugs from here.


Stitchin' Sweet Sue said...

So good to see you back Gabi, hope you're both well on the mend. Nice finish and scarf, your daughter is lovely. (Not entering, give my chance to another plz).

marly said...

I hope good news increases and your stress decreases. Another Mary Allen to swoon over along with other great projects. My goodness! Your daughter doesn't even need makeup!

diamondc said...

Gabi: Wow I hope you are holding up well your plate is full, I pray your Father-in-law is soon better.
I do wish I looked as good as your daughter without make-up she is georgous the scarf is too.
Love your stitching projects the Mystery Sampler is beautiful.
Please donot include me in your givaway I do have the charts I am just glad to see you blogging again.

Teresa S. said...

Congrats on all your stitching progress! Your projects look wonderful!

Vonna said...

What gorgeous wonderful stitching and knitting!

Lesleyanne said...

Your finish is lovely and your WIPs are coming along great. Your daughter looks pretty with the scarf. I am glad your hubby is on the mend and hope your FIL gets well soon.

Anne said...

Your scarf for your daughter is gorgeous! Very classy and clean! Congrats on your finish! It's stunning! I love all your WIP's and I would love to be given the chance to win the sampler.

So sorry to hear about your stepfather. Sending my prayers to you and your family.

Margaret said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your stepfather and your husband's painful surgery and recovery. And the eye infection too - not fun! I hope your stepfather is feeling better soon and you too. Stress is not fun. I've been under stress the past month and a half too and I've even lost weight -- which never happens. So I totally understand. Don't worry about visiting blogs and all. I will be sending prayers for you and yours.

Your stitching is beautiful! All of it! Your knitting is amazing too!

Penny said...

So sorry about your stepfather. It sounds like you have had a rough time. I know what you mean about functioning under stress. Glad you and your husband are feeling better. Beautiful, beautiful stitching! I'm in love with that scarf and what a gorgeous daughter to model it!

cucki said...

hello dear, your finish stitching is so beautiful..i love it with my heart..great stitching..
i am so glad that your hubby is feeling better now..and i hope your FIL feels better soon too..
scarf is so lovely too..your daughter is looking so sweet with it..
and all the wip's are so lovely..
sending you lots of love dear xx

cucki said...

oops..i forgot to say..can you please count my name for the draw please..i love it so much..
hugs cucki xx

Kathy Ellen said...

So glad that your DH is feeling better and back on his feet again.

Beautiful finish of your "Birds of a Feather", and you have some lovely WIP's too!

Ooooh....your daughter's scarf is wonderful and she looks so happy wearing it too!

Wishing for you and your family, some better days ahead and some time to enjoy a little stitching!

Joke said...

Your finished piece is wonderful! so is your progress on the other items. I love your scarf too, looks good!

Michele said...

Glad to hear you and your hubby are doing better. Will keep you in my thoughts regarding your step father.

Love your finish! and your wips are lovely :)

The scarf looks so warm and your daughter is very pretty.

carolm said...

Your work isfablous and I love your daughters scarf. Ihopeall goes well with your stepfather...

natalyK said...

Oh my you have been busy!! Your needle must be smoking. I love your finish and the scarf is gorgeous.

Nancy M said...

Lovely stitching as always. Hopefully that's what is keeping you sane during your husbands surgery and FIL's hospitalization. Love the scarf! The model is pretty too!

Linda said...

Your finish is gorgeous. I am so glad that your DH is on the mend. I would love a chance to win the charts. Please enter me in your drawing.


Linda said...

I love that knitted scarf. Can you tell me where I could get the pattern.

Thanks, Linda

Mouse said...

oh my ((hugs))) coming your way .. glad to hear DH is on the mend and fingers crossed for your step father too .... you have done well with everything going on to finish your BOF sampler ... just love it and would love a chance to win the charts :) ...lovely progress on your WIPs and the scarf is gorgeous no wonder DD loves it ..... I can knit holes in anything absolutely useless at it take care :) love mouse xxxx

Sarah said...

It sounds like you've been having a bit of a rough time! I hope everyone mends up swiftly. Your finishes are lovely - the red E is just perfect. Your scarf is stunning! (and a lovely daughter as well)

I would love for my name to be put in for the chart as well, thank you for being so generous!

Giovanna said...

I'm sorry that you're going through stressful times - I was wondering whether anything had cropped up. I hope things improve for you all, and that your DH and stepfather recover quickly.

Congrats on the lovely finish! I'd love to be in your draw for the charts, please. And well done on the scarf - it looks great on your pretty DD.

Cardygirl said...

Glad some of the home issues are settling, but a worrying time still with FIL still ill...thinking of you! Gorgeous finishes...I would like to be considered for the chart, but in all fairness when would I stitch it???? Hope the weather clears for you.

Carol said...

So sorry to hear you've had such a difficult month, Gabi. Glad your husband has recovered fully. My husband just had shoulder surgery today and is struggling with the pain--sure hope he doesn't have complications. Ugh on that eye infection, too...But, most of all, I'm concerned about your step-father... I'm sure it is difficult being so far from him.
Please know I'm thinking of you!

Gorgeous finish and I'd love to be considered in your drawing...I've been admiring everyone's finishes and have just about decided to break down and buy it myself! Your red G looks perfect, too!

Beautiful scarf AND a beautiful daughter--she certainly needs no makeup at all :)

Hang in there--I do hope October is a better month for you.

Rowyn said...

I was just thinking I hadn't seen a post from you in a while. And no wonder, what a lot you've had on your plate. Glad you and your DH are on the mend, and wishing your step Dad all the best. I hope everything turns out OK.

Your Birds of a FEather finish is beautiful! I'd love to be in the drawing please. (I'm having a giveaway of Weeds Make Haste on my blog, if you are interested in throwing your name in the hat for that one).

Love all your WIPS and the scarf for your DD. All beautiful (your DD included).

Claudette497 said...

It's good to hear from you, although I wish the news about your FIL was better. I'm glad you and your husband are better though. Through it all, your stitching is beautiful, and so is your daughter..

Lisa V said...

Love all your progress pics and the scarf is lovely.
The three charts are on my wishlist so I would love the chance to win them, pls enter me in your draw.
Thanks for the opportunity.

Nancy said...

Beautiful finish! Love the scarf! Nice progress on your WIP! I will say a prayer for your stepfather, hope things turn around for him.

Mindi said...

I'm glad to read your husband is finally recovering, and you're over your eye infection. Hopefully the situation with your step father improves.

You finish of the mystery sampler is beautiful! I love the color change on the house. I swapped out a few colors on mine.

Brigitte said...

Major congratulations on two wonderful finishes. Amsterdam is just amazing and it always leaves me speechless when I see one of these BAPs definitely finished on someone's blog.
Enjoy all your WIP stitching.
Hopefully your FIL will be doing better soon.

Siobhan said...

Beautiful finishes, Gabi! I love the Birds of a Feather finish, and your daughter modeling her scarf is gorgeous!! Nice progress on your WIPs.

I hope your step-father is doing better and that your DH is recovering well. Big hugs! I tend to retreat when things are stressful, too.

Tatkis said...

Beautiful finishes (I'd love to have such a chart :) ) - and the scarf is very nice!
Good luck and hope that your family's health would improve soon!


Sally said...

I hope you and your husband are doing much better now and that FIL gets well soon.

Love your daughter's scarf. She is so pretty.

Congratulations on your Birds of a Feather finish. It is gorgeous.

All your WIPs are lovely too. Love the colours in your etui.

Charity C. said...

I hope you and all your family are doing well again. I will say a prayer for you! I think Mary Allen is turning out beautifully!! And that scarf is just darling! I would also love to have a chance to win your charts if you don't mind! Thank you and I am glad to be hearing from you again.

OctoberLace said...

What beautiful work! I would love to get the sampler chart if you're giving it away. Theresa

Diane (di) said...

Gabi, I'm saying a prayer for you and your family that you all get back to feeling wonderful real soon. Congratulations on your finish, I'm happy dancing with you! :) Your daughter's scarf is gorgeous, too... beautifully knit.

Lois said...

Sounds like you've been having quite the time of it lately Gabi. I hope things start to improve for your stepfather. What a lovely finish. I'd love to be entered in the giveaway for this chart. What a lovely pic of your daughter and the scarf!

Ann at Beadlework. said...

Nice to see you back blogging. The scarf you knitted is very bonnie.

Katherine said...

Gabi - so sorry to hear of the bad run of luck lately; looks like you deal with stress by stitching! Hopefully things will settle soon, in a good way. Thinking of you!

Catherine said...

So sorry to read of all your family is going through. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.
Beautiful stitches and knitting!

Lynn said...

Goodness I hope things settle down for you soon. I'm sure your eye infection resulted because you were stressed.
I love your BoaF finish! Your daughter is a gorgeous young woman as is the scarf that you made her. It looks lovely on her!

Laurie in Iowa said...

I'm so sorry you're having to deal with so much stress. I hope your stepfather is doing better now.
Congrats on finishing the BOAF sampler.. it looks fabulous.
Love all your new projects too.

valerie said...

So glad that you and your DH are on the mend. I do hope you stepdad gets better soon as well.

Beautiful finish! Love the changes you made and your stitching is gorgeous as usual!

That scarf will keep your daughter warm in the upcoming cold months.

Liongoddess said...

Goodness, you've had quite a time of it, haven't you?!? I don't blame you for your leave of absence - family and health issues are always more important! Glad you're back and that everyone is on the road to recovery.

I love the chart, but have no idea when I'd get to stitch it if I won!

Shelley said...

Congrats on tbe beautiful finish. Your WIPs look fantastic.

I am sorry to hear about your stepfather. I hope all turns out good.

And This Little Pig said...

Oh Gabi I'm late, sorry to here hubby hasn't been well, and your step-dad too. Take care of the eyes, we need them to stitch!
Beautiful finish, I'm yet to start mine, all kitted and ready to go!
Love the 'Fred'
LiBBiE in Oz :@
PS Don't include me in giveaway, have all three :)

Berit said...

These are too wonderful! All your works are beautiful; love the triangle effect in the scarf!

Meari said...

Congrats on your finishes, Gabi. Your daughter is beautiful without makeup. :) Nice progress on your WIPs. If I'm not too late for the drawing, please include me.

Carolyn NC said...

Gabi, lovely finish and so are all your projects. Love the scarf, too. :)

Aussie Stitcher said...

Your finish is gorgeous and your wips are looking great. I hope that all goes well with your step father.