Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Margaret Gibson

Well, my Margaret is now finished. She is quite beautiful and I thoughly enjoyed stitching her. I have bought a nice frame for her and hopeful over the next few days or so I will be able to sit down and do all the necessary work to frame her.

This is a closer view of the bottom. I think the border is quite unusual. I know that one of the flowers looks like a Tudor Rose. I haven't figured out what the other one is. Could be a Honeysuckle, I don't know. Anyway she turned out beautiful. I started working on her when my Mum passed away in October, so when I look at her I think of my lovely Mum.

I have now started on a sampler that I fell in love with the moment I saw it. It is of course, Beatrix Potter. I love the Quaker samplers and this one is special to me as I have always loved Beatrix Potter. In fact as soon as I found out that I was expecting my eldest son I bought and collected all the little Beatrix Potter books and the special wooden bookcase. I am working my BP on white 32ct linenover one with 498 and white DMC thread.

Below is a couple of BP books and things that I have. I think that the one called "The Art of Beatrix Potter" is a collectors book. The collection of cards celebrating Peter Rabbits 100th Birthday was a special gift from a dear friend who went to England in 1993 and visited Hill Top Farm. She knew that I loved BP so she kindly bought this special collection for me along with a postcard of Beatrix Potter when she was an old lady.

I was watching the English Antiques Roadshow one day and there was a man who had a huge collection of original Beatrix Potter drawings which by the way turned out to be an absolute fortune and he had the original paintings of the Rabbits Christmas Party. They are really beautiful and if I remember I will take a photo of a couple of them the next time I add something to my blog. My cameras batteries need charging up at the moment.

It is very cold in the Mountains now. Today it is only 1 degree C. Yesterday we had light fall of snow that melted as it touched the ground. This cold weather spell came quite fast. Earlier in the day we were getting around in short sleeved tops. Around 4 p.m. the wind came up along with the cold. Before the cold snap came, we went for a lovely drive up to Mount Wilson where there are a lot of beautiful big gardens. All the beautiful maples, liquidambers etc. have changed colour and the trees were looking absolutely beautiful. As usuall I didn't have my camera with me to take a photo to show you.

My poor youngest son has returned to school today (yay she says LOL) after 2 weeks holiday. The day he goes back although it is very cold at least the sun is shining. The poor thing the whole time he was off we had heavy rain for 13 days straight. Where I live most of the time when we have a lot of rain we also have a lot of heavy mist where you can't see much in front of you. I always feel very sorry for the poor tourists who travel up to the mountains to see the 3 Sisters and the beautiful views. When the mist comes in you are lucky to be able to see the hand in front of your face.

Well I hope you all have a lovely week and that the weather is kind to all of us.


Yuko said...

Hi Sandra,
What a beautiful piece you have finished!!
Congratulations on your lovely finish!
I can't wait to see her in the beautiful frame!

Oh you had snow around Blue Mt.?
I hope Australia will have lots of rain.

Your BP look gorgeous!
I like red, too! I'm looking forward to seeing more of your progress!

Suzanne said...

Your Margaret Gibson is absolutely adorable. The colours are great. I can't wait to see it all framed up. I agree that it's getting quite cold. Yesterday afternoon, I was out for a walk and I would swear that I saw sleet high up in the sky over us. Nothing was coming to the ground, but the temperature dropped so suddenly and the sky had a stange foggy look to it.

I love the Beatrix Potter Quaker design. I have seen this a few times and it looks like a lot of fun to do. My mother-in-law is slowly buying Aurelia the collection of Beatrix Potter books, so that will be nice for her to have that collection. I finished almost all Beatrix Potter's Peter Rabbit cross-stitch designs from Semco. Maybe I will have a chance to frame them for baby number two.

By the way thanks for the message on my blog. I am feeling much better and have really got back into my sewing. My square for our round robin is well on it's way to completion and once completed I want to start back on some of my other unfinished works.

Wendy said...

Congratulations on a fantastic finish! Margaret Gibson is a wonderful design and its going to look amazing when framed.

Lapplisor said...

Hello dear Sandra
I congratulates to you completely cordially to the completion of your great work!
I am curious, which you make from it...
Your Beatrix Potter Quakersampler do not know I...
or nevertheless???
It becomes marvelous on case of each...
Much joy with this new work I wish you.
happy weekend

Joanie said...

oh your Margaret looks awesome! Congratulations on your lovely finish!

Please email me...I've lost yours and want to correspond...

Lelia said...

Congratulations on finishing Margaret Gibson. It is stunning!!!